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    iOS 8 RUMORS

    Rumored 'Healthbook' App for iOS 8 Suggests Significant Health Component to iWatch






    Apple is developing a new app expected to be released alongside iOS 8 that collects and organizes information and data points related to the users health, including fitness statistics from the new M7 processor in the iPhone 5s, and possibly other data collected from a new wearable product, reports 9to5Mac.

    The app, reportedly called Healthbook, will be a preinstalled app that can track data points including a user's blood pressure, hydration, heart rate and potentially other statistics like glucose levels. It could also remind users to take medications at certain times during the day.

    The "Healthbook" application is said to take multiple user interface cues from Apple’s own Passbook app, which is software for storing loyalty cards, coupons, and other materials normally stored in physical wallets.

    The new health and fitness application’s interface is a stack of cards that can be easily swiped between. Each card represents a different fitness or health data point. The prototype logo for "Healthbook" is similar to Passbook’s icon, but it is adorned with graphics representing vital signs.

    9to5Mac also reports that Apple is designing iOS 8 with the iWatch in mind, saying that sources suggest the iWatch and iPhone will be "heavily reliant" on each other for health tracking. The iWatch will also include some mapping abilities as well.

    The site suggests that the iWatch will include the ability to measure statistics that the Healthbook app can measure -- including glucose levels and heart rate -- though nothing concrete is known. It does say that sources suggest Apple has been able to combine several different health sensors into one chipset in order to make them all smaller.

    Apple is also working on significant new features for its Maps app, including transit directions, though that feature still has significant amounts of work to be done and is not a "lock" to be included in iOS 8, claims the site.

    The New York Times reported earlier today that several Apple executives met with the FDA last month to discuss mobile medical applications. One expert said the meeting could be "to get the lay of the land for regulatory pathways with medical devices and apps" or "that Apple has been trying to push something through the F.D.A. for a while and they’ve had hangups."

    Apple has made a number of health-related hires in the past year, including employees with expertise in health sensors and other mobile health devices.

    iOS 8 is expected to be previewed at WWDC in June, while the iWatch -- which 9to5Mac says is "well into development" -- and new models of the iPhone are expected in the second half of the year.





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    iOS 8 'Healthbook' App Depicted in New Mockups



    Several concept images for the rumored "Healthbook" app that may be included with iOS 8 were today published on the MacRumors forum by member CarlosGQ. According to 9to5Mac, the site that shared the original Healthbook rumors, the app mockup "vaguely" resembles the actual app that Apple is working on and thus gives some hints at what such an app might look like.

    According to sources, the mockups are "vaguely" the right idea. Of course, Apple is likely testing multiple different user-interfaces for this software, and since we are several months out from an official introduction, things can and likely will change (even drastically)…

    Healthbook, which is a health-related app reportedly in iOS 8, is said to pull in health-related data from several sources, including Apple's much-rumored sensor-laden iWatch and the iPhone itself. Healthbook may be able to manage and track weight loss and monitor and store fitness statistics like steps taken, calories burned, and miles walked.

    Rumors suggest it can also monitor vital signs like blood pressure, hydration levels, and glucose levels, aggregating information to provide an overall picture of health. As pictured, the app is said to have a card-style design much like Passbook.

    Along with commenting on the Healthbook mockups, 9to5Mac has reiterated some information on both the Healthbook app and the iWatch to refute a report from MobiHealthNews earlier this week that tempered some of the expectations surrounding Apple's iWatch.

    While MobiHealthNews cast doubt on the iWatch's ability to sense glucose and hydration levels, 9to5Mac argues the device may indeed have those abilities as the Healthbook app is able to read glucose-related data and track hydration. It will not, however, track stress or women's health/pregnancy as previously reported.

    Though many aspects of the iWatch and the Healthbook app remain unknown, iWatch rumors do generally agree the device will include several important health-related sensors able to track elements like sleep and exercise. As 9to5Mac points out, Apple has some significant hurdles to overcome with both hardware design and regulatory bodies, so it continues to be unclear what the final device and its accompanying app might include.





