The second beta of iOS 8 upgrades Apple’s mobile platform visually as well as functionally. Along with plenty of bug fixes, iOS 8 Beta 2 delivers a number of neat tweaks that make the upcoming mobile OS even better than before. See some of the new enhancements in action in today’s quick-look video.
SAN FRANCISCO -- While Apple watchers tuned into last week's Worldwide Developers Conference keynote for a look at where the company might be headed, coders at the annual convention were getting a look at the current state of the art when it comes to the company's software.
Cult of Mac asked developers from around the world who were in town for WWDC (or its indie sibling, AltConf) what they thought about changes coming in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. We also asked them about their favorite apps as well as their views on Swift, the new programming language Apple introduced at WWDC. Get their takes in the gallery above.
What he does: Developer for IBM India who works on enterprise apps for automobile industry clients.
On iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite: Most excited about Continuity, which will offer "seamless integration between devices," and the awesome SDKs for HealthKit, CloudKit, Swift, Xcode enhancements, Playgrounds, 3-D view hierarchy interface builder, Camera and Touch ID.
On Swift: "Loved it -- much easier than Objective-C."
Favorite app: Flipboard and Monument Valley -- "a very peaceful game" that is completely different.
What he does: App entrepreneur, developer and mentor. Worked on apps for Chipotle, Zinio.
On iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite: Most interesting part? Handover and Extensions. Also interested in all of Apple's new frameworks for developers. "We won't see the results of this for many months or years," he said.
On Swift: "Always good for the brain cells to learn a new language."
Favorite app:Odyssey Translator, which helps you learn foreign languages. "It gives you a feel for the language and guides you to learn it."
What he does: CEO of Olloclip, maker of macro and telephoto lenses for iPhone and iPad.
On iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite: Manual control of camera, which lets iPhoneographers set things like exposure, shutter speed and focus, is "going to give the user a lot more fine control over how their pictures look."
What he does: Developer at Gridstone. Worked on Vulhunter, an iOS app that checks for security vulnerabilities.
On iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite: The new Playgrounds functionality in Swift will make it much easier to test programming logic. "Build, run, build, run – that process will take you hours," he said, but Playgrounds will cut that time.
On Swift: See above.
Favorite app:Flipboard is a "great place to get all the news."
Macs are solid machines, but just like their owners they have a tendency to get lethargic as they age. Launching and switching programs takes longer, simple tasks become arduous, and the dreaded beach ball of doom appears more often than it did when your machine was new. The operating system just starts to feel crufty, and can get worse over time. I see these issues in my IT consulting business regularly.
You may be asking, why does this happen? There are many reasons, but some are more common than others. Sometimes your hard disk (or solid-state drive) gets too full and interferes with normal computer operations. Crashes or misbehaving programs can corrupt the disk directory or application cache files. Remnants from old software may still be running behind the scenes, or you don’t have enough RAM to deal with your OS and workflow.
Is there some sort of tune-up you can do to sort it out? Your tech always tells you to just reboot the computer, but there’s got to be more than that. The good news: Yes, there are some things you can do. And, perhaps, adopt some more efficient computing practices for yourself along the way.
Since the airing of Apple’s iconic “1984’ commercial to launch the Macintosh, tech companies have had a special relationship with the Super Bowl. Now Apple is one of several tech giants — including Google, Yahoo and Intel — which have chipped in $2 million each in cash and services to help offset taxpayer dollars involved with bringing the historic 50th Super Bowl to the San Francisco 49ers stadium in Santa Clara, California.
The latest ad for Beats headphones prominently displays Apple products, which probably has something to do with the fact that Apple is spending $3 billion to buy Beats.
Clocking in at just over five minutes, you won’t see the ad on TV. It’s tailored for the upcoming World Cup, and Beats is not an official sponsor. Nevertheless, the ad is compelling and filled with celebrity cameos. Could this be the direction Apple is heading with its in-house advertising?
As another week full of news passes, your host Joshua Smith is here to give you a wrap-up on some of the latest and biggest features. iOS devices held for ransom, Apple’s big Beats acquisition and a rumored Apple iWatch are among just some of the featured stories in today’s rundown.
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Take this with a grain of salt, but an Australian iPhone repair site with a proven history of leaking upcoming iPhone and iPad parts early has posted what they are claiming is our first look at the aluminum rear shell of the upcoming iPhone 6.
Two weeks after the news of the deal was first reported, Apple has officially announced its buyout of Beats Electronics for $3 billion.
Apple will keep the Beats headphone and Beats Music brands separate as part of the deal. As previously reported, Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine will join Apple full time.
“Music is such an important part of all of our lives and holds a special place within our hearts at Apple,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook. “That’s why we have kept investing in music and are bringing together these extraordinary teams so we can continue to create the most innovative music products and services in the world.”
After Beats co-founder Dr. Dre made an exuberant video post on Vine boasting about becoming the first rap billionaire, many worried that Apple’s deal with the audio and streaming music service — once rumored to be worth as much as $3.2 billion — was scuttled. But a new report suggests it’s still on track for being announced this week, although Dre’s boastfulness may have cost him two hundred million dollars.
Although Apple recently won $119 million in a second victory against Samsung in patent court, that modest figure is nowhere near enough to make Apple back down. Not only is Apple seeking a retrial, but it wants to ban past and potentially future Samsung phones from being sold.