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What’s new in iOS 12 beta 2?

Two weeks after the initial — and surprisingly solid — beta of iOS 12, comes the second update. iOS 12 beta 2 has tweaked the operating system in several places, mostly in Screen Time, which was quite sparse in the first round. Let’s take a look at what’s changed.<p>Screen Time changes<p>Screen Time, the …

iOS

Apple Music gains ‘Coming Soon’ featured section with ability to pre-add albums

Apple Music has received a few updates including a useful new ‘Coming Soon’ section that brings along expected album release dates and a pre-add feature. On Mac, Artist profiles are getting a refreshed look.<p>First up is a handy featured section for soon to be released albums. The new Coming Soon …

Apple Music

Apple Maps now available to embed into websites with MapKit JS

The Apple Maps app didn’t get any major changes in iOS 12, but the MapKit team announced at WWDC that they are officially launching MapKit as a web framework for others to use. Google Maps is incredibly popular as an embedded map for other web services, and now Apple is trying to take a slice of …

Apple

Apple’s new ResearchKit API monitors Parkinson’s disease symptoms on Apple Watch

Apple is adding a new “Movement Disorder API” to its open-source ResearchKit framework that will allow Apple Watch to continuously monitor Parkinson’s disease symptoms.<p>The new API will provide app developers using ResearchKit the ability to offer passive, all-day monitoring via an Apple Watch …

Apple Watch

Sonos announces AirPlay 2 support, Siri control coming in July

After first discussing AirPlay 2 last fall, Sonos has officially confirmed this morning that support for Apple’s streaming audio protocol will arrive via a free software update in July.<p>Earlier this year, we learned that AirPlay 2 support would be limited to the Sonos One, Play:5, and Playbase …

Tech Trends

1Password teases autofill update coming in iOS 12, Siri gaining password features

As we noted yesterday, Apple is bringing some sharp improvements to its iOS autofill feature. One that got stage time yesterday was one-time SMS passcodes being available for autofill. Now, we’re learning more details about other improvements to iOS autofill along with an open API to allow …

iOS

iOS 12 tidbits: Accidental screenshots on iPhone X, Apple Music lyric search, Face ID rescans, more

As we continue to dig through the iOS 12 beta, a variety of smaller, yet useful features continue to pop up. Such changes include accidental screenshot prevention on iPhone X, easier Face ID rescanning, new notification settings, and much more.<p>iPhone X Accidental Screenshot<p>Anyone with an iPhone X …

iOS

watchOS 5: Podcasts, Siri face, custom Control Center, more

watchOS 5 is packed with lots of welcome changes and new features on Apple Watch — many that check off boxes from my wish list this year. Not everything works in the first developer beta version, but there’s a lot to try now and more coming this fall:<p>If you use Apple Podcasts on iPhone or iTunes, …

Smartwatches

iOS 12 adds multi-user Face ID with support for up to two faces

While not officially mentioned anywhere, iOS 12 will now let more than one user register their face on a single iPhone X. Since Face ID was introduced, it has been limited to one person’s face.<p>Hidden within the Face ID settings, there is now a toggle to Set Up an Alternative Appearance. The …

iOS

iOS 12 doubles down on passcode brute forcing, USB Restricted Mode now set to one hour

We previously reported that Apple was looking to prevent services such as GrayShift by implementing a USB Restricted Mode that restricts the Lightning port to only charging after 7 days. Now, the company is taking things farther…<p>Well, it looks like Apple is planning to take that one huge leap …

iOS

Apple Music embeddable web player widget now lets users log in and listen to full songs in the browser

The Apple Music service has always provided an online tool to generate widgets, that can be used by artists to promote their music on their own websites and blogs. An eagle-eyed Reddit user has spotted that this widget has recently received an interface upgrade … and the ability to log in to your …

Apple Music

Apple Pay powers ‘order ahead’ drink feature at BottleRock Music Festival

Apple hopes that its Apple Pay mobile payment platform can help ease the process of buying drinks at concert festivals everywhere. According to a new report from <i>TechCrunch</i>, Apple Pay powered an “order ahead” feature at last week’s BottleRock music festival near San Francisco…<p>The feature allowed …

Apple Pay

Apple begins decorating McEnery Convention Center in San Jose as WWDC nears

We’re less than a week away from WWDC kicking off in San Jose, California. As it does every year, Apple has started preparing for the event by hanging decorative banners outside of the venue…<p>WWDC this year is being held at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, which is the same place as it was …

Apple

Apple Music’s new boss makes first big move with new publishing division

Apple Music has seen its first major internal change after Oliver Schusser was named the new head of the service last month with the creation of a new music publishing division.<p>As reported by <i>Music Business Worldwide</i>, Apple has promoted Elena Segal from her role as Legal Director of iTunes …

Apple Music

HomePod Diary: Stereo pairing took an age, but it was worth the wait

It was a frustratingly long wait for Apple to finally launch AirPlay 2, adding stereo pairing to HomePod – along with multi-room playback from an iOS device and more.<p>If you haven’t already updated, you’ll need to upgrade to iOS 11.4, and then update your speakers. I did that yesterday, finding it a …

