Apple released the latest version of iOS 9 into the wild the other day…
As of this writing, the fifth version of iOS 9, iOS 9.2.1 has been released into the wild. Previously, Apple released 9.0.1, 9.0.2, iOS 9.1 and iOS 9.2 after the initial release of iOS 9.0 in the third quarter of last year (2015). iOS 9.2.1 has been in testing since mid-December 2015 and has seen three beta releases.
As updates and releases go, iOS 9.2.1 isn’t a big one. It’s got bug fixes and security updates in it, including an MDM fix for enterprise customers. iOS 9.2.1 will be followed in short order by iOS 9.3, which is currently sitting in beta testing with members of Apple’s Developer community. It should be released in about 6-8 weeks, so some time this coming Spring. Its considered to be a much bigger update, with iOS’ new Night Shift feature as a major deliverable. Night Shift is intended to change the overall color of the light used by your iOS screens (changing it from blue to yellow). Cutting down on blue light exposure in the evening hours will help promote better sleep and sleep habits for individuals who use their iDevices moments before trying to close their eyes and go to sleep. IOS 9.3 will also introduce new educational features, too.
If you have an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, iOS 9.3 will also include new Quick Actions and it will introduce updates for apps and features like Apple News, Apple Notes, Apple Health, Siri, CarPlay as well as other updates and features.
IOS 9.2.1 is available now and should be a 170-300MB OTA (over the air) update.
Apple released updates to watchOS, iOS and OS X.
I knew things were close to being done for all three of these releases, but I wasn’t certain when Apple would green light changes to watchOS 2.0.1, iOS 9.1 and OS X 10.11.1. Today, Apple released all three of these updates to a much awaiting public. The big news (as far as the OS carrousel, though) is the fact nearly no one saw the release of watchOS 2.0.1 coming. Apple didn’t announce or release it to its Developer Community at all.
I’m going to run down all of the changes for each and then I’ll have a bit to say on the changes overall, before I wrap it all up
Samsung still owes Apple a ton of money…
Yes… The landmark trial between Apple and Samsung still isn’t settled.
Late last week, a US Federal Circuit court of Appeals denied Samsung’s request for a new en banc review of a previous decision. This decision largely kept Apple’s patent infringement win intact. Samsung’s last, and only resort is the US Supreme Court.
A couple of months ago, Samsung petitioned the Court for a rehearing of a previous decision regarding the patent infringement trial against Apple. Specifically, the appeals court in May found that the readjusted jury trial award was correct. At stake, is the $400M damage award that Samsung claims is incorrect.
Using Apple’s Apple Pay to purchase goods and services when you’re out and about is quick and easy. I took my granddaughter to get some lunch and paying with Apple Pay was quick, easy, secure and so simple, that anyone can do it…and you can do it all, without having to put your granddaughter down.
This is the unboxing of Apple’s newest flagship smartphone, the Space Gray 64GB iPhone 6. I received three devices from AT&T on Friday 2014-09-19 on iPhone 6 day. All three were the same configuration, though, in truth, one was Silver. I will be reviewing my iPhone for Soft32.com.
Over the next few weeks, you’ll be able to see me post a number of different blogs on the device, its use, as well as some of the newer features that are supposed to be rolling out with it, including Apple Pay…at least I hope so. Unfortunately, it won’t be coming out until October. The only information that Apple has on it right now, that I can find can be seen, here.
If you have comments or suggestions, please feel free to leave them here (related to the unboxing), or on Soft32 under each blog. If you’d like to know something specific about the device, I’d love to look into it for you and report back in a subsequent blog or in the final review of the device.
I really expected the trial deliberations to go a lot longer than they did. The fact that the verdict came back so quickly speaks volumes about design, perception, and what the public believes when it comes to computing and the patent system. I’ve got a quick summary of the results and a couple of opinions on where the trial went south for Samsung.
|The Results are in – Samsung: GUILTY as charged|
I woke this morning fully anticipating an update to the Apple Store. It IS WWDC-Day, after all. Also not a surprise today is the glut of last minute guessing that’s going on as to what will transpire in just a few short hours at the conference’s keynote speech, given by Tim Cook and likely, the a few more Apple C-Level execs.
In an effort not to disappoint everyone, here’s my last minute roll of the dice.
- iOS 6
There have been a number of rumors on iOS 6 hitting the airwaves over the last week or so. Apple hasn’t released a beta of their iDevice OS yet, I would expect detailed information to come to light during the conference. This is also an easy one to predict, as banners for the new OS have been seen gracing the conference hall. No points for me on this one…
- Finally…! iPhone 5?
No, not yet. However, with the introduction of iOS 6, you can certainly expect something to be said, or hopefully confirmed for a September or October launch.
- Mountain Lion Dev Preview 4
I am expecting a new Dev Preview of Mountain Lion today (DP 4) and an announcement on a release date. You should be able to find a review of Mountain Lion Dev Preview 3 on Soft32, if not now, then it should be posted shortly. You will be able to find a full write up of Dev Preview 4 on BYTE in the coming days.
- Updated iMacs, Mac Pro, and MacBook/MacBook Pro’s?
I am fully expecting a full blown, hardware update on both Apple’s Desktop and portable lines today. Their iMacs are due for a bump. Their Mac Pro line of completely awesome desktops are OVERdue for an update. I’m pretty certain we can expect updates to both those today. Its also long been rumored that Apple will be making big changes to their MacBook Pro line of laptops with thinner, “MacBook Air” based updates coming to both the 13″ and 15″ line of MBP’s.
Its been rumored that their 17″ MBP is also going to be discontinued. The 17″ MBP is an awesome machine, but its pretty much a niche item, due to its entry level price – near $3000. I fully expect to this rumor to be realized. I also expect to see transitional models introduced with the current 13″ and 15″ models phased out next year.
All that said, this is really just a last minute guess. Despite all the increased rumors and possible accurate leaks leading up to the keynote of WWDC, its still a crap shoot as to whether or not these are accurate. The only thing we’re going to have that’s a certainty is that we’re going to have to wait for Tim to take the stage and tell us what’s new.