https://touchreviews.net iPhone, iPad Games, Apps, Reviews, News Thu, 30 Jul 2015 08:09:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.3 Apple Releases iOS 6.1 with New LTE Carriers and Fandango Siri Ticket Purchases https://touchreviews.net/apple-releases-ios-6-1-lte-carriers-fandango-siri-ticket-purchases/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-releases-ios-6-1-lte-carriers-fandango-siri-ticket-purchases/#comments Wed, 30 Jan 2013 17:10:05 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=21959 Read More]]> iOS 6-1

After releasing five betas to developers, Apple has finally released iOS 6.1 to the public, adding new LTE carriers for use on the iPhone 5 as well as the ability to purchase movie tickets with Siri through the new Fandango integration. Apple’s SVP of WorldWide Marketing commented on the update:

iOS 6.1 brings LTE support to more markets around the world, so even more users can enjoy ultrafast Safari browsing, FaceTime video calls, iCloud services, and iTunes and App Store downloads.

The update also brings smaller features such as the ability to download individual songs through iTunes Match as opposed to entire albums and a reset button for the Advertising Identifier.

This update contains improvements and bug fixes, including:

– LTE support for more carriers (complete list of supported carriers at www.apple.com/iphone/LTE/)
– Purchase movie tickets through Fandango with Siri (USA only)
– iTunes Match subscribers can now download individual songs from iCloud
– New button to reset the Advertising Identifier

The full list of LTE carriers includes the following:

The new LTE carriers are currently supported only by Apple’s latest iOS lineup, which includes the 4th-generation iPad, the iPad mini, and the iPhone 5. They are not supported on the third generation iPad despite the device carrying 4G LTE connectivity. With this update, Apple made sure to thoroughly iron out any bugs, after the company experienced major issues with their iOS Maps application, as well as Siri which led to the ousting of iOS chief Scott Forstall.

Apple is expected to release iOS 7 later this year, likely alongside a refreshed ‘iPhone 5S’ or the rumored cheaper iPhone. The update is available for download via iTunes or as an OTA (Over-The-Air) update through Settings on any iOS device.

{Via MacRumors}

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-releases-ios-6-1-lte-carriers-fandango-siri-ticket-purchases/feed/ 2 Apple Releases iOS 6.0.2 for iPhone 5 and iPad mini, Fixes WiFi Bug https://touchreviews.net/apple-releases-ios-602-iphone-5-ipad-mini-fixes-wifi-bug/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-releases-ios-602-iphone-5-ipad-mini-fixes-wifi-bug/#comments Fri, 21 Dec 2012 19:23:21 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=21754 Read More]]> iOS 6.0.2

Apple has yet to release an iOS 6.1 update, which is currently still in beta mode but has already released a new update for the new iPhone 5 and iPad mini. The update, called iOS 6.0.2 was released to fix a bug which sometimes caused the WiFi connection to falter or to not operate at all on the iPhone 5 and iPad mini.

There have been numerous WiFi related complaints for the iPhone 5 and iPad mini, which will likely subside if the update does in fact fix the bug. This is the second update for the devices after Apple released iOS 6.0.1 on November 1st to patch up issues pertaining to OTA software updates as well as cellular network issues.

iOS 6.0.2 Software Update

This update contains improvements and bug fixes, including:

• Fixes a bug that could impact Wi-Fi

For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website:

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

As far as the release of this update goes, Apple only notes that it fixes the WiFi bug, however, it is unclear if the update fixes any other issues or if the company is awaiting the release of iOS 6.1 to fix any remaining major issues in iOS 6. During the initial release of iOS 6.0.2, many users noted that they were having issues downloading it over-the-air while other users mentioned that downloading through iTunes yielded a higher success rate.

{Via MacRumors}

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-releases-ios-602-iphone-5-ipad-mini-fixes-wifi-bug/feed/ 1 Apple Releases iOS 6.1 Beta 3 to Developers https://touchreviews.net/apple-releases-ios-61-beta-3-developers/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-releases-ios-61-beta-3-developers/#comments Sat, 08 Dec 2012 18:06:51 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=21725 Read More]]> iOS 6-1 second beta

Late last month, Apple released the second beta of iOS 6.1 to developers, testing out new features and bug fixes. Apple has now released the third beta of iOS 6.1 to developers with a build number of 10B5117b, as opposed to the build number of 10B5105c on the second beta. The beta includes features for developers to include new features into their applications to integrate iOS Maps, as well as fixes for boarding passes in Passbook and changes in Safari.