Audiophile

Messages in iCloud arrives with iOS 11.4, here’s how it works

Messages in iCloud is finally here as part of this week’s iOS 11.4 release, but the long-awaited feature isn’t totally straightforward without a little help. Turning it on, understanding how it works everywhere, saving important messages, and knowing what benefits it actually offers aren’t made …

iCloud

iOS 12 will reportedly include new NFC features, enable iPhones to become secure hotel room keys

The Information reports that Apple will be taking a big leap in iOS 12, giving some third-party developers full access to the NFC chip inside iPhones, first introduced with iPhone 6.<p>The report says Apple wants the iPhone to be used in many more contactless interactions beyond Apple Pay payments, …

Apple Pay

Second class action lawsuit over butterfly keyboards alleges five violations by Apple

A class action lawsuit was filed earlier this month over alleged design defects in the butterfly keyboard of the 12-inch MacBook and current MacBook Pro models.<p>A second suit has now been filed, this one claiming that Apple is in breach of no fewer than five laws …<p><i>Patently Apple</i> has a copy of the …

1Password 7 for Mac now available with overhauled ‘mini’ window, refreshed design, much more

AgileBits has released 1Password 7 for Mac, a brand new version of its robust password management app. 1Password 7 includes an overhauled ‘mini’ window that’s now standalone, a refreshed look, Watchtower with haveibeenpwned․com integration, and much more.<p>1Password has been my go-to solution for …

Apple invites press to WWDC 2018 keynote, iOS 12 and macOS 10.14 unveil expected

Apple has confirmed with press that its next media event — the opening keynote of WWDC — will take place on June 4th at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET. The keynote will be held in San Jose, California, at the McEnery Convention Center where Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference is held.<p>WWDC 2018 runs June …

PSA: Asking Siri about WWDC does not reveal a new HomePod or anything else

Over the last few days, a story has been making the rounds claiming that Siri itself is teasing a major overhaul coming at WWDC next month, as well as a new HomePod. Essentially, if you say to Siri, “Tell me about WWDC,” it teases that it’ll be getting “a lot smarter” and getting a new “home.”<p>In …

Siri ‘leaks’ about HomePod and voice change are old news [Correction]

<i>Correction: This post has been updated to indicate that the Siri “leaks” making headlines this week appear to be leftovers from WWDC 2017. The somewhat cryptic Siri responses, which caused some confusion, appear to have been removed by the Siri team.</i><p>When asked about Apple’s upcoming Worldwide …

iOS 11.4 beta 5 for iPhone and iPad now available

It’s been one week since the fourth beta, and now Apple has released iOS 11.4 beta 5 for testing. iOS 11.4 includes unreleased features like AirPlay 2 and Messages on iCloud. There’s also a new wallpaper for iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. We’ll dig in to the new version and detail changes below.<p>New in …

Apple now has over 50 self-driving cars on the road in California, expanding autonomous testing

Apple’s autonomous vehicle program is one of the biggest known secrets in the tech industry. While the company has yet to confirm anything, information about the project has been leaking out sporadically over the past several years.<p>Today, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has …

Apple is no longer building its $1 billion data center in Ireland

Scrapped after three years of delays in approvals<p>Apple has announced it will no longer build a $1 billion (€850 million) data center in Ireland after planning delays lasting over three years, reports <i>Reuters</i><i>.</i> Since 2015, Apple has wanted to build the data center in Athenry to be close to green …

Apple wins patent for round-faced Apple Watch, seemingly not a rejected design

Apple has today been awarded a patent for technology intended for use in a ‘circular display.’ The patent text specifically references a wristwatch as one application, and one of the illustrations looks very much like a watch …<p>The patent itself is for a particular approach to handling the …

iPhone X Plus said to be iPhone 8 Plus size, iOS 12 to bring horizontal Face ID support, more

A new report today from <i>Macotakara</i> sheds more light on the iPhone models to be introduced later this year. The blog says the 6.5-inch ‘iPhone X Plus’ is roughly the same size as the current iPhone 8 Plus, and offers a few more tidbits of information…<p>The report cites a “reliable supplier information …

Tim Cook commemorates 20 years of iMac: ‘It set Apple on a new course’

20 years ago today, Apple officially introduced the world to the iMac. It’s easy to look at the iMac today and take it for granted – but Steve Jobs’ introduction is one that’s worthy of rewatching two decades later. In honor of the anniversary, Tim Cook took to Twitter today to share a clip of that …

Apple will shut down Texture's terrible Windows app

Apple bought Texture, the 'Netflix for magazines,' back in March as a clear bid to get in on an uncluttered media provider niche. The service gives subscribers unlimited access to a number of publications -- but now, you won't be able to use it on Windows devices. Without explanation, Apple …

Hands-on: Controlling AirPlay 2 playback on Apple TV from Siri on iPhone with iOS 11.4 beta [Video]

While AirPlay 2 still hasn’t shipped, the feature is shaping up to be quite impressive in recent betas. Most notable is the ability to control audio playback on one device <i>from Siri on another device</i>, a feature we wrote about last fall that recently started working in beta…<p>When we wrote about …