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  1. iPadOS 14.7 and macOS Big Sur 11.5 come with plenty of bug fixes and security updates It's unusual for iPadOS to come after iOS, but it's here. Apple has released new versions of its iPadOS and macOS operating systems just a couple of days after the company updated iOS, watchOS, and tvOS. The iPadOS update adds some new features and shares a lot with its iOS counterpart, while the macOS release is a modest one that focuses on a couple of bug fixes. It's unusual for an iPadOS update to arrive after an iOS update, and it's likely that Apple delayed iPadOS at the last minute to address some issue, but we don't know for sure. In any case, the update is here now. iPadOS 14.7 Many of the new features and bug fixes Apple lists in iPadOS 14.7's release notes are the same as those seen in iOS 14.7 earlier this week. The first bullet point highlights the ability to tie two individuals in a family unit to the same Apple Card account, allowing them to develop credit together. The update also introduces a way to manage timers on a HomePod and tweaks the Podcasts interface. In one iPad-specific note, Apple says it has fixed a problem that caused audio to skip when using USB-C-to-3.5 mm headphone jack adapters. Apple's full release notes from iPadOS 14.7 are as follows: iPadOS 14.7 includes the following improvements and bug fixes for your iPad: Apple Card family adds the option to combine credit limits and share one co-owned account with an existing Apple Card user Home app adds the ability to manage timers on HomePod Podcasts library allows you to choose to see all shows or only followed shows Share Playlist menu option missing in Apple Music Dolby Atmos and Apple Music lossless audio playback may unexpectedly stop Braille displays could show invalid information while composing Mail messages Audio may skip when using USB-C to 3.5 mm headphone jack adapters with iPad macOS Big Sur 11.5 macOS Big Sur 11.5 also landed for supported Macs today, but it is a smaller release that delivers a few bug fixes and several security updates. It has the same Podcasts tweak as seen in iOS and iPadOS, and it fixes an issue related to data in the Music app and another with smart cards on M1 Macs. Here are the full macOS 11.5 release notes: macOS Big Sur 11.5 includes the following improvements for your Mac: Podcasts Library tab allows you to choose to see all shows or only followed shows This release also fixes the following issues: Music may not update play count and last played date in your library Smart cards may not work when logging into Mac computers with the M1 chip For more detailed information about this update, please visit: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT211896 You can read about the security updates in these releases on Apple's website, and there are quite a few for this version of macOS. Apple also clarified that this week's iOS update (and iPadOS, too) addressed a widely publicized Wi-Fi-related vulnerability. From the security update documentation: Impact: Joining a malicious Wi-Fi network may result in a denial of service or arbitrary code execution Description: This issue was addressed with improved checks With these macOS and iPadOS releases, Apple has now updated its entire suite of operating systems. These updates may be the last ones (other than emergency security or bug fixes) before Apple launches major new versions of iOS and macOS this fall. iPadOS 14.7 and macOS Big Sur 11.5 come with plenty of bug fixes and security updates
  2. Apple releases iOS 14.0.1 with default app setting fix If this was a normal year, we'd all have been downloading iOS 14 yesterday, and waiting to pick up our iPhone 12 devices tomorrow. But it's not a normal year, the iPhone 12 is delayed from its normal timeframe, and Apple didn't have to tie iOS 14 to its release, so it actually released the OS last week. Now, the first bug fix updates are rolling out in the form of iOS 14.0.1, iPadOS 14.0.1, watchOS 7.0.1, tvOS 14.0.1, and macOS 10.15.7 Catalina. The iOS and iPadOS updates do fix a key issue. iOS 14, for the first time, offered the ability to choose a default browser or a default email client. There was an issue though, as users quickly found that that setting was reset upon rebooting their device. This update fixes that. There are plenty of other fixes as well. There are fixes for widgets, such as a fix for an issue that prevented images from appearing in News. There are also camera fixes if you're still using an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, and there's a fix for connecting to Wi-Fi networks. Finally, Apple listed a fix for an issue with sending emails with some mail providers. The updates are rolling out now, although there are already minor updates in beta. Apple releases iOS 14.0.1 with default app setting fix
  3. iPadOS 14 update release date, features, leaks and supported devices Everything we've heard so far The iPad Pro 11 (2018) (Image credit: TechRadar) We’re hearing plenty about iOS 14 – the next version of Apple’s software designed for iPhones, but alongside that we’re also expecting iPadOS 14 to land this year. That’s Apple’s software designed for iPads, and it’s likely to be similar but different to iOS 14, with more of a focus on the unique advantages of tablets. As such, we can look at the many iOS 14 leaks and rumors to get a good idea of some of the iPadOS 14 features and changes, and beyond that some things specifically related to iPadOS 14 have leaked too. You’ll find all of that below, along with the latest information on when iPadOS 14 is likely to launch, and which devices it’s likely to be compatible with. Cut to the chase iPadOS 14 release date iPadOS 14 will probably land at roughly the same time as iOS 14, which itself is expected to land alongside the iPhone 12 range. Normally Apple releases new iPhones like clockwork in September, but numerous reports have suggested the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic may cause a delay, which in turn could mean a delay in the launch of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14. How long the delay will be is less clear, but we’d be very surprised if iPadOS 14 didn’t land this year, and there’s still a fair chance it will launch in September. For reference, iPadOS 13 was available from September 24 of last year, so if there aren’t any delays then around September 24 this year is likely when you’ll be able to get iPadOS 14 – but that’s a big if. iPadOS 14 compatibility There’s no news yet on which iPads will support iPadOS 14, but we can speculate that the majority of those that have the current OS (iPadOS 13) will, with perhaps the oldest of those models such as the iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 4, and maybe the original iPad Pro 12.9 from 2015, not getting it. However, when it comes to iOS 14 we’ve heard that it might come to every iPhone that currently supports iOS 13, and given that iPadOS 14 is likely to be similar it’s possible that Apple will do the same for that – not culling any models from compatibility. iPadOS 14 news and leaks So far, most leaks and rumors refer to iOS 14 rather than iPadOS 14, but in many cases the features and updates will be the same. There are however a few iPadOS-specific leaks. You’ll find both below, split into categories. iPadOS 14 Apple Pencil (Image credit: Future) On the subject of leaks specific to iPadOS, 9to5Mac has learned that iPadOS 14 might include full support for Apple Pencil input on websites, meaning you’d be able to use all its abilities – tapping, scrolling, drawing, and markup, from a web browser. This information came from an early build of iOS 14, but with no Apple Pencil for iPhone yet, this is surely an iPad feature. Elsewhere, MacRumors has obtained information suggesting that the Apple Pencil will be able to convert handwritten text into typed text. iPadOS 14 interface Widgets could become far more prominent with iPadOS 14, as early iOS 14 code suggests that you might be able to put them on the home screen, rather than just a side panel. And while this leak refers to the iPhone, it’s a feature that would arguably be even more useful on the big screen of an iPad – and bring it a step closer to Android. Wallpapers might also become more customizable, with options for dynamic, flat, or gradient ones found in the code. iPadOS 14 apps One aspect of apps that could change is the ability to set your own defaults. So for example rather than Safari opening when you tap on a web link, you could set it so Chrome would. This claim comes from Bloomberg, which adds that Apple is simply discussing this possibility, so don’t count on it happening. You might also be able to use apps without installing them. A new feature called Clips has been spotted in iOS 14 code, and this would let you, for example, watch a YouTube video without downloading YouTube. Yelp, DoorDash, OpenTable, and PS4 Second Screen were also mentioned in the code, and it’s thought that you’d be able to use this feature either by tapping on a link for an app you don’t have, or scanning a relevant QR code. Of course, to get full functionality you’d still need to install the app. Elsewhere meanwhile evidence has been found of a translator being built into the next version of Safari, so web pages can automatically be translated. The Messages app could also get a big boost, with new features like the option to retract messages, mark messages as unread even when you’ve read them, see typing indicators, and tag people’s names in group chats, all being tested according to MacRumors. There might also be a new augmented reality app, which, according to 9to5Mac, would allow users to hold their iPad or iPhone up and get more information about the world around them as viewed through the camera, with a particular focus seemingly being on getting product information in stores. iPadOS 14 Siri (Image credit: Future) Apple tends to update Siri with each new version of its mobile and tablet operating systems, and we’d expect iPadOS 14 will be no exception. We haven’t heard much about how it might be updated, but one possibility, according to MacRumors, is the ability for developers to make their own custom voice synthesizers for it, which might enable additional languages to be supported without Apple programming them, and may even allow for new, custom Siri voices. iPadOS 14 health and fitness Health and fitness isn’t typically a big part of the iPad experience, but we have heard – via MacRumors - that Apple might be working on a new app called ‘Fit’ or ‘Fitness’, which would offer guided workout videos that could be viewed on your iPad (or iPhone or Apple TV), while an Apple Watch component could track your progress through each workout. iPadOS 14 other features One other thing we’ve heard about iOS 14 is that it might bring system-wide support for mouse cursors. iPadOS 13 already has mouse support, but currently you have to enable it in accessibility settings, and it doesn’t feature all the mouse abilities you get on Mac, such as mouse cursor designs that can change based on what is being hovered over. With iPadOS 14, according to 9to5Mac, you’ll get the full desktop experience, at least on the mouse front. iPadOS 14 update release date, features, leaks and supported devices
  4. iOS 14, iPadOS 14 and watchOS 7 are coming soon, but you may be getting it early Starting September 16...though some users can update now (Image credit: Apple) It’s been a busy day for Apple, as the company has just announced the Apple Watch 6, Apple Watch SE, iPad 2020, iPad Air 4, and more, and in among that flurry of announcements it also confirmed that iOS 14 is landing tomorrow (September 16). That’s not all, you’ll also be able to grab iPadOS 14, watchOS 7, and tvOS 14 from then, so even if you’re not planning on pre-ordering any of Apple’s new hardware, you’ll at least be able to enjoy some new software. But some users are getting access to the software already – so check in Settings > General to see if your device is able to upgrade right now. We've gotten sneak peeks and hands-ons with the software, and you have may have, too: while the finished versions of these operating system updates are about to land, they were announced a while ago, and have gone through a number of beta versions. New features and lots of improvements As such we already had a good idea of what to expect. For iPhones, the update means home screen widgets, a new App Library, App Clips (which lets you use apps without downloading them), improvements to Apple Maps, and more. Most of the iOS 14 features are also part of iPadOS 14, but that also includes tablet-specific features such as the ability for Apple Pencil to convert your handwriting into typed text. With watchOS 7, you can look forward to sleep tracking, multiple complications on a watch face, Apple’s new Fitness Plus service, and more. And finally, tvOS 14 comes with multi-user support and picture-in-picture, among other things. So if you’ve got the relevant hardware look out for these updates, as they should definitely be worth downloading. iOS 14, iPadOS 14 and watchOS 7 are coming soon, but you may be getting it early
