Stock apps cannot be deleted, only hidden from Home screen

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Unfortunately one of the most requested features that seemed to be too good to be true, was. The developer’s website for iOS 10 claimed that stock apps could be removed from the phone. This seemed to mean that we could finally delete those apps that Apple forces us to have on our devices. This led many to think about the future of Apple and hope that the apps could perhaps be updated independently on major software updates and that other third-party apps could become default. I foresaw Google Maps replacing Apple Maps, but unfortunately not everything is what it appears to be.

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The keywords are “remove from Home screen.” It says nothing about deleting apps, via The Verge

In a recent interview with John Gruber on ‘The Talk Show,’ Apple executives Phil Schiller and Craig Federighi went into more details about deleting stock apps. First, the deleted apps are not actually removed from your device. When you delete Maps, for example, you are removing it from your Home screen and erasing the user data. If you click on a link with an address, the phone will prompt you to install Maps again. Either you install Maps or you cancel the request. You cannot default third-party apps. Also, this means that since they are not truly deleted from your device, they cannot be updated independently. We will still see major update generations for changes with stock apps.

When you re-install the deleted app, you are not actually reinstalling it. You are allowing the app to be on your Home screen again. You will likely have to go through the normal setup with the app like enabling location settings and notifications, if needed.

The interview is not available to listen just yet, but it will be available on Daring Fireball when it is.

via 9to5Mac


The Top Features of iOS 10 I am most excited for

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It appears that Apple has finally listened to us for better features in iOS 10. Many of the features they announced at the keynote Monday have been requested for years. They also have brought many features that we have never even dream about. With all this in mind, I have created my list of the top features of iOS 10 that I am most excited to use.

Clear All Notifications

Top Features of iOS 10

Simply clear all notifications with 3D Touch, via Apple

The ability to clear notifications has to be one of the most requested features. Apple first teased us by adding this feature to the Apple Watch last year, but now the new operating system update for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch will have an easy way to clear all notifications in the Notification Center. You can simply deep press the (x) in Notification Center to clear all notifications.


Control Center Refreshed

Top Features of iOS 10

The finally redesigned Control Center has been divided into two centers: one for quick actions and one for music, via Apple

The very cluttered Control Center will be a lot more organized in iOS 10. Instead of a mixture of quick action apps, like Calculator, with quick settings, like Night Shift, being on the same line, they are now separated. To create space within the center, Apple removed Music. They designed a new Music-only Control Center which has more details and shares album artwork. The bottom row of the regular Control Center is now all quick action apps, Night Shift is on its own line, and it appears to be more user friendly.


More 3D Touch Functions

Top Features of iOS 10

3D Touch Weather to see the current conditions and shortcuts, via Apple

Initially the 3D Touch functions of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus were limited to quick viewing content like emails or conversations and accessing shortcuts on the Home screen or in other apps. Apple has expanded the capability to be in more apps and brought in Glances from the Apple Watch to the Home screen of the iPhone. When an app is deep pressed, it will display the regular shortcuts but now there is additional information. With Weather, the current conditions are displayed, and with Stocks, we will likely see current prices for our favorite stocks.


Health Updated with Videos

Top Features of iOS 10

Health now shows short videos explaining each of the metrics, via 9to5Mac

Health is updated with a more colorful and user friendly interface with videos that explain each metric. Currently the videos are inactive in the developer’s beta of iOS 10, but I figure they will give details about the metric, how to measure it, and why it matters to keep track of it. The app has also been updated with new metrics, like Mindfulness.


Flashlight Intensities

Top Features of iOS 10

There are three new brightness settings for Flashlight, via 9to5Mac

The Flashlight switch in Control Center now has three different intensities which can be activated with 3D Touch. When the switch is deep pressed, a menu with low intensity, medium intensity, and high intensity opens. This will allow changes to the rear flash brightness setting for different environments.


Lock Screen Phone Calls

Top Features of iOS 10

VoIP calls now appear on Lock screen like regular phone calls, via Apple

Apps that support VoIP will no longer have small notifications on the Lock screen that appear when someone is calling. Instead, it will transform the entire Lock screen to the incoming phone call just like Phone does. It will also show details from the contact, like their picture, name, and where they are calling you from.


