Apple Developer

OS X Mavericks Icon

Apple Seeds OS X 10.9.2 Beta 5 to Developers

Coming just one week after the release of Beta 4, Apple has seeded to their developer community the 5th OS X 10.9.2 Beta.  The new beta is build 13C59 and is available for developers to download from the Apple Developer site or if they are on a previous beta, update through the Mac App Store on their Macs.

With this latest OS X 10.9.2 beta coming so shortly after the previous, it could be an indicator of a couple of things.  One, Apple & their developers found a serious bug which needed addressing immediately.  Given that developers are under NDA, you likely wouldn’t see much about this in the public forum but there are always leaks.  Frankly there hasn’t been a peep about any issues with Beta 4 so this is likely not the case.

The second indicator could be that Apple is putting the final bits of polish on prior to a release.  Apple has long been rumoured to aiming for the first quarter of 2014 to release OS X 10.9.2.  We are essentially in the middle of the quarter now so if they are indeed going to release by the end of March, final prep work begins now.

(more…)

Clinton Fitch

Clinton is the editor of AlliOSNews.com. He has been writing opinions, reviews, how to's and anything related to the mobile communications market since 1999. You can follow Clinton on Twitter @AlliOSNews

More Posts - Website

Follow Me:
TwitterFacebookYouTube

iOS7 Wallpaper for iPhone

Apple Seeds iOS 7.1 Beta 3 to Developers

Yesterday Apple seeded iOS 7.1 Beta 3 to their developer community.  The update can be downloaded OTA (Over-the-air) by developers who have Beta 2 running on their iPhone or iPad.  This update has a significant number of changes from a UI perspective along with all of the under-the-cover changes that are happening with the mobile platform.

One of the biggest complaints about iOS 7 has been the brightness of it when it is compared to iOS 6.  Apple seems to be addressing this a bit in iOS 7.1 Beta 3 with several small changes that help reduce this overall brightness.  For example, the green hues that are used on the icons for Phone, Messages and FaceTime have all been darkened a bit whole there is now also an option in the General settings to Reduce White Point.  The keyboard has also been modified a bit with a stronger contrast between the grey and white found on it.

Another complaint has been around the Parallax feature which has even made some people nauseated with the motion of the home screen.  You have been able to reduce this motion through the Settings in iOS 7 (Here is our How To on turning off Parallax in iOS 7) but now on the wallpaper choosing screen you will be able to select if you want to reduce that motion instead of having to go through settings.

(more…)

Clinton Fitch

Clinton is the editor of AlliOSNews.com. He has been writing opinions, reviews, how to's and anything related to the mobile communications market since 1999. You can follow Clinton on Twitter @AlliOSNews

More Posts - Website

Follow Me:
TwitterFacebookYouTube

OS X Mavericks Icon

Apple Seeds OS X 10.9.2 Beta 1 to Developers

Just five days ago, Apple released the first update to OS X Mavericks, OS X 10.9.1.  Now developers have received the first seeding of the next update, OS X 10.9.2.

OS X 10.9.2 is telling developers to focus on several key areas including Mail, Messages, VPN, Graphics Drivers, and VoiceOver.  Some of these will sound familiar as it always seems Apple asks developers to focus on Mail & Graphics Drivers in particular.

Interestingly, in this update, Apple has introduced FaceTime Audio for the first time in OS X.  FaceTime Audio was released with iOS 7 this year and give users the ability to not only make video calls with FaceTime but audio-only calls. Think of it is a consumer level VoIP calling solution that works over WiFi or 3G.  While Apple has been quite about this in OS X 10.9.2, you can see where Apple is going with providing a solution for consumers to make voice calls without actually needing their carrier to do it.  While this will be no means serve as an enterprise solution – there are solutions out there that do – for consumers, this could prove to be a huge savings.

There is no timeline on when we can expect OS X 10.9.2 to hit a Mac near you but it is expect to remain in beta for several months.

Clinton Fitch

Clinton is the editor of AlliOSNews.com. He has been writing opinions, reviews, how to's and anything related to the mobile communications market since 1999. You can follow Clinton on Twitter @AlliOSNews

More Posts - Website

Follow Me:
TwitterFacebookYouTube

iOS7 Wallpaper for iPhone

iOS 7.1 Beta 2 Hits Developer Network

Members of the Apple Developer Network have been seeded beta 2 of iOS 7.1 through the network.  The second beta follows on the original beta of the mobile OS back in November and according to our secret developer, is available for iPad and iPhone.

iOS 7.1 has several big improvements and fixes in the mix along with some new features and enhancements which we covered back in the original beta release.  To recap:

Dark Keyboard

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.

