iOS 9 Includes Android Migration Assistant

11:53 AM, Jun. 9th, 2015 · · iObserver

iOS 9 makes it easier to move from Android smartphones to iPhone

Apple wants to make it easier for Android smartphone users to switch to iPhone, so when iOS 9 ships this fall it's going to include a new app designed to help move your data over for you. The app transers everthing from contacts and email accounts, to music and photos, and then lets you know you can take your old Android phone to an Apple Store for free recycling.

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Android Migration is a really smart move for Apple. This will remove one of the big barriers keeping some users from moving to an iPhone.

Apple gets Women Have Health Tracking Needs in iOS 9

7:38 PM, Jun. 8th, 2015 · · iObserver

iOS 9 HealthKit adds reproductive health tracking

When Apple ships iOS 9 this fall, HealthKit is finally going to address a glaring omission that's been there since the feature was introduced in iOS 8: menstruation. HealthKit currently tracks your daily step count, weight, sleep patterns, and more, but didn't address what Apple described as reproductive health during Monday's Worldwide Developer Conference keynote presentation—until now.

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Apple essentially left women out in the cold last year with its limited health and fitness tracking support. It would've been great to see menstruation tracking supported last year with iOS 8, but it's still good to see it showing up this year in iOS 9.

Apple Pay is On a Roll, Adds UK Support in July

6:38 PM, Jun. 8th, 2015 · · iObserver

Apple is pouring on the coals with Apple Pay. The company is working with Square to allow small businesses to accept Apple Pay, and the service will launch in the UK in July with even more locations than the U.S. rollout in October 2014.

Apple Introduces News App with ‘Apple News Format’ for Publishers

4:28 PM, Jun. 8th, 2015 · · iObserver

Apple Introduces News App with 'Apple News Format' for Publishers

SAN FRANCISCO - Apple has cast out Newsstand in favor a new app called simply "News" for iOS 9, which is scheduled for a fall release. News offers a Flipboard-like interface for browsing news, but Apple also announced the "Apple News Format" for publishers to deliver their content to the app with "rich typography," images, and "beautiful layouts."

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This could be a dynamite combination for everyone concerned.

Apple Watch gets Native Apps with watchOS 2

3:06 PM, Jun. 8th, 2015 · · iObserver

watchOS 2 for Apple Watch adds new complications, more

Apple isn't sitting still with Apple Watch and is already showing off watchOS 2 even though its smartwatch was released less than two months ago. The next version of watchOS will include support for third-party watch face complications, improved Siri support, better Maps support, and more.

iOS 9 Brings Multitasking to iPad

2:39 PM, Jun. 8th, 2015 · · iObserver

iOS 9 brings multitasking to iPad

The iPad is going to get more useful when iOS 9 ships this fall because it introduces multitasking, or the ability to work with two apps at the same time. Apple also redesigned the on-screen keyboard to make it easier to t

Apple’s iOS 9 gets Improved Siri, New Apps

2:12 PM, Jun. 8th, 2015 · · iObserver

iOS 9 has big improvements for Siri, power management, more

Apple's Craig Federighi showed off iOS 9 during Monday's Worldwide Developer Conference, and it looks like the company wants to make our iPhones an even bigger part of our daily lives. It also includes changes like renaming Passbook to Wallet, and introducing the News app.

Edward Snowden Calls Apple ‘Pioneering’ in Privacy

7:11 PM, Jun. 5th, 2015 · · iObserver

Edward Snowden Calls Apple 'Pioneering' in Privacy

Edward Snowden called Apple a "pioneering" company in the area of privacy. In an editorial for The New York Times titled "The World Says No to Surveillance," Mr. Snowden made the case that public sentiment has turned against the surveillance state.