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Apple Releases iOS 9.3.5 with Important Security Updates

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On Thursday, Apple released another (and likely the last) update to iOS 9 that fixes a few serious security exploits. According to the New York Times, the exploits where found by NSO Group and it exposes contacts, calls, texts, and emails without first unlocking the device. The update is available for all iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models that are running iOS 9. This update is likely the last of its kind for iOS 9 since Apple is planning to release their next-generation software, iOS 10, next month. This update brings a great refresh with updates in Messages, Notification Center, Photos, and more.

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The iOS 9.3.5 update is highly recommended and can be installed over-the-air or through iTunes. Here’s how to update your phone.

Note: only devices already running iOS 9 can update to iOS 9.3.5.

Over-the-Air

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Go to General
  3. Go to Software Update
  4. Tap Download and Install

Your device must be connected to Wi-Fi and have at least 50% battery power/be plugged in.

 

iTunes

  1. Plug in your device to your PC or Mac
  2. Open iTunes
  3. Click on your device
  4. Open Summary tab
  5. Click Check for Update

iTunes will now download the update and install on your device.

 

This update is relatively small therefore it should only take a few minutes to download and install. It is recommended for all users to update their devices.

 

Apple releases iOS 9.0.2 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

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Today Apple released a second minor update to its iOS 9 operating system for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. This update, called iOS 9.0.2, brings more bug fixes to system.

“This update contains bug fixes and improvements including:
– Fixes an issue with the setting to turn on or off app cellular data usage
– Resolves an issue that prevented iMessage activation for some users
– Resolves an issue where an iCloud backup could be interrupted after starting a manual backup
– Fixes an issue where the screen could incorrectly rotate when receiving notifications
– Improves the stability of Podcasts”

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We expect the next update to be iOS 9.1 (unless Apple finds more bugs in the operating system), which brings new Emojis, special voice settings for “Hey Siri,” more Messages settings and functionality to the iPad Pro when it launches in November.

9 features we want to see in iOS 9

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The ninth generation operating system for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch is expected to be announced at the WWDC keynote on Monday. The update will mostly come with bug fixes and improvements, but there will also be a few other features like an updated keyboard layout, colorful Siri interface and new Home app. In spite of what we have heard, we have some things we would like to see in the new operating system.

Customizable Control Center

Jailbroken iPhone with a customizable Control Center

Jailbroken iPhone with a customizable Control Center

The Control Center is the menu that comes up from the bottom of the display and has buttons on it for many common functions: Wi-Fi, Airplane Mode, Clock, Flashlight, etc. In iOS 9, we would love to see customization for this so we can switch out and reorder the buttons. Instead of the Calculator icon, I would love to add one of Apple’s stock apps or a third-party app like Spotify.

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“Hey, Siri”

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We love using the “Hey Siri” feature, but since it’s limited to when the iPhone is being charged, we don’t use it that often. Thanks to the powerful battery in the iPhone 6 Plus, I only charge my phone at night when I’m asleep so I’m not able to say “Hey Siri.” On a recent iOS 8 beta there was a bug on the iPad that allowed Siri to be accessed with those special keywords without being plugged in. I would love for Apple to allow the option of Siri always listening instead of just when the phone is plugged in.

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Night Mode

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credit: iTeck-Concept

With iOS 7, Apple introduced more white space into their apps, which is great unless you are using your iPhone at night. To enable a “Night Mode”, you can turn on inverted colors which turns the whites into blacks and vice versa, but all the colors are also their complete opposites. We would love to view apps with a darker hue to them so it’s easier to use the iPhone at night.

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Clear All Apps in App Switcher

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credit: 9to5Mac

When the iPhone 6s with Force Touch comes out in September, this would be a perfect time for Apple to add the ability to clear all apps in the App Switcher. We have theorized before that a simple tap/swipe could delete an app, while a deep press could delete all the apps. This function, although, would be limited to devices with the Force Touch.

