iOS 8

iOS 8.4 is out...Music! iBooks! Music! (Release Notes)

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iOS 8 was released this morning with a new music streaming service. Our database of iOS Devices has already updated itself with direct download links. The release notes are below!

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This update introduces Apple Music&#8212a revolutionary music service, 24/7 global radio, and a way for fans to connect with their favorite artists&#8212all included in the redesigned Music app. iOS 8.4 also includes improvements for iBooks and bug fixes.

Apple Music

  • Become an Apple Music member to play from millions of songs in the Apple Music catalog, or keep them offline for playback later
  • For You: Members can see playlist and album recommendations, handpicked by music experts
  • New: Members can find the latest, greatest new music available&#8212direct from our editors
  • Radio: Tune in to music, interviews, and exclusive radio shows on Beats 1, play radio stations created by our editors or create your own from any artist or song
  • Connect: See shared thoughts, photos, music, and videos from artists you follow, then join the conversation
  • My Music: Play from all of your iTunes purchases, songs from Apple Music, and playlists in one place
  • Completely redesigned music player that includes new features such as Recently Added, MiniPlayer, Up Next, and more
  • iTunes Store: Still the best place to buy your favorite music—one song or album at a time
  • Availability and features may vary by country

iBooks improvements and fixes

  • Browse, listen and download audiobooks from inside iBooks
  • Enjoy the all-new Now Playing feature, designed specifically for audiobooks
  • Books that are Made for iBooks now work on iPhone in addition to iPad
  • Find and pre-order books in a series right from your library
  • Improves accessibility of widgets, glossary and navigation in books made with iBooks Author
  • New default Chinese font
  • New setting to turn off Auto-Night theme in your library
  • Resolves an issue that may have prevented Hide Purchases from working
  • Resolves an issue that may have prevented downloading books from iCloud

Other improvements and bug fixes

  • Fixes an issue where receiving a specific series of Unicode characters causes device to reboot
  • Fixes an issue that prevented GPS accessories from providing location data
  • Fixes an issue where deleted Apple Watch apps could re-install

For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website:

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

iOS 8.3 fixes...everything?

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Apple today released iOS 8.3, adding support for Apple Watch and many dozens of bug fixes. Oh, and new emoji too. Our database of iOS Devices includes direct download links. The release notes follow.

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This release includes improved performance, bug fixes, and a redesigned Emoji keyboard. Changes include:

Improved performance for:

  • App launch
  • App responsiveness
  • Messages
  • Wi-Fi
  • Control Center
  • Safari tabs
  • 3rd-party keyboards
  • Keyboard shortcuts
  • Simplified Chinese keyboard

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth fixes

  • Fixes an issue where you could be continuously prompted for login credentials
  • Addresses an issue where some devices disconnect intermittently from Wi-Fi networks
  • Fixes an issue where hands-free phone calls could become disconnected
  • Fixes an issue where audio playback could stop working with some bluetooth speakers

Orientation and rotation fixes

  • Addresses an issue that sometimes prevented rotating back to portrait after having rotated to landscape
  • Improves performance and stability issues that occurred when rotating the device between portrait and landscape
  • Fixes an issue where device orientation appeared upside down after pulling the iPhone 6 Plus from your pocket
  • Resolves an issue that sometimes prevented apps from rotating to correct orientation after switching apps in multitasking

Messages fixes

  • Addresses issues that caused group messages to sometimes split
  • Fixes an issue that sometimes removed the ability to forward or delete individual messages
  • Resolves an issue that sometimes prevented a preview from appearing when taking a photo in Messages
  • Adds the ability to report junk messages directly from the Messages app
  • Adds the ability to filter out iMessages that are not sent by your contacts

Family Sharing fixes

  • Fixes a bug where certain apps would not launch or update on family members’ devices
  • Fixes a bug that prevented family members from downloading certain free apps
  • Increased reliability for Ask to Buy notifications

