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The Ultimate Guide to Solving iOS Battery Drain — Overthought

Apr 09 2014 at 12:24 AM •

Updated April 7, 2014: added Step 8 to the list.

Added Korean Translation (provided by Yoon Jiman ) Added French Translation (provided by Guillaume Haben )


I worked on the Genius Bar for almost two years, and the most difficult issue to solve was short battery life. It was extremely difficult to pinpoint the exact reason why someone’s battery was draining.

I made it my mission to discover the specific reasons for iOS battery drainage. This article is a product of my years of research and anecdotal evidence I gathered in the hundreds of Genius Bar appointments I took during my time as a Genius and iOS technician, as well as testing on my personal devices and the devices of my friends.

iOS 7.1 came out recently and brought with it a bevy of design tweaks and performance enhancements. However, some users are reporting poor battery life since the update, and many blogs are reporting it as fact. [1](#fn1)

This is not one of those “Turn off every useful feature of iOS” posts that grinds my gears. My goal is to deliver practical steps to truly solve your iOS battery woes.

One quick thing before we start — 99.9% of the time it is not actually iOS that is causing your battery to drain quickly. I guarantee you that if you erased your phone and there were no apps or email on it, it would last for ages. But, no one uses their device like that, nor should they. Hopefully with these steps you will be living in iOS battery bliss while still using all the apps and features you love.

But first, we need to test and see if you even have a problem to begin with.

How to Test Your iOS Battery Drain

There is a quick and easy battery life test built into your device, if you do a little bit of math — the Usage and Standby times [2](#fn2). Head on over to Settings > General > Usage and check out your times.

Your Usage time is how long you have actually used your device, and the Standby time is how long your device has been dormant in-between the times you’ve used it plus your Usage time. A better name for Standby time would be “Total Time since unplugged.” The key to look for is that your Usage time should be significantly lower than your Standby time, unless you have been using your device every single second you’ve had it unplugged. If this is not the case and your Usage time is exactly equal to your Standby time, you have a severe problem. The bottom line is that your Usage time should be accurate to how much you’ve used it since you took it off the charger.

So here’s the test: write down your usage and standby time, press the sleep/wake button (or lock button, as some call it) to put the device to sleep, and set the device down for five minutes. When you come back, take note of the change in time. If your device is sleeping properly, then the Standby time should have increased by five minutes and your Usage time by <1 minute [3](#fn3). If your Usage time rises by more than one minute, you have a drain problem. Something is keeping your device from sleeping properly, significantly shortening the time it will last.

If you do not have a battery drain issue, then great! You don’t even need the steps listed in this article. But if you or someone you know is constantly complaining about how short their battery lasts, read onward or send this post to them.

Here are the main causes of iOS battery drain I’ve found, and how to resolve them.

Step 1: Disable Location and Background App Refresh for Facebook

This first step may seem extremely specific, but that’s because it is extremely common and extremely effective. It has also been well tested and confirmed on many devices.

I just got the iPhone 5s about two weeks ago, and thought my battery was draining a little too quickly. Being the nerd that I am, I decided to run the app Instruments from Xcode, Apple’s developer tool, in order to see what the problem was. Basically, Instruments acts as an Activity Monitor for your iPhone, allowing developers (or nerds like me) to see every process currently running and how much memory and processing power each app is using in real-time.

During this testing, Facebook kept jumping up on the process list even though I wasn’t using it. So I tried disabling Location Services [4](#fn4) and Background App Refresh [5](#fn5) for Facebook, and you’ll never guess what happened: my battery percentage increased. It jumped from 12% to 17%. Crazy. I’ve never seen that happen before on an iPhone. The iPod touch exhibits this behavior, to my memory, although I haven’t tested it in a while. For the iPhone, the battery percentage is usually pretty consistent. [6](#fn6)

I have confirmed this behavior on multiple iPhones with the same result: percentage points actually increase after disabling these background functions of Facebook.

Bad, Facebook, bad.

Step 2: Disable Background App Refresh for Apps You Don’t Care About

My recent post explains the benefits of Background App Refresh. BAR [7](#fn7) is an awesome feature added in iOS 7, but you don’t necessarily need it running for every app that supports it. Disable Background App Refresh for Facebook or other apps you don’t absolutely need to stay up-to-date all the time.

If there are apps you check regularly, and you trust the quality of the app and developer, then enable Background App Refresh with confidence and enjoy your apps being updated intelligently so they’re ready for your enjoyment at a moment’s notice. Background App Refresh is great if you need it, but you really don’t need it for every single app on your iOS device.

Step 3: Stop Quitting Your Apps in Multitasking

iOS 7 made it super fun to close your apps: all you have to do is double-click the home button and swipe up on the app preview to blast it into a digital black hole.

What most people tell you is that closing your apps will save your battery life because it keeps the apps from running in the background.

Wrong.

Yes, it does shut down the app, but what you don’t know is that you are actually making your battery life worse if you do this on a regular basis. Let me tell you why.

By closing the app, you take the app out of the phone’s RAM [8](#fn8). While you think this may be what you want to do, it’s not. When you open that same app again the next time you need it, your device has to load it back into memory all over again. All of that loading and unloading puts more stress on your device than just leaving it alone. Plus, iOS closes apps automatically as it needs more memory, so you’re doing something your device is already doing for you. You are meant to be the user of your device, not the janitor.

The truth is, those apps in your multitasking menu are not running in the background at all: iOS freezes them where you last left the app so that it’s ready to go if you go back. Unless you have enabled Background App Refresh, your apps are not allowed to run in the background unless they are playing music, using location services, recording audio, or the sneakiest of them all: checking for incoming VOIP calls [9](#fn9) , like Skype. All of these exceptions, besides the latter, will put an icon next to your battery icon to alert you it is running in the background. [10](#fn10)

Step 4: Disable Push Email Temporarily

If steps 1 through 3 did not solve your problem, try disabling Push email temporarily to see if it helps [11](#fn11). Push email allows your device to receive instant notifications every time you get an email. It is great if you need to know when every single email comes in, but does impact battery if configured incorrectly.

I’ve seen many devices where Push is the primary cause of battery drain, but I’ve also seen plenty of devices have great battery life with Push enabled. It is really specific to your email and server settings. Try changing the setting to Fetch every hour, thirty minutes, or fifteen minutes and see if the drain stops. If that doesn’t help, turn it back on. You could also trying disabling Push on individual accounts if you have multiple. Just keep referring to the test at the beginning of the article to see if that resolved your issue.

Unbelievably often, especially with Exchange push email, it’s as if the phone gets stuck in a loop checking for email constantly. When this happens, the phone will usually die within six hours of being off the charger, and the Standby and Usage times in Settings > General > Usage will be exactly the same. These times are not the same because the “firmware [12](#fn12) is bad or corrupted”, it’s because push email is keeping the phone from sleeping properly.

Step 5: Disable Push Notifications for Apps That Annoy You

Does that annoying game your child downloaded keep sending you push notifications to keep buying more digital sheep for the virtual farm? If so, every time you get one of those notifications, your phone wakes from sleep for a few seconds to light up your screen and wait for your potential action upon each notification.

Push notifications do not cause excess battery drain by default, so please don’t hear me say you need to turn them all off. However, every message wakes your device for 5 to 10 seconds, so it can add up. If you receive 50 notifications during the day and never act on them, that will add 4 to 8 minutes to your Usage time, meaning you now have that much less time to do things you actually want to do on your device. [13](#fn13)

Turn off those annoying Push notifications for apps you don’t need notifications from. It might be a small difference, but it can add up.

Step 6: Turn Off Battery Percentage

That’s right, you heard me.

Turn off that battery percentage meter and stop worrying about your battery drain. You can find this setting in Settings > General > Usage, right above where your battery times are listed.

One thing I found in my Genius Bar experience is that people that are anxious about their iOS device battery life are constantly checking it to see the percentage and how much it has dropped from the last time they checked it. So if you check your device twice as much, simply to check on the battery life, you are essentially halving the time your device will last.

Stop freaking out and enjoy your life. There are more important things to worry about than your device’s battery life. The control freak inside you might freak out the first few days you do this, but you’ll get used to it. [14](#fn14)

Step 7: Go to an Apple Retail Store

Update: I was informed after posting this that the Apple battery test only runs on the iPhone 5 and up.