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    iOS 8: Apple polishes Maps data, adds public transit directions service



    Apple is readying an upgraded version of its iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch Maps application for the next major release of iOS in an effort to battle Google for mobile maps supremacy, according to sources briefed on the plans. Apple CEO Tim Cook, Senior Vice Presidents Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi, and Maps head Patrice Gautier are using the new app to move toward fulfilling a promise to users that the iOS Maps application will eventually live up to the “incredibly high standard” of Apple’s customers…


    Failure to launch:

    Apple dropped support for Google’s mapping database in late 2012 and released its in-house Maps app with iOS 6. While the new application added extravagant three-dimensional imagery and a smoother interface, the software was riddled with bugs, unreliable data, and lacked many of the critical mobile mapping features found in the Google Maps app. Scott Forstall, the long time prodigy of the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, was in charge of the Apple mapping effort and was ousted for declining to apologize for the product’s shortcomings. Soon after Forstall, iOS engineering executive Richard Williamson was pushed out of Apple for his involvement in the app’s development.


    Improving data:

    Looking forward, Cue, Federighi, and Gautier have been leading teams of Apple engineers since Forstall’s departure in order to make amends to the Maps app’s data and interface so it is more reliable. Last year with iOS 7, Apple re-architected the app’s interface to fit the bright, translucent style of Jony Ive’s take on mobile operating system design.

    But while the interface for Maps was redesigned last year, Apple’s focus for 2014 is under-the-hood changes.

    Thanks to extensive engineering work and acquisitions of several companies such BroadMap, Embark, and HopStop, Apple’s database for iOS Maps will be upgraded with enhanced data so it is more reliable, according to sources. The new application will also be injected with new points of interests and new labels to make places such as airports, parks, train stations, bus stops, highways, and freeways easier to find, the sources added. Sources also say that the mapping application’s cartography design has been tweaked to be slightly cleaner and to make streets more visible.


    Transit:

    In addition to the mapping data changes, Apple will add one of the most important mobile features to Maps this year: public transit directions. Late last year, sources said that Apple had been planning to release transit support in iOS 8, and now the same sources are indicating that the plan is on track to be executed. Using data acquired via acquisitions and various partnerships, transit will be deeply integrated into the new maps application.

    Transit directions allow a person to use an iPhone to travel from one destination to another via public transportation. iOS 8 Maps will be able to tap into train, subway, and bus data and provide enhanced directions to major airports. The functionality will exist in major cities, such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York, and will expand to other locations across the United States and potentially other countries across the world around the public launch of iOS 8.



    Images of iOS 8’s transit mapping feature based on descriptions



    Transit directions will be embedded into Maps as both an option in the classic Directions panel and as a new mapping view. In the Directions view, transit will be an option alongside Driving and Walking. In the viewing options menu, a way to clearly view train stations, airports, and bus stops will be an option alongside the Standard, Hybrid, and Satellite views. While Apple will now have its own transit functionality, the Maps application will still be able to point users to App Store apps for additional transit-infused software.

    When a user chooses to receive transit directions in the iOS 8 Maps app, a translucent panel slides up from the bottom of the Maps app with a list of different routes, according to the sources briefed on the application. Each route uses icons to notate the method of transportation (for example, a bus or train). The left side of the route choice panels share the departure and arrival times, and the right side notes the travel time. The transit view is said to split the screen between the routes list and the map so that users can also visually see the provided routes.

    Users will be able to choose to receive transit directions to depart immediately or input a date and time for their travel and receive directions for use at that later time, according to the sources. Apple will also allow users to set transit directions as the default method of transportation (as opposed to walking or driving) so that frequent users of public transit can more quickly find directions to their destinations. That option is said to be in the iOS Settings menu. Users will also be able to use the standard iOS sharing functionality to email their route or share it via social networks.


    Augmented reality:





    Apple’s plans to improve mapping data and add transit functionality are just the pipeline for 2014. Apple is also working on unique ways for integrating indoor mapping views and enhanced car integration for future versions of iOS. Sources say that Apple has also begun work on augmented reality functionality that leverages the iPhone’s compass hardware to visually see nearby points of interest. This feature is likely to surface in the coming years. Apple received a patent for such functionality in 2011. Apple is likely also working on an updated version of its Maps app for OS X that adds the improved data. In addition to the new mapping software, iOS 8 is planned to include an application called Healthbook to manage user fitness activity and health information.





