Let’s talk about the iOS 8.3 beta features that Apple developed for its iOS devices. Today, Cupertino company has just launched a pre-release beta of iOS 8. Apple has yet elucidate all changes there, but due to reports we know that the first beta came with support for wireless CarPlay, tweaks for emoji support, also with two-step verification for Google accounts and others. Let’s observe them in details.
The new beta brought the biggest change is a new CarPlay menu that can be found in the General category of the Settings application. Here Cupertino company introduces a diagram with instructions for using wireless CarPlay. Users can configure it by holding the voice control button on their steering wheel to start CarPlay setup. Although the iOS 8.3 update shows no indication as to what current CarPlay head units will offer wireless support.
New Emoji Picker
Also in the first beta of iOS 8.3 is a newly redesigned emoji keyboard. Emoji characters are sorted into neat lists. Upon accessing the keyboard, developers can see a new, semi-transparent background and a changed look and feel.
Privacy and security are two things of the Digital Age that will remain subject to constant research, and with the aim to ensure user defense against intrusion, iOS 8.3 brings two-step verification support for logging into Google accounts.
Other iOS 8.3 Beta Features
This iOS 8.3 beta brings initial support for Apple Pay for China UnionPay. Also this software carries forward huge amount of fixes to iCloud Drive and CloudKit in the bug fixes and performance department. Due to iOS 8.3 beta 1 early look, iCloud Photo Library is no longer in its beta version. This would infer that it’s ready for prime time, and that any lingering bugs will have largely been dealt with.
This great app has an ability to store your passwords, personal data and credit cards. Additionally, it keeps most of your private documents. It is very useful as you securely save photos, videos and confidentiality agreements. All you need is to upload them through this app.
Also you can share files directly, but only with those persons that you have invited using the appropriate app’s feature. Keeper is compatible with iOS and Mac can be purchased for free for a 30-day trial. Of course you can do the annual subscription of $9.99 per device or $29.99 for unlimited devices. Keeper app works on Windows Phone, Android devices and PCs.
Another useful app is oneSafe. It has the some similar to Keeper app feature. It also store passwords, bank account information, credit card numbers, photos and videos, and other. To organize your data quickly you can use its customize categories.
The options like auto-lock, decoy safe, double-protection, and self-destruction can be used for advanced security measures. You have an ability to get reminders to change passwords regularly. Using iCloud you can sync across all your iOS and Mac devices. You can use oneSafe app with Windows Phone, Android, and Windows PC. Get this app for $9.99.
The last app is eWallet. Its major feature is AutoPass. It helps to automatically launch a site page and gives the ability to insert the information in the appropriate fields. With this app you can conveniently store all of your password information for different website accounts. It gains the options to keep credit card information, calling card numbers, health data and more. Another useful option that is added to eWallet app is to synchronize user’s wallet with your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The app also has built-in password generator. Use it to create complex passwords. You have the possibility to change the look of your wallet with backgrounds,card templates, and categories.
eWallet app works with Windows, Android, and Blackberry. This app is available for $9.99. eWallet app was the last in the best iPad password manager apps list. Check it to find the one for yourself.
Here is the best iPhone password manager apps list, that you can learn below. As all users know enabled two-step verification is the best way to ensure that your iCloud account is in safe and protected. Although it doesn’t always enough to prevent attackers from gaining access to personal data. In this case a strong password manager helps to protect your private data from a hacker.
Here is the best iPhone password manager apps list:
This app lets user to store credit card information, passwords, and others. It creates complex passwords using numbers, letters and symbols. Using your saved passwords you can browse the Internet directly from this app. 1Password syncs across multiple devices. The Mac version allows you to get access to all of your information right from your desktop. This app has the integration with App Touch ID and Extension, Dropbox integration syncs PC and Android.
The major feature of this app is to generate strong passwords in case user need it. Also the app stores credit card numbers, web logins, secure notes. After you have created a login for PasswordBox, all your passwords will be kept in sync across any device you may log into. The app also includes a built-in browser. It makes logging in to sites easy with one-click access. PasswordBox allows you to store 25 passwords for free.
You can get this app for free.
Another one app is LastPass. The app lets users backup sensitive data, store passwords and create notes for credit cards. Paying $12 per year, you can upgrade to the premium service. It represent users unlimited access to LastPass mobile apps usage, more multifactor authentication options, and more. The multiplatform support includes Windows, OS X, Android, Linux, and Blackberry.
According to recent reports Apple company has added to iMessage verification code and to Facetime. As it is known, two-step authentication has become a standard for many users securing their accounts, so much so that even the iCloud website gained the ability to add the extra security step in middle 2014.
