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iOS 9 will be available as a Free upgrade later Today

The iOS 9 upgrade will be available later today as a free update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users. iOS 9 makes iOS devices proactive with powerful search and improved Siri features.

Proactive assistance presents the most relevant information at a given time of day and suggests actions at that particular moment based on the apps you use frequently and the time of day you use them. Siri features an all-new design, contextual reminders based on time and location, and new ways to search photos and videos. Search queries deliver more relevant results from more categories, including sports scores and schedules, simple math calculations, weather conditions and stock prices.

iOS9 on iPad gets even better with the new multitasking features that let users view and interact with two apps at once, side by side. With Picture-in-Picture, users can play video while browsing the web, composing email or using other apps. Built-in apps become more powerful with a redesigned Notes app offering new ways to capture ideas, detailed transit information in Maps, and an all-new News app for the best news reading experience on any mobile device.

For more Detailed feature look-up, Read Here.

Siri can do more than ever and new proactive assistance helps you get more done before you ask, all while protecting users’ privacy” said Craig Federighi Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “With iOS 9 we focused on strengthening the foundation of iOS with a deep focus on quality, and with the help of more than one million users who participated in our first ever public beta program, we’re excited to release the best version of iOS yet.”

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iOS 9 Top Features; Developer Preview Available Today for iPhones and iPad.

Apple today unveiled iOS 9, giving a preview of new iPhone, iPad and iPod touch software that will be available this fall. In this upcoming release, iOS devices become more intelligent and proactive with powerful search and improved Siri features — all without compromising users’ privacy. New multitasking features designed specifically for iPad allow you to work with two apps simultaneously, side-by-side or with the new Picture-in-Picture feature, to keep watching a video while browsing the web, composing email or using any other app. Built-in apps become more powerful in iOS 9 with detailed transit information in Maps, a redesigned Notes app with new ways to capture ideas, and an all-new News app for the best news reading experience on any mobile device.

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Intelligence: Siri features an all-new design in iOS 9, contextual reminders and new ways to search photos and videos. Proactive assistance presents the most relevant information without compromising users’ privacy and suggests actions at a particular moment — even before you start typing — automatically suggesting apps to launch or people to contact based on usage patterns, and notifying you when you need to leave for appointments, taking into account traffic conditions. iOS 9 can even learn what you typically listen to in a certain location or at a particular time of day, so when you plug in headphones at the gym or hop in the car before work, it can automatically display playback controls for your preferred app. Typed search queries deliver more relevant results from more categories, including sports scores and schedules, videos and simple math calculations.

New iPad Features: With a simple swipe, the new Slide Over feature lets you simultaneously work in a second app without leaving the first. And with a quick tap, you can access the new Split View feature so you can work in two apps at the same time, side-by-side. Picture-in-Picture lets you continue a FaceTime® call or video while using your favorite apps. These new multitasking features are supported by built-in Apple apps, and APIs make it easy for third-party developers to add support into their own apps. Typing is faster and easier with an all-new Shortcut Bar that displays actions tailored for the app you are in, and new Multi-Touch™ gestures make it even easier to select and edit text.

Built-In Apps

In iOS 9, Maps adds support for metropolitan transit systems and schedules, and subway station entrances and exits are precisely mapped, providing every step of your trip. When you plan your trip, Maps can offer a combination of trains, subways, buses and walking, and with the new Nearby feature, quickly see what’s around by searching for food, drinks, shopping and more.

New features of the completely redesigned Notes app include the ability to draw a quick sketch using your finger, easily create checklists to keep track of your to-dos, or snap a photo directly in a note. Easily save important items to your notes directly from other apps, and keep them in sync across all your enabled devices with iCloud®.

The News app delivers a reading experience that combines the rich, immersive design of a print magazine with the interactivity of digital media. News can learn your interests and suggest relevant content that’s easily shareable with friends or saved for later. News delivers the best articles from a variety of publishers and over one million topics to help you personalize your reading experience, all presented in an elegant, uncluttered design. News is powered by the new Apple News Format™, a digital publishing format supporting custom typography, galleries, audio, video and interactive animations, allowing publishers like Condé Nast, ESPN and The New York Times to create beautiful editorial layouts for iOS users.

With iOS 9, Apple Pay adds support for Discover, rewards programs from merchants such as Walgreens and Kohl’s Department Stores, and participating store-issued credit and debit cards. Shoppers will be able to manage their cards in the new Wallet app. Apple Pay will also be available to users in the UK starting next month.

