Three months in, almost all users on iOS 7 or iOS 6
A new report posted by Apple itself on its iOS developer portal says that, less than three months after its debut, iOS 7 is now on 74 percent of all the company's mobile devices -- an astonishing adoption rate unrivalled in the industry. Users still on iOS 6 make up about 22 percent of the base, meaning 96 percent of iOS users are running OS versions no more than a year old. By comparison, only around half of Android users are on a 4.x version (first released in mid-2012), with only 1.1 percent on the latest iteration.
Timely app allows logged hours to be scheduled in advance
New time-tracking app Timely has been launched this week on iTunes. Aiming to minimize the effort involved with logging one's work for invoicing, Timely allows users to schedule and plan work while simultaneously logging the hours. Its layout is like a calendar, though simplified to not display time stamps.
Tumblr app gives visual overhaul, new UI for user interaction
Visual blogging service Tumblr has updated its iOS app for iPhone and iPad to version 3.5, bringing with it a complete overhaul of the look - now using the iOS 7 design language - as well as a handful of new features. Users will discover a completely new user interface for composing, reblogging and post style selection, alongside the redesigned Dashboard. The reblogging feature is now faster as well, and the update also offers tagging auto-completion.
Find My Friends gets flattened with new look
Apple has pushed out an update to its Find My Friends app, giving it a new look that is more in line with the flat aesthetic of iOS 7. Version 3.0 of Find My Friends bears little, if anything, else in the way of changes. The app still allows users to locate friends on iOS devices based on their Apple IDs.
Will allow more precision in compatible games
Accessory maker MOGA has formally revealed the Ace Power, a game controller for the iPhone and iPod touch. The device is the first to take advantage of iOS 7's GameController API, standardizing controller support. It includes two sticks, a direction pad, four main buttons, and shoulder triggers. It clamps around the top and bottom of an iPhone or iPod, also plugging into the Lightning port. This lets the accessory supply extra battery life.
Release notes only hint at bugfixes, performance boosts
Apple has begun seeding the first beta of iOS 7.1 to registered developers. Release notes suggest that the update will mainly focus on bugfixes and performance improvements. There are some minor cosmetic differences, such as new text after clearing entries in the Notification Center, and the inclusion of an updated Yahoo logo that first appeared in iOS 7.0.4's Settings app.
Apps adopt look similar to Newsstand redesign
Following long after its iLife and iWork refreshes, Apple has updated the mobile iBooks and iTunes U apps to suit the look of iOS 7. Both apps have jettisoned the skeuomorphism of previous versions in favor of designs similar to the iOS 7 Newsstand. This includes elements like "flat" shelves, although iBooks continues to sport page-turning animations.
Addresses flaw that caused debugging crash with iOS 6 devices
After sending a "Golden Master" version to developers last week, Apple has updated Xcode to version 5.0.2, which adds support for iOS 7.0.3 (the current version of iOS). It is also largely a bug-fix release from the 5.0.1 version, which was released alongside OS X Mavericks on October 22. The new update fixes problems that caused occasional hangs in the iOS simulator during app install or when debugging, as well as during debugging iOS 6 devices.
Political divisions continue to impact app
Taiwan's foreign ministry has issued a complaint to Apple about the way the country is characterized in Maps, reports say. In both iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks, Maps lists Taiwan as a province of China. "The maps don't acknowledge Taiwan as its own nation. We voiced our disapproval and hope Apple will make the change," a ministry official states. While many Taiwanese consider themselves independent, the Chinese government considers the country a possession, which in the past has led to political conflict and threats of war. Apple has yet to respond on the matter.
Doesn't impact alarms, actual calendar events
A daylight savings-related bug is creating problems in the iOS 7 Calendar app, users say. This weekend's time shift has reportedly displaced the red "current time" line by an hour. It doesn't affect the scheduling of calendar events however, and general iOS alarms and system times should work properly.
Apple iOS 7 built-in apps are worth exploring deeply
In this Part 3 of our series on the Apple iOS 7 mobile operating system, we look at more of the most frequently used built-in apps that Apple has baked into its revamped mobile operating system. In Part 1, we look at the overall iOS 7 experience and interface, while in Part 2, we covered off on Mail, Safari, Camera, Photos and Siri. Not only do the new apps look different, Apple has also improved them, cleaning up interfaces and adding new features in what is the most comprehensive upgrade to Apple’s mobile OS since the iPhone was introduced in 2007. On this occasion we take a closer look at Music, Video, Maps, Calendar, Reminders and Notes.
