iPhone OS, SDK and hacks
iPhone 4 was on the list of iOS 7 supported devices, but it wasn’t able to run the OS very smoothly. Things are changing with the iOS 7.1 update. Compared to iOS 7, the update brings improvements that have been noticed by iPhone 4 users, but still it lacks in terms in performance when compared to previous iterations of iOS.
If you have a jailbroken device, it’s best to stay away from Apple’s newest iOS 7.1 update. While there are tons of perks and tweaks on Cydia, it’s best to heed the advice of MuscleNerd of team evasi0n, unless you’re ready to lose everything; you’ll be responsible with your actions. There’s still no indication whether evasi0n7 will have an iOS 7.1 update as of this writing.
Some of the new iOS 7.1 features include the new camera setting for automatically enabling HDR for iPhone 5S, a dedicated list and tray view button in Calendar, a new design for the power toggle and phone animation, improvement in the animation speed, support for push-to-talk option with Siri for better speech recognition, improved Touch ID fingerprint recognition, and other small improvements.
Apple has been testing the latest iOS 7.1, and has seeded several betas of the software to developers to screen out bugs and test new features. While previous rumors have pegged the launch date for the iOS 7.1 to March, it could reach users as early as next week, according to John Gruber of Daring Fireball.
On Wednesday, mobile analytics firm Chitika confirmed that Apple’s iOS 7.0.6—which was released last week—hit a 13.3% adoption rate within 48 hours. Apple released iOS 7.0.6 to address an SSL vulnerability that made log-in information available to hackers on any open or public network.
The FCC Speed Test app for iOS tests speeds for U.S broadband connections. The app provides feedback on how the network is operating, and also pulls together speed and location data to create a nationwide performance map of broadband speeds.
If my guess about app code bloat is correct, it’s pretty hard to any longer recommend 16GB iPads as a good value, since unlike many Android and Windows tablets, iPads have no option of removable media expansion for data overflow. Yes, there’s the Cloud, and I love Dropbox, but I prefer to have anything worth saving stored on local media, with Cloud storage for synchronization and backup only.
An iOS 8 concept video released on Monday shows a combined Control Center, Multitasking, and Notification Center interface, making any main page on an app a card that can slide away to reveal an interface below. The video was created by designer Bill Labus who notes his hatred for double clicking the home button is what inspired him to design this new concept.
Burstly announced earlier this week that it would be getting rid of the Android version of the TestFlight software and would stop taking in new customers for its SDK. The company has kept TestFlight open for current customers, though Apple will likely shut down the service and incorporate it into its own developer center sometime in the near future.
I’ve made a fair proportion of my living over the past two decades writing about technology, but when it comes to technology in cars I’m unapologetically more than a bit of a luddite. I’m an old-school car aficionado, and regard the incursion of technology in cars mostly with dismay and loathing.
A new report from AppleInsider pinpoints exactly when iOS 7.1 will arrive: March 15th. The report also notes that in addition to bug fixes and UI enhancements, iOS 7.1 will bring better Mobile Device Management. MDM improvements would allow Apple to give educational, governmental and corporate entities the opportunity to configure settings for hundreds of iOS devices at once.
Though iOS 7 has been out for several months now, the beta builds for the mobile OS are giving away a lot of information on Apple’s future products. New Apple TV references have been discovered in the iOS 7 beta builds, cited specifically in relation to the device’s AirPlay functionality. The new Apple TV is noted in the iOS 7 builds as “AppleTV4,1.”