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In preparation of Wednesday's iOS 8 release, AppleInsider dug in and compiled a set of tips and tricks to help iPhone and iPad owners take full advantage of all the new features and functions baked in to Apple's latest mobile OS. One of the most anticipated features rolling out in iOS 8 was actually introduced with the iPhone 5s, but has only now been opened to developers. With the latest iOS, Apple is granting access to Touch ID, meaning third-party apps like 1Password...
The iPhone is possibly the most popular camera of any kind in the world, and Apple has made a number of improvements to iOS's built-in camera app that give mobile photographers even more control. AppleInsider took a look at how users can take advantage of the new features. Focus & Exposure Controls With iOS 8, Apple finally provides a way to set the focus and exposure separately for a shot. Focus is still set by tapping on a specific area of the display --?but the...
A new profile of Apple published Wednesday offers a behind-the-scenes look at what has changed since the death of cofounder Steve Jobs, including how CEO Tim Cook navigated a series of internal shakeups to arrive at the company we see today. In a lengthy and wide-ranging cover story, Bloomberg reports Apple is a much different place from the days when Jobs roamed the halls, but necessarily so as the previous compartmentalization of product groups doesn't jibe with...
Following the public release of iOS 8 on Wednesday, Apple has published its official iPhone User Guide for the new mobile OS on iBooks, making the digital document available on both desktop and portable devices. Apple's "iPhone User Guide For iOS 8" contains an illustrated overview of iOS 8's new features, as well as usability guides for those not familiar with the mobile operating system. According to the release notes, the guide covers all iPhones from the new...
With iOS 8 now available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, users can for the first time ever install third-party keyboards that can be utilized system-wide for new ways of inputting text and other characters. Custom keyboards are now available for download on the iOS App Store. These keyboard extensions function like regular apps, adding an icon to the user's home screen, though enabling the keyboard systemwide requires a few more steps. After installing a keyboard...
Apple iOS devices weren't the only products to receive updates Wednesday, as the company also rolled out new software for the Apple TV that brings a flatter user interface, a new Beats Music app, and support for Family Sharing. Beats Music allows users to sign up for a 14-day free trial directly from the Apple TV, configuring their favorite genres and artists much like the flow on the iOS app. USer-centric curation largely matches the iOS app as well, though Beats's...
With the iOS 8 Mail app, Apple introduces new gestures for easier one-handed navigation and control, fresh message management options and deeper integration with Notification Center. While the overall design remains largely unchanged from iOS 7, Apple's Mail app has quite a few feature additions under the hood that make it easier to compose, send, receive and manage messages. The first substantial change comes in swipe gestures. As seen in the screenshot above, Mail...
Apple's new iOS 8 mobile operating system gives users the ability to add third-party widgets to Notification Center for the first time since the feature's introduction. AppleInsider took a look at what developers can do with the new functionality and how users can take advantage of it. What's up with widgets? Notification Center widgets are just one of a number of new app extensibility features available to developers in iOS 8; Apple will also allow apps to extend the...
In sync with the public rollout of its next-generation mobile operating system, Apple on Wednesday released updates for each of its first-party iOS apps that bring minor tweaks and fixes for compatibility with iOS 8. Beats Music, acquired as part of Apple's $3 billion deal for the popular headphone maker earlier this year, adds new social sharing features to its iOS support. Users can now share links to their favorite music via iMessage, Mail, Facebook, and...
One of the more robust additions to Apple's iOS 8 is the Messages app, which gets a bevy of new functions including inline audio and video messaging, group chats and advanced image sharing. Perhaps the most notable of Messages' new features is in-app audio and video recording. With iOS 8, users can capture short audio clips and "selfie" videos directly from the chat window and instantly send the content off to friends using nothing more than gestures. Audio clip...
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