I know, you hate making a Genius Bar appointment because it’s loud and crazy in there, but I have a good reason to add this to the list.

According to my sources, Apple has rolled out a new ‘Extended Battery Life Test’ for all iOS technicians that allows them to see a detailed report of battery usage on your device. It takes only a few minutes to run and, from what I’ve heard, is comprehensive. I have not had a chance to see this test for myself, but my friends tell me it rocks.

The other rare possibility is that your physical battery is defective, and the technicians can replace it for free if your iOS device is under warranty, or very cheaply if it’s not.

Step 8: Enable Airplane Mode in Areas of Poor Cellular Service

One major reason your battery could be draining too quickly is poor cellular service. When the iPhone detects that you are in a place of low signal, it will increase the power to the antenna in order to stay connected enough to receive calls (primarily) and maintain a data connection.

This will destroy your battery life if you are constantly in a location with 1 bar or no service at all. The unfortunate thing is that this can happen in more places than you expect — any building with metal studs in the walls, aluminum buildings, buildings with dense concrete walls, heavily populated city areas, and downtown areas with with lots of tall buildings.

Often times you may get a strong signal on the top floor of a building, but simply moving to a lower floor, such as the basement, will immediately cause your iPhone to hang on to signal for dear life at the expense of your battery. Note that this severe drain will happen even if you have a strong Wi-Fi connection, because your phone still needs the cellular connection for calls and SMS messages (the green-colored texts in the Messages app).

If you are in an area with poor cell coverage, and you still need to receive calls, I’ve got bad news — there is really nothing you can do. But if your service is so poor that you can’t receive calls anyway, I recommend turning on Airplane mode by swiping up from the bottom of your device to access Control Center and tapping the Airplane icon.

One thing you may not know about Airplane mode: you can actually turn Wi-fi back on after enabling Airplane mode. Just tap the Wi-Fi button in Control Center (the icon directly to the right of the Airplane). This is perfect for places, like an airplane, where you have zero cellular coverage but a strong Wi-Fi signal.

If you have Wi-Fi and want to be really fancy, you can disable just the cellular data portion of your signal, e.g. EDGE, 3G, 4G, or LTE. Most people don’t know that your phone is actually receiving two signals simultaneously: one for calls and SMS, and one for data.

The signal strength meter on the iPhone only shows the signal strength for the non-data connection, which means theoretically your iPhone could show 2-3 bars (or dots on iOS7) for your 1x connection but in reality you could be getting 1 bar of LTE/4G/3G connection, causing the phone to go into heavy search mode. To disable just the Data connection of your iPhone, head over to Settings > Cellular Data and switch Cellular Data off. Again, doing this will allow you to receive phone calls (if you still have a signal) while maintaining a data connection through Wi-Fi.

Conclusion

I guarantee you that if you follow these steps, you will be getting the best battery life possible out of your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

If your device is still not lasting you a full day, and you can’t stomach heading into one of the stainless steel noise chambers I lovingly refer to as your nearest Apple Retail Store, don’t worry. There is still hope for you.

The reason your device isn’t lasting all day might simply be because you are a heavy user, and your iOS device is acting completely normal under the grueling pace with which you use it. That is not a fault of the device, or you, for that matter. You are simply pushing it beyond it’s capabilities. My advice for you is to buy a car charger, a second charger for travel/work, or a battery case to extend your battery life [15](#fn15).

I hope this article empowers you to stop stressing about your battery life, and frees you up to enjoy the great device in your hands. There are more important things in life that deserve our attention, so the more we minimize the trivial stressors, like bad battery life, the more time we can spend on people and problems that really matter.

Footnotes

  1. Users will report poor battery life after every iOS update. Always. For eternity. This is not newsworthy.
  2. This only works on the iPhone and iPod touch. Sorry iPad users, for some reason these times are not viewable. Update Reader Timothy Fultz emailed in to let me know that iPads on iOS 7 do have these Standby and Usage times. Thanks Timothy!
  3. Sometimes the Usage time will go up by one minute, but really it was only a few seconds. The minute was close to changing, and those few seconds pushed it over the edge to the next minute.
  4. Settings - Privacy - Location Services
  5. Settings - General - Background App Refresh

Note about battery percentage: it is an estimate of how long your device will last looking at the amount of charge left in the physical battery and comparing that to the current processes draining that bank of electrical charge.

A good thing to compare the way iOS calculates battery percentage is ETA (estimated time of arrival) in modern GPS and navigation. Most devices look at the miles left to travel and compare that to the speed limits of all of the roads you are going to travel on your current route. If you drive faster than the speed limit, you will get there faster than the estimated time, so it’s not 100% accurate.

Battery percentage estimates work the same way, looking at the amount of juice left (miles) versus how fast you’re draining it (miles per hour). That explains why disabling Facebook made the percentage go up, much like how if you stop on a road trip, your ETA climbs significantly.

  1. short for Background App Refresh, not the awesome Browning Automatic Rifle used in World War II and by Steve McQueen in the final scene of “The Sand Pebbles”.
  2. Temporary, short-term memory.
  3. Internet phone calls.

Apps that can make or receive calls, like Skype, Viber, Tango, Whatsapp, and Facebook are able to check for incoming calls without notifying you. I believe these types of apps sometimes abuse this exception and could have possibly influenced Apple to add Background App Refresh as the sanctioned method for this type of behavior.

I think this is why disabling Facebook’s background services is so influential on battery life: I speculate they are abusing the fact that they have VOIP call features to run in the background more than they should. It would provide a better experience for people using Facebook, sure, but people would never know Facebook was the cause of their battery life issues, and would definitely blame the device or iOS itself.

  1. Settings - Mail, Contacts, and Calendars - Fetch New Data
  2. The foundational software connecting hardware and software.
  3. That number may seem small, but over a year (x365) that number turns into 1,460 minutes (about a day) to 2,960 minutes (about two days) less battery life.
  4. I really wish Apple had a “No battery percentage meter except under 20%” setting, so bad. That would be my ideal configuration.
  5. Or buy a second iPhone as your night phone ;)


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Everything to know about iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 (Roundup + New Details) | 9to5Mac

Apr 08 2014 at 02:36 AM •

While Apple only officially announced its 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) last week, we have been reporting all of the known information about what Apple plans to unveil at the event over the course of the past few months. Now that WWDC is official, we have compiled a roundup of everything we know about Apple’s next-generation iOS device and Mac operating systems below, and we’ve also included some new tidbits not found in our earlier reporting. You can find out what there is to know so far about iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 below:

iOS 8 – Codenamed Okemo:

iOS 8 is the next version of Apple’s software for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, and it is the first major successor to the significant redesign that was iOS 7. For iOS 8, Apple is retaining the same Jony Ive-designed aesthetic found in iOS 7 and is focusing on additions involving applications, services, and performance. iOS 8 will represent Apple moving into the fitness and health tracking world and it will mark a major milestone in Apple’s efforts to bring its mapping solution up-to-par with competitors from Google and Microsoft.

- Healthbook:

The most significant new application that Apple is currently planning to add in iOS 8 is codenamed Healthbook. Healthbook is an application that aggregates health and fitness data from various applications and hardware accessories. The application is akin to Passbook in terms of user-interface design, and users will be able to customize their Healthbook to give visual priority to health statistics that are most important to them. Healthbook is capable of tracking data for various bloodwork details, heart rate, blood pressure, nutrition, blood sugar, sleep, respiratory rate, oxygen saturation, weight, and activity.

The Activity section can track steps taken, calories burned, and miles walked. The Weight tab can track a person’s weight, BMI, and fat %. The current health accessory marketplace includes wireless weight scales, so it is likely that Healthbook will receive its data from those types of products. Both of those aforementioned tabs will have an interface with graphs and charts so that users could track their fitness progress over daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly views. Our earlier reporting on Healthbook goes into further detail about why the application is critical and how it could interact with future Apple wearable devices.

