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WWDC kicks off Monday; expect iOS 9 to be showcased in great detail... here's how to "watch"

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Apple's annual Worldwide Developer Conference — WWDC — kicks off Monday morning. For the past, oh, eight or so years, Apple's used the Monday morning conference keynote to showcase a major new revision to its Mac and iOS operating systems. Last year Tim Cook dedicated a good portion of the presentation to the enterprise. Will he do the same this year? (Five bucks says someone from IBM comes on stage.)

If you are lucky enough to be one of the 5,000 winners of the lottery to choose attendees, well get in line early! But if you are going to stay at work on Monday, you can watch the live stream in (buffered) real time. There are two easy ways to do that:

  1. Visit http://www.apple.com/live from Safari on a Mac or iOS device
  2. Check out the "Apple Events" channel on an Apple TV

If you don't have a spare Apple device at hand, well, you are probably reading the wrong site. But giving you the benefit of the doubt, tech news sites such as 9to5mac.com and ArsTechnica have a high quality transcript with commentary and plenty of photos.

And as we do most every year, we're hosting an Enterprise iOS meetup. Come and dissect the announcements with us on Wednesday night, while enjoying great food and drink courtesy of GroundControl and Tech Data.

See you there!

iOS 7.1 Now Available. Adds CarPlay, Touch ID improvements, and much more

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Apple has released iOS 7.1 for iPhone 4 and above, and iPad 2 and above. Release notes are below. For direct download links, see our database of iOS Devices (which should be getting an automatic update shortly).

  • CarPlay
    • iOS experience designed for the car
    • Simply connect your iPhone to a CarPlay enabled vehicle
    • Supports Phone, Music, Maps, Messages, and 3rd-party audio apps
    • Control with Siri and the car's touchscreen, knobs, and buttons
  • Siri
    • Manually control when Siri listens by holding down the home button while you speak and releasing it when you're done as an alternative to letting Siri automatically notice when you stop talking
    • New, more natural sounding male and female voices for Mandarin Chinese, UK English, Australian English, and Japanese
  • iTunes Radio
    • Search field above Featured Stations to easily create stations based on your favorite artist or song
    • Buy albums with the tap of a button from Now Playing
    • Subscribe to iTunes Match on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to enjoy iTunes Radio ad-free
  • Calendar
    • Option to display events in month view
    • Country specific holidays automatically added for many countries
  • Accessibility
    • Bold font option now includes the keyboard, calculator, and many icon glyphs
    • Reduce Motion option now includes Weather, Messages, and multitasking UI animations
    • New options to display button shapes, darken app colors, and reduce white point
  • New Camera setting to automatically enable HDR for iPhone 5s
  • iCloud Keychain support in additional countries
  • FaceTime call notifications are automatically cleared when you answer a call on another device
  • Fixes a bug that could occasionally cause a home screen crash
  • Improves Touch ID fingerprint recognition
  • Improved performance for iPhone 4
  • Fixes display of Mail unread badge for numbers greater than 10,000
  • Continued user interface refinements
  • For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website:

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

    Apple TV 6.0.2 update "Includes general performance and stability improvements."

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    And that's all she wrote.

    How to use DNS to block iOS 7, and other updates too

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    [updated 6:16 PM EDT]

    iOS 7 is arriving tomorrow. Those of you with many devices and little bandwidth (I'm looking at you, education) may be worried about those multiple 1GB+ downloads. Apple's caching server (currently in beta) isn't going to help yet — iOS 6 doesn't know how to use it. So here is something that may help.

    iOS devices check for new versions by polling the server mesu.apple.com. This is done via HTTP, port 80. Specifically, the URL is:

    If you block or redirect mesu.apple.com, you will inhibit the check for software updates. If you are really ambitIous, you could redirect the query to a cached copy of the XML, but I haven't tried that. Please remove the block soon; you wouldn't want to prevent those security updates, would you?

    Good luck. For the rest of you, happy updating tomorrow! We be here with plenty of news.

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