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iOS 9 will require less space, support same devices as iOS 8

iOS 9 will require less space, support same devices as iOS 8

Apple has detailed when you will be able to get your hands on iOS 9: the public beta will be launching in July, marking another “first” for the company. The final version will be arriving later on this fall, and there’s more good news with that: it’s likely your current Apple device will be able to run it, at least if you're running iOS 8. The upgrade will be free in the fall, as expected, while the iOS developer beta will be available today.

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Swift for iOS is now open source

Swift for iOS is now open source

Apple announces that Swift of iOS will be open source from this point on. WWDC 2015 is home to this announcement, the honor of announcing goes to Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering Craig Federighi. This open source bit will be married to the release of iOS 9. This software will be released for developers in a public beta starting in July. This will be a free upgrade as all IOS upgrades are, and "all currently supported devices" will be included. Developers rejoice, change is afoot.

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iPad Multitasking detailed: iPad Air 2 and future models only

iPad Multitasking detailed: iPad Air 2 and future models only

Apple has introduced Multitasking on the iPad, a big change for those hoping to make the iPad a "real" mobile computer. This update starts with the keyboard, with iOS 9's QuickType. A quick 2-finger gesture allows you to turn the keyboard into a trackpad. A new shortcuts bar is here, and they've brought on new support for hardware keyboards as well. There's also a Shift key. This update also brings on "slide over," a way to pull applications in from the side of the iPad's screen.

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Typo keyboard case for iPad Air and Air 2 launches

Typo keyboard case for iPad Air and Air 2 launches

A lot of people can replace their notebook with a tablet like the iPad and get along just fine for work and play. One of the things you can do to make typing on the iPad Air and iPad Air 2 more comfortable and faster is to get an external keyboard. It can be a pain to carry a keyboard as a separate unit so many opt for a keyboard case. Typo has announced that the Typo for iPad Air and iPad Air 2 is now available.

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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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Google indexes Apple’s apps

Google indexes Apple’s apps

Google Search adds indexing of iOS apps for users on both Android and devices like iPhone and iPad. Developers will begin to be able to assure themselves a spot in the indexing limelight sooner than later as Google's search app brings ease in search to the masses. This search indexing will work for not only iOS and Android Google search apps, but Chrome as well. The rolling out of this search results action will take place over the next several weeks.

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iOS 9 will work with your old iPhone

iOS 9 will work with your old iPhone

Apple's next iPhone and iPad software tipped to focus on quality, will work on older devices. Word this week is that the next operating system suite for Apple mobile and desktop machines will be aimed at delivering a highest-quality experience to the user. Not that Apple products with iOS or OS X didn't promise this before, but this round it's suggested that every product released over the past several years will be getting onboard with the same top-notch quality experience, working well top to bottom.

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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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Bloxels: you are the digital dungeon master

Bloxels: you are the digital dungeon master

Designers create a game in which physical game boards are used to construct digital arenas. This is Bloxels. You are the creator, the constructor, the digital DM in the physical realm with a collection of blocks. Once you've constructed an arena, you capture it with a tablet - an iPad in all the demos. Inside the tablet you'll customize how your arena looks and acts. Once you've designed everything, your arena comes to life. You can play in this arena yourself or challenge a friend to beat it. You can also combine boards to make a massive environment.

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Paper by FiftyThree intros Think Kit for better graphs and charts

Paper by FiftyThree intros Think Kit for better graphs and charts

Paper by FiftyThree is a pretty robust app for those who have artistic flair. For the rest of us, it’s an app for doodling. And for the rest of us, FiftyThree now has a new set of tools named Think Kit, which is aimed at the more linear thinking crowd. The tools allow for the easy drawing of graphs and charts via Paper while still retaining some artistic flair. The backbone of Think Kit is FiftyThree’s Intention Engine, which recognizes your terrible drawings and corrects them into something a bit more visually appealing.

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Connect the Moto 360 to iOS, needs an Android phone

Connect the Moto 360 to iOS, needs an Android phone

Not a fan of the Apple Watch? Good thing there is almost a dozen Android Wear smartwatches now, not to mention those not using Android Wear at all. But what if you have an iPhone or an iPad? Unless you have a Pebble, chances are you're out of luck. Not unless you happen to have a Moto 360 and are willing to go through some hoops to make it all work together. Yes, somebody has been able to make the Moto 360 work with an iOS device, specifically an iPad.

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Report: Apple sourcing new display tech for incoming iPad

Report: Apple sourcing new display tech for incoming iPad

A few days ago, Apple reportedly asked major display manufacturers including LG, Samsung, and Japan Display to supply them with a production-ready version of the display for their next iPad. This newest display will reportedly use nanowires made of silver under the cover glass. This technology is said to both increase touch sensitivity and decrease cost (for Apple, not us). According to the report, this new display tech may also be outfit with Sapphire glass, reducing thickness and weight of the new iPad.

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