Another important element of Healthbook is the Emergency Card function. The Emergency Card is a single place for users to store information about themselves. The Emergency Card can keep a person’s name, photograph, birthdate, blood type, organ donor status, emergency contact information, weight, and a list of medication prescriptions. This Emergency Card function could save lives and provide emergency technicians, nurses, hospitals, and doctors with vital information about patients in emergency situations.

- Maps:

For iOS 8, Apple is planning to overhaul its previously bug-riddled in-house mapping software. The updated application will retain the same user-interface introduced last year with iOS 7, but it will be updated with improved mapping data, better clarity, and important new features.

The updated app is said to include tweaked cartography, clearer labeling, and improved notating of bus stops, train stations, and airports. That is all in addition to upgraded data that is more reliable and more plentiful.

The improved data also makes way for a major new feature: public transit directions. Apple won’t be the first to this feature (Google has had it for several years), but the addition is a change in direction from when former iOS chief Scott Forstall said in 2012 that Apple would leave transit to third-party developers.

Thanks to several acquisitions of transit specialist companies , iOS 8′s Maps app will have transit functionality deeply embedded for several cities around the world. Transit will allow people to navigate using busses, trains, and subways, and it will also include improved navigating to nearby airports.

The transit feature will be integrated as both a new view (in addition to Standard, Hybrid, and Satellite), and it will also be a new option alongside walking and driving for directions. While transit will be integrated, Apple will still be able to point users to third-party transit apps like it has done since iOS 6′s launch. Transit directions will work for both future trip planning and for immediate navigation.

- iTunes Radio:

For iOS 8, Apple is considering breaking out the Music app’s iTunes Radio functionality into its own, standalone application. As a tab in the already-existing Music app, iTunes Radio has not received a promoted presence on iOS, and this likely has deterred growth for the service in terms of advertising revenue and usage.

As a standalone application, users will be able to more quickly access iTunes Radio. Psychologically for users, iTunes Radio will be its own app competing with the likes of the Pandora , Spotify , and iHeartRadio apps found on the App Store. The benefit for Apple, however, is that iTunes Radio will be pre-installed. The interface for the standalone iTunes Radio application is said to be nearly identical to the one found inside of the iOS Music app and its Home screen icon is a terrestrial radio graphic atop a red background.

The functionality of iTunes Radio will also be akin to its iOS 7 Music app counterpart. Users will be able to browse their history, purchase streamed tracks, locate Featured Stations, create stations based on songs, artists, and albums, and manage stations. Apple previously considered releasing iTunes Radio as a standalone application in iOS 6, but due to problems with striking record label deals, the company ultimately pushed the launch back to iOS 7.

Apple has previously removed functionality from the standard iOS Music (formally called iPod) app and separated functionality into standalone apps. For example, Apple moved video playback for movies, TV shows, and music videos from the iPod app into a Videos app with iOS 5. With iOS 6, Apple began promoting Podcasts as its own App Store app and removed playback from the Music app. In early 2012, Apple re-located playback of iTunes University content to its own app.

The considerations also make sense in light of Apple recently adding more functionality to iTunes Radio, such as news from NPR.

- Voice over LTE:

Another significant addition being considered for iOS 8 and the next-generation iPhone is voice-over-LTE support (VoLTE), according to carrier sources. Currently, when an LTE-capable iPhone needs to make a phone call, the actual call is placed over last generation networks such as 3G. With VoLTE, calls will be transmitted over the same type of network that LTE data is processed through, and this can allow for benefits such as improved call quality.

Of course, carrier support is needed for this functionality, and some countries around the world have carriers that have already rolled out support for VoLTE. For those in the United States, T-Mobile’s network (thanks to its agreement with Metro PCS) supports VoLTE while Verizon Wireless and AT&T are actively testing the functionality for a rollout later this year. Of course, it’s plausible that iOS 8 support for VoLTE will be pushed back if enough carriers are unable to meet the rollout timeframe.

- Messages:

Apple is said to be considering adding the ability for Messages threads in iOS 8 to automatically be deleted. The options for auto-deleting of threads on a user’s local device are said to be removal after a month or after a year. The functionality is being integrated in order for the iOS Device storage space to not be clogged up by old Messages threads, which is a common problem among iOS Device users with old backups or dated hardware. The auto-deletion will be optional, so users who never want their threads disappearing have nothing to worry about.

- Notifications:

Notification Center, the translucent drop-down menu for managing alerts may be simplified. In iOS 7, Notification Center includes a “Today” view, “All” Notifications view, and a “Missed” Notifications view. In iOS 8, Apple is considering reducing the panel to solely include the “Today” and “Notifications” views. The new “Notifications” view would combine all notifications with missed notifications, making the overall experience simpler. After acquiring the team behind the app Cue last year, Apple has likely been working on adding additional pertinent information to Notification Center, but it is uncertain if those enhancements will be ready this year for iOS 8.

- TextEdit and Preview:

Apple is developing versions of the Mac operating system’s Preview and TextEdit applications that are optimized for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The applications are said to not be designed to actually edit PDFs, images, or text documents.

Instead, the apps are built to serve as tools to view Preview and TextEdit files stored in iCloud by OS X. Apple added iCloud synchronization for Preview and TextEdit with OS X Mountain Lion, but has not yet released iOS counterparts to actually view the synchronized content.

The applications are said to still be early in development, but they are being considered for release later in the year. It is currently uncertain, but still possible, if the new pieces of software will be ready to ship with the upcoming iOS 8.

Instead of using fully functional Preview and TextEdit applications on iOS, users will be encouraged to use the PDF management and editing functionality in the free iBooks application from the App Store and manage other documents via the iWork suite’s word processing application Pages. The apps will also bring improved feature parity between the two Apple operating systems.

- Game Center:

Sources say that Apple is considering removing the Game Center application from iOS and OS X. Instead of having the (little-used) Game Center app, the functionality will solely be found inside in games that have integrated the social gaming service. Just last year, Apple completely redesigned the Game Center app for iOS 7 to remove the green felt and casino theme from the Scott Forstall era. Recently leaked screenshots did, however, show the Game Center icon.

- Voice Memos:

As part of the iOS 7 design revamp, the iPhone’s Voice Memos application was completely redesigned. Gone was the fake microphone graphic and added was an interactive waveform. Unfortunately, some users have complained that the redesigned Voice Memos app is difficult to navigate and that editing controls are unclear. With iOS 8, Apple will rectify this problem by improving button placement within the app.

- Performance:

While iOS 7.1 certainly sped up animations and other system functionality, Apple is testing versions of iOS 8 that go even further to improve speed across the operating system. Sources say that Apple is focusing on improving how long it takes photos to be taken with the next-generation iPhone’s hardware components in mind.

- CarPlay:

While iOS 7’s version of CarPlay exclusively works over the Lightning cable, Apple is testing versions of iOS 8 that can conduct CarPlay (in certain vehicles) over WiFi. The lines up with Volvo saying that its CarPlay implementation will work wirelessly in the future. Of course, Apple has been testing WiFi CarPlay for sometime now with iOS 7 , so perhaps the functionality will be pushed back once again. iOS 7.1 first unlocked CarPlay capabilities last month.

_- Inter-app communication: _ Apple is said to be working on and testing functionality that would allow apps from the App Store to better communicate. This is known as an “XPC” service in the developer world. An API is being developed for apps to be able to share data. For example, a future photo editing application could have the ability to push the edited content for upload via the Instagram or Facebook apps. The debut of the API has been in development for the past couple of years, and it had been removed from the launch version of iOS 7 last year for unspecified reasons. With that in mind, it is plausible that Apple could, again, choose to hold back the functionality.

OS X 10.10 – Codenamed Syrah:

OS X 10.10 will be the successor to the current OS X, 10.9 Mavericks. Mavericks focused on power-user features and under-the-hood enhancements to improve hardware performance, battery life, and graphics processing. 10.10, however, will focus on aesthetics. According to sources, Apple Senior VP of Design Jony Ive is leading a “significant” design overhaul for OS X, and the new design will be the operating system’s cornerstone new feature (none of the mockups online, like the one above, are a good indicator of what to expect).

