iPhone OS, SDK and hacks
According to an App Store Support Page, Apple’s iOS 7 adoption rate is at 74% about three months after the company released the redesigned software to the public. Apple depicts the adoption in the form of a pie chart, and shows iOS 6 at 22% and anything prior to iOS 5 at 4%. It isn’t altogether surprising iOS 7 is at 74%, especially with the speed improvements, redesigned applications, and new security features the update brings to iOS devices.
Apple has finally updated its App Store search feature to take into account spelling mistakes and typos, resulting in improved app discovery. Typos are fairly common among iOS users, as we tend to make them while searching for any application in the App Store. Now, the Apple store automatically corrects typos to provide more useful results. The folks at TechCrunch, who noticed the change, mentioned that the update went live a few weeks back.
I’ve been an unhappy camper since up(?)grading to iOS 7 a few weeks back. My iPad 2, which had been a smooth, quick, and slick performer in iOS 6, was transformed into a ragged and unrefined, underperforming slug with the change of OS versions. Unhappily, Apple has provided no provision for reverting to iOS 6; installing the iOS 7 upgrade lights the bridge behind it on fire. Happily, I can report that the iOS 7.0.4 update has helped with this substantially.
As we’ve been pointing out for several weeks now, Apple is really on top of software updates. So far, the company has seeded an OS X Mavericks update to developers, released iOS 7.0.4 to the public, and has updated several applications in both OS X and iOS. On Monday, Apple seeded the first betas of iOS 7.1 and the Apple TV software to developers. iOS 7.1 (which arrives with build number 11D5099e) brings several bug fixes to iOS 7, including several fixes for network connection issues.
It’s been almost a month since Apple released iOS 7.0.3 which had bug fixes for iMessage and iCloud KeyChain, as well as several other enhancements. Now, Apple has released iOS 7.0.4 to fix an issue that could cause Facetime calls to fail for users, along with the usual improvements and bug fixes. Sized at almost 14MB, the update is available over-the-air on your iOS devices or via Software update through iTunes.
ABI Research forecasts that shipments of connected in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems equipped with one or more smartphone integration technologies will grow substantially during the next five years, reaching 35.1 million units globally by the end of 2018. Of these, 43.6% will be equipped with MirrorLink, 49.8% with Apple’s “iOS in the Car,” and 28.2% with other technologies. But is iOS in the Car safe?
As I’ve said here at AppleTell, there’s never an end to (or even a break from) Apple rumors and predictions. The other day, we posted some iPhone 6 concept images. Now, less than two months after the release of iOS 7, some designers have put together concept images of what they’d like to see in iOS 8.
It seems Apple is in a good mood today. Aside from announcing several new product updates, they have also released an updated version of iOS 7. Specifically, iOS 7.0.3 is available now from your device’s software update as a 67MB file download. It’s an important update since it fixes the iMessage app bug which was experienced by many recently.
Late Sunday, Apple briefly updated its Built-in Apps page to unveil a new set of six iLife and iWork apps updated for iOS 7. All of the apps have new icons that are flatter and have a new color scheme that matches some of the other native apps in iOS 7. Though Apple has now removed the new icon designs and descriptions from the Built-in Apps page, it was not before revealing they will begin offering the iOS version of GarageBand for free with in-app purchases.
The iPhone 5s accelerometer problems center around incorrect level and compass measurements, which may be worrisome if the part is used for other applications. Apple switched suppliers with the iPhone 5s, and is now receiving the part from Bosch Sensortech. The same accelerometer part in the iPhone 5 was supplied by STMicroelectronics, which doesn’t seem to be having the same issues.
Apple’s iPhone 5s has been out for a couple of weeks, and there appears to be a number of bugs specific to the device. As with any Apple product, early adopters usually experience the most bugs, and the company addresses them over the course of several updates. One of the iPhone 5s bugs is being called “the blue screen of death,” while the other is simply a performance issue that causes some apps to freeze up and then reset the springboard, causing the Apple logo to pop up.
If you are a developer enrolled in the Apple Developer program and haven’t updated your device from one of the iOS 7 betas to the public release or the GM version, you may be in a bit of trouble. Several reports have emerged on the Internet that users running the beta builds of iOS 7 are getting activation errors. This is because the beta was set to expire on October 6, based on your time zone.