Apple normally releases two to three betas prior to releasing iOS updates to the public, however, it is also likely that Apple is being more strict after SVP of iOS Software, Scott Forstall was ousted from the company in regards to issues with Siri, Maps, and personal problems with other executives.

Alongside the iOS 6.1 beta 3, Apple also released a beta of the Apple TV software, as well as Xcode 4.6 Developer Preview 3. Developers who are registered can download the third beta on Apple’s Developer page. Developers can also retrieve the beta via Software Update on their iOS device if they have a previous version of the beta installed already.

{Via MacRumors}

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-releases-ios-61-beta-3-developers/feed/ 2 Apple Releases iTunes 11, Delayed Due to Engineering Issues https://touchreviews.net/apple-releases-itunes-11-delayed-due-engineering-issues/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-releases-itunes-11-delayed-due-engineering-issues/#comments Sat, 01 Dec 2012 19:22:46 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=21667 Read More]]> iTunes 11

During this year’s September iPhone and iPod event, Apple also introduced iTunes 11. The Cupertino, Calif. based company released the newest update on Thursday, with a number of new features, such as a redesigned App Store, a mini player, and playback syncing. Other features include:

– Completely Redesigned. iTunes makes it more fun to explore and enjoy your music, movies, and TV shows. You’ll love the beautiful edge-to-edge design, custom designs for each album, movie, or TV show in your library, and getting personal recommendations any time you click in the Store.

– A New Store. The iTunes Store has been completely redesigned and now features a clean look that makes it simpler than ever to see what’s hot and discover new favorites.

– Play purchases from iCloud. Your music, movie, and TV show purchases in iCloud now appear inside your library. Just sign-in with your Apple ID to see them. Double-click to play them directly from iCloud or download a copy you can sync to a device or play while offline.

– Up Next. It’s now simple to see which songs are playing next, all from a single place. Just click the Up Next icon in the center display and they’ll instantly appear. You can even reorder, add, or skip songs whenever you like.

– New MiniPlayer. You can now do a whole lot more with a lot less space. In addition to showing what’s playing, MiniPlayer now includes album art, adds Up Next, and makes it easy to search for something new to play – all from a smaller and more elegant design.

– Improved search. It’s never been easier to find what you’re looking for in iTunes. Just type in the search field and you’ll instantly see results from across your entire library. Select any result and iTunes takes you right to it.

– Playback syncing. iCloud now remembers your place in a movie or TV show for you. Whenever you play the same movie or episode from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Apple TV, it will continue right where you left off.

Apple delayed iTunes 11 because of engineering issues, and The Wall Street Journal’s Jessica E. Lessin commented, mentioning that parts of the new iTunes had to be rebuilt.

The new iTunes has been delayed a month by engineering issues that required parts to be rebuilt, according to people who have seen it.

Following the major management shake up at Apple, and the departure of iOS chief Scott Forstall, senior vice president of internet services, Eddy Cue took over all projects related to iCloud alongside his existing projects with iTunes, iTunes Store, and the App Store. Cue also took over Maps and Siri, after both failed to function as advertised and Apple received numerous complaints from customers.

With Cue running all of these services more strictly now, it is no wonder that iTunes 11 is delayed unless it can be guaranteed to operate the way it is expected to. The newest version of iTunes, iTunes 11 is now available for download on the Mac App Store and on the iTunes page as well.

{Via iMore}

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-releases-itunes-11-delayed-due-engineering-issues/feed/ 2 Apple Releases 5.1 Update for Apple TV, Adds Photo Stream Support https://touchreviews.net/apple-releases-51-update-apple-tv-adds-photo-stream-support/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-releases-51-update-apple-tv-adds-photo-stream-support/#comments Wed, 26 Sep 2012 14:20:10 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=21157 Read More]]> AppleTV 5-1 update

Following the release of the new iPhone 5, iOS 6, and OS X 10.8.2 update, Apple has now updated the Apple TV software to version 5.1 to add new features to the 2nd and 3rd generations of the device. One of the most notable feature is Shared Photo Streams, which is shipping in iOS 6 with the iPhone 5 and was recently added to the iPhone 4S with the latest update.

