BGR: Apple to Seed iOS 7 Beta 7 Today

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BGR has been hit and miss with it’s reports lately, stating that the iOS 7 beta 6 would drop this week… last Friday. Apple, however, released beta 6 on that same day.

Incidentally beta 6 was a minor update weighing in at just 13 MB, and was seemingly only seeded to fix iTunes in the Cloud purchases. BGR reports this morning that beta 7 is going to drop today and will be the final beta before the GM, which is likely to be seeded at Apple’s next event on September 10th.

Last week, Apple released an emergency bug patch that the company referred to as iOS 7 beta 6, though Apple had actually planned on sticking to its regular release schedule with a different update called beta 6 today. We are told by our trusted sources that Apple has once again seeded a new build of iOS 7 to partners, and that it should be released to developers later today.

If Apple does seed beta 7 today, it’ll likely be at 1 PM EST. We’ll keep you updated. What do you think? Is iOS 7 even close to a public release yet?



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Why the “S” in iPhone 5S Stands for Security

iPhone 5SApple’s next keynote is soon approaching, and its next iPhone is rumored to be named the “iPhone 5S”. Apple has previously launched two iPhone models with the “S” titled tagged on. First was the 3rd generation iPhone “3GS”–standing for speed–and later the iPhone 4S representing the device’s voice assistant–Siri. While the countdown to the “iPhone 5S” continues, let’s go over several possibilities as to what “S” could stand for. (more…)

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Poll: Do you plan on using iTunes Radio?

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Announced at WWDC 2013 iTunes Radio is a new music streaming service from Apple. Similar to services such as Spotify and Pandora, iTunes Radio streams music from the largest of all online music stores with over 26 million songs (as of September 2012) to you from anywhere. Officially launching in the fall alongside the next-generation iPhone, iOS 7 and iTunes 11.1. iTunes Radio will be ad-free for iTunes Match subscribers at the cost of $25 a year while non-subscribers will have advertisements like “This is iTunes Radio” and limited amount of song skipping. (more…)

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September 10th Preview: Apple’s Next Keynote

Late last week, AllThingsD — reported that Apple’s next iPhone will be unveiled on September 10th. Two days before Apple’s previous announcement of the iPhone 5 last year. While it hasn’t been officially confirmed from Apple. Respected journalist Jim Dalrymple of The Loop confirmed the rumor with his signature “yep”. As if straight from the horse’s mouth. Here’s how I think the event will play out on Apple’s big day.  (more…)

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WWDC 2013 Session Videos Added to YouTube

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The expensive $1,599 price tag and ridiculously fast sell-out times of Worldwide Developers Conference tickets makes it nearly impossible for many people to attend the annual developer event. Fortunately, Apple is understanding and has made all of the conference material available through its official WWDC app.

Looking to make it even easier for us regular folks to access the content, Federico Viticci at MacStories notes that Apple has uploaded (Update: Rene Ritchie of iMore clarifies that these videos were uploaded unofficially, and in violation of NDA policies) its WWDC 2013 session videos to a dedicated YouTube channel. Your opportunity to learn about everything from AirPrint and Cocoa Touch to OpenCL and Xcode is finally here, and all for free.


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What Did You Think of WWDC 2013?

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WWDC continues to be a developer event in almost the purest sense: the press, and therefore the world, is only allowed to see the official opening Keynote, where Apple tends to show off new hardware and software. However, after Tim Cook leaves that stage, a shroud of secrecy descends upon the Moscone event complex in the form of mandatory NDAs. All members of the press leave, and the rooms and halls immediately fill with developers who are anxious to learn about the latest from Cupertino.

Those developers are unable to share any of the information from WWDC. However, they generally share their larger impressions of the direction of Apple as projected by the changes covered in the WWDC sessions. Throughout Twitter and other social networks, the general vibe seems to be one of anticipation, at least for the part of developers. (more…)

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WWDC 2013: iTunes Radio, iWork in the Cloud, and a New Mac Pro

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iOS 7. MacBook Air refresh. OS X 10.9 Mavericks. Today’s opening Keynote of WWDC 2013 brought a downright deluge of news. However, there’s still more. Included in today’s updates were announcements regarding iTunes and iWork, as well as the reveal of a completely redesigned Mac Pro.

Let’s start with iTunes Radio. (more…)

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iOS 7 Announced: The Biggest Change to iPhone Ever

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Following months of anticipation, Apple SVP of Software Engineering Craig Federighi on Monday announced iOS 7 at the Worldwide Developers Conference keynote in San Francisco. The software update is singlehandedly the biggest change to iPhone since the smartphone was released close to six years ago, and features the flat and minimalistic appearance — sans skeuomorphism — that has been rumored for several months.

In additional to a complete user interface redesign, iOS 7 packs a seemingly endless set of new features: AirDrop, a new sharing feature with other users; Control Center, a new swipe-up menu that provides access to quick toggles; a new card-based multitasking pane that is awfully reminiscent of the jailbreak tweak Auxo; limitless scrolling within folders; and so much more.

Further changes in iOS 7 include a redesigned Notification Center that is accessible from the lock screen; iTunes Radio integrated into the iOS, Mac and PC apps; the ability to block users in Phone, FaceTime and Messages; a new SDK for developers with over 1500 new APIs; and more.

iOS 7 for iPhone is available today as a beta for registered Apple developers, while the iPad version will be seeded in the coming weeks. A public release of iOS 7 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch is slated for this Fall, as a free software update for iPhone 4, iPad 2, iPad mini and iPod touch fifth-generation or later.

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MacBook Air Refreshed Alongside OS X 10.9

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Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller on Monday announced a refresh to the MacBook Air lineup, featuring Intel’s next-generation Haswell processors and Intel HD 5000 graphics that are up to 40 percent faster. Despite the performance enhancements, the new MacBook Air now achieves all-day battery life with up to 12 hours of charge.

The new entry-level 11-inch MacBook Air retains its $999 price tag, yet gains double the flash storage at 128 GB. The 13-inch model starts at $1099 — that’s $100 cheaper — for 128 GB flash storage. Thew new models also have 802.11ac Wi-Fi and up to 45 percent faster flash storage. The new models are available from Apple beginning today.

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OS X 10.9 Mavericks Announced: Maps, Safari, Power User Features and More

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Apple SVP of Software Engineering Craig Federighi on Monday announced the latest version of its Mac operating system, OS X Mavericks, on stage at the WWDC keynote in San Francisco. OS X 10.9 is designed with the power user at heart, with tabbed Finder windows and document tagging being two central additions to the platform.

OS X Mavericks also contains improvements to multiple display setups, allowing you to access your menu and dock across both screens. Moreover, windows will auto adjust in size when dragging them from one display to another. This works great in particular with full-screen apps, which Apple has been emphasizing since OS X Lion.

Two notable additions to Mavericks are Maps and iBooks for Mac, two apps that originated on iPhone. This contributes to Apple further bridging the gap between iOS and OS X. More important, however, is that the entire operating system has a flat appearance sans skeuomorphism. Federighi humorously confirmed this by pointing out the removal of leather stitching in the new Calendars app.

Safari has also received a significant overhaul in OS X Mavericks, gaining both a new appearance and performance enhancements. The new version of Safari features a redesigned Reading List with a sidebar that has continuous scrolling and integrated sharing functionality. Safari performs faster by loading processes per tab alongside faster JavaScript and other improvements.

OS X Mavericks is available as a preview for Apple registered developers today, with a public release slated for this Fall. Mac users will be able to download the software update from the Mac App Store upon its release, while the beta versions will be available for download from the Apple Developer Center.

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