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Just say no!

PSA: Do NOT update your iDevice to iOS 8.0.1

radioactiveWell, this isn’t good. Hopefully you caught our update to today’s iOS 8.0.1 announcement post, but if you haven’t, we’ll say it again to save you and your precious iDevice any pain and suffering. Reports are flooding in that iOS 8.0.1 basically destroys your iPhone, completely breaking cellular connectivity as well as Touch ID on compatible devices.

Apple has yet to pull the update on affected devices, so you’re still free to update if you so choose – but don’t. Seriously, you really shouldn’t. Apple will likely upload a fixed version shortly, and until then it’s better to sit this one out and wait. If it’s too late, you might want to look into downgrading to iOS 8.0.0 or iOS 7.1.2 while you still can.

Update 09/24/14 @ 2:10 PM EST: It appears that these issues are limited to iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models, however it would still be wise to hold out updating no matter what model you have until Apple clears this mess up.

Hath Hell frozen over?

Apple teams up with IBM to transform mobile enterprise

apple-logo-wwdc13Steve Jobs didn’t quite care for IBM back in the 1980s, but that means nothing today as both Apple and IBM have announced a new global partnership to “transform enterprise mobility”. According to a joint press release published just a few minutes ago, the companies claims that the new partnership aims to “redefine” the way businesses get work done, as well as address key challenges in the mobile enterprise category.

The centerpiece of the deal appears to be a new lineup of enterprise mobility applications powered by IBM’s “big data and analytics capabilities” coming soon to the iPhone and the iPad, as well as bringing IBM’s cloud services to the platform allowing for device management and security. Apple will also be beefing up their AppleCare service and support to meet “the needs of the enterprise.”

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook had the following to say about the news, “iPhone and iPad are the best mobile devices in the world and have transformed the way people work with over 98 percent of the Fortune 500 and over 92 percent of the Global 500 using iOS devices in their business today… for the first time ever we’re putting IBM’s renowned big data analytics at iOS users’ fingertips, which opens up a large market opportunity for Apple. This is a radical step for enterprise and something that only Apple and IBM can deliver.”

The two companies are calling all of this IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions, and it will “totally transform how businesses and employees work using iPhone and iPad, allowing companies to achieve new levels of efficiency, effectiveness, and consumer satisfaction” – all according to the press release, of course.

No word yet when we’ll see all of this in action, however Apple does note in the press release that iOS 8 will improve enterprise support over previous releases of the software by “improving of the way users are informed of how their devices are configured, managed, or restricted, with expanded security management and productivity features.” iOS 8 was, of course, announced at Apple’s WWDC conference in San Francisco just a few short weeks ago.

We have published to Apple and IBM’s full press release after the break.

Source: Apple

Somebody plug that hole before we drown

Newly published iOS 7 security flaw leaves your email attachments unencrypted

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.

security-flaw-email-attachmentsThe 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.

Via: MacRumors
Source: ZDNet

Still the early days

iOS 8 screenshots leak, revealing familiar UI and new apps


It should come as no shock or surprise that Apple is plowing ahead with the next major version of their mobile operating system, iOS 8. Though iOS 7.1 was just released to much fanfare over the past couple of days, iOS 8 promises to be a much larger release with a further emphasis on new functionality rather than just simple refinements. Today we’re getting one of our first looks at Apple’s next OS as numerous screenshots of an early pre-release build has leaked onto the web.

If the images are to be trusted, and popular and often reliable Apple blog 9to5Mac believes that they are, iOS 8 will be focusing quite a bit on two things – feature parity with OS X, particularly in regards to iCloud integration – and health monitoring. A new application called “Healthbook” can now be seen on the home screen, and many are already speculating that this could serve as a point of integration between the iPhone and Apple’s oft rumored iWatch.

Also new are three new applications – Preview, TextEdit, and Tips – the latter two which should be immediately recognizable to anybody who has ever used a Mac computer for more than a couple of minutes. Both Preview and TextEdit feature iCloud integration on OS X, however iOS users have been unable to access Preview and TextEdit data from their mobile devices somewhat limiting its usefulness. Hopefully iOS 8 seeks to remove this gap.

iOS 8 is expected to be announced at the WWDC 2014 developer conference sometime this summer. Apple has traditionally hosted the conference around early June with an announcement and registration a short while before, so stay tuned for more on iOS 8 and WWDC.

