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Thursday, 6 August 2015

Apple Releases iOS 9 Public Beta 3

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Alongside the developer beta 5 of iOS 9, Apple has also released third public beta of iOS 9 for those who are enrolled in Apple’s Public Beta Program. Both seeds from today carry the same build number 13A4325c, which means both releases are identical but are pushed through different channels.
Apple launched Public Beta Program for iOS 9, OS X 10.11 and watchOS 2 as per schedule in early July this year to let everyone join in the fun of beta testing Apple’s upcoming operating systems without having to pay any subscription fee for Apple’s Developer portal.
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If you’re already running any previous version of iOS 9 Public Beta, you can update to the latest Public Beta 3 using OTA (Over-The-Air) update system by heading to Settings > General > Software Update.
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Additionally, you can help Apple deliver a more quality iOS release by filing reports for bugs in public beta builds you’re testing.
If you are new to this and want to give iOS 9 a shot on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch device for the first time, 
Apple is scheduled to release final version of iOS 9 at the iPhone 6s unveil event sometime next month.
We will soon have a separate post detailing all the changes in both Public Beta 3 and developer Beta 5 up soon. Stay tuned for that.

Why do I still use Android?

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iPhone Vs Android

I can’t remember the last time I only carried one smartphone with me on a daily basis. My main handset has been an iPhone since the device first debuted in 2007, but even then I also had a Nokia or a BlackBerry phone with me at all times. As sleek and exciting as the iPhone was, there was just too much functionality it didn’t include, and I wanted it all.
Fast-forward to 2015, and I still almost always carry two phones with me. Right now my main phone is an iPhone 6, but there’s also typically an Android handset in my pocket waiting patiently to fill in the blanks.
The problem, however, is that I’m running out of blanks to fill.
In 2015, smartphones are more capable than they have ever been before. Whether you use an Android handset or an iPhone, the device in your hand is more powerful and more versatile than the average desktop computer was just a few short years ago. In fact, there are millions upon millions of smartphone users around the world who might never even touch a conventional computer in their lifetimes, but they’ll still have access to remarkable functionality and the wealth of information that is the Internet.
Smartphone platforms themselves are also constantly evolving as Apple and Google add new features each year. Android M is sleeker and more refined than any previous Android build. And on the other side of the fence, iOS 9 is set to launch this fall and bring with it a host of new functionality.
I have been running a beta version of iOS 9 on my iPhone 6 since it was first released. Well, I did uninstall iOS 9 almost immediately after installing the first beta, but I reloaded iOS 9 on my phone once beta 2 was released and I haven’t looked back. Apple’s iOS 9 software is packed with new features, and I am now truly running out of reasons to use an Android phone alongside my iPhone 6.
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I used to carry an Android phone in part because of the deep integration with Google services. But now, Google is taking over my iPhone and I couldn’t be happier. I also used to prefer Google Now on Android instead of the limited version in the Google app for iOS, but now Siri’s proactive suggestions address much of that functionality.
In fact, Siri is now even smarter than Google Now in some ways. For example, I go to the same dog park several times a week, and I always leave around the same time. Now, when I get in my car around that time, my iPhone automatically tells me how long it will take to drive to the dog park, and it lets me know if there is any traffic along the way.
It’s scary, but brilliant.
Siri is actually something I stopped using almost entirely just after it was first released, but I have to say, Siri in iOS 9 is pulling me back in. The virtual assistant’s newfound ability to understand commands that are strung together based on context is beyond impressive, and I often have trouble stumping Siri these days.
In the beginning, it was a struggle to find commands Siri could handle. In iOS 9, it’s a struggle to find things Siri can’t do.
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There is still functionality present in Android does that is absent in iOS. A great deal of functionality, in fact. For instance, I recently wrote about an Android app that adds one simple feature I wish I could have on my iPhone, and that’s just one of hundreds of nifty apps with capabilities that are nowhere to be found on the iPhone.
While iOS unquestionably attracts the best and the brightest mobile developers in the world, Apple’s mobile platform does have many limitations compared to Android as far as which features third-party apps can access and utilize. This is a good thing in some ways — just look at the signal to noise ratio in the App Store compared to Google Play — but it also means the iPhone may never have some great features Android users get to enjoy.
But how important are those features?
To some users, the ability to replace your icons or even your entire home screen is great. Other users wouldn’t dream of living without complex automation solutions like Tasker. In fact, we’ve covered dozens of great apps that do things the iPhone can’t.
The issue, however, is that the list of truly important functionality present on Android devices and absent from the iPhone is shrinking, and it’s shrinking very quickly.
Compounding matters is the fact that iOS now locks users in more than ever before. From iMessage, Handoff and Find My Friends to iOS-only apps and now Apple Music (at least, until an Android version is released), leaving iOS means leaving all of that behind and being on the outside.
A friend of mine said it best last year:
I have just about every flagship Android phone that has been released in the past 18 months, and might I even have a few that haven’t been announced yet. Most of them are great phones, and they’re more than capable enough to do anything I need them to do. The problem, however, is that I don’t really need them to do much of anything these days, because my iPhone can do all that and more.