Unlimited Tabs in Safari

Top Features of iOS 10

Now you can have unlimited tabs open in Safari, via iPhonehacks

Safari is currently limited to a certain number of tabs, which I always seem to reach on a weekly basis. In the iOS 10 software update, Safari can have as little as one tab open or as many as five million. The number of tabs is only limited by your creativity.


Quick Unsubscribe in Mail

Top Features of iOS 10

Quick unsubscribe from unwanted emails, via 9to5Mac

When you receive an email from a random mailing list that you are sure you did not sign up for, it can be very annoying. When this happens to me, I usually just delete the email and pretend I never saw it until the next month when it happens again. Unsubscribing is unfortunately not very easy to do since many companies make the font tiny at the bottom of the email and mix up the wording so you hopefully give up. Apple has taken notice and added a new button to the top of the email that says “Unsubscribe.” In a few clicks, you can easily get your email off of that mailing list and you can move on with your life.


This sums up the my top features of iOS 10. The software update will be released in the fall alongside the iPhone 7, which is expected to look very similar to the iPhone 6s, and Apple Watch 2.

Apple announces iOS 10 with updates to Messages, Control Center, Lock Screen

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On Monday, Apple kicked off their Worldwide Developer’s Conference with a keynote that detailed the latest in software updates for their four platforms (iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS.) The next-generation software update for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch is called iOS 10 and it comes with several new features.


Apple announces iOS 10

The all-new Message app with richer links, emojifying text, and quick send for camera and photos, via Apple.

The star of the iOS 10 announcement was the Messages and the major of its updates are all about the user experience. The layout of conversation is redesigned with pictures of the person you’re talking to on top, more options for connection rather than just a text message, and integration with Digital Touch inspired by the Apple Watch. Messages can be sent with bubble effects which changes how your bubble messages appear, invisible ink will hide message text and photos until your friend swipes to reveal them, Tapback allows a thumbs up, heart, and four other options to attach to a previously received message, and stickers can be attach to any message or sent independently. Like the Facebook Messenger app, developers can design sticker packs or create specific iMessage apps.

Apple also focused on enhancing the experience with adding emojis to messages. If you are like me, you likely forget to add an emoji since a) it is difficult and takes a while to find the right one and b) you simply do not think about it. In the iOS 10 Messages app, Apple lets you “emojify” text by automatically highlighting words that can be turned into emojis. They also are three times larger and Predictive Text will recommend them as you type.

Here are a few other updates to Messages:

  • Calendar events created from Messages now take more details from the conversation like location and topic (i.e. Breakfast at Tiffany’s Restaurant)
  • Handwrite messages that animate like ink on paper
  • View richer messages with photos, videos, and links expanded in your conversation
  • When sharing pictures, you will see what’s currently in the viewfinder of your camera and other photos



Apple announces iOS 10

All-new Music in iOS 10 showing off the Library, For You, Browse, and Radio tabs and the new Now Playing design, via Apple

Apple applied their focus of attention to detail to the Music app by redesigning it with simplicity in mind. As the rumors has previously suggested, there are more black and whites in the app and the only color comes from album artwork. The tabs along the bottom were also refreshed with new details. The “Library” tab replaces the “My Music” tab and is now located in the leftmost position. It shows playlists, songs, downloaded music, and lyrics. The “For You” tab is home to music chosen based on your interests, likes, and favorite music. It will recommend discovery music (songs picked just for you), with recently played, daily curated playlist, and the previous “Connect” tab is now located here. The “Browse” tab is new name for the “New” tab and it is general music for all. You will find hot albums, new music, curated playlists, top charts, and more. The “Radio” tab stays relatively the same with live radio from Beats 1, the schedule for upcoming shows, and genre-based stations.



