Category Archives: iPad OS

How to downgrade your iPad from iOS 9 beta, and restore it to iOS 8.x


During the World Wide Developer Conference a little over two weeks ago, Apple released the first beta version of iOS 9 to developers.  Many tech bloggers expect the public release of iOS 9 later this summer to be a “minor” upgrade from iOS 8 in terms of “new” features.  However,  it is widely believed that a concentrated effort made to focus primarily on stability and performance would be a welcomed deviation with an operating system as mature as iOS.  The lack of a “laundry list” of new features is unlikely to deter the die-hard iOS faithful, and probably won’t play a big role in discouraging users from wanting to test out the beta.

There is always a electric buzz in the air this time of year for Apple and iOS.  WWDC serves as the kindling for the summer excitement that continues to catch fire and build until new iPhones and iPads are released alongside a refreshed version of  iOS in late September/early October.  With this excitement, comes a desire by many to acquire access to an iOS developer account which grants them certain “privileges” the average consumer must wait for–specifically, the ability to download the latest beta version of iOS ahead of the public launch.

With great power, comes great responsability

I know what you’re thinking–I _really_ want to try out iOS 9 NOW–I don’t care that it’s still in beta.  Well, truth-be-told, beta is beta.  Pre-released versions of iOS software are released exclusively for those who develop for Apple, and iOS.  Access to beta software aids developers in making their apps the best they can be so that when the newest iPads and iPhones are released to the public their apps work from the start.  From Apple…

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Notifyr Shows What Great Inter-device Connectivity Could Be Like For iOS


Notifyr is a new iPhone app that sends notifications to the Mac via the Bluetooth Low Energy profile, and although it’s not currently iPad compatible, it does feature the kind of connectivity I’d like to see Apple implement between the iPhone and iPad. There are two main benefits I can see from this level of integration:

  1. It would allow for the simple convenience of leaving an iPhone in a pocket or bag and then losing yourself in whatever iPad app or game you’re in, as you could trust the iPad to alert you of any iPhone-specific system events (like calls or plain text messages).
  2. Notifications would probably sync better across devices, since they would maintain an active Bluetooth connection at all times. That could mean the end of dismissing duplicate notifications, since your iPad could tell your iPhone that you has just dismissed a particular notification. iOS 7 is supposed to work like this now via iCloud, but it just doesn’t.

I’d also still love to be able to answer a text from my iPad, but it would be a step in the right direction to leverage technologies like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to make iOS and OSX devices more aware of each other.

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