iPhone OS, SDK and hacks
Google has launched an update to the Google Wallet app for Apple’s iOS devices, promising it will be easier to navigate and brings exciting new features such as support for gift cards, the ability to send money to friends or family, and providing easier money transactions.
Apple has launched iTunes Pass, which allows iPhone and iPod touch users to add funds directly into their iTunes account more easily than buying a physical iTunes gift card from a local retail store. Instead, customers can head out to any brick-and-mortar Apple retail store and—with their iOS device and the Passbook app—create a digital gift card in the amount of their choosing.
Apple has updated its developers page, shedding more light on the adoption of its iOS 7 operating system released last fall. According to the latest numbers, iOS 7 is running on 90% of compatible iOS devices less than a year after its release, which is impressive.
SET Solution, a Milan-based consultancy company, created a video that features iWatch and iOS 8 concepts in action with a number of key specifications that may or may not be possible for Apple to include. As of press time, the YouTube video has nearly 70,000 views, having just been uploaded on July 2nd.
Have you updated your firmware already? If you’re having second thoughts and would like to try the Pangu untethered jailbreak solution that was released last week, it’s your lucky day; the developers have already rolled out an updated version, compatible with the latest iOS 7.1.2.
Since relying on Nuance in the event of an acquisition by Samsung might not be a great idea, Apple will reportedly form its own speech recognition team that will work on the technology behind Siri. Just like with Google Now on Android devices, Siri is expected to play a major role in future versions of iOS, and Apple needs a good team if that is to happen.
Apple has released the iOS 7.1.2 update over-the-air for iOS devices that addresses several problems in the previous version. The new update is sized at almost 23MB, and fixes a bug that pops up occasionally when using third-party accessories such as barcode scanners, etc.
Back at the Worldwide Developer Conference earlier this month, Apple unveiled the iOS 8 operating system with several new features and enhancements. According to a new report from BGR Apple won’t release the third beta of iOS 8 to developers before July 8th, making it a break of three weeks between the launch of beta 2 and 3.
With the iOS 8 beta 2, iPad developers will be able to enjoy the QuickType keyboard showcased at the WWDC 2014, offering improved typing technology. In addition, the new beta brings Podcasts as a native app for iOS, which cannot be uninstalled. Previously, it was available as a free download from the App store.
I don’t get is the level of hostility toward the concept of iPad split-screen multitasking that’s been expressed by many forum commentators. Real, multiwindowed multitasking is a non-negotiable necessity for serious post-PC productivity.
The hackers allegedly responsible for hacking iOS devices in Australia and Russia last month have been arrested, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. The hackers were able to get into iOS devices and then lock them. Now, according to some reports, the individuals were arrested in Russia while taking ransom money out of an ATM.
Apple showed some signs of loosening its grip on Mac OS X during WWDC as it introduced a new “black” UI that would let people have at least one way of changing the way the software looks. Now it has been discovered in the iOS 8 beta that Apple may be giving users more control over their mobile OS as well.