iPhone OS, SDK and hacks
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.”
In December, a rumor surfaced that Apple was working on iOS 7.1 with a expected release date in March. Since then, the company has seeded the third, fourth, and fifth betas of the update to developers, and is likely putting the finishing touches on the public release version. According to a report from 9to5Mac, Apple will be releasing iOS 7.1 next month, as previously expected.
Almost two weeks after the launch of the iOS 7.1 Beta 4, Apple has pushed the fifth beta to developers with more new features and bug fixes for testing purposes. There’s no word on when Apple will release the final version of iOS 7.1 for users, but rumors suggest it will launch for the general public in the coming weeks.
Apple is rolling out the new iOS 7.0.5 update that comes with minor bug fixes, but it seems the update doesn’t bring those fixes to all devices. According to MacRumors, the update is available on select iPhone 5s and iPhone 5cs, and is only helpful for users in specific regions, including China, Europe and Asia-Pacific.