Coming off of the first beta issued last week, Apple has seeded a new beta of OS X 10.9.1 to the developer community. 10.9.1 will be the first major update to OS X Mavericks when it is released to the public in the coming weeks.
The new beta is Build 13B35 and is asking developers to focus heavily on Mail in OS X. According to our secret developer, there are a lot of improvements around Gmail support in Mail along with improved reliability around Smart mailboxes and contact groups.
Other things developers are being asked to review are VoiceOver issues with reading text with an emoji, a periodic update of the Shared Links when they are open in the Safari sidebar and improved VPN functionality when connecting to a OS X server.
There is no indication of if this is the last beta (likely not) nor do we know exactly when OS X 10.9.1 will be generally available to the public. It is important to note however that Apple seems to have picked up the pace on development on both iOS and OS X. Updates are coming much more frequently than they were previously on both platforms. According to our developer, this latest build feels “very complete” but ultimately that is for Apple to decide.
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Apple has seeded the first beta of iOS 7.1 to their developer community today and it is full of improvements and changes. The beta build, 11D5099e, can be downloaded by developers now through the Apple Developer site, http://developer.apple.com.
In speaking to our secret developer, iOS 7.1 brings a raft of changes, improvements and performance enhancements to iOS 7. Here is a run down of some of the things there in the iOS 7.1 Beta
You can now set your keyboard to be either the normal white or have it dark if you need more contrast or just like the look better
HDR Auto Mode
One of the things that drives me crazy with iOS 7 is the fact that Every. Single. Time. I start the camera app I have to remember to turn on HDR. It looks like this is addressed in iOS 7.1 with a new HDR Auto Mode.
Burst Photo Uploads
You can now upload your burst photos from your iPhone or iPad to your iCloud Photo stream now. If you are not sure how to take Burst photos, check out our How To on the subject.
A minor things in the grand scheme but the Yahoo! logo and the Flickr icons are now updated to reflect the new non-gradient icons and new corporate branding.
There are also a pile of changes under the hood that have significantly improved the performance and battery life of your device in iOS 7.1.
There is no word on when we can expect iOS 7.1 to be generally available but there are several known issues with the beta given to developers so I suspect we are a few months away at best.
Apple has released the first beta for OS X Mavericks 10.9.1 to their developer community today, the first semi-public acknowledgement that an update for the latest OS X from the company will be getting an update soon. When “soon” is however is anyone’s guess as this is likely to be the first of many beta builds for this release.
The build is 13B27 and is available to developers through the App Store as normal. The release notes on the beta are sparse, telling developers that their are no known issues and that their focusing during the beta should be on Mail, Graphic Drivers and VoiceOver. If this sounds familiar, it should. Mail and Graphic Drivers always seem to be a focus for Apple in their beta cycles and was a regular feature in the betas for 10.9.
If indeed their are no known issues this is a good start for OS X Mavericks 10.9.1 and hopefully it will mean a reasonably short beta cycle. There is no way to know for sure and it could very well end up that issues arise through the beta – which is the purpose of it ultimately.
In order to get OS X Mavericks 10.9.1 you need to be a part of the Apple Developer network which is $100 per annum. You can get more information at http://developer.apple.com.
As a reminder to everyone, this is beta software so things so awry for no reason some times. Load at your own risk, load on a “beta” machine and report any issues to the proper channels. The proper channel is not complaining about a beta on Twitter.
Shortly after the keynote needed at the Apple event yesterday, the company dropped the iOS 7 GM to developers through their developer network. The GM, Gold Master, is the final build before iOS 7 goes out to the public on September 18th.
While there are few surprises that usually come in the GM, there were a few from Apple in this one. They have added several new dynamic and static wallpapers, many of which are colourful which one can only assume makes them targeted at the iPhone 5C. There are also several new ringtones and alert tones in this release.
One thing that is interesting as well is the apparent lack of an over-the-air update. Our developer has been waiting for over 12 hours now and none of their iOS devices have been pushed an update to the GM from Apple. It is a curious development which is making us wonder if a complete reset of the devices with a forced reset with the GM build is required. Our developer is going to give it a few more hours to wait and see.
iOS 7 will be released on September 18th to the public and will run on the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5 and will of course come on the new iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S.
From an iPad perspective, the iPad 2nd Generation, iPad 3rd Generation, iPad 4th Generation and iPad Mini will run iOS 7.
In the case of older devices, some of the new features will not be available such as AirDrop
Apple has seeded the latest beta of Safari 6.1 to developers today. The beta release is aimed at Lion and Mountain Lion users and brings many of the updates to the browser that Apple intends to bring to OS X Mavericks when it is released. The seed is the 7th in the beta cycle for Safari 6.1 and developers are being asked to test their extensions against the new platform according to our developer resource.
Many of the updates what are planned for Safari in OS X Mavericks which is slated for released later this fall. If history is any indication, once Mavericks does become publicly available, this update to Safari will be available as well to those running Lion and Mountain Lion.
There are a pile of updates in Safari 6.1. According to the seed notes, here is what is expected:
The Safari Sidebar makes it easy to access your Bookmarks, Reading List, and Shared Links. (Shared Links on Mountain Lion only)
Shared Links (Mountain Lion only)
Shared Links shows you links from people you follow on Twitter. You can see who shared the link, as well as the comments they posted about it.
