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iOS 7 comes to the desktop
Here on the stage of WWDC we have the first demonstration of the next version of Mac OS X, called “Yosemite” and versioned 10.10. As some have suspected, 10.10 contains a new UI and several tweaks to bring it more in line with iOS.
The main UI has dropped its old look and has now gone to a flat and simple design with plenty of gradients and Helvetica Neue. Translucency, as also seen in iOS 7, is used reasonably heavy here in Yosemite and the Dock returns to its pre-10.5 form.
The Notification center has been improved with a new Today view that, as its name implies, allows you to see what’s going on today. Spotlight improvements also abound as it now lets you search from the desktop for any little thing you want to, much like the Search charm in Windows 8.1.
A new feature in Yosemite is further unification between iPhone and Mac OS. If you pair your phone with your Mac, you’ll gain the ability to read your phone’s notifications including call notifications which you can even answer or ignore.
Mac OS X Yosemite will be available for free later this year in Fall.
Somebody plug that hole before we drown
Apple’s mobile platform is under fire once again today, this time after a new revelation has revealed that iOS 7 leaves users’ email attachments unencrypted, potentially allowing enterprising hackers to grab any files sent and received by an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 7.0.4 or newer. The new flaw was revealed today by security researcher Andreas Kurtz and published by ZDNet.
The screenshot above shows that to access an attachment, all anyone needs to do is navigate to the “Mail” folder hidden inside an iPhone, where the attachments sit ready for anyone to open. Apple has responded to the discovery of the security issue by confirming that the issue does exist, however the company has yet to confirm when it will be patched. Apple regularly issues security updates to their platforms and one can expect that this pretty significant issue will be fixed well ebfore the introduction of iOS 8, which is expected at this year’s WWDC developer conference.
Siri, drive me to the moon
Apple has today formally announced the upcoming release CarPlay, previously known as iOS in the Car, confirming the feature’s existence for the first time since WWDC 2013 last June. The feature essentially puts iOS in modern vehicle’s dashboard, allowing access to numerous built in and third party applications and services – such as Phone, Messages, Maps, Music, and Siri – without ever touching your smartphone.
To enable the functionality in supported vehicles, simply plug your compatible device into the car using a built in Thunderbolt cable and watch iOS take over your car’s dashboard. Third party applications will also be enabled, with popular apps Beats Radio, iHeartRadio, Spotify, and Stitcher already confirming that they’ll be bringing their respective applications to the new platform.
Of course, not all vehicles will be supported off the bat, but Apple has announced partnerships with numerous big names for support with upcoming models, including Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, BMW, Ford, GM, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover, Kia, Mitsubishi, Nissan, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota. Some manufacturers, such as Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo, will be receiving an update to enable CarPlay in existing vehicles this week.
CarPlay will be making its debut with an “update to iOS” coming soon, which may lead many to expect that the release of iOS 7.1, which Apple has been beta testing for quite some time now, may be imminent.
AppleTV4,1 Airplay support
The rumor train is all warmed up and has now hit full steam, as Apple is reportedly preparing to release both new hardware and software for their “hobby” platform, the Apple TV. Just last week we learned that Apple is seemingly preparing to launch a new software and hardware update for the system alongside iOS 7.1 at a special event in March, and now we’re seeing further evidence that new hardware does indeed exist.
Some enterprising hackers have picked through system files of iOS 7 and have discovered that Apple’s latest mobile operating system supports AirPlay streaming to an unreleased Apple TV model dubbed “AppleTV4,1.” The latest version of the Apple TV hardware is currently classified as “AppleTV3,2” with a change in the first number signifying that whatever’s to come next is indeed a significant upgrade. The last time we received an Apple TV hardware update was when Apple shrunk the A5 processor found in the Apple TV but came with no new functionality or design, resulting in a change from “AppleTV3,1” to “AppleTV3,2.”