New iTunes Trailers doesn't add features, just iOS 7 redesign
On Thursday, Apple released an updated version of its iOS app iTunes Movie Trailers, one that lets it work more smoothly with iOS devices running iOS 7. The update brought no new features to the app, which simply showcases and plays movie trailers on demand. The overhaul, however, brings the app fully in line with other Apple iOS 7 improvements, from the new icon to the redesign of the screens. The free app is available now from the App Store.
Fixes bugs in iMessage, Spotlight, other areas
Apple has quietly issued a minor update to iOS, v7.0.3. The firmware adds two new features, primarily iCloud Keychain, which can be used to sync logins, passwords, and credit card numbers between devices. Also new however is Password Generator, which lets Safari suggest complex password for user accounts.
May have created or remastered new sound sets
Electronic musician Adam Young, founder of the Owl City music project, has revealed himself as having been responsible for at least some of the new sounds that debuted with iOS 7. While his exact role is unspecified, the overall tone of the new sounds are distinctly more electronic compared to the default tones of iOS 6.
Music creation software listed under built-in iOS 7 apps page for short time
Apple could be preparing to release an updated version of GarageBand as a free iOS app, according to a rumor. The music creation software may end up following the same path as iWork, iPhoto, and iMovie in being free for iOS 7 devices, though there is suggestion that not everything in the app will be free to use.
Case pursued through small claims court
A California man, Mark Menacher, has filed a small-claims lawsuit against Apple CEO Tim Cook over an automatic update to iOS 7. The case is being handled through the San Diego County branch of California's Superior Court, and asks for a method to remove update files plus $50 in compensation. Automatic over-the-air downloads of iOS updates became an option with iOS 6; although people must give permission for an update to install, the associated file can't be removed if a person chooses to back out, consuming 1GB or more of free space.
The calm before the storm
This week, the MacNN forums were suspiciously quiet, in what could be the calm before the storm -- as Apple will likely debut a wide range of products next week. Complaints continue to trickle in about alleged problems with iOS7 in the thread titled "iOS 7 is terrible." Forum members go on discussing what is taking up their hard drive space, and how to remedy this problem in the thread titled "YIKES where'd my disk space go?"
Radical changes in iOS 7 could be scaring away some users
According to one study, iOS 7 experienced slower adoption within its first seven days than iOS 6 did -- though other studies disagree with the claim. Using tracking data over the first week of release, mobile ad network and analyst Millennial Media's ad impressions from iOS 7 devices grew 185 percent per day on average, eventually accounting for 16 percent of all iOS traffic. According to the firm, however, iOS 6 grew an average of 264 percent per day, reaching 35 percent of iOS impressions.
Starts with the most basic items, lets users get detailed instructions
Apple has devised a clever "carousel" mechanism on its revamped iPhone tutorial pages that lets users and those interested in buying an iPhone for the first time learn more about the operating system and basic functions (such as calling or turning on or off certain functions) in a style that's reminiscent of and friendly to touch access, even when viewed on a Mac. Each basic topic can branch off into more specific related tips, with images showing the procedures step-by-step.
iOS 7 Safari - It Kinda Blows
This week in the MacNN forums, members discuss what they dislike about Safari in iOS 7, while reminiscing about the way things use to be. Administrator "ghporter" spurred a discussion about some of the flaws in iOS 7 when he started a thread commenting on the questionable color scheme in Notes.
Apple applies minimalism to great effect in its built-in apps
In Part 1 of our deep dive into Apple iOS 7, its 64-bit next-generation mobile operating system, we looked at the way Apple has reimagined the iOS user interface through the use of color, layers, and translucency. In this, Part 2 of our analysis of iOS 7, we take a closer look at the some of the redesigned built-in apps including Mail, Safari, the Camera and Photos apps, and Siri. As we have previously explained, although the new visual style of iOS 7 has gained a lot of attention, Apple has taken the opportunity to comprehensively re-architect the entire OS, but also rethink the way each built-in app looks and functions.
