Apple Now Allows Users to Delete Pre-installed Apps
After the WWDC keynote, the most surprising update from Apple is it allowing the pre-installed apps that comes with any iPhone to be deleted by the end user. That’s good news.
The stable, pre-installed apps that every user gets when purchasing a new Apple device is listed in the App Store. This was announced together with the release of iOS 10 in the recently held WWDC keynote. These are the same apps that are requisite and can not be installed ever by any user. It’s part of an update brought up by the new iOS 10 OS that have now been released as a preview today. A public beta will come in July and a full release will arrive in the fall.
Here are list of apps that are not consigned to the App Store and are now removable from the home screen and free up some storage space:
- Find My Friends
- iCloud Drive
- iTunes Store
- Apple Music
- Voice Memos
One the other hand, users still have the option of downloading the app again from the App Store if necessary. But a caution that removing some apps can break their functionality in the Control Center, the Notification Center and with CarPlay.
Here are iOS 10 Ready Devices
Eager to try out the latest iOS 10 Beta? Check here if your current device supports the update. Great new features are available in the latest release of Apple’s mobile OS.
iOS 10 brings a lot of improvements to Apple’s very own mobile operating system with highlights on Maps, Photos, Siri and Messages. There so much on this release that both Siri and Messages are now open for developers to use and integrate into their own developed apps.
However, there are lots of questions on what devices can download and install iOS 10 for now. Sydney CBD Repair Team brings you a list of Apple devices that are ready for iOS 10.
Tendigi Made an iPhone run Android
The OS war between two titans in the mobile market stopped for a little while when Tendigi made a case that can run Android on a pure iPhone 6s. Was it that groundbreaking enough to stop the mobile OS ware completely?
It was finally tried and successfully proven that Android can run on an iOS device like the iPhone 6s with a little bit of hacking. Tendigi, an app developing company, already had the same proof of concept like this when it made Windows 95 run on an Apple Watch. This time, they went all out to cross the holy grail of mobile OS war – between Android and iOS.
In a Medium post, CTO Nick Lee stated that he just needed a subdevice that can encase a current generation iPhone to be able to connect to it via the lightning connector. It also helped that Android made OEM\’s skinned versions of the operating system available to virtually all, including developers. This means that it\’s a big bulk of tasks taken off of the project. Building libraries and tools to penetrate the secure Apple OS was very necessary for Nick to do. Screencasting tool being one of the most important component that shows a running Android OS to an iPhone.
While the success of this DIY project seems bound to success, there are still compromises. Nick didn\’t want to code the huge gap between the iOS and Android\’s Wi-Fi and Bluetooth drivers. To circumvent this, the subdevice or the enclosure case would have its own separate antennas. This resulted to having the case enclosure 3D printed instead of using a hacked Mophie Juice Pack.
After many modifications, the resulting enclosure is close to the size of a Mophie Juice Pack.
Apple’s pre-release software isn’t usually buzz-worthy outside of major revamps, but there’s definitely a reason to take notice today. The company’s iOS 9.3, tvOS 9.2 and WatchOS 2.2 betas all introduce some hefty upgrades that are likely to get some use. Of the bunch, iOS 9.3 is the centerpiece. There’s a new Night Shift mode that changes to warmer color tones to cut back on blue light and help you sleep, akin to third-party apps like F.lux. You’ll also see your Apple Watch goals in the Health app, tighter Apple Music integration with CarPlay, a Classroom app for guided lessons and Notes secured by Touch ID. There’s even a multi-user feature on iPads, although you shouldn’t get too excited — it’s currently meant for students, not the family tablet back home.
Not that Apple is being shy with features elsewhere. On the Apple TV, you finally get a Podcasts app as well as folders, a new multitasking interface and Bluetooth keyboard support. The Apple Watch update isn’t as huge, but you now have the option of pairing with more than one Watch at a time — handy if you’re a developer, or just have enough cash to throw at separate smartwatches for different occasions. There’s no mention of when finished versions will arrive, but you can get all of the betas (plus an OS X 10.11.4 beta) today if you have a developer account and are willing to throw caution to the wind.
Apple has admitted that it has no idea how many people are using its News app, according to the WSJ. The confession doesn’t put the company in too bad a light, because Apple believes it has been undercounting its users. VP Eddy Cue said that, “We don’t know what the right number is. We’re in the process of fixing that, but our numbers are lower than reality.” He added that was better than being too optimistic, but some publishers are concerned. Atlantic Magazine CEO Bob Cohn, for one, said that his organization needs precise figures for Apple’s audience, “and that’s still an open question.”
Tim Cook said that about 40 million users tried Apple News shortly after it launched with iOS 9. However, need to know how many people are using the app regularly, and those stats are missing. The company allows publishers to sell their own ads on the app and take 100 percent of the revenue, or use Apple’s iAd network — in which case, Apple takes a 30 percent cut. Cue said he was surprised about how many publishers are taking the easier road by using iAd, rather than selling ads themselves. If it turns out that a lot more users are reading News than Apple thought, however, they may rethink that strategy.
Adobe continues to make its mobile photography apps more powerful, and a new update for Lightroom mobile on iOS delivers more of that. Leveraging another useful feature from the desktop, you can now employ a Point Curve mode to make adjustments in the Tone Curve and Split Toning tool. In other words, you now have more control when you add a tint or tone to the shadows and highlights of an image using Split Toning, for example. Lightroom mobile also allows you to “shoot through presets” now, too.
You can see what an image would look like with one of the app’s filters applied before you even take the photo. Snapshots captured this way are non-destructive, so you’ll always have an unedited original to work from.
Adobe already updated a few of its Photoshop iOS apps to play nice with Apple’s new super-sized slate, and it’s doing the same for Lightroom mobile. With the latest version of the photo-editing software, you can take advantage of the iPad Pro’s expanded screen real estate to do some multitasking and enjoy the perks of iOS 9 on other devices. If you happen to have one of Apple’s other new gadgets that feature 3D Touch, you can launch Lightroom’s built-in camera by pressing on the app’s icon. The in-app camera is accessible from the Notifications Center thanks to a handy widget.