  5. Apple releases iOS 14.1 and iPadOS 14.1 with 10-bit HDR support Today, Apple released iOS 14.1 and iPadOS 14.1, its latest minor updates. The updates come in preparation of Friday's launch of the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro, which are set to ship with the new versions. Some of what's included have to do with iPhone 12 features. For example, the updates include support for 10-bit HDR video playback and editing. This is necessary because one of the big iPhone 12 features is not only the ability to record video in Dolby Vision HDR, but to edit it as well. Here's the full changelog (via MacRumors) - Adds support for 10-bit HDR video playback and edit in ‌Photos‌ for ‌iPhone‌ 8 and later - Addresses an issue where some ‌widgets‌, folders, and icons were showing up in reduced size on the Home Screen - Addresses an issue where dragging ‌widgets‌ on the ‌Home Screen‌ could remove apps from folders - Fixes an issue where some emails in Mail were sent from an incorrect alias - Fixes an issue that could prevent incoming calls from displaying region information - Fixes an issue on some devices where selecting zoomed display mode and an alphanumeric passcode could result in the Lock Screen emergency call button overlapping with the text input box - Addresses an issue where some users were occasionally unable to download or add songs to their library while viewing an album or playlist - Fixes an issue that could prevent zeroes from appearing in Calculator - Resolves an issue where streaming video resolution could temporarily be reduced at the start of playback - Fixes an issue that prevented setting up a family member’s Apple Watch for some users - Resolves an issue where the Apple Watch case material was displayed incorrectly in the Apple Watch app - Addresses an issue in the Files app that could cause some MDM-managed cloud service providers to incorrectly display content as unavailable - Improves compatibility with Ubiquiti wireless access points - Some features may not be available for all regions or on all Apple devices. For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222 If you've got an iPhone or iPad that's supported by iOS 14 or iPadOS 14, this update should be waiting for you. You can go to Settings -> General -> Software Update to install it. Apple releases iOS 14.1 and iPadOS 14.1 with 10-bit HDR support
  6. Google announces Gmail on iPadOS now supports Split View Today, Google announced the arrival of a long-awaited feature on its Gmail app for iPadOS. It finally supports Split View, meaning that you can use it side-by-side with other apps. This means that you can drag and drop images into an email from apps like Google Photos and the native Photos app. Another use case would be to have another app open to use as a reference when composing an email, or to have an app open to take notes from an email that you're reading. This is also going to come in handy with iPadOS 14, which is going to be available later this year. The feature update will actually let you run two instances of the same app in Split View, so you'll be able to do things like drag and drop content from one email to another. The app update is available now. As long as you have automatic updates turned on, it should arrive shortly. If not, you can always update the app manually here. Google announces Gmail on iPadOS now supports Split View
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    iOS 15: what we want to see

    iOS 15: what we want to see Wishing for a wish list The iPhone 12 mini running iOS 14 (Image credit: TechRadar) iOS 15 is a long way off yet but we’re already hearing the first early leaks and rumors about it, all of which you’ll find below. Beyond that we also have a good idea of when you’ll see it – and of which devices will support it, details of which you’ll also find below. Then further down we’ve included a list of some key improvements we want from iOS 15, as with iOS 14 Apple overhauled its operating system, mostly for the better, but the latest available version isn’t without issues. We’ll also be updating this article whenever we hear anything new about Apple’s next big iPhone software update, so check back regularly for all the details. Cut to the chase iOS 15 release date New versions of iOS typically land in mid-November. Generally they’re accompanied by a new iPhone launch, so we could see iOS 15 land alongside the iPhone 13, but Apple delayed the iPhone 12 to October of 2020 while still launching iOS 14 on September 16, so with or without a new iPhone, September 2021 is very likely for iOS 15. However, while that’s when the finished version will probably hit phones, Apple will almost certainly announce iOS 15 a whole lot earlier. New versions are generally unveiled at the company’s WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) in June, so expect to see iOS 15 at WWDC 2021. A developer beta will probably land at the same time, with a public beta likely arriving later in the month – so if you don’t mind bugs you might be able to try iOS 15 for yourself by late July. Of course, while we’re talking about iOS 15 here, iPadOS 15 will almost certainly follow the same trajectory. News and leaks The only real iOS 15 leak at the time of writing is a claim that the update will only be available for the iPhone 7 and later. Meaning that of the devices that can get iOS 14, the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus and original iPhone SE will miss out on the new software. While the source of this information (a site called The Verifier) has a mixed track record, it’s a very believable claim, as Apple usually drops the oldest generation with each new software update, and in fact it was expected that the iPhone 6S wouldn’t even get iOS 14, so the phone has had no shortage of updates. What we want to see iOS 14 was a big update that came with lots of improvements, but there are still a number of things that iOS 15 could do better. 1. Support for all devices that got iOS 14 The iPhone 6S probably won't get iOS 15 (Image credit: Future) Apple tends to support devices for a long time, so we can’t really begrudge the company when it stops supporting old ones, but we’d love to see support last even longer, which in this case means all the devices that got iOS 14 also getting iOS 15. Really then we’re talking about the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, and original iPhone SE, since they’re next on the chopping block, and indeed are rumored to not be getting iOS 15. We expect they won’t, but it would be a nice surprise if they did. 2. Smarter Siri Siri gets better with each new version of iOS, and while it’s pretty good now, there’s always room for improvement, especially as it still arguably trails Google Assistant. Most of all we simply want Siri to get even better at understanding us, and accurately and usefully answering our questions. We’d also like less reliance on web results and more bespoke answers instead. 3. Expanded Apple Maps cycling directions and Guides (Image credit: Apple) Apple Maps is a lot better than it once was, and two recent features have improved it further. We’re talking about cycling directions and Guides, the latter being recommendations of things to see and do. But neither of these features are available everywhere. In fact, at the time of writing they’re mostly limited to a handful of major cities. Cycling directions in particular we’d like to see offered as widely as possible. These show you routes that include bike paths, bike lanes and the like, and allow you to choose routes that avoid hills. 4. A wish list for the App Store The App Store used to have a wish list feature that allowed you to make a list of the apps and games you were interested in, which was particularly handy for things that cost money, as you might not be sure you want to pay for them just yet, but want to make sure you don’t forget about them. Sadly, Apple removed this feature years ago, so we’d really like to see it make a return with iOS 15. 5. More languages in Translate With iOS 14, Apple added a Translate app to its mobile operating system, giving you a slick way to translate other languages. But at launch it only supported 12 languages, which is far, far less than Google Translate and some other rival apps and services. So we want to see big improvements to this with iOS 15. We’d think it’s something Apple will keep working on, and new languages may well even arrive before the new version of iOS does, but there’s a lot of work to do if Apple wants the best translation app on the block. iOS 15: what we want to see
  8. Microsoft starts rolling out trackpad support to Office apps for iPadOS Microsoft today announced fresh updates for its Office apps on iPadOS that introduce full support for trackpad capabilities, among others. The latest changes are live for those using Word, Excel, and PowerPoint on the iPad. The software giant says the new updates should come in handy if you're using a mouse or Apple’s Magic Keyboard to move around texts in Word, resize content in PowerPoint, or select cells in Excel, for example. The cursor also automatically adjusts its function according to the content you're working on. If you have been using these Office apps on Windows or macOS, the new iPad experience will look familiar to you. That said, today's announcement is not entirely surprising since a report earlier this year suggested that Microsoft would add trackpad support for its Office suite apps on iPadOS. In addition, the Redmond-based company has introduced new start screens and a fresh ribbon of feature menus to the Word, Excel, and PowerPoint experiences. It says these enhancements provide a "cleaner and more modern" look in line with its Fluent UI design. These updates are rolling out in phases and should be available to everyone in the next few weeks. In the future, Microsoft has promised to bring multiple document support in Excel, contextual menus, and offline file support for cloud files. Microsoft starts rolling out trackpad support to Office apps for iPadOS
  9. Apple reveals iOS 13 and iPadOS release dates—but macOS Catalina remains a mystery watchOS and tvOS updates are also just around the corner. Enlarge / The just-announced iPhone 11 running iOS 13. Samuel Axon CUPERTINO, Calif.—Apple's annual major public releases of iOS, iPadOS, and watchOS will arrive by the end of this month, Apple revealed on its website as it unveiled new hardware products in a live-streamed event today. iOS 13 will hit iPhones and watchOS 6 will reach Apple Watches on September 19. iPadOS will ship a few days later on September 30. macOS Catalina is still due at an as-yet-unspecified date in October. Since Apple already made its announcement detailing features of the new operating systems at its developer conference back in June, today's event was focused on new hardware like the iPhone. But Apple often launches its major operating system releases alongside new hardware—especially when they involve mobile devices. iOS 13 adds Dark Mode to the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. It can be toggled on and off from within the Control Center. The update also adds a plethora of new photo and video features, including more robust editing capabilities. iOS 13 also adds a more natural-sounding voice for Siri, a number of updated Maps features, and a total overhaul of the oft-criticized Reminders app. But perhaps the most significant change in iOS 13 is the introduction of iPadOS, a new, tablet-specific version of the operating system that offers improved multitasking capabilities and other features for power users—all intended to make the iPad more viable as a laptop replacement. At the heart of Apple's pitch for macOS Catalina is a developer-focused feature called Catalyst. Catalyst allows app developers to relatively easily port iPad apps to the Mac. Among other things, the goal is to bring an abundance of single- or focused-use apps to the Mac App Store, which has not gained as much traction as Apple's App Store for mobile devices. Catalina also splits iTunes into multiple applications with more specialized functions: Music, TV, and Podcasts. Users will see new ways for their Macs to interact with the iPad and Apple Pencil, as well as a number of minor improvements to various apps. Less on the positive side for some users, Catalina will deprecate support for 32-bit applications, making many old games and other apps unplayable after the OS is installed. As far as watchOS 6 goes, users will get menstrual-cycle tracking features, a new feature that allows tracking fitness performance over time, and an on-Watch App Store so users can download Watch apps without browsing on their iPhones—along with support for new features in the Apple Watch series 5. Source: Apple reveals iOS 13 and iPadOS release dates—but macOS Catalina remains a mystery (Ars Technica)
