Wednesday Morning News
Right on cue, Apple has seeded the second beta of iOS 9 to developers, which is now available via over-the-air or as a full download via the developer portal. The latest beta comes with a cool feature that can automatically delete and re-install apps to free up a little extra space, if only temporarily, while the update is downloaded and installed.
MacRumors has a few other tidbits from the second beta so far. Podcasts gets a new icon, the Apple Watch is now just called “Watch”, and there’s been a couple of improvements to search, search settings, and the iOS keyboard on iPads.
Alongside iOS 9 beta 2 comes OS X El Capitan beta 2, as well as watchOS 2 beta 2. No word on what these updates contain or any new features or improvements over the first betas just yet, but that will all come in time.
Apple has been given Promoter status within the Bluetooth Special Interests Group, which AppleInsider says will give the company more control over the Bluetooth wireless standard. Apple joins Intel, Ericsson, Microsoft, Toshiba, Lenovo, and Nokia as a Promoter, also earning a permanent seat on the Special Interest Group’s board of directors.
A document filed with the FCC reveals Apple has renewed its exclusive rights to use Liquimetal alloys in its products, extending the agreement with Liquidmetal to February 2016.
A patent granted to Apple uses both GPS and indoor positioning systems for seamless location determination, regardless of whether you’re under an open sky or lost in the maze of a shopping mall. It’ll mean your iPhone can provide you with more accurate directions based on your relative position, even if you’re in a car, outside, or in a building.
New flyover video from a kitted-out helicopter setup give us a look at Apple Campus construction progress, and it looks as though everything is coming together nicely.
We don’t have custom watch faces on the Apple Watch (or even third-party complications, yet), but one developer has hacked System 7 to run on the Apple Watch. I’m not sure why you’d want to run a 19-year old operating system on the computer on your wrist, but sure, why not.
9to5Mac says Apple could change Messages up by allowing it to work with more than just text, images, audio, and video. Third-party app integrations could make Messages a true messaging platform, echoing similar sentiments from Circa CEO Matt Galligan over at Medium.
If you haven’t seen it already, Apple’s introduction to the new San Francisco font is a great primer on modern font design and how typography affects the user interface.