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Google ending YouTube support on older Apple TVs, iPhones, iPads, & iPod touches

Google announced yesterday that it will be ending support for its YouTube Data API v2 used by older devices. For Apple users, this means the YouTube app will no longer work on iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches running iOS 6 or earlier; users instead will have to rely on the mobile web version of YouTube at m.youtube.com going forward.

The change also affects some Apple TV users, as only the current 3rd-generation 1080p Apple TV supports YouTube’s overhauled channel; prior-generation models will entirely lose access to YouTube…

Older Apple TVs including the similar 2nd-gen 720p model will no longer have access to the dedicated YouTube channel, as it relies on the older API to function. Google mentions that the YouTube channels for Apple TV 1 and Apple TV 2 are third-party apps (made by Apple) that they do not maintain.

If you’re stuck with an older Apple TV set-top box and rely on YouTube on your HDTV for entertainment, there are a few options to make sure the show goes on. Using an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 7 or later, you can download the official YouTube app for free and AirPlay video from your iOS device to your Apple TV 2.

Similarly, you can pick up Google’s affordable Chromecast HDMI stick for $29.99 (reg. $35) and play content from YouTube right on your HDTV.

If you want to stick with Apple’s hardware for watching YouTube videos on your TV, the 3rd-gen 1080p Apple TV recently dropped in price from $99 to $69 (currently $67.87 on Amazon) and features the new Google-made YouTube channel, which will continue to work for the foreseeable future.


Filed under: Apps Tagged: Apple TV, Google, iOS 6, YouTube

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Zac Hall

April 21st

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iOS 8.3 includes settings to download free apps and iTunes content without requiring a password

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A reader has spotted that iOS 8.3 includes some new configuration options for password entry in the iTunes and App Store. Labelled as ‘Password Settings’, the new view allows users to configure how frequently Apple should ask for the user’s iTunes Store password for purchases. This includes allowing users to choose to allow free apps to be downloaded, no password necessary.

The first option allows users to require passwords immediately or expire after fifteen minutes. This option has existed in previous versions of iOS, under the Restrictions settings. However, the toggle below — ‘Require Password’ for free downloads is an altogether new option. It allows users to download free apps (and other iTunes connect) with no need to type a password. Paid content still requires authentication based on the options above.

The setting is currently disabled on iOS 8.3 devices we tested, although presumably it will activate by the time iOS 8.3 is released to the public.

The new Password Settings options were added some time in the iOS 8.3 beta cycle but is a new discovery. This is partly because the feature is only exposed to users when Touch ID is disabled. This is because with Touch ID enabled, Apple clearly thinks the convenience-security is too low as buying content is already so seamless with the tap of a fingerprint.

For a while, free downloads did not require a password. However, Apple reverted on this behaviour which upset some users. With iOS 8.3, Apple will finally offer a compromise to users who are frustrated having to type their password in for free apps, music, books, movies and other iTunes content.

Also note that the no password required option for downloads is not currently showing up in all regions; the feature seems to be closely tied to the iTunes Store servers. Again, this seems like something that will be fixed up by the time iOS 8.3 is released.

Yesterday, we found that iOS 8.3 also includes enhancements to Siri to make calls on speakerphone. Apple seeded iOS 8 beta 3 to developers, as well as a Public Beta, last week. iOS 8.3 includes new Emoji keyboard with diverse variants, wireless CarPlay, additional international Siri languages and more.

Thanks Marco


Filed under: AAPL Company, Apps, iOS, iOS Devices Tagged: download, free apps, iOS 6, iOS apps, no password, user

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Benjamin Mayo

March 22nd

Apple

Mac

According to Apple, people have all but stopped upgrading to iOS 8

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Apple’s iOS share numbers as tabulated by App Store visits are out for the first week of October and they are a “head scratcher”. iOS 8 gained only 1 point from 46% to 47%  since September 21st which should have well exceeded 1% gain by the millions of new iPhone 6/Plus shipments alone – even if not one person had updated their iPhone 5/s/c. Even more confusing is that the “Earlier” category of iOS 6 and before devices actually grew in percentage from 5% to 6% over the previous two week period.

It is possible some people downgraded to iOS 7 (which was an option until just after 8.0.2 was released) while others have stayed put on their current iOS version because of a succession of errors in rolling out iOS 8. Combined with the large amount of space required to do an over the air update, it appears that iOS users have all but stopped upgrading iOS –a marked departure from years past.

 

 


Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: App Store, Apple, iOS, iOS 6, iOS 7, iPad, iPhone, September

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Seth Weintraub

October 7th

Apple

Mac

iOS 8 adoption lagging significantly behind iOS 7, but iPhone 6 uptake is about double its predecessors

Screen Shot 2014-10-06 at 10.26.31Within the first twenty-four hours, iOS 8 update appeared to be slower than its predecessors.  A few weeks in, this continues to be the case says analytics firm Fisku.

After twelve days, both iOS 6 and iOS 7 had comfortably crossed the 50% mark for iOS usage. By contrast, iOS 8 is yet to hit the 40% mark according to Fisku’s measurements. An independent study from Mixpanel says iOS 8 is closer to 50%, but it is still far behind iOS 7’s rate of uptake.

At least, iOS 8 is ahead of iOS 5 in terms of usage, which should be expected given that iOS 4 users wanting to upgrade to iOS 5 had to plug in to iTunes to update. Since that change, both iOS 6 and iOS 7’s upgrade rates were almost double that of iOS 5. For reasons not fully known, iOS 8 currently sits about halfway between these two.