  10. iPadOS review: 50 percent more computer It’s complicated, finally Zeno’s most famous paradox involves a runner trying to go some distance. But to go that distance, they have to get halfway there, then half the remaining distance, then half again, and half again. The runner can get incredibly close but never cross the finish line. Instead, they’re stuck reaching an infinity of halfway points. This little parable is my new default response when somebody asks me if the iPad can really be your main computer. Of course it can. But if you measure all of the different things you might need it to do, you will never get there. That’s the story of iPadOS: it gets us halfway closer to the iPad being able to replace your laptop. If you already thought the iPad could be your main computer, iPadOS makes it 50 percent easier to do the things you want. If you thought there’s no way the iPad could do what you really need, iPadOS will get 50 percent of the way toward changing your mind. Our review of Apple iPadOS 13 Verge Score 7 out of 10 Good Stuff Browser compatible with more websites Proper filesystem with USB support Sidecar Bad Stuff Still buggy Multitasking can be confusing Still no multiuser support If you have no interest in turning your iPad into something more than what it already is, I have good news: with iPadOS, it remains a great couch and travel device that serves as a companion to your phone and laptop. Beyond a preponderance of bugs that are getting squashed with a succession of rapidly released post-launch updates, there’s very little to complain about if you use your iPad for basic stuff. iPadOS remains fast and easy to understand, with a huge set of apps that are optimized for touch and large screens. That all sounds like a pretty low bar, but it’s still one that competing operating systems have consistently failed to clear. Here are some things I think everybody will enjoy: The new Safari browser works better on many more websites A new home screen. You can set it to have a higher density of apps in the grid so you don’t have to page around as much. You can also pin your widget bar to the home screen, which seems like a petty thing, but it really does change my experience in a meaningful way. Having my calendar “just there” whenever I go home is a huge help. The floating keyboard. You can pinch on the keyboard to turn it into something that’s the size of an iPhone keyboard. You can then move it anywhere you like on the screen and just use one thumb to swipe on it to type. (It’s still buggy for me in iPadOS 13.1.2, jumping around the screen for some reason.) Sidecar. This allows you to use your iPad as a secondary display for macOS Catalina computers. It works wired or wirelessly. If you’re a Mac user, it’s extremely convenient to have a second monitor hanging around if you need it. Safari. Apple changed Safari so that it would tell websites it is a Mac instead of an iPad. The result is that you are more likely to get the “full” desktop version of a lot of sites. This sometimes results in weirdness because Apple has to translate your taps and swipes into the mouse cursor actions some desktop websites expect. But overall, it’s a huge win. Slideover. If you’ve only ever used one app at a time on your iPad, I encourage you to give Slideover a try. Drag an icon up from the dock until it looks like a tall floating window. You can have several of them in a stack that you can swipe through just like you do on an iPhone, and it’s easy to swipe them all away off to the side of your screen. It’s super convenient for lightweight apps that you only need to use briefly, like Music or Messages. Dark mode. Here’s where Apple’s app ecosystem really shines: even though iPadOS and iOS 13 have only been officially out for a short time, a large number of popular apps have already updated to support Dark mode. I also like that you can set Dark mode to work on a schedule, turning it on or off with the sun or your own custom times. But what if you want to use the iPad to its fullest as your only machine? Let’s get into it. Last year, Apple introduced an iPad Pro that was significantly more powerful and impressive than any iPad we’d seen before. That made it all the more frustrating when we tried to make the software accomplish seemingly basic computing tasks because the hardware was clearly capable of so much more. iPadOS is explicitly designed to ease that frustration. In some ways, its introduction felt like a point-by-point response to our review. I’ve been using it since the first beta and have found that I need to pull out a “real” laptop like a MacBook, Windows PC, or even a Chromebook less often. The Files app is much more powerful now It hasn’t gotten all the way there for me, though. It’s the iPadOS paradox: when you measure the individual needs each person has to make it their main computer, it always comes up just short. For me, it’s the new fancy “desktop-class” Safari. It just happens to work worse on one specific website that I need to use every day. (That would be Chorus, the software that runs our website.) For you, it will be something else. But zoom out, and just watch people as they do something today that wasn’t possible six months ago. My colleague Chris Welch built a special shortcut macro for watermarking images. Once Adobe updates its Lightroom app to directly import images, it will mean my entire workflow can happen on the iPad with only a few hacky workarounds — whereas before, it didn’t work at all. Shortcuts can fill in a lot of gaps, and I’ve been amazed by what some people are able to do with them. (Just look at this massive repository maintained by MacStories.) But I am glad Apple has realized that Shortcuts isn’t a substitute for simply making the OS more capable for people who don’t want to use Google to hunt down macros to get their work done. That’s one reason why I’m so pleased that the filesystem on iPadOS no longer has one hand tied behind its back. Working with files is still a little “iPad-y” to me. There are weird corners where opening or saving a file is odd. But they’re few and far between, and a lot of it is just getting used to the iPad way of doing things. The Files app on iPadOS is more than I hoped for or expected from Apple on the iPad. Increasingly, I’m finding that the only reason I can’t get something specific done on an iPad is because the app I want just hasn’t been brought up to par with its desktop equivalent. The reason used to be that Apple was philosophically against allowing it, so we’re making real progress. Apple’s biggest miss in iPadOS is that it still doesn’t allow for multiuser support on the iPad, more than 13 versions into the OS. Apple’s television OS supports multiple users, yet the iPad does not. It’s flat-out embarrassing that this isn’t an option yet. It’s punitive to families that don’t want to have to buy a whole other device for their kids. The way text manipulation works on iPadOS is a series of overthought and overwrought changes that aim for the stars and reach the ditch. The three-finger gestures for cut / copy / paste are frankly bad. They’ve improved over the course of the beta, but even on the official release, I find them difficult to use. Fortunately, the three-finger tap to bring up a text editing menu is better. Cursor placement is similarly too clever by half. I never know if I’m moving the cursor or selecting text or what when I interact with text on the screen. As of this writing, some apps like Google Docs don’t even support Apple’s new cursor placement code, and I’m weirdly grateful because I think it’s bad. We’re deep in nitpick land, but nitpick land is where people live when they’re trying to decide if they can truly trust a computer to be the only thing they toss into their bag. It’s less about capabilities and more about trust — and trust is built with consistency. That brings me, of course, to the new multitasking features on iPadOS. If you’re not familiar, Apple has added a lot of new capabilities to iPadOS. There are lots of different modalities for app windows now, and it can be a little overwhelming. So here are the main things to know about multitasking on iPadOS: The aforementioned Slideover windows, which you can stack A single app can spawn multiple windows You can switch between a usual Exposé view that shows all of your app spaces and also an app-specific Exposé view that shows only the windows from a specific app You can drag certain things on the screen to turn them into new windows, like links or individual notes There are little bars at the tops of apps in split screen or Slideover, and you can grab them to move windows around As I’ve written before, making sense of all these options is not easy. It is easy to feel unmoored, unsure of where your stuff is. When you tap on an icon, why does something different than what you expected pop up? Is it because there are multiple windows? Is it because you left an app in Slideover, and they launch full screen if you open them from the home screen? Even after months of using iPadOS daily, I still have seemingly random things happen when I try to launch an app. There are so many ways to make windows now that it’s easy to forget what state they were in At first, I assumed the problem was me, that I was stuck in the old desktop way of thinking. But more and more, I think the problem isn’t me. It’s how multitasking works on iPadOS. Even more than that, I think maybe it’s not really a problem at all. Most operating systems piggyback off of a way you already understand the physical world to help you figure out the digital world. Sometimes these metaphors go way too far. For example, Microsoft Bob famously worked by forcing you to click around a representation of an office. Usually, it’s simpler. At its root, a desktop OS works by letting you place things in space. You move windows around, and they stay where you put them. You can make them bigger or smaller or stack them on top of each other like they’re pieces of paper. None of that makes sense for a small screen, like the one on your phone. So instead, your phone uses a time metaphor. When you multitask, it presents you with a stack of your most recently used apps, arranged in reverse-chronological order. What makes iPadOS confusing is that it mixes time and space metaphors. Sometimes, your apps are located in space, like the ones you’ve split screened or scurried away in Slideover mode. But then your apps are also presented in reverse-chronological order when you go to the multitasking view. Of course, it’s possible to wrap our minds around something that blends time and space — just ask Einstein — but it’s not easy. I just wish the whole thing was more comprehensible. And even though I know it was me who lost my windows and not technically the OS, the effect is the same. Since you can’t consistently know what will happen when you try to find or open a window, it leads you to subconsciously distrust the whole thing. But after using the iPad for a while, here is why I think this problem is not a problem at all: iPadOS is fast. Apps launch very quickly on the whole, and they also do a fairly good job of saving their state when they’re closed. The result is that even though your windows might not be in the state you expect them to be, it’s super easy to set up a new workspace. In the video for this review, I joked that you should think of your iPadOS windows like they’re part of a Buddhist sand mandala: beautiful and meaningful but ephemeral. Don’t worry about being lost; instead, accept the transient and temporary nature of digital things. It’s a joke, but it’s not. Just don’t overthink how the windowing system works on iPadOS. Over time, you’ll get a feel for it even though you probably won’t ever really know exactly where (or when) your windows are at any given time. This is the first time Apple gave the iPad’s OS its own name, separate from iOS on the iPhone. I’m not particularly interested in the semantics of iPadOS or the branding discussion. What I really care about is whether Apple can find a way to open it up to allow users to take full advantage of the iPad’s powerful hardware without overcomplicating it for everybody. I think iPadOS has a different learning curve than what we’re used to. It’s not a straight line, but it seesaws between shallow and steep. It is easier than nearly any other computer in history to start using. But when you start trying to get the same sorts of capabilities out of the iPad that you’d expect from a high-end laptop, that curve hockeysticks. I’m weirdly proud of Apple for having the courage to present power users with that difficulty curve spike. Apple used to be so worried that people would get lost that it kept the iPad working like a big iPhone for a really long time. Now, it’s not afraid to just make things complicated and assume people who need it will figure it out. That sure sounds like a computer to me. Source: iPadOS review: 50 percent more computer (The Verge)