With the update, the Apple TV will now be able to share audio to AirPlay-enabled speakers as well as other Apple TVs and AirPort Express, play iTunes Movie Trailers, display screen savers, and give users the option to arrange icons similar to iOS. The full list of features include:

Shared Photo Streams – Accept invitations for Shared Photo Streams, browse photos and comments, and receive notifications of new content.

AirPlay – Send audio content from Apple TV to AirPlay-enabled speakers and devices (including AirPort Express and other Apple TVs). Also includes the ability to require an onscreen code to use AirPlay with your Apple TV.

iTunes account switching – Save multiple iTunes accounts and switch quickly between them.

Trailers – Search movie trailers. In the United States, see show times for local theaters.

Screen savers – New Cascade, Shrinking Tiles, and Sliding Panels screen savers.

Main menu – Reorder icons on the second page by holding down the select button on the remote.

Subtitles
– SDH support for the deaf and hard-of-hearing as well as improvements to viewing and selecting subtitles.

Network configuration – Support for setting up advanced network options using configuration profiles. See http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5437 for more information.

Stability and performance – Includes general performance and stability improvements.

This update for Apple TV has come after the last update that was released this past June, and brings a number of new features to the device. Users can download the update the same way one can update on iOS, Settings > General > Software Update. With this latest update, Apple’s iOS products, Macs, and Apple TV can now share media across devices, pushing the company’s focus on simplicity and ease of use.

{Via MacRumors}

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-releases-51-update-apple-tv-adds-photo-stream-support/feed/ 0 Apple’s New TV Ad – All On iPad https://touchreviews.net/apple-new-tv-ad-all-on-ipad/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-new-tv-ad-all-on-ipad/#comments Fri, 17 Aug 2012 15:08:42 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=20821 Read More]]> All on iPad TV Ad - Apple

Apple recently released yet another iPad advertisement, and appears to be using the same strategy in all ads for the new iPad. The advertisement shows an iPad in use against a pure white background, as in all Apple ads. As the user runs through different features such as Twitter, iBooks, and AirPlay, each feature is narrated.

Read it. Tweet it.
Be surprised. Be productive.
Make a sale. Make some lunch.
Make it movie night.
Play a game. Or an old favorite
Do it all more beautifully, with the Retina display, on iPad.

This latest ad continues to show users all of the everyday features that the iPad is capable of and how exactly it would fit into someone’s lifestyle. This is the third ad released for Apple’s new iPad with Retina Display. Ads for the iPad now join the Cupertino company’s popular Siri ads as well as a recent string of ads dedicated to the Genius Bar and Apple’s services.

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-new-tv-ad-all-on-ipad/feed/ 0 Firmware Update Activates Power Nap Feature in Mid-2011 MacBook Air https://touchreviews.net/firmware-update-activates-power-nap-feature-mid-2011-macbook-air/ https://touchreviews.net/firmware-update-activates-power-nap-feature-mid-2011-macbook-air/#comments Fri, 27 Jul 2012 18:06:54 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=20708 Read More]]> Power Nap Mac OS X Mountain Lion

Apple’s next version of OS X, Mountain Lion came out early Wednesday, adding over 200 new user features including Messages, Notification Center, Notes, and iCloud. Alongside some of the iOS like features introduced in the update, Apple also released a new feature via a firmware update in OS X 10.8 called Power Nap. PowerNap was previously announced at Apple’s WWDC 2012 and allows any Mac running the feature to receive email, update software, and syncing the calendar while the computer is sleeping.

Apple released a support document, highlighting the full abilities of OS X Mountain Lion. Full features of the update include: Syncing Mail, Calendar, Contact and Reminders as well as downloading software updates and Time Capsule backups. The Power Nap feature is currently only available on Mid-2011 Macbook Air and beyond as well as the new 2012 Retina MacBook Pro, both of which operate on SSDs (Solid State Drive).