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Reachability

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Reachability is a feature that Apple introduced with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus so the buttons at the top of apps can be accessed with one hand on the large display. When Reachability is turned on, the app slides halfway down the display leaving the top open. Apple should take advantage of this empty space by turning Reachability into Multitasking. They could either allow a second app to be added to the space or have widgets added (like the picture above).

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Settings Search

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credit: Ralph Theodory, YouTube

On the Mac, there’s a search bar for Settings so if you are looking for something specific, like enabling the dark menus, you can find it. (By the way, that’s in the General section). On iPhone, it would be great to have a search bar so you can look for specific settings.

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Do Not Disturb

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credit: iPhoneTricks

On the Apple Watch, you can cover the display when receiving a notification to silence it. The iPhone should have something similar when turning on Do Not Disturb. When you’re studying or doing work, Do Not Disturb could be automatically turned on by placing the iPhone screen-first on a table or other flat surface.

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Notification Center Widgets

World clocks work on the Mac so why not the iPhone?

World clocks work on the Mac so why not the iPhone?

Apple should create more widgets for the apps they already have on the iPhone. The Clock app could have a stopwatch button or a world clock always present in Notification Center, Maps could always have a mini-map of your current location, Messages/Phone could store icons for your Favorites, Mail could have a new email icon, etc. This would work in conjunction with the customizable Control Center since many of these shortcuts are already found there.

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More Dynamic Wallpapers

We've seen the same dynamic wallpapers for the last 2 years....

We’ve seen the same dynamic wallpapers for the last 2 years….

Dynamic, or moving, wallpapers were introduced alongside of iOS 7, but have yet to be updated. They are dated, we see the same basic colors and they really need to be updated. Hopefully we will see some additions with iOS 9.

The WWDC Keynote should be amazing even if Apple decides not to update iOS 9 with any of these amazing features.

iOS 9 rumor roundup: new Home app, Proactive menu, updated keyboard

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On Monday, Apple CEO Tim Cook will announce the next-generation operating system for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch called iOS 9.  We don’t expect huge changes like previous updates (e.g. iOS 7), but there will be some new features in addition to the rumored bug fixes and improvements. For these features, there will be a new Home app, we will see Apple Music and a few apps will receive updates.

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Proactive

On the Home screen, there will be a new menu available by either swiping down from the middle of the display (the same gesture to open Spotlight search) or it will be available on the screen left of the Home screen. This menu, called Proactive, will integrate information from Apple stock apps and third-party app to provide daily itineraries and other details. It will be the Google Now of Android devices on iPhone.

Updated Stock Apps

  • Messages– Read receipts will now be on a contact-by-contact basis so you can inform some friends that you have read their messages and others that their messages have only been delivered
  • Maps– support for train, bus and subway navigation; future support for Street View
  • Siri– new interface with more colors like Apple Watch, more support for Siri indexing third-party apps
  • Music– redesigned Music app, revamped iTunes Radio and new music streaming service for $10/month (may be part of iOS 8.4)
  • Game Center– yet again, rumored to be removed in this update
  • Health– more data points available

New Home App

In iOS 9, there will be a new “Home” app that will be the central control center for all smart home accessories. Users will be able to control their lights, thermostat, outlets, etc. all from the Home app instead of opening different apps to control their home. The app will also display virtual rooms so users can easily detect which rooms are being controlled.

Force Touch

Both of the new iPhones are expected to come with the Force Touch display when they are announced in September. This will allow the phone to distinguish between a tap and the entire finger pad pressing on the display and depending on this, the phone will respond differently. There are numerous new changes to iOS that Apple will hold off to announce until September since they will use the Force Touch display.