Foundation

iOS 9 makes the foundation of iOS even stronger with refinements including battery optimization that provides a typical user with an additional hour of battery life**, and a low-power mode to help further extend battery life. Software updates require less space to install and an Install Later feature can perform updates to your device when it’s not in use. Enhanced security features in iOS 9 keep your devices and Apple ID secure by strengthening the passcode that protects your devices and improving two-factor authentication by building it directly into iOS, making it harder for others to gain unauthorized access to your Apple ID.

Developer APIs

iOS 9 APIs and tools for developers include:

  • extensible search that deep links directly to content within third-party apps;
  • GameplayKit and Model I/O for building better games and ReplayKit for recording gameplay;
  • new HomeKit profiles for motorized windows and shades, motion sensors and home security systems;wireless CarPlay™ and support for auto manufacturers to develop apps within CarPlay; and
  • new HealthKit data points for reproductive health, UV exposure, water intake and sedentary state.

Swift™ 2 brings powerful new features and performance improvements that produce faster apps. The Swift compiler and standard library will be made available as open source later this year, putting the language in the hands of even more developers.

Availability

The iOS 9 beta software and SDK are available immediately for iOS Developer Program members at developer.apple.com, and a public beta program will be available in July at beta.apple.com. iOS 9 will be available this fall as a free software update for iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch 5th generation, iPad 2 and later, iPad mini and later. Features are subject to change. Some features may not be available in all regions or all languages.

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Clip #1: Featuring Best Apps for iPhone and Android Devices

Gadgets have taken a very important place in our lives today, be it smart watches, phones, or the tablets. But it’s the applications, which makes these gadgets appealing and usable. There are around 2M apps available for your phone; some of them are very popular and many gems go unnoticed. The idea behind this series is to feature apps which are worthwhile and brings out the best from your smarphones and tablets. Here we go with 5 of them.

1. Horizon: We all hate videos when its captured vertically from a smartphone; most importantly, it may look good on your phone, but when you load the same on your TV or laptop, it looks way too weird with too much of black spaces. Horizon lets you record horizontal videos no matter how you hold your device. Hold it upright, sideways or even keep rotating it while capturing; your captured moment will always stay horizontal! Shoot with the back or front camera and share your creations. (iOS, Android)

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moves2. Moves: This app records your movement throughout the day; if you don’t fancy wearing any bands around your wrist; this app will be helpful. It reports where you went, how many steps you took, and the calories you burned. This app also detects your cycling activity. It’s simple, but works really well. If you are looking for a Cycling or a Running specific app, Strava and Runkeeper is a very alternative too; also offering coaching programs. (iOS, Android)

3. AllRecipes Dinner Spinner: If you hate deciding what to cook, this app makes it easier. Select a dish type, choose the available ingredients, and the time you have. This application will give you the list of recipes. Allrecipes also offers you a Video Cookbook app. (iOS, Android)

4. PhotoMath: This is an useful app from Microblink that allows you to scan and solve mathematics equations with your smartphone. To use it, you just need to point your camera to a Math problem, and the app will instantly display the answer. (iOS, Android, Windows Phone)

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5. Storytelling: This iOS app from Storehouse blends typography, pho- tos, video clips, and music into compelling narratives. You can access photos taken inside any app and share them straight to Storehouse, where you can easily drag and drop images, crop and resize them, and annotate them with captions. (iOS)

 

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iPhone 6 Review: Is it really worth an Upgrade?

The all new Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus featuring stunning 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch Retina HD displays, are going to release tomorrow in India. The sale starts at 12:00 Tonight. The Economic Times reports, Apple is shipping 50,000-55,000 units of its new iPhones to India in the first phase to ensure there is adequate supplies for Thursday midnight’s launch.

According to reports, there has been over 25,000 units pre-ordered which has stepped up Apple’s retail distribution in India this year. Most of the multi-brand chain stores and E-commerce portals like Amazon and Flipkart have opened up for pre-orders and that has certainly helped the numbers grow up.This is also the first time that Apple will have midnight sales of its new launch, a global practice and retailers are pulling out all stops to ensure it goes off smoothly and everyone who pre-booked an iPhone 6/iPhone 6 Plus gets their hand on it on day one itself.

The iPhone 6 Plus has been in news ever since the release in the US; mostly for not-so-good reasons. To begin with the Bend-gate, reports of iPhone 6 Plus getting bent. There were too many trolls on the same; however, apple confirmed that, there were only 9 units reported with this behaviour out of the billion sales made. As always, Apple announced iPhone 6 and 6 Plus as one of the best iPhone ever made. Well, from the looks, it may not be the best looking iPhones. Let’s see what’s in store.