  11. iPadOS on the iPad Air 2: Old tablets can still learn new tricks A tablet from 2014 doesn't make an amazing computer, but it does surprisingly well. Enlarge / Add a Bluetooth keyboard to an iPad Air 2 running iPadOS 13 and you've got a surprisingly capable device for browsing and shooting off emails and Slack messages. Andrew Cunningham Starting today, iPads run something called “iPadOS” rather than iOS, but the change has more to do with branding than functionality. Apple’s tablets might get a few more keyboard shortcuts and some multitasking features; maybe they’ll diverge more in the future. But for right now, iPadOS is still fundamentally iOS. That means, as with iOS, Apple is in total control of what hardware can run the new operating system (unlike the Mac, where you can occasionally get around Apple’s restrictions and run new software on unsupported Macs or hardware that isn’t Apple’s at all). The original iPad Air and the iPad Mini 2 and Mini 3 have all been dropped, because of their slower Apple A7 processors and (more importantly) their 1GB of RAM. Today, the iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini 4 are the oldest, slowest tablets that run iPadOS 13. The Air 2 was Apple’s first iDevice to include 2GB of RAM and the first iPad to support multitasking features like Split View that were introduced in iOS 9 (the first iPad Air got a more limited subset of those features, but its 1GB of RAM wasn’t enough to support two apps running side by side simultaneously). It was arguably over-powered at the time of its release, but its forward-looking specs have helped it bridge that gap between the full-screen, one-app-at-a-time model that still existed in iOS 8 and the still-limited but generally more computer-y iPadOS experience. Performance The iOS 13 update runs just a bit slower than iOS 12 running on the same device, but the A9 chip in the iPhone 6S and SE is fast enough that a little bit of slowdown doesn’t make the phones feel slow. The A8 doesn’t have as much power to spare these days; its single-core performance is 40% or 45% slower than the A9’s, even though the triple-core A8X is still about as fast as the dual-core A9 when all the cores are being used. With that in mind, we used the same app-launching performance test that we did for the iPhone 6S and SE to examine how iPadOS works on one of the oldest eligible devices. We also spent several weeks testing the iPadOS 13.0 and 13.1 betas. Note that all of this testing was performed using iPadOS 13.1 Developer Beta 4, because Apple didn’t release a Golden Master build of iOS or iPadOS 13.1 before releasing it today. The build is only a week old, however, so it’s presumably pretty close to the one Apple has released to the public. iPad Air 2 performance Application iOS 12.4.1 iOS 13.1 b4 Difference (%) Safari 0.92 seconds 0.98 seconds +6.5% Camera 1.30 seconds 0.94 seconds -27.7% Settings 0.82 seconds 0.77 seconds -6.1% Mail 1.36 seconds 1.42 seconds +4.4% Messages 1.15 seconds 1.09 seconds -5.2% Calendar 0.74 seconds 1.11 seconds +50% Maps 1.65 seconds 1.82 seconds +10.3% Notes 1.58 seconds 1.48 seconds -6.3% TV app 2.79 seconds 2.76 seconds -1.1% Cold boot 19.5 seconds 19.1 seconds -2.1% Performance on the iPad Air 2 actually isn’t bad, and iPadOS doesn’t slow things down much compared to iOS 12. Some things launch more slowly, but generally launch times are similar (or in a couple of cases, a little better). As with the iPhone 6S and SE, if you’re happy with how iOS 12 runs, you should be happy enough with how iPadOS runs. The only unpleasant surprise I ran into when using the iPad Air 2 with iPadOS was with “desktop-class browsing.” It was certainly possible to load pages like the Google Drive apps or the WordPress CMS—things that were difficult or impossible with previous versions of mobile Safari—but compared to my newer iPad Air 3, scrolling through and editing large documents sometimes felt jerky and clumsy. After all, the Air 2 is working with considerably slower hardware and less RAM than actual desktops or newer iPads. Missing (and not-missing) features There are a few things that the Air 2 just can’t do, aside from just running slower than modern iPads. An Apple A9 or newer chip is required for a handful of software features, including capturing HEIF images and HEVC video and anything that has anything to do with ARKit. A lack of Apple Pencil support means that you miss out not only on Pencil support, but also Sidecar support for macOS Catalina, which (as of this writing) appears to require an iPad with Pencil support. And iPads with more RAM can load more Safari tabs and other apps before the OS needs to reclaim that memory for other uses, making multitasking just a bit more laborious. But the Air 2 (and the Mini 4, though we couldn’t test it) still benefits from the vast majority of the additions that make iPadOS worth installing. It still gets a new, denser Home screen that can fit more icons, plus a Today View column; it can still read files from USB drives and SD cards with a Lightning adapter; it can still connect to remote servers via SMB; it still gets a ton of new, genuinely useful keyboard shortcuts and text editing improvements; Safari still gets a download manager and “desktop-class” browsing (performance issues aside); and it still gets the Slide Over multitasking view and the ability to open the same app twice. I don't think I've ever ended one of these articles by telling people not to upgrade, even in the cases where performance is worse than it was before. There's definitely a case to be made for waiting until iPadOS 13.2 or some future release, when Apple will have had some more time to eradicate bugs that it couldn't get rid of during iOS/iPadOS 13's unusually chaotic beta process. And people who will really benefit from iPadOS 13's new, more computer-y features, especially the ones targeted toward photo editors, would be better served by a newer iPad with more processing power—this recommendation includes every iPad for sale today, including the $329 version. But despite the A8X's advancing age and the features missing relative to what you get on newer iPads, I do think anyone with an iPad Air 2 should install iPadOS 13 as soon as they're comfortable. When paired with an inexpensive Bluetooth keyboard, the tablet is still a surprisingly compelling budget computer, fully capable of browsing, word processing, emailing, social media, multitasking, watching videos and viewing photos, and casual gaming—in other words, most of the things that normal people use their computers for. But if you want to do serious photo or video editing (and you don't want to use a Mac, which remains a much more flexible platform with more complex and flexible third-party apps), if you're a Web developer, or if you're an artist or note-taker who might benefit from the Apple Pencil, it may be time to upgrade. The iPad Air 2 still feels modern in a lot of ways, but newer iPads have achieved laptop-like performance to go along with some of these laptop-like features. Source: iPadOS on the iPad Air 2: Old tablets can still learn new tricks (Ars Technica)
  12. Everything you need to know about iOS and iPadOS 13.2 AirPods Pro support, Deep Fusion photography, and new emoji are part of the update. First image of article image gallery. Please visit the source link to see all images. Today, Apple released iOS 13.2, iPadOS 13.2, and tvOS 13.2 for supported iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and Apple TV devices. The company also released a minor update labeled iOS 12.4.3 for iPhones and iPads that saw end-of-support with last month's iOS 13 release. iOS and iPadOS 13.2 represents the first major new feature release since iOS 13 came out several weeks ago. Up to this point, Apple's unusually frequent updates have been focused on either bug fixes or on introducing features that were originally planned for the first version of iOS 13. There's a mixture of new and previously planned here, but it marks the biggest update yet for iOS 13 users. Additions include Deep Fusion computational photography for better low- and mid-light photos on the latest iPhones, the ability to opt-out or opt-in to sharing Siri voice recordings with Apple, support for AirPods Pro and the Announce Messages with Siri feature, a bunch of new emoji, new smart home features, and a number of bug fixes. The updates are available today on all devices already supported by iOS 13, tvOS 13, and iPadOS. Table of Contents iOS 13.2 and iPadOS 13.2 Choose whether to share Siri recordings with Apple Support for AirPods Pro and Announce Messages with Siri Deep Fusion computational photography 59 new emoji Smart home features and HomeKit Bug fixes, security updates, and other small changes For older devices: iOS 12.4.3 13.2 for Apple TV and HomePod This update caps a rapid post-launch release cadence Full iOS 13.2 and iPadOS 13.2 update notes iOS 13.2 and iPadOS 13.2 Choose whether to share Siri recordings with Apple Like many of its peers in the tech industry, Apple recently found itself the subject of criticism for how it worked with third-party contractors to process and analyze recordings of its users' interactions with Siri in its efforts to improve the virtual assistant. Reports indicated that Apple's contractors reviewed Siri recordings as part of a process to increase accuracy but that the contractors heard personal conversations and even sex. Devices sometimes even made accidental activations. Apple has sought to position Siri as the privacy-friendly alternative to Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa, and Apple responded to the criticism swiftly by suspending that program and its relationship with the contractors. From that point on, only Apple employees would be able to analyze the recordings, the company said, and a software update would make even that opt-in. First image of article image gallery. Please visit the source link to see all images. iOS and iPadOS 13.2 represent that next step in Apple's efforts to address those complaints. Once users update, turning their devices on for the first time after said update will present them with a question: do you want to share Siri recordings with Apple for optimization purposes or not? Users make a decision one way or the other before proceeding to use the device, though they can change it later in the Settings app. This essentially makes sharing these recordings opt-in only. Support for AirPods Pro and Announce Messages with Siri First image of article image gallery. Please visit the source link to see all images. Today, Apple also announced a new hardware product: AirPods Pro, more expensive versions of the popular AirPods wireless earbuds that feature improved sound quality, active noise cancelation, and some other new features. iOS 13.2 is timed closely with that release (AirPods Pro will be available on October 30), and updating your paired iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to iOS 13.2 is required to use them, as the update adds features like the ability to enable or disable noise cancelation from your phone. iOS and iPadOS 13.2 also bring a new feature to second-generation AirPods, Beats Pro, and AirPods Pro: "Announce Messages with Siri." When this is enabled, Siri can read your incoming text messages to you through your AirPods without requiring you to unlock your phone first. Deep Fusion computational photography Supported on the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max only, Deep Fusion captures multiple images at different exposure levels in rapid succession, then does a machine learning-driven, "pixel-by-pixel" analysis of the images. Apple says it composites what it deems to be the highest-quality parts of hte images into one image to reduce noise, better represent details and texture, and generally improve photo quality. In practice, this means that the phone takes four images: three normal photos, and one long-exposure shot. It takes what it considers the best-quality normal photo and merges it with the long-exposure shot, then runs four different processing steps to come out with a final image. It is similar in basic concept to Smart HDR, an existing feature for iPhone cameras, but it differs in the steps it takes and how many images it uses. As with other computational photography features, this happens under the hood and is largely not under your control. You cannot disable or enable it; the phone will decide to use Deep Fusion when the lighting calls for it; Apple says this feature is intended for "mid- to low-light scenes." 