HBO Go just got even more distracting

An update to HBO Go is a direct assault on your productivity. The streaming service just added two new features that are sure to send you spiraling into a “just one more” death spin. The new features are Picture-in-Picture (for compatible devices running iOS 9) and autoplay, which is how you sit down to watch […]

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iOS 9.2 Tidbits: Top Stories for News, AT&T NumberSync, Mail Drop, USB Camera Adapter Support, and More

The second major update to iOS 9, iOS 9.2, was released this morning, with a long list of bug fixes and improvements to features and apps like Apple Music, News, Mail, Podcasts, Safari, iBooks, and more. There are quite a few outward-facing changes tweaks and changes to the operating system, and we’ve gathered up a list of the major new features below.

News – Apple’s News app has been updated with features that are designed to make it more attractive to users and publishers. As outlined by Re/code, News will now include lists of top stories curated by Apple editors and published a „couple of times a day.“ For publishers, Apple is also implementing integration with Comscore.

AT&T NumberSync – iOS 9.2 adds support for AT&T’s NumberSync service, which is an expansion of Wi-Fi calling. As outlined in Apple’s updated Wi-Fi calling support document, it is now possible for AT&T users to place Wi-Fi calls from their iPads, Apple Watches, and Macs (with OS X El Capitan) even when an iPhone is not nearby.

Continuity previously allowed a similar feature, but required an iPhone to be nearby as it used the phone’s cellular connection. Similar advanced Wi-Fi calling features are also available to T-Mobile and Sprint users.

Apple Music – There are a lot of small tweaks to Apple Music to remove various pain points. When adding a song to a playlist, for example, it’s now possible to create a new playlist instead of having to use an existing one, and playlists are ordered by most recent changes. There are also clearer indicators for which songs have been downloaded, and albums or playlists from iCloud Music Library can be downloaded by tapping the iCloud download button. The classical music catalog in Apple Music has been improved with works, composers, and performers.

Mail Drop – For the first time, Mail Drop can be used on iOS to send attachments up to 5GB in size. Mail Drop is a feature that was previously limited to the Mac version of the Mail app.

iBooks – iBooks includes support for 3D Touch, allowing users to peek and pop into pages from the table of contents, notes and bookmarks, or search results with force press gestures. iBooks also includes support for listening to an audiobook while browsing a library, reading other books, or viewing the iBooks Store.

USB Camera Adapter – With iOS 9.2, iPhones are now able to support Apple’s USB Camera Adapter and related accessories for importing pictures from a digital camera or DSLR. Previously, only iPads supported the USB Camera Adapter. The iPhone 5 and later appear to work with the USB Camera Adapter/iPad Camera Connection Kit. The iPhone 4s and the iPod touch do not support it.

Safari View Controller – The Safari View Controller, which is what allows a pop-up Safari window to be used within third-party apps, has been improved. In iOS 9.2, the Safari View Controller supports third-party Action Extensions, letting apps like 1Password be accessed in the Safari view of other apps like Tweetbot. There’s also a new ability to long tap on the Reload button to load content without content blockers, support for the request desktop site function, and an edge swipe feature for dismissing the Safari window within apps.

In the Hipchat app for iOS, clicking a link brings up an in-app browser. In iOS 9.1, seen on the left, there’s no option for third-party extensions. In iOS 9.2, seen on the right, there’s support for third-party extensions like 1Password.​

We’ll be updating this tidbits post should any new features in iOS 9.2 be discovered. Our dedicated iOS 9 forum is also a great place to get more details on the new update, as users are discussing all of the changes that have been discovered in iOS 9.2.

The new update is currently available to all users with an iPhone 4s or later and can be downloaded over-the-air by going to Settings –> General –> Software Update.

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Apple Releases iOS 9.2 With Safari View Controller Improvements, AT&T NumberSync Support and Bug Fixes

Apple today released iOS 9.2 to the public, marking the second major update to the iOS 9 operating system since its September launch. Prior to being released, iOS 9.2 was in testing since late October after being seeded to developers and public beta testers one week after the launch of iOS 9.1.

Today’s iOS 9.2 release is available as an over-the-air update to all iOS 9 users. Though it is the second major update, iOS 9.2 is actually the fourth update to iOS 9 in total, following the launches of iOS 9.0.1, iOS 9.0.2, and iOS 9.1. Xcode 7.2 is also available today.

iOS 9.2 includes a huge list of bug fixes, which we’ve outlined below.

