Lagging a little behind the beta releases of iOS 11.4, tvOS 11.4, and watchOS 4.3.1, Apple today released the first public beta of macOS High Sierra 10.13.5. A release exclusively for developers arrived last night. Like the first iOS 11.4 beta, the initial 10.13.5 beta appears to restore support for Messages in iCloud, a feature that stores and instantly syncs the history of Messages apps used across multiple devices. The feature has intermittently appeared and disappeared in earlier iOS 11 betas since it was announced in June. It’s also possible that 10.13.5 will include support for AirPlay 2, Apple’s updated audio and video streaming standard, which similarly reappeared in the iOS and tvOS 11.4 betas. AirPlay 2 promises to improve reliability of audio streaming between Apple devices, including the smart speaker HomePod, as well as enabling multiple HomePods to simultaneously perform together. As a general statement, updating to Apple’s first public betas of any … [Read more...] about Apple releases first macOS High Sierra 10.13.5 public beta
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I never though I’d say this when I first listened to a podcast, many years ago, but I love podcasts. Each week I listen to a dozen or so different shows, some produced by friends, and others by celebrities of various caliber.Apple offers a couple apps that are supposed to make it easy to listen to podcasts: iTunes on the desktop, and the appropriately-named Podcasts on iOS. Alas, these two apps might as well have been developed by two different companies, because making them work in tandem—particularly when it comes to syncing episodes between them—is, well, complicated.Since I could never make Apple’s own software work well, a while back I switched to Vemedio’s Instacast for iOS for listening on my iOS devices. I’ve been very happy with it, so I was pleased when the software finally made its way to OS X in the form of Instacast for Mac.Instacast looks exactly like I think a podcast app should. Its main interface takes a cue from recent versions of … [Read more...] about Mac Gems: Instacast for Mac makes listening to podcasts a pleasure
The public beta of Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac is already here, as Microsoft promised earlier. The beta version links your WP7 handset with Apple's computers running Mac OS X 10.5, or higher. It plays nice with the existing music, video, photo and podcast entries in your iTunes and iPhoto libraries The Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac is available as a just 5MB download off of Microsoft's website from the link in the source below. We are embedding a short video tutorial for an overview of how syncing works via Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac.source: Microsoft … [Read more...] about Windows Phone 7 meets Mac with the new Connector beta
image The biggest new addition that iOS 8 will bring might turn out to be the new Health application. The app collects your health and fitness data, such as daily activities, a calorie counter, heart rate, blood pressure, sleep patterns, and so on. The data collection is no less interesting, too, as some of it will come from external accessories, like Nike's armbands, and some of it will come straight from the Mayo Clinic. That's right, Apple has developed Health in conjunction with one of the best clinics in the US, and the convergence will allow you to pull your medical records, lab results, and illness status, as well as check your morning run statistics, all from one Health hub. Health hub image You can now reply to a text message or an email, Facebook or a Twitter post, directly from the pull-down notification center in iOS 8, without leaving the app you are currently in. Those interactive notifications have been rumored for a while before the iOS 8 announcement, and now they … [Read more...] about In March, Apple will let the public beta test iOS 8.3 for the first time!
Apple's newest iOS 9 edition focuses more on performance than a snazzy new interface, and yet there is plenty to look forward to, like split-screen multitasking on the iPad, a fresh News app, intelligent virtual butler and vastly improved Siri, plus a new Notes app and on-screen keyboard. Since the main improvements are under the hood, you can expect a diminished app and OS footprint, sped-up system, and, above all, better standby times resulting in an hour to three hours extra running time on a charge. Here's how to get the goods on your iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, iPad Air 1 and 2, iPad mini 1-3, third- and fourth-gen iPad, and the fifth-gen iPod touch right now.First method - install with an official Apple Developer accountFirst, do a full backup of your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, using the latest version of iTunes;Go to the iOS developer site, and sign up for an account (that's $99 for an annual membership);Tap on the iOS 9 beta link … [Read more...] about How to download and install iOS 9 beta 1 on your iPhone or iPad without a dev account