Flash storage is a requirement for the feature as it can operate faster and more efficiently, using less power. The update was brought to 2011 MacBook Air via a firmware update and is expected to appear on the Retina MacBook Pro, likely through another firmware update.

{via MacRumors}

]]> https://touchreviews.net/firmware-update-activates-power-nap-feature-mid-2011-macbook-air/feed/ 0 iOS 6 Beta 3 Available to Developers for Download https://touchreviews.net/ios-6-beta-3-available-developers-download/ https://touchreviews.net/ios-6-beta-3-available-developers-download/#comments Wed, 18 Jul 2012 16:08:30 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=20622 Read More]]> iOS 6 Beta 3

Apple announced iOS 6 during the company’s annual WWDC conference, and showcased some of the main features of the new update including a revamped Maps application and Siri improvements. The Cupertino company released an initial beta to developers directly after the conference, allowing developers to test the new features on the their devices and then released iOS 6 beta 2 in late June.

iOS 6 Beta 3 Maps SettingsOn Monday, Apple released iOS 6 beta 3 to developers, fixing bugs and adding a number of new features. This latest beta comes comes as Build 10A5355d, about three weeks after the last with Build 10A5338d. Some of the features of iOS 6 beta 3 include:

One of the other main features noticed was a change under the Navigation settings, giving users the option to measure distance in kilometers or meters, adjust the volume of the navigation voice, and providing map labels in either normal or large that can display in a local language or strictly English.

Apple’s iOS 6 betas continue to improve with each release and give developers the chance to test each feature and use it with their own apps. Apple is expected to release several more betas before the final public release, which is expected during the September / October timeframe. It is also likely that the public version of iOS 6 will release alongside the next generation iPhone 5 which is also expected during the same timeframe.

{via MacRumors — Image Credit: 9to5Mac}

]]> https://touchreviews.net/ios-6-beta-3-available-developers-download/feed/ 1 Ahead of iOS 6 Release Date Apple Releases New Podcasts App https://touchreviews.net/ios-6-release-date-apple-releases-new-podcasts-app/ https://touchreviews.net/ios-6-release-date-apple-releases-new-podcasts-app/#comments Tue, 26 Jun 2012 20:09:32 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=20401 Read More]]>

Earlier this month, rumors about Apple looking to release a standalone Podcast app were all over the web. On Tuesday, ahead of iOS 6 release date Apple released the Podcasts app, offering up a variety of features, previously within the Music app on iOS, with its own interface.

Apple released the app on the App Store early Tuesday as a free download, however, a redeem button within a app has led some users to believe that there may be paid podcasts offered in the near future.

Podcasts app is the easiest way to discover, subscribe to and play your favorite podcasts on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Explore hundreds of thousands of free audio and video podcasts from the Podcasts Catalog, and play the most popular podcasts, organized for you by topic, with the all-new Top Stations feature.

Features:

– Enjoy all of your audio and video podcasts in a single app
– Explore hundreds of thousands of podcasts including shows in over 40 languages
– Try the innovative new Top Stations feature to find new podcast series in a variety of topics, including arts, business, comedy, music, news, sports, and more.
– Browse by Audio or Video podcasts, or see what’s most popular in Top Charts
– Tap subscribe for your favorites and automatically receive new episodes for free as they become available
– Stream episodes or download to listen while offline
– Skip forward and back using simple playback controls
– Turn on Sleep Timer to automatically stop playing a podcast while listening in bed
– Share your favorite episodes with friends using Twitter, Messages and Mail
– Optionally sync your favorite episodes from iTunes on your Mac or PC
– Sync your episode playback for seamless transition between devices

The app offers all of the podcasts that were previously available through iTunes, but with a new interface and allows users to stream and download podcasts. Users can also sync podcasts across devices running with the same Apple ID.

