Tag Archives: iOS 8.3

iOS 8.3, Apple Watch, Siri’s new locales, smart bulbs

iOS 8.3 has become available — The 291 MB update is chock full of improved performance, bug fixes, and a redesigned Emoji keyboard.

Apple turns to high-resolution photography, not CGI, for Apple Watch ‘Motion’ faces — The animated flowers, butterflies, and jellyfish seen on the face of Apple’s new smartwatch were not created with computer graphics packages, according to a new report, but were instead photographed in an intensive process that sometimes required more than a week to capture a single image.

Siri gets new locales — Apple has flipped the switch on various Siri features in nine new countries, plus added CarPlay capabilities to six more locales. And yes, New Zealand! Plus Brazil, Denmark, India, Netherlands, Russia, Sweden, Thailand and Turkey.

Six smart bulbs tested — That’s on TechHive for your internet-connected iOS-controlled pleasure.

Living with Apple Watch — The Wall Street Journal posted a video with reporter Joanna Stern walking us through a fictional day in the life with an Apple Watch. Part tongue-in-cheek, part serious attempt to show us the Apple Watch with a POV camera, Ms. Stern’s video offers a mixed review on the device. For bonus points, enjoy Rupert Murdoch’s cameo in which he exercised his droit de signeur with the device (as Philip Elmer-DeWitt quipped).

{Please excuse the lateness of this post, but I am in Australia for a couple of days and there’s a time difference.}

UK parliament goes Apple, iOS 8.3 removes an inconvenience

All 650 members of the British parliament will get iPad Air 2 and MacBook Airs after the election (picture from the Daily Express).
All 650 members of the British parliament will get iPad Air 2 and MacBook Airs after the election (picture from the Express).

UK Parliament approves $1.5M plan to supply members with new iPad Air 2s, laptops — The UK’s House of Commons has decided to give each member of parliament a copy of Apple’s latest iPad Air 2, as well as a laptop, as part of a project that will cost taxpayers almost $1.49 million. iPads have already been used across the House since 2012.

iOS 8.3 allows users to turn off password requirement for free App Store downloads — Apple’s pre-release betas of iOS 8.3 include an option to disable password entry when downloading free applications from the App Store, removing a potential inconvenience for users.