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Free iOS apps now labelled with ‘Get’ button in App Store

Published on November 19, 2014 by

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A small change has taken place today in the App Store: iOS apps that require no immediate payment have a “GET” button beside them for users to download the app, whereas previously the button read “FREE.” The button appears throughout different sections of both the mobile and desktop versions of the Store, and even appears on apps with in-app purchases. The move could be in response to increasing pressure from the European Union and Federal Trade Commission, who suggested various changes back in September.

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Developers can now begin to create apps for the Apple Watch

Published on November 18, 2014 by

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Apple has today released WatchKit, it’s took for developers that will enable them to start coding and producing apps for the upcoming Apple Watch smartwatch. Developers are able to create three different experiences for the device: a standard Watch app with its own interface and features, a page for the watch’s Glances screen which provides short excerpts of important information, and actionable notifications to allow the user to interact with a particular alert.

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Apple releases iOS 8.1.1 with speed boosts for iPhone 4S and iPad 2 users

Published on November 17, 2014 by

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Apple has released the next version of its iOS mobile operating system, version 8.1.1. The update brings the usual bug fixes and security updates, but the company says users of the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 will find some much-needed speed improvements. As older devices, they both saw degraded performance when iOS 8 was released in September, making the user experience quite frustrating some users. It’s not uncommon for Apple to release periodic updates to optimize the performance of older devices.

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Aaron Sorkin: Steve Jobs’ daughter Lisa is the heroine of the movie

Published on November 17, 2014 by

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Aaron Sorkin has participated in an interview with The Independent for his upcoming Steve Jobs movie, and while he says a casting announcement is imminent – the lead role of Jobs is yet to be filled after Christian Bale pulled out – he also provided some details on the role of Jobs’ daughter, Lisa.

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Christian Bale drops out of Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs movie

Published on November 3, 2014 by

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The upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, scripted by Aaron Sorkin, has taken a major blow today, as Christian Bale has reportedly dropped out of playing the lead role of the Apple co-founder. Earlier reports said Bale was almost certain to play the part of Jobs, but the actor has supposedly said he feels he’s not quite right for the role, however he hasn’t stated why. It is slightly surprising that Bale has pulled out, as he is famous for adapting himself in major ways in order to fit a particular movie role.

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Leaked video transcript reveals Spring 2015 Apple Watch launch date

Published on November 3, 2014 by

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Apple’s entry into the smartwatch industry, the Apple Watch, won’t be launching until Spring 2015, according to a leaked transcript of an internal video. 9to5Mac received the leak, which features the company’s retail chief Angela Ahrendts. Apple has officially said the device will be coming out “early next year”, so this leak provides some more precise information.

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Continuity, where OS X and iOS really become seamless

Published on June 7, 2014 by

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At its Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, Apple introduced new versions of both its operating systems. On the desktop side, it unveiled OS X 10.10 Yosemite, and on the mobile side, we got to see iOS 8. Whilst over the past few years features from one operating system have reached the other, and vice versa, the two systems have always remained different. You do something on one device, and when you’re finished with that you pick up another device and do something else. No matter how similar the experiences became, there was always an odd jump between OS X and iOS.

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Inter-app communication is a real thing in iOS 8

Published on June 4, 2014 by

Apple’s mobile operating system is now more powerful than ever, because iOS 8, which was unveiled at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference, now includes inter-app communication. This means that app developers can produce “extensions” that integrate with other apps, as well as iOS’s built-in functions. For example, a translation extension can be built right into Safari, or a photo-editing app can integrate its editing tools directly into the stock Photos app.

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Apple is allowing third-party widgets in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite

Published on June 3, 2014 by

In iOS 5 and 6, Notification Center included small widgets for weather, stocks, and social media posting to Facebook and Twitter. Those were all removed in iOS 7 and replaced with the ‘Today’ view, but now they’re back, and in both iOS and OS X. With Yosemite’s Notification Center gaining the ‘Today’ view, users can add third-party widgets to it in order to customize it to their liking and receive glanceable information.

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Manufacturers can now make headphones with Lightning connectivity that are Made for iPhone

Published on June 3, 2014 by

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Apple has introduced a new specification for manufacturers, allowing the production of headphones that connect to iOS devices through the Lightning port rather than the standard 3.5mm headphone jack. The update uses the Made for iPhone (MFi) program, and the company says a future software update will enable support for these headphones for devices running iOS 7.1 or later.

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