TEKSide Presents Week In Review: 8/20-8/26

Another slow week but things are picking up a little bit. Apple TV gains some new stations, Apple shows dominance in being eco-friendly, and a mathematical look into the rumored larger iPhone screen sizes.

NFL Now arrives on Apple TV

After arriving a few weeks back on iPhone & iPad, the app is now available on the Apple TV.  Fans will be able to view game highlights, original content from NFL media and the 32 football teams, live press conferences, and more. There is a monthly subscription option that will give you access to the NFL Now Plus service. The service will give viewers instant in-game highlights from each game, personalized video stream based on their favorite team, and access to NFL Films.


New iOS 8 beta seeded to carriers

Apple has reportedly seeded iOS 8 beta 6 to carriers for testing. BGR has a list of items that were changed with the beta: 

Baseband & Telephony
Fixed an issue where incorrect pop up message was displayed when SIM was removed
Fixed an issue where clicking on cancel button turned LTE on
Fixed an issue where excessive registration was tried with dual IMSI SIM

Fixed an occasional mail continuity failure from OS X to iOS
Fixed an issue causing continuity to fail after opening control center

Fixed an occasional problem where MT call connection quality would be incorrectly treated as “poor”

Fixed an issue where the active photo cannot be deleted

Fixed a problem where document sync would sometimes consume excessive cellular data

iTunes Store
URLs for the store app are no longer broken in received mail
Fixed a problem with excessive prompts to sign in to the iTunes Store

Fixed an intermittent issue keyword shifting when rotating the screen
Fixed an issue where the emoji keyboard was unusable on Safari

Notes are no longer duplicated when opened through Gmail
Fixed an issue where after withdrawing a draft with attachments, browsing to another message resulted in the attachments getting lost
Fixed an issue where forwarding an email without a photo attachment still sends a photo
Fixed an issue when forwarding an email with an attached photo just brought up the original message without a photo
Fixed an issue where email could be deleted from the lock screen without prompting for a passcode

Fixed a problem where maps would sometimes consume excessive cellular data

Added support for SMS relay opt-in prompt
Fixed issue that caused devices to receive SMS via relay for unselected aliases
Fixed failures sending current location via MMS
Fixed an issue where messages partially overlap Chinese keyboards
Fixed an issue where changing a group name didn’t propagate to other devices until a message is sent

Fixed an issue where an incoming call was being relayed back to originating phone

Fixed an issue where options on declining a call didn’t work with call relay

Fixed an issue where edited photos did not display properly after restoring from backup
Improved full screen photo sharing
Set default to keep all photos on device for users with 5GB iCloud space
Fixed an issue where a user could not select multiple photos and upload to Facebook via Safari

Push Notifications
Improved push connection management upon account logout with multiple associated devices
Fixed a problem where Exchange push notifications would stop after responding to an invitation from the lock screen
Fixed an issue where a user does not receive a notification for incoming messages when the banner for the previous one is pulled down

Fixed an issue unlocking an iPhone while on an active call
Fixed an issue where the keyboard would sometimes become unresponsive when the screen is locked

Visual Voicemail
Fixed an issue where Voicemail could not be played under certain error conditions
Fixed an issue where Phone App hanged when tried to check Voicemail

iPhone 6 could come with revisable USB cable

A new video shows off what could be an updated USB to Lightning cable. The USB end of the cable is reversible similar to the Lightning end, so it wouldn't matter what way you plugged the cable in. This would eliminate some frustration for users who aren't looking at the cable when they plug it in.


John Gruber does some math on the next iPhone screen size & resolution

Its a good read and I suggest you look at it but here is what Gruber is predicting:

  • 4.7-inch display: 1334 × 750, 326 PPI @2x
  • 5.5-inch display: 2208 × 1242, 461 PPI @3x


USB Wall adapter to undergo a change

Along with the rumor that Apple will include a reversible lightning cable with the next iPhone, a new rumor says the wall adapter that ships with the iPhone will get a redesign. The rumored change will make the adapter look like the one used in Australia.  


Apple dominates EPEAT's tablet category

Apple is leading the way when it comes to being environmentally friendly. 134 of the 135 tablets on the list are of the iPad variety. Nearly all of Apple's products are EPEAT certified.


Get the iPhone on the cheat at Walmart

Walmart has slashed the price of iPhone's on a 2 year contract. The 5C is just $0.97 and the 5S is $79.00. These prices are only on the 16Gb version and the sale will last about 2 1/2 months. If you are in the market for a new phone and don't need the latest and greatest then this is a no-brainer.


Apple begins iPhone 5 battery replacement program

A lot of users have been having battery issues with their iPhone 5. Apple has started a program where the user brings the phone into Apple, they will ship it out for inspection or inspect it in store then replace the battery if eligible.  The program will run until March 1, 2015.


iMessage Spam on the rise

A recent report claims that 30% of mobile spam belongs to iMessage. iMessage spam is no different then SMS spam. All the spammer needs is you email address. There are a few things you can do to reduce/help eliminate spam. You can report iMessage spam to Apple. You can also go into your iMessage setting and enable "Only receive iMessages from your contacts"


2 new channels appear on Apple TV

iTunes Festival and Showtime Anytime are now available on Apple TV. Showtime will require authentication with your cable subscription. Just fire up your Apple TV to find them.

Thats it for the week folks.  Hope you are all caught up.  See you next week!

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