Source: 9to5Mac

Minor design changes

Apple seeds iOS 7.1 Beta 4 to registered developers

ios7logoApple 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.

Source: 9to5Mac

The first of many?

Apple releases iOS 7.1 Beta 1

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

Apple releases new iOS 7.0.4 update, brings FaceTime fix

ios7logoApparently, 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:

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

Apple releases updated iBooks app for iOS 7

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.

Apple has a similar issue every year

iOS 7’s calendar app appears to have issues with Daylight Savings Time… again

apple-logo-wwdc13I feel like we’re retreading some old ground here, so somebody stop me if this sounds familiar – Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS 7, appears to be having some issues with Daylight Savings Time this year. That’s right, in what is a repeat of a glitch that happens literally almost every year, iOS 7’s built in Calendar application appears to forget that it’s DST, giving users the incorrect time when in the application. The glitch appears to be isolated to the built in calendar app – the system wide time and date appears to remain correct.

The silver lining here? In 2010, the DST glitch stopped people’s alarms from going off, but we’ve heard no reports of that happening this year – yet. Apple is currently listing no official fix for the issue, however we’d assume there’ll be an iOS 7.0.4 in the near future to fix this nonsense. Until next year, that is.

Source: AppleInsider

Apple's been quick to act

Apple releases iOS 7.0.2, fixes security flaws

ios7logoHere we are, just one week after Apple has released the most significant software update in the history of the company’s mobile operating system, and Apple has already just today released the second update to iOS 7, iOS 7.0.2. Unlike 7.0.1, which was limited to the company’s new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c handsets, 7.0.2 has been provided to all of the devices that support iOS 7.0.

If you’re looking for any significant changes in Apple’s new mobile vision, you’ll be sorely disappointed however. The new update arrives merely as a fix to a not insignificant security flaw that allowed users to rather easily circumvent an iOS 7 device’s lockscreen. Still, with a turnaround time between the discovery of the flaw and a fix being this short, it once again proves how valuable Apple’s direct-to-device update policy truly is. Such an update could take months to years to be applied to all Android devices as OEMs and manufacturers are under no obligation to deliver their customers with Android security updates.

If you’ve got an iOS 7 device, you can now update either via OTA or through iTunes.

It's out! Update on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Apple releases iOS 7

And just like that, after months of waiting, six Developer Previews, two Apple Special Events, and hundreds of hours of excitement/anger/anxiety/debate, Apple has released iOS 7 to the general public. iOS 7 is the first significant redesign of Apple’s mobile platform since its inception in 2011.

Your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch (fifth-generation) should warn you of an impending update in the coming minutes. Or, if you’d like to force your device to see the update, go to Settings > General > Update to install the update from your device. Alternatively, you can plug your device into iTunes, which should now see the update.

iOS 7 includes a radical new redesign, several new features, and supports the iPhone 4 and up, iPad 2 and up, iPad mini, and the fifth generation iPod touch. You can read our extensive review of iOS 7 here.

A new beginning, yet rooted in the past

iOS 7 Review


When Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage to announce the next generation in iOS at WWDC this summer, I was nervous. Rumors had been swirling for months – quite literally months, if not a year – that Apple was working on the biggest change to hit the iPhone since its inception. iOS 7 would be new, the rumors said – gone would be the skeuomorphism that infested modern incarnations of Apple’s software; the wooden bookshelves, the fine Corinthian leather, the drop shadows – and in would come the flat user interface, the heavy use of whites, the loss of virtual “depth”.

But from the second Tim Cook played that Jony Ive video that accompanies the announcement of any major Apple product these days to introduce iOS 7, I was taken aback. It was an odd feeling – even though we knew almost exactly what Apple was going to be introducing with iOS 7, it was clear that none of the rumors had prepared me for what Apple was actually unveiling.

Read more to check out our full review of iOS 7. You won’t want to miss this.