Apple announces iOS 10

Photos, now with Memories, via Apple

The Photos app now uses advanced artificial intelligence for searching, group memories together, and facial recognition. The app supports Advanced Search which allows you to search by people or objects in your picture. With facial, object, and scene recognition, searching for pictures with “horses” will show every picture in Photos with a horse in it. Old memories are automatically grouped together by location, people involved, and time to show previous trips and arrange them by categories. If you took a trip to Las Vegas and have not gone through your pictures and videos yet, the Photos app will automatically do this for you based on the time and location of your visit. It will, then, automatically create a movie with your photos and videos to play similar to creating a Slideshow with the current Photos app.


Lock Screen and Widgets

Apple announces iOS 10

The finally redesigned Control Center has been divided into two centers: one for quick actions and one for music, via Apple

Apple also spent time redesigning the Lock screen, widgets, Notification Center, and Control Center. The iPhone’s Lock screen is automatically woken up when raising up the phone without pressing any buttons. The well-known “Slide to Unlock” feature to unlock the phone has been replaced with “Press Home to open.” Notifications on the Lock screen no longer dim the background, but instead are translucent bubbles and they are interactive with 3D Touch. The Camera app is activated by sliding left on the Lock screen and the Widgets view is activated by sliding right. Widgets have been moved from the Notification Center, which is now reserved only for notifications, and moved to the Lock Screen and Today view of the Home screen. Widgets are expanded to show more content, including video, and have a different layout. Notifications in Notification Center can be cleared with a new clear all function.

Additionally, Control Center has been updated (finally) with a better layout. Apple removed the music settings and moved all the functions up one level. Night Shift now has its own space. The music settings are still present in Control Center, but they have their own Control Center window which is activated by swiping across Control Center. Plus the music-only Control Center also display album artwork.


Other Updates

  • Maps: all-new design with search on the bottom (instead of the top); Proactive suggestions that suggest locations based on your history and calendar events; search along routes for gas stations, restaurants, and more; traffic displayed enroute; weather and temperature shown when driving
  • Home: this new app allows you to automate your home with HomeKit-supported accessories like shades, lights, thermostat, door locks, and more; set up scenes with your favorite preferences based on time of day
  • Keyboard: contextual predictions with Siri Intelligence that will suggest a phone number or email address when you are sharing contact details with a friend; multilingual typing
  • Phone: VoIP apps will automatically show on the Lock screen when receiving a phone call (like a regular phone call) and show in Recents and Favorites in Phone; voicemail transcript beta; third-party apps can suggest who is calling with incoming phone call
  • Health: updated user interface; videos are shown in metrics to explain what they do
  • App Store: Categories tab returned
  • Stock apps can now be deleted (time to get rid of those apps you never use)
  • Swift Playgrounds app allows iPad users to learn Swift code and it’s free to download


Release Date and Compatibility

Apple announces iOS 10

What Apple means to say is that it will be coming around the time of iPhone 7 announcement, via Apple

The software update is currently available for developers, it will be coming to public beta testers in July, and be released to the public in September. The following devices can upgrade:

  • iPhone 5/5c/5s
  • iPhone 6/6 Plus
  • iPhone 6s/6s Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPad mini 2/3/4
  • iPad 4, iPad Air/Air 2
  • iPad Pro (9.7″ and 12.9″)
  • iPod touch 6th generation


There are so many updates with iOS 10 that we could not limit it to one post. Check out The Top Features of iOS 10 and Smaller, Less Known, Features of iOS 10 (both of which are coming soon.)

WWDC 2016: Apple announces iOS 10, watchOS, tvOS, and more

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The annual Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC 2016) kicked off a few hours ago with a keynote from the CEO Tim Cook and other team members. They announced the latest in software updates with iOS 10, watchOS 3, tvOS, and more.

iOS 10

WWDC 2016

The tenth generation operating system for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch was announced and this is literally the biggest update Apple has ever released. There are a plethora of changes across the board with user interface tweaks, redesigned apps, increased security and privacy, and new apps. Messages, News, Music, Photos, and Phone are just some of the apps that received overhauled features and designs and the Lock screen, Notification Center, and Control Center are now very different. iOS 10 is available to developers today, beta testers next month, and it is available as a free upgrade in the fall to the public.


watchOS 3

WWDC 2016

The third generation software for the Apple Watch comes with many new features, design changes, and updates in speed. Apple also took some favorite iPhone functions, like Control Center, and brought it to the Apple Watch. There is a dock for frequently used apps, new watch faces, more customization with watch faces, a new Breathe app, more APIs for developers, and a function called Scribble which allows you to write/type. It is available to developers today and is coming to the public in the fall.