CarPlay fixes

  • Fixes an issue where Maps could come up as a black screen
  • Fixes an issue where the UI could be incorrectly rotated
  • Fixes an issue where the keyboard could appear on the CarPlay screen when it shouldn't

Enterprise fixes

  • Improves reliability of installing and updating enterprise apps
  • Corrects the time zone of Calendar events created in IBM Notes
  • Fixes a problem that could cause web clip icons to become generic after restarting
  • Improves reliability of saving the password for a web proxy
  • Exchange out-of-office message can now be edited separately for external replies
  • Improves recovery of Exchange accounts from temporary connection problems
  • Improves compatibility of VPN and web proxy solutions
  • Allows use of physical keyboards to log into Safari web sheets, such as for joining a public Wi-Fi network
  • Fixes an issue that caused Exchange meetings with long notes to be truncated

Accessibility fixes

  • Fixes an issue where using the back button in Safari causes VoiceOver gestures to not respond
  • Fixes an issue where VoiceOver focus becomes unreliable in draft Mail messages
  • Fixes an issue where Braille Screen Input cannot be used to type text in forms on webpages
  • Fixes an issue where toggling Quick Nav on a Braille Display announces that Quick Nav is off
  • Fixes an issue keeping app icons from being moveable on home screen when VoiceOver is enabled
  • Fixes an issue in Speak Screen where speech will not start again after pausing

Other improvements and bug fixes

  • Introduces a redesigned Emoji keyboard with over 300 new characters
  • iCloud Photo Library has been optimized to work with the new Photos app on OS X 10.10.3 and is now out of beta
  • Improves the pronunciation of street names during turn-by-turn navigation in Maps
  • Includes support for Baum VarioUltra 20 and VarioUltra 40 braille displays
  • Improves the display of Spotlight results when Reduce Transparency is turned on
  • Adds Italic and Underline format options for iPhone 6 Plus landscape keyboard
  • Adds the ability to remove shipping and billing addresses used with Apple Pay
  • Additional language and country support for Siri: English (India, New Zealand), Danish (Denmark), Dutch (Netherlands), Portuguese (Brazil), Russian (Russia), Swedish (Sweden), Thai (Thailand), Turkish (Turkey)
  • Additional dictation languages: Arabic (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates) and Hebrew (Israel)
  • Improves stability for Phone, Mail, Bluetooth connectivity, Photos, Safari tabs, Settings, Weather and Genius Playlists in Music
  • Addresses an issue where Slide to Unlock could fail to work on certain devices
  • Addresses an issue that sometimes prevented swiping to answer a phone call on the Lock screen
  • Addresses an issue that prevented opening links in Safari PDFs
  • Fixes an issue where selecting Clear History and Website Data in Safari Settings did not clear all data
  • Fixes an issue that prevented autocorrecting "FYI"
  • Addresses an issue where contextual predictions did not appear in Quick Reply
  • Fixes an issue where Maps did not enter night mode from hybrid mode
  • Resolves an issue that prevented initiating FaceTime calls from a browser or 3rd-party app using FaceTime URLs
  • Fixes an issue that sometimes prevented photos from properly exporting to Digital Camera Image folders on Windows
  • Fixes an issue that sometimes prevented an iPad backup from completing with iTunes
  • Fixes an issue that could cause Podcast downloads to stall when switching from Wi-Fi to cellular networks
  • Fixes an issue where remaining time on timer would sometimes incorrectly display as 00:00 on Lock screen
  • Fixes an issue that sometimes prevented adjusting call volume
  • Fixes an issue that caused the status bar to sometimes appear when it shouldn’t

For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website:

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

After four months in beta, iOS 8.2 now available for download

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Apple today released iOS 8.2, with an extensive list of improvements and fixes. The update is available over the air, and with direct download from our database of iOS Devices.

Release notes follow:

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This release introduces support for Apple Watch, and also includes improvements to the Health app, increased stability and bug fixes.