Hardware, Look and Feel:

The new iPhones feature a precision unibody enclosure of anodized aluminum that conforms seamlessly with the shaped glass of the display, resulting in a completely smooth and continuous surface. The antenna inlays look very clumsy; however, this phone feels very good than its looks. You definitely need to hold one to realize how ergonomic and good it feels.

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are engineered to be the thinnest ever, delivering a bigger display in a design that is still comfortable to hold and easy to use. Despite being big, it fits really well in your palm.  Both models include the Apple-designed A8 chip with second generation 64-bit desktop-class architecture for fast performance and power efficiency.

Both models include the M8 motion coprocessor that gathers motion data from the accelerometer, gyroscope, compass and the new barometer, which senses air pressure to provide relative elevation. The M8 motion coprocessor can continuously measure your motion data, even when the device is asleep, saving battery life for fitness apps that use the sensors all day.

The performance on the iPhone 6 is smooth and this dual core can give other Quad-Core Android Phones run for money. The App launch speed, Gaming performance, Consistent graphics, Spotlight search work slick.

iPhone 6 features a stunning 4.7-inch Retina® HD display with 1334 x 750 resolution, providing 38 percent more viewing area than iPhone 5s, while iPhone 6 Plus features an even bigger 5.5-inch Retina HD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, providing 88 percent more viewing area and nearly three times the pixels than iPhone 5s. The Retina HD displays offer advanced technologies including higher contrast for deeper blacks and dual-domain pixels for more accurate colors at wider viewing angles.

The Audio performance on the iPhone has gone better. The volume is a little higher than the older versions. However, with Apple owning Beats Audio now, I expected something even more remarkable.

Camera

From the looks of it, the awkward protruding Lens on the rear can be a turn off to few people. Also, None of the earlier generation iPhones had lens protrude, it was always a flat back panel. However, the performance of the camera, makes you forget this.

The iSight camera gets even better with a new sensor featuring Focus Pixels for faster autofocus, making it easier to quickly capture any moment. High-definition video on iPhone improves with faster frame rates up to 60fps for 1080p video and 240fps for slo-mo, as well as continuous autofocus, cinematic video stabilization and time-lapse video. The audio capture is impressive as well.

iPhone 6 Plus users will also benefit from optical image stabilization technology that compensates for hand shake in low light and works with iOS 8 to reduce subject motion. The FaceTime HD front camera now captures over 80 percent more light with a new sensor, larger f/2.2 aperture and advanced new features including burst mode and HDR video.

The slo-Mo is one of my most favourite. It makes you instantly fall in love with it. Check out this video I shot on the iPhone:

A slow-motion clip shot on an iPhone at a beach in Goa.

Posted by iclickd on Friday, 9 October 2015

Pictures are really crisp, colors are wonderful and most importantly, iPhone cameras are very snappy and quick on shutter. The low-light performance of the phone isn’t too great. However, if I am buying a phone, just for the camera features I would buy the Nokia Lumia with Pureview instead.

Software Platform:

If you are wondering, how well the Apple’s Software scales to this big screen sizes, the answer is wonderfully well. The new iPhones come with iOS 8 featuring a simpler, faster and more intuitive user experience with new Messages and Photos features, predictive typing for Apple’s QuickType keyboard and Family Sharing. Read more about the iOS 8 Features here. Your messages and alerts live along your daily agenda when you pull down for notifications.

The iOS 8 also introduces ‘Apple Pay’, an easier way to simply and securely make payments with just the touch of a finger. I personally love the concept and most importantly the attention to detail in implementation. Apple has not just introduced the technology, but an ecosystem. Read this article to understand on how Apple Pay can transform the Mobile Payment business. With Apple Pay, Users can pay securely and conveniently in stores by simply holding the phone near the contactless reader while keeping a finger on Touch ID. This hasn’t been implemented as of now; it would arrive as a free update to the iOS 8 in the US. There is still no official report on its availability outside US.

With iOS 8, motion data from M8 motion coprocessor appears in the Health app so you can see how many flights of stairs you’ve climbed, or how far you’ve walked or run. Developers can use CoreMotion APIs that take advantage of M8 and HealthKit to create apps that help you take better care of your health and fitness.

The iPhone’s single button has more functions than ever and it works pretty well. Pressing once and holding unlocks the phone with your fingerprint Touch ID, The double press brings up the task switcher for multitasking between apps or to close any running apps, A long press wakes up Siri, and a gentle double tap brings in reachability to help ease one hand access. (shown below).