{via MacRumors}

]]> https://touchreviews.net/ios-6-release-date-apple-releases-new-podcasts-app/feed/ 1 Apple Releases iOS 5.1.1 with Bug Fixes for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch https://touchreviews.net/apple-releases-ios-5-1-1-update-bug-fixes-iphone-ipad-ipod-touch/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-releases-ios-5-1-1-update-bug-fixes-iphone-ipad-ipod-touch/#comments Wed, 09 May 2012 17:41:43 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=20079 Read More]]>

On Monday, Apple released iOS 5.1.1, the latest iOS update since 5.1 which brought a number of bug fixes and battery life fix for the iPhone 4S. The latest free software update is only an incremental upgrade and as expected, brings a number of bug fixes and performance enhancements for the iPhone, iPad, and the iPod touch. The exact details of the update from the Apple website are as follows:

This update contains improvements and bug fixes, including:

For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

Perhaps one of the biggest bugs in iOS that was fixed by this update was the bug that prevented the iPad from switching between 2G and 3G networks, which could cause either the user to experience very slow data speeds or would force them to shut off 3G and turn it back on in order to bring the network back up.

It’s interesting to note that Apple picks up on minor bugs in iOS and pushes out fixes as quickly as they do. This is likely why iOS is one of more stable mobile operating systems out on the market, tightly controlled by Apple’s ecosystem and managed very well. iOS 5.1.1 is now available and can be downloaded via iTunes or the OTA (Over The Air) feature on all iOS devices running iOS 5 or later.

{via iMore}

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-releases-ios-5-1-1-update-bug-fixes-iphone-ipad-ipod-touch/feed/ 1 Apple Releases Trojan Flashback Removal Tool For OS X Lion Without Java https://touchreviews.net/apple-releases-trojan-flashback-removal-tool-os-x-lion-without-java/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-releases-trojan-flashback-removal-tool-os-x-lion-without-java/#comments Mon, 23 Apr 2012 16:41:41 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=19890 Read More]]>

In recent weeks, a plague has overtaken the Mac OS X operating system, called the Trojan Flashback. The Flashback malware allows hackers access to personal information of Mac users, by extracting the info via a security hole in Java as well as other recent social engineering methods. With Java being the main culprit here, Apple has made a quick and decisive move by releasing a removal tool via Software Update on all Macs running OS X Lion without Java installed.

About Flashback malware removal tool

This Flashback malware removal tool that will remove the most common variants of the Flashback malware.

If the Flashback malware is found, a dialog will be presented notifying the user that malware was removed.

In some cases, the Flashback malware removal tool may need to restart your computer in order to completely remove the Flashback malware.

This update is recommended for all OS X Lion users without Java installed.

This tool rids the OS X system of all viruses present in the system, related to the Trojan Flashback malware. Java does not come pre-installed on the Mac, and therefore allows Apple’s removal tool to figure out as to where the virus is originating. The Flashback virus has been a huge issue in the media, with a reported 600,000 Mac users being affected by this virus.

{via MacRumors}

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-releases-trojan-flashback-removal-tool-os-x-lion-without-java/feed/ 2 OS X Mountain Lion Preview, 100 new features, Inspired by iPad https://touchreviews.net/os-x-mountain-lion-preview-100-features-inspired-ipad/ https://touchreviews.net/os-x-mountain-lion-preview-100-features-inspired-ipad/#comments Fri, 17 Feb 2012 20:25:25 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=19484 Read More]]>

On Thursday, Apple announced the newest version of the Mac operating system, OS X 10.8. The newest version is being called ‘OS X Mountain Lion’, up from the current OS X Lion running on Mac computers. Apple has made a preview version of OS X 10.8 available to registered developers and will release the final version, with over 100 new features later this summer.

The release will likely be in late August, as usual, and will begin to ship with MacBooks and iMacs during the initial education sales and beginning of the school year, when Mac sales typically increase. SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller commented on the release, saying:

The Mac is on a roll, growing faster than the PC for 23 straight quarters, and with Mountain Lion things get even better. The developer preview of Mountain Lion comes just seven months after the incredibly successful release of Lion and sets a rapid pace of development for the world’s most advanced personal computer operating system.

Apple launched OS X 10.7 Lion during their “Back to the Mac” event, bringing a number of iOS features back to the Mac in order to blur the lines between the two devices. With OS X Mountain Lion, Apple is pushing iOS integration to a whole new level, integrating a number of apps, including Messages (replacing iChat), Reminders, Notes as well as Game Center and Twitter integration.