Apple Watch support

  • New Apple Watch app to pair and sync with iPhone, and to customize watch settings
  • New Activity app for viewing fitness data and achievements from Apple Watch; appears when Apple Watch is paired
  • Available on iPhone 5 and later

Health app improvements

  • Adds the ability to select the unit of measurement for distance, body temperature, height, weight and blood glucose
  • Improves stability when dealing with large amounts of data
  • Includes the ability to add and visualize workout sessions from 3rd-party apps
  • Addresses an issue that may have prevented users from adding a photo in Medical ID
  • Fixes units for vitamins and minerals
  • Fixes an issue where Health data wouldn’t refresh after changing data source order
  • Fixes an issue where some graphs showed no data values
  • Adds a privacy setting that enables turning off tracking of steps, distance and flights climbed

Stability enhancements

  • Increases stability of Mail
  • Improves stability of Flyover in Maps
  • Improves stability of Music
  • Improves VoiceOver reliability
  • Improves connectivity with Made for iPhone Hearing Aids

Bug fixes

  • Fixes an issue in Maps that prevented navigating to some favorite locations
  • Addresses an issue where the last word in a quick reply message wasn't autocorrected
  • Fixes an issue where duplicate iTunes purchased content could prevent iCloud restore from completing
  • Resolves an issue where some music or playlists didn’t sync from iTunes to the Music app
  • Fixes an issue where deleted audiobooks sometimes remained on device
  • Resolves an issue that could prevent call audio from routing to car speakers while using Siri Eyes Free
  • Fixes a Bluetooth calling issue where no audio is heard until the call is answered
  • Fixes a timezone issue where Calendar events appear in GMT
  • Addresses an issue that caused certain events in a custom recurring meeting to drop from an Exchange calendar
  • Fixes a certificate error that prevented configuring an Exchange account behind a third-party gateway
  • Fixes an issue that could cause an organizer’s Exchange meeting notes to be overwritten
  • Resolves an issue that prevented some Calendar events from automatically showing as 'Busy' after accepting an invite

For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website:
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

iOS 8.1.3 includes lots of security fixes

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Yesterday Apple released iOS 8.1.3 for all iOS-capable devices. The headline feature is to reduce the amount of space required for (future) software updates. This should help out those of us with 8 or 16GB devices. There is also mention of "new configuration options for education standardized testing." No idea what that means, since Apple hasn't updated the Configuration Profile Reference yet.

I always get a kick reading the list of security fixes, which is pretty lengthy for 8.1.3.

In other news, Apple announced massive quarterly results, with every product (but iPad) growing strongly year-over-year. Oh, and the Apple Watch is now expected in April.

iOS 8.1 coming out today — Apple Pay, Continuity, more

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iOS 8.1, the next update to iOS 8 is arriving today. Major features are the inclusion of Apple Pay and Continuity. Continuity works when paired with other Apple devices running the latest operating system (Mac OS X 10.10 was released just last Friday), and allows for a few cool and actually useful features:

  • receive and send SMS messages from iPads and Macs
  • continue viewing and editing documents and email between iOS devices and Macs and iPads
  • "Instant Hotspot" lets you easily share your iPhone's LTE connection

Let us know how the upgrades go.

iOS 8.0.2 released last night

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iOS 8.0.2 was released last night, just eight days after 8.0, and just a day or so after 8.0.1 was released but quickly pulled. Our database of iOS Devices has all the links for direct downloads. Here are the release notes.