WWDC 2016

The next-generation software for the Apple TV is a relatively small update, but it brings much needed features and a Dark Mode. The Remote app for iPhone will be updated to be identical to the Siri remote so users can use motion, swiping, Siri, and more to interact with their TV. Siri can now search across more platforms, like YouTube, to find the right content. One of the greatest features announced, called Single Sign-On, lets users sign in once to their TV provider in the Settings app instead of individually per app. This update is available today for developers and is coming this fall to the public.


Other Updates

  • 2 million apps on App Store
  • 130 billion app downloads
  • Apple has paid over $50 billion to developers
  • four platforms: iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS
  • this year is the 27th year of WWDC 2016

For the next week, developers will be at the developers conference to learn how to design their apps to work with the latest software updates and how to make better apps. The keynote kicks off the event for the rest of the week. The next Apple event will likely be held in September for the release of the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch 2.

Apple offers free Beats headphones with Mac, iPhone, iPad for college

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On Wednesday, Apple announced this year’s edition of their Back to School promotion. With every eligible Mac, iPad, or iPhone purchase for college, Apple is giving free wireless Beats headphones. This is in addition to their education pricing which takes $200 off the price of a Mac and $20 off the price of an iPad.

Apple Back to School 2016

Apple announces Back to School sale, via Apple

The iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac Pro are eligible to purchase for the promotion and they come with Solo2 Wireless Headphones. These Beats headphones retail for $299. Although the Mac mini is listed on the sale page, it is not eligible for the free headphones.

The iPad Pro is the only eligible tablet and the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 6s Plus are eligible smartphones. Each of these comes with the Powerbeats2 Wireless Headphones worth $199. Apple notes in the terms and conditions that the headphones are upgradable to the Solo2 Wireless Headphones for an additional $100. The iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 2, and iPhone SE do not qualify for the promotion.

This sale is not limited to those who are enrolled in college; any “qualified” educational purchaser can receive a pair of Beats headphones when they make an eligible purchase. Qualified individuals include: K-12 employees, board members, and officers; higher education employees, students, and parents of students.

Last year Apple announced this deal in late July and it only lasted a couple of months. This year they are starting in early June and ending in early September for a total of three months. Perhaps their reasoning behind extending the deal by an extra month is due to their recent decline in sales. The deal usually ends the week before their fall special event. This year’s promotion starts on June 2 and ends on September 5.

On a side note, it is interesting that Apple is only offering wireless headphones. This could be a subtle confirmation that the iPhone 7 will not have a headphone jack.

Taylor Swift dances to ‘I Believe In A Thing Called Love’ in new Apple Music ad

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On Thursday, Apple released another commercial with Taylor Swift showing off a feature of Apple Music. This ad, which shows Swift dancing to “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” by The Darkness, shows recommended playlist feature. In the ‘For You’ tab, songs, playlists, and albums are recommended to you based on what you like to listen to. Since Swift is a rocker, as we have seen with her other commercials and most recent album, the playlist ‘Friday Night Rocks!’ was suggested.

Check out the new Apple Music commercial below:

In addition, Apple recently introduced a new tier for Apple Music pricing. Currently there is $9.99/month for individuals and $14.99/month for families. Now college students can get Apple Music for 50% off while actively enrolled at a college or university. To sign up for the discount, click here.

New iPhone 6s ad stars Neil Patrick Harris and Siri reading a speech together

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With all the craziness from iPhone 7 design sketches and rumors coming out this week, I decided to take a short break in our content and share a recent commercial showing off the iPhone 6s with hands-free Siri. This ad star Neil Patrick Harris (and Siri), who also starred in a recent commercial titled Onions. In this one, he asks Siri to read a note titled “Thank You Speech” and he mouths it while she says it.