Apple has also incorporated Notification Center from iOS 5, allowing the Mac to keep track of all notifications in one place. Prior to this integration, users would have to rely on third-party software like Growl for notifications. The Cupertino-based company has even brought over AirPlay mirroring, allowing users to mirror their Mac screen on their HDTV through the Apple TV.

The developer preview of Mountain Lion features the all new Messages app which replaces iChat® and allows you to send unlimited messages, high-quality photos and videos directly from your Mac to another Mac or iOS device. Messages will continue to support AIM, Jabber, Yahoo! Messenger and Google Talk. Starting today Lion users can download a beta of Messages from www.apple.com, and the final version will be available with Mountain Lion. Reminders and Notes help you create and track your to-dos across all your devices. Game Center lets you personalize your Mac gaming experience, find new games and challenge friends to play live multiplayer games, whether they’re on a Mac, iPhone®, iPad or iPod touch®.

It is very likely that if Apple were to release a television set, the mirror system would be more integrated between iOS and Mac devices. Apple has even went as far as to rename Mac OS X to just OS X, like they did from iPhone OS to iOS.

By integrating iCloud deeper into the Mac platform Apple is blurring the difference between iOS and OS X. The company is challenging the very basic traditional ways of computing and embarking on a new territory of true Cloud computing.

]]> https://touchreviews.net/os-x-mountain-lion-preview-100-features-inspired-ipad/feed/ 4 Apple Releases New iPhone 4S TV Ads ‘Rock God’ and ‘Road Trip’ https://touchreviews.net/apple-new-rock-god-road-trip-iphone-4s-tv-ads/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-new-rock-god-road-trip-iphone-4s-tv-ads/#comments Tue, 14 Feb 2012 16:07:48 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=19415 Read More]]>

Apple has been experiencing heavy sales with the iPhone 4S, the company sold more than 4 million devices during the launch weekend. With the success of the iPhone 4S, Apple has been consistently releasing TV ads to get the word out about Siri personal assistant and other features.

On Thursday to follow up a number of other successful ads, Apple released two new ads, one called “Rock God”. The ad shows a teenager, one the target audience of Apple’s iOS products, using an iPhone to search a number of things from buying a guitar to searching music notes.

At the end of the ad, after playing guitar with a band, the teenager then tells Siri, “Call me Rock God” and Siri follows up with, “From now on, I’ll call you ‘Rock God’. OK?”.

Apple also released another TV ad called ‘Road Trip’ which shows a couple asking Siri for directions for a number of cities and restaurants, and driving to these locations, followed by another search on Siri.

Apple appears to be releasing ads targeting varied audiences and advertises Siri in almost all of its ads, except for the first string of ads released following the announcement of the iPhone 4S which highlighted the better 8 MP camera and Apple’s iCloud service.

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-new-rock-god-road-trip-iphone-4s-tv-ads/feed/ 3 Apple’s Education Media Event Video Now on Website and Podcast https://touchreviews.net/apple-education-media-event-video-website-podcast/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-education-media-event-video-website-podcast/#comments Fri, 20 Jan 2012 19:04:20 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=19234 Read More]]>

On Thursday, Apple held a special education event in New York City and introduced a number of software products, including the newest version of iBooks, iBooks 2, bringing textbooks to the iPad from large publishers including Pearson, McGraw-Hill and Houghton-Mifflin.

Now anyone can create stunning iBooks textbooks, cookbooks, history books, picture books, and more for iPad. All you need is an idea and a Mac. Start with one of the Apple-designed templates that feature a wide variety of page layouts. Add your own text and images with drag-and-drop ease. Use Multi-Touch widgets to include interactive photo galleries, movies, Keynote presentations, 3D objects, and more. Preview your book on your iPad at any time. Then submit your finished work to the iBookstore with a few simple steps. And before you know it, you’re a published author.

Apple also released an iBooks Author application, which allows users to create their own textbooks for the iPad 2. Since then, Apple has posted the video of the event to its site, alongside all other past events.