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This release contains improvements and bug fixes, including:

  • Fixes an issue in iOS 8.0.1 that impacted cellular network connectivity and Touch ID on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
  • Fixes a bug so HealthKit apps can now be made available on the App Store
  • Addresses an issue where 3rd party keyboards could become deselected when a user enters their passcode
  • Fixes an issue that prevented some apps from accessing photos from the Photo Library
  • Improves the reliability of the Reachability feature on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
  • Fixes an issue that could cause unexpected cellular data usage when receiving SMS/MMS messages
  • Better support of Ask To Buy for Family Sharing for In-App Purchases
  • Fixes an issue where ringtones were sometimes not restored from iCloud backups
  • Fixes a bug that prevented uploading photos and videos from Safari

For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website:
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

Apple Configurator 1.6 is out...supports iOS 8

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Apple has updated its free tool for supervising and configuring iOS devices. Apple Configurator is available now on the Mac App Store.

Note bullet #1: it may have a big impact on some established workflows.

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Apple Configurator 1.6 contains improvements and bug fixes including:

  • Devices are erased before restoring a backup
  • Support for new configuration profile payloads and settings introduced in iOS 8
  • Content Filter: Plug-in filter type
  • Domains
  • Email & Exchange: Per-message S/MIME encryption switch
  • Restrictions: Allow Handoff, Allow iCloud sync for managed apps, Allow backup of enterprise books, Allow notes and highlight sync for enterprise books
  • Restrictions (supervised only): Allow Erase all Content and Settings, Allow configuring restrictions, Allow Internet results in Spotlight
  • VPN: IKEv2 connection type and Aways-on VPN

(As an alternative, check out the new GroundControl Smile )

Start downloading: iOS 8 is now available

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There you go, folks. iOS 8 is released and available. Good luck!

Update: Build# 12A365, which is the same as the GM released last week.

How to efficiently update many devices to iOS 8 using Apple Configurator

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[UPDATE: MAKE SURE THERE IS ENOUGH DISK SPACE ON THE DEVICE!! Configurator doesn't handle low disk space gracefully...the device will be forced into recovery and you will need to erase the device.]

Apple is releasing iOS 8 tomorrow, and you know what that means. Gigabytes of data streaming through your WAN connection, making real work next to impossible to get done.

But it doesn't need to be that way. You can use Apple Configurator to download once, and upgrade many devices quickly, safely and efficiently. Be the superhero of the day by getting your colleagues iPhones and iPads updated in the least amount of time possible.

Note: FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY. You don't want to be the guy who asks, "Why didn't you have a backup?"

Step 1: Find a Mac. Any Mac will do. Connect it to the biggest USB hub as you can find.

Step 2: Download Apple Configurator from the Mac App Store.

Step 3: Launch Configurator.

Step 4: Make sure the "Prepare" tab is selected.

Step 5: Set up the options EXACTLY as they are here. Pay special attention to make sure "Supervision" is off and "Erase before installing" is UNCHECKED.

Step 6: Make sure you aren't installing any apps and aren't setting anything in setup, in their respective tabs.

Step 7: Double-check the settings. Make sure you have no iOS devices connected via USB.

Step 8: Click the "Prepare" button at the bottom of the screen.

Step 9: Connect the first iOS device. Configurator will download iOS 8 and install it.

Step 10: Connect the second iOS device. It is safe to do this while the first is downloading. It won't download the same file twice, but it will download the unique version for that model when needed.

Step 11: After download and install, disconnect the device.

Step 12: When you have upgraded all the devices you want, click the "Stop" button.

Good luck tomorrow, and let us know how it goes. Who among you will upgrade the most devices?

(Pro Tip: The cached firmware takes up a HUGE amount of space. To clear them out, look in the path /Users/USERNAME/Library/Containers/com.apple.configurator/Data/Library/Caches/com.apple.configurator/Firmware.)

iOS 8 - Broke App Displaying Device Serial #

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Hello, we have been using an in-house app to help speed up the process of signing into iTunes & iCloud. We create iTunes and iCloud IDs based on the devices serial numbers.The app would copy the devices serial number + the rest of the email address.

We have noticed with iOS 8 it no longer will read the devices serial numbers at all! We have looked all over but cannot find a way to resolve this issue.