59 new emoji As has become an annual custom, there are a bunch of new emoji. Apple's update notes say there are over 70, but it depends on how you count; they're are 59 new emoji concepts, but it's more than 70 if you account for versions for each gender. There are more than 200 if you factor in skin tone. First image of article image gallery. Please visit the source link to see all images. Additions include, but are not limited to, individuals in a wheelchair or with a cane, a bionic arm, swimsuits, an ice cube, butter, waffles, seeing-eye dogs, a sloth, a skunk, a Saturn-like planet with rings, coach cars, snorkeling gear, a banjo, a fire axe, a kite, a stethoscope, and, well, numerous others. All these new emojis will automatically appear as options in the iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad's built-in emoji picker keyboard. Listing image by Samuel Axon Smart home features and HomeKit Apple has teased this feature before, and it's now here; iOS 13.2 introduces HomeKit Security Video. (HomeKit is Apple's smart home platform.) Announced at the company's developer conference back in June, HomeKit Secure Video is Apple's answer to features from Google and others that automatically record short videos of people, animals, or cars that come into view of any home security cameras you have that are HomeKit-compatible. Unlike offerings from some other smart home companies, Apple executives noted on the stage, this implementation does not immediately upload your footage to the cloud for analysis. Rather, it analyzes and processes the videos on a local device like an iPad, HomePod, or Apple TV, then encrypts them and places them in iCloud storage "where no one, not even Apple, can see it." Videos are stored for free for up to 10 days, and don't count against users existing iCloud storage plans. Users can access the videos themselves, or decrypt them with a key that is only available to them. Additionally, Apple's update notes say that with this update, "HomeKit enabled routers put you in control of what your HomeKit accessories communicate with over the internet or in your home." Bug fixes, security updates, and other small changes As is the case with virtually every iOS or iPadOS software update, Apple has fixed a number of bugs. Issues addressed include one that frequently led to users being unable to pull up the on-screen keyboard when trying to perform a search, another that caused Messages to display phone numbers instead of contact names, and yet another that saw users' newly created notes vanishing in the Notes app. There are a few others too, and Apple claims "improved performance when using AssistiveTouch to activate App Switcher." Users should also see stored passwords appear as options more often within third-party apps. This isn't documented in the patch notes, but Apple has renamed the "Rearrange Apps" option that appears when you do a long-press on a home screen app icon to "Edit Home Screen." Also, there is now an option right there in that pop-up context menu to delete that app directly; you previously had to go into the rearrange apps mode and then tap an X on the app in question, so this removes some steps to perform that action. You can also now edit your video capture settings from right inside the Camera app on the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max, and there are new privacy settings that relate to Apple's opt-in Research app. Apple includes a plethora of security updates with each release, and typically documents them on its website. Counter to the usual, that list of updates is not currently available, but the site promises they're forthcoming. For older devices: iOS 12.4.3 iOS 13 already ended support for a number of older devices, including the following: iPhone 5s iPhone 6 iPhone 6 Plus iPad Air iPad mini 2 iPad mini 3 iPod touch (6th generation) Today, the company released a new software update for those devices that are not supported by iOS 13.2: iOS 12.4.3. Reports indicate that this is a very minor update that improves device security in the face of new threats, and that it brings minor two-factor authentication improvements to those devices. Apple recently also issued a pop-up notification warning to iPhone 5 users that if they don't upgrade to at least iOS 10.3.4 by November 3, they could lose network connectivity and access to services like the App Store and iCloud. The iPhone 5 has not been sold since late 2013. Some other older iPhones must update to avoid a bug that would make GPS features nonfunctional, as well. 13.2 for Apple TV and HomePod While iOS and iPadOS saw major updates today, Apple also released smaller packages for HomePods and modern Apple TV devices. Like its iPhone and iPad counterparts, tvOS 13.2 lets users decide whether they want to share Siri audio recording with Apple. Users will be presented with an explanation and a choice on whether to opt-in once when they boot up the device after updating. It seems plausible that the tvOS update also lays some groundwork for Apple TV+, the streaming media service Apple plans to launch in just a couple of days, but we can't be sure from the information Apple has released. The HomePod software update is more substantial, though it is technically classified as a subset of iOS 13.2. HomePod-releated release notes are as follows: iOS 13.2 provides support for new HomePod features: The ability for HomePod to recognize the voices of different family members to provide a personalized experience Handoff music, podcasts or phone calls by bringing your iPhone close to HomePod Add music to your HomeKit scenes Play relaxing high-quality soundtracks with Ambient Sounds Set sleep timers to fall asleep to music or Ambient Sounds This update caps a rapid post-launch release cadence As we’ve noted before, this continues to reflect a very aggressive update cadence. When Apple released iOS 12, the first bug fix update (12.0.1) came about three weeks later, and the first major feature update (12.1) arrived after that. From there, users waited more than a month for the following bug fix update (12.1.1). By contrast, iOS 13 released on September 19, with the first feature release (iOS 13.1) a mere 5 days later on September 24. Two bug fix releases—13.1.1 and 13.1.2—followed within just one week, with a third arriving on October 15. Apple has clearly changed its internal development processes for software updates. This could be in response to public criticisms of bugs in iOS 12, as well as a rocky launch for iOS 13. Reviewers and early adopters widely noted that iOS 13 had some kinks at launch, and it didn’t instill confidence that Apple both held key iOS 13 features for 13.1, and actually launched the newest version of macOS weeks after the mobile operating system hit. While it’s difficult to see behind Apple’s curtain and ascertain why iOS 13—which we deemed a major and attractive update despite its roughness around the edges—has had such a fast-paced launch period, former Apple engineer David Shayer wrote an article for TidBits speculating as to why Apple found itself in this situation, which could shed some light on it. Among his theories: lack of strong reporting tools for non-crashing bugs, triage and scheduling challenges, and ballooning complexity, among other things. In any case, this marks the second major feature release for iOS 13, and whereas iOS 13.1 primarily just introduced features that were meant for the initial iOS 13 launch, iOS 13.2 is in both timing and feature set an equivalent to iOS 12.1—the first major “new features” update after the launch. Full iOS 13.2 and iPadOS 13.2 update notes Here are the complete update notes for iOS 13.2 written by Apple. The iPadOS 13.2 notes are the same, but with the omission of the camera features. iOS 13.2 introduces Deep Fusion, an advanced image processing system that uses the A13 Bionic Neural Engine to capture images with dramatically better texture, detail, and reduced noise in lower light, on iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max. Additional features include updated and additional emoji, Announce Messages for AirPods, support for AirPods Pro, HomeKit Secure Video, HomeKit enabled routers, and new Siri privacy settings. This update also contains bug fixes and improvements. Camera Deep Fusion for iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max uses the A13 Bionic Neural Engine to capture multiple images at various exposures, run a pixel-by-pixel analysis, and fuse the highest quality parts of the images together resulting in photos with dramatically better texture, details, and reduced noise, especially for mid to low light scenes Ability to change the video resolution directly from the Camera app for iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max Emoji Over 70 new or updated emoji, including animals, food, activities, new accessibility emoji, gender neutral emoji, and skin tones selection for couple emoji AirPods support Announce Messages with Siri to read your incoming messages aloud to your AirPods AirPods Pro support Home App HomeKit Secure Video enables you to privately capture, store, and view encrypted video from your security cameras and features people, animal, and vehicle detection HomeKit enabled routers put you in control of what your HomeKit accessories communicate with over the internet or in your home Siri Privacy settings to control whether or not to help improve Siri and Dictation by allowing Apple to store audio of your Siri and Dictation interactions Option to delete your Siri and Dictation history from Siri Settings This update also includes bug fixes and other improvements. This update: Fixes an issue that may prevent passwords from autofilling in 3rd party apps Resolves an issue that may prevent the keyboard from appearing when using Search Addresses an issue where swipe to go home might not work on iPhone X and later Fixes an issue where Messages would only send a single notification when the option to repeat alerts was enabled Addresses an issue where Messages may display a phone number instead of a contact name Resolves an issue that caused Contacts to launch to the previously opened contact instead of the contact list Fixes an issue that may prevent Markup annotations from being saved Resolves an issue where saved notes could temporarily disappear Fixes an issue where iCloud Backup might not successfully complete after tapping Backup Now in Settings Improves performance when using AssistiveTouch to activate App Switcher For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222 Source: Everything you need to know about iOS and iPadOS 13.2 (Ars Technica) (To view the article's image galleries, please visit the above link)
  13. Microsoft's OneDrive app for iOS has received some attention over the last few months, particularly when it has come to revamping its design and also dark mode support for iOS 13. Microsoft's cloud storage app has already picked up a few updates so far in October to correct problems with the share extension, adding multiple window support, and improving the performance of search results for business users. Today, OneDrive for iOS has picked up a number of bug fixes in Version 11.5 specifically for iPad in addition to other problems that have become apparent with the app when running on iOS 13. Here's what's included in the latest version of the app released today: The iPad command menu would jump around on screen like a less fun version of whack a mole. We've dialed down our menu's energy level to a 7, and it will now stay in one place. Notification badges for uploading photos, those red doodads with the number, would show when Camera Upload was turned off. We have revised our abacus logic, and these notifications now know the difference between on and off. iOS 13 users who opened the share sheet and subsequently tried to change sharing options would experience the app to crash. This has been fixed and has given us the opportunity to shamelessly plug our industry leading sharing options. When in the Photos view, rotating the phone sideways could cause the app to crash. This made Zero G photo viewing nearly impossible - so it's been fixed. Sharing a file from split screen on an iPad would cause the app to crash. Sharing is caring but this wasn't very caring of us. This has been fixed. We had a bit of a layout blunder where certain text was getting cut off in some screens. This has been fixed, and our eloquent text can once again be fully appreciated. If any of the above issues have been plaguing your user experience, you can either check for updates via the App Store app on your device or you can visit the App Store listing here and tap on "Update" to get the process underway manually. Source: 1. Latest OneDrive for iOS update squashes numerous iPad and iOS 13 bugs (via Neowin) - original article 2. Microsoft OneDrive app updates on iOS with important iPad and iOS 13 fixes and improvements (via ONMSFT) - main reference to the original article