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    iOS 8: Apple considers moving iTunes Radio to its own app to boost usage



    In an effort to boost usage of its new streaming music service that launched alongside iOS 7 last fall, Apple is considering changes to iTunes Radio. The Cupertino company is now testing iTunes Radio as a standalone application with iOS 8, according to sources briefed on the plans. iTunes Radio first arrived as a feature within the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch operating system’s Music application. As a tab in the already-existing Music app, iTunes Radio has not received a promoted presence on iOS, and this likely has deterred growth for the service in terms of advertising revenue and usage…

    As a standalone application, users will be able to more quickly access iTunes Radio. Psychologically for users, iTunes Radio will be its own app competing with the likes of the Pandora, Spotify, and iHeartRadio apps found on the App Store. The benefit for Apple, however, is that iTunes Radio will be pre-installed. The interface for the standalone iTunes Radio application is said to be nearly identical to the one found inside of the iOS Music app and its Home screen icon is a terrestrial radio graphic atop a red background.





    The functionality of iTunes Radio will also be akin to its iOS 7 Music app counterpart. Users will be able to browse their history, purchase streamed tracks, locate Featured Stations, create stations based on songs, artists, and albums, and manage stations. Apple previously considered releasing iTunes Radio as a standalone application in iOS 6, but due to problems with striking record label deals, the company ultimately pushed the launch back to iOS 7.

    Apple has previously removed functionality from the standard iOS Music (formally called iPod) app and separated functionality into standalone apps. For example, Apple moved video playback for movies, TV shows, and music videos from the iPod app into a Videos app with iOS 5. With iOS 6, Apple began promoting Podcasts as its own App Store app and removed playback from the Music app. In early 2012, Apple re-located playback of iTunes University content to its own app.

    These considerations are still in the early stages, so it is possible that the change does not come to fruition this year. With the recently released iOS 7.1, Apple has made searching for content and signing up for iTunes Match (which removes ads) more intuitive.

    Making iTunes Radio a standalone application will also likely spur an increase in advertisers looking to promote their products within the new Apple music service. Sources add that Apple acquired Burstly earlier this year in an effort to use the startup’s SkyRocket service’s expertise in mobile advertising to improve the iAd platform, which powers the advertisements for iTunes Radio.

    As Spotify looks to tackle iTunes Radio with a new free tier and as Pandora continues to grow, Apple executives could bet on a newly promoted presence for iTunes Radio on iOS Home screens to make the service further live up to what Pandora’s CFO previously called a “credible threat.”

    In addition to making iTunes Radio a standalone application, Apple is moving aggressively to try to expand iTunes Radio to several new markets across the globe. In September of 2013, iTunes Radio launched exclusively for the United States. The feature spread to Australia earlier this year, and Apple is said to be hoping to launch in countries such as Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom in the coming months. This move to expand comes soon after Samsung launched its Milk streaming music service as exclusive to the United States.





    Apple has been mum on iTunes Radio usage in recent months, but the company shared some usage statistics late last year. Apple said in September that iTunes Radio had 11 million unique users in its launch week. In late October, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that the service had 20 million unique listeners and 1 billion played songs over the course of the service’s launch month. For comparison, Pandora had over 75 million active listeners this past February, and it still dominates 31% of the market. Moving to a standalone application and expanding the service’s reach to more regions internationally could boost iTunes Radio’s marketshare.





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    Screenshots of iOS 8: Healthbook, Preview, TextEdit icons leaked



    The above screenshot claiming to represent iOS 8 just showed up on a Weibo account. Even though the source of the images is absolutely uncertain, I have confirmed with several sources that these shots are legitimate. Earlier today, I detailed the new Preview and TextEdit apps shown above, and I previously discussed Healthbook. I’ll have more news on Healthbook in the coming weeks. Until then, you can check out a higher-resolution mockup of the Healthbook icon below. I’m not sure what the Tips icon is for, but it is probably a user-guide of some sort. Of course, it’s plausible that the icons are works in progress.