The new design will not be as stark as iOS 7 , but it will include many of the flat elements and white textures instead of re-creations of life-like elements. The end-to-end redesign is said to be a top priority at Apple right now, with the specific details about the changes being sworn to extreme secrecy. Apple has been testing new features such as Siri and support for iOS AirDrop compatibility, but it’s unconfirmed if those enhancements will be ready for 10.10. We’ll have more on what to expect from OS X 10.10 soon, so stay tuned.

_Hardware Possibilities: _

To go with the new operating systems, Apple is likely preparing a few new notable pieces of hardware. On the Mac side, Apple seems to be readying a revamped version of the MacBook Air with a ~12-inch Retina display and thinner/lighter chassis. Apple has announced major new Mac initiatives at WWDC the past couple of years, so perhaps Apple has this new MacBook Air up its sleeves for the 2014 conference. Apple is also working on some lower-cost iMacs and standard MacBook Air/Pro updates, but it’s unclear when those are set to debut.

On the iOS side, indications of new hardware are less clear. Apple is currently on an annual life-cycle for updating iOS Devices, so it is fair to assume that the unveilings of the next set of iPhones and iPads will not occur until the fall. With iOS 8′s headline feature being health and fitness tracking software, speculation has arisen that Apple could debut its own fitness/health tracking hardware (iWatch) alongside iOS 8. It’s unclear if Apple is planning to do so, but given the hiring over the past couple of years , anything is possible.

Coverage:

WWDC 2014 will be held between June 2nd and June 6th at the Moscone West center in San Francisco, California. The week long conference will include labs and special sessions for developers, but it will likely be kicked off on Monday, June 2nd with a keynote address to officially introduce the aforementioned details about iOS 8, OS X 10.10, and potentially new hardware. As the conference’s start approaches, new information will certainly come to light, and you can find the latest news about Apple’s plans at 9to5Mac. Also stay tuned for live coverage of WWDC and, like we compiled in 2012 and 2013 , an updated roundup in the few days before the conference begins.

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58 Responses to “Everything to know about iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 (Roundup + New Details)”

  1. Justin Cabral (@iJustinCabral) says: April 7, 2014 at 11:39 am

No Apple TV news? I find that hard to believe. If there is going to be an SDK then WWDC seems like the place it would happen. Especially if they plan to release in the fall, it gives developers a significant amount of time to get ready for release.

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* rettun1 says: April 7, 2014 at 12:23 pm

I think the wearable will come before the television, and we aren’t even positive if the ‘iwatch’ will be out by the end of the year. Though Tim mentioned something about ‘new product categories in 2014′

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* dr3459 says: April 7, 2014 at 12:48 pm

I agree, I would be surprised to see iWatch release with iPhone 6 and iOS 8 in the Fall, even though everyone has thought that for years, like we all did with iPad Mini and finally got it though. Also some people still believe, “new product categories in 2014″ as that’s along the lines of a Apple TV update or iTV especially with the rumors that some company in China has huge 50″ + curve Displays for an iTV/Apple TV+ from Apple.

* dr3459 says: April 7, 2014 at 12:25 pm

This is an article for iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 updates. Apple TV runs neither as of right now, even though it may easily run iOS 8 in the future. It has it’s own specific software type now thats just called Apple TV Software 6.1 not anything related to OS X or iOS. So until Apple TV runs type of iOS or OS X officially it won’t ever be included in iOS and OS X news…

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* Justin Cabral (@iJustinCabral) says: April 7, 2014 at 12:56 pm

Yes but the software architecture is a variation directly from iOS. Apple TV (Gen 1) was based off OSX 10.4.7 but they switched to iOS variation in the following generations.

Either way, your right that the article is about iOS 8 & 10.10 so I guess I shouldn’t of expected news about Apple TV. I’m just dying for an SDK!!

  1. Albert Kinng (@albertkinng) says: April 7, 2014 at 11:40 am

I don’t think 10.10 will be real. The rest is made by Captain Obvious.

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* * dr3459 says: April 7, 2014 at 12:59 pm

Well first they dropped Mac from it awhile back and it’s just “OS X” That wouldn’t make any sense to make it OS X 11. They would make it OS XI but then that has no logic as they aren’t completely overhauling it to make a new OS, it’s still going to be like 95% OS X 10.9 we already know via Apple. Even when Apple talks about things they say OS X and it’s name like OS X Mountain Lion or Mavericks. The 10.8, 10.9 is just for software version numbers to keep track of things. Plus OS X 11 would mean then that it’s OS X 10.11 meaning they skipped an OS X version at 10.10. Which is why it’ll stay 10.10. the X in OS is a roman numeral standing for 10 not actually the letter x as so many people think it does.

* Mr. Grey (@mister_grey) says: April 7, 2014 at 2:18 pm

“OS XI” makes no sense at all.

Why destroys years of branding just for the sake of a few OCD programmers and math heads who have an “issue” with the logic of 10.10 instead of 11.0 or 11.1.

Ordinary people have no problem with it being “10.10″

  1. sardonicksays: April 7, 2014 at 11:41 am

Great. They’re going to make OS X as ugly as iOS. Riveting. Maybe next year it can be all flat gray and really throw down some mediocrity. Yuck. My iPod is on iOS 6 and every time I use I remember much more I liked that interface. I’m sure I’m in the minority but Apple isn’t winning any prizes with my consumer dollars with this fugly UI. Good thing the hardware design is second to none and the software works…..for now.

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* * Lance Newcomb says: April 7, 2014 at 2:38 pm

Two issues with your post.

1: 28% is not by any means a “small” minority. Blacks make up 12% of the USA population, go try and tell them they are part of a “small minority”.

2: Apple is following stupid trends for profit instead of quality. The entire “flat” theme and larger screens is to tempt poor people with Android and Windows equipment to upgrade while keeping their useless eye candy OS animation. The cost comes at REAL Mac users who just want something high quality that works well.

Thats why 10.6 still has such a large active following despite being 3 OS generations and 4 years old, and 28% are still using the 7 month old iOS6 daily despite Apple forcing us to download the update and stealing 3GB of our iDevice storage space.

So, in fact you are wrong. He said he is “in the minority”, he did NOT “in the small minority”.

* Derrick Lambert says: April 7, 2014 at 12:39 pm

You do not that image is a mockup and not what OS X is actually going to look like… Calm down and go find something else to do.

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* sardonicksays: April 7, 2014 at 2:40 pm

Since I’m making an opinion on a public forum, your unsolicited input is useless typical of this generation. You could have stopped at the first sentence, but your need to add your own little sarcastic BS speaks of your overall credibility. In other words, piss off.

* Avenged110 says: April 7, 2014 at 2:05 pm

I know exactly what you mean. That’s why I’m buying my new Mac before this hits. And it’s funny how no one ever got jumped on for hating the iOS 6 aesthetic. But now that 7′s out, anyone who states their displeasure over Apple’s redesign gets attacked. Interesting.

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* sardonicksays: April 7, 2014 at 2:42 pm

There’s a group of pedantic trolls in every forum. This one is no different. Like you said if you don’t sport the majority opinion , you’re a pariah. Personally, I couldn’t care less. At any rate, thanks for a normal and conversational response, maybe other will take note……(laughing).

* o0smoothies0o says: April 7, 2014 at 3:32 pm

iOS 6 looks so old and truly awful it’s incredible. I look at my nephew’ sold device running iOS 6 and all I can think of is a game boy. That dock is so awful looking, the reflections, the shine. Dear lord it is embarrassingly bad when compared to iOS 7. The worst thing they did with iOS 6 UI-wise were the colored menu bars, I couldn’t believe them when I saw them. It was groundbreaking-bad. You actually could hardly read menu bar items, including the current time, man oh man, just bad. Thank god for Ive and iOS 7, it’s so much superior in every conceivable way.

This all said, it is my opinion. Luckily for me I’m one of the vast majority that find it far better. I just feel sorry for all of you who don’t like it, because it isn’t going back, ever.

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1. domenico panacea (@domenicopanacea) says: April 7, 2014 at 11:44 am

iOS 8: No quick reply? No Siri integration with third-party apps?

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* rogifan says: April 7, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Don’t assume everything listed here is all that there is. I doubt Apple moles leaked everything to this site.

