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iOS 12 beta: Apple releases the third beta available to the public

iOS 12 beta: Apple releases the third beta available to the public

Yesterday, Apple released the third iOS 12 public beta. And it is now something a lot of iPhone and iPad users may be tempted to install on their main devices.

Generally speaking, these public betas are fairly buggy and not for everyone. The first couple of betas usually have significant bugs, and are not a good idea for most users. But by the time the 3rd and 4th betas come around, things tend to be much smoother. And that is turning out to be the case with iOS 12 as well.

There is a fair amount of new features to iOS 12, which I will list later. But, one of the major appeals of iOS 12 is that it has been engineered to really speed things up. Even with older devices. So in theory, even an older like the iPhone 5S is going to see a significant speed boost. The keyboard should display faster, the camera will appear more quickly, and much more. You can tell Apple no longer wants to be criticized for devices that dramatically slow down after an update. And they’ve actually chosen to do something about it.
So, that’s a reason some people may want to get on board before the full release this fall. And I do think this 3rd beta is good enough for most people to use.

Besides the speed improvements, there’s a few really cool new features in my opinion. Screen time let’s you see how much time you spend looking at your screen, with very detailed stats. Do Not Disturb now has more options, such as the ability to last for only 1 hour. Notifications have been greatly improved and give you more control.
Instead of listing everything here, I will link to a couple of pages which have more details :
This Apple page highlights the bigger features included in iOS 12.
And this page from 9to5 Mac has a couple of videos which go much more in-depth with what iOS 12 has to offer.

Alright, so hopefully, this gives you an idea about whether or not this beta update is something you’re interested in. And if so, here’s where you can sign-up for the beta.

Posted by Ian Van Slyke in Apple news, iOS, iPad, iPhone, Recommendations, 0 comments
New security updates

New security updates

Today Apple released the iOS 11.3.1 update, and the macOS 10.13.4 update. The iOS update includes a fix for a display bug that some users experienced with 3rd party replacement screens.

Both of the these are mainly security updates, and just be aware that the macOS update is fairly large and requires a lengthy restart. The download itself is around 1 Gigabyte and it took about 45 minutes for my MacBook Pro to restart after starting the update. So, make sure you will not need your Mac for a while before you do this update.

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Apple buys the Texture app

Apple buys the Texture app

A few weeks ago, Apple announced that it was purchasing the Texture app. Texture has been described as a sort of ” Netflix for magazines”, and gives you access to over 200 publications on your iPhone and iPad. Texture has been around since 2012, and for a monthly subscription fee of $9.99, you can read a wide variety of well known magazines such as People, the New Yorker, Vanity Fair, National Geographic, Vogue and many more. But there’s also a very broad section of lesser known publications. Pretty much any magazine that you can find in the magazine section of you local grocery store and most book stores is available in the app. You can view the whole catalog on the Texture website and see if you favorite magazines are included.

I tried the app years ago, but just never used it enough to justify the subscription price. And it also felt very slow at the time. So, I decided to give it another try.
Once you’ve installed the app to your device, you can read the magazines while connected to Wi-Fi, or you can choose to download the publications to your device for offline reading. I’d recommend against downloading too many magazines to your iPhone and iPad unless you have plenty of space on your device. Magazine downloads can add up very quickly and use up a lot of your available space.

Overall, I have to say, I’m very pleasantly surprised by how well the app works nowadays. Even on an older device, such as an iPad 2 from years ago, the app felt very responsive and worked great.
So, if you like to read magazines, this is a great option to catch up on many of your favorites, all in one place and for a very reasonable monthly fee.
You can find the app in the iOS app store and download directly from there.

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