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iOS 9 will temporarily delete apps for OS updates if needed

iOS 9 will temporarily delete apps for OS updates if needed

As we found out earlier this month, iOS 9 will support older devices like the iPhone 4s. Some users planning to update will no doubt be doing so with limited available storage, which typically necessitates deleting data and uninstalling apps until the required space is available. Not hard, but usually a waste of time and hassle. With iOS 9 that changes -- developers have spotted a new feature in iOS 9 that temporarily deletes apps to free up space, then automatically reinstalls them after the OS update is finished.

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Apple WatchOS 2 Beta 2 released with updates for iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan

Apple WatchOS 2 Beta 2 released with updates for iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan

This week Apple released three big updates to their Beta software to developers for multiple devices. This includes Apple's OS X 10.11 El Capitan Beta for developers, build 15A204h, as well as updates for mobile devices. For iPhone and iPad, iOS 9 Beta 2 has been seeded. Apple's second WatchOS 2 Beta has also been seeded for the Apple Watch. All of these updates are accessible by hitting the "Software Update" button in each respective developer-signed device. To access Apple WatchOS 2's update, the user must have iOS 9 Beta installed on their connected device.

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Google Music “free” Review: turning Apple Music’s tide

Google Music “free” Review: turning Apple Music’s tide

Google ads advertisement-supported "free" streaming radio stations to their Google Music service. This push creates more of a Pandora sort of model to their already in-service subscription-based model than it does an Apple battler, but the timing is right on. Just as Apple summons more press with a response to Taylor Swift's request for cash, Google aims to cut in with a release of a whole new way to interject with a service that doesn't cost users anything - any cash, that is to say.

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Dark Sky for iOS update improves weather forecasting with iPhone 6’s barometers

Dark Sky for iOS update improves weather forecasting with iPhone 6’s barometers

Dark Sky for iOS is one of the more popular weather apps for the iPhone, and that's before it just got an impressive update that will surely make it even more useful. Now at version 5, the app looks to go beyond just providing users with a prediction of the weather, to actually gathering and sharing data that will improve the accuracy of forecasts. By taking advantage of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus' barometer, Dark Sky can collect pressure readings and use the data in short-term forecasts.

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iPhone filmmaker puts pros to shame with slo-mo

iPhone filmmaker puts pros to shame with slo-mo

Last we heard of iPhone filmmaker Tristan Pope he was showing how a smartphone and some creativity could rival professional cameras; now he's back and in slow-motion. Pope made waves earlier this year with his film "Romance in NYC", a crowdfunded movie recored entirely with an iPhone 6 and a handful of accessories. For the follow-up, Dancers of Zurich, Pope stuck with the iPhone, but it's a testament to how quickly the smartphone camera-accessory market is evolving.

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Apple knows how to make iPhone antennas invisible

Apple knows how to make iPhone antennas invisible

Radio waves may not pass through metal, but Apple is developing new materials that could look like aluminum even as they play nice with LTE and WiFi networks. The distinctive strips running around the edges and across the rear of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are a necessary evil, given the interference a fully-metal chassis would introduce to the wireless tech a smartphone relies upon. However, a freshly-filed Apple patent suggests a fix could be on the way, and it could have big implications for MacBooks, too.

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Apple Watch app shows your iPhone’s battery level at a glance

Apple Watch app shows your iPhone’s battery level at a glance

Now here's a simple, handy app that, when you think about it, seems surprising that Apple hasn't built it into the Watch by default. It's an app that displays battery level of the iPhone its paired with. That's it. Nothing complicated about it. It's called Power, and it's available now on the App Store for $0.99 from developers Surenix. The other neat part about the app is that it can show when the iPhone is being actively charged, even if it's in another room.

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Here are DxO’s ONE iPhone add-on camera samples

Here are DxO’s ONE iPhone add-on camera samples

Snap-on cameras for smartphones aren't new, but DxO's ONE claims to take mobile photography to another level, and it has the samples to prove it. The iPhone add-on, announced earlier today, justifies its not-inconsiderable $599 preorder price with a 1-inch, 20.3-inch sensor, just like Sony's well-esteemed RX100 III, along with a special SuperRAW mode that promises to do for RAW stills what HDR does for JPEGs. Read on for some samples.

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iPhone 6S predicted to feature stronger aluminum, increased thickness for Force Touch

iPhone 6S predicted to feature stronger aluminum, increased thickness for Force Touch

WWDC is now behind us, and September continues to draw closer, meaning new rumors and speculation about what Apple has in store for this year's iPhone, the "6S." Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, the well-connected analyst who sports a decent track record when it comes to previews of Apple tech, has come out with a new report that offers a few details about the iPhone 6S and adjustments to its physical design. Namely, a stronger frame due to Apple's Series 7000 aluminum, and a slightly thicker due to accommodating a Force Touch display.

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This is what iOS 9’s new app switcher looks like

This is what iOS 9’s new app switcher looks like

While much has already been said of iOS 9's big features, including a revamped Siri, new health tracking options, and transit directions coming to Maps, we're now getting a fresh look at one of the smaller aspects of Apple's new mobile OS, but one that we use every day: the app switcher. In terms of the overall user interface, iOS 9 changes very little of what was established in 8 and 7, but switching and closing apps is a different story.

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