iOS 8.2 Available Today, Preparing Your Phone For The Apple Watch

 

iOS 8.2 Will Be Available Today, Preparing Your Phone For The Apple Watch | TechCrunch

Apple’s iOS 8.2 update is now official, bringing support for the upcoming Apple Watch. Version 8.2 will include the Apple Watch companion app and will offer a number of other new features in addition to support for communicating with Apple’s wearable.

8.2 brings developer support for Apple Watch apps to the iPhone, letting WatchKit software work with other iOS devices. It also improves Apple’s Health app, adding the ability to bring in workout information from third-party apps as well as new privacy features for those who don’t want to record the steps and distance data.

Apple also made improvements to general OS stability with this update, improving the reliability of Mail, Maps (when using the 3D Flyover feature), Music, VoiceOver, and hearing aid connectivity.

Check software update for it now, to update your device.

No Free Space Left to Upgrade to iOS 8?

 

Daring Fireball: Note to Self: It’s the Storage Space, Stupid

that either they themselves or people they know want to upgrade to iOS 8 but haven’t yet or can’t because the OTA software update won’t fit on their devices.

Jonathan Hoover puts it well:

iOS 8 OTA update requires about 5GB of free space on the device. Most people, especially those who wouldn’t update until they get the badge on the settings app, don’t have 5GB free on their iPhone. They have no idea they can plug their iPhone into their computer and iTunes will update it. They don’t know they can free up space by downloading their pictures and videos to their computer. 

iPhone makes it so easy for casual users to take gigabytes of photos and videos but nearly impossible for those users to know what to do with them.

This is a serious problem for Apple, because all those 16 GB devices (let alone the 8 GB ones) aren’t going to suddenly gain more free storage space on their own. A lot of these devices might never get updated to iOS 8, but would if the OTA software worked. Unless they can rejigger the OTA software update to require less free space, iOS 8’s adoption rate might lag permanently.

Apple need to either start selling larger storage-capacity devices and stop selling 8 and 16gb versions and/or they need to reduce the footprint of the over the air annual iOS update – either way, they need to address this matter soon as it is affecting their adoption growth which they proudly like to talk about at their keynotes.

[Link] Translator Keyboard For iOS Makes Writing Foreign Missives A Breeze

 

Translator Keyboard For iOS Makes Writing Foreign Missives A Breeze | TechCrunch

The Translator Keyboard for iOS 8 can translate what you’ve typed into one of 44 other languages — including French, Spanish and even Welsh. Beth annisgwyl!

The app, which is the work of UK developer Steven Barnegren, is using the Microsoft Translate API to do the grunt work of turning whatever you’ve typed into fair foreign phrasing.

So how does it work? Swiping left along the top of the keyboard brings in the language selection interface where you can specify your current language and the one you want to translate your words into.

Once back in keyboard view you type whatever it is you want to say — and this appears within a bar at the top of the keyboard (with support for autocorrect). Once you’re done typing you hit the translate button at the bottom corner of the keyboard and a translated version of your text appears on the screen. Et voila!

Extremely useful keyboard to add to the growing number of keyboards available in iOS 8.

[Link] Photo Storage in iOS 8 Will be Solved

 

Rene Ritchie Reporting for iMore:

iOS devices are currently limited to between 8GB to 128GB of storage. Many people have 16-32GB devices. In an age of 8mp photos and 1080p video, that fills up fast. So, keeping photos and videos all locally on the device is a problem because you’ll run out of space, and sooner rather than later. It’s especially bad if you’re anxiously trying to capture a special moment only to be told there’s no space left and then having to quickly, under stress, figure out which older moments you’re willing to sacrifice.

Purely offloading all photos and videos to the cloud isn’t a perfect solution either. If they’re all stored online and you end up with a slow, limited, or non-existant internet connection, you lose immediate access to any photos or videos not stored locally on your device. That’s also a problem.

Apple’s solution is to cache a manageable portion of photos and videos on your device and keep the rest of them safely up on the cloud. Recently added and viewed photos and videos are the most likely be cached locally, and potentially in scaled-to-device sizes to make the most efficient use of storage.

There might be some situations where a photo or video you haven’t viewed in a while isn’t available in full resolution when you’re offline, but for most people most of the time, it will be far, far better than either losing content due to the 1000 photos/30 day limit, or running out of local storage on the iPhone or iPad.

For me, this is the most important feature of iOS 8 – everybody and I mean everybody needs a definitive solution to the photos and videos they take on their iPhones on how and where to store them.  If Apple’s new Cloud Kit addition can handle the photos and videos so it automatically uploads them and subsequently manages your locally stored copies to then free up space on your device so the user doesn’t have worry about this – well, then that is the solution – finally.

Apple plans to Introduce split-screen iPad multitasking in iOS 8

 

Mark Gurman:

The ability to use multiple applications simultaneously on a tablet’s display takes a page out of Microsoft’s playbook. Microsoft’s Surface line of tablets has a popular “snap” multitasking feature that allows customers to snap multiple apps onto the screen for simultaneous usage. The feature is popular in the enterprise and in environments where users need to handle multiple tasks at the same time.

Microsoft has even released an ad comparing multitasking features for the Surface and iPad:

The feature has opened up the door for the Surface to be a true laptop replacement, and will further herald the iPad as Apple’s vision of the future for mobile computing.

In addition to allowing for two iPad apps to be used at the same time, the feature is designed to allow for apps to more easily interact, according to the sources. For example, a user may be able to drag content, such as text, video, or images, from one app to another.

A sure sign of Apple evolving the iPad and iOS is when they embrace ideas that competitors already have, but ideas that Apple have stayed away from to make sure they get it right. I have always preferred the focused-one app at a time scenario but even if Apple just made the feature an option in settings, it still further makes the iPad and iOS in particular more powerful still.

Apple iOS 7.1 close to final release

Apple iOS 7.1 close to final release

BGR:

Apple dramatically overhauled iOS in iOS 7 and with 7.1 a lot of problems like slowness, app crashes and even phone restarts are fixed. Additionally, the operating system feels much more cohesive and thought out, with Apple bringing in some of the flatness in areas, and continuing it through in others. Apple has released five beta versions of iOS 7.1 so far.

Sounds like the much needed software update for iOS 7 will be released shortly, that will hopefully make the software perform much more stable by eradicating the freezing and crashing that has been happening to our iPhones and iPads. Apple prides itself on the design and stability of their software, but when Jonny Ive hastily re-designed the operating system last year, it’s not surprising that they ran out of time to get it released.

I’d wager that when iOS 8 gets released later this year, it won’t suffer from the same problems, as Ive and his team would have had plenty of time to perfect the operating system for release on this occasion.