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iOS 8.1.3 is out and requires less room to download into.
iOS 8.1.3 is out and requires less room to download into.

Apple shipped one billionth iOS device in Q1, expects continued iPhone momentum — During its quarterly conference call on Tuesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the company had sold its one billionth iOS device in the December quarter, a device that will be kept at Cupertino for posterity. It was a space-gray 64GB iPhone 6 Plus.

Apple Releases iOS 8.1.3, reduces storage required for updates — Apple has just released iOS 8.1.3, and update that most notably reduces the amount of storage required to install an update. In the past year, a number of users were upset to find they could not install over-the-air (OTA) updates on their iPhones and iPads because of the amount of space required. [If they’d plugged the devices into Macs or PCs and run the update via iTunes they would have been fine.]
The update also includes various bug fixes. iOS 8.1.3 was not seeded through Apple’s developer program.

Apple Watch starts shipping in April, Tim Cook confirms — We knew it was coming sometime this spring, but now we have a more narrow timeframe: Apple Watch starts shipping in April, Tim Cook said.

Apple sells record number of iPhones in blockbuster holiday quarter — Record revenue from iPhone and Mac sales helped Apple bring in $74.6 billion in revenue last quarter, up from $57.6 billion a year earlier. iPhone sales totalled 74.5 million units and only 13% of those were already iPhone owners!

Happy 5th Birthday, iPad —  Five years ago Steve Jobs stood on the stage of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco to introduce Apple’s latest offering to the masses; the iPad. Launching on April 3 of that year in six configurations: 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB with 3G or Wi-Fi internet. Some people weren’t immediately sold [I wasn’t.]. The numbers spoke for themselves; in just its first year 14.8 million iPads were sold by Apple. It was just the beginning for the tablet that would revolutionise the market – but now iPad sales are declining.

Pzizz, now free and on the iPad, helps you get to sleep — Pzizz is an app designed to help you get in a good power nap or get to sleep. It uses a combination of a soothing voice with binaural tones to help you get to sleep.

Apple TV 7.0.3 Squashes 16 security vulnerabilities — Apple released Apple TV 7.0.3 Tuesday. Apple hasn’t yet released patch notes for the update, but the company did send out security patch notes. Apple TV 7.0.3 squashes 16 security bugs (listed at that link), including several that could allow bad people to take over your device.
You download the update through your Apple TV Settings.

MagBytes 60 is out tonight …

Vainglory, Fleksy record, Pixelmator, Apple Pay and holiday, Wolfie, iSight, Apple TV update


Vainglory is feature- and image-rich (picture from Vainglory site).
Vainglory is feature- and image-rich (picture from Vainglory site).

Vainglory, Apple’s iPhone 6 showcase game, offers great, gorgeous MOBA action — Apple chose Vainglory to spotlight the strength of the iPhone 6 — and iOS 8’s Metal graphics tech — at September’s big event, and it’s been one of the most anticipated mobile games on the horizon since. Andrew Hayward finds it lives up to the immense hype and expectations cast upon it by Apple’s smart showcase move.

Fleksy breaks Guinness World Record again — The Fleksy Keyboard for iOS 8, which we reviewed here, has broken a Guinness World Record for texting speed on a touchscreen device. The previous record holder? Fleksy Keyboard.
Marcel Fernandes Filho, 17, was able to use Flesky on his iPhone 6 to type a sentence  in just 17 seconds.

Pixelmator for iPad is an affordable image editor that packs a powerful punch — From cropping and straightening to colour correcting, retouching, and painting; from creating selections to combining imagery; from blending layers to adding slick effects, shapes, layer styles, and highly customisable text, Pixelmator for iPad truly does it all…for a mere NZ$6.49.

Online retailers who support Apple Pay in iOS apps will boost sales this holiday, study says — While most of the buzz surrounding Apple Pay is focused on its use in person at retail, the most popular application this holiday season may be in securely authorising online purchases, a new study shows.

Wolfie allows beginners to learn piano with advanced tools — This educational music app teaches students how to play piano and helps instructors teach them as well. Plus, it has technology to guide you along as you play. Wolfie is a free iPad app with in-app purchases requiring iOS 7.0 or later, and comes with an entire catalogue of sheet music to download and learn how to play. There’s over 750 choices and your first two are free, so choose wisely because the others aren’t cheap.

Apple iSight supplier Sony unveils new 21MP CMOS sensor with 4K video, phase detection AF — Apple partner supplier Sony on Monday announced an upcoming 21-megapixel CMOS sensor with onboard plane phase detection autofocus signal processing, 4K video output and still image HDR, all features that could trickle down to a future iPhone model.

Apple TV (3rd Gen) updated to 7.0.2, no Patch Notes — Apple pushed an update out for Apple TV (3rd Gen) on Monday, version 7.0.2. We have no idea what’s in it because Apple hasn’t released patch notes yet.
There are two versions: Apple TV 3 (AppleTV3,1) version 7.0.2 (Build 12B435) – (955.2MB download)
Apple TV 3 (2013) (AppleTV3,2) version 7.0.2 (Build 12B435) – (955.2MB download).
The updates are available through the Apple TV update interface, as well. Note that this update is for 3rd generation Apple TVs only.