iOS 11.3 Beta 2 Now Available For Public Beta Testers

iOS 11.3 Beta 2

Good news for members of Apple’s public beta testing program as Apple has now released their iOS 11.3 beta 2 software to the program. The second beta of iOS 11.3 was released to developers yesterday and now it is available for public beta testers.

If you want to test the the latest beta of iOS 11.3 out you can sign up to Apple’s public beta testing program here. The software brings a range of new features to the iPhone and iPad, one of them will be welcomed by owners of older devices, Apple’s new Battery Health feature.

The new battery health feature in iOS 11.3 shows the health of your handsets battery, it also reveals details about whether or not Apple’s power management feature is being used to optimize the battery and also slow down your device. When the final version of iOS 11.3 is released you will be able to turn this power management feature on and off.

The update will also bring a range of other new features to the iPhone and iPad, this includes the ability to use Apple’s Face ID for family purchases. The software will also come with four new Animoji, these include a bear, a dragon, a skull and a lion.

As yet there are no details on when the new iOS 11.3 software update will be released, we are only on the second beta of the software at the moment so it will be a while before we see its final release.

Source MacRumors

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iOS 11.3 Beta 2 vs iOS 11.2.5 Speed Test (Video)

iOS 11.3 Beta 2 vs iOS 11.2.5

Apple recently released their second beta of iOS 11.3 and now we have some videos of iOS 11.3 Beta 2 vs iOS 11.2.5  to see if there are any speed improvement in the latest beta.

The iOS 11.3 Beta 2 vs iOS 11.2.5 is tested on the iPhone 5S, the iPhone 6, iPhone 6S, iPhone 7 and the iPhone 8. First up is the iPhone 5S, lets see if there are any improvements.

As we can see from the video the iPhone 5S running the iOS 11.2.5 software booted up faster than the device running the new iOS 11.3 beta 2. There does not appear to be any speed improvements in the apps, next up is the iPhone 6.

With the iPhone 6 the handset running the iOS 11.2.5 software booted up faster than the handset with the new beta. It also appears to be slightly faster in the apps. Next up is the iPhone 6S.

As we can see from the video the iPhone 6S with the current iOS 11.2.5 booted up faster than the new beta, there was quite a difference in boot time on this one. Next up is Apple’s iPhone 7.

From the video of the iPhone 7 we can see that the handset running the iOS 11.2.5 software booted up quicker than the handset running the new beta, there does not appear to be any major difference in the apps. Finally we have the iPhone 8.

As with the others the handset running iOS 11.2.5 boots up faster. It would appear that there are no speed improvements with iOS 11.3 beta 2 over iOS 11.2.5 this may change by the time the final version of the software is released.

Source iAppleBytes

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Is The New iPad And New MacBooks Coming In March?

New iPad

We have been hearing rumors about a number of new Apple products, these include a new iPad Pro and also some new MacBook computers. According to a recent report, Apple will start launching its new 2018 products from march onward.

Apple is also releasing a new iMac this year although we are expecting that one to land later on in the year. We previously heard that Apple would launch a new iPad with Face ID around the end of 2018.

According to a recent report from Digitimes, Apple will start to roll out its new devices from next month. The news comes from Apple’s supply chain, exactly which devices will launch next month is not known.

“These makers have cutting-edge technologies or have newly tapped into the supply chains of Apple’s consumer devices. Among them, SPT, which boasts pearl bright nickel processing technology, is ready to enjoy sizeable orders from Apple, which will incorporate the technology to process adapters for its new-generation iPhone, iPad and MacBook devices, slated for debut starting in March 2018.” according to Digitimes.

It is possible that Apple intends to launch a number of new iPads this year, so we could see the first of those next month. If Apple does end up anything new next month then we suspect it could be their new MacBook that we have been hearing about recently.

Source Digitimes, 9 to 5 Mac

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Apple iPad Is Still The World’s Most Popular Tablet

Apple iPad

According to a recent report by research firm IDC, the Apple iPad is still the world’s most popular tablet. In 2017 Apple managed to sell more tablets with their iPad than Samsung and Amazon did combined.

Apple sold a total of 43.8 million iPads in 2017, this gave the company a 26.8 percent share of the tablet market and it was up slightly in the previous year.

Samsung sold a total of 24.9 million iPads in 2017, Samsung cam in second place with a 15.2 percent share of the tablet market. In third place was Amazon with sales of 16.7 million  tablets and a 10.2 percent share of the market.

In fourth place was Huawei with a total of 12.5 million tablets sold and in fifth place Lenovo with 10.3 million tablets. The rest of the tablet sales were from other companies. Overall sales of tablets were actually down over the previous year.

Apple saw an increase in tablet sales in 2017, Samsung stayed the same and Amazon also saw an increase in sales as did Huawei. We are expecting to see some new iPads from Apple this year and we may get one with the company’s Face ID.

A recent rumor has suggested that Apple May start launching some of its new products next month, we could possibly see a new Apple iPad then.

Source IDC, MacRumors

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SonarPen iPad Smart Pen Stylus Now Available From £11

SonarPen iPad Smart Pen Stylus

If you have an older iPad that doesn’t support the new Apple Pencil, there is no need to worry as there are plenty of styluses available to help you sketch and take notes even on older Apple touchscreen tablets. GreenBulb has this week launched a new smart pen specifically designed for iPads called the SonarPen, which requires no battery yet offers pressure sensitivity, and is supported by all iPads. Watch the demonstration video below to learn more about the SonarPen which is launched via Kickstarter this week to raise the £18,300 required to take the project into production.