Apple is rumored to be launching a comprehensive third party app ecosystem with the new version of Apple TV, as well as include support for games for the first time, effectively turning the platform into a gaming console. Apple likely sees huge opportunity in that space as the company has come to absolutely dominate mobile gaming with iOS, which now ships more games that customers arguably want to play than any other mobile platform.
The beast awakens
Good news, Apple fans – while the company has been relatively quiet since the announcement and release of the iPad Air and the iPad mini with Retina Display last October, things may be about to change as sources have recently informed popular and trustworthy Apple rumor blog 9to5Mac that the company is planning on releasing their first major update to iOS since iOS 7 last summer, iOS 7.1, this March.
iOS 7.1 in and of itself is nothing new – the company has been testing numerous beta builds of months now, however the company has yet to officially confirm any sort of target date or specific feature set for the upcoming version of iOS. Improvements include usability and design improvements to the new design language introduced in iOS 7, iOS in the Car support, performance and stability improvements, and – presumably – more.
What’s more, Apple may be planning on addressing an update to their “hobby” platform, Apple TV, alongside the release of iOS 7.1. Apple has long been rumored to be preparing an updated version of Apple TV, bringing a combination of both new hardware and new software for fans of Apple’s entertainment center. Rumored improvements have included beefier remote support, gaming support, as well as the potential of an official third party Apple TV app ecosystem.
This is all just a rumor at the moment, so we’ll be sure to let you know as soon as we know more. The report claims that Apple may be preparing a special media event to outline the changes, so keep an eye out for that as well!
Minor design changes
Apple has today seeded iOS 7.1 Beta 4 to registered, paying iOS developers. The new version, which is dubbed build 11D5134c, continues to improve upon the new iOS experience Apple debuted at WWDC 13 this June with iOS 7.
While Apple is, as per usual, quiet on what exactly has changed in this build of iOS 7.1, popular Apple rumor blog 9to5Mac has managed to get their hands on some screenshots and information regarding the release. According to the site, the changes are as follows:
- New “+” button for adding a phone number in the dialer to your contacts.
- iPad has gained new Siri voice gender options for the UK.
- Messages now scrolls more smoothly and with more animation.
- Shut down slider also more in line with the new, shinier Slide to Unlock text
- General bug fixes, performance, and stability enhancements
Apple has been developing iOS 7.1 for some time now, with the previous developer build having dropped on January 7th. Apple will likely release iOS 7.1 in the coming weeks as development wraps up in the near future. iOS 7.1 will be released for iPhone 4 and newer, iPad 2 and newer, iPod touch (fifth generation), and both generations of the iPad mini.
iOS 7.1 inches closer
Apple has today released iOS 7.1 beta 3 to registered, paying iOS developers. Though Apple is tight lipped on what specifically has been changed in this beta release, saying only that the update contains bug fixes and improvements, we’ll let you know if there’s any major improvements or upgrades over iOS 7.1 beta 2, which was released around a month ago.
iOS 7.1 makrs the first major release of iOS since Apple released iOS 7, the company’s first significant redesign of the iOS smartphone platform since the release of the first iPhone in 2007.
The first of many?
We’re hearing reports that Apple has just seeded the first beta build of the next version of iOS to registered, paying developers, iOS 7.1. The new version, which carries the build tag 11D5099e, is available for the iPad Air, iPad mini (both generations), iPad 2 and up, iPhone 4 and up, and the iPod touch 5th generation.
While we’re still working to learn what’s new or improved in this new build, this is likely an early look at Apple’s next version of iOS and not necessarily fully representative of what the final product will look like. As soon as we learn more we’ll let you know.
Update 11/18/13 @ 1:40 PM EST: We’ve also got ahold of the full release notes – read more for those.
I didn't know it was broken
Apparently, there was some sort of urgent FaceTime fix – who knew? Not me, certainly, but apparently Apple did and has thus released a new version of their iOS 7 mobile operating system, dubbed iOS 7.0.4, which brings with it a fix for those apparently buggy FaceTime connections. Apple claims that they’ve thrown in a couple of extra bug fixes in there for good measure, but go short of explaining what those actually consist of – but we trust that things have been made better, not worse.