Adoption of iOS 7 hits 67 percent after only two weeks
Ongoing tracking by analytics company Mixpanel has revealed that iOS 7 has been adopted by fully two-thirds of the entire active iOS userbase, just two weeks after its initial release. The overhauled revamp for Apple's mobile devices, having delivered a fresh new look and substantive under-the-hood improvements and changes, become the most widely-used OS version within three days its debut.
Apple promises fix later in October
Upgrading iPads to iOS 7 has inadvertently wiped out supervision profiles, a number of schools are complaining. The profiles are meant to restrict what students can access online, and give IT administrators remote management privileges. Without them in effect, students can access anything while away from a schools's Wi-Fi network, including content schools and parents might deem offensive or inappropriate.
Apple reimagines iOS 7 with a comprehensive overhaul
Apple iOS 7 is the biggest single upgrade to Apple’s storied iOS franchise since it shipped on the original iPhone back in 2007. Rightly, much of the attention has focused on the vibrant new look of the iOS 7 interface, which has been driven by Apple design guru Sir Jony Ive whose design team worked closely with Apple software chief Craig Federighi and his engineers to transform the iPhone experience in the space of less than 12 months. However, there is a lot more to iOS 7 than meets the eye, with ground breaking 64-bit architecture underpinning the entire operating system including a native 64-bit kernel, libraries and drivers. In Part 1 of this short series of deeper looks at iOS 7, we are focusing on the revitalized iOS 7 UI, the Notification and Control Centers as well as Multitasking. In the first instance, we take a look at iOS 7 running on the iPhone 5s and 5c, Apple’s latest premium smartphones.
Says problem is not widespread, but will soon issue patch to correct it
Following widespread reports of iMessage issues for some users who have upgraded to iOS 7, the company on Tuesday said it was aware of the problem and working on a fix. The official statement from the company says the problem is affecting "a fraction of a percent" of users, but with Apple's enormous mobile userbase, this amounts to millions of people even if Apple's accounting is accurate. The problem seems most likely to strike those who upgraded after the first updates.
Update could arrive as soon as next week
Fresh off the release of iOS 7.0.2, Apple is already seeding a final test of iOS 7.0.3 internally and to various partners, sources claim. It's uncertain what the update is intended to fix or add. It's believed, however, that the firmware could go live as soon as next week.
Not affecting all users, but restart appears to clear up the issue
After upgrading to iOS 7, some users are finding that the Messages app doesn't reliably send out texts as a fallback when an iMessage can't be sent, and in some cases doesn't reliably send or receive iMessages. While the problem was first reported when iOS went live, reports have increased as hesitant users capitulated upon the release of v7.0.2. A simple fix usually just involving rebooting the device appears to work for most, but a slightly more elaborate fix seems to cure the issue permanently.
Skitch app updated for use with iOS 7 only
Evernote's picture-taking communication app, Skitch, has been updated to run soley on the new iOS 7 platform. Skitch 3.0.1 lets users take photos and instantly embellish them with text, shapes, and freehand notations. Sharing marked 'snapshots' can now be facilitated by AirDrop, as well as email or SMS, and additionally users can post Skitch creations online to share with social media followers. Images can be saved to and shared from a link generated by Evernote. Available on iTunes, Skitch is free to download.
Patch fails to resolve lockscreen vulnerabilities
A newly-documented technique lets people bypass the lockscreen in iOS 7.0.2 and dial any phone number, not just emergency numbers. The method involves waiting for a notification, or forcing one by sending a text message or ejecting the SIM card. Once the notification pops up, a hacker has to swipe right on it while simultaneously swiping up on the Camera icon. While keeping a finger on the Camera icon, a person must then slide to unlock and tap the Emergency Call button. After dialing, hitting the Call button quickly two or three times should crash Springboard, but allow the call to go through once Springboard restarts.
League collaborating with Apple since February
Major League Baseball is among the initial parties taking advantage of iOS 7's "iBeacon" indoor mapping feature, a report reveals. The company says it plans to enhance its At the Ballpark app so that visitors to MLB stadiums receive new information as they wander around. It notes that it has been working with Apple on the idea since February, and that it staged a demonstration at New York City's Citi Field on Thursday.
First iOS 7 update for devices other than iPhone 5s, 5c
Apple has released a minor iOS update, v7.0.2. The patch copes exclusively with lockscreen issues, above all one that let people bypass iOS' passcode protection. Apple also notes that it has restored a Greek keyboard option for entering passcodes.
