A lot of Apple fans have already upgraded to iOS 8 following the recent release of Apple's latest mobile operating system, but for those of you that haven't, here are a few quick tips to make the experience easier.
Apple released the third beta build of iOS 8 today after a three-week lack of updates, and it's full of tweaks that were neither in previous updates nor mentioned in the keynote at WWDC 2014. While there's nothing earth-shattering about the update, it does include a number of modifications to settings and the UI as well as an option to switch on iCloud Drive. Cult of Mac and MacRumors have nice rundowns of all the changes included in the update.
WWDC is right around the corner, and so far the lion's share of the speculation as to what we'll see has focused on things like the iWatch, the rumored 4.7-inch iPhone, and the similarly rumored home-automation system. But it's also likely that we'll see some updates to the iMac as well, judging by codes referring to new models buried in the OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 beta.
Reports that surfaced today indicate that Apple Stores are receiving shipments of updated MacBook Air models that are expected to be available for sale tomorrow, both online and in stores. However, before you go double-checking your credit limit for a potentially huge purchase, note that the reports peg this as a very minor refresh — one primarily concerned with bumping the processors up to Intel’s latest Haswell chips.
Surprisingly enough, Apple has yet to bring all of its iOS software in line with the design shift of iOS 7, but it's been making slow inroads with almost every week. The latest app to get the makeover treatment is the Remote app for the iPhone and iPad, which brings the whole program in line with the icon redesign it received last month.
There's apparently still a lot of you running around with older iPad models out there, and quite a few of you were disappointed to learn that Deus Ex: The Fall wasn't playable on the iPad 2 despite Square Enix's original marketing to the contrary. Fortunately, today Square Enix proved that the original listing wasn't a typo after all, as the famed publisher announced full support for the iPad 2 in the recent patch notes.
The first update for HopStop since Apple's acquisition is out, and it proves that Apple's not just lifting the best elements from the popular navigational tool for public transportation and tacking them into its Apple Maps app. In addition to the features that attracted Apple in the first place, HopStop now lets you send information about delays and incidents in real time.
If you're one of those unlucky users who have been plagued by the newest MacBook Air's problems with spotty Wi-Fi, screen flickering with Adobe Photoshop, and fluctuations in volume while playing back video files--rejoice, redemption is at hand. This afternoon, Apple released a patch to address all of these issues and more.
You kind of have to admire the timing. While most of the tech world is focused on the ramifications of Google's I/O yesterday, Apple followed up its perfectly timed 50 billion app downloads milestone with today's minor but notable update for iTunes. New features include a pleasing new interface for the miniplayer and additional support for multi disc albums. It doesn't reverse many of the unpopular design shifts made with 11.0, but it's good to see an update that adds some cool new features without adding unnecessary bloat.
Today, Apple released the second update for their most popular cat, Mountain Lion. OS X 10.8.2 isn’t just any ol' ordinary update, though, it adds some new features that bring more value to the OS, including Facebook integration, the ability to share your todo lists in the Reminders app, and the ability to send and receive iMessages through your iPhone number. We’ll show you how to use all of these great new features.