Recommendations

Those who love raw performance and higher level of customizations will never appreciate iPhones. In this version, the build could’ve been better. Siri may not be as good as others. I personally like Google Now better. Cortana does a very very neat job as well. The custom keyboard is still not that great. The Auto-correct is way behind than the Androids. The home screen is still a bunch of icons and if you like this user-experience, you would be fine. However, if you moving from an Android or a Windows Phone, this may be a little strange to begin with. However, the responsiveness of the iPhone is very consistent unlike the other flagships devices.

The Health ID is a great thought and implementation as well. The day to day experience on the iPhone gets wonderful. Thanks to the bunch of relevant applications on the AppStore. Third party apps work better on an iPhone than their own devices. For eg: I still love using Google Maps on an iPhone than an Android; so does the Microsoft OneNote as well.

Summing up, iPhone 6 is crafted really well. If you are reading this review till here, you must’ve already made a decision on whether you want to be in the Apple Ecosystem. Coming to the important question with which we began this article, Is it worth an upgrade? The answer is a partial Yes. The reason being partial is, it makes sense to move to iPhone 6 from a iPhone 4 or a iPhone 4S or even iPhone 5. If you are an iPhone 5S user, it doesn’t make so much of difference to you, until features like Apple Pay and its security chip means a lot to you.

If you are deciding between a iPhone 6 and an iPhone 6 Plus, I would vote for a 6 Plus for the sheer presence of the optical stabilizer in the camera department.  Again, iPhone 6 feels good as a phone, whereas, 6 Plus feels more a Phablet. Both these devices are excellent when it comes to user experience, camera and most importantly the battery life.

If you are looking at buying a new phone and are confused between a iPhone, Android or a Windows Phone, then the choice becomes even clearer. If I were in a market looking at buying a phone, I would look out for an Ecosystem. I mean, a platform of devices which can work along with your Phone. For eg: An iPhone, Apple TV, Apple Watch and a Mac. or even a Android Phone, Nexus Player or Chromecast, Android Wear etc. So if you own any one of them, picking others are going to be easy. At-least that’s how I would recommend.

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iOS 8 Top Features; Available Today for your iPhone and iPad.

The iOS8 is going to be available as a free software upgrade today. Apple claims that, iOS 8 delivers a simpler, faster and more intuitive user experience. To begin with let’s look at the core features of the iOS8 Platform.

messageMessages in iOS 8 makes conversations more immersive. Simply Tap to Talk to share your voice. The same gesture also works for sharing photos and videos. Users can now share several photos and videos at once and easily browse through all of them within a conversation from one place. Group messaging gives you the ability to add and remove contacts, and the option not to be disturbed or to leave a conversation entirely. You can also choose to share your current location from within Messages for an hour, a day or longer.

In iOS 8, the Photos app brings powerful editing to your fingertips. Photos automatically straightens horizons, and with smart editing tools you can quickly adjust light and color with a swipe. For deeper fine-tuning, you can access individual tools to adjust exposure, brightness, contrast, highlights, shadows and more. Developers can tap into the same robust framework as the built-in Photos app using PhotoKit, and with extensibility APIs, can make their own filters and editing tools available to users within the Photos app.

New predictive typing for Apple’s QuickType keyboard is smarter, more personalized and intelligently takes context into account, such as who the recipient is and in which app you’re typing. QuickType understands the way you communicate, suggesting favorite phrases, so you can write entire sentences with just a few taps. What the QuickType keyboard learns is kept private, encrypted on your device and never sent to the cloud. Third-party keyboards are also available, so developers can offer additional layouts and input methods system-wide, providing users more choice.

The new Health app gathers the information you choose from your various health apps and fitness devices, and provides you with a clear and current overview in one place. HealthKit APIs offer developers the ability for health and fitness apps to communicate with each other. With your permission, each app can use specific information from other apps to provide a more comprehensive way to manage your health and fitness. Users will be able to gather and monitor their own fitness metrics using apps such as MyFitnessPal, RunKeeper and Strava. Healthcare providers can now monitor the data their patients choose to share through apps such as Mayo Clinic or Epic’s MyChart app that will be used by Duke Medicine and Stanford Children’s Health/Stanford Medicine, among others.

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HomeKit connects your home devices safely and seamlessly so you can better manage accessories like lights, thermostats, door locks and garage doors. By delivering a common protocol, HomeKit securely pairs and allows easy control over individual or groups of devices throughout the house. With Siri® integration you can say, “Good morning,” and have the lights turn on in specific rooms, the thermostat adjust the temperature and the garage door open.