May be first public use of Apple's NFC replacement, iBeacons
Though pundits and Android fans have often derided Apple for not including the technology known as "near-field communications" (NFC) into its products, the technology thus far has seen very limited use and slow growth. In part, the pressure put on Apple was designed to goad the company into kicking NFC into the mainstream. In response, Apple created an alternate technology it calls "iBeacons," -- and has quietly used it for possibly the first time in a new setup option for third-gen Apple TVs.
US adoption seemingly slower, just over 52 percent upgraded so far
Data on global and US adoption of iOS 7 (from Mixpanel and Chitika, respectively) paint somewhat different pictures, but show the same trend: iOS 7 is now on more iOS devices than there are those it isn't on, a crucial crossing of the 50 percent threshold that occurred in the US one week after its release, while globally iOS 7 crossed the mark on Saturday -- just over 36 hours after it first became available. By all measures, iOS 7 adoption has outpaced iOS 6 rates from last year.
Each city to see separate app, game development talks
Originally teased earlier this year, Apple has today formally announced its 2013 series of Tech Talks, themed around iOS 7. The events start in San Francisco on October 8th, and will come to a close in London on December 18th. Other destination cities in the interim will include New York, Tokyo, Shanghai, and Berlin.
CSS Regions found in few browsers
Adobe has released minor updates for Edge Reflow CC and Edge Code CC, two of its website creation tools. In both cases the company has added support for CSS Regions, a feature built into the iOS 7 version of Safari. Regions allow designers to separate layout and content, in turn making it possible to produce magazine-style flowable layouts that can resize for any screen. Safari is, at the moment, one of the few browsers to support the technology.
'Greetings' returns to iPhone 5 theme of showing users' usage, not features
After two commercials that emphasized the technology behind the iPhone 5c, Apple has returned to the familiar iPhone 5 campaign style in its latest ad for the colorful new iPhone model with a spot called "Greetings." The ad -- which is available in 30-second and 60-second versions -- was previewed at the iPhone rollout last week, and highlights again the user interaction with the iPhone rather than touting specific features. The previous ads, "Plastic Perfected" and "Designed Together" emphasized the 5c's production and iOS 7 integration, respectively.
iOS 7 activations break 200 million
Apple achieved over nine million in combined iPhone 5s and 5c sales this launch weekend, according to an official statement. The figure tops the five million iPhone 5 units Apple achieved last year, and handily shattered even optimistic analyst estimates, causing an upward spike in the stock price. Apple hasn't broken down sales figures between the 5s and 5c, but it's generally believed that the 5s sold up to three times as many units, since it's Apple's flagship product and the 5c is effectively an iPhone 5 with a new plastic back and modest improvements.
Activation Lock in iOS 7 prompts police flyer promotion
The New York Police Department is taking the unusual step of asking people to upgrade their devices to iOS 7. NYPD officers have been spotted handing out fliers to people on the streets, telling users to download iOS 7 onto their iPhones and iPads, due to the introduction of Apple's new "Activation Lock" security feature.
Upgrading spike doubled some ISP traffic; 12 percent worldwide Internet usage jump
ISPs monitoring traffic spikes noticed a huge one just minutes after the official release of iOS 7, with reports from some providers that data usage doubled compared to normal levels. Late on Friday, the new iOS version overtook iOS 6 as the most popular, less than 48 hours after the upgrade first became available. Analytics company Mixpanel estimates that more than 130 million users had updated their devices within the first 10 hours of availability, out of a potential iOS 7-eligible base of 415 million.
First flaw easily avoided, new one not a security threat
As has happened with previous iOS releases, real-world user testing has uncovered a few bugs that slipped through the months-long beta process. Yesterday marked the discovery of the first serious bug, a method of bypassing iOS 7's lock screen security -- however, the flaw was complicated to achieve, easily avoided by simply disabling Command Center's optional ability to appear on the lockscreen prior to user passcode entry. The new issue takes advantage of a glitch in the emergency call feature to allow users to make regular phone calls, bypassing the passcode lock.