This update contains improvements and bug fixes including:

– Apple Music improvements

–You can now create a new playlist when adding a song to a playlist

–Your most recently changed playlist is now listed at the top when adding songs to playlists

–Download albums or playlists from your iCloud Music Library by tapping the iCloud download button

–See which songs have been downloaded with the new download indicator next to each song in My Music and Playlists

–See works, composers, and performers while browsing Classical music in the Apple Music catalog

– A new Top Stories section in News so you can stay up to date with the most important news of the day (available in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia)

– Mail Drop in Mail for sending large attachments

– iBooks now supports 3D Touch to peek and pop pages from the table of contents, your notes and bookmarks, or from search results inside a book

– iBooks now supports listening to an audiobook while you browse your library, read other books, or explore the iBooks Store

– iPhone support for the USB Camera Adapter to import photos and videos

– Improved stability of Safari

– Improved stability of Podcasts

– Fixing an issue that caused mail attachments to be inaccessible for some users with POP email accounts

– Resolving an issue for some users that caused attachments to overlap text in mail

– Fixing an issue where Live Photos could have turned off after restoring from a previous iCloud backup

– Addressing an issue that could cause search in Contacts to display no results

– Resolving an issue that could have prevented Calendar from displaying all seven days in week view

– Fixing an issue where Camera screen on iPad could be black when attempting to capture video

– Addressing an issue that could cause instability in the Activity app when viewing the day of Daylight Savings Time transition

– Fixing an issue that could prevent data from appearing in Health

– Fixing an issue that could prevent Wallet updates and Lock screen alerts from displaying

– Addressing an issue where updating iOS could prevent an alarm from going off

– Fixing an issue where some users were unable to login to Find my iPhone

– Fixing an issue that prevented some manual iCloud Backups from completing

– Addressing an issue where using the iPad keyboard could unintentionally trigger text selection mode

– Improved keyboard responsiveness when using Quick Reply

– Improved punctuation input on the 10-key Chinese (Pinyin & Stroke) keyboards with new expanded view of punctuation symbols and better predictions

– Fixing an issue on Cyrillic keyboards where caps lock would be enabled when typing in URL or email fields

– Siri support for Arabic (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates)

– Accessibility improvements

–Fixing issues with VoiceOver when using Camera face detection

–Adding support for VoiceOver to wake up the screen

–Adding support for VoiceOver to invoke app switcher with 3D Touch gesture

–Fixing an issue with Guided Access when trying to end phone calls

–Improved functionality for Switch Control users when using 3D Touch

–Fixing an issue with speech rate of Speak Screen

Beyond bug fixes, iOS 9.2’s biggest change is a tweak to the way the Safari View Controller works within third-party apps. The Safari View controller is what allows a pop-up Safari window to be used within third-party apps, and with iOS 9.2, the Safari View Controller supports third-party Action Extensions, letting apps like 1Password to be accessed in the Safari view of other apps like Tweetbot.

In the Hipchat app for iOS, clicking a link brings up an in-app browser. In iOS 9.1, seen on the left, there’s no option for third-party extensions. In iOS 9.2, seen on the right, there’s support for third-party extensions like 1Password.

The Safari View Controller has also been updated with the ability to long tap on the Reload button to reload content without content blockers and it now supports the request desktop site function and an edge swipe to dismiss the Safari window.

iOS 9.2 also includes support for AT&T’s NumberSync Wi-Fi calling feature, allowing AT&T users to accept calls on any device even when their phone is not nearby.

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Jon Favreau gets a little squirrelly in new iPhone 6s ad

In a brand-new iPhone 6s ad, director Jon Favreau (Iron Man) looks to Siri for help in his directorial duties. The spot, called “iPhone 6s – On the Set,” has the director trying to explain to some actors (presumably on his upcoming live action-ish adaptation of The Jungle Book) the finer points of playing flying […]

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iOS 9.2 beta 4 is now available to developers and public testers

Apple has seed iOS 9.2 beta 4 to public testers and developers today, just over a week after dropping the last beta that contained a lot of bug fixes and minor updates. The release notes for iOS 9.2 beta 4 don’t mention any major new improvements, but does note fixes have been added to the […]

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Apple Seeds Fourth iOS 9.2 Beta to Developers and Public Beta Testers

Apple today seeded the fourth beta of iOS 9.2 to developers and public beta testers for testing purposes, just over one week after seeding the third iOS 9.2 beta and a full month after releasing iOS 9.1 to the public. As a .1 upgrade, iOS 9.2 will mark the second major update to iOS 9.

The fourth beta of iOS 9.2, build 13C5075, is available as an over-the-air update and through the Apple Developer Center. Public beta testers can download the update over the air. Apple has also released Xcode 7.2 beta 4.

Earlier betas of iOS 9.2 included changes to the Safari View Controller, which is what allows a pop-up Safari window to be used in third-party apps. In iOS 9.2, Safari View Controller supports third-party Action Extensions, letting apps like 1Password to be accessed in the Safari view of other apps like Tweetbot.

Safari View Controller has also been updated with the ability to long tap on the Reload button to reload content without content blockers and it now supports the request desktop site function. The second iOS 9.2 improved Safari View Controller further, introducing support for dismissing it with an edge swipe.

Along with improvements to Safari View Controller, iOS 9.2 also introduces Arabic support for Siri, support for AT&T’s NumberSync Wi-Fi Calling feature and it includes bug fixes for iCloud Keychain, Apple Watch syncing and pairing, audio quality when streaming to stereo systems, and more.

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iOS 9 adoption runs out of steam after a starting sprint

What does my performance in the gym have in common with iOS 9 adoption? Apparently the fact that both start strong, get a bit overconfident, and then run out of steam far too quickly. That’s according to Apple’s latest developer figures, at least, which show that roughly 67 percent of eligible iOS users are currently […]

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