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* jrox16 says: April 7, 2014 at 12:24 pm

No one has a clue about what will really be shown, so don’t worry. These are just rumors and supposed leaks and not what to expect (or at least not ONLY what to expect).

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* Anthony Snyder (@AnthonySnyder8) says: April 7, 2014 at 12:33 pm

Maybe, we don’t know. Remember, leaks are “leaks”. They don’t necessarily have an truth to them.

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1. Benoit (@benoitgphoto) says: April 7, 2014 at 12:00 pm

If there is still hope for an Aperture 4 or X, this can be announced at WWDC 2014. If there is nothing about that, then we can all conclude that there won’t be any major Aperture update.

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* Shameer Mulji (@shameermulji) says: April 7, 2014 at 12:12 pm

I’ve never seen a pro app get announced at WWDC and I don’t anticipate that changing this year. If anything it’ll happen in the Fall (with the emphasis on IF).

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1. rogifan says: April 7, 2014 at 12:01 pm

I have my stop watch going to see how quickly this stuff will end up on. MacRumors.

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1. Miroslav Mirek Bujna (@miroslavbujna) says: April 7, 2014 at 12:01 pm

I would love to see new MBPr on WWDC although it looks like it’ll be updated later this year. About the OS X I think it would be awesome to get new redesign to get more hand in hand with iOS 8 because I love the design of iOS 7.

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* Anthony Snyder (@AnthonySnyder8) says: April 7, 2014 at 12:37 pm

They’ll probably do something with OS X then do the same with iOS 8 either this or next year. I expect a toned down iOS 7 and a toned up OS X and they’ll meet in the middle. At some point.

I mean, I like iOS 7 but some changes in the next few years would be nice rather than 6 years of the same design :/

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1. Roger Thomson (@RogerThomson878) says: April 7, 2014 at 12:40 pm

Does 9to5Mac hate Apple or love Apple? Not sure if this article’s hints are all true, but if they are, (you also have snapshots here) — wanted to understand how 9to5Mac gets more Apple leaks (and often more reliable) than any other website by a large margin — do you use some kind of a sophisticated spying network – spread across Apple employees, partners — maybe you do hacking as well??

By doing all these leaks months before the actual news announcement, arent you harming Apple in two significant ways —

(a) Letting competitors know what Apple is doing, so that they can prepare for it much, much earlier?

(b) Reducing the element of surprise from Apple announcements, which make the announcements more mundane to the public?

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* rettun1 says: April 7, 2014 at 1:05 pm

I’d probably agree with your last two points, but those screenshots aren’t actually legit (at least the health book ones aren’t).

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* Jay Palm (@jay_palm) says: April 7, 2014 at 1:30 pm

My guess would be that the actual competitors (mostly Samsung, but also Microsoft, Google, and HTC) don’t learn anything from these sights. There is obviously much more money in corporate espionage then sending tips to rumor sights, though the two are not exclusive.

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* Roger Thomson (@RogerThomson878) says: April 7, 2014 at 2:15 pm

Jay, am not sure I agree. Based on my observations, my belief is that Samsung has very likely introduced features based on Apple rumors.

There are just too many features that Samsung has released — which were similar to Apple’s — very close to Apple’s release dates. Some of them may be industry trends, so all the players independently may have been working on those — but sometimes it appears as if Samsung did this feature just because it learned much earlier that Apple was working on it.

It may be due to tidbits companies learn from their partners (like Huawei), or forecast, but a good chunk of them could have also been coming from the rumor mill.

  1. tool022611 says: April 7, 2014 at 1:00 pm

I am a little nervous that good ol Johnny is in charge of OS X makeover. I love my iPhone and ios 7 but I really don’t want my desktop to look like iOS.

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1. Alex (@Metascover) says: April 7, 2014 at 1:07 pm

At first I didn’t like that OSX mockup. The colors and translucency are certainly a little sad. The idea of having pictures appear like in iOS is very clever though. Why should the user have to open iPhoto just to see his pictures ordered by date? The Finder is the best place to do this. He even thought of a button in the toolbar to switch between this view and a classic ‘file’ view. Same thing with video and music. With a little UI research I’m sure it would be possible to put many basic functions of iPhoto, iMovie and iTunes in the Finder without disrupting it. The finder would then work exactly like Picture, Movie and Music apps on iOS, and with a single button the user would be able to see the files and folders behind the app. The library would be even more integrated into the system.

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1. Steven Reule says: April 7, 2014 at 1:37 pm

How about a “delete all” or “mark all” for email? This should have been in there a long time ago! When I have 50-100 emails and have to mark them all one at a time to delete them, that is ridiculous! Android had this years ago. That said, I still prefer the iPhone! But really…

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* Jassi Sikand says: April 7, 2014 at 4:51 pm

Do you mean for iOS or OS X? It’s available for both. Mail for iOS has an explicit option. For Mavericks, just click on an email, press Cmd + A, and then delete, or right click + Mark All

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1. yuniverse7 says: April 7, 2014 at 1:44 pm

Apple needs to up the ante and perhaps provide 50GB or more iCloud storage for free.

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* o0smoothies0o says: April 7, 2014 at 3:36 pm

Dear god. For what?! Do you realize the incredible, vast majority use less than 1GB? I personally use next to none.

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* Jassi Sikand says: April 7, 2014 at 4:53 pm

I think 50 GB+ is a good idea, if Apple were to open up iCloud for anything other than app-specific info (like uploading general docs like in other cloud-sharing websites). Right now, people are using 1GB because pretty much anything you can put in iCloud are backups and/or iWork documents

* puggsly says: April 7, 2014 at 6:09 pm

Backups and document storage. I recommend people backup to their computers but I know a number of windows users that have no desire to interconnect their phone’s with their computers (I don’t understand this idea) and want to back up to the cloud. 5GB is light for this use if you are already using iCloud for email and document storage.

  1. PMZanetti says: April 7, 2014 at 2:14 pm

Sounds boring as all hell. Honestly. That’s not a knock on your article (which is great). But for WWDC, good grief there had better be more that.

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1. Mr. Grey (@mister_grey) says: April 7, 2014 at 2:15 pm

Sounds like “tock” year for iOS. Nothing really new at all UI or UIX wise.

My only wants are to get rid of the muddy, grey notifications pull-down, and changing the multi-tasking behaviour back to the way it was before when it didn’t pull you back to the home page all the time. Neither are likely to happen because … iOS design dogma.

At least there might be something new in OS X but judging by how Ive has re-done iOS, I am more expecting lots of confusing changes that actually make things harder to use, but that can somehow be justified by a bit of “design-speak” or some other dogma that looks good on paper.

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1. PMZanetti says: April 7, 2014 at 2:17 pm

AppleTV and SDK? Early launch of iPhone 6? Mac mini?

If this article is any indication of what WWDC is shaping up to be (and I have no doubt it is), then what a frigging disappointment.

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1. taojones2013says: April 7, 2014 at 2:23 pm

i hope Jonny Ives discovers back and exit buttons this time.

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1. Lance Newcomb says: April 7, 2014 at 2:28 pm

Wow, just, wow. Those are the ugliest piles of rectal discharge I have ever seen. Looks like I’ll be sticking with iOS6 and 10.9 for the foreseeable future and not buying any new hardware from Apple until they get over that stupid “flat” theme.

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* o0smoothies0o says: April 7, 2014 at 3:34 pm

It’s so much superior (iOS 7 that is, and flat design), it’s down right insane. Have fun living in the past.

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* Lance Newcomb says: April 7, 2014 at 3:44 pm

Have fun being bland in the present. Let us know when all the bugs are figured out and your “fingerprint sensor” works right.

* Jassi Sikand says: April 7, 2014 at 4:55 pm

Lance, the fingerprint sensor DOES work correctly for most people. For some, it doesn’t, but that’s because it’s a new technology. It’ll improve as time goes on. As 9to5mac said, don’t take any of the OS X or iOS 8 mock-ups seriously because no one has idea what they’ll look like (especially OS X – that was just completely made up). I haven’t had many bugs with iOS 7. I actually had more with iOS 6 on my iPhone.

* dobqopdobqop says: April 7, 2014 at 6:44 pm

go n bury yourself with these stagy, fictive, pointless, ugly, glossy, fake and tasteless leather, wood and glass texture. And no one would even care!

