Good news Apple fans! iOS 9 seems to already be in the works and might hit your iOS device earlier than anybody would have expected! After the controversial (buggy) release of iOS 8, it seems natural that Tim Cook and co. are diligently working at top speeds towards new software releases that would make the iOS experience more friendly to the user. iOS 9 will be the final installment in a series of updates meant to fix the problems still present in the last iOS release, namely iOS 8.2. According to a 9to5Mac report, Apple is planning to release quite a few updates before iOS 9 is ready to be launched for the iPhone and the iPad.
Supposedly, the iOS 9 release date is set somewhere in the middle of the upcoming Summer, most likely to show up with a companion such as the iPhone 6S or even the iPhone 7. Rumors say that the Cupertino-based company will be launching two flagship phones this year, the iPhone 6S first, followed by the iPhone 7, but it’s unconfirmed so take it with a grain of salt. Still, the news that iOS 9 is coming this Summer further fuels the conviction of Apple enthusiasts that the iPhone 6S will be launched before we hit Halloween. If the new software release is set for say, June 2015, then it’s very likely that Apple release a phone alongside iOS 9 to give the launch a bit of pizzaz and hype.
Before getting to iOS 9 though, Apple has a few plans in the software side of things. 9to5Mac thinks that first, iOS 8.3 will be launched in March sometime, as the second beta will be sent out to developers next week. What’s more is that iOS 8.3 won’t be released to developers only, as Apple is planning to launch their AppleSeed program in March, which suggest that iOS 8.3 will be released as the first ever public beta from the company (in mobile software, that is). Exciting news! Moreover, we have learned that iOS 8.3 comes with the code-name Stowe and its official launch will be followed by another public beta of iOS 8.4, code-named Copper.
The final release in this cycle will be Monarch, or iOS 9, and it will be debuted at the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference in June, after which it will be sent out as a public beta, which is exciting and interesting, not to mention a good move following the bumpy software release last year. Apple’s AppleSeed program is a very good idea, seeing as users are still complaining about iOS 8 and the bugs it brings forth on devices, especially on the iPhone 5S. With the program, future iOS releases, including iOS 9 would be subject to public scrutiny and users will be able to report each bug they find in the software, so that Apple can make the final release of the software as perfect as possible. That official release will most likely fall to… well, Fall 2015 when the iPhone 7 will supposedly be released.
It seems that the public beta program started with OS X Yosemite has paid off for both Apple and its fans, as it has set the groundwork for AppleSeed. The OS X Yosemite attempt showed the company that it’s a good idea to get user feedback before officially releasing software, as Apple fans can be very strict when it comes to bugs on their devices, hence the uproar about iOS 8. As for what iOS 9 will bring to the table, we’re not entirely sure, but sources say the release will focus on optimization, stability and a few new features. Whatever iOS 9 runs out to be, we’re very curious about how the AppleSeed program will unfold.
Mobile apps from Threads make profile switching easy
Twitter rival, Threads, owned by Meta, now allows account switching without logging out.
This Thursday, the social networking app announced that users can swap accounts on its mobile apps by long pressing the bottom right profile icon. Tap “Add profile” after the long press to add a profile.
Users can easily switch between work and personal profiles. Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri did not say if the profile-switching feature allowed you to add a limit of accounts.
On the same day as Facebook allowed multiple personal profiles on Blue, the text-based social networking app announced its profile feature.
Threads keeps adding features three months after its launch. It began testing full-text search in New Zealand and Australia late last month. The company launched global search this month.
Threads’ competitors ship features in a competitive social media landscape. Mastodon released version 4.2 this week with improved profile and post search, automatic quick action suggestions in the search box, a new web interface with thread indicators and article previews, and a Privacy and Reach settings tab.
Elon Musk said X will collect ‘a tiny monthly payment’ for its service
X owner Elon Musk suggested today that Twitter may no longer be free. Musk said the business was “moving to a small monthly payment” for the X system in a live-streamed meeting with Netanyahu on Monday. He suggested such a tweak to address platform bots.
Musk said, “It’s the only way I can think of to combat vast armies of bots.” According to him, bots have a high effective cost due to their low cost (a tenth of a penny), even though they require a few dollars. Each bot creator needed a new payment method to make another bot.
Musk said the new subscription price would be a “small amount of money.”
Musk also announced that X now has 550 million monthly users and 100 to 200 million daily postings. Musk’s stats may include automated accounts, either good bots like news feeds or malicious bots like spammers.
This figure couldn’t be compared to Twitter’s pre-Musk user base, which was computed using mDAU, Twitter’s own metric. This earlier statistic identified Twitter users who may be monetized by adverts. Twitter reported 229 million mDAUs in Q1 2022.
Musk did not specify when he would charge for X. Since Musk took over the network last year, it has been pushing users to subscribe to X Premium (formerly Twitter Blue). This $8 per month or $84 per year subscription service lets you modify posts, reduce the ad load, prioritize search and conversation rankings, make lengthier posts, and more.
X doesn’t divulge its paying subscribers, but independent research shows X Premium doesn’t attract most customers. X Premium has 827,615 subscribers, according to one estimate.
Musk has considered charging everyone for X. In fact, Platformer claimed last year that Musk was considering a Twitter paywall.
Though hate speech on X came up, Musk and Netanyahu discussed AI technologies and regulation today. Musk called himself “against antisemitism” and “anything that promotes hate and conflict.” Musk threatened to sue the Anti-Defamation League, which has accused Musk and X of antisemitism, in his latest fight.
X launches government ID account verification
For paid users, X, formerly Twitter, has implemented government ID-based account verification to prevent impersonation and provide “prioritized support.”
Social media partner Au10tix provides identity verification solutions from Israel. The ID verification pop-up says the Au10tix can store this data for 30 days.
X’s verification support page says ID verification is available in “numerous countries,” but not in the EU, EEA, or UK. The region’s strict data protection laws likely explain this.
ID-based verification seems unnecessary and rarely beneficial. The company may age-gate content based on ID age.
“X currently focuses on account authentication to prevent impersonation and may explore additional measures, such as ensuring users have access to age-appropriate content and protecting against spam and malicious accounts, to maintain platform integrity and healthy conversations,” it said.
Users who pass the verification badge will receive a government ID verification note. Only clicking the blue checkmark on the profile page shows it. The company said ID-verified users will get “prioritized support from X Services,” but this is unclear.
The company allowed paid users to hide checkmarks from their profiles last month.
X plans to speed up checkmark reviews if users verify their IDs. Plus, they can frequently change their names, usernames, and profile photos without losing the checkmark.
Only paid users can use ID-based verification. Ironically, X promotes impersonation and spam reduction but doesn’t offer verification tools to all users.
Twitter discontinued legacy verification and removed account checkmarks in April. However, the company reinstated the top account checkmark after much chaos.
“This will additionally help us tie, for those that choose, an account to a real person by processing their government-issued ID,” X told Bloomberg. “This will also help X fight impersonation attempts and secure the platform.”
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