Apple Drops New Developer Betas Of iOS 9, OS X El Capitan, watchOS 2

22 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

15 new iOS 9 features that are rocking our world.

We’re one step closer to getting the final builds of Apple’s latest crop of operating systems. For early adopters, beta software releases can be enticing, if a bit dangerous — there’s no telling what installing a beta might do to your computer (backup first!).Apple has released a new set of betas for the mobile operating systems it announced at WWDC 2015 in June. iOS 9 beta 4 and watchOS 2.0 beta 4 are now available to registered developers, nearly two weeks after Apple seeded the previous betas. As a beta tester for OS X Yosemite, an operating system so popular with Mac users that it appeared on more than half the world’s Apple computers just four months after launch, I’m not totally sold on the follow up dubbed El Capitan.

While Apple is touting speed improvements and new search features, it is a feature under the hood that has caught the eye of developers and system administrators. Thought leaders from the biggest brands and most disruptive companies will share winning growth strategies on the most pressing challenges marketing leaders face today.] The new Watch OS 2 beta continues to refine and bug-fix the OS that will bring native apps, Wi-Fi access, and other improvements to the Apple Watch. Now that we’ve had the chance to play with the iOS 9 public beta, here are some of our favorite features—both big and small—that have changed our lives for the better. New features to iOS9 in general are major improvements to Siri and search, tablet multitasking and a redesigned News app, among a variety of other features.

While watchOS 2 is still unavailable to the public, both iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan are available to the general populace of anxious users through Apple’s public beta program. El Capitan, which was announced at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference, will bring split-screen functionality and refined search to Apple laptops and desktop computers, among other things. Whether you’re dragging-and-dropping a file into a new email composition, or have several messages open at once, I can’t imagine using Mail in the full-screen mode — not even on an 11-inch Macbook Air. Software developers are now blocked from editing or writing to certain protected files and folders within OS X – or from executing code that tinkers with the system. “We had to make some changes to get iStat Menus working again” he admits. iStat Menus is a popular system-monitoring app for the Mac that until now has relied on accessing system files. Bjango already has a working beta of iStat Menus that plays nice under Apple’s new rules, but not all developers will be able to work under El Capitan’s restrictions. “System Integrity Protection is a great idea and it should help make our Macs a bit safer from malicious code.

As someone who runs Mac OS on two displays, I’m a big Mission Control user, though I never understood why it got its own designation as an app, and not a relegation as a feature. Once you made the transition from calling it “Spaces” (under Mavericks, Yosemite’s predecessor) Yosemite’s reimagining of this fast-switching feature worked great. I’m worried about OS X becoming more like iOS – only one source to install stuff, everything really tightly sandboxed.” Marcus Ransom, lead Apple technician at RMIT University, welcomes the change. Whilst there are going to be some initial challenges to overcome, such as issues with legacy software and vendors who do not adhere to Apple’s recommendations on which parts of the OS are off-limits, the ability to provide additional protection to our systems whilst maintaining flexibility is something that RMIT University is looking forward to.” “Whereas we have control over the systems that ITS manages, the tens of thousands of BYOD Macs that our students bring on campus are an entirely different matter.

As a user who’s all-in on Evernote, this feature doesn’t appeal to me personally, but it’s a great addition for casual Apple users, especially given how it syncs across the company’s ecosystem using iCloud. Photo: Jose-Luis Olivares / MIT A new system developed at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) can repair bugs in software using smart processing that imports functionality from other programs, all without access to source code.

Like in all computer programming, removing software bugs that can cause system or application crashes has traditionally been a matter of finding the offending source code and rewriting it; every time you get updates to your operating system or applications, you’re actually downloading tools that rewrite source code on your system to patch vulnerabilities the developers have identified. As a result, I’d always welcome better memory handling (Yosemite improved the browser by leaps and bounds), but Apple hasn’t made such boasts in El Capitan’s build.

Research scientist Dr Stelios Sidiroglou-Douskos, who led CodePhage’s development, describes it as trying to isolate the logic that protects the donor application. The process builds a library of checks the offending program should perform based on how the recipient program behaves, automatically writing them to the recipient program’s functions. Most impressively of all, CodePhage does the above all without having to access the source code of either application, letting it make repairs between applications written in different programming languages. It merely needs an input that causes the program to crash and one that doesn’t, automatically applying the behaviour of the one that doesn’t until the offending process is removed from the program. I have a love/hate relationship with Spotlight: I love that it exists, and I hate that it doesn’t work properly for me. (To test my theory, I just opened it and typed in “resume,” and it returned “System Preferences” as the main result.) So Apple’s newest initiative to use it as a search engine for everything is equally exciting and disheartening.

Sidiroglou-Douskos says it’s a little like horizontal gene transfer, the theoretical method of synthesising DNA strands to insert into damaged chromosomes, a technology that makes transposing genes between unrelated organisms possible. It imported repairs from between two and four other applications per bug with full success between two and 10 minutes. “This research was made possible through a very generous DARPA grant,” he says. “The government has expressed interest in making use of some aspects of this technology, but we’re not sure of the exact vehicle to transition the research yet.”

Or I could get a photo of an ice cream cone riding a bicycle, because in reality those are the kind of results Spotlight has returned to me in the past.

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