On May 30, security research Ian Beer, well-known in the industry for uncovering bugs in Apple software, announced the discovery of two new exploits in iOS — specifically 11.3.1, which until recently was the most up-to-date build. Shortly afterwards, the jailbreaking community went bonkers, the promise of an updated jailbreak for Apple gadgets, both new and old, seemingly around the corner. But, here we are, well into June, with no public jailbreak in sight. So, what's going on?
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Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (or WWDC if you want to save a bunch of letters) hits on Tuesday and we fully expect the company to spill the beans on a great many things, including iOS 12 - the next major update for its mobile OS. In preparation for the event, here's what you should be looking out for in particular.
The Microsoft Surface has been a massive success. Although it might not have the biggest sales volumes, it defined the desktop-tablet computer product category and put the company on the map as a maker of premium hardware. But, at the same time, Apple's iPad has remained the leader in the 9-inch tablet space. That's set to change with a smaller, low cost Surface expected later this year.
iOS: As a reporter, I end up taking a lot of notes pretty much everywhere I go. Audio recordings are great for not missing anything, but one thing has proved true for me pretty much across the board: The part of the interview I want to find is always the part where I was paying so much attention to the person talking that I failed to note the time code.
Schools are a notoriously challenging environment for technology. Aside from the potential issues that arise from devices being dropped and mistreated, there are the risks of damage from liquids in the science lab, dirt and water out in the gardens many schools now have and misdirected balls from the playground. And that means the repairability of devices factors into the buying decisions when school IT departments choose tech.
iFixIt has completed their teardown of the new iPad, released last week, revealing some good news but some challenges when it comes to repairing Apple's latest tablet.
Surprise! Okay, maybe not really a surprise but last night Apple revealed that they have updated their most popular iPad, the 9.7-inch, with upgraded sensors and support for the Apple Pencil. That means your current iPad is, sadly, old news! Fortunately, you can get your hands on the new iPad very soon - like, today soon, in fact!
But first: How does it stack up with its predecessor?
You've got an iPad in your bag, a Surface Pro on your desk, and you're still writing your notes on loose-leaf paper? Don't be an animal. It's 2018, and it's high time for you to ditch the paper and embrace the future of note-taking, a future that lets you do so much more with every jot and scribble.
A few years ago, I decided to organise the apps on my home screen by colour, creating neat little columns of green, blue, red and grey. Over time, as apps updated their designs or disappeared entirely, my meticulously crafted system devolved into randomness, but a recent Twitter thread has me thinking about the beauty (and usefulness) of organising your app icons by colour all over again.
After a terrible end to 2017, Apple will be looking to make 2018 far more positive. The Spectre/Meltdown challenges, delayed release and lacklustre reviews of the HomePod, the battery scandal, a terrible log-in flaw and backlash against the proposed Melbourne concept store have not helped the company.
But it's a new year and that means we'll see a new version of iOS announced and shown off in June at WWDC, as well as new iPads and iPhones. So, what can we expect from Apple this year?
There is not shortage of free mobile and desktop applications available on the internet. Unfortunately, most of them are either rubbish or trick you into parting with your cash via in-app purchases. But if you take the time to sort the wheat from the chaff, you'll find plenty of excellent apps that truly are free.
We're thankful every day for all the free apps out there that improve our lives (and the developers that make them!). Here are 50 our favourites.
iOS: If the kid doubling as a monster wrangler in your life is hooked on catching oddly-shaped fictional animals (or if you're addicted to the game yourself), you'd better hope they have got a recent phone on which to play their favourite game. Pokemon GO developer Niantic has announced an upcoming update that will incorporate Apple's ARKit, resulting in a more polished augmented reality experience, but bar devices unable to run iOS 11 from playing the game. Sorry, trainers.
Aspiring artists can appreciate the utility of drawing on a tablet compared to your traditional paper and pencil setup. For one, no mess. But if you've got an iPad Pro, you've got the power to improve your artistic abilities when paired with the right hardware and apps designed to cater to your drawing skill and style. Even if you're not the artistic type, the benefits of learning to draw are more than the resulting work of art.
If you've got an iPad with iOS 11, you're probably getting used to the new gestures involved in navigating. From the always-on Dock to the new multitasking options, you'll need to figure out how to move your fingers around that screen if you ever want to ditch that laptop for good and go tablet-only.
Congratulations, proud owner of a new iPad! You no doubt want to get started swiping, tapping, consuming, and creating whatever your heart desires, especially if you've got your hands on an Apple Pencil. But before you jump into the App Store and fill your tablet, you'll want to change a few settings beforehand, if only to keep your cellular data from running dry, your battery from running low, and your privacy from being violated.