Family Sharing with iOS 8 makes it easier than ever to communicate and share purchases. It automatically keeps everyone connected by creating a shared family photo stream and calendar, and provides an option to locate family members and their devices. Family members can also now browse and download each other’s eligible iTunes®, iBooks® or App Store purchases. Up to six family members can participate, each with their own Apple ID. Parents can create Apple IDs for children and, with Ask to Buy, require online parental permission for Family Sharing purchases.

iCloud Drive allows you to safely store, access and edit documents of any type. Make edits on one device and the most up-to-date version of your documents will be available across all devices, whether an iOS device, Mac®, Windows PC or on www.icloud.com. iCloud Drive brings new collaboration between apps, providing seamless access and the ability to work on the same file across multiple apps.

Continuity features in iOS 8 and OS X® Yosemite bring your Mac and iOS devices together like never before. When your iPhone or iPad is near your Mac, Handoff lets you start an activity on one device and pass it to the other. Instant Hotspot makes using your iPhone’s hotspot as easy as connecting to a Wi-Fi network. Now the SMS and MMS messages that previously only appeared on your iPhone appear in Messages on all your devices. You can even send SMS or MMS messages directly from your Mac and make or receive iPhone calls using your Mac as a speakerphone.*

Expanded security and management improvements for Enterprise, with new productivity features, including an extended level of data protection for key built-in apps and support for configurable Thread Notifications in Mail. Improvements in the way users are informed of how their devices are configured and managed further support the new mobilized workforce IT model;
design enhancements that build off the stunning interface of iOS 7, bringing interactive notifications, quick access to key contacts, intelligent suggestions and the ability to quickly switch back and forth between the Inbox and Drafts in Mail; and
Spotlight® suggestions beyond what’s on your device, including Wikipedia entries, places nearby and news articles.

The iOS 8 SDK, with over 4,000 new APIs, gives developers the ability to create amazing new apps like never before. The SDK delivers major iOS extensions, including new sharing options, widgets, custom actions and document APIs. Touch ID™ APIs enable developers to securely authenticate users within apps. Gaming on iOS 8 gets even better with Metal™, a new graphics technology for game providers to bring console-class 3D games to mobile devices. iOS 8 includes CloudKit, offering developers a complete and scalable back-end solution, eliminating the need for writing server code and maintaining servers. Swift™ provides developers with a powerful, next-generation programming language for iOS and OS X that’s fast, modern, interactive and helps them write safer and more reliable code.

Pricing & Availability

iOS 8 will be available as a free software update starting Wednesday, September 17 for iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPod touch 5th generation, iPad 2, iPad with Retina® display, iPad Air™, iPad mini™ and iPad mini with Retina display.

New iCloud pricing includes 5GB free, 20GB $0.99/month, 200GB $3.99/month, 500GB $9.99/month and 1TB $19.99/month. Continuity features and iCloud Drive will be available on Macs running OS X Yosemite.

In October, SMS Continuity will be available as a free update to iOS 8 and iCloud Photo Library will be available as a beta. Starting in October, with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple Pay will be available in the US as a free update to iOS 8. Features are subject to change. Some features may not be available in all regions or all languages.

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Apple iOS 4.2 Software Update for iPhone / iPad Available for Download

Apple has just released the software update for their iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch devices. This update contains software improvements to the iPhone OS 4.0, including multi-tasking, folders, printing, and more. iOS 4.2 adds a number of features on top of iOS 4.1, but for iPad users, it will be the first version on their devices to support multitasking and folders.

  • With AirPrint you can now print mail, photos, web pages, and more directly to a printer on a wireless network right from your iPad.
  • With AirPlay, you will be now be able to wirelessly stream videos, music, and photos from iPad to the new Apple TV, and stream music to AirPlay speakers or receivers, including AirPort Express.
  • With Game Center you can Send and receive friend requests, Invite friends to multi-player games over the Internet, Play multi-player games by auto-matching with other players, View Leaderboards and Achievements and Discover new games from friends.
  • Even Better and Clean Email, where you can see messages from all your accounts in a unified inbox, organize messages by threads, and open attachments in third-party apps.
  • With Multitasking you can run all your favorite apps and switch between them without slowing down the performance of the foreground app or draining the battery unnecessarily.
  • You can also organize apps into folders with drag-and-drop simplicity and have a more organized way of using applications.
  • You have an option now to highlight specific words and phrases on large web pages in Safari browser.
  • The businesses can now take advantage of stronger security features, new device management capabilities, and improved enterprise integration.
  • There are some accessibility enhancements which are made, so that you can control VoiceOver using a wireless keyboard. Output in braille to over 30 supported wireless Bluetooth refreshable braille displays in more than 25 languages.
  • You also have Dictionary enhancements where, you can choose from more than 30 new keyboards and dictionaries, including Arabic, Greek, and Hebrew.

For feature descriptions and complete instructions, see the user guides for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch at: