tvOS 10.2.2 update for Apple TV is out now

9to5Mac:

Apple has released a minor tvOS software update for the latest Apple TV. tvOS 10.2.2 is now available through the Settings app for all users.

The latest release likely only includes bug fixes, performance improvements, and security updates. We’ll update when Apple shares which security improvements are included in tvOS 10.2.2.

macOS 10.12.6 update rolling out on the Mac App Store

9to5Mac:

Apple has released the final version of the latest macOS 10.12.6 software update. Mac users running macOS Sierra can find the update through the Mac App Store.

macOS 10.12.6 will likely be the last version of macOS Sierra before Apple ships macOS High Sierra later this fall. macOS 10.13 is currently available in both developer and public beta versions for testing.

macOS High Sierra includes the Apple File System, HEVC support, Metal 2, improvements to Mail, Photos, and Safari, and more.

Force Quitting Apps on iOS

John Gruber:

The single biggest misconception about iOS is that it’s good digital hygiene to force quit apps that you aren’t using. The idea is that apps in the background are locking up unnecessary RAM and consuming unnecessary CPU cycles, thus hurting performance and wasting battery life.

That’s not how iOS works. The iOS system is designed so that none of the above justifications for force quitting are true. Apps in the background are effectively “frozen”, severely limiting what they can do in the background and freeing up the RAM they were using. iOS is really, really good at this. It is so good at this that unfreezing a frozen app takes up way less CPU (and energy) than relaunching an app that had been force quit. Not only does force quitting your apps not help, it actually hurts. Your battery life will be worse and it will take much longer to switch apps if you force quit apps in the background.

Here’s a short and sweet answer from Craig Federighi, in response to an email from a customer asking if he force quits apps and whether doing so preserves battery life: “No and no.”

Just in case you don’t believe Apple’s senior vice president for software, here are some other articles pointing out how this habit is actually detrimental to iPhone battery life:

I see people regularly force quitting their apps all the time – people who do this are idiots.

Apple Begin Showcasing HomeKit In Selected Stores

9to5Mac:

Apple has rolled out new in-store displays to select Apple Stores, demoing how users can take advantage of the Home app and HomeKit accessories to create smart home experiences.

The company has constructed special areas in the Apple Store where customers can test out the Home app on iOS devices and see the changes update live in the virtual home pictured on the screens. If visitors like what they see, they can then buy accessories like Philips Hue bulbs off the shelf using the Apple Store app.

Apple Adds PayPal as Payment Method for App Store

Benjamin Mayo:

Apple today announced that it is adding PayPal as a new payment method to the App Store, iTunes Store, iBookstore and Apple Music services. Tis means Apple users will be able to add PayPal to their Apple ID in order to buy apps, musics, movies, TV shows and more.

The option is available now in select countries including Canada and the United Kingdom. It will roll out to more customers soon, including the United States.

Perhaps Apple Pay will be next.