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1. kentkd34says: April 7, 2014 at 2:54 pm

“At least there might be something new in OS X but judging by how Ive has re-done iOS, I am more expecting lots of confusing changes that actually make things harder to use, but that can somehow be justified by a bit of “design-speak” or some other dogma that looks good on paper.”

I agree, change for the sake of change.

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1. ooknetintaiwan says: April 7, 2014 at 4:39 pm

I don’t think this has been mentioned but imagine you are involved in an accident and your iPhone has passcode lock :: would it be possible for emergency services to access your Healthbook Emergency Card from the Lock Screen?

I think it would be useless if Apple didn’t consider this?

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Screenshots of iOS 8: Healthbook, Preview, TextEdit icons leaked | 9to5Mac

Apr 02 2014 at 01:01 AM •

The above screenshot claiming to represent iOS 8 just showed up on a Weibo account. Even though the source of the images is absolutely uncertain, I have confirmed with several sources that these shots are legitimate. Earlier today, I detailed the new Preview and TextEdit apps shown above, and I previously discussed Healthbook. I’ll have more news on Healthbook in the coming weeks. Until then, you can check out a higher-resolution mockup of the Healthbook icon below. I’m not sure what the Tips icon is for, but it is probably a user-guide of some sort. Of course, it’s plausible that the icons are works in progress. More images below:

More images from Weibo:

A Settings screen also from Weibo:

Healthbook icon mockup by Michael Steeber (red = Blood pressure, green = heart rate, orange = calories burned)


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iPhone Battery Tips - Business Insider

Apr 01 2014 at 01:50 AM •

Lisa Eadicicco Mar. 31, 2014, 10:48 AM 4,757 3

Let’s face it—there are simply some days in which you’re going to use your iPhone more actively than others.

Whether you’re listening to music during your two hour commute or playing games with high-end graphics all day long, there’s a chance your iPhone’s battery could drop down to 10 percent sooner than you’d have hoped. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your iPhone when it’s on its last legs.

Most of what we’re going to recommend can be done in the iPhone’s “Control Center,” which you can access by swiping from the bottom of the screen. If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s how you get the Control Center to come up:

With that out of the way, here’s some tips when you’re running out of juice…

1. Turn down the screen brightness.

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Turning down your iPhone’s screen brightness is one of the first things you should do if you’re trying to save battery. To do this, pull up Control Center. Toggle the brightness slider underneath the row of icons to dim your iPhone’s display. You can also do this by navigating to Settings>Wallpapers & Brightness>Brightness.

2. Turn off Bluetooth

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If you’re not connecting to any accessories, turn Bluetooth off. You can also do this directly from the Control Center by swiping up from the bottom of the screen and tapping the Bluetooth icon.

3. Turn the screen off when you’re not using it.

For example, if you’re listening to music, make sure you turn the screen off when you’re not switching between songs. If your phone is in your pocket or purse, make sure the screen remains off when not in use.

4. Turn off Background App Refresh.

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This automatically refreshes an app’s content whenever you’re connected to cellular service or Wi-Fi. You this feature off by navigating to Settings>General>Background App Refresh.

5. Turn off Location services

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Location services can also burn through your battery pretty quickly. To preserve battery by preventing apps from using your GPS location, head over to Settings>Privacy>Location Services. From here, you can either turn off this feature entirely by tapping the green switch next to Location Services, or disable it for individual apps by pressing the switch next to each app. I recommend doing the latter so that you can use your phone’s GPS signal in case you get lost or lose your phone.

6. Turn WiFi off.

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If you don’t absolutely need WiFi, turning it off will preserve battery life. Again, Apple has a shortcut for WiFi in its Control Center, which can be accessed by swiping up from the bottom of the screen.

7. Close some background apps.

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Some apps could be eating through your battery even though they’re not clearly visible. To close background apps, double tap your iPhone’s home button. This will display any apps that are currently open. Dismiss each app by putting your finger on the desired app and swiping up.

8. Disable notifications for as many apps as possible.

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You can do this by heading over to Settings>Notification Center>Include. From there, tap on an app and switch off “Show in Notification Center” and “Show on Lock Screen.” This will prevent your phone from pushing unnecessary notifications to your lock screen or Notification Center, which could save some battery life.

9. Turn off AirDrop

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This feature lets you share files with other users on the same network. While this can be useful, it also wastes power if it’s turned on when you’re not using it. Slide up from the bottom of the screen to reveal the Control Center, tap AirDrop and then press Off.

10. Turn off the Parallax View in iOS 7

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This could also help preserve your iPhone’s battery. Parallax View is the feature that makes it look as if your phone’s background is moving when you move the phone from side to side. Navigate to Settings>General>Accessibility>Reduce Motion to turn this off.

BONUS: Turn on Airplane Mode to charge your phone faster

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If your iPhone’s battery is running low and you’ve only got a few minutes to charge it up, try turning on Airplane Mode while it’s plugged in. This turns off the wireless radios inside your phone, which could enable it to charge faster since it’s using less energy. It’s unclear exactly how much this helps, however. TUAW’s Yoni Heisler found that this trick only sped up charging by a few minutes. To turn Airplane Mode on, swipe up from the bottom of the screen and tap the airplane icon in the Control Center.

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OS X 10.10 Mockup Shows Off 'Flat', iOS-Inspired Design - Mac Rumors

Mar 21 2014 at 07:19 PM •

OS X 10.10 Mockup Shows Off ‘Flat’, iOS-Inspired Design

Thursday March 20, 2014 1:58 pm PDT by Jordan Golson In iOS 7, Apple redesigned the user interface from top to bottom, removing most “skeuomorphic” elements and giving the OS a cleaner and lighter look and feel. Back in January, it was reported that OS X 10.10 – code named Syrah – would also see a flatter redesign, but that it would not see as extensive a reworking as iOS did.

Designer Danny Giebe has posted a series of concept images on Dribbble, showing what an iOS 7-inspired redesign of OS X could look like:

This is a concept for Mac OS X Syrah, expected to be published in September 2014. It’s based on the new flat design approach of the Contacts and Notes App introduced in Mac OS X Mavericks.

It is not known what Apple will call the next version of its OS X operating system, but may show off the new OS – and its new California-inspired name – at WWDC in June of this year. Over the past several years, Apple has tended to release its new Mac operating system in mid-Fall.


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iOS 7.1 Mobile Safari Minimal UI {Perpetual Beta}

Mar 19 2014 at 05:14 PM •

Published: Tuesday 18th March, 2014 at 20:28 GMT — Estimated reading time: ~2 minutes

As you will probably already know, Apple’siOS7.1 update recently became available. Along with a raft of revisions, security patches and other improvements there was one little feature I was particularly interested in: a new Mobile Safari property known as minimal-ui.

Apple describes this as follows: [1](#fn:1)

A property, minimal-ui, has been added for the viewport meta tag key that allows minimizing the top and bottom bars on the iPhone as the page loads. While on a page using minimal-ui, tapping the top bar brings the bars back. Tapping back in the content dismisses them again.

This is a fantastic and long overdue directive for Mobile Safari. Put simply, the minimal-ui property allows you to display your responsive web page without the browser chrome taking up valuable screen real-estate.

It’s the difference between this:

and this:

As you can see, some content just cries out for a full-screen display. Now, with minimal-ui , we can do just that.

Using minimal-ui is simplicity itself. Simply add the property to your meta tags like this:

<meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1, minimum-scale=1.0, maximum-scale=1.0, minimal-ui" />

I have applied this property to great effect on my Camera Roll. It’s not appropriate for every web page, but it’s great for image galleries and web-sites that mimic mobile apps.

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iOS 7.1: 7 New Things iPhone & iPad Users Need to Know

Mar 19 2014 at 05:14 PM •

Apple’s iOS 7.1 update for iPhone and iPad is now more than a week old and that means that most of the dust around the iOS 7.1 update has settled. Now that we have some clarity, we want to dig into some of the most important things that iPhone and iPad users need to know about their new iOS 7 update.