Is anyone aware of a way to get the devices serial number to display and copy with iOS 8 within an app? I know you can copy the serial numbers from the settings screen, but this app also included the rest of the email address so there was less typing to be done. When dealing with hundreds up to thousands of devices it does make a big difference and speeds up the process a lot to.

The app was still working in iOS 7, but does not work at all in 8.

Not sure if it is ok to post external links here, will post to the project in use if that is acceptable on this forum.

Any help is greatly appreciated.
Thanks

iOS 8 will be available September 17

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At a press event today, Apple announced that iOS 8 will be publicly available on Wednesday September 17. The update is free and compatible with:

  • iPhone 5S
  • iPhone 5C
  • iPhone 5
  • iPhone 4S
  • iPad Air
  • iPad with Retina Display
  • iPad 2
  • iPad mini with Retina Display
  • iPad mini
  • iPod touch 5th Generation

So test out those caching servers (and if inclined those DNS blocks).

What does "Expanded data protection" actually mean?

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I've been wondering this for quite some time and haven't been able to figure it out. Apple has touted the following as a new feature coming in iOS 8.

"In addition to Mail and third-party apps, the Calendar, Contacts, Reminders, Notes, and Messages apps as well as user credentials are protected with a passcode until after the device is unlocked following a reboot."

What does that actually mean? It seems incredibly vague. Does that mean those applications will be able to have their own passcode at the application level instead of the device level? If not, then what is actually different from how passcodes worked before? Hasn't "protected with a passcode until after the device is unlocked following a reboot," always been the case when a passcode is being used?

From the horse's mouth: Apple posts pre-release iOS 8 Configuration Profile Reference

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It seems Apple has made the prerelease Configuration Profile Key Reference available to the public. This the technical documentation for much of the iOS and Mac enterprise management capabilities Apple makes available via MDM vendors, Configurator, etc. (The other main document, the MDM Protocol Reference, remains behind the developer site authentication wall.)

I've done a diff with the documentation for iOS 7, and here are the highlights. Remember, this is prerelease and may change before release.

  • SMIMEEnablePerMessageSwitch (Email Payload): Optional. If set to true, enable the per-message signing and encryption switch. Defaults to false.
  • allowManagedAppsCloudSync (Restrictions Payload): Optional. If set to false, prevents managed applications from using cloud sync.
  • allowEraseContentAndSettings (Restrictions Payload): Supervised only. If set to false, disables the “Erase All Content And Settings” option in the Reset UI.
  • allowSpotlightInternetResults (Restrictions Payload): Supervised only. If set to false, Spotlight will not return Internet search results.
  • allowEnablingRestrictions (Restrictions Payload): Supervised only. If set to false, disables the "Enable Restrictions" option in the Restrictions UI in Settings.
  • allowActivityContinuation (Restrictions Payload): If set to false, Activity Continuation will be disabled. Defaults to true.
  • allowEnterpriseBookBackup (Restrictions Payload): If set to false, Enterprise books will not be backed up. Defaults to true.
  • allowEnterpriseBookMetadataSync (Restrictions Payload): If set to false, Enterprise books notes and highlights will not be synced. Defaults to true.
  • EAPFASTUsePAC (WiFi Payload): Clearer fallback rules
  • AlwaysOn VPN
  • IKEv2 VPN
  • Web Content Filter Plugins
  • Managed Domains: New Email domains and Web domains. This payload defines web domains that are under an enterprise’s management.

Let the App Migration start in the enterprise

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Apple, Inc. quotes “The iPhone is being used in 97% of Fortune 500, and the iPad is used in 98% of Fortune 500 and 93% of the Global 500 companies”.

What these numbers really mean? This means either employee bought their own devices (iPads, iPod Touch, iPhones) to connect to corporate network for checking emails or employee got their iPhone through corporate mobility programs or few brave companies deployed iPads for a specific use case.