The Cupertino company also posted the Podcast for the event in both HD and standard formats. Apple is continuously increasing support for iBooks and is attempting to move into the e-reading market to compete with other popular reading devices such as the Nook and Kindle.

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-education-media-event-video-website-podcast/feed/ 3 Apple Releases iBooks 2 With Interactive Textbooks For iPad https://touchreviews.net/apple-releases-ibooks-2-interactive-textbooks-ipad/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-releases-ibooks-2-interactive-textbooks-ipad/#comments Fri, 20 Jan 2012 04:43:24 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=19228 Read More]]>

On Thursday, Apple announced, at a special education event in New York City that they have updated the iBooks application to iBooks 2 for iPad to accommodate interactive textbooks, something that has remained unchanged for generations. Apple is looking to redefine the usgae and distribution of textbooks and information, and is using its already available iBookStore and bracnhing out.

Introducing iBooks 2 — now with iBooks textbooks.

– Experience gorgeous Multi-Touch textbooks designed for iPad
– iBooks textbooks are filled with interactive features, diagrams, photos, and videos
– Tap to dive into images with interactive captions, rotate 3D objects, swipe through image galleries, watch videos in full screen, and more
– Use a finger as a highlighter when swiping over text in a textbook
– Take advantage of Study Cards to help you memorize important highlights, notes, and glossary terms
– Tap glossary terms to see definitions of key topics and concepts without leaving the page

With the addition of textbooks in iBooks 2, Apple is trying to make textbooks into what the App Store is today, by increasing reliance on Apple’s services to get books and materials for students. This is very similiar to how Apple created the iTunes Store, revolutionizing music, and the App Store.

Apple is currently partnering with McGraw-Hill, Pearson, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, which are responsible for 90% of textbook sales in the United States. McGraw-Hill and Pearson are releasing several titles for the iPad today and will be releasing more as time progresses.

Prices of textbooks range from $14.99 or less and allow authors of the textbooks to add information as they like through their ‘iBooks Author’ app which allows users to create their own textbooks. iBooks, which caused a small stir during its introduction and is slowly picking up as a major part of Apple’s education movement.

iBooks 2 is currently available in the App Store as an update to the current application.

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-releases-ibooks-2-interactive-textbooks-ipad/feed/ 6 Apple Releases iOS 5.1 Beta 3, Restores ‘Enable 3G’ Feature for iPhone https://touchreviews.net/apple-releases-ios-5-1-beta-3-restores-enable-3g-feature-iphone/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-releases-ios-5-1-beta-3-restores-enable-3g-feature-iphone/#comments Tue, 10 Jan 2012 15:49:44 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=19135 Read More]]>

On Monday, Apple released iOS 5.1 beta 3 to developers for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, adding on the previous beta versions released late last year. Apple released iOS 5.1 Beta 2 on December 12 with Build number 9B5127a. The current beta now uses build number 9B5141a.

iOS 5.1 beta 3 restores a sought after feature by many users, Enable 3G. The Enable 3G toggle allows users to completely shut off their cellular data, something that is currently unavailable. iOS users who use WiFi at work and home, experience heavy battery loss due to the fact that 3G and WiFi are running simultaneously. With this new feature, users can simply switch off 3G and use WiFi and can switch on WiFi just as easily. Apple noted under the toggle feature, that “3G offers faster data speeds but uses more battery power than EDGE”.

The new beta 3 is now available on Apple’s iOS developer program portal and is available to developers to download via OTA update. Apple also released Xcode 4.3 Developer Preview 3 and Apple TV Software Beta 2, as they have with all other beta updates in the past. It also appears that Apple has posted a new API to help developers flag app content that should not be backed up. The addition of these two new features and other security updates may not be the last of the updates, just yet.

iOS 5.1 introduces a new API to mark files or directories that should not be backed up. For NSURL objects, add the NSURLIsExcludedFromBackupKey attribute to prevent the corresponding file from being backed up.

With a beta 4 or the final release, Apple may add more features to help conserve battery life and improve stability.