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Meanwhile, iPhone 6 adoption is record-setting. The graph above shows iPhone adoption (as a percentage of total iPhones in use) in the days after release. The iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s followed near-identical growth path, but the iPhone 6 is more than double that rate. As of 17 days since release, the iPhone 6 has touched the 4% level. For comparison, the combined share of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c was about 3% in the same period.

That’s without adding in iPhone 6 Plus usage. Adoption of the larger 5.5 inch device appears to be slightly more than the iPhone 5c right now. From this data, both models of iPhone 6 crossed 5% of total iPhone usage in under 18 days. This is roughly twice the combined uptake of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c.

Note that these figures are all based on current iPhone usage. Although the information should be similar, in some cases, usage rates may vary wildly to sales. However, it is important to remember that in absolute units, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are exceeding iPhone 5 series devices even more, as the absolute base of phones is larger now than in previous years.

On an ‘official’ basis, Apple last updated its iOS adoption statistics on the 21st of September, saying that 46% of iOS users visiting the App Store were running iOS 8. Historically, this number is always greater than third parties numbers, as they track wider scope of usage characteristics beyond the App Store.

 


Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: iOS, iOS 6, iOS 7, iOS 8, uptake

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Benjamin Mayo

October 6th

Apple

Mac

How to Make the Switch from Android to iOS

How to Make the Switch from Android to iOS

Android is a fine OS, but the lure of a new iPhone may be too much to resist. If you're going to make the switch, you won't want to leave any scrap of your precious mobile identity in Android's cold robotic embrace. Here's how to pack up everything you'll need to bring to your new life in Apple's walled garden.

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Andrew Tarantola

December 25th

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Following evasi0n jailbreak release, A4 devices on iOS 6.1.5 also untethered via “p0xisxpwn” Cydia package

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Yesterday the iOS jailbreaking community was caught off-guard by the sudden release of an updated evasi0n tool compatible with iOS 7. Now, users with an iPhone 4 or fourth-generation iPod touch on iOS 6.1.3 through 6.1.5—versions previously impervious to the iOS 6 jailbreak—can also get an untethered jailbreak for their devices. This is an especially welcome release for users of the fourth-gneration iPod touch and original iPad, both of which are incompatible with iOS 7.

As you can see from the directions, the actual jailbreaking part takes place in the existing redsn0w application, which has been used to jailbreak iOS 6 and other versions in the past. However, this part of the jailbreak is “tethered,” which means the user must connect to a computer and re-run the software in order to boot it or run many stock apps.

To achieve the “untethered” status and allow reboots with no need to connect to a Mac or PC, users can install a newly-released package from Cydia. The package, dubbed “p0sixpwn,” was created by iH8snowwinocm, and several other veteran jailbreak developers.

The developers have outlined the steps for installing p0sixpwn on an iOS 6 device:

1) Have a tethered jailbreak (either via redsn0w [Point to 6.0 IPSW] or sn0wbreeze).
2) Open Cydia.
3) Click the “Changes” tab in the footer.
4) Press the “Refresh” button in the top left corner.
5) After “Reloading Data”, perform a search for “p0sixspwn” (the O is a zero).
6) Tap Install.

The developers say that finishing a jailbreak for A5 devices (iPhone 4S, fifth-generation iPod touch, and iPad 2) and newer, which they hope to release later this week. They have not yet specified if that jailbreak will be tethered or untethered.


Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: 6.1.3, 6.1.4, 6.1.5, iOS 6, jailbreak, p0sixpwn, redsn0w

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Mike Beasley

December 23rd

Apple

Mac

Tweetbot 3 updated w/ text size adjusting, lists in timeline, new gesture for Twitter actions

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Popular Twitter client Tweetbot 3 has received an expected 3.1 update with many enhancements. In our review of the application, we noted that it has a great new interface over Tweetbot 2, but it lacked a couple of features from the older version: the ability to adjust the text size independently of iOS’s new system-wide text size setting, lists in the central timeline view, and a right swipe gesture. All three of those features have returned in Tweetbot 3.1, and the new right-swipe gesture can be set to quickly reply to, favorite, or retweet a Tweet…

In addition, the update brings settings to hide timeline badges and select square avatars in Settings > Display as well as a new option to email conversations or share using Storify. The ”Last tweet x minutes ago” also returns in version 3.1 under recent images on profiles.

You can read our full review of Tweetbot 3 here and check it out on the App Store here.

In related news for those running iOS 6, Tweetbot 2 has returned to the App Store with bug fixes for both iPhone/iPod touch and iPad.Twitterrific 5, another great third-party Twitter client, was updated last night with profile enhancements and performance improvements. 

What’s New in Version 3.1

- Using a list as your timeline is back (hold down on “Timeline” title to reveal the menu)
- Right swipe to quick reply (short swipe and release for custom action)
- Resize text within the app (Settings > Display)
- Option to set square avatars and hide timeline badges (Settings > Display)
- Email conversations or share via Storify
- “Last tweet x minutes ago” is back in the profiles (under recent images)
- Removed “Retweeted by” string so there’s less chance of truncation
- Lots of bug fixes


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Mark Gurman

November 11th

Apple

Mac

How to Go Back to iOS 6 (If You Can At All)

How to Go Back to iOS 6 (If You Can At All)

iOS 7 is here! It’s different! It’s beautiful! It’s…terrifying! Not brave enough for this brave new world? It might not be too late to go back. Past a certain point it’s going to become virtually impossible to put iOS 6 back on your phone, but for now you may be able to postpone the inevitable. Be warned: The road ahead is treacherous.

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Eric Limer

September 19th

Apple

How to Go Back to iOS 6 (If You Can At All)

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Eric Limer

September 19th

Apple

iOS 7 Review: Pretty Is as Pretty Does

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Adam Clark Estes

September 18th

Apple

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