Last week, Apple finally released the iOS 7.1 update for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The update, which had been in the beta process since November, is a big one and comes with a number of enhancements and fixes that make it an enticing update for those using Apple’s latest iOS update.

With iOS 7.1 now out and readily available, we want to take a look at seven of the most important things that current iOS 7.1 users and those thinking about making the upgrade need to know about Apple’s brand new update. We’ve seen a lot of details emerge since it was released last Monday and we want to make sure iPhone and iPad owners in the U.S. and elsewhere are informed.

iOS 7.1 Performance is Solid

Maybe the most important thing that iPhone and iPad owners need to know is that iOS 7.1, thus far, appears to be a very solid update. We haven’t seen or heard about any hero level issues with the software and we’ve seen fantastic performance across Apple’s products.

iOS 7.1 performance is fantastic on the iPad Air.

Over the past week, we’ve dug into the iOS 7.1 update on the iPhone 5s , iPhone 5 , iPad 3 , iPad mini with Retina Display , and iPad Air in particular and we’ve come away impressed with the update. Other sites including ArsTechnica and iMore have also been impressed with the iOS 7.1 update so we know that we’re not alone.

Those who are still concerned about upgrading will want to dig into those reviews. They quite possibly could be the final nudge over the fence to iOS 7.1.

Plenty of Reasons to Upgrade

If solid performance isn’t enough, it’s important to know that there are plenty of other reasons why iPhone and iPad owners across the globe should consider making the switch.

We’ve delved into nine reasons already but we recently saw another emerge thanks to an app monitoring firm called Crittercism. According to Recode , the data suggests that there are less app crashes inside of Apple’s new software.

The crash rate of apps under iOS 7.1 is 1.6 percent, according to performance monitoring firm Crittercism. That compares with rates above 2 percent for iOS 7, iOS 6.1 and iOS 6 versions. Interestingly, the total rate of app crashing with iOS 7 is 2.1 percent, which is lower than for iOS 6 or 6.1 versions, even despite a known bug that caused some systems to reboot when using iOS 7.

In our experience with iOS 7.1, we haven’t seen any applications lock up though we have heard that the Facebook application has been causing problems for some iPad and iPhone users. An update that rolled out for Facebook yesterday may have solved the issue though that remains unconfirmed because we can’t replicate the problem.

The important thing to note is that iOS 7.1 is apparently much more stable than its predecessors, yet another reason to consider making the upgrade today.

Bad Battery Life? Try This

Some iPhone and iPad owners have experienced bad battery life after installing iOS 7.1. This should come as a surprise to no one since bad battery life complaints always emerge after iOS updates.

Those that are experiencing bad battery life in iOS 7.1 are in luck though. Not only is there a fix that should work for those that are dealing with the problem , there are an assortment of tips and tricks to try in an effort to improve battery life in Apple’s brand new update. Sometimes, software just needs a little kick before it starts working properly again.

It’s important to note that while Apple might hear and see the complaints about bad battery life, very rarely does it take action. An issue needs to be widespread before Apple commits to a fix in a future update.

There Are Other Issues

iOS 7.1 isn’t flawless. In addition to the bad battery life problems, there are some other issues that seem to be plaguing iPhone and iPad owners. One of the biggest that we’ve seen is an issue with Touch ID.

iPhone 5s owners are complaining about Touch ID problems on the Apple Discussion forums. While it does seem a bit limited at this point, it’s certainly gaining steam.

This is one of the loudest issues but Apple’s forum is littered with complaints. None of the issues appear to be big but this is still something that iPhone and iPad owners should know about before installing the new update.

iOS 7.1 Jailbreak Nowhere in Sight

There are reasons to stay on iOS 7.0.6 and below , at least for the moment. One of the big reasons that iPhone and iPad owners might want to stay on iOS 7.1 is because it does not support a jailbreak. iOS 7.0.6 is the last iOS update to support the Evasi0n 7 jailbreak and from the looks of things, it could be the last iOS 7 update that is compatible with it.

iOS 7.1 jailbreak release claims are a trick. There currently isn’t an iOS 7.1 jailbreak. The developers behind Evasi0n have said that while they might release one for iOS 7.1 in the future, it’s possible that they will instead focus on releasing one for iOS 8, the update that is expected to be next in line.

So, what’s important to note is this. Those who haven’t upgrade to iOS 7.1 and wish to jailbreak should not do the upgrade. And those who have already upgraded to iOS 7.1 probably have a long wait ahead of them.

iPad 2 Discontinued

Today, Apple discontinued the iPad 2 and brought back the iPad 4 to fill its roll as the company’s $399 budget iPad option. As many have pointed out, this is a bad sign for iPad 2 owners because it likely means that the device is going to be stuck on iOS 7.1 forever.

Typically, Apple updates devices for three years before it kills off software support. Both the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4 have received three major iOS updates. And now that the iPad 2 has been taken off of Apple’s shelves (the iPhone 4 vanished last year), there is a very good chance that it will not receive whatever is next in line.

What’s Next: iOS 7.1.1, iOS 8

That brings us to our final, and important point that iOS 7 and iOS 7.1 owners need to know.

The next major update for iPhone and iPad will likely be iOS 8 , an update that is rumored for later this year and an update that should emerge at WWDC this summer. In other words, don’t expect another bridge between iOS 7 and the next major update. iOS 7.1 will likely serve as the biggest update to iOS 7 before the arrival of the next major upgrade.

This Healthbook mockup shows what Apple’s app may look like in iOS 8.

iPhone and iPad owners should expect Apple to deliver incremental updates between now and the release of the next major update. The company usually releases iOS x.1.x updates in the months after its arrival and we expect Apple to continue to offer tweaks and fixes in the build up to the iOS 8 release.

It’s important to know that Apple does not announce release dates for its incremental upgrades so iPhone and iPad owners will be flying blind the rest of the way.

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iOS 7.1 problems: 8 ways to fix battery life issues | IT PRO

Mar 19 2014 at 05:09 PM •

iOS 7.1 has resulted in users complaining about battery life problems. We show you how to fix them.

Apple’s iOS 7.1 update brings additional functionality, but users have flocked to Apple’s online forums, complaining about battery life issues.

An IT Pro reader warned us about updating, noting that the iOS 7.1 update “sucks the life out of your battery at an alarming rate.”

The issue has been reported across iPhones and iPads, so it appears to be a software problem. Ars Technica ran extensive battery tests on iOS 7.1 and found battery life to be slightly worse than before.

No one has found an official fix, but users have reported different levels of success fighting the battery drain. Here are 8 best practice battery life tips which can help:

1- Double check the brightness setting. The screen is the biggest consumer of battery and if you’ve got it set to full blast this will drain the power quickly. It’s a good idea to leave it on 75 per cent and also use the auto-brightness feature. Go to Settings > Wallpaper & Brightness.

2 - Keep on top of apps. Once you’ve stopped using an app, it doesn’t mean that it’s been closed. iOS will run tasks in the background, sapping up power until you close apps manually. Open the app switch screen by double-tapping the home button and swipe those apps off the screen.

3 - Turn off Bluetooth from the quick settings menu by flicking up from the homescreen. Location services is also a massive battery hog. To turn this off go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services

4 - When you’re not browsing the internet switch off 4G. Go to Settings > Cellular.

5 - Turn off background updates. Go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh.

6 - Do a hard reset (this won’t erase any data). Hold the home and power buttons for ten seconds until it restarts. This reboots the phone and kills any potentially power-hungry background tasks.

7 - Charge your phone to full capacity, then use it until the battery dies. Apple recommends doing this once per month in order to retain maximum battery health.

8 - Reset the phone completely. This should be the last option as it wipes your data. Connect your phone to your computer and restore it in iTunes as a new device. Do not restore from a backup.

Other iOS 7.1 problems

There are reports of overheating devices, and also issues with background downloads, with an Apple user noting iOS 7.1 consumed his 1.2GB data allowance quickly.

Some iPhone users experienced their lockscreens or apps freeze and iOS 7.1 is also causing Touch ID to stop working in some cases.

Problems have been reported with setting up personal hotspots on iOS 7.1 as APN settings can no longer be saved after updating.

