iOS 7 runs on 74 percent of all compatible Apple devices!

Despite some complaints about Apple’s iOS 7 redesign, with its flat graphics and zooming animations, it appears the lion’s share of

users have now adopted the operating system.

Apple published an updated chart on its developer Web site for the iOS App Store, which shows that iOS 7 is now on 74 percent of all iOS devices. This means adoption of the operating system has grown 10 percent since numbers last reported in October.

The tech giant debuted iOS 7 in September, along with the launch of its new iPhone 5S and 5C. Just one month later, Apple released its new iPad Air. All of these latest products are shipped with iOS 7.

According to Apple’s chart, 22 percent of devices are still running iOS 6 and 4 percent are using an even earlier operating system. Like previous releases, iOS 7 is not available on some older devices, which include iPhones prior to the iPhone 4, iPods before the fifth-generation iPod Touch, or the original iPad.

Of all of Apple’s software releases, iOS 7 has proved to garner the fastest adoption. According to September data from analytics firm Chitika, iOS 7 nabbed more than 50 percent of Apple users in its first week. Beyond the user-facing features, each major software release has included new APIs for developers, who have to balance compatibility with older devices against including the latest software features.

Looking forward, Apple is expected to release iOS 7.1 in the near future. The company released the software in beta to registered developers last month.

WhatsApp iOS 7 update is out with new design, broadcast lists and more!

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The highly anticipated iOS 7 update for WhatsApp finally landed in the App Store this afternoon. The update brings the iOS client for the popular messaging service to version 2.11.5, and includes an all new design, new features and various improvements.

One of the big new features in 2.11.5 is called broadcasts lists, and it allows you to send messages to many people simultaneously. So say for instance you have a list of your classmates or work colleagues, you can message them all at once instead of individually…

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Here are the release notes for version 2.11.5:

– new iOS 7 User Interface

– broadcast lists: communicate with your classmates, work colleagues or just friends by messaging many people at once.

– improved share location: 3D map view, hide places, search places

– large thumbs: see more

– new notification alerts and sounds: WhatsApp Settings > Notifications > New Message.

– application will now use your device text size as configured in iOS Settings > General > Text Size

– new improved User Interface for managing your blocked contacts: WhatsApp Settings > Chat Settings > Blocked

– crop image before sending

Reminder: you can backup your WhatsApp conversations into iCloud. Simply visit WhatsApp Settings > Chat Settings > Chat Backup and tap on “Back Up Now”

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The apps new design follows the same template as just about every other app that has been updated to match iOS 7′s aesthetics. There’s enough white space, flat graphics and blue accents to make all of the folks that don’t like Apple’s new design direction cringe.

But I happen to like the new design, and I’m really digging the UX improvements. There’s the new broadcast lists feature we already mentioned above, as well larger thumbnails, improved location sharing and blocking contacts is now much easier than before.

If you’re already a WhatsApp user, I feel like grabbing this update is a no-brainer. Just make sure, as the release notes caution, that you backup your conversations to iCloud before doing so. When you’re ready, you can findthe new WhatsApp in the App Store for free.

Apple releases iOS 7.1 beta to developers: here is what’s new

Apple has released the first beta of iOS 7.1 to registered developers this afternoon. The update, which carries the build number 11D5099e, can be downloaded via Apple’s developer center.

Today’s release comes just one week after Apple issued iOS 7.0.4 to the public, which included a fix for FaceTime, and marks the beginning of developer testing for the next major iOS update…

The beta is available for compatible iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models. We’re installing it ourselves, and will be reporting back with any new stuff we find. So make sure to check back with us.

According to hacker iH8sn0w, this beta will expire on January 13, 2014.

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As always, we welcome you to let us know if you find anything that we may have missed by either e-mailing us at eliechahinesblog@gmail.com, or leaving us a comment regarding the change below.

What’s new in iOS 7.1 beta

As we continue to dig through the new information in iOS 7.1 beta 1, we’ll be listing any major changes we find below:

  • instead of saying ‘No Missed Notifications,’ it now just says ‘No Notifications’ when NC is cleared.
  • new Yahoo logo is now present in NC, as well as Weather app
  • seems to be a number of bug fixes related to stability/performance
  • new ‘HDR Auto’ feature in the Camera app
  • new ‘Upload Burst Photos’ option in Settings app (Photos & Camera tab)
  • new ‘Use Dark Keyboard’ option in Settings app (Accessibility tab)
  • new ‘Darken Colors’ option, under Increase Contrast (Accessibility tab)
  • enable or disable bold text without restarting the device
  • new dialogue when restarting iPhone 5s reads “Touch ID requires your passcode when iPhone restarts

Whatsapp iOS 7 Update is coming Next Week!

UPDATE: 

WhatsApp iOS 7 update is out with new design, broadcast lists and more!

You read it right! WhatsApp for iOS 7 seems just around the corner. The very popular messaging service is about to be released for iOS 7 in coming week. Finally the wait is over!

WhatsApp GM [Golden Master] for iOS 7 has been distributed to beta testers; the Golden Master version for WhatsApp iOS 7 confirms the rather soonish official release. The upcoming version will be introducing some new and fresh design supplemented with security updates, new sounds and gestures. The upcoming WhatsApp iOS 7 update expected next week is about to bring some major changes in the messaging service.

WhatsApp For iOS 7 Screenshots Leaked

Facebook launches redesigned Messenger app!

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In line with reports from early October, Facebook has launched a redesigned Messenger app for iPhone users this afternoon. The new design matches the aesthetics of iOS 7, and looks very similar to the updated Messenger app launched for Android a few weeks ago.

In addition to the makeover, today’s update also brings about some new features. In the new app, users will be able to see which friends are using Messenger, as well as have the ability to message non-Facebook friends from within the app as long as they have their number…

Facebook described the new app update in a Newsroom post:

“As more and more people use Facebook to connect with their friends on mobile, we are focused on building the best mobile products. Facebook messaging started as a desktop chat experience, but when it comes to messaging on mobile, people want something faster and lighter weight.”

And here are a few more screenshots for good measure:

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Facebook says that the new Messenger experience will be available more broadly to people using the app on both iOS and Android “starting today.” And when it hits, you’ll be able to download the latest version of Facebook Messenger for iPhone from the App Store for free.

Have you tried the new version of Facebook Messenger yet? Thoughts?

 

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