Friday Morning News

hermes_largeWell, that was fast: after releasing the first developer beta of iOS 9.3, Apple has seeded an update in the form of iOS 9.3 beta 1.1. It’s possibly the first time I’ve ever seen a point update for a beta release, but MacRumors says the release fixes an installation issue.

Alongside the small update (technically the second developer beta of iOS 9.3), Apple has also released the iOS 9.3 update to members of its public beta program. OS X 10.11.4 also goes out to public beta testers, which includes developer-oriented improvements to Safari, as well as Live Photos support in Messages (more on this later).

Following a raft of complaints about people not knowing how Wi-Fi assist works, Apple has made a minor change to Wi-Fi assist that shows how much data the feature has used. It probably won’t help people who don’t know what they’re looking for, but at least people will be able to see how much data they’ve used on mobile when they’ve expected to be using Wi-Fi.

TechCrunch has the lowdown on Live Photos coming to the Mac. Starting with Messages, Live Photos will soon be able to be shared over iMessage, in addition to being able to view them from within Photos.

The Hermès Apple Watch has been awarded the “life enhancer of the year“, uh, award by Wallpaper magazine, which seems like a pretty big call to make. I mean, it’s just a fashion-oriented watch we’re talking about here, but I guess if that looped band is your thing, then the Hermès is pretty cool after all.

But given that many people see the Apple Watch as a nice-to-have rather than must-have, a recent survey says people are also optimistic about its future.

Apple has been granted a patent for unknown caller ID discovery. The patent talks about methods for identifying information associated with incoming calls, which might be useful for those of that actually get calls on our mobiles these days.

Over at MacStories, Federico Viticci talks about his new apps for 2016. It’s a fairly lengthy post, but covers a lot of ground in terms of what apps he’s using in the new year.

MacStories also talks about PipTube, which is a single-serving app that lets you watch any YouTube video using iOS 9’s picture-in-picture mode.

And now for the weekend game recommendation: Pocket Mortys. While we wait for the new season of Rick and Morty, Pocket Mortys is Pokémon mixed with Rick and Morty. TouchArcade tells us about how awesome it is and gives us a few tips, to boot.

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  1. Erwin says:

    Life enhancer of the year sounds like something you get in a spam email.

  2. If you mean “enhancements” for male anatomy, that was my first thought also, too.

  3. palais says:

    Love the idea of identifying unknown callers. Hate answering an unknown number!

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