Apple's stuffing a lot of improved features into iOS 7.1, just as it's filling its roster at SXSW (South By Southwest) with memorable acts. It turns out that the two may have more in common than it initially seems. Based on info from a "little birdie," John Gruber of Daring Fireball stated that Apple's dedicated app for steaming performances from SXSW's iTunes Festival will need iOS 7.1. The upshot? Considering that SXSW starts on March 11, that means we could see iOS 7.1 in the next couple of days.
If you're like us and have starry eyes thinking about Apple's new CarPlay (formerly iOS in the Car) coming to your own automobile, the folks at Volvo have provided a video offering a glimpse of what to expect.
Apple CEO Tim Cook joked at a shareholder's meeting today that "it's a little more difficult to call [Apple TV] a hobby these days," and it's not hard to see why. As reported by Reuters, Cook revealed that the diminutive entertainment device was responsible for more than $1 billion in sales in 2013, although Re/code claims that number also includes movie rentals and purchases of television shows. Still, not too shabby.
Frustrated with the performance of the iPhone 5s's fingerprint sensor? It looks as though a patch is on the way, reports AppleInsider. The Cupertino giant is reportedly working with AuthenTec to get rid of Touch ID's so-called "fade," which causes the sensor's accuracy to diminish over time in some units.
We're still not completely sold on this whole Google Hangouts thing, but the search giant continues to make improvements, including a big update this week that brings the app in line with the rest of iOS 7.
Apple sometimes gets a hefty dose of criticism for its closed-system approach to iOS, but it's important to remember that closed systems have their benefits as well. That much was apparent in a recent statement Android chief Sundar Pichai made to an audience at the Mobile World Congress (via FrAndroid).
Although Apple has working hard filling out the capabilities of iOS over the years (remember when there was no copy and paste?), the lack of true file management continues to be an issue -- and one Readdle hopes to crack with its latest update.
Security and privacy are big concerns these days, and few things emphasize that so well as Chitika's data (via AppleInsider) demonstrating how quickly Apple's iOS 7.0.6 patch was adopted by iPhone and iPad users. Within 48 hours of its release, the security-focused patch was installed on more than 13.3 percent of iDevices throughout North America. As of yesterday, that number stood at 25.9 percent.
One of the more interesting iOS controversies over the past couple of months was developer King's strange attempt to get the word "candy" trademarked in an attempt to fend off imitators of its popular Candy Crush Saga game. It succeeded in Europe, but in the wake of the resulting widespread protest, King has officially withdrawn its trademark application for the word in the United States.