Other Features

  • New font– Apple will replace the Helvetica Neue font introduced with iOS 7 for San Francisco (found on the Apple Watch)
  • Updated keyboard– more accessible Quick Type, better landscape keyboards and better-to-understand shift key
  • Apple Pay in Canada– iOS 9 has the necessary foundation for Canadian banks, credit unions and retailers to begin supporting Apple Pay
  • Split-screen multitasking– on the iPad, two apps will be able to run simultaneously side-by-side

In addition to the above rumored features, the update will also be support on older devices, like the iPhone 4S, even though history tells us that iOS 8 will be the last major operating system update for the phone. Many features will not be included due to limits of the hardware, but we expect Apple to announce iOS 9 support for the iPhone 4S.

Sources: 9to5Mac, Fortune

Several reports reveal many features for iOS 9

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The ninth generation operating system for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch is less than a month away and until this past week, we knew next to nothing about what to expect. All we knew was that this incremental update would include multiple bug fixes and be significantly smaller in terms of new features when compared to iOS 7. Over this past week, 9to5Mac reported several times about new details for iOS 9.

iOS 9, which is code-named “Monarch”, will change the system-wide font from Helvetica Neue to San Fransisco. The current font, Helvetica, was introduced part of iOS 7 and favors simplicity over readability. San Fransisco was designed specifically for legibility and scales better with different sizes. The Apple Watch, which came out last month, uses this new font. A few Apple engineers have reported that while the font looks great on Retina displays, it does not on non-Retina displays. This might be limited, however, by Apple only allowing the update on Retina devices, like the iPad mini 2 or later, iPhone 5 or later, iPad 3 or later and iPod touch 5th generation. The font will also allow the operating system to look refreshed, while retaining the same look.

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credit: 9to5Mac

The second major feature of iOS 9 will include an updated Maps app with support for mass transit. Currently the Maps app is limited to walking and driving in cars, but the updated app will allow iPhone users to travel via train, bus and subway. In addition, there are larger icons for airports, subway and train stations and a new trip planning feature for transit. Apple is also working on indoor mapping with autonomous robots with iBeacons and street view mapping with several cameras and sensors attached to vans. These mapping services likely won’t be available with iOS 9, but the mass transit navigation will be.

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The new operating system will also bring a new app called “Home” that will be the central control center for smart home accessories similar to the Health app. The Health app, which came with iOS 8, syncs data from several hardware and software sources about a user’s health, like sleep, calories burned, nutrition, etc. and puts it all together in one location. The new “Home” app will allow users to remotely control parts of their Home right in the app, like their lights and thermostat. The framework, which is called “HomeKit”, was introduced at WWDC last year and many manufacturers have begun adding support for it in their products. The features of the new app are limited since there aren’t a lot of smart home accessories available, but the app is expected to help set up HomeKit-compatible devices, create virtual rooms to help manage smart accessories in those rooms, connect with the Apple TV (which will be the HomeKit hub) and help users find more HomeKit accessories.

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Finally, the operating system will have many new features for the iPad, including multitasking and multi-user logins. The long-rumored multitasking feature, which will allow two apps to be used side-by-side, was originally supposed to be part of iOS 8 but due to design issues and engineering resources being applied to other projects (like the Apple Watch), this feature was held off for iOS 9. This split-screen feature will support three views: 1/3, 1/2 and 2/3. 9to5Mac suggests that iPad users could view to websites at the same time in Safari or compare two Pages documents, but Apple will likely expand beyond this to allow two apps to display content side-by-side like a Safari website next to a Pages document. The second feature, which will be borrowed from the Mac, will allow multiple users log in and access their content (apps, documents and media) on the iPad. This feature may be pushed back to iOS 9.1 or iOS 9.2 though.

After these reports, we have a better sense of what to expect for the next major operating system update. These new features, along with many more, will be announced at Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference on June 8th.

Sources: 9to5Mac

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Rumor Roundup: iPad Pro dimensions, redesigned Apple TV remote and iOS 9 details

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This past week, more rumors for 12.9″ iPad Pro, fourth-generation Apple TV and next-generation operating system, called iOS 9, came out. The operating system and Apple TV are expected to be announced at WWDC next month and the iPad will likely come out alongside the iPad Air 3 and iPad mini 4 in the fall.

