Apple Releases iOS 8 with new Photo's, Message, Health apps, Continuity and iCloud Drive

Apple has just released iOS 8 to the public, making the download available to users of recent iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch models. Users can obtain the update either by connecting their devices to iTunes and clicking the "Check for Update" button or checking for over-the-air updates on their devices via Settings -> General -> Software Update. It may, however, take a few minutes for the update to propagate to all users.

In iOS 8, the Photos app and iCloud Photo Library give you access to all of your photos and videos anytime, anywhere. Your photos are easy to find and are organized consistently across your enabled devices. The Photos app can automatically straighten horizons and with smart editing tools, you can quickly adjust light and color or access individual tools for deeper fine-tuning. With iCloud Photo Library, every adjustment and effect is automatically updated across your devices.

Conversations in Messages become more immersive with the ability to communicate with just a swipe. Tap to Talk allows you to share your voice and the same simple gesture also works for sharing videos and photos within Messages. Group messaging now gives you the ability to add and remove contacts, leave a conversation and the option to not be disturbed. Users can easily browse through all of the photos and videos within a conversation and share multiple photos and videos at once. You can choose to share your current location from within Messages for an hour, a day or longer.

The new Health app gathers the information you choose from your various health apps and fitness devices, and provides you with a clear and current overview in one place. iOS 8 offers developers the ability for health and fitness apps to communicate with each other. With your permission, each app can use specific information from other apps to provide a more comprehensive way to manage your health and fitness. For example, the Nike+ apps using NikeFuel will be able to pull in other key HealthKit metrics such as sleep and nutrition to build a custom user profile and improve athletic performance. 

New predictive typing for Apple’s QuickType keyboard is smarter and more personalized, and intelligently takes context into account, such as who the recipient is and in which app you’re typing. QuickType understands the way you communicate, suggesting favorite phrases, so you can write entire sentences with just a few taps. What the keyboard learns is encrypted on your device and never sent to the cloud.

iOS 8 introduces Family Sharing, making it easier than ever to communicate and share purchases, photos and calendars within the same household. Family members can browse and download each other’s iTunes®, iBooks® or App Store purchases. Up to six members can participate, each with their own Apple ID. Parents can create Apple IDs for children, which includes Ask to Buy, requiring parental permission for purchases. Family Sharing automatically keeps everyone connected by creating a shared family photo stream, shared calendar and provides an option for locating family members and their devices. 

With iCloud Drive, documents of any type can be safely stored, accessed and edited across your devices. Make edits on one device and the most up-to-date version of your documents will be available across all devices, whether an iOS device, Mac®, Windows PC or on www.icloud.com. iCloud Drive brings a whole new level of collaboration between apps, providing seamless access and the ability to work on the same file across multiple apps.

For more information visit our dedicated iOS 8 page.



How to Remove U2 Album, Songs of Innocence, from iTunes Account

During Apple's keynote announcement, the company announced plans to provide U2's new album, "Songs of Innocence," to all iTunes customers for free. Rather than letting customers choose to download the album on their own, however, Apple pushed it to iTunes accounts, causing some devices to automatically download the album without explicit user permission. The move upset users who did not want to have U2's album listed on their devices, which has now prompted Apple to create a process for removing the album from user's devices.

To remove this album:

    1    Go to https://itunes.com/soi-remove.

    2    Click Remove Album to confirm you'd like to remove the album from your account.

    3    Sign in with the Apple ID and password you use to buy from the iTunes Store.

    4    You'll see a confirmation message that the album has been removed from your account.

If you downloaded the songs to iTunes on your Mac or PC or to the Music app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you'll need to delete them manually.

Apple warns that once the album has been removed from an iTunes account that it will no longer be available as a previously purchased album. Users have until October 13, 2014 to manually reinstall the album for free.



Next Apple Media Event: 21 October 2014

ipad-mini-new.png

Although it hasn't been confirmed we are taking a guess at when Apple next media event will be.

Apple traditional has done it October media event on the second last Tuesday of the month. This year that happens to be 21 October.

What to expect from this event?

We will see the final preview of OS X Yosemite which will become available to the public after the event.

It's hard to say what will happen so far away but you can be sure we will see some updated iPad's, iPad Mini's and an upgrade to the iMac. There is a possibility of an upgrade to the Mac Mini or a completely new Apple TV...

Let us know what product you would like to see updated in the comments section.



iPhone 6 Second Round Pre-Orders

Although South Africa doesn't fall into the second round of pre-orders for iPhone's it gives us some idea about how quickly Apple is releasing the iPhone 6. Just to give you some idea, South Africa was in the 4th round of countries for the iPhone 5s.

Apple has revealed the pre-orders for the second round of countries will open on the 26 September. Although it doesn't give a release date it is most likely going to be the 3rd October. The second round of countries have mostly received the new iPhone 2 weeks after the first round of countries. 

Most of the countries listed in the second round of iPhone 6 release were in the second round of the iPhone 5s release. One or two countries might get a chance to move up which would be good for South Africa. South Africa has been creeping up the pecking order for iPhone releases.

Let's hope Apple doesn't have production issues with the iPhone 6 and we could see it in South Africa before November.

Second round countries include:

Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, South Korea, Russia, Taiwan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates.



How to get U2 - Songs of Innocence Free on iTunes

Music

On your iOS device, go to the Music app and select the Albums tab. Select Songs of Innocence. Tap a track to listen or tap the iCloud icon to download.

iTunes

On your Mac or PC, open iTunes, then select the Albums tab. Select Songs of Innocence. Select a track to listen or click the iCloud icon to download.

iTunes Radio

On any of your devices, go to Featured Stations and select Songs of Innocence to listen. Starting September 10.

Beats Music

Songs of Innocence will be available to stream on September 10.



Apple discontinues iPod Classic

It only took four years, but the iPod classic is finally dead. As part of the Apple website overhaul, the iPod Classic has finally been removed from sale. The new website has been modernized in many ways, but as a byproduct the Classic has been cut from Apple’s lineup.

It was only a matter of time, of course. The last time the iPod Classic was updated at all was in 2008, when storage capacities were adjusted. The design of the iPod Classic dates back to circa 2004. Alas, it is no more. Apple no longer sells a device with a clickwheel.

Luckily for us South Africa's we have a few more days before we see the iPod Classic disappears from our stores. Get your hands on one today before it's to late.



iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus Expected Price in South Africa

This is an expect price of Apple iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c in South Africa. These prices may change based on the exchange rate.

iPhone 6 Plus iPhone 6 iPhone 5s iPhone 5c
8GB - - R8 999 R7 999
16GB R10 999 R9 999 - -
64GB R11 999 R10 999 - -
128GB R12 999 R11 999 - -

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are expected to reach South Africa by November. These prices are outright prices and do not take into consideration contracts. Contract prices will be determined by cellphone operators in South Africa and revealed closer to the launch date.

We will keep you updated on all the latest news about the iPhone 6 launch in South Africa.