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-releases-ios-5-1-beta-3-restores-enable-3g-feature-iphone/feed/ 1 Apple Releases iOS 4.2 Beta 1 for iPad https://touchreviews.net/apple-releases-ios-42-beta-1-ipad/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-releases-ios-42-beta-1-ipad/#comments Wed, 15 Sep 2010 16:44:35 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=9773 Read More]]> iPad 4.2 Beta 1

Apple has just released the first beta of iOS 4.2 for the iPad. The beta is now available for developers to download. During Apple’s special music event Steve Jobs gave us sneak peek into the new features of iOS 4.2 which will be all about iPad.

iOS 4.2 will bring multitasking, folders, HDR photos, Game Center, wireless printing, AirPlay and much more to the iPad. Apple is expected to make the final version available for users later this year (in November) as a free update.

[macstories] ]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-releases-ios-42-beta-1-ipad/feed/ 0 Apple Releases iOS 4.1 Beta to Developers https://touchreviews.net/apple-releases-ios-4-1-beta-developers/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-releases-ios-4-1-beta-developers/#comments Wed, 14 Jul 2010 23:19:38 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=7827 Read More]]> Apple today released to developers the first beta version of iOS 4.1. This beta release is only targeted for the iPhone and iPod devices and does not include the iPad on the list of supported devices. Apple has still not stated when they will release iOS 4 for the iPad.

The beta release of iOS 4.1 updates the modem firmware version to 02.07.01. It is not known whether or not this will affect the current jailbreak and unlock efforts that are ongoing. It was rumored that Apple held back on releasing a software patch for the signal meter algorithm issues until they could patch up the exploits used to jailbreak and unlock the phone. We would suggest for all iPhone jailbreak/unlock hopefuls to stay away from this update. As far as the signal meter patch goes, it is not known whether or not it made it into this release.

Apple has not announced when iOS 4.1 will be released to the general public but based on previous beta and release schedules, iOS 4.1 is at least a couple of months away.

The new update brings Game Center and also allows you to turn off the new spelling feature in the settings menu.

Initial reports suggest that the new version does not fix the Death Grip issue.

iOS 4.1 doesn’t fix the iPhone 4’s death grip antenna issue

If you have access to the iOS 4.1 beta, let us know your thoughts and experiences with this new version.

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-releases-ios-4-1-beta-developers/feed/ 0 Apple iPad will have free OS updates up to and including OS 4.0 https://touchreviews.net/apple-ipad-free-os-updates-including-4-0/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-ipad-free-os-updates-including-4-0/#comments Thu, 01 Apr 2010 06:23:09 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=5828 Read More]]> Apple’s new iPad ships with a dedicated OS versioned as iPhone OS 3.2. From Apple’s own iPad Software Licensing Agreement we have found this section:

Apple will provide you any iPad OS software updates that it may release from time to time, up to and including the next major iPad OS software release following the version of iPad OS software that originally shipped from Apple on your iPad, for free. For example, if your iPad originally shipped with iPad 3.x software, Apple would provide you with any iPad OS software updates it might release up to and including the iPad 4.x software release. Such updates and releases may not necessarily include all of the new software features that Apple releases for newer iPad models.

Some people have been assuming that iPad OS updates, especially OS 4.0 and up, would be charged for. This is not an unreasonable assumption based on the model that Apple used for iPod updates. As many of you may know the iPod having charged updates, and the iPhone getting free ones was mostly to do with accounting regulations in the US. The difference being between a paid and subscription model for accounting sales of the devices. Recently Apple revised it’s accounting practices in line with US law, which seemed to make this distinction moot anyway though.

Anyway, what this current agreement basically says is that any updates to the iPad OS up to, and most importantly including OS 4.0, will be free. After that it’s not clear.

That doesn’t seem too bad, as I doubt we’ll see OS 4.0 until the summer at least.

Whilst the terms of their agreement doesn’t say OS 5.0 will be free. It doesn’t say it won’t be either. Although by the time OS 5.0 is on us we’ll have most likely got to a unified OS across all ‘i’ devices, and both new iPhones, iPod Touches and iPads will have been launched long before. Most likely around the time of iPhone OS 4.0

No this isn’t an April Fools post. Apple is really giving you something for free! Well at least free with the purchase of an iPad!

But Happy April Fools day anyway. :)

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