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Apple releases iOS 11.2 with Apple Pay Cash, 7.5W Wireless Charging, Date Bug Fix

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Apple today released iOS 11.2 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The OTA update for iOS 11 brings in a bunch of new features and improvements; however, the unusual timing of the software update makes sense to say that it is likely intended to fix a major date bug that began affecting users beginning December 2. After all, this is the first major iOS update to be dropped on a weekend.

First spotted by Yoshimasa Niwa, the bug caused some iPhones running iOS 11.1.2 crash when receiving local notifications from third-party apps. (The bug doesn’t have a fancy name!)

The date bug is now fixed with this release of iOS 11. If you’re affected with the bug, then it would be better to turn off Notifications before proceeding to install the iOS 11.2 software update, as it can crash the Springboard while you’re waiting for the download to compete. The best way would be to enable DND before installing the update and disable it after you’re on iOS 11.2. Simple as that. Apple’s official comment on this can be viewed here.

Apple Pay Cash

Aside from the immediate bug fix, iOS 11.2 comes along Apple Pay Cash, a peer-to-peer mobile payment system that lets Apple users send and receive money between each other. Although Apple Pay Cash is mentioned in iOS 11.2 changelog, it doesn’t appear to be live as of writing this post. Assuming that some server-side work is yet to be done from Apple, we’re hoping to see the service go live early next week (when the software update was originally scheduled to air).

Faster Wireless Charging and more

iOS 11.2 also includes faster wireless charging, jumping from 5W wireless charging to 7.5W. It is supposed to reduce the wireless charging time, of course, on iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X. The software update also adds three new Live wallpapers for iPhone X, improves video camera stabilization, VoiceOver stability in some apps, and more. You can read iOS 11.2 full changelog right after the fold.

iOS 11.2 Full Changelog

Here’s what’s new in iOS 11.2, straight from Apple:

Apple Pay Cash (US Only)
● Send, request, and receive money from friends and family with Apple Pay in Messages or by asking Siri
Other improvements and fixes
● Adds support for faster wireless charging on iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X with compatible third-party accessories
● Introduces three new Live wallpapers for iPhone X
● Improves video camera stabilization
● Adds support in Podcasts to automatically advance to the next episode from the same show
● Adds support in HealthKit for downhill snow sports distance as a data type
● Fixes an issue that could cause Mail to appear to be checking for new messages even when a download is complete
● Fixes an issue that could cause cleared Mail notifications from Exchange accounts to reappear
● Improves stability in Calendar
● Resolves an issue where Settings could open to a blank screen
● Fixes an issue that could prevent swiping to Today View or Camera from the Lock Screen
● Addresses an issue that could prevent Music
● Addresses an issue that could prevent Music controls from displaying on the Lock Screen
● Fixes an issue that could cause app icons to be arranged incorrectly on the Home Screen
● Addresses an issue that could prevent users from deleting recent photos when iCloud storage is exceeded
● Addresses an issue where Find My iPhone sometimes wouldn’t display a map
● Fixes an issue in Messages where the keyboard could overlap the most recent message
● Fixes an issue in Calculator where typing numbers rapidly could lead to incorrect results
● Addressed an issue where the keyboard could respond slowly
● Adds support for real-time text (RTT) phone calls for the deaf and hard of hearing
● Improves VoiceOver stability in Messages, Settings, App Store, and Music
● Resolves an issue that prevented VoiceOver from announcing incoming Notifications

Happy Updating!

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Apple updates Clips for iOS with Selfie Scenes, Stickers and more

Selfie Scenes, Stickers, Soundtracks and more.

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Apple has updated Clips app for iOS. The update adds more great content for video creation, including Selfie Scenes, Stickers, Soundtracks and more.

The new Clips iOS app brings six new Selfie Scenes that transport you into different worlds. These are 360-degree backgrounds that augment while taking selfie photos and videos. Selfie Scenes make use of Apple’s TrueDepth camera system on iOS devices, which restricts the feature to iPhone X and above models, and the new iPad Pro.

You can blend seamlessly into a variety of scenes, including a beautiful rainforest, a mad scientist’s lab, and even an action-packed scene from Disney Pixar’s Incredibles 2, thanks to the Neural Engine on Apple’s Bionic chips.

Amongst the new additions, Clips now has three new real-time filters that transform video clips into black-and-white comic books, monochrome watercolor paintings, and aged film.

There’s a bunch of new stickers and text labels in tow to use in videos. If that’s not enough, Apple has also added 17 new royalty-free soundtracks to compliment the videos that you’ll be making. Moreover, the newly-added posters lets you create great-looking video title cards with designs including science, sports and even Disney Pixar’s Incredibles 2 and Coco.

Apple Clips 2.0.5 is available to download as a free update on the App Store. Happy updating!

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Fifth iOS 12.1, tvOS 12.1, and watchOS 5.1 betas now available

Inching closer to the public release,

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Apple has dropped a trio of beta software builds today, including iOS 12.1 beta 5, tvOS 12.1 beta 5, and watchOS 5.1 beta 5. The updates are now available to registered Apple developers.

iOS 12.1 brings a host of new features and improvements, including Group FaceTime which allows you to chat with up to 31 people simultaneously. It also adds Dual SIM support and real-time depth adjustment for the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max. Not to forget, eSIM support will be available in the US only.

We’re expecting Apple to drop the public release of iOS 12.1 during its October Special Event next week. Till then, Stay tuned. 

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Redesigned Tweetbot 5 for iOS brings GIF support, optimized dark mode and more

An optimized Dark Mode for OLED displays is what you could ask for this iPhone season.

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Tweetbot 5 for iOS

Tweetbot, the award-winning Twitter client has been updated on iOS to bring GIF support, redesigned profiles amongst other new features today. The update to version 5 also makes Tweetbot ready for iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max, and iPhone XR.

What you’ll notice first upon updating to Tweetbot 5 on iOS is the new app icon. It’s now identical to the iconography on Mac. The app also lets you compose GIF that’s powered by Giphy. And an optimized Dark Mode for OLED displays is what you could ask for when you’ve got an iPhone Xs or iPhone Xs Max. Other changes to Tweetbot 5 on iOS follows:

  • Redesigned tweet status details.
  • Support for haptic feedback.
  • Auto video playback in the timeline (which can be disabled in the settings).
  • Ability to add descriptions to images when composing.

Tweetbot 5 is available to download from the App Store for $4.99. If you’re an existing Tweetbot user, you’ll get the update over-the-air for free, of course.

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