New iOS 7 outpacing even iOS 6 in rapid adoption by users
As anticipated, new buyers of the iPhone 5s and 5c are finding themselves prompted to download an iOS firmware update, v7.0.1, Apple officially states that the patch deals with "bug fixes and improvements," but it's believed to be focused on a problem involving the 5s' Touch ID sensor and iTunes purchases. It's unknown what if any changes the code makes for the 5c.
iPhone can transmit data over Wi-Fi, 3G/LTE, Bluetooth simultaneously
In addition to offering the first consumer smartphones with a 64-bit processor, Apple's iOS 7 update has apparently become the first major commercial software to be released with a working implementation of "multipath TCP" (MCTCP). The technology allows devices to stay connected to the Internet over both Wi-Fi and 3G or LTE simultaneously, allowing each to act as a fallback to the other in cases of weak signal. It can also maintain certain kinds of connections over Bluetooth or Ethernet as well, using all connections at once if needed.
New products take advantage of special iOS 7 gaming APIs for third-party hardware
Even though the iPhone and iPod Touch already widely outsell dedicated handheld mobile gaming devices, Apple has expanded gaming options in iOS 7 by introducing new APIs for third-party hardware controllers. Two new such products, from Logitech and ClamCase respectively, hint that they will be part of a wave of authorized "Made for i" (MFi) hardware that takes advantage of the new APIs. Both of the forthcoming devices are external gaming "enclosure" type controllers that nestle the iPhone while adding physical buttons and joysticks.
Mimics previously-documented vulnerabilities
[Update: Apple acknowledges issue, says fix is on the way] A newly-documented technique lets people bypass an iOS 7 device's security to look at personal photos, according to accounts. Several steps are involved: swiping up Control Center from the lockscreen, opening Stopwatch, opening the Alarm Clock, holding down the power button until the "Power Down" prompt appears, then finally tapping Cancel and double-tapping the home button twice, but slightly longer on the second press. This opens up the multitasking menu, from which point a person can jump into the Camera app and browse or share a person's photos.
Company issues 'high priority alert' to support staff help unclog queues
In the first test of how well Apple's servers may be able to hand the rush of new iPhone activations that will be coming on Friday, a reliable source has reported that the company is struggling to keep services running smoothly in light of a large number of iOS 7 downloads. The process requires re-activations of devices as they first begin running the new operating system, putting stress on the servers and causing periodic issues with activation or downloading the new update. In addition, it is possible that some pre-order customers may already be receiving iPhone 5c units.
Update available in Mac App Store
Alongside the iOS 7 public launch, Apple has released an update to its Xcode developer utility (Mac App Store) for iOS and OS X. Version 5.0 brings support for iOS 7 features, adding a 64-bit compiler to simplify transition from the current 32-bit architecture, while an automatic configuration tool enables services such as iCloud and Game Center to be enabled from a single click.
Many updates squarely compatibility-focused
Since Tuesday night, a number of iOS apps have been receiving major updates in time for today's launch of iOS 7. One important entry is Pandora, which has gained a new, flatter look in keeping with iOS 7's aesthetics. The bulk of changes otherwise focus on iPad support, namely carrying over features of the iPhone app such as the ability to quickly add variety to a station or see song lyrics. A new swiped-in third pane on the iPad makes it easier to find new music or keep track of friend feeds.
New release brings new game, new look to iCloud web portal
In the early hours of what promises to be a big day, Apple on Wednesday updated the look of its iCloud.com portal and the web app versions of Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Notes, Reminders and Find My iPhone to utilize the new iOS 7 style, hours ahead of the update's formal launch. Users who sign in will also be greeted by beta releases of Pages, Numbers and Keynote for iCloud, being finalized for full release later this year. Finally, the highly-anticipated Infinity Blade III has turned up on the App Store ahead of the new iOS upgrade.
Change will allow newcomers to jump into discussions of airing shows, events
While some viewers still prefer to focus their attention on a TV show and cogitate on it before commenting publicly, many modern viewers enjoy the social interaction of reading and providing their own "commentary track" to episodes of TV shows, awards shows or sporting events as they happen; splitting their focus between what's happening on the TV and what's happening in a social feed. Twitter will be addressing this with a new feed dedicated to various popular TV shows in the next version of its iOS app, which will also be updated for iOS 7.
Hybrid 32- and 64-bit apps will have to wait until October
Apple is now asking iOS developers to start submitting 64-bit apps to the App Store. At the moment the only 64-bit iOS device is the iPhone 5s, launching on Friday, which runs iOS 7 on a new A7 processor. The company warns that developers wanting to support iOS 6 must continue to write in 32-bit until next month, when changes will allow hybrid 32/64-bit binaries.