Apple's new iOS 8 mobile operating system gives users the ability to add third-party widgets to Notification Center for the first time since the feature's introduction. AppleInsider took a look at what developers can do with the new functionality and how users can take advantage of it.
In sync with the public rollout of its next-generation mobile operating system, Apple on Wednesday released updates for each of its first-party iOS apps that bring minor tweaks and fixes for compatibility with iOS 8.
One of the more robust additions to Apple's iOS 8 is the Messages app, which gets a bevy of new functions including inline audio and video messaging, group chats and advanced image sharing.
Once updated to iOS 8, recent iPhones and iPads will play nicely with each other, allowing users to do new functions like answering a phone call or sending an SMS message via their iPhone without having to put down their iPad, or start an email on one device before finishing it on the other.
Apple's hotly anticipated free iOS 8 update for iPhone and iPad is now available to download, giving users access to a wide range of new features including third-party keyboard support, Notification Center widgets, extensions, Hey Siri hands-free voice activation, and much more.
With the public release of iOS 8 looming, Apple has begun removing apps that take advantage of the new HealthKit API from the App Store, a move that is said to have been prompted by ongoing problems with new health data tracking system.
Apple's voice-controlled personal assistant Siri becomes even more powerful with iOS 8, including an entirely hands-free mode that allows users to ask questions and accomplish tasks by simply first saying the words "Hey, Siri."
iPhone security and convenience have both been greatly enhanced by Apple's iOS 8, giving third-party developers the ability for the first time to utilize the secure Touch ID fingerprint sensor.
Though the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch have been formally introduced, Apple is far from calling it quits on 2014, with the company's next major product unveiling expected to take place around mid-to-late October, AppleInsider has learned.
Despite much wishful thinking on the part of enthusiasts and even members of the tech press, full sapphire screen covers were never in the cards for Apple's iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, a new report reveals.
As preorders for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus continue to pour in to the Online Apple Store, partner manufacturer Foxconn is reportedly having trouble keeping up with incredibly high demand despite reaching record output levels.
Come October, Apple's iCloud will have yet another layer of protection, as the company is scheduled to implement app-specific passwords for third-party programs tying in to the cloud service.
As expected, reviews for Apple's new iPhone lineup hit the Web on Tuesday, with most assessments being largely positive on hardware -- especially the 6 Plus' battery life-- but giving the nod to iOS 8 for keeping the handsets ahead of the competition.
After the second segment of a two-part Charlie Rose interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook aired on Monday, full versions of both are now available for streaming online.
Every new product Apple unveiled last week has ignited vocal, public derision from a series of threatened competitors, including Samsung, luxury watch maker LVMH and PayPal. However, their attempts to direct attention away from Apple may likely backfire, just like earlier attempts to demonize Siri, Maps, iCloud and Touch ID.
In a bid to secure its online consumer services, Apple on Tuesday activated two-factor authentication for iCloud.com access, allowing only basic access to Find My iPhone for those opted-in to the security layer.
With Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus seeing wide release later this week, the company on Tuesday published a reference guide aimed at helping Android device owners migrate content to the new handsets.
Patent holding company VirnetX's infamous $368 million win over Apple -- which most notably resulted in changes to FaceTime that riled consumers -- has been thrown out by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit after review.
Fitness tracking hardware and software firm Misfit on Tuesday announced Flash, a reworking of the company's Shine activity monitor designed for durability and a more attractive price of entry.
Major U.S. banks are set to engage in an advertising dogfight -- designed to sway consumers' choice of their default Apple Pay card -- as they look to take advantage of the simple one-touch mobile payment flow found on Apple's next-generation iPhones to boost profits.