  14. iPhones and iPads finally get key-based protection against account takeovers With WebAuthn native to iOS and iPadOS, cross-industry MFA spec is ready to soar. Enlarge Yubico For the past couple of years, iPhone and iPad users have been relegated to second-class citizenship when it comes to a cross-industry protocol that promises to bring effective multi-factor authentication to the masses. While Android, Windows, Mac, and Linux users had an easy way to use the fledgling standard when logging in to Google, GitHub, and dozens of other sites, the process on iPhones and iPads was either painful or non-existent. Apple's reticence wasn't just bad for iPhone and iPad users looking for the most effective way to thwart the growing scourge of account takeovers. The hesitation was bad for everyone else, too. With one of the most important computing platforms giving the cold shoulder to WebAuthn, the fledgling standard had little chance of gaining critical mass. And that was unfortunate. WebAuthn and its U2F predecessor are arguably the most effective protection against the growing rash of account takeovers. They require a person logging in with a password to also present a pre-enrolled fingerprint, facial scan, or physical security key. The setup makes most existing types of account takeovers impossible, since they typically rely solely on theft of a password. Developed by the cross-industry FIDO alliance and adopted by the World Wide Web consortium in March, WebAuthn has no shortage of supporters. It has native support in Windows, Android, Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and Brave. Despite the support, WebAuthn has gained little more than niche status to date, in part because of the lack of support from the industry's most important platform. Now, the standard finally has the potential to blossom into the ubiquitous technology many have hoped it would become. That's because of last week's release of iOS and iPadOS 13.3, which provide native support for the standard for the first time. More about that later. First, a timeline of WebAuthn and some background. In the beginning The handheld security keys at the heart of the U2F standard helped prepare the world for a new, superior form of MFA. When plugged into a USB slot or slid over an NFC reader, the security key transmitted "cryptographic assertions" that were unique to that key. Unlike the one-time passwords used by MFA authenticator apps, the assertions transmitted by these keys couldn't be copied or phished or replayed. U2F-based authentication was also more secure than one-time passwords because, unlike the authenticator apps running on phones, the security keys couldn't be hacked. It was also more reliable since keys didn't need to access an Internet connection. A two-year study of more than 50,000 Google employees a few years ago concluded that cryptographically based Security Keys beat out smartphones and most other forms of two-factor verification. U2F, in turn, gave way to WebAuthn. The new standard still allows cryptographic keys that connect by USB or NFC. It also allows users to provide an additional factor of authentication using fingerprint readers or facial scanners built into smartphones, laptops, and other types of hardware the user already owns. A plethora of app, OS, and site developers soon built WebAuthn into their authentication flows. The result: even when a password was exposed through user error or a database breach, accounts remained protected unless a hacker with the password passed the very high bar of also obtaining the key, fingerprint, or facial scan. As Google, Microsoft, key maker Yubico, and other WebAuthn partners threw their support behind the new protocol, Apple remained firmly on the sidelines. The lack of support in macOS wasn't ideal, but third-party support from the Chrome and Firefox browsers still gave users an easy way to use security keys. Apple's inaction was much more problematic for iPhone and iPad users. Not only did the company provide no native support for the standard, it was also slow to allow access to near-field communication, a wireless communication channel that makes it easy for security keys to communicate with iPhones. Poor usability and questionable security Initially, the only way iPhones and iPads could use WebAuthn was with a Bluetooth-enabled dongle like Google's Titan security key. It worked—technically—but it came with deal-breaking limitations. For one, it worked solely with Google properties. So much for a ubiquitous standard. Another dealbreaker—for most people, anyway—the installation of a special app and the process of pairing the keys to an iPhone or iPad was cumbersome at best. Then in May, Google disclosed a vulnerability in the Bluetooth Titan. That vulnerability made it possible for nearby hackers to obtain the authentication signal as it was transmitted to an iPhone or other device. The resulting recall confirmed many security professionals' belief that Bluetooth lacked the security needed for MFA and other sensitive functions. The difficulty of using Bluetooth-based dongles, combined with the perception that they were less secure, made them a non-starter for most users. In September, engineers from authentication key-maker Yubikey built a developer kit that added third-party programming interfaces for WebAuthn. The effort was valiant, but it was also kludgey, so much so that the fledgling Brave browser was the only one to make use of it. Even worse, Apple's steadfast resistance to opening up third-party access to NFC meant that the third-party support was limited to physical security keys that connected through the Lightning port or Bluetooth. NFC connections and biometrics weren't available. Worst of all, the support didn't work with Google, Facebook, Twitter, and most other big sites. Apple joins the fold Apple's tradition of building from the inside out—and its aversion to risky new technologies—made the company slow to adopt WebAuthn. For better or for worse, Apple has always been more insular than many of its competitors. Where most hardware makers choose USB ports, Apple developers strongly favor Lightning connectors. Apple kicked Flash to the curb while the rest of the industry still relied on it as a way of providing animation. Similarly, as the Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and Brave browsers and the Windows, Android, and Linux operating systems declared WebAuthn as the future of MFA, Apple showed no hurry to embrace the standard. The absence of WebAuthn in iOS and iPadOS not only deprived users of the most effective form of MFA—it also held back more widespread industry adoption of the standard. With version 13.3 for iOS and iPadOS, Apple has finally built support directly into the devices. For the time being, Safari is the only browser that makes use of the native support, but it's only a matter of time until browser and app makers follow suit by using the updated SF Safari View Controller and AS Web Authentication Session connectors available in iOS or iPadOS. Yubico has already begun selling keys that connect by Lightning, USB, or NFC. (Apple also added WebAuthn support to Safari 13 for Mac.) There are still a few shortcomings to these new offerings. For now, Apple's support doesn't extend to FaceID or TouchID. That means users will be required to rely exclusively on a physical key as a second factor. The other drawback is that some very notable sites have yet to make their authentication systems compatible with the native support in iOS and iPadOS. iPhone and iPad users logging in to Gmail, for instance, will still have to use the kludgey Bluetooth tokens or an equally cumbersome Android MFA option, both of which rely on a third-party app to work. Even though there are limits to the WebAuthn support introduced into iOS, iPadOS, and (to some extent) macOS, the additions represent one of the more important developments in MFA over the past few years. With iPhone and iPad largely left out, it was hard for site and app developers to justify the cost of building WebAuthn into their authentication flow. Apple's move not only provides important validation, it will also make it much easier and less costly for app developers who build for iPhones and iPads. Apple's reticence was unfortunate. WebAuthn, and its U2F predecessor, has emerged as one of the most promising ways to prevent account takeovers, like the Gmail compromise that hit John Podesta and other Hillary Clinton campaign officials. It's also a highly effective measure against the growing menace of credential stuffing, an account takeover attack that uses data exposed in one breach to compromise new accounts that use the same password. Even when attackers obtain a target's password, they still can't get in unless they also obtain the target's physical key or when biometrics are used, like the target's fingerprint or facial image. Ultimately, iPhone and iPad users were left with MFA options that were inferior to those available to users of competing platforms. Sure, the Sign In with Apple offered robust protection, but the sites and apps it worked with are limited. Another shortcoming: Sign In didn't work with non-Apple products or sites such as Gmail, Facebook, and GitHub. And as already explained, WebAuthn options were either non-existent or lagged far behind what was available on other platforms. Tuesday's release of iOS 13.3 and iPadOS 13.3 significantly closes the gap. For the first time, the release offers native support that makes it easy for developers of browsers and other apps to bake WebAuthn authentication into their wares. The update includes a version of Safari that allows security keys that connect through NFC, USB-C (for users of both sizes of 2018-and-later iPad Pros) or Lightning. These same connections will be possible with any app that makes use of the SF Safari View Controller and AS Web Authentication Session connectors available in iOS or iPadOS. Some limitations remain. Unlike Android and Windows devices, iPhones and iPads can't use Face ID for authentication, and Macs can't use Touch ID. The lack of biometrics may prevent some Apple users from opting in to WebAuthn MFA because they're required to have an authentication device on their person any time a second factor is required. A short-term limitation is that some websites—most notably Gmail and other Google properties—currently don't work with Apple's native support. It may take a while for Google engineers to merge Google's Bluetooth-enabled system for iPhones and iPads with the native support Apple rolled out this week. So for the time being, iPhone and iPad users are stuck with the clumsy Bluetooth dongles when using MFA to log in to Google sites. The wait is over Apple's late entry to WebAuthn isn't particularly surprising. Company designers have never been first-adopters of new industry-standard technologies. Instead, they tend to spend more time than their competitors testing security and usability. And with a relatively small number of end users currently using WebAuthn, it was easy to see why Apple might have given priority to other features. In any event, the wait is over for adoption of iPhone and iPad WebAuthn. For end users who have an iPhone with NFC, I recommend either Yubico's Yubikey 5 NFC or Security Key NFC. Devices without NFC can use a YubiKey 5Ci. Besides working with iPhones or iPads, all three of these keys will work with computers by connecting with an additional USB-C or USB-A connector. Once an iPhone, iPad, or other device has been authenticated through WebAuthn, it rarely requires a follow-on validation. Typically, just the entering of a passcode or use of TouchID or FaceID is all it takes. But in the event a database breach or other mishap exposes your password, WebAuthn all but ensures your account will remain safe. Source: iPhones and iPads finally get key-based protection against account takeovers (Ars Technica)
  15. iOS 13.4.1 and iPadOS 13.4.1 are out with a fix for FaceTime Today, Apple released iOS 13.4.1 and iPadOS 13.4.1, introducing a few key fixes. The update is the 12th since iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 were originally released, and they're not the last either, with version 13.4.5 currently in beta. Both updates have a handful of key bug fixes. For one thing, there was an issue that causes iOS 13.4 devices from being in FaceTime calls with users on iOS 9.3.6 and earlier, and OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 and earlier. This was resolved on both iOS and iPadOS. Another fix for both platforms is for a bug with choosing Bluetooth from the quick actions menu, causing it to fail. Finally, there's one fix that's exclusive to iPadOS, and more specifically, the fourth-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro and second-generation 11-inch iPad Pro, fixing an issue that caused the flashlight to not turn on when it was accessed through Control Center. These updates do not include any security fixes, at least according to Apple. iOS 13.4.5 should be the next update, and that will likely arrive in a few weeks or so, followed by betas for iOS 14 and other major updates after the WWDC keynote in June. Source: iOS 13.4.1 and iPadOS 13.4.1 are out with a fix for FaceTime (Neowin)
  16. Mouse support for iPad? Apple launches iOS and iPadOS 13.4 Apple brings enhanced mouse and keyboard support to your iPad (Image credit: Future) Apple's iOS 13.4 and iPadOS 13.4 update brings new features to your existing iPhone and iPad, and chief among the perks is enhanced mouse and keyboard support. Any iPad compatible with iPadOS 13.4 will be able to use a mouse with a real pointer icon on-screen. Yes, Apple demoed mouse support with the iPad Pro 2020 along with its ‘floating’ Magic Keyboard peripheral, but it's not limited to the new iPad. Moreover, iPadOS 13.4 mouse support also works third-party bluetooth and USB keyboards and mice, not just the highlighted Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad. And all of today’s Apple software updates, including iOS 13.4 and macOS 10.15.4, bring long-awaited iCloud folder sharing from within the Files app. With sharing comes controls to limit access, either only to accounts that were specifically invited or to anyone with a link, as well as who can make changes. Buying apps for iOS, iPadOS, macOS and tvOS should be easier in the future, as the new suite of software updates introduce something called Universal Purchase. This allows app developers to bundle apps across multiple platforms. But that’s not all: Memoji It's not all productivity tools and file configuration changes. iOS 13.4 and iPadOS 13.4 introduce some fun, too, with nine new Memoji stickers that offer fresh poses in the guise of your cartoonish Apple persona. Other iOS 13.4 updates are a bit perfunctory: making reply/delete/compose controls always visible in the Mail app, encrypting email responses automatically (just remember to set up S/MIME first), and finally lending Apple CarPlay support for third-party navigation apps (read: Google Maps and Waze). And then there are a bunch of fixes for existing iOS 13 problems – though it isn't yet clear if Apple was able to successfully troubleshoot the Hotspot issues we've been encountering. Via MacWorld Source: Mouse support for iPad? Apple launches iOS and iPadOS 13.4 (TechRadar)