What is their potential use? Mainly to use corporate emails, phone calls, imessages and other personal stuff.
While the devices are perfectly capable of handling many complex corporate applications that are in use as intranet applications or windows applications they are still restricted for several reasons until now. Even intranet sites are not mobile optimized to be viewed in iPhone or iPads. If you ask the question why, here are some obvious answers…

• We can’t manage iOS devices similar to how we manage windows laptops
• User experience is bad when they need to login through each App individually
• Data is not secured or encrypted on the device
• Secure connectivity to corporate network cannot be easily configured or managed
• App distribution is not easy – Users need to manually download the app and upgrade them
• Cost is high to develop enterprise Apps due to limited developers with Objective-C experience

At WWDC, Apple has clear response and answers for all these questions. With the introduction of new programming language “Swift”, opening up Touch ID and keychain to 3rd party Apps, App extensions, and B2B Apps they made adoption to enterprise easy and quick. There were several sessions focused on enterprise app development and deployment and dedicated resources to provide additional information. This will accelerate the migration of boring, non-intuitive windows applications and intranet sites to iOS Apps which will be secured, silently installed and managed by corporate programs.

Here are the details if you still think the questions are not answered…

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Within the next few years this will change where new applications, functionality and use cases will be developed specifically for iOS devices once ROI (Return On Investement) can be justified through increase in employee productivity.

Stay tuned for more updates and feel free to add your comments…!

iOS 8 Brings Significant New Enterprise Features; Here's a Summary

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I've been going to Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference for many years, and this is one to remember. Not only are there a ton of new features for Mac and iOS, but this was perhaps the first WWDC with a section dedicated to Enterprise. ENTERPRISE! On Apple's biggest stage of the year. Excuse me while I take a moment.

Thank you.

OK, so in no particular order, here are some of my favorite enterprise features in iOS 8. It isn't the only list — see Apple's own list and Ryan Faas's too, among others. And there may or may not be additional features hiding within the Apple Developer Pre-Release Library.

  • Continuity — silently create an Automatic HotSpot among Macs, iPads and iPhones, and stuff just flows between them. What stuff? iMessages already did this trick but now SMS messages do too. Web pages. Draft emails. Notes. Oh, and phone calls! You can now make calls from your Mac or iPad that quietly route through your iPhone to the carrier. I'm sure there is more here. This is a big feature. The Mac is now an accessory to your iPhone.

  • Plugins for Shared Storage — this has the potential to be huge. Effectively connects any app to your enterprise document store for opening and saving.

  • Interactive Notifications — Now you can respond to SMS messages & calendar appointments without leaving the Notification Center. More exciting, developers can create their own notification center plugins called Widgets. Lots of possibilities here.
  • Improvements to Mail — New gestures, multiple windows (well, almost), VIP lists, per-message S/MIME controls, out-of-office controls

  • QuickType — Not only predictive spelling, but predictive words and phrases too. Will pump new life into Damn You Autocorrect.
  • Pluggable Keyboards — This one has me excited. For starters, I want to see this 2012 keyboard concept see the light of day.
  • Exchange Calendar improvements — free/busy (yay!)

  • Group Messaging improvements — Big improvements here, and this may replace similar systems for small-team communication. iMessage has proven to be quite secure.
  • Expanded Data Protection — In addition to Mail, more of Apple apps are now encrypted (when you use a passcode): Calendar, Contacts, Reminders, Notes, and Messages.
  • Managed Books and PDFs — automatically push these documents to managed devices
  • New MDM Tools — Set device name, check last iCloud backup time, certificate-based SSO
  • Use TouchID in Apps — Use your fingerprint instead of your password. Note this isn't necessary more secure, but it's quicker

iOS 8 Beta is available today from the Apple Developer Site. It is scheduled to be publicly released this Fall (Northern hemisphere, we assume). It will run on all devices down to iPhone 4S (not 4) and the three-year-old iPad 2.

What did I miss? Comment below. And if you are in San Fran tomorrow, join me us at [annual WWDC meetup!

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