Friday, 3 July 2015

How To Prepare For iOS 9 Public Beta Release The Right Way

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Apple announced that it would be releasing a public beta of iOS 9 some time in July, and with us now firmly within that timeframe all eyes are on Cupertino as people wait for the big switch to be flicked, enabling public beta testers to start their downloads. Hopefully, they won’t have to wait too much longer.
While the wait is ongoing, it may be worth going through a few housekeeping steps before you start installing any iOS 9 betas, some to get ready for the update itself, some for in case things go awry and others for if you need to take action at a later date.
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So, with iOS 9 set to go into public beta sooner rather than later, let us see what you should be doing in order to be ready.
Sign Up For iOS 9 Public Beta
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This one might seem obvious, but it’s an easy step to miss during all the excitement. Head on over to our post that already details the sign-up process, and make sure you’re actually registered for the public iOS 9 beta to avoid disappointment when it finally does go live.
Backup Your Device Using iTunes / iCloud
Make sure that any devices you are going to install the public beta on are nicely backed up, just in case. You can do that by either using iCloud on the device or iTunes on a computer.
iCloud:
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The iCloud way is easier and quicker as far as we are concerned, and you will find the option in Settings > iCloud > Backup. Over here make sure the ‘iCloud Backup’ toggle is turned on. Also hit the ‘Back Up Now’ button to get things into momentum right away.
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Alternatively, you can use iTunes to back up your iOS device as well.
Step 1: Connect your device to your PC or Mac and launch iTunes.
Step 2: Select your iOS device from the top left hand corner.
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Step 3: Under the ‘Backups’ section select ‘This Computer, and then click on the ‘Back Up Now’ button.
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Restore to iOS 8.4
It’s best to update to iOS 9 beta from the current shipping version of iOS, which right now is iOS 8.4 Download that and let your iPhone or iPad update accordingly.
Save SHSH Blobs
They may not be of much use right now, but saving your SHSH blobs using an app likeTinyUmbrella might not be a bad idea in case they become useful in the future for downgrading since iOS 8.4 is the latest jailbreakable firmware. If you are someone who don’t care about jailbreaks, you can skip this step.
Sit Back and Relax
Sit back, relax, and wait for Apple to give everything the big thumbs up. If the second developer beta is anything to go by, the public beta will be surprisingly stable.

