All the talk right now is understandably centered around the two new smartphones that Apple will be unleashing to the world on September 20th. The iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c were officially unveiled by Phil Schiller at Apple's Cupertino Campus yesterday, and the two will no doubt be hugely popular with buyers next week. While the hardware is certainly catching the eye, the new handsets are more than just some new specs or fancy plastics. There's iOS 7, too.
So, it has recently come out of the woodwork that Apple will be holding a special event on September 10th. At this event, it's widely expected that Apple will release the iPhone 5S, the refresh to the aging iPhone 5, among a few other exciting products. The nature of this event is likely to be focused on iOS devices, it's almost guaranteed that we'll see the Golden Master (GM) release of Apple's new software - iOS 7 - on this date too. And if few more bugs are found, and we’re lucky enough, we might actually see another beta before the GM release.
According to multiple reports floating around, iOS 7 beta 7 download is expected to arrive today for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
iOS 7 beta 6 download has just gone live for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users. As ever, it's a dev-only release, and you can catch all of the key details and changes right after the fold.
We've been covering each and every beta release of iOS 7, and just to offer more than a list of features and changes, I've been offering my early thoughts on each new release of Apple's iOS beta program. Usually those thoughts come after a few hours of use, but this fifth iteration of iOS 7 has been running on my iPhone 5 for a full day this time around, so the idea is that I've been able to get more time with the update under my belt. In truth though, it's all starting to get a little bit meh.
Back in June of this year, it came to light that a small bunch of security researchers had managed to find a way of injecting unwanted code into iOS devices by using a malicious USB charger. That revelation may have caused concern to a lot of users, but it seems that the latest beta of iOS 7 has resolved the security flaw, as promised by Apple in a recent statement.
Apple TV was once looking like a forgotten device. Once famously dubbed a "hobby" by then COO Tim Cook, the little black box has not seen much love inside Cupertino, let alone outside. Yet, while the talk of a more strenuous connected TV effort remains on the lips of many an analysts, the fruit company is pressing ahead with updates and improvements to the current generation, and now, enhancing its functionality looks to be squarely on the agenda. The latest Apple TV beta suggests music purchasing will soon become a native feature, and with Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity facilitating new setup features via iOS 7, there still appears to be plenty of life left in the set-top streamer.
Arguably a week late due to Apple’s developer portal security breach and then that portal subsequently being offline for far, far too long, iOS 7 beta 4 is now finally in the hands of developers. Three weeks after the third beta was pushed out, this new fourth iteration brings with it the usual raft of interface changes as well as some tweaks under the hood. I've been using it for a good few hours at this point, and following on from my previous posts along the same vein, here's how beta 4 is shaping up in these early hours after I updated my iPhone 5.