From now when you want to sing into one of the above mentioned services you will be prompt the necessary inclusion of an access verification code from another device. Of course, this option will only work with accounts that have got the two-step verification process tired.
The reports is talking about that this additional option added to FaceTime and iMessage security is still rolling out, although the process may take some time to be completed. So as you have understood that at recent time when you will try to log into either one of these services, even with an account set up with two-step authentication, it will not prompt the necessary input of an access verification code to pass.
The two-factor authorization option requires attackers have to pass not just your username and password to access your data, but also a second special code. After it will be activated iMessage verification code, users will sign in with their Apple ID and then be asked to verify their identity by using the second security code, or enabling access from another iPhone or Mac.
It is the first time when Apple protects data within specific apps. Follow these steps to setup two-factor authentication on your account:
Step 1. Navigate to My Apple ID.
Step 2. Now select Manage your Apple ID and then sign in.
Step 3. Select Password and then Security.
Step 4. Under Two-Step Verification, please select Get Started and here follow the onscreen instructions.
Currently new assistant appeared that is called Alfred app Remote. With the price of $5 it is iOS version of Alfred that allows users to control Mac using iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Note that Alfred Remote is not a standalone app. You need to have Alfred 2.6 or higher running on the Mac you want to control.
First you need to use Alfred on your iOS device. Then pair your device with Alfred on your Mac. Your machine and iOS device need to be on the same Wi-Fi network. After apps have been tied together, Alfred Remote greets you with a screen that resembles the iOS springboard. Pages of icons are sorted by category, such as Apps, iTunes Controls, System Commands, and other. To navigate among the various categories you can swipe from page to page or click on the category icon on the bottom row. When you click on an action icon in Alfred Remote, it does that action on the connected Mac.
Icons and pages could be added or removed in Alfred. But you need to make those changes within Alfred on the Mac and they’re immediately reflected in Alfred Remote. If you use the Powerpack, then those functions are also available in Alfred Remote.
Alfred app Remote escapes the need for a direct connection between your Mac and iOS device. When you first used Alfred Remote, you will be surprised that you had to connect using Wi-Fi instead of Bluetooth. As you see there are situations where Wi-Fi is preferable to Bluetooth.
Just imagine the situation you are at a restaurant and after sometime spent there you realize that you’ve left your Mac at home unlocked.
In such moment you can use an iOS remote control app, such as LogMeIn or TeamViewer. They don’t require a direct Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connection to your Mac, unlike Alfred Remote. Although, it will take long time to log in to your Mac from your iPhone, manipulating the desktop on a relatively small screen, and so on. Wouldn’t it be quickly simply click an icon in Alfred Remote?
Here you will find useful information on how to use Alfred app. This app is among that relatively new category of Mac productivity apps that allows users to control Macs from the keyboard. You could use Quicksilver, Launchbar and Spotlight, but the Alfred remote app is really the best one.
It is app-launching tool, but it can do so much more. You can click on an icon in your dock or search through your Applications folder, but with this app tool you can simply type a key-combination (Cmd+Space) to bring up a text input window.
After that you begin to type the name of wanted app, Alfred starts displaying you matches, narrowing down the list as you continue to type. To open the selected item you can hit the Return key or select a Command-key option.
Launching apps is not the only feature. You can open files, folders, emails and contacts, copy/move files and folders, perform web searches, and dump of other actions. Alfred updated app works almost with anything that’s stored on your Mac. More often you use it, the more Alfred learns about your actions with the aim to help you work more quickly and efficiently.
Alfred 2.6 can be purchased for a free download from the developer’s website. The app gains several basic features, including the app launcher, calculator, dictionary actions and Web search. Now you know how to use Alfred app on Mac.
But in case you want to get more abilities with app-launching tool you need to buy the Powerpack. The most important Powerpack feature is the ability to create workflows. These are multi-step actions that can include AppleScripts, shell scripts, Ruby or Python code, and so on. You can build your own workflows or download Alfred workflows that other users have shared. Powerpack also brings you many options such as searching your contacts, controlling iTunes playback, accessing clipboard history, and integrating with 1Password.
What do iOS 9 rumors suggest to iPhone users? The first original mobile system was released by Apple in 2007. Then the company has been updating it every year. The latest version, iOS 8, was presented in September of 2014, and the new iOS 9 release date will be in 2015.
This brand new update will most likely be unveiled at WWDC this year with developers getting a chance to test it in the summer. The next iOS 9 is believed to be focused on various fixes and multiple tweaks with the Cupertino-based company trying to improve and enhance its experience for iDevice owners.
