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iOS 14

iOS 14’s New Back Tap is a Small New Feature with Big Future Potential

iOS 14

Back Tap is one of those hidden gems in iOS 14 that came to light after the WWDC Keynote. Apple often does this with new features that trend toward Accessibility. However, while Back Tap is a valuable feature for those who may struggle with certain types of input, it also has a wide variety of applications for all iPhone users.

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iOS 14 Beta

Into Every Apple Beta Some Bugs Must Fall

iOS 14 Beta

If you’ve ever run an iOS, iPadOS or watchOS beta on a device that you carry day-to-day, then you’ve probably been burned by some unexpected bugs at some point. This is especially true of the Developer Betas, which are the leading edge of Apple’s updates, and even more so early on in the beta process. It’s part of the deal. This is the price you pay to kick the tires on the cool, new toys.

I say unexpected bugs only because they sometimes just come out of left field and catch you off guard. You should always expect to encounter bumps in the road when running a beta, especially early on in the process. However, no one is immune to being lulled into a sense of complacency with relatively stable operation only to have some random stuff suddenly wreck a device. That was my predicament yesterday.

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AirPods Optimized Charging

Looks Like Optimized Battery Charging for AirPods is Part of Apple’s iOS 14 Beta 1

AirPods Optimized Charging

I finally pulled the trigger yesterday and upgraded to the beta version of iOS 14. I heard from enough people that the sometimes buggy first developer beta was pretty stable this year. I can say the same so far based on one day of use.. It feels much more like iOS 12 than 13 so far. It didn’t even take that much of a toll on my battery life today, which is definitely rare for a first dev beta.

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Some of the Ups and Down of Apple’s WWDC Keynote

WWDC Keynote

While I was very impressed with the quality and presentation of Apple’s WWDC presentation today, the actual content was a bit up and down. While the Mac was up big and iOS got it’s share of love, I have to say that iPadOS was unfortunately down. That’s the way it goes sometimes. Let’s take a look at some of the highs and lows in detail.

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9to5Mac is Winning the Apple Rumor Cycle By a Mile

9to5Mac has been a trusted source for Apple news for a long time. However, I didn’t really consider them to be quite on the level with Mark Gurman and Ming-Chi Kuo when it came to new device and iOS rumors. Gui Rambo has made quite an impact over the last couple of years revealing lots of information hidden inside of Apple’s various OS betas, but those details don’t start coming until after WWDC, when those of us with Apple Dev Accounts get our hands on the goodies.

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