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    iOS 8: Apple works to further push iCloud as the future of the file system



    When Apple introduced both iOS and iCloud, its goal was to eliminate the classic file system found in Mac OS X and make synchronization so seamless between devices that it “just works.” Nearly three years after iCloud’s introduction, Apple is still moving closer to this goal. The company is working on a pair of new iCloud applications for iOS as well as improved tools for developers to build iCloud-infused applications, according to sources with knowledge of these initiatives…



    Mockup of TextEdit and Preview iOS icons



    Apple is developing versions of the Mac operating system’s Preview and TextEdit applications that are optimized for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The applications are said to not be designed to actually edit PDFs, images, or text documents. Instead, the apps are built to serve as tools to view Preview and TextEdit files stored in iCloud by OS X. Apple added iCloud synchronization for Preview and TextEdit with OS X Mountain Lion, but has not yet released iOS counterparts to actually view the synchronized content.

    The applications are said to still be early in development, but they are being considered for release later in the year. It is currently uncertain, but still possible, if the new pieces of software will be ready to ship with the upcoming iOS 8.

    Instead of using fully functional Preview and TextEdit applications on iOS, users will be encouraged to use the PDF management and editing functionality in the free iBooks application from the App Store and manage other documents via the iWork suite’s word processing application Pages. The apps will also bring improved feature parity between the two Apple operating systems.

    The development of the new applications comes as a benefit of Apple Senior VP of Software Engineering Craig Federighi’s restructuring of Apple’s OS X and iOS development teams over the course of the past year, according to sources. These people say that Federighi has opened the previous iOS and OS X feature development silos and that all iOS and OS X software engineers work in tandem on both operating systems. Prior to these changes, for example, an OS X team would develop the TextEdit and Preview apps completely separately from the larger iOS group, who could, independently, develop versions of Preview and TextEdit for iOS. Now each application is managed by single groups that develop both iOS and OS X versions.

    In addition to working on new iCloud applications, Apple is said to be researching new iCloud storage tools to make the development of server-integrated App Store applications for iOS simpler. Developers have long complained that building App Store apps that rely on iCloud is a complex and unreliable process. This potential future initiative would be designed to resolve those issues. The future developer tools, which have been tabled by Apple engineers in the past, may never ship. However, Apple’s research in that Parse/Facebook and Amazon-dominated space is nonetheless intriguing. If launched, Apple’s new iCloud development tools would allow developers to further take advantage of Apple’s vision of the future of software file systems.

    In addition to new iCloud functionality, Apple is actively developing a standalone iTunes Radio app, new Maps app, and Healthbook activity tracking software for the next version of iOS.





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    iOS 8: Apple considers Notification Center + Messages tweaks,removing Game Center app



    Besides adding new Maps, Healthbook, and iTunes Radio applications, Apple plans to enhance and refine the functionality of some of its current pre-bundled applications and features for iOS 8. Here is a list, provided by sources, of some of the refinements Apple is considering for select applications and system functions in iOS 8:


    - Notification Center: Notification Center, the translucent drop-down menu for managing alerts may be simplified. In iOS 7, Notification Center includes a “Today” view, “All” Notifications view, and a “Missed” Notifications view. In iOS 8, Apple is considering reducing the panel to solely include the “Today” and “Notifications” views.





    The new “Notifications” view would combine all notifications with missed notifications, making the overall experience simpler. After acquiring the team behind the app Cue last year, Apple has likely been working on adding additional pertinent information to Notification Center, but it is uncertain if those enhancements will be ready this year for iOS 8.


    - Inter-app communication: Apple is said to be working on and testing functionality that would allow apps from the App Store to better communicate. This is known as an “XPC” service in the developer world. An API is being developed for apps to be able to share data. For example, a future photo editing application could have the ability to push the edited content for upload via the Instagram or Facebook apps. The debut of the API has been in development for the past couple of years, and it had been removed from the launch version of iOS 7 last year for unspecified reasons. With that in mind, it is plausible that Apple could, again, choose to hold back the functionality.


    - Voice Memos: Apple plans to move around some of the controls in the Voice Memos application to be more visible. Some iOS 7 users have complained that it is unclear which controls in Voice Memos need to be clicked to play recordings, and iOS 8 will fix this.





    - Messages: Apple is said to be considering adding the ability for Messages threads in iOS 8 to automatically be deleted. The options for auto-deleting of threads on a user’s local device are said to be removal after a month or after a year. The functionality is being integrated in order for the iOS Device storage space to not be clogged up by old Messages threads, which is a common problem among iOS Device users with old backups or dated hardware. The auto-deletion will be optional, so users who never want their threads disappearing have nothing to worry about.


