Family Sharing is one of the more useful new features found in iOS 8. It allows family members to share purchases made on the App Store and iTunes, and it also allows one person to control those purchases from a single credit card. You can set up the Family Sharing option by opening the App Store app after your first install iOS 8 and following the prompts, or you can go to Settings > iCloud > Family.
Family Sharing allows you to add up to six devices to your account. You can add additional devices after the initial setup by also going to Settings > iCloud > Family from the master device. Once you're inside the Family settings, just tap "Add Family Member..." and enter a family member's name or email address.
Canadian investment firm BMO Capital Markets is expecting a huge amount of iPhones to sell next year, along with a modest number of Apple Watches. In accordance with its expectations, earlier this week the firm increased its share price target to $110.
In a research note provided to AppleInsider, BMO analyst Keith Bachman remained with his "outperform" rating for AAPL shares. He projects 189 million iPhone (all models) sales in fiscal 2015, up about 10 million units from his previous projection.
Apple has finally gotten HealthKit up and rolling after delaying its launch a little over a week due to a bug in iOS 8.0. The first HealthKit-enabled apps starting appearing on the App Store on Friday after Apple released iOS 8.0.2 to fix the issues plaguing the new health platform. One of the first HealthKit-compatible apps spotted in the wild was FitPort. The app promises to deliver a "simple dashboard for your daily fitness stats" by recording steps, cycling distance, active and dietary calories, plus more to Apple's Health app. FitPort is available now for $1.99.
Other HealthKit friendly apps include:
- WebMD (Free) Connect Healthy Target to the Apple Health app to receive actionable insights on your health data.
- Yummly (Free) - Recipe app. Allows you to send nutrition information to the Health app.
- Carrot Fit ($2.99) Allows you to sync your weight and workout data with the Health app.
- MyFitnessPal (Free)
• Add your meal summaries to HealthKit – You can now share meal data with HealthKit-connected apps every time you add food to your diary.
• Sync your weight with HealthKit – If you have an app that records your weight in HealthKit, we can automatically sync that with your MyFitnessPal account. Likewise, if you track your weight in MyFitnessPal we’ll keep your HealthKit data updated.
• Add exercises from other HealthKit apps to your diary – When you exercise with an app that saves workout data to HealthKit, we can adjust your daily calorie goal for you.
Prior to iOS 8, Apple only allowed its native apps like Calendar, Reminders, and Stocks to push data to your Notification Center. To be sure, there were jailbreak tweaks such as NCWeather that would let you add widgets, but that was not sanctioned by Apple and could've nullified your warranty. With the latest iOS, however, Apple has opened up the Notification Center to third party developers and there are already a bunch of apps with widgets available. For example, if you have the Sports Center app, it now has a widget available that you can add to your NC, which will show you updated scores, news, etc.
If you have updated to iOS 8 and want to add a widget to your iPhone's Notification Center, here's how:
1. Make sure you have an updated version of your app that includes iOS 8 widgets.
2. Open your Notification Center by swiping down from the top of your screen.
Apple released iOS 8.0.2 on Thursday to fix the bugs created by iOS 8.0.1. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users complained that they lost their cellular signal and couldn't use Touch ID after downloading iOS 8.0.1 on Wednesday. Apple quickly pulled the update after it was released and announced they were working on a fix. Apple told CNBC that "less than 40,000" users were impacted by the problems caused by iOS 8.0.1.
iOS 8.0.1 was originally released to fix an issue with HealthKit and other small problems plaguing iPhone and iPad users. A bug in Apple's HealthKit SDK has delayed developers from releasing HeathKit-enabled apps to the App Store, which was a major selling point of the iPhone 6 and iOS 8. The update also resolved an issue affecting 3rd party keyboards and squashed a bug that prevented uploading photos and videos from Safari. iOS 8.0.2 also fixes these bugs plus adds improvements to the Reachability feature found only on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and it brings better support for the "Ask To Buy" option in Family Sharing. You can see the full changelog below.
It has been a bad week for Apple, on Wednesday the company was forced to pull iOS 8.0.1 because it was disabling people's Touch ID and cellular service, and on Thursday a noted security researcher told The Daily Dot that the company knew before Celebgate about a security hole that left iCloud users vulnerable. Apple has also been dealing with a few users complaints that have gone viral under the name "Bendgate".
The hastag #Bendgate started trending on Twitter after a few users claimed that their iPhone 6 had become bent after being in their pocket. The various forum and blog posts prompted some people to conduct their own "bend" tests which revealed the obvious, the iPhone 6 can be bent and damaged if you apply enough pressure to it.
The evolution of the mobile phone is odd when you think about it. We went from wanting smaller phones to wanting larger displays, and we chose text as our preferred means of communication over video and voice calls. So why did Apple add the ability to send voice messages in iOS 8 if people are just going text each other anyway? Some would argue that Apple added voice messages because it is a popular feature on WhatsApp, BlackBerry Messenger and other third-party messaging services, but I like to think of it as the end of the dinosaur known as Voice Mail.
How many times have you had a text conversation where you said, "I can't explain this in text... I'm going to call you". Or how many times have you wanted to leave someone a message but didn't want to deal with the long process of calling them and leaving a voice mail? This is where a voice messages comes in. Thanks to iOS 8, iPhone users can now quickly record and send a voice message without the need to call someone.
Just four days after its release on September 17, iOS 8's adoption rate hit 46%, according to Apple's App Store Distribution page. This is well ahead of iOS 7's rate, which hit 52% a week after it was made available.
At the end of May, just three days before Apple announced iOS 8, around 90% of iPhone users and 85% of iPad users had adopted iOS 7, which means iOS 7 has dropped of somewhere in the neighborhood of 40% in just a few days.
UPDATE: An Apple spokesperson has confirmed with The Verge that the iOS 8.0.1 update was pulled due to reports that it was disrupting cellular service and Touch ID functionality.
Just seven days after the release of iOS 8, Apple has rolled out iOS 8.0.1 to squash a few bugs. The update resolves an issue that was plaguing third-party HealthKit apps, a third-party keyboard bug that was causing problems with user passcodes, an issue with Safari and more. You can see the complete changelog below.
Apple released iOS 8 on September 17, 2014, just two days before the official launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus . The first developer beta was made available on June 2, 2014. The update added many enhancements and new features, like a QuickType keyboard and HealtKit app, to Apple's OS.
Here's a public service announcement, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are not water- or skinny jean proof. Some iPhone owners have reported that their new handsets have been bending in their pockets. A MacRumors forum member said their iPhone 6 Plus was damaged "during a day of dancing, dining, and driving to a wedding," while another iPhone owner said his device became bent after he just sat down.
Bendgate isn't really much of a surprise, as Wired points out, both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are "just over a quarter-inch thick and made largely of aluminum, a flexible metal". Storing your new iPhone in your tight pants pocket while bending, sitting or moving may cause it to bend and can even lead to costly repairs, as some owners are quickly finding out.