Check it out below:

Download those awesome exclusive iPhone SE wallpapers here

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When Apple announced the iPhone SE and 9.7″ iPad Pro last month, we were very excited to see the new products that Apple was working on. There was one new product they made, however, we cannot seem to find it anywhere. This one product is the new wallpapers, which seem to be exclusive to the iPhone SE and iPad Pro.

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We can’t seem to find this wallpaper in the Settings app, credit:

If you look at the iPhone SE and iPad Pro on Apple’s website, you’ll see a few wallpapers, but these cannot be found anywhere in the Settings app. They were not released with the iPhones, nor did they come with iOS 9.3 or iOS 9.3.1 for that matter. If you’re interested in installing them on your device, we know where you can get them.

To install them, go to this website on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, click on your respective device, then tap and hold the picture, and tap Save Image. Go to the Photos app, tap the picture, tap the share icon (bottom left corner), and tap Use as Wallpaper.

Note: some of the pictures may not be high-quality, but the source of our report says they used the highest quality they could find.

Apple announces iPhone SE: 12MP camera, A9 processor, Apple Pay

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On March 21st, Apple announced the next iPhone to join their lineup and to replace the two-year old iPhone 5s. The iPhone SE, as rumored, is a very upgraded iPhone 5s with technical specifications that match the iPhone 6s.


iPhone SE design

The iPhone SE design, via

The iPhone SE has the same external design as the iPhone 5s except for a couple of changes. With its 4-inch display, bottom speaker and microphone grill, circular volume buttons, aluminum and glass rear shell and flat camera with a pill-shaped dual-LED flash, this iPhone has the same design as the iPhone 5s. It even has the chamfered edges that Apple moved away from with the iPhone 6. The phone, however, now has the letters “SE” printed under “iPhone” on the rear shell and comes in a rose gold color. This joins the previous space gray, gold and silver colors.


Internal Specs

The iPhone SE has the Touch ID fingerprint sensor and NFC chip for Apple Pay.

The iPhone SE has the Touch ID fingerprint sensor and NFC chip for Apple Pay, via

While Apple kept the same external design as the iPhone 5s, they upgraded the internal components to match the iPhone 6s. The phone is powered by the 64-bit A9 processor with embedded M9 coprocessor, which offers two times faster CPU and three times faster GPU as compared to the iPhone 5s’ processor. This processor also offers great battery life where it exceeds the iPhone 6s on some levels with two hours more Internet use on 3G and Wi-Fi and three hours on 4G LTE. The processor comes with always-on Siri so she can be activated without the iPhone being plugged in, which is needed on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

The iPhone SE has the Touch ID Home button and an NFC chip for Apple Pay payments without needing to first connect to the Apple Watch. The phone has faster Wi-Fi and 4G LTE so it can be up to three times faster on Wi-Fi and up to fifty times faster on LTE when compared to the iPhone 5s. It also has Bluetooth 4.2 and support for VoLTE and Wi-Fi Calling.

The rear camera on the iPhone SE have been upgraded as well. It now has the 12MP sensor with the functionality to take Live Photos and Panoramas up to 63MP. The camera also has up to 4K video recording, HD slo-mo video recording and cinematic video stabilization. The front camera on the phone, however, is the same as on the iPhone 5s. It takes 1.2MP still photos with 720p HD video recording. It does have the Retina Flash, which is a feature unique to the iPhone 6s/6s Plus.


iPhone SE vs. iPhone 5s

iPhone 5s

The iPhone 5s, via YouTube

The iPhone 5s has the same design as the iPhone 5, which was the last iPhone that Steve Jobs helped design. Apple returned to this design for the iPhone SE for a few reasons, one being that it has been around for several years and is loved by its users. The iPhone SE saw many upgraded components that make it equal on many levels to the iPhone 6s. Apple now offers customers a way to upgrade to the latest technology without compromising on the 4-inch screen size.



iPhone lineup spring 2016

The 2016 spring iPhone lineup

For the spring lineup of iPhone (as we near closer to the iPhone 7 rumored announcement in the fall), we have the iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. The new SE replaced the iPhone 5s, which came out two years ago.