Continuous Reading (Mountain Lion only)
Continuously scroll through all the articles and webpages in your Reading List and in Shared Links. When you select an item and scroll to its last page, the next item in your list automatically appears below it.
A Retweet button in Shared Links makes it easy to retweet links from people you follow on Twitter.
When you type into the Smart Search Field, Safari shows you webpages in your iCloud Tabs, making it even easier to pick up your browsing right where you left off on another device.
While most of the Apple community has turned their attention to OS X Mavericks, it doesn’t mean that Apple themselves have done that completely. Yesterday Apple seeded the latest OS X 10.8.5 Beta to developers, continuing the update process for Mountain Lion.
The latest beta comes a month after the last beta build and is noted as Build 12F36. It is something that is downloadable for developers from the Apple Developer site or can be updated via the App Store on their Mac on their development machines.
The Release Notes for this latest OS X 10.8.5 Beta indicate that developers are asked to focus on WiFi, graphics, Wake from Sleep, PDF viewing and Mobile Device Management. As is the norm, there are not specifics mentioned on what to test according to our developer contact here at AlliOSNews.
There is no indication when OS X 10.8.5 will come to the general public and frankly we thought the beta a month ago would be the last one. It is possible this is the last one but there is no indication of that from Apple. Given that OS X Mavericks is quickly approaching we have to think that they are close to calling it a day on this beta cycle.
We shall see.
More information on the OS X 10.8.5 Beta is available on the Apple Developer site.
Apple yesterday sent an email to their developer community the encourage them to consider Safari Site Notifications for their websites. The new feature is one of many that are coming in OS X Mavericks and a substantially improved Safari browser experience. While the email does not hint at a release date, it is clear that Apple is wanting developers to begin preparing for all of the new features of the latest OS X now rather than later.
Safari Site Notifications are a substantial new improvement to the Safari experience and allow websites to utilise the
Notification Center in OS X Mavericks to push notifications to readers (who have authorised the site to do so) about updates to the site. For example, here at AlliOSNews, we could send you a Push Notification to let you know of our latest review, or How To or when we post a new TechMomTuesday. The beauty of the Safari Site Notifications is that you, the end user, don’t necessarily have to have Safari running in order to get the update. If this sounds familiar it should. This is fundamentally how Push Notifications work in iOS.
The email outlines that the Safari Site Notification is a new feature and links back to the Apple Developer network to gather more information on how sites can be setup to take advantage of the new feature. According to our Developer, the changes required are not overly complex but do require a bit of development work on sites.
More information can be found on the Apple Developer site about this and other updates coming in OS X Mavericks and the impending iOS 7.
Apple has released OS X Mavericks Developer Preview 7 to their developer community. The update comes three weeks after Developer Preview 6 and brings the latest version of OS X closer to public release.
OS X Mavericks Developer Preview 7 does not contain any new functionality over the previous release and is more of a refinement on the release. According to our developer, performance has increased in various part of OS X Mavericks including Mail, iBooks and Maps. WiFi performance seems to have improved from a stability perspective as he reports it to us.
Notably this update did come with 8 new impressive wallpapers. The 5120×2880 wallpapers all feature scenes of nature and most of them are stunningly beautiful. You will be able to download these in the AlliOSNews Wallpaper Page shortly.
There is no release date set for OS X Mavericks other than a broad “this fall” answer from Apple. It is not expect that it will be released at the Apple media event on September 10th as that is more focused on iPhone. It is possible that the rumoured event in October where new iPads and MacBooks are expected to be released will be the drop date for OS X Mavericks.
Coming just a few hours after the release of iOS 7 Beta 2, Apple has released OS X Mavericks Developer Preview 2 to their developer community. The update to to version 10.9 is open only to developers in the Mac Development program with Apple.
The update is available to developers through the App Store and is build 13A497d. The update is approximately 1.5GB in size so if you are in the developer network and haven’t downloaded it yet, be prepared to wait a bit. Also, when you do update, there is a new build of iTunes and AirPort Utility with this preview.
Initial reports indicate that this latest preview has improved overall performance while also tweaking a few things along the way. As you would expect with an early beta, there are still plenty of gotchas and bits in OS X Mavericks that aren’t working properly.
For more information on the Apple Developer Network, visit http://developer.apple.com
Apple has released iOS 7 Beta 2 to developers today, bringing with it support for the iPad and iPad Mini. The new beta comes two weeks after the initial release at WWDC and is mainly focused on bringing fixes and improvements to the latest iOS from Cupertino.
With Beta 1, the iPhone and iPod Touch were the only supported devices and many had hoped that Beta 2 would bring iPad
support which it now has done. Given that this is the first beta for iPad, it is our guess that we will see Beta 3 shortly as Apple sorts out “quick hit” fixes for bugs and issues.
Beyond the iPad support, there are several marked changes in this beta that are mostly improvements in performance or functionality.
- Voice Memos (iPhone) has a new UI and performance improvements
- Siri now pronounces names better, not just phonetically
- HDR photos to iPad/iPad Mini
- Google Contacts sync without using CardDav
- Contact Photos to iMessages
As we warned last week, iOS 7 Beta 2 is still very much beta and is open only to those in the developer network. The general release of iOS 7 is expected in the September/October time frame, likely with a new iPhone release.