All items tagged with "iOS 8"

With iOS 9 around the corner, iOS 8 adoption stops dead in its tracks

iOS 8 adoption is pretty much over. Photo: Apple

iOS 8 adoption is pretty much over. Photo: Apple

Apple just announced WWDC 2015 today, when the company will presumably unveil iOS 9. Yet with iOS 9 on horizon, a significant number of iPhone and iPad users still haven’t bothered upgrading to iOS 8, with just 79% of all iOS users running it.

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Get your lost iOS files back fast with FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery

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iPhone Data Recovery makes it simple to restore lost iOS files. Photo: FonePaw

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Accidentally delete important iPhone files? Encounter a fatal failure while jailbreaking your iOS device? Experience a hardware or system malfunction? iPhone Data Recovery can snap you out of this all-to-common data nightmare quickly.

The easy-to-use Mac software is designed to help you recover deleted photos, videos, messages, contacts, call history, notes, etc., either directly from your phone or by extracting and restoring files from iTunes or iCloud. All you need to do is plug your mobile device into your Mac and click “Start Scan.”

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Hidden iOS 8 trick lets you change words to ALL CAPS with a tap

Shouting can be an important part of your internet experience. Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

Shouting can be an important part of your internet experience. Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

Sometimes you just need to emphasize something. One of the best ways to do so when you’re texting is to make the words you really need to get across in all capitals. Or maybe you just want to shout at someone, and an ALL CAPS sentence will certainly get that across for you.

Before now, I’ve always just deleted the word I was trying to emphasize and re-typed it after double-tapping the Shift key in iOS (for Caps Lock). Now, however, it looks like you can change the case of the word after you’ve typed it without deleting anything.

Here’s how.

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Messages master class: How to set up Continuity in iOS 8 and Yosemite

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The new messaging capabilities built into OS X Yosemite make your Mac even more useful for day-to-day communication. With this new set of features (part of Continuity), you can send SMS text messages and make phone calls from your Mac. Than can be super-helpful if you’re forgetful and leave your iPhone in another room.

It doesn’t take too long to set it all up; in fact, we’re going to show you how to set up Continuity in less than two and a half minutes! Check it all out in our video below.

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Almost 4 out of 5 users have now upgraded to iOS 8

Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

iOS 8 adoption keeps on climbing. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

When it comes to almost everything Apple does (except for iPhone sales, of course) you could characterize the company’s approach as “Slow but steady wins the race.” That’s certainly what’s happened with iOS 8 adoption, which started out sluggishly, but has slowly continued to climb upwards in the months since.

According to Apple’s latest developer stats, a solid 77 percent of eligible iOS users are now upgraded to the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system: a not inconsiderable 5 percent rise from early February, when the company last shared its adoption figures.

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Why iOS 8 may seem slow even on modern devices

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Are sluggish animations to blame for perceived iOS 8 slowdown?

Accusations that iOS 8 is slower than Apple’s previous mobile operating systems have circulated since the software debuted in 2014. Although it works great most of the time on my iPhone 6 Plus, you don’t have to look far to find people complaining that the latest version of iOS slows down to a sluggish crawl.

From hard resets to turning on the “reduce motion” option under Accessibility, numerous solutions can be employed to keep iOS 8 running at a good clip. One explanation for iOS 8 feeling slower than its predecessors, however, is that (much like iOS 7) its system animations take too long to complete, thereby making the interface feel slower than it should.

So peeved is Omni developer William Van Hecke that he recently compared the animation speeds in a YouTube video. Chalk it up to unnecessary nitpicking if you want, but when you see iOS 3 reacting considerably quicker than iOS 8, it definitely makes you think Apple could make improvements.

Check out the video below:

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Our most wanted Apple car features plus the new and notable of iOS 8.3 on the CultCast

"I just love our new Apple Car, mummy!"

“I just adore our new Apple Car, mummy!”

This week: Apple might be eyeing 2020 for their first car, but you can catch our most wanted features and price expectations right now. Plus: Cupertino pay massive bonuses to poach top talent; the insane acceleration of Tesla’s new electric car; the new and notable from iOS 8.3 beta; Toyota says “no thanks” to CarPlay; and finally, your listener questions, answered!

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Our most wanted Apple car features plus the new and notable of iOS 8.3 on the CultCast

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Dropbox finally adds killer feature for iOS 8

Finally.

Finally.

It’s been about six months since iOS 8 came out, and the official Dropbox app has been lacking one major thing: the ability to save files to Dropbox from any app’s share menu.

Today the long-awaited feature is finally available.

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So long, iOS 8 jailbreak: Apple stops signing iOS 8.1.2

So long, iOS 8 jailbreak. Photo: Redmond Pie

So long, iOS 8 jailbreak. Photo: Redmond Pie

Bad news, jailbreakers. Apple has stopped signing iOS 8.1.2, the last jailbreakable version of the iOS 8 operating system. That means that unless you already have iOS 8.1.2 installed, you won’t be able to jailbreak using existing methods until another exploit comes down the pipeline.

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Apple seeds first iOS 8.3 beta to developers

iOS 8.3 is here. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

iOS 8.3 is here. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

iOS 8.2 hasn’t even been released to the public yet, but Apple is already moving on to the next version. The first beta build of iOS 8.3 was seeded to developers this morning while iOS 8.2 beta 5 is still being tested.

The software update was made available today in the iOS Dev Center. Along with iOS 8.3, Apple has also released a beta build of Xcode 6.3 that includes Swift 1.2. The release notes don’t mention any new features, but we’ll tell you about all the goodies we find as soon as it’s installed on our iPhones.

In the meantime, here are the direct download links:

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