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iOS 11 is here, TestFlight and Playgrounds, OmniFocus, goodbye 32-bit, iPhone 8, TV app, watchOS 4


Apple has releases lots of iDevice updates today, including tvOS 11

iOS 11 is [almost] here! And before you upgrade, it’s important to back up your device. If you sync with a Mac, you can back up in iTunes. You can also [slower] back up to iCloud. There are also two ways to install iOS 11. The first allows you to do it directly on your iPhone or iPad. The second lets you do it by connecting your device to your Mac. The upgrade process will take several minutes, and you should probably use a Wi-Fi connection so you don’t eat up your data allocation with your service provider. [Not available in NZ at 6:30am, but it should show up soon.]
There are lots of new features, and Apple’s Control Center has become modular and customisable. It also brings better Siri, ARKit, H.265, AirPlay 2 and more.

Apple updates TestFlight & Swift Playgrounds for iOS 11’s new tech — In conjunction with the release of iOS 11, Apple has also released new versions of TestFlight and Swift Playgrounds, redesigning the former’s interface and adding an things like an Augmented Reality challenge to the latter.

OmniFocus update exploits powerful new features in iOS 11 — The latest version from the Omni Group updates for iOS 11 compatibility, but also takes advantages of changes to Siri and adds drag and drop.

How to find the 32-bit apps on your iPhone or iPad that won’t work in iOS 11 at all — The day has come: Apple will disallow 32-bit apps from running on iOS 11. If you haven’t updated because of worries of incompatibility, AppleInsider shows you how to identify which apps installed on your iPhone are 32-bit allowing you to decide if you want to upgrade or wait.

iPhone 8 wireless charging speed will improve with future firmware update from Apple — At launch, the iPhone 8 will recharge via inductive wireless technology at a rate comparable to the standard 5-watt charger that ships with the handset. But Apple plans to improve that speed with a future software update.
This video shows everything you need to know about Apple’s iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus,

Fun in PCalc — A new update for the app uses iOS 11’s ARKit feature to bring augmented reality into your number-filled world. Just tap the info button on the calculator keypad, choose Help, then tap About PCalc. Once you see the floating 42 badge tap anywhere on the screen to bring up the AR controls so you can throw marbles, dice, and bananas into your virtual world.

Apple launches tvOS 11 for Apple TV, adding live news & sports in TV app — As promised Apple on Tuesday released the finished version of tvOS 11, build 15J381, an update for fourth-generation Apple TVs that brings mostly evolutionary improvements, the most significant being groundwork for live news and sports features in the TV app. Apple has rolled out tvOS 11 with AirPlay 2, which offers multi-room audio support. It also includes the ability to automatically switch between light and dark interface modes.

TV availability in tvOS spreading — Apple began the rollout of TV app in Australia, Canada ahead of iOS 11 & tvOS 11 debut. tvOS 11 release, which will deliver the one-stop streaming hub to seven additional countries later this year. Apple is expanding availability of the TV app to seven countries — Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Sweden, Norway and the UK — by the end of 2017.
Apple TV owners running the latest tvOS software in Australia [which may include NZ, does anyone know? Since NZ is administered mostly from Sydney] and Canada discovered the TV app, or at least its icon, on their home screen earlier today and took to Twitter to note the the change. On fourth-generation Apple TV units, the TV app seems to be a placeholder instead of a functional app, but its presence hints at an imminent release likely timed to coincide with tomorrow’s iOS 11 and tvOS 11 launch. The TV app acts as a central hub for browsing, discovering and managing streaming content across a variety of providers and owned media.

Apple launches watchOS 4 for Apple Watch with improved Activity & Workout tracking, revamped Music app, Siri watch face — The Apple Watch interface has been refined and improved with today’s launch of watchOS 4, including a new vertically scrolling app dock, the ability to view installed apps in a list view instead of grid, and new watch faces including a Siri smart assistant and characters from the iconic “Toy Story” films.

watchOS 4 no longer lets you browse iPhone music library on your Apple Watch — In a major change to how the Apple Watch operates, users can no longer browse their iPhone’s music library after updating to watchOS 4, and instead can only view songs stored on the watch itself.

Star Wars AR, Kiwi secure messaging, iPhone 8 plans, Find my Friends, watchOS 4


Disney uses ‘Pokemon Go’-like AR in iPhone app to promote upcoming ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ — Disney is going to promote upcoming movie Star Wars: The Last Jedi using augmented reality (AR) on iPhones and iPads, with a promotion that requires users to scan codes to unlock AR experiences with characters from the film using the Star Wars iOS app.

Kiwi-founded app makes sending an email attachment to the wrong person a thing of the past — A Kiwi-founded secure messaging app for iOS (and Android) has added a new feature that allows you to delete messages, files, photos and videos you’ve accidentally sent on your device, the recipient’s device, or both even after you’ve sent it.
The app, SafeSwiss, is free to download and also boasts stronger-than-military-grade end-to-end encryption using elliptical curve cryptography, Snapchat-style timed delete, and has all its servers in Switzerland to bypass local encryption backdoor laws. [Presumably they’d need to be SafeSwiss users too, and the messages,  files etc sent between the two SafeSwiss users.]
You can find out more about SafeSwiss at SafeSwiss.com, as well as on Wikipedia and on social media.

Survey finds 70% of iPhone loyal and won’t switch, 40 percent want ‘iPhone 8’ — Approximately 70% of iPhone users will not consider purchasing any other brand of smartphone, the results of a recent survey by Fluent reveals, with 40% of respondents looking to upgrade to an iPhone planning to choose the upcoming ‘iPhone 8.’

How to prevent your child disabling Find My Friends in iOS — In case tracking your kid’s device at all times is necessary, this is how you’ll prevent anything being changed or disabled. First, if Find My Friends isn’t installed on your child’s device, you’ll of course want to do that. You can get it right from the App Store if so. Within the app, then, you’ll log in with your kid’s Apple ID if it asks you to. Then click the “Add” button to send an invite to your own device. Read on to find out how to stop it being turned off.

Assassin’s Creed, Game of Thrones iPhone games soft launched’ outside the US — Game developers are known to hold ‘soft launches’ of games, limiting the release to a few countries for testing, with Assassin’s Creed: Rebellion (available in New Zealand only, so far!), Brawl Stars (Canada) and Game of Thrones: Conquest (Philippines, Indonesia, Turkey, Denmark) currently playable in countries around the globe for initial testing —but not for US players.
Here’s a list of countries that have had soft launches.

Video: Everything you need to know about watchOS 4 in under four minutes — AppleInsider runs you through all of the most important changes and new features coming with watchOS 4, expected to be released this fall alongside the rumoured Apple Watch ‘Series 3’.