  17. iOS 14 could bring your iPhone closer to iPadOS, according to leaked video An app-switching overhaul The iPhone 11 Pro Max running iOS 13 (Image credit: Future) We haven’t heard much about iOS 14, but a new leak suggests that its app switcher could be inspired by the current version of iPadOS, and in time for the arrival of the iPhone 12. 91Mobiles and Ben Geskin (a leaker and concept image creator) have shared images and videos claiming to be from an internal build of iOS 14, which show an app switcher that displays four recently used apps in a grid, with more visible if you swipe horizontally. It’s a look that’s very similar to the one found on iPadOS, though on an iPhone the apps look a lot smaller and arguably cramped, especially compared to the current iOS 13 app switcher, which shows almost a full screen image of each app. So this change – if it happens – would mean you can see more apps on a single screen, potentially letting you jump to them or close them faster, but you won’t get as clear a view of them. Another detail that we can see in this layout is a padlock, which appears when swiping an app closed. It’s likely that this hints at an ability to pin an app, so it can’t accidentally be closed. Finally, another image in this leak shows that this is just one of four app switcher options. This one is called 'Grid Switcher', but there's also apparently 'Deck Switcher' (which is likely the current layout), along with 'Automatic', and 'Minimum Viable Switcher'. May not ever make it to iPhone So it might be that you’ll be able to choose what kind of app switcher screen you want with iOS 14, which would make a certain amount of sense, since as we’ve noted above there look to be both up and downsides to this new layout. That said, the 'App Switcher' heading in the image above is slightly cut off by the iPhone's notch, which seems unlikely to happen even in an internal build, so we'd take all of this with a pinch of salt. Plus, even assuming this really has appeared in an internal build that doesn’t necessarily mean it will be available in the final consumer release of iOS 14. Lots of ideas are likely being toyed with internally at Apple, and not all of them will make the cut. It’s also entirely possible that the choice of app switcher is one intended just for Apple’s engineers, so they can easily test them all before deciding which one(s) to go with. So don’t count on seeing this in iOS 14, but we wouldn’t count it out either. We probably won’t know for sure until at least WWDC 2020, which is likely to take place in June, as this is where Apple traditionally shows off the new iOS version and launches a developer beta. But the final, finished software probably won’t land until September, alongside the iPhone 12. So we’ve got quite a wait, but TechRadar will be sure to bring you all the news and rumors about iOS 14 in the meantime. Source: iOS 14 could bring your iPhone closer to iPadOS, according to leaked video (TechRadar)
  18. Apple to release iPadOS 13.4 next week on March 24 Today, Apple introduced its latest lineup of iPad Pro tablets, and the new keyboards have a trackpad. But of course, iPadOS has never had trackpad support before, so that's going to have to come in a software update, which is iPadOS 13.4. The company confirmed that iPadOS 13.4 will ship on March 24. This update will be available for all iPad Pro variants, the iPad Air 2 and later, the fifth-generation iPad and later, and the iPad Mini 4 and later. Note that trackpad support isn't exclusive to the new iPads either; there are third-party keyboards with trackpads coming from companies like Brydge and Logitech that will work with older models. Another feature that we're expecting to see from iOS 13.4 and iPad OS 13.4 is iCloud Folder Sharing, something that was originally announced at WWDC as an iOS 13 feature. It's not uncommon for Apple to spread a few select features throughout the year though. This update should ship alongside iOS 13.4, macOS 10.15.4 Catalina, watchOS 6.2, and tvOS 13.4, all of which are also minor updates. Source: Apple to release iPadOS 13.4 next week on March 24 (Neowin)
  19. Which iPhones, iPads support Apple's iOS 13 and iPadOS? With the arrival this [Northern hemisphere] fall of iOS 13 and iPadOS, there's some bad news for those relying on iPhones that debuted in 2013 and 2014 and some of Apple's older iPads. Apple When it unveiled iOS 13 and iPadOS last month, Apple had bad news for those relying on iPhones that debuted in 2013 and 2014 and brushed off customers with an iPad Mini from the same years or a 2013 original iPad Air. According to Apple, iOS 13 - likely shot out of Cupertino in September - will be supported on these devices: iPhone XS, XS Max, XR (2018) iPhone X, 8 and 8 Plus (2017) iPhone 7 and 7 Plus (2016) iPhone 6S and 6S Plus (2015) iPhone SE (2016) iPod Touch, 7th generation (2019) [iOS 13 will also be pre-installed on the new iPhone(s) Apple introduces this [Northern hemisphere] fall.] This year's list is similar to, but not identical to the one Apple issued for iOS 12 in 2018. Several models were cut from 13's line-up, specifically: iPhone 5S (2013) iPhone 6 and 6 Plus (2014) iPod touch, 6th generation (2015) At times, Apple has held the iOS support line for a year - it did just that in 2018, when the list was identical to 2017's. But more often, the company strikes the oldest devices, belatedly acknowledging what many users had concluded earlier: that the hardware couldn't execute the new OS and/or run recent apps without shifting into tortoise mode. This year's cull was much like 2017's, when that [Northern hemisphere] fall's iOS 11 declined to run on the then-aged iPhone 5 (2012), iPhone 5C (2013) and 4th generation iPad (2012). iPadOS dismisses a few tablets The new spin-off from iOS that Apple's billed as "[built on] the same foundation as iOS, adding powerful new capabilities and intuitive features specific to the large display and versatility of iPad," has its own list of supported tablets, separated from the once-master line-up of all mobile devices. iPadOS will be supported on: 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2015-2018) 11-inch iPad Pro (2018) 10.5-inch iPad Pro (2017) 9.7-inch iPad Pro (2016) iPad, 5th and 6th generations (2017-2018) iPad mini, 5th generation (2019) iPad mini 4 (2015) iPad Air, 3rd generation (2019) iPad Air 2 (2014) As on the iOS-iPhone side of Apple, this year's iPadOS-iPad platform had a few no-shows that were on the 2018 list, although the latter retained 2015's devices. These models have been winnowed: iPad Mini 2 and Mini 3 (2013-2014) iPad Air (original, 2013) Apple also listed the Mac models that will run the upcoming macOS 10.15, aka Catalina, when it delivers that upgrade. For its personal computer line, Apple will retain the prior year's models on the new version's support list. iOS 13 and iPadOS will be offered as a free over-the-air upgrade when they launch this [Northern Hemisphere] fall. Source: Which iPhones, iPads support Apple's iOS 13 and iPadOS? (Computerworld - Gregg Keizer)
  20. How to enable the swipe keyboard in iPadOS Typing on the iPad has never been easy. It's a heavy device, and when you hold it in one hand, there is a giant keyboard on the screen which isn't designed for one-hand usage. When SwiftKey was released for iOS, I was happy but still not 100% satisfied. Don't get me wrong, it's good but I didn't like swiping across the gigantic keyboard. It isn't convenient. Note: I may be biased because the Android version of SwiftKey is re-sizeable, while its iOS counterpart isn't. Though this may largely be an OS limitation. Apple has finally added support for the swipe keyboard in iOS 13. iPadOS also received a similar option, called the floating keyboard. How to enable the swipe keyboard in iPadOS 1. Open any app which has a text field (browser, App Store, Mail, etc), on your iPad. 2. Tap in the text field, to bring up the iPadOS keyboard in to view. 3. Now, use two fingers to pinch inwards on the keyboard. The gesture is similar to the zoom out pinch you may use on a touch screen. 4. The keyboard will shrink to a phone sized keyboard, which you can place anywhere. 5. Try swiping on the keys; it should work. Tip: To restore the keyboard to its original size, pinch outwards on the keyboard (like a zoom in gesture). This works in landscape mode and portrait mode. If that didn't enable the swipe keyboard, you may need to enable the Slide option from the iPadOS Settings. Navigate to the Settings > General > Keyboard section. Scroll down till you see the option which says "Slide on Floating Keyboard to Type". Make sure this toggle is enabled. Alternatively, if you were wondering how to disable the swipe keyboard in iPadOS, use the same method to disable the toggle. Tip: Sometimes the floating keyboard disappears, at least for me, and does not re-appear. To fix this, close the app in which you were using it, and re-open it, you will be able to access it again. While this is much better than SwiftKey in terms of the size, there is still no resize option in the iOS floating keyboard. Apple really needs to let us resize the keyboard manually for the landscape mode. The animation for it does seem to exist though it doesn't work. How to move the floating keyboard in iPadOS Hold the floating keyboard with two fingers, and drag it anywhere on the screen. Regardless of where you place it, it will always appear on the left-hand corner of the screen. This is something else that I think Apple should address before shipping iOS 13 to the masses. The keyboard should remember the position, and also start back up in the floating mode. Source: How to enable the swipe keyboard in iPadOS (gHacks)
  21. iPadOS, coming “this fall”: Thumb drives, more gestures, “desktop-class” browsing [Updated] Apple takes another big step toward that "what's a computer" ad from last year. Enlarge Samuel Axon In addition to expected updates to WatchOS and iOS, Apple's Monday WWDC keynote included an announcement of a new iOS fork: iPadOS. This new updated OS focuses squarely on the larger-screen capabilities of iPads—though Apple didn't confirm which iPad models will be supported. The OS' beta period will begin "today," with a full release slated for "this fall." In the demo, Apple's Craig Federighi showed off features that are likely familiar to anyone who has used larger Android phones and tablets, including the ability to pin homescreen widgets and a "fanning" interface to pick through recently opened apps. iPadOS does put a welcome, Apple-like spin on multi-window support: supported apps will allow users to grab and drop content between windows. Federighi showed this off by using a "tap-and-drag" feature to move attachments and links from one Mail window to another on the same screen. He pointed out that third-party apps like Microsoft Word will also support the feature. But he said nothing about such multi-window support working with multiple apps on the same screen—such as dragging-and-dropping Safari content into a Microsoft Word window. An update to iPad's native file-browsing interface looks decidedly more like MacOS, with a column-view option that enables file preview tabs and quick-action menus. iPadOS will support a suite of new file sharing options, including iCloud folder sharing and file servers. Arguably the biggest file-system win, at least for owners of recent USB Type-C iPads, is native file-browsing support for thumb drives, SD cards, and directly connected cameras. (We'll have to wait to see how many older iPads will support the same thing via legacy adapter devices, but this at least directly answers a major criticism Ars leveled at the most recent iPad model.) iPadOS' version of Safari will no longer render mobile-browser versions of sites by default. Instead, it will deliver "desktop-class browsing." Apple promises to render sites on iPadOS as built for the desktop version of Safari, only with Apple layering its own iPad-specific tweaks on top via software (mostly for the sake of "touch input"). Whether this will ultimately require website designers to juggle another spec for browsers remains to be seen, in spite of Apple's