For those interested, Apple’s full release notes is as follows:
Bug fixes and improvements, including a fix for an issue that causes FaceTime calls to fail for some users.
For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222
iOS 7.0.4 is available vita an OTA update for all compatible iOS 7 devices, including the iPad mini (both generations), iPad 2 and up, iPhone 4 and up, and iPod touch (5th generation). Have at it.
For iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch
iBooks has always been one of the best ways to read eBooks on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, but lately it’s been feeling a little bit – shall we say – too skeumorphic for our tastes. What, with the faux-wood, bookshelf metaphor, shadows, and even the old iOS 6 keyboard prevalent during normal usage, iBooks hasn’t exactly felt at home on Apple’s new iOS 7 platform. But the good news is, Apple has heard our cries at long last and has released a newly updated iBooks app, totally updated for iOS 7 with a whole new user interface that says goodbye to the wooden bookshelf once and for all.
Instead relying on a series of gradients to give a sense of place, iBooks for iOS 7 is the ultimate in simple, flat design – one could even make the argument that it’s in fact totally devoid of design, and they wouldn’t be too off course. Still, no matter how you feel about the new look, it does fit in perfectly with iOS 7 now, once again making it feel like a staple of the App Store ecosystem rather than sticking out like a sore thumb. Though Apple hasn’t added any readily apparent new functionality to iBooks, the overhaul in design alone make this worth the trip to the App Store and tapping on that Update button.
Last night, the Apple Store website quietly went down. Before that happened, there was speculation that Apple would be unveiling the new iPad Mini 2, and they were right. Today, the iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display is now available for purchase from Apple’s website.
Aside from the Retina Display, the new iPad Mini comes in 16, 32, 64 and 128GB versions and the usual assortment of LTE-enabled variants. It also sports the 64-bit A7 CPU and the M7 motion coprocessor of course, and other goodies like 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0 and a 23.8w/hr battery.
I don’t even have to ask if you’re interested in this, so here’s the pricing: the new iPad Mini costs $399 for the base wi-fi only model and $529 for the base LTE model.
High volume, or low demand?
Good news, iPad fans – the iPad Air is now on sale! Yes, that means you can run down to your local Apple Store, slam $500 (or more if you want to get a higher capacity version, which you really should) down on the counter, and walk out with your very own fifth-generation full sized iPad. And I mean it, too – because according to some early reports, Apple Stores don’t appear to really be all that flooded with consumers just begging to get their hands on one. We had heard that Apple would have extraordinarily ample stock of the iPad Air available for just about everyone who wanted one today, but the lack of interest seems almost starling.
We’ve scoured Twitter for some first hand iPad Air launch experiences, and many of them have confirmed what we’ve suspected – there just doesn’t seem to really be anyone lining up to get ahold of one of these things. Joe Hewitt, programmer and designer on Twitter, tweeted his experiences earlier this morning:
Apple Store was a ghost town when I picked up the iPad Air. Something really has changed for Apple. Sad… @joehewitt
Far from being alone in that experience, with TechPops developer Paul Roberts writing:
.@joehewitt I saw the same thing in Northern VA – hopefully people are waiting for the iPad Mini Retina @pauljrob
Of course, Paul could have hit on something – last year, Apple released both the fourth-generation iPad as well as the iPad mini – an entirely new product – on the same day, which would have of course led to increased excitement over the launch. This year, Apple has separated the two launch dates by almost a month, with the iPad mini with Retina Display not expected to launch until late November – likely November 21st.
Also of interest, reports from popular teardown blog iFixIt has confirmed that the iPad Air is running a beefier version of Apple’s A7 chip that was introduced in the iPhone 5s last month. While the iPhone 5s runs at 1.3 GHz, the iPad Air runs at 1.4 GHz – a 100 MHz difference. The iPad version of the A7 is seen with a silver body, seen above, while the iPhone version carries a black body.
Have an interesting launch day story to tell us? Let us know in the comments – we’d love to hear from you!