Apple is planning to bundle the Beats music streaming service in iOS. As reported by Financial Times, the service will be included when Apple releases the next iOS update early next year for iPhone and iPad devices. Apple purchased Beats, which is famous for its headphones, earlier this year in May for $3 billion. Beats music streaming app is currently available to download from Apple’s app store and comes with a 14-day free trial period. After the trial period, you can pay $9.99 per month or $99.99 per year to subscribe. Apple is planning to challenge Spotify, which is the most popular app in the music-streaming category, and give the Beats app exposure to more users by bundling it with the operating system. Read more
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Apple has released a new iOS 8.1.1 update for iPhone and iPad devices. This update has a number of bugs and security fixes. It also promises to speed up iPad 2 and iPhone 4S devices. Two months back, when iOS 8.0.1 update was released, it had caused a number of issues with network connectivity and Touch ID recognition. Apple estimated that these issues affected about 40,000 devices. So far, no issues have been reported with iOS 8.1.1 update. To upgrade your iPhone or iPad to the new OS, go to Settings -> General -> Software Update.
Which is more popular 4.7-inch iPhone 6 or 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus? According to the research by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP), iPhone 6 seems to be the more popular one and it is outselling iPhone 6 Plus by three times. CIRP data was collected in the first 30 days in September, when the new iPhone models went on sale. The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 accounted for 68% of iPhone sales and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus accounted for 23% of the sales. Consumers are also opting for iPhones with more storage. The average amount of storage that consumers are choosing on their iPhones has doubled to 48GB Year over Year.
The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team is warning about a technique called “Masque Attack,” which allows hackers to substitute a legitimate iOS app with malware. This attack works by luring users to download an app from a source other than the Apple app store, or the user’s company’s work provisioning system. There is a security vulnerability in iOS, which allows an app with the same “bundle identifier” as that of a genuine app, to replace the genuine app on the affected device, while keeping all of its data. Apple’s own apps such as Safari, iBooks etc., are not vulnerable to the attack. Read more
SanDisk has announced a flash drive with Lightning and USB connectors that can easily move pictures and videos from and to your iPhone and iPad devices. It comes in 16GB, 32GB, and 64 GB versions. The drive comes with an iOS application – iXpand Sync App, which can be downloaded from the Apple app store. This application automatically copies photos and videos from the camera roll to the drive, when it is connected. Read more
Netflix has released an updated application for iPhone 6 Plus devices, which will show movies and videos in full HD 1080p resolution, including Netflix originals such as Orange is the new Black and House of Cards. Netflix recommends having at least 5 megabits per second of bandwidth, so Wi-Fi might be the best option when you want to watch full HD content. Netflix modifies the resolution of a video that it shows on the screen based on the bandwidth of a user’s connection, so if your iPhone 6 plus has a slower Read more
Apple has released a Deregister iMessage web tool for those users who are switching from iPhone to a smartphone with another operating system such as an Android or Widows Phone. These users were sometimes not able to receive text messages from other iPhone devices, because those text messages were going to the iMessage account of their old iPhone. The Deregister iMessage tool that apple has released lets you separate the iMessage account from your old iPhone, so you can receive text messages from other iPhone users. You can access the tool here.
Twitter has announced a new “Mute” feature through which, you will be able to hide the tweets from and retweets from selected users so that they do not appear on your Twitter homepage timeline. You will also not receive any push or SMS notifications from these users. This feature is available on Twitter app for iOS and Android, and on Web site. The muted users will still be able to reply to, fave, and retweet your tweets; however, any of that activity will not appear in your timeline. If you unmute someone, they will not know about it. You can also unmute them anytime. Read more
Google has added a number of new features in its update of the Maps application for iOS and Android devices. While giving directions, the app will now show you which lane you should stay in or move to for taking the turn or exit. It will provide alternate routes while you are navigating, so you can select the best route. You will be able to save Google maps for using them offline. Search an area in Google Maps and tap on its place info sheet. There is an option “Save map to use offline” which will enable you to save the map for using it offline. Directions and Navigation feature along with satellite, terrain, indoor maps and 3D building will not be available in the offline maps. Read more
Rumor mill is hot that Apple will be launching iPhones with bigger screens this year. Apple’s current iPhone 5 series screens measure 4 inch diagonally. Several publications including Reuters, The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg have reported that screens of the new iPhone models that Apple is planning to launch will measure 4.7 inch and 5.5 inch diagonally. According to the rumors, Apple will launch iPhone 6 with a 4.7 inch diagonal screen in September this year. A bigger iPhone model with 5.5 inch diagonal screen will launch either at the end of this year or early next year. The new iPhone models may also feature screens made of Sapphire crystals instead of the Corning gorilla glass that Apple currently uses. The processor in the new models is also be likely upgraded from A7 to A8 which will feature both a quad-core 64 bit processor and quad-core graphics.