promises. ("Sites like Google Docs... work great in Safari now," Federighi said, at least.) And iPadOS introduces a new suite of three-finger gestures that all revolve around text formatting. After selecting text, pinch three fingers together to copy (or do that twice to cut), then move your cursor (by simply touching and dragging) to where you want to paste before doing a "three finger spread" to paste. A three-finger swipe to the left will work the same as an "undo" command, and these gestures will automatically work in any iPad app that supports cut/copy/paste/undo/redo. However, Apple engineer Toby Patterson struggled with iPadOS' cursor-grabbing update during a live demo, even peppering his live narration of a demo with a number of "oops" and a full-blown "sorry." He confirmed that iPad users who like to shake their devices to "undo" can still do so. One cool update that Patterson did not struggle with was the ability to grab, shrink, and reposition the iPad keyboard as he saw fit. Enlarge / iPadOS' new Apple Pencil interface can be dragged, moved, and shrunk anywhere on your iPad screen. Samuel Axon This is rounded out by a new Apple Pencil interface: a new action bar that can be dragged, moved, and hidden anywhere on an iPad display when the Pencil is recognized. The pencil can be pressed down on the corner of any screen, then swiped inward to bring up a new "page markup" interface, which defaults to letting users mark up whatever screenshot was just captured. With a single tap, that markup interface can turn into whatever full-page content you were looking at. That means your markup doesn't require chaining together multiple screenshots before sending a document back to a colleague. As part of the iPadOS update, Apple promises to get Apple Pencil performance up to a new threshold for latency: 9 milliseconds between press and recognition, as opposed to the current 20 millisecond wait. We'll hopefully have more hands-on time with exactly how iPadOS feels during WWDC. Update, 5:45pm ET: Shortly after the WWDC keynote concluded, Apple updated its home page with an explainer about iPadOS. It included confirmation of all iPad models that will support the upcoming OS, which seems to put the kibosh on devices older than the A8X processor threshold. These devices include: 12.9-inch iPad Pro 11-inch iPad Pro 10.5-inch iPad Pro 9.7-inch iPad Pro iPad (6th generation) iPad (5th generation) iPad mini (5th generation) iPad mini 4 iPad Air (3rd generation) iPad Air 2 Source: iPadOS, coming “this fall”: Thumb drives, more gestures, “desktop-class” browsing [Updated] (Ars Technica) (To view the article's image gallery, please visit the above link)
  22. Apple Seeds Updated First Beta of iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 to Developers and Public Beta Testers Apple today seeded a new version the of upcoming iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 updates to developers for testing purposes, with the new beta updates coming a few days after Apple released the first iOS and iPadOS 14.5 betas. This beta appears to be an update to the first beta rather than a second version. iOS and iPadOS 14.5 can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center or over the air after the proper profile has been installed on an iPhone or iPad. Apple has also released iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 betas for public beta testers, with the software able to be updated with the proper profile from Apple's public beta testing website. iOS 14.5 is the biggest update to iOS 14 to date, introducing several significant new features. First and foremost, Apple is making it easier to unlock an iPhone when you're wearing a face mask with a new "Unlock with Apple Watch" feature. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. This opt-in option lets you use an unlocked and authenticated Apple Watch as a secondary authentication method to unlock an ‌iPhone‌ alongside Face ID. With this feature, you no longer have to enter a passcode or remove your mask to unlock your ‌iPhone‌. Both an ‌iPhone‌ running iOS 14.5 and an Apple Watch are required to use this, and the Apple Watch cannot authenticate Apple Pay purchases, App Store purchases, or unlock third-party apps that use Face ID. The update also brings worldwide support for 5G in Dual-SIM mode on iPhone 12 models, so if you use multiple lines, both can now connect at 5G speeds. Prior to now, Dual-SIM mode was limited to LTE networks. With watchOS 7.4, iOS and iPadOS 14.5 include AirPlay 2 support for Apple Fitness+, so Apple Fitness+ subscribers can start a workout on an ‌iPhone‌ or iPAd and then AirPlay it to a compatible smart TV or set-top box. ‌AirPlay‌ 2 supports audio and video, but it does not display on-screen workout metrics. PlayStation 5 DualSense and Xbox Series X controllers are supported on the ‌iPhone‌ and the ‌iPad‌ with iOS 14.5, and code suggests that Apple is going to add joint account support for the Apple Card in the near future. iOS 14.5 is the update where Apple will begin requiring developers to comply with its App Tracking Transparency rules. Going forward, developers will need to ask for and receive your permission to access your random advertising identifier and track your activity across apps and websites. Apple has made design tweaks to the Apple News and Podcasts apps, plus there are new print and sort options in Reminders. There are new settings for emergency alerts, a horizontal loading screen on the ‌iPad‌, and tons of other smaller feature tweaks that are outlined in our full iOS 14.5 features guide. The new 14.5 update appears to have fixed an issue that prevented downgrading to the release version of iOS and it addresses a bug that prevented Microsoft apps from being opened by some users. Update: Apple has also made the new version of iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 available to public beta testers. Update 2: There's also a new tvOS 14.5 update for public beta testers. Source: Apple Seeds Updated First Beta of iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 to Developers and Public Beta Testers
  23. Microsoft’s new Office app now available on iPad A tablet-friendly version is finally here Photo by Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images Microsoft has updated its unified Office mobile app to work on Apple’s iPad devices. The new Office app combines Word, Excel, and PowerPoint into a single application, and originally launched for iOS and Android back in 2019. Microsoft has been gradually improving it ever since, but it always ran in a windowed mode instead of a fully optimized iPad app. This new update means Office is now a full iPadOS app, with access to all of the regular tablet variants of Microsoft’s productivity suite. The app also bundles in some useful tools designed primarily for mobile tasks. These include the ability to quickly create PDFs or sign documents, converting images to text and tables, and more quick actions. Microsoft has been simplifying its mobile Office offerings into this single app, but standalone apps for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are still available and updated regularly. While it took a while for the main Office app to be iPad-friendly, Microsoft has added many iPad-specific features to its Office apps, including mouse and trackpad support recently. Source: Microsoft’s new Office app now available on iPad
  24. iOS 14 still hasn’t delivered its most exciting features, and Apple knows it Apple has scheduled new developer sessions to get widgets and App Clips off the ground (Image credit: Future) Apple released iOS 14 with some promising new features, including finally getting app widgets and the intriguing quick interaction App Clips. While first-party apps like Fitness and Weather got widgets the day of the update, third-party apps have barely adopted either, leaving the promising additions unsupported. Clearly, we aren’t the only ones to notice: Apple is holding several developer sessions in February dedicated to walking iOS developers through adding these features. iOS developer Simon Støvring tweeted an email from Apple inviting developers to a special online training session on February 1 for building widgets, and noted that invites also went out for sessions to build App Clips and transition iPad apps to Mac. This in itself doesn’t prove developers are disinterested in App Clips or widgets or dragging their feet implementing them - because, while Apple clusters most of its developer-training sessions around WWDC, the tech giant does hold special sessions to promote new tech, like it did late last year to help developers optimize their apps for upcoming Apple M1 processors, as Apple Insider pointed out. But there’s no getting around how few non-Apple apps support widgets and App Clips. While iOS 14 launched with widgets for over a dozen first-party apps, not many third-party apps have introduced their own widgets. (Image credit: Apple) Widgets: look, but don't bother touching And yet, the few third-party apps that have added widgets haven’t offered much capability: the Spotify widget, for instance, just lets you look at the last song you played. You can’t use it as a mini-player, despite the ‘small widget’ (2x2) size exactly matching the mini-player in the Control Center, for instance. This seems like it would be a great use of the space dedicated to a widget, but it’s likely the limit of their functionality: their value is in catching quick glimpses of info without needing to open the app, like glimpsing your movement ring progress in the Fitness app. Otherwise, they only act as big buttons, with widgets for apps like IMDB showing a ‘Search’ bar that, upon tapping, opens the app and takes you right to the Search functionality. Clever, but basic. App Clips (not to be confused with the bundled Apple Clips photo editing app first released years ago), which give limited functionality of an app without having to download it, have yet to roll out in an impactful way. While some of the use cases for this ‘app preview’ have not materialized in the present moment given the COVID lockdowns – press material suggested it could be handy when in-person venues require an app to download, say – we still haven’t been prompted to use App Clips over text messages or the internet, as was also proposed. (Image credit: Apple) That’s not to say iOS 14 didn’t bring meaningful changes: picture-in-picture is a long-awaited feature, the intelligent App Library allows you to hide plenty of app-filled home screen pages without losing access to most-used apps, and Maps got a few improvements for cyclists and electric vehicle drivers. There are plenty of small quality-of-life upgrades, like showing colored dots when your microphone or camera are on, that make the iOS experience better. But these weren’t the headline additions that felt like they would not just change but improve how iPhone owners got to use their devices. It’s only been a few months since iOS 14 launched, but it’s a little disappointing that our home screens look more or less identical to how they have for years, and even the promise of something like widgets feels limited by their capabilities. We’re hoping Apple has more to teach the developers headed into its upcoming online sessions so they can add widgets, App Clips, and other functionality to their apps – hopefully before iOS 15 comes out. iOS 14 still hasn’t delivered its most exciting features, and Apple knows it
  25. Microsoft Excel for iPad Now Supports Split View, Word Gains Full Trackpad Support, and PowerPoint Offers Presenter Coaching Microsoft today released updates to its suite of Office apps for iPad, including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Notably, Excel for ‌‌iPad‌‌ now supports Split View, which allows you to open two spreadsheets simultaneously side-by-side to view and edit. Word and PowerPoint received support for Split View in May 2020. Split View can be accessed by touching and holding on a spreadsheet document in any file view and then dragging it to the left or right side of the screen. To exit Split View, grab the slider in the middle of the screen and drag it to either the left or right to close one of the spreadsheet documents and take the remaining one full-screen. Meanwhile in PowerPoint, users can now rehearse their presentations with the new Presenter Coach feature, which offers feedback on the things that keep an audience engaged, such as pacing, pitch, filler words, sensitive phrases, and more. Microsoft has also been working to implement full support for the iPadOS trackpad controls that were introduced in iPadOS 13.4, and the latest version of Word (2.45) does just that. Following the update, users can connect a trackpad and mouse to their ‌iPad‌ to interact with documents. Keyboards with trackpads include Apple's Magic Keyboard and Brydge's Pro+ for the iPad Pro and Logitech's Combo for the 10.2-inch ‌iPad‌ and the 10.5-inch iPad Air. Source: Microsoft Excel for iPad Now Supports Split View, Word Gains Full Trackpad Support, and PowerPoint Offers Presenter Coaching
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