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Get iOS 9 ‘Low Power Mode’ On iOS 8, Here’s How

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One iOS 9 feature that grabbed a bit of attention was Low Power Mode – a feature that allows users to eek as much battery life as possible out of an iPhone or iPad that is on the verge of shutting down. The feature makes batteries last longer by reducing the device’s CPU speed, making the screen turn off faster and disabling things like automatic email fetching, background app refreshing, reduced network speeds and more. You lose some features, but you gain some battery life in return.
A new jailbreak tweak is trying to achieve a similar goal with iOS 8, and it can be downloaded from Cydia today. Called ‘Power Saver Mode,’ this tweak attempts to imitate iOS 9’s new feature by disabling background app refresh, location services and cellular data when connected to WiFi while also enabling the standard Reduce Motion setting. The idea is to try and disable anything that will use battery power, especially when it is not needed, and while there have been battery saving tweaks in the past, such as BattSaver, this one tries to mimic what Apple itself brought to the table with iOS 9.
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Once installed via the http://elijahandandrew.com/repo/ repository, Power Saving Mode can be enabled by heading to the Settings app before tapping on General > Usage > Battery Usage. A simple toggle will activate the tweak, and the same toggle can be used to deactive it also. When turned on, Power Saving Mode will turn the battery indicator yellow just like the real thing does in iOS 9, so it’s easy to check whether it is activated at a glance. The tweak will also be automatically deactivated once the device is connceted to a Lightning cable, too.
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While not quite as powerful or as clever as the feature that is native to iOS 9, this tweak has the ability to at least give users a little more battery time when they need it. If your iPhone or iPad never quite lasts as long as you would like then this tweak may well be for you.
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Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Apple rethinks legacy support; extends iPhone lifecycle in emerging markets,With iOS 9 strategy

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With iOS 9 strategy, Apple rethinks legacy support; extends iPhone lifecycle in emerging markets
In the last couple of years, Apple and Google have turned into copy cats. They’ve been trying to retain the best from each others’ mobile operating systems. While Android M is expected to show up at Google I/O later this week, there has been chatter around the iOS 9 to be unveiled at the WWDC next month.
A lot has already been said and written about what to expect from the iOS 9 such as new security features, home automation app and more. But what has been grabbing most eyeballs is the support for older devices like iPhone 4s and iPad mini. Over the years, it is quite clear that Apple wants its users to quickly move on to the latest iPhone and is known to drop support for devices that are a couple of years old.
However, with iOS 9, all this is about to change. Looks like, Apple has penned down a new strategy as the company expects to widen the time/life span of support for its older devices. Needless to say, this will help the company maintain a foothold in emerging markets where people don’t really replace a high-end device every time its new variant arrives.
While all this could be a part of Apple’s wider strategy, one of the main reasons for lack of support has been the inability of newer versions to efficiently run on older iPhones. It should be noted that the iPhone 4 is said to perform extremely slow after upgrading from iOS 6 to iOS 7. Moreover, the screen size and processor doesn’t work well with iOS 8. If you consider emerging countries like India, it is currently one of Apple’s best-selling devices here. In the past, Apple also considered bringing back the iPhone 4 to India to boost sales which had fallen despite the launch of its two heavyweight iPhones – 5s and 5c.
Apple has reportedly now worked a way around it. In its bid to support 2011 devices, it plans to restructure the software engineering process in such a way that it efficiently supports older hardware using iOS 9. So, instead of directly building the main iOS 9 for older iPhones and iPads and then slowly taking off all the features that don’t perform well, the company is working on a core iOS 9 version that works well with A5 devices. So, one of the important factors of the iOS 9 will be to build a core version that performs well with older devices that are unable to function properly with iOS 8.
Basically,  older iPhones, after going through multiple price cuts, are within the reach of audiences in the emerging markets. If these phones don’t perform well, users with bad experiences will never return to the Apple ecosystem, giving its arch-rival Google (who already dominates the low to mid-range market with Android) an edge over its iOS devices. Moreover, we can go as far to also say that Android’s increasing dominance in the low-end emerging market could be another reason why Apple has reworked its strategy. By increasing the life cycle of its older devices, the company can reach out to these users in the emerging markets, which will further help increase its sales figures.