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Apple has released iOS 8 beta 5 as an over-the-air update for developers. The update comes after beta 4 was released two weeks ago.
Beta 5 also accompanies OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 5 in the Mac App Store and a new beta seed for the Apple TV.
Apple hasn’t said what’s new in the betas, but we’re downloading the updates now and we’ll have the usual roundup of changes and tweaks to show you shortly.
Apple has a new TV ad out for the iPhone 5s, and it’s the fourth installment in its “You’re More Powerful Than You Think” campaign. The ads have previously shown people using the iPhone to do stuff like play music, workout, and parent.
Titled “Dreams,” the latest spot is a collection of ways people are using the iPhone around the world to make a real impact in the lives of others. Using a combination of hardware accessories and apps, the iPhone is seen helping doctors, firefighters, and more.
Today The White House announced that Obama will sign the “Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act” into law, which gives the right to unlock your phone after your contract is up and take it to another carrier.
One of the App Store’s most beloved to-do apps, Wunderlist, has received a major redesign and a ton of new features.
Wunderlist 3 boats a more polished design on desktop and mobile, new icon, 30 new backgrounds, real-time sync, smart lists, and new gestures. There’s an emphasis on collaboration for the app’s pro users, including unlimited task assigning, file uploads, and subtasks.
Who needs a tiny screen behind the seat in front of you when everyone has a smartphone or tablet?
Beginning today, Delta is rolling out free in-flight movies and TV shows for flyers through its Fly Delta app. The service is being called Delta Studio, and it follows the trend of other airlines like United delivering free content to flyers’ personal devices.
The first thing you see when you open Bolt.
Enter a number
Bolt makes you create an account with a phone number, like Snapchat. No Instagram or Facebook account required.
You can find friends to add from numbers in your Contacts list, which is also like Snapchat.
The app's design is very light and playful.
Settings are barebones.
Sending a picture
When you add more friends, a list of four contacts you message the most is displayed at the bottom.
You can add text messages.
Tap once on a profile icon to send a photo. Tap and hold to send video.
Instagram soft-launched Bolt this week, its new app to take on Snapchat. The app is only available in Singapore, New Zealand, and South Africa right now while Instagram squashes bugs and gets it ready for everyone else in the world.
That doesn’t mean you can’t see what Bolt is like now. Cult of Mac reader @ravirajim sent us a bunch of screenshots of Bolt in action, which you can view above. We’ll let you know when Bolt ships to the App Store in the U.S. and elsewhere.
Apple’s sales in Japan have been skyrocketing quarter after quarter, but then the company reported “dampened” growth during its most recent earnings call.
Japan has been one of Apple’s fastest-growing countries, so what happened? A big increase in Japan’s federal taxes is not only effecting Apple, but competitors like Amazon.
Instagram has begun rolling out a brand new app called Bolt. After the app’s name and icon recently leaked, Bolt has become available for download in the New Zealand, Singapore, and South African App Stores.
Bolt is basically a direct competitor to Snapchat, as it’s designed to send photos and videos to friends that disappear after viewing.
It was recently reported that Apple was buying Swell, an iPhone app that took a Pandora approach to playing podcasts. The acquisition was said to cost around $30 million, and the app has since been taken off the App Store.
Now Apple has confirmed the buy, which bodes well for its own Podcasts app.