Pricing and Storage

iPhone SE

The iPhone SE, via

The iPhone SE is available in two storage sizes: 16GB and 64GB. There are several different pricing options for the iPhone, but the most recognizable would be the unsubsidized price. This is exactly how much you would pay for the phone flat out. The 16GB is available for $399 and the 64GB is available for $499, which much less than the iPhone 6s 16GB price of $649. With a two-year contract, the iPhone SE is $0 for the 16GB model and $49 for the 64GB model. More carriers are stepping away from contracts and are offering carrier financing. With this set up, like you would see on Verizon and AT&T, the iPhone SE starts at $13.30/month or $10/month with the trade-in of an iPhone 5s at the Apple Store.


Release Date

Pre-orders for the iPhone SE start on Thursday, March 24th and the phone is released on Thursday, March 31st.

Apple announces iPhone SE, 9.7″ iPad Pro and new Apple Watch bands

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On Monday, Apple held their first special media event of the year where they announced the 4-inch iPhone SE, 9.7-inch iPad Pro and new bands for Apple Watch. The event, as stated by Tim Cook, will be one of the last special events to be held Apple’s Town Hall at their Cupertino Campus.

iPhone SE

iPhone SE announcement

Apple announces the iPhone SE.

The iPhone SE is Apple’s next-generation 4-inch iPhone that replaced the iPhone 5s in their lineup. While it does have relatively the same external design as the iPhone 5s, it has very upgraded internal specifications that allow it to match the iPhone 6s in terms of performance and camera quality. With its A9 processor and M9 embedded coprocessor, 12MP rear camera, 4K video recording, Live Photos functionality and rose gold color, it is almost a miniature version of the iPhone 6s. The iPhone SE starts at $399 unsubsidized for 16GB, or free with a two-year contract. Pre-orders start Thursday, March 24th and it’s available Thursday, March 31st.


9.7″ iPad Pro

9.7" iPad Pro announcement

Apple announces the 9.7″ iPad Pro.

The iPad Pro, which is said to be one of Apple’s best products that customers love, received an update in terms of size. In addition to the 12.9″ model which came out last fall, there’s a new 9.7″ model that is successor to the iPad Air 2. It has a higher-quality display that is less reflective and brighter, dual stereo speakers, the A9X processor, 12MP rear (protruding camera) with 4K video recording and a new LED flash and a 5MP front camera. The smaller iPad Pro starts at $599 for the 32GB Wi-Fi only model and, like the iPhone SE, pre-orders start on March 24th and it’s released March 31st.

For the first time ever, Apple is offering the iPad Pro (both sizes) in a 256GB configuration. This significantly larger storage size is also rumored for the iPhone 7.


Apple Watch

Apple Watch announcement

Apple announces new bands for Apple Watch.

While we did not see a new Apple Watch model like many news outlets predicted, we did see a whole set of new bands and the Apple Watch Sport saw a price drop. There are now twenty-two different colors of the Sport band, with yellow, royal blue and apricot (light orange) added today, and seven colors of the new Woven Nylon band. It’s available in pink, blue, royal blue, red and black. The Apple Watch Sport now starts at $299 ($50 price decrease) for the 38mm model and $349 ($50 price decrease) for the 42mm model.


Other Updates

Apple released new software updates for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV and Apple Watch today. The iPhone, iPad and iPod touch can update to iOS 9.3 which has new features like Night Shift, password-protected Notes and better personalization in News. For the Apple TV, tvOS 9.2 is available with Siri remote dictation, app folders and iCloud Photo Library. The Apple Watch can also be updated to watchOS 2.2, which comes with an enhanced Maps app and support for multiple watch pairing. With the exception of the Apple Watch, all of these updates can be downloaded through the Settings app on their respective devices. The Apple Watch update can be downloaded via the Apple Watch app on iPhone.