iOS 9.3 beta 2 brings new goodies


iOS 9.3 beta 2, now available for download. Image: Oliver Haslam - Cult of Mac
iOS 9.3 beta 2, now available for download.
Image: Oliver Haslam/Cult of Mac

Apple just seeded the latest build of iOS 9.3 to developers, with beta 2 now available to download via an over-the-air update on devices with either a current iOS 9.3 beta build installed or Apple’s developer profile configured.

The download, the third beta release of iOS 9.3 following beta 1 and the subsequent beta 1.1, doesn’t yet appear to be available via Apple’s online developer portal.

Exploding Kittens, Music Memos and other awesome apps of the week


'Appy weekend everyone.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Somehow the weekend’s already halfway over, but to help you make the most of what’s left, we’ve combed through the week’s best apps to help you sort the wheat from the chaff.

Whether it’s a card game built around detonating felines (seriously, it’s better than it sounds!) or an amazing live podcasting app, we’re confident we’ve got what you’re looking for.

Check out our list below.

Google paid Apple $1 billion to keep its search bar on the iPhone


iPhone 7 will look a lot like the iPhone 6.
Breaking news: There's big money in search.
Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Android and iOS may be mortal enemies in some ways, but Google clearly realizes the value of having Apple’s hundreds of millions of customers use its search engine.

So much so, in fact, that in 2014 Google paid Apple a massive $1 billion to keep its search bar on the iPhone.

Your heart rate sets the pace of Massive Attack’s new album


Massive Attack fans, take note.
Massive Attack fans, take note.
Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

Massive Attack just jumped ahead of the curve with a new app called Fantom Sensory Music. It uses your iPhone camera, motion sensors, location data and even the heart rate from your Apple Watch to remix one of four new tracks from the trip-hop collective that hasn’t had an album out since 2010.

The app itself is a trippy, almost spooky black and white affair that will have you listening to the tracks as you point the camera in all directions, shake your iPhone, and jog in place to raise your heartbeat. Or, at least, that’s what I was doing.

Apple will open Europe’s first iOS App Development Center in Italy


Apple has lost its third appeal for ownership of the term App Store in Oz. Photo: Apple
Apple is using Italy to test drive its new concept.
Photo: Apple

Apple constantly talks about how many jobs its created through the App Store, and it’s putting its money where its mouth is by creating Europe’s first iOS App Development Center in Italy — designed to give students the practical skills and training necessary to help them develop apps for the iPhone and iPad.