Developers who might see the new programming language Swift can focus on different under-hood optimizations and better performance. The iPhone giant will have to think about the smaller size of its updates so that the iOS 9 firmware can be installed on older gadgets. Users had a lot of problems with early iOS 8 release because their 16GB models just couldn’t handle the updates that well without deleting apps, games and other files beforehand.
The company is trying to add more features to its mobile platform. It has already brought Touch ID option, nice look, Notification Center, Apple Pay support, Control Center. It is believed to add new options after Apple Watch release in the spring of 2015 and should provide better stability or nicer experience in iOS 9 release.
It does make sense for the iOS giant to focus on overall performance because customers wish to enjoy using their gadgets and don’t like when something is slow, buggy or requires further improvements.
Users who are running iOS 8.1.3 and know that Apple is working on the next mobile firmware updates are still wondering ‘Can I downgrade to iOS 8.1.2 or not.’ We know the truth and we are eager to share the real facts with you about the downgrade iOS 8.1.3 to 8.1.2 possibility.
Apple was signing the previous version for a while and users who were fast to downgrade were able to complete this procedure by following a step-by-step how to downgrade instruction. Sadly, Apple has already stopped signing iOS 8.1.2 which means that you can no longer finish the process and run that version.
If you happened to have updated to iOS 8.1.3 which cannot be jailbroken yet, you just have to stay on it and wait till there is a new solution or Apple releases another operating system update. You can’t do much about the situation so just let it go and wait.
It is impossible to downgrade from iOS 8.1.3 to iOS 8.1.2 from now on. You can download official App Store apps and games, but you can no longer access Cydia and tweaks if you are on version 8.1.3. Still TaiG, PP and other jailbreak groups might soon present a new tool that will be capable of installing Cydia store on your iDevice.
We promised to provide you with some facts. Here they are. There is a special ipsw.me website where you can look up the status of current and future iOS files. It was created by Callum Jones to help jailbreakers and users follow the news and control which versions are signed by Apple and which are not. Well, according to this site, Apple stopped signing iOS 8.1.2.
You have to be careful while installing different apps if you have on a jailbroken 8.1.2 smartphone or tablet because in case you will have to restore your gadget you will lose the jailbreak and have to update to 8.1.3.
The official iOS 8.3 release date should be coming soon. Why? Apple should launch the Apple Watch product in April. Experts believe that the company should unveil iOS 8.4 sometime before or after this big product release which means that the final iOS 8.3 must be unveiled in February or March.
iOS 8.3 Beta Download Links for Users without Dev UDID
The new version that came as a surprise to devs and users comes with some new icons, enhanced UI, simpler navigation through Emoji library, Google 2-factor authentication and support for wireless CarPlay.
After you download iOS 8.3 beta 1 you can install this .ipsw file using iTunes program. Just create a backup copy of your iPhone or other device. Launch iTunes and keep holding Shift key on Windows PC or Alt on Mac while you press on Update feature. The program will ask you to select the ipsw file for iOS 8.3 beta which you have downloaded using the links above. iTunes will restore you to this testing firmware version.
Everything is free and you don’t have to register your UDID to be able to upgrade though you will do this at your own risk.
Steve Jobs biopic launch date was announced by Universal Pictures to be settled on Friday, October 9, 2015. The movie, which apparently still doesn’t have a title, written by Aaron Sorkin.
The film, which will outline Jobs’ early years alongside Steve Wozniak and plenty of other high-profile names connected to the men and Apple in general, is based on the best-selling biography by Walter Isaacson.
The film, which has seen a rough road to begin filming, features Michael Fassbender playing Steve Jobs and Seth Rogen plays Steve Wozniak role, Apple co-founder. First such famous movie star as Leonardo DiCaprio was invited to play the major role, unfortunately, he soon refused. And the company decided to set Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs.
According to a tweet that was published by CNBC on February 4, Universal Pictures has decided to settle a date to officially release the movie. Steve Jobs biopic launch date will be on October 9, 2015.
Directed by Danny Boyle, the movie is finally getting a solid release date after setbacks and filming has begun at Jobs’ childhood home in Los Altos, California. There are some pictures that leaked in internet from the first filming scenes with Michael Fassbender and Seth Rogen.
Originally, Sony had been set to produce the biopic, but the company dropped it and Universal Pictures took a challenge. All the filming process will be centered around three pivotal moments in Cupertino’s giant history: the original Macintosh debut, the unveiling of the NeXT computer, and the iPod introduction.