Yahoo! Updates

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.

Beta 2 seems to continue to focus on these same items but also, according to 9to5Mac, brings support support for iOS in the Car.  This new feature would allow users to access maps, get directions and messages in a compatible vehicle.

No word on when we can expect iOS 7.1 to hit a device near you but if previous x.1 releases are an indicator, we have 2 or 3 more beta cycles to go.

Clinton Fitch

Clinton is the editor of AlliOSNews.com. He has been writing opinions, reviews, how to's and anything related to the mobile communications market since 1999. You can follow Clinton on Twitter @AlliOSNews

More Posts - Website

Follow Me:
TwitterFacebookYouTube

OS X Mavericks Icon

Apple Seeds New OS X 10.9.1 Beta to Developers

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.

If you are interested in the Apple Developer program, just visit http://developer.apple.com for more details and information.

Clinton Fitch

Clinton is the editor of AlliOSNews.com. He has been writing opinions, reviews, how to's and anything related to the mobile communications market since 1999. You can follow Clinton on Twitter @AlliOSNews

More Posts - Website

Follow Me:
TwitterFacebookYouTube

iOS7 Wallpaper for iPhone

Apple Seeds iOS 7.1 to Developers

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

Dark Keyboard

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.

Yahoo! Updates

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.

Clinton Fitch

Clinton is the editor of AlliOSNews.com. He has been writing opinions, reviews, how to's and anything related to the mobile communications market since 1999. You can follow Clinton on Twitter @AlliOSNews

More Posts - Website

Follow Me:
TwitterFacebookYouTube

OS X Mavericks Icon

Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.1 To Developers

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. :-)

Clinton Fitch

Clinton is the editor of AlliOSNews.com. He has been writing opinions, reviews, how to's and anything related to the mobile communications market since 1999. You can follow Clinton on Twitter @AlliOSNews

More Posts - Website

Follow Me:
TwitterFacebookYouTube

iOS7 Wallpaper for iPhone

Apple Releases iOS 7 GM to Developers

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

Clinton Fitch

Clinton is the editor of AlliOSNews.com. He has been writing opinions, reviews, how to's and anything related to the mobile communications market since 1999. You can follow Clinton on Twitter @AlliOSNews

More Posts - Website

Follow Me:
TwitterFacebookYouTube

Safari Icon

Apple Seeds Safari 6.1 to Developers

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:

Safari Sidebar

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.

page1image14064 page1image14224

Easy Retweet (Mountain Lion only)
A Retweet button in Shared Links makes it easy to retweet links from people you follow on Twitter.
Redesigned Top Sites
Top Sites has a new look and makes it easier than ever to get to your favorite websites. Rearrange sites by dragging and dropping thumbnails.
Safari Power Saver
Safari conserves energy by playing only the plug-in content that’s front and center on the webpages you browse to. Safari displays a preview of the plug-in content on a webpage’s margins, but waits until you click that content before running it, so you only use energy viewing the content you want to see.
Third-party data blocking
Safari blocks third-party websites from leaving data that could be used to track you online.
Faster Javascript
Thanks to the faster Nitro JavaScript engine in Safari, browsing is even faster and more responsive
iCloud Tabs autocomplete (Mountain Lion only)
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.
Yandex search built-in
Leading Russian search provider Yandex is a built-in option for Russian users, in addition to Google, Yahoo! and Bing.
Sandboxed plug-ins
Safari sandboxes popular plug-ins, making it safer to run them by restricting what they can do and what data they can access on your system. The Adobe Flash Player, Silverlight, QuickTime and Oracle Java plug-ins are sandboxed in Safari.
PDF sandboxing
Loading PDFs in Safari’s built-in PDF viewer is safer thanks to sandboxing. Sandboxing restricts what a file can do or access on your system, so if PDF file you view on the web contains malicious code, Safari can prevent it from harming your computer.
To get the Safari 6.1 beta you will need to be a part of the Apple Developer Network.

Clinton Fitch

Clinton is the editor of AlliOSNews.com. He has been writing opinions, reviews, how to's and anything related to the mobile communications market since 1999. You can follow Clinton on Twitter @AlliOSNews

More Posts - Website

Follow Me:
TwitterFacebookYouTube

OS X Mountain Lion Logo

Apple Seeds OS X 10.8.5 Beta Build to Developers

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.

Clinton Fitch

Clinton is the editor of AlliOSNews.com. He has been writing opinions, reviews, how to's and anything related to the mobile communications market since 1999. You can follow Clinton on Twitter @AlliOSNews

More Posts - Website

Follow Me:
TwitterFacebookYouTube

Go to Top