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Apple unveils its own AR measuring app called ‘Measure’

First AR measuring tape app from Apple — Measure.

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Apple unveiled a new AR measuring app called ‘Measure’ during Worldwide Developer Conference 2018 today. The app, as the name suggests, can measure real-world things in Augmented Reality.

Apple SVP of Software Engineering Craig Federighi demonstrated the Measure app in action during the event by measuring a suitcase. It’s not the first AR app in the App Store that can measure things, but it definitely is a first-party offering from Apple.

Measure is a new app in iOS 12, which uses AR to quickly gauge the size of real-world objects similar to a tape measure. The new app automatically provides the dimensions of objects like picture frames, posters and signs, and can also show diagonal measurements, compute area and allow users to take a photo and share it with accurate dimensions right from their iPhone or iPad.

Apple didn’t mention the availability of Measure specifically, however, we are expecting to see the app launch alongside iOS 12.

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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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iOS 12 already running on 50 percent of iOS devices

53% of devices introduced in the last four years are using iOS 12.

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After a little over three weeks of public release, iOS 12 is now running on more than 50 percent of iOS devices against last year’s iOS 11. Apple officially confirmed the milestone today on its developer page.

According to Apple, 53 percent of iOS devices introduced in the last four years are running on iOS 12, while 40 percent of iOS devices are on iOS 11. Rest follows the earlier version of iOS.

iOS 12 Adoption October 2018

iOS 12 brings new features and improvements to iPhone and iPad. The update significantly boosts the performance on older iOS devices, with new features such as Shortcuts, ARKit 2, and Memoji on board. You can read more about iOS 12 and everything new bundled with it here.

Apple has been testing iOS 12.1 beta for some time now. It should be available to the public with a stable build in the coming weeks.

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Apple releases watchOS 5 with Podcasts, Walkie-Talkie, and much more

Sorry, the original Apple Watch!

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Apple has released watchOS 5 for Apple Watch today. The software update brings a lot of new features and improvements to the Apple-designed wearable, including Activity Competitions, Advanced Running Features, and Walkie-Talkie.

watchOS 5 brings Apple Podcasts to the Watch for the first time. Siri on Apple Watch is now state-of-the-art smart, thanks to Machine Learning leveraged by the Sir watch face. Plus, strike off the “Hey Siri” command — you can now just raise your wrist to talk to Siri. And she will listen.

watchOS 5 Supported Devices

  • Apple Watch Series 1
  • Apple Watch Series 2
  • Apple Watch Series 3
  • Apple Watch Series 4

watchOS 5 Changelog

Activity

  • Challenge any of your Activity sharing friends to a one-on-one, seven-day competition
  • Earn points by filling your Activity rings, one point for every percent added to the rings each day
  • View active competitions in the sharing tab of the Activity app
  • Receive intelligent and personalized notifications throughout the competitions
  • Earn awards at the end of the competition, and view in the redesigned Awards tab in the Activity app on iPhone

Workout

  • Automatic workout detection sends alerts to start the Workout app for many workouts, giving you retroactive credit for exercise already started, and end alerts reminding you to end your workout
  • Yoga and Hiking workout types for accurate tracking of relevant metrics
  • Set target pace during outdoor run workouts and receive alerts if you fall behind or move ahead of that target pace
  • Track cadence, or steps per minute, as you run and see average cadence in running Workout summaries
  • Rolling mile (or km) metric for running workouts measures pace for the immediately preceding mile (or km)

Apple Podcasts

  • Sync subscribed shows on Apple Podcasts to Apple Watch for local playback with Bluetooth headphones
  • New episodes are automatically refreshed as they are added to subscribed shows
  • Stream any available episode or show on Apple Podcasts with Siri when connected to Wi-Fi or cellular
  • New Podcasts complication for watch faces

Walkie-Talkie

  • Invite friends with Apple Watch to communicate with Walkie-Talkie
  • Press to talk and release to listen
  • Supports one-to-one interactions between Apple Watch users
  • Special sounds and haptics distinguish Walkie-Talkie from other notifications on Apple Watch
  • Set your availability for Walkie-Talkie
  • Walkie-Talkie works through Wi-Fi or cellular on Apple Watch or with paired iPhone

Watch Faces

  • Breathe face with three animation styles to choose from: Classic, Calm, and Focus
  • Three new motion faces—Fire & Water, Vapor, and Liquid Metal—that animate when you raise your wrist or tap the display
  • Display curated moments from your photo library using the Memories option on the Photos watch face
  • New complications for Podcasts and Walkie-Talkie

Siri

  • Updated Siri watch face intelligently surfaces predictive and proactive Shortcuts based on routines and inputs like location and time of day
  • Integration with Maps on the Siri watch face shows turn-by-turn directions and estimated arrival times to your next calendar event location
  • Heart Rate measurements surfaced on the Siri watch face including resting rate, walking average, and recovery rate
  • Live sports scores and upcoming games for your favorite teams in the TV app appear on the Siri watch face
  • Support for third-party app shortcuts on the Siri watch face
  • Access to Siri with Raise to Speak, by raising your wrist to your mouth and speaking your request into the watch (Series 3 and later)
  • Support for customized voice commands for Siri Shortcuts that are created and managed on iPhone

Notifications

  • Notifications from the same app are automatically grouped together to help you manage your notifications
  • Ability to modify notifications preferences for an app by swiping left on an app notification in Notification Center
  • New Deliver Quietly option silently sends notifications directly to Notification Center without interrupting you
  • Turn off Do Not Disturb after a set time, location or calendar event

Heart Rate

  • Option to be notified if your heart rate falls below a specified threshold while you appeared to be inactive for a 10-minute period
  • Heart Rate measurements including resting rate, walking average, and recovery rate shown on the Siri watch face

Other features and improvements

  • View website content optimized for Apple Watch when receiving links in Mail or Messages
  • Add cities to Weather app on Apple Watch
  • See new metrics like UV Index, wind speed, and air quality index in supported regions in Weather app
  • Add new stocks to track in the Stocks app on Apple Watch
  • Customize arrangement of Control Center icons
  • Choose Wi-Fi networks in Settings app and enter password if prompted
  • Answer FaceTime video calls as audio on Apple Watch
  • Option to install software updates overnight
  • Add cities to World Clock app on Apple Watch
  • Use redesigned categories to scroll through and choose emoji in Mail and Messages
  • Adds support for system language in Hindi

Some features may not be available for all countries or all areas. For more information visit:

https://www.apple.com/watchos/feature-availability/

For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website:

https://support.apple.com/HT201222

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