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iOS 12 is Here!

 

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Download the iOS 12 Beta Profile for your device Here.

Watch the Apple 2018 Keynote WWDC18 Here.

iOS 12

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iOS 12 Supported Devices:

  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 5s
  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2nd generation
  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro 1st generation
  • 10.5-inch iPad Pro
  • 9.7-inch iPad Pro
  • 10.5-inch iPad
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Air
  • iPad 5th generation
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad mini 3
  • iPad mini 2
  • iPod touch 6th generation

This means that all devices that run iOS 11 can run the iOS 12 beta. This means that the oldest Apple devices that can support iOS 12 will be the iPhone 5s and iPad Air.

Key Takeaways:

  • Apps will launch 40% faster, the keyboard launches 50% faster, and even the camera comes a lot faster, up to 70% on older devices.
  • ARKit 2, and new iOS Applications (Measure, iPad Stocks)
  • Facetime
    • Ability to group chat with up to 32 people.
  • Animojis (Also called Memoji)
  • Photos
    • Photos app have received a face-lift with a new For you tab, event search, sharing suggestions, and smarter search suggestions.
  • Camera
    • Portrait mode has been improves as well as the QR code reader. There is an API available for developers to seperate layers in a photo so they can do their own portrait modes and other special effects.
  • Notifications
    • Notifications will now be grouped together by app. You can choose to have notifications for particular applications delivered silently and make more critical alerts display even while in Do Not Disturb mode. wwdc18 notifications
  • Apple FaceTime will also get Animoji and Sticker packs apple wwdc 2018 memoji tim cook
  • Do Not Disturb Mode (DND Mode)
    • During DND, your notifications will be in the background and not be displayed on the lock screen until DND Mode is turned off. Users can set DND end time during an event, for a set location, time, ect.
  • Apple CarPlay Update
    • Apple CarPlay will now support third-party navigation applications
  • Apple Books and new Stocks App

MacOs Mojave with dark mode

  

  • Users will be able edit screenshots, use Mark-up straight after taking one. There is also the option of capturing the entire screen, and the option for screen capture for video.
  • Users can invoke mark-up in PDF documents in the Quick Look options. It will work for all kinds of files, including PDFs, videos, etc.
  • Stacks will ensure you desktop is cleaner and not one giant mess of all different kinds of files. It will stack them according to kind, tags, etc. Sidebar in Mojave supports all metadata for photos. There are also quick actions in the photos app. Sidebar is also available in other views in the Finder app as well.

Apple tvOS 12 for Apple TV with Dolby Atmos support

Apple says iTunes has the largest 4K HDR library. Apple TV 4K will now add support for Dolby Atmos for ‘room-filling sound.’

 WatchOS 5 announcement

  • Users will no longer have to say Hey Siri to the Apple watch.
  • WebKit is being brought to watchOS 5 and will support web content on the Apple Watch itself. Apple Podcasts app will also be coming to the Apple Watch.

watchOS 5 brings Walkie-Talkie feature to Apple Watch

My personal thoughts on iOS 12 in the last 24 hours:

It is fantastic! It is honestly probably more stable than last years final iOS 11 release. No joke! My personal iPhone 6 is currently running iOS 12 Beta and all apps open and run noticebly faster and respond much quicker! So far, so good!

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Microsoft + GitHub

Yesterday, June 4th, 2018, it was announced that Microsoft has acquired GitHub. GitHub is the world’s leading software development platform.

28 million developers already collaborate on GitHub, and it is home to more than 85 million code repositories used by people in nearly every country.

Chris Wanstrath (left), Github CEO and co-founder; Nat Friedman, Microsoft corporate vice president, Developer Services; Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO; and Amy Hood, Microsoft Chief Financial Officer.

I personally have used GitHub and prefer GitHub as my preferred choice of code repository over others.

I hope that this does not become like Micrsofts Skype / VSTS!

 

Read Microsoft’s Blog post about Microsoft + GitHub = Empowering Developer Here.

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Spotify Beefs up their Free Tier (Freemium)

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Today, April 24, 2018, Spotify announced their brand new free version of the Spotify Mobile App (iOS | Android) at Gramercy Theater in NYC.

Spotify is one of today’s leading music providers (Currently 90 million users) and with their new free tier, users can now listen to music on the fly that much easier. The previous free tier for Spotify had limited amount of shuffles a user could use. With the new version, users can listen “on-demand” to any song they want, as many times as they want, as long as the song appears on one of the 15 personalized “Discovery Playlists” such as Daily Mix, Discover Weekly, Release Radar, or Today’s Top Hits.

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That comes out to be around 750 tracks and over 40 hours of music that one can listen to on-demand, without using a Shuffle feature. You want to listen to a particular song for free, you got it!

This is particularly nice because it means that each time you search a specific song, and add it to a playlist, Spotify with automatically make recommendations that are similar for you.

The feature that I am most excited about is Low-data mode. (Called Data Saver), which will cut data consumption by up to 75% !

In the past, Spotify didn’t allow offline listening to music for free, which meant users had to either use wifi, or pay for Spotify Premium in order to utilize “Offline” mode. (Ability to play music from your playlists when offline).

With this new data system, it caches the music ahead of the stream via 3G. This allows user to listen to more music while using just wireless data. On top of this, Spotify also is optomizing the streaming of the tunes itself as well as the application as a while with other UI changes to save both data and power.

Unfortunately, as expected, advertisements will still occur with this updated free tier version of Spotify. Don’t want the ads? Upgrade your account to Spotify Premium today!

As of today, Spotify is built upon three tiers: ubiquity, personalization, and freemium.

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iOS 11 Beta 4 Released

iOS 11 Beta 4 is in and it is in a much more stable state!

“The fourth developer beta brought some of the most significant changes we’ve seen yet in an iOS 11 beta. A much-desired swipe feature for clearing Notifications on the Lock screen has been added, and there are also several visual tweaks to icons throughout the operating system.” See overview below:

Want iOS 11 Beta!? Sign up for the Beta Software Here!

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