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Apple pushes iOS 14.4.2, iPadOS 14.4.2, and watchOS 7.3.3 to supported devices

Enlarge / Apple’s 2020 iPad Air. Samuel Axon Today, Apple began rolling out iOS 14.4.2, iPadOS 14.4.2, and watchOS 7.3.3, and the company issued an advisory to users to upgrade as soon as possible. Like iOS/iPadOS 14.4.1 before it, this update addresses a security flaw. Additionally, Apple released a similar security update—12.5.2—for older devices like […]

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COVID-19 contact tracing hits Apple devices with iOS and iPadOS 13.5

Enlarge / The iPhone 11. Samuel Axon Apple released iOS 13.5 and iPadOS 13.5 for iPhones, iPods, and iPads today. They went live alongside minor software updates for Apple TV and HomePod devices. The iOS update mainly adds new health-related features—most notably the much-discussed Exposure Notification API that was co-developed with Google to help local, regional, […]


iOS and iPadOS 13 beta 4 signals death of 3D Touch, rise of Context Menu

Back in 2015, Apple introduced pressure-sensitive iPhone screens alongside 3D Touch as a potentially major hardware-software innovation, but barely supported the feature, leading to informed speculation that all of 2019’s iPhones would lose their pressure-sensing hardware. Today’s release of the fourth iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 developer betas appears to put the final nail in […]

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iPadOS, coming “this fall”: Thumb drives, more gestures, “desktop-class” browsing

Enlarge Samuel Axon In addition to expected updates to WatchOS and iOS, Apple’s Monday WWDC keynote included an announcement of a new iOS fork: iPadOS. This new updated OS focuses squarely on the larger-screen capabilities of iPads—though Apple didn’t confirm which iPad models will be supported. The OS’ beta period will begin “today,” with a […]