Unlike other iPad styluses the SonarPen connects to your 3.5 mm audio port making it ideal for older Apple devices, as well as being priced very competitively. The development team explain a little more about the inspiration behind the new iPad stylus that offers palm rejection, pressure sensitivity, requires no batteries, works on all iPads, includes a shortcut button to your favourite commands and even a magnetic pen holder which connects the stylus to your iPad when not in use. “Current smart pens on the market are expensive. Some only work with the latest iPad Pro models. This bothered us for a very long time, so we created a smart pen that’s more financially accessible for everyone.

SonarPen is now available to back with pledges starting from just £11 and delivery expected to take place during June 2018 if the Kickstarter campaign is successful. For more information on the SonarPen, full specifications and a list of all available pledges jump over to the official Kickstarter campaign page by following the link below.

Source: Kickstarter

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Apple Music Hits 36 Million Subscribers

Apple Music

Apple has revealed how many paid subscribers its Apple Music streaming service has, the company has said that its music streaming service has now hot 36 million subscribers.

This is up 6 million from September last year where the music streaming service had 30 million subscribers. Apple confirmed the latest subscriber numbers to the Wall Street Journal, it would appear that Apple Music is actually growing faster than Spotify at the moment.

Spotify is still considerably ahead of Apple’s music service at the moment as it has a total of 70 million paid subscribers, which is double Apple’s latest figures. Apple still has some way to go to catch up with Spotify.

Spotify has a total of 140 million subscribers worldwide, although this includes its ad supported users, Apple does not have a free offering for Apple Music, all of its users are paid subscribers. It will be interesting to see if Apple is able to catch up with Spotify’s paid subscribers.

Apple recent launched their new HomePod speaker which is designed to be used with their own streaming service and other services, this could help the company increase Apple Music subscribers if the device ends up becoming popular.

Source WSJ, MacRumors

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Apple Is Delaying Some New iOS 12 Features Until 2019

iOS 12

Apple is expected to make its new iOS 12 OS official at its Worldwide Developer Conference in June, the OS is expected to launch in September along with the three new iPhone X handsets.

According to a recent report, Apple is delaying some of features from this years iOS until next year. The reason it is apparently doing this is to focus on quality issues in iOS.

The news comes in a report from Ina Fried of Axios who has revealed that Apple’s Craig Federighi recently informed employees that the changes would be made to iOS 12 and some features would be pushed to next year.

Some of the features that are apparently being pushed to 2019 include a new home screen and in car interfaces, plus some updates to mail and the camera etc. Instead iOS 12 will being a range of stability and performance improvements as well as some of the new features.

Apple’s iOS 12 will come with a range of new feature but not all of those that the company has originally planned, instead some of these features will be released next year. They will probably arrive in one of Apple’s incremental updates. We are expecting iOS 12 to land some time in September along with the three new iPhone X handsets.

Source Axios, MacRumors

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New iPad With Face ID Rumored To Launch At End Of 2018

New iPad Face ID

We recently heard a rumor about a new iPad with Face ID, references to the device were discovered in iOS 11.3. Now it would appear that this updated iPad will launch some time around the end of the year.

Earlier today we heard about some new Macs that are coming this year, the news came from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman and he also revealed some details about the new iPad.

The device will apparently use Apple designed graphics and an AI chip, this will probably be a new iPad Pro with Face ID. Apple are expected to launch updated iPad Pro models later this year and these are the ones that are most likely to get Apple’s Face ID.

Apple is expected to switch all of their devices to Face ID over time, this could happen by the end of this year. The company is also launching three new iPhone X handsets this year, one LCD model and two OLED models, all three devices will come with Face ID. There is also the rumor of a new iPhone SE in May or June, this device is not expected to come with Face ID.

As soon as we get some details about exactly what Apple has planned for their 2018 iPad range, we will let you guys know.

Source Bloomberg, Ubergizmo

Image Credit Carlos Guerra

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Here Are Some More New Features In iOS 11.3 Beta 1(Video)

iOS 11.3 Beta 1

Last week Apple released their iOS 11.3 beta 1 software. The software brings a wide range of new features to the iPhone and iPad. The new beta is now available for both developers and public beta testers.

Some of the new features in Apple’s iOS 11.3 will include the ability to turn off Apple’s battery management feature. Apple has automatically disabled this new feature in the beta and the switch to turn it on an off will be added before the final release. Have a look at the video below.

The software also adds four new Animoji, these include a dragon, bear, lion and a skull bringing the total to 16. Apple also introduced their new Business Chat feature for messages in the latest beta. This will let you chat with supported companies on your iPhone.

Apple is also releasing ARKit 1.5 with the release of the new software, this will bring a range of new AR features to Apple’s iOS devices. There are also some small changes to the app switcher and Apple has also changed the name of iBooks to Books. The update also comes with support for iCloud Messages.

As yet there are no details on when the new iOS 11.3 software will be released. As this is the first beta of iOS 11.3 it will be a few weeks before the final version is released to everyone.

Source Image Credit EverythingApplePro

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Apple Releases watchOS 4.3 Beta (Video)

watchOS 4.3 Beta

As well as releasing the new iOS 11.3 beta 1 Apple also released a new beat of their Apple Watch Software, watchOS 4.3 Beta.

The new watchOS 4.3 Beta comes with some new features for the Apple Watch, these include the ability to access the Apple Music Library for iPhone, this feature was previously removed with watchOS 4.

The new beta adds a new ‘On iPhone’ feature in the Music app that shows you your albums, artists, songs playlists and more. There are also some other new features in the latest version of Apple’s smartwatch OS.

The video below shows some of the new features that are available in the latest beat of Apple’s watchOS software.

The new watchOS beta is now available for developers. The software is not available for beta tests as Apple does not make this software available as part of their beta program.

Source MacRumors

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