In case you hadn’t heard, Apple made CarPlay official with the release of iOS 7.1…and in addition to the new in-car functionality, their latest mobile OS update brings enhancements and changes throughout the operating system. New features hit Siri with the ability to press and hold down the home button, and Siri will wait for you to release it before responding; bug fixes are also along for the ride, as well as feature enhancements to iTunes Radio, Calendar, enhanced Touch ID recognition, new animations and icons, and much more. Make sure you tune in to this week’s episode of YourTechReport Radio (Saturdays at 1pm Eastern on SiriusXM ch. 167) to listen to our full review.
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One of the very first iPhone apps I can recall is Shazam – and the company is still going strong. Its latest app not only makes it easier to buy or stream content, it also gives you even faster access to lyrics and music videos, making the service way more useful and interactive than simply trying to figure out the name of the Metallica song that’s playing on SiriusXM. iOS users get the love right now, while Android users can expect the update shortly.
Apple has quietly released iOS version 7.0.3 for its iOS devices, bringing needed fixes to sensor controls and iMessage activation issues, as well as fixing some pesky security issues. iCloud Keychain has now returned in this update so that you can keep track of your accounts, passwords and valuable credit card information across your devices. The iOS 7.0.3 update is free and recommended.
Last week the apparently unthinkable happened, when Apple’s own developer portal was hacked–and it took just over eight days for the company to begin bringing services back up. A Turkish security researcher claimed that he was the one behind the hack; however Apple has not confirmed his story, nor have they denied that it’s true. On the positive side, no personal information was obtained during the hack, and the entire developer portal has been completely overhauled–ensuring that the site is now more secure than ever.
iOS fans, there is an alternative to Photostream for your cloud-photo-storage-needs. Amazon Cloud Drive Photos has just launched for iOS, complete with 5GB of free storage. Simply download the app, sign in with your Amazon account, and then backup your photos – it feels just like the Dropbox photo backup and works swimmingly when connected to WiFi–it even has a large upload mode which disables your lock screen from engaging until large uploads are completed. Already tried it? Let us know what you think!
In the wake of the iPhone 5 announcement, software announcements and pre-orders, it’s interesting to note that Apple has quietly removed the “Beta” moniker from its new iCloud.com. The new features include access to Notes and Reminders, as well as enhancements to apps such as Find My iPhone – which as of today still uses Google Maps as its engine. Do check it out, as you can now manage your on-device items more efficiently thanks to the new enhancements.
Among the products getting an overhaul for iOS 6 is the “Find iPhone” app. This new version not only brings a user interface change, but enhances features overall–including how the status screen shows you battery strength of the device that you are looking at, maps are tied in with Apple’s new mapping solution, a new “Lost Mode” allows you to lock your device remotely, while “Play Sound” and “Erase iPhone” are both still present. A new “all devices” option is also available which comes in handy if you want an overall snapshot of where all of your devices are currently located. Overall, the app overhaul is a welcome one, and the new features tie in well with the overall changes in iOS 6. Hit up the gallery after the jump for some more screen shots of the app in action.
We are absolutely going to get a look at iOS 6 today from Apple; so what better way to get those creative juices flowing than a concept video of wishes and desires that some see feasible in Apple’s newest mobile operating system!
As part of its Media event in San Francisco, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that Apple iOS 5.1 will be available for download today. Though only new (and better) language support has been announced so far, including Siri in Japanese, we’ll have more details as they’re announced.
From IK Multimedia comes the iRig Mic–an awesome tool to give professional Mic input to your iOS device. You may be familiar with the iRig name as they have produced some cool iPad accessories to connect guitars and other instruments to your tablet; well, now it’s time to get that expensive mic recording on your iOS device. The iRig PRE also features a 3.5mm jack for you to plug your headphones in to monitor the audio, gain control, 40 hours of battery life with dynamic microphones (15 hours with phantom powered condenser microphones), +48 V phantom power, and will come with the iRig Recorder and VocaLive apps. Check it out in Q2 for $39.99.