Tag Archive for ‘Software Update’

Apple Releases iOS 8.4 ➝

Federico Viticci:

Apple has released iOS 8.4 today, bringing a redesigned Music app with Apple Music support, audiobook listening features for iBooks and CarPlay, and iBooks Author textbook support on iPhone. […]

iOS 8.4 is available now through Apple’s software update. Beats 1 will debut today in Apple Music for all users today at 9 AM PT.

Unfortunately, I won’t have time to update my devices until later tonight or tomorrow.

Hiding Apple TV Apps with 6.1 ➝

Apple has released Apple TV software update 6.1 today, which alongside some security fixes allows you to easily hide applications from the main menu.

From the main menu, simply press and hold the select button on your remote and then press the play/pause button with the unwanted application selected. You’ll be given a dialog box with the option to hide the app.

If you’d like to unhide the app later, you can do so by navigating to the Main Menu section within Settings.

Apple Releases iOS 7.1 ➝


iOS 7.1 is packed with interface refinements, bug fixes, improvements, and new features. Apple CarPlay introduces a better way to use iPhone while driving. And you can now control exactly how long Siri listens and more.

Looks like a great update.

Apple Pulls Apple TV 6.0 Update ➝

I was given the “connect to iTunes” screen when I tried updating my second-generation Apple TV, but all was fine once I restored it in iTunes. I didn’t have any issues with my third-generation Apple TV and assumed it was just an isolated incident. Apparently, not.

Apple Releases Apple TV 6.0 Software Update ➝

iTunes Radio, iCloud Photos and Video, iTunes Music Store, and more.

On Android Software Updates

I’ve come to a realization about why Android manufacturers have such a hard time offering software updates. I’m sure that the carriers complicate things, but the primary reason is that manufacturers don’t make any money after the device is sold. Why would HTC take the time to make the latest version of Android run on a year old device, when they won’t be making any more money from it?

The device has already been purchased by the customer and HTC probably isn’t even manufacturing it anymore. Instead, they’ve already moved on to a new handset with a slightly faster processor and a screen that’s 0.1-inches larger than the last. HTC won’t be making any money selling software for their devices because Android users don’t buy software. And even if they did, I can’t find any evidence that HTC is making a commission on sales in the Android Market. So, with no incentive to release a software update, they abandon the device.

And, this is the biggest problem I have with Android. Forget about the usability issues, forget about the battery life, and forget about the ugly hardware. I purchased the first-generation iPhone on June 29, 2007 and continued to use it until I purchased my current phone, an iPhone 3GS, on June 25, 2009. When I buy the iPhone 5 this summer/fall, it’ll puts the lifespan of my current and previous handsets at about two years each. And during the entire time I used both of those handsets, they were running the most recent version of iOS available from Apple. They might not have had every feature available, but I didn’t have to root my device to get the latest update.

Google announced at I/O yesterday that they are encouraging carriers and device makers to offer software updates for 18 months after devices launch. Meanwhile, Apple has offered software updates to their handsets for an average of 30 months after launch. Why would I purchase a device from a manufacturer that had to be convinced by Google to continue offering updates, when I could get a handset from a company that has been doing it for nearly four years?

Aside from their want to keep customers happy, Apple continues to offer software updates to their iPhones long after their release because Apple makes money from the App Store. Developers don’t want to worry about backwards compatibility with their software — it’s easier to test your app against one version of the OS. Apple supports older hardware because it’s in their best interest to. Keeping a large percentage of their customers on the latest version of the OS allows developers to write code more efficiently by using newer APIs and only having to test on a small number of devices. This means more software is released for the platform and more users are buying software for their devices.

Google may be able to fix this problem by convincing carriers and device makers to support their handsets for 18 months after launch. But, I hope they understand how important this promise is to keep. Users don’t want to feel like they have an old device, but they won’t feel that way if a software update is coming out every few months. A lot of people are buying Android devices right now, but will their next device run Android if their current one feels outdated after just a few months?

Fixing Your Platform In Post ➝

Justin Williams:

To make a dent in Apple’s market lead, Google, Microsoft, Blackberry and HP (eventually) need to focus less on the hardware specs or openness of their platform, and more on getting software updates to their existing user base on a regular basis.

Software updates are the key to success. Give existing users new features and they’ll come back when it’s time to buy a new device.


iOS 4 Launches Today

Apple has finally released iOS 4 for the iPhone and iPod touch. A unified email inbox, multitasking, and folders are some of the landmark features. For those of you who, like me, have been using iOS 4 for a few weeks, there isn’t much new with the OS itself.

For us the big news is that apps are finally being updated for iOS 4, Pandora being the most likely candidate for the title of “killer app.” I’ve been using Pandora for years and have always enjoyed listening to it on my iPhone. I don’t know how many times I’ve plugged my iPhone into a pair of speakers and launched Pandora when we had some friends over. But, the problems start when we needed to look up a word for Scrabble, reply to an SMS message, or Look up some info about whatever random topic we’re discussing, all of a sudden the music stops and all of your friends start wondering why.

Pandora can now run in the background. And, it integrates beautifully into the OS as well. The button on your headphones now works as it should and the controls that pop up on the lock screen do too.

iOS 4 may make iPhone users look like they’re all jazzed about a feature that other smartphones have had for years. Well, Apple may not have been the first, but they’re the first to do it right.