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A new picture of an iPad Pro rendering leaked the dimensions of the tablet in addition a report that gave us more details about the display and optional stylus. It will have a 12.9″ display and measure 12″ x 8.5″ x .28″ (or 7.2mm). The display is expected to have borrow the Apple Watch’s Force Touch technology, similar to what we expect on the iPhone 6s. AppleInsider, who spoke with someone familiar with Apple’s plans for this information, didn’t specify how it would work, but we anticipate the display to distinguish between a small part of the finger and the entire finger pad. This would work the same way the iPhone 6s Force Touch display is rumored to work, as compared to the Apple Watch which responds differently with a tap than with a deep press. In addition, the optional stylus will use Bluetooth to connect to the iPad and a pressure-sensitive tip. The source also said that the iPad will use the NFC radio so it would be able to accept Apple Pay if businesses use the tablet to replace their registers.

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More details about the fourth-generation Apple TV‘s new box and more tactile remote came out in a report in The New York Times. The box is expected to be a lot slimmer and look less like a square hockey puck. The remote, however, is the interesting part since it has not changed its design since the first generation Apple TV, which was released in 2007. The remote control will be slightly thicker, but gain a touchpad and drop down to two physical buttons from three. The touchpad will be used for scrolling around and will likely replace the ring of directional buttons on the current Apple TV remote.

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Finally, a little bit of information came out on 9to5Mac for the next-generation operating system for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, code-named “Monarch”.  iOS 9 will be primarily focused on bug fixes, performance enhancements and security improvements so don’t expect too much in terms of new features. The report said that Siri will get a slight redesign to be more colorful like what we see on the Apple Watch and there were also be new wallpapers added with the default one made up of green and blue colors.

All of these rumors, in addition to any new ones we hear, are first updated on the Rumors page for each respective device. Please check out our other pages for the iPhone 6s, iPad mini 4 and iPhone 6c.

Sources: AppleInsider, The New York Times, 9to5Mac

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Public beta testing programs coming for iOS 8.3 and iOS 9

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According to a new report by Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac, Apple is planning on opening up the beta version of iOS 8.3 and iOS 9 to the public in the coming months.  The company has been under fire recently for releasing software to the public with numerous glitches and problems in it.  iOS 8, for example, was released in September after three months of testing by developers and it still had multiple problems. There have been several smaller updates, like iOS 8.1 and iOS 8.1.1, that have come up to fix some of these.  Apple is hoping that by allowing more people to downloaded beta software, these bugs could be fixed by the time the public launch date.

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In the Fall, Apple created a program called AppleSeed that allowed a certain number of people to download the unreleased OS X Yosemite update for the Macs. This program let Apple fix a number of bugs before the software was officially released. They are rumored to be adopting this program for iOS users. Gurman reports that iOS 8.3 will be available for this program starting in mid-March and iOS 9 in June.

The report also talks about what we should expect for the upcoming operating system updates. iOS 8.3, which is currently in its first beta among developers, brings support for Wireless CarPlay, updated Emoji keyboard layout, higher-quality and more humanlike voice for Siri, new password settings for downloading free content and other minor enhancements. The second beta is expected next week for developers while the public release will be sometime in April.  After this update releases to the public, iOS 8.4 will be coming out. This is rumored to bring a new music streaming service that is similar to Spotify. The next major release for iPhone, called iOS 9, will be announced at Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference in June. It will include numerous bug fixes and enhancements.

