I installed iOS9 Beta on my iPhone 6 a day or two after it was announced at WWDC. This is my phone I use daily so it really was a trial by fire.
It lived up to what Apple announced at WWDC. The new “San Francisco” font is easy to read, the improved spotlight search was excellent and the new app switcher was nice and fast. You can get a better idea on iOS9 features here and here.
So, how is it going? Well, I must confess something. I actually restored my phone back to iOS 8.3.
The fatal flaw in the beta version of iOS9 is the battery life. EVERYTHING else was fine. I use my phone a fair amount and my battery lasts me about a day and a half. On iOS9 I was getting half a day.
I am pretty sure these issues will be ironed out by the time there is a public release. A lot of the battery life issues can also be attributed to it being beta software. It has to log errors to send back to Apple and has not been fully optimised yet.
So unless you have a spare iPhone for testing, I’d give the beta a skip. And if you HAVE to give it a try, make sure that you back up your shit.
Binder, clearly a rip of “Tinder” is an app that will call up or text your partner and give them the bad news. Where Tinder allows you to swipe people into your life, Binder allows you to swipe them out of your life.
The Internet has made it super easy to find the special someone.
Binder makes it just as easy to get rid of them too. With one swipe we take out all the pain of chucking your other half.
As simple as that. I tried downloading this app to give it a test (with Rachel’s permission of course) and see what kind of message they deliver but it was not yet available in at US app store. I do hope they deliver a polite, heartfelt message with a side of condescension and sarcasm.
I have very high hopes for this app as it has one of the best customer reviews I have ever seen.
I’ll update this post with a review once I get the app tested. Oh, and best of all? It is free. Saving a dollar on an app may be good because I doubt you’ll be getting your stuff back after using this app.
[Binder via ProductHunt]
We have all seen a few action movies where you see the one guy sneak up to the other guy’s car and stick a magnet GPS tracker underneath a wheel arch. Well that is actually just a waste of time. All he needed to do was grab the other guy’s iPhone for a few minutes.
Now this could be used if you think your significant other has been straying too. Most people generally keep their phones on them. So if you want a nicely mapped out view of where your significant other’s iPhone has been just grab it and open up Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services > Frequent Locations.
As all good tech enthusiasts do, I threw caution to the wind and installed iOS9 Beta 1 on my iPhone 6. Yes, I put beta software on my phone that I use daily. This is what happened.
A little bit more news trickling out of Apple after WWDC 2015 is that Apple will (locally) index your emails and other information on your device to try to guess who is calling you if the contact is not saved.
If you have received an email from John Appleseed and he has his phone number in his email signature, iOS9 will notice that and present you that information if that number calls you.
This is a really useful thing for screening calls. It also competes directly with Facebook’s Android Launcher that uses Facebook profiles for a similar task, minus the privacy issues.
This is some pretty cool shit if you ask me. Well done Apple!
[Apple via TNW]