iOS

Apple’s iOS 8 Protects Mobile Privacy from Wi-Fi Data Collection

2:49 PM, Jun. 9th, 2014 · · iOS

One of the improved privacy features of iOS 8 could also foil marketers tracking smartphone data. A Swiss scientist has revealed that MAC address tracking—a common method marketers (and also malware) can use to monitor mobile phones (and therefore customers) as they move through a store—is foiled by Apple's latest iOS 8 beta releases.

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It's nice to see this baked into iOS, rather than it being a separate utility. It would be nice if this became the norm.

iOS 7: Organizing Books into Collections

8:40 AM, Jun. 4th, 2014 · · iOS

Do you read a lot on your iOS devices? Then this tip’ll help you stay more organized. Whether you want to put your books into Collections sorted by author, by genre, or by whether or not you’ve read them, we’ll give you the lowdown.

Swiftkey - Officially Coming to an iPhone Near You

12:58 PM, Jun. 3rd, 2014 · · iOS

Swiftkey on iOS 8

LONDON - Swiftkey announced on Tuesday that it would bring its namesake keyboard replacement to iOS 8 when it's released later this year. A key feature in iOS 8 is the ability to support third party keyboard replacements like Swiftkey through Extensions, and not surprisingly, Swiftkey said it was rather pleased by the announcement.

iOS 8 gets Wi-Fi Calling Support, T-Mobile Already On Board

10:03 AM, Jun. 3rd, 2014 · · iOS

When iOS 8 launches this fall, it'll include a great feature that wasn't mentioned in Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference keynote event on Monday: Wi-Fi calling support. The feature lets Wi-Fi networks handle voice calls -- saving user's talk minutes -- and T-Mobile has already committed to let its iPhone customers join in.

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Wi-Fi calling support has already been available to Android and Windows smartphone users, so it's nice to see Apple finally getting on board. Now we just need Verizon and AT&T to let their customers use the feature, too.

So Long, iPhone 4: Apple Drops Support in iOS 8

6:50 PM, Jun. 2nd, 2014 · · iOS

The iPhone 4 joined the ranks of the original iPhone, iPhone 3 and iPhone 3GS on Monday as another device Apple is leaving behind. When iOS 8 ships this fall, it won't include support the older iPhone model, which means you'll need at least an iPhone 4S to try out the new features Apple announced earlier today.

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Apple maintains backwards compatibility for older hardware longer than many other companies do, but it isn't surprising to see the iPhone 4 dropped from the supported device list for iOS 8. Running iOS 7 on the iPhone 4 was frustrating, and several features weren't supported at all. iOS 8 would've been an exercise in pain on the iPhone 4.

Apple Announces Support for Third Party Keyboards in iOS 8

3:52 PM, Jun. 2nd, 2014 · · iOS

SwiftKey

Apple announced support for third party keyboards in iOS 8, correcting a long-standing shortcoming of the mobile operating system. The support is part of Extensions, a new feature in iOS 8 that allows features in an app to be extended to other applications.

Apple Opens iOS to Developers through Extensibility

2:54 PM, Jun. 2nd, 2014 · · iOS

Apple made both developers and end users happy on Monday with the introduction of extensibility as a new feature in iOS 8. Extensibility will let developers build apps that interact with each other and share information, but without giving up the security sandboxing brings to the iPhone and iPad.