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Apple Music released with iOS 8.4

Apple Music released with iOS 8.4

This morning an updated version of iOS was release for iPhone and iPad, bringing on Apple Music for the masses. Apple Music is being released with 24/7 global radio, what Apple describes as "a way for fans to connect with their favorite artists, and a streaming music service. This is all coming in a redesigned Music app. This release also includes improvements for a number of apps already included in the system. Owners of the newest several generations of iPhone and iPad can expect this software to be pushed to their device starting this afternoon.

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Apple iOS 9 supercharges Siri

Apple iOS 9 supercharges Siri

Apple has begun detailing iOS 9, and first off is a supercharging to Siri that will make the virtual assistant more flexible and contextually-aware. The new Siri will be more intelligent, Apple's Craig Federighi, as well as more proactive, with a revamped UI and the ability to make suggestions from a swipe across on the homescreen. Those suggestions will include contacts and apps - perhaps a recently-installed game that hasn't yet been played with - along with nearby locations.

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Apple documentation confirms Apple TV required for controlling HomeKit devices

Apple documentation confirms Apple TV required for controlling HomeKit devices

With Apple's 2015 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) event only days away, the company has updated its Support site with official documentation on HomeKit and compatible devices. One of the newest pieces of information is that Apple TV will act as a central hub for a user's connected home, and will actually be required if they want to control HomeKit devices from a separate location. There is also a page that now lists all of the currently available devices that will work with HomeKit, and is likely to be updated as more brands pledge support.

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Apple’s HomeKit is here: “Siri, turn on my lights”

Apple’s HomeKit is here: “Siri, turn on my lights”

Today Apple's smart home ecosystem HomeKit launches with brands like Elgato, Insteon, Lutron, Ecobee, and iHome. Just ahead of the company's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC 2015), HomeKit has launched with partners bringing hardware to the market. It's been nearly one year* to the day since Apple's HomeKit system was first revealed at WWDC 2014, and here we're seeing partners launching products aplenty, some that'll be carried by Apple Stores, some that will launch independently in stores around the world. Soon you'll be able to tell Siri to turn your lights on when you enter your home - soon!

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iPad Jumbo: more details on “Pro” model leaked

iPad Jumbo: more details on “Pro” model leaked

Several feature software enhancements for the iPad and new details on the so-called "iPad Pro" appear. One feature update is the long-rumored two-app split screen viewing mode akin to Windows Snap Screen functionality for Windows 8 and Xbox One. This bit of functionality may come to the current line of iPad Air and iPad Mini devices, but could also be limited to the upcoming iPad Pro. Two versions of the iPad pro are said to be in production testing, one code-named J98, the other code-named J99.

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Sunrise ‘Meet’ is the smartest iOS keyboard around

Sunrise ‘Meet’ is the smartest iOS keyboard around

We’ve all been there — you’re trying to schedule a meeting, but the back-and-forth of finding a time can be maddening. To help make the process easier, Sunrise is introducing Meet, a keyboard that brings up your calendar and lets you choose open times for getting together with someone else. Not only do you get a quick glance at your Calendar, but you can select open time slots and offer them up as times you can meet with someone on the other end of your chat or email.

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iOS 8.3 now available, fixes a ton of bugs and issues

iOS 8.3 now available, fixes a ton of bugs and issues

Having been in beta for what seems like forever, Apple has released iOS 8.3. In many regards, iOS 8.3 closely mirrors the OS X fixes behind the scenes, with WiFi and Bluetooth fixes inbound. In fact, this update is absolutely ripe with little tweaks and fixes — a pleasant side effect of Apple’s new iOS beta program, no doubt. Much of the ‘fixing’ seems to hit Safari, but Apple has also improved app launching, Messages, and Control Center. the full changelog is below.

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Launcher for iOS returns as mysteriously as it left

Launcher for iOS returns as mysteriously as it left

It is understandable, at least to some, that Apple exercises strict control over its App Store. After all, that is how malware and low quality apps are quickly weeded out. Sometimes, however, Apple's own rules are quite obscure and mysterious, causing no small amount of anguish, or even monetary loss, for developers. That seems to be the case for Greg Gardner, developer of the once popular Launcher app for iOS 8, whose app was pulled from the App Store with very little explanation and has quite fortunately returned, but again with little explanation.

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Gmail for iOS makes life easier with quick actions, sharing

Gmail for iOS makes life easier with quick actions, sharing

iOS 8 has introduced a lot of new features that add convenience and speed to the platform, but not all apps have immediately taken advantage of those. Some are just starting to catch up to go with the times. Google has just pushed out a few updates to its apps on iOS, but most notable perhaps is Gmail. In the latest 4.0 version of the app, Google has added three new features that let you handle your email or create one right then and there, without batting an eyelash.

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VLC for iOS returns for some

VLC for iOS returns for some

It seems that VLC developers are making good their promise to bring their popular but ill-fated on iOS video player back to Apple's fold. That said, not everyone is getting it just yet and those that have are reporting some issues here and there. Developers VideoLAN have acknowledge the partial rollout of the app on iOS but also notes that it's still in a testing phase, hence the limited availability. It still bodes well for one of the most popular media players around.

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