New report says iOS 9 is focusing on bug fixes and improvements

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Credit: Ralph Theodory

Unlike the past two major iOS releases (iOS 7 and iOS 8), iOS 9 will not bring any major new features but instead many requested bug fixes and improvements. The iOS 7 update brought a fresh look to the operating system with less of a realistic feel and more of a simpler and elegant look. The iOS 8 update brought a bunch of new features, like Shazam integration with Siri, Apple Pay and the Health app. The next-generation operating system, according to a new report by 9to5Mac, will be focused on fixing many of the bugs those two updates brought and improving the stability of iOS.

iOS 9 is going to include a collection of under-the-hood improvements. Sources tell us that iOS 9 engineers are putting a “huge” focus on fixing bugs, maintaining stability, and boosting performance for the new operating system, rather than solely focusing on delivering major new feature additions. Apple will also continue to make efforts to keep the size of the OS and updates manageable”

The report also mentions that iOS 9 may limited to iOS devices that have a 64-bit processor. So devices like the iPhone 5c, iPad mini (1st gen.) and 5th gen. iPod touch will not be able to update. If Apple decides to kill these devices in 2015, then it won’t be a problem since all their other iOS devices already have the advanced processor.

The next-generation operating system for iOS will be announced at Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference in June.

More RAM in iPhone 6s could mean drastic changes with iOS 9

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The next-generation operating system for iPhone is expected to be announced in a little under six months and so far there have been no rumors suggesting what we will see.  The software version, likely called iOS 9, is rumored to be a major update because of Apple’s history with releasing software on S model years and because of a recent rumor for the iPhone 6s.

Credit: Ralph Theodory

Credit: Ralph Theodory

 

If we look back to previous years, Apple likes to focus more on hardware than on software when releasing a completely redesigned iPhone. For example, think about the iPhone 6. It has a completely redesigned external shell with a curved display, larger screens, better camera, higher-resolution display, etc.  At the same time, iOS 8 was released and this update was a lot less exciting. When a S model is released, like the iPhone 5s, Apple puts more emphasis on the software. The iPhone 5s looks like the iPhone 5 with the exception of Touch ID and a few minor changes, but iOS 7 completely changed iOS. It took the old realistic felt and wood and replaced it with colors and white backgrounds. Multitasking, Control Center, Notification Center and Spotlight Search were all changed, 100’s of new features were added and the look of iOS was very different.

This year, Apple will be releasing a S model iPhone which means that their focus will be more on the software than on the hardware. The iPhone 6s will look and feel like the iPhone 6, but iOS 9 should be more in tune with iOS 7.

iPhone 6 Plus (left) next to the iPhone 6 (right)

iPhone 6 Plus (left) next to the iPhone 6 (right)

In addition, we reported recently about some new rumors that came out about the iPhone 6s.  Two different sites said that the iPhone 6s will have 2GB of RAM.  This is double that amount of memory in the iPhone 6 so the next iPhone would be significantly faster, however, this makes us question why is Apple looking to make their phones faster when they are already quite fast. One theory is because iOS 9 will be a radical change like iOS 7 was. The need for a faster iPhone could point to a large and complex software update.

More rumors will be coming out soon for iOS 9 as we get closer to WWDC. In previous years, Apple releases the software to developers first at the conference in June and then to the public alongside the announcement of the next-generation iPhone in the fall.

iOS 9 is currently being tested at Apple

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Only two months after Apple released iOS 8 to the general public, Cult of Mac started seeing devices running iOS 9 visiting their website.  They mention that it was generally slow at first and now they see more views from these devices, which means that more employees are likely testing out the new operating system.

iOS 9 concept

iOS 9 concept

If Apple continues their pattern, we should see this ninth generation operating system announced at the Worldwide Developer’s Conference in early June and released in the fall.  There are little to no rumors about what the update will bring, but this hasn’t stopped people from creating concepts and speculating as to what we will see.  It could be anywhere from an iOS 7-like design change to minor updates like iOS 8.  When it comes out, the Apple Watch will be out so we may see a design inspired by the new user interface.

A video came out in November that showed an amazing concept for iOS 9 that you really have to see. I would be perfectly fine if Apple just came out with these features for iPhone.

Before iOS 9 comes out, though, we should see iOS 8.2 and iOS 8.3.