The issue is widespread enough that it appears to be another software bug, not something carrier-side. It has been confirmed in multiple countries. One user claims Apple support told them the issue would be reported to the developers, so a fix could happen.

Lastly, we’ve seen complaints on the iOS 7.1 incoming call screen. Where iOS 7 featured a full-page image of the caller, 7.1 crops the image into a circle next to their name at the top of the screen.

Users have complained about it, saying it’s harder to see who’s calling. Apple has not issued an official statement on any of these problems. We will keep you updated of any official fixes.


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What's Wrong With Apple's iOS 7.1?

Mar 16 2014 at 08:09 PM •

Apple’s iOS 7.1 update was released on Tuesday , delivering a noticeable boost in overall speed and responsiveness. But it soon turned out that the update also delivered a few problems — and a surprising number of visual tweaks.

See also: iOS 7.1 Speeds Up iPhone 4, Still Not as Fast as iOS 6


A New Phone Interface

The most striking visual change is the telephone interface. Although the circular number key pads remain, the large square “call” button has been replaced by a small circle displaying a phone icon.


Hunt and Peck?

Those phone call interface changes have been carried over to the answer/decline screens as well. Now when your receive an incoming call, the screen will display two simple red and green button icons, instead of the large “answer” and “decline” button blocks in the previous version.

This change seems more like a designer flourish rather than a practical move, as hitting those large call/answer/decline buttons on the iPhone’s touchscreen while carrying bags or multitasking is certainly easier than having to now aim for the tiny circles.


Touch ID & Passcode

In addition to boosting the accuracy of the iPhone 5S Touch ID system, iOS 7.1 now gives the feature its own set-up menu in the Settings section. Not much has changed here, but it’s a welcome update and it seems a bit odd that Apple didn’t give Touch ID its own menu section from the very beginning.


Wallpapers Without the Motion Sickness

When iOS 7 first debuted, one of the biggest complaints revolved around the parallax effect in Wallpaper, a dynamic that caused some prone to motion sickness to avoid the feature altogether. With iOS 7.1, Apple has included a handy “perspective on/off” option when selecting a new Wallpaper image.

The feature also offers those who are fans of the feature a quicker way to test out how certain images will look with the effect before selecting that image as a new Wallpaper image.


Siri Gets a Little More Human

The voice of Siri for U.S. users remains the same, but some international users will notice a warmer, more human-sounding digital assistant after upgrading to iOS 7.1. In particular, the British English and the Japanese voices of Siri offer noticeably warmer, less robotic sounding version of Siri. This “more human” touch has also been applied to the Australian English and Mandarin Chinese versions of Siri.


Weather and Calendar Enhanced

Another minor tweak to iOS comes in the operating system’s Calendar and Weather apps. The new Calendar features a handy option that allows you to show special events and appointments right under the calendar view.

On the Weather app , the weather condition icons are now filled in, offering the viewer an easier image to process visually when quickly glancing at weather conditions during transit.

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Potential Problems

Bluetooth Connectivity

It’s still early days, but some users are reporting problems connecting to Bluetooth devices after the 7.1 update. We tested the connection on our own iPhone 5S and we were also unable to discover fully powered Bluetooth device in our vicinity.

This is a potentially huge issue — considering many iOS users rely on Bluetooth devices such as keyboards and headsets.

iBeacon

One new behavior in iBeacon, first discovered byBEEKn , is being touted by some as an enhancement. But based on that description, it could just as well be deemed a problem.

According to the report, iOS 7.1 now allows your device to continue to discover iBeacon points after you’ve closed an iBeacon-enabled app. This continues to work as long as Location Services are turned on — even if you restart your phone.

The Take Away

Unlike some software updates, the changes in iOS 7.1 will give most users the sense that they now have a more nimble device in their hands. And while not everyone will agree with all the interface changes made by Apple in this update, the changes add up to a better user experience and a look that pushes the iPhone just a little further into the future.

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Report: Leaked iOS 8 Photo Reveals New Apps

Mar 16 2014 at 10:55 AM •

An alleged photo of iOS 8 shows apps not featured on iOS 7 (seen above).

iOS 8 , the next version of Apple’s mobile software for the iPhone and iPad, is expected to arrive in June with new features that have a strong focus on fitness. Now, an alleged leaked photo of iOS 8 reveals what other types of apps we’ll see added to the update.

According to a picture shared on Chinese social network Weibo , Apple will be adding iOS versions of some of its existing OS X apps for Macs, including Preview and TextEdit. These tools will reportedly help users view files stored in iCloud, according to * 9to5Mac*.

See also: What’s Wrong With Apple’s iOS 7.1?

This alleged picture of iOS 8 popped up on Chinese social network Weibo.

Also visible in the picture is the long-rumored Healthbook app, which will monitor fitness stats (from steps taken and calories burned) and keep track of blood pressure, heart rate and glucose levels. Rumors have also swirled that the next-generation iPhone hardware could include more sensors that will work with the iPhone’s M7 motion coprocessor.

Apple is also said to be working on a major maps overhaul for iOS by adding public transit directions and making key points of interest — such as airports, highways and so on — easier to find.

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iOS 7.1 Features: Secret iOS 7.1 feature controls iPhone with head | BGR

Mar 13 2014 at 04:58 AM •

Apple released iOS 7.1 to the public on Monday afternoon and it came right on time, as per BGR’s exclusive report from back in December of last year. The new software update brings with it a wide range of visual changes, bug fixes and feature additions such as support for Apple’s new CarPlay and new Siri capabilities. There is plenty of great new functionality to look through and we posted a solid video walkthrough that highlights almost all of it. There is one iOS 7.1 feature in particular, though, that isn’t exactly new but you still really have to check out.

As noted byThe Loop , iOS now includes a feature that allows users to control the iPhone with head-based motion gestures. In other words, the front-facing camera will monitor your face and simply shaking your head in a certain direction will trigger an action.

This feature has been present in iOS since the release of iOS 7, but it hasn’t been widely publicized at all. Like The Loop’s Dave Mark, we weren’t aware of it until now.

Here’s how to enable it:

Open Settings and go to:

General > Accessibility > Switch Control

Tap Switches to add a new switch. Use a source of Camera, then Left Head Movement and a System setting of Siri. In other words, I want the camera to watch me and when I shake my head to the left, I want the system to bring up Siri.

Now tap back and tap Switch Control to On.

You should see some blue rectangles scanning each item on the screen. Shake your head to the left. Siri should come up.

As Mark noted, the feature takes a bit of getting used to but beyond the obvious benefits such a feature provide for users with certain disabilities, head gesture controls can add a range of new possibilities for all users.


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Siri Has A Whole Backstory You Can Unlock By Asking The Right Questions | Cult of Mac

Mar 13 2014 at 04:57 AM •

We all know that Siri has some fun Easter eggs , but according to some Apple’s virtual assistant also has an entire backstory — unlockable by asking just the right questions.

“We developed a backstory for Siri to make sure everything that it said was consistent, and as part of that, we had to answer questions like, is Siri a man or a woman?” says Adam Cheyer, one of the chief engineers for the project. “Is it human, a machine, an alien? Is it an Apple employee? What is its relationship with respect to Apple?”

The revelation is one from Yukari Iwatani Kane’s new book Haunted Empire: Apple After Steve Jobs , for which she interviewed members of the team who developed the Siri technology. While the idea of a Siri backstory has been brought up before, the idea that that this can gradually be eked out by asking the correct series of questions is a new insight.

Siri’s sense of humor reportedly comes from Harry Saddler, Apple’s Manager of the Siri Conversational Interaction Design Group, and a former NASA UI designer.

Although Siri has been around for a few years now (and the technology has certainly had its ups as well as downs), it would be fascinating to hear the officially approved Apple backstory for the character who began life as a five-year DARPA-backed project to build an intelligent virtual assistant — prior to being acquired by Apple.

Perhaps a job for former Steve Jobs biographer Walter Isaacson? Because as can be seen from the above image, for now Siri is pleading the fifth.

Any insights into Siri’s mysterious backstory based on your own questions? Post them below.

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Luke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Apple Revolution , published by Random House, and is currently writing a book about algorithms for Random House/Penguin to be published in 2014. He also covers the digital humanities for Fast Company. He’d like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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