    - Game Center: Sources say that Apple is considering removing the Game Center application from iOS and OS X. Instead of having the (little-used) Game Center app, the functionality will solely be found inside in games that have integrated the social gaming service. Just last year, Apple completely redesigned the Game Center app for iOS 7 to remove the green felt and casino theme from the Scott Forstall era. Yesterday’s leaked screenshots did, however, show the Game Center icon.


    - CarPlay: While iOS 7’s version of CarPlay exclusively works over the Lightning cable, Apple is testing versions of iOS 8 that can conduct CarPlay (in certain vehicles) over WiFi. The lines up with Volvo saying that its CarPlay implementation will work wirelessly in the future. Of course, Apple has been testing WiFi CarPlay for sometime now with iOS 7, so perhaps the functionality will be pushed back once again.

    In addition to the in-app tweaks, Apple has been working to speed up iOS 8 in comparison to iOS 7. Applications are said to launch more quickly, close more quickly, and overall system navigation is said to feel much smoother and more stable. Apple sped up animations and improved stability in the recent release of iOS 7.1, but the enhancements in iOS 8 are said to go a bit further.

    Of course, Apple’s official introduction of iOS 8 is still a few months away, so the company’s plans can and likely will change at any time before WWDC.

    Succeeding iOS 7, Apple’s “new beginning” for mobile software, iOS 8 will be the first major update to provide several refinements to the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch software under the watch of design head Jony Ive and engineering lead Craig Federighi.





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    iOS 8 Coming in 2014




    What We Expect

    The next iteration of Apple's iOS software for mobile devices is likely coming this fall. Apple generally pre-announces details during the summer, but a handful of rumors have already given us some information about what to expect.

    iOS 8 is said to be heavily focused on health, and may integrate with the iWatch, Apple's much-rumored smart watch currently in development. The operating system will reportedly include a "Healthbook" app that pulls fitness-related information from both the M7 motion co-processor included in the iPhone 5s and sensors to be included with the iWatch.

    Because iOS 7 included a complete visual overhaul of the operating system, iOS 8 is not expected to feature many design changes. Instead, Apple will likely focus on polishing existing features, improving Maps, Siri, and iCloud support, and perhaps bolstering the functionality of Touch ID through a new mobile payments system.

    In More Detail


    IWATCH

    There's still relatively little tangible information available about iOS 8, but a recent rumor from 9to5Mac has suggested the major focal point of iOS 8 will be the iWatch and its accompanying health-related apps and abilities.

    iOS 8 has reportedly been developed with the iWatch in mind, which will, in turn, be heavily reliant on both the operating system and the iPhone.


    HEALTHBOOK

    iOS 8 may include a "Healthbook" app that resembles the existing Passbook app, pulling in health-related data from a variety of sources much like Passbook aggregates store cards, tickets, and other information.

    In mid-March, a screenshot of the Healthbook app was published on Chinese microblogging site Weibo. 9to5Mac verified the image, adding some details about the various sections available within the app.





    Like many fitness devices and apps on the market, such as the Jawbone UP or the FitBit Force, it appears Healthbook (and possibly its accompanying iWatch) will be able to track physical movement and sleep quality.

    Healthbook's card-style layout has tabs for multiple different health and fitness components and it seems to be able to compile information from a range of services to provide an overall picture of health.

    Along with basic fitness tracking capabilities, there are sections for Weight and Nutrition, plus more advanced metrics such as Blood Sugar, Hydration, Heart Rate, Bloodwork, Respiratory Rate, and Oxygen Saturation.

    It is unclear where Healthbook will will get its data. Some, such as fitness information, could be garnered from the iPhone 5s with its motion co-processor, but other data may come from the much-rumored iWatch, which is said to include multiple different health-tracking features. It’s also possible that Healthbook will pull in data from third-party apps and accessories, as there are already products on the market that fulfill functions such as checking oxygen saturation.

    Other information will likely be manually entered into the Healthbook app, such as lab results that will be added to the "Bloodwork" category, or food consumed in the "Nutrition" section. There's also an Emergency Card, which will allow users to provide contact information and details on medical conditions.


    OTHER APPS AND SERVICES

    Along with some improvements to Healthbook, iOS 8 may include some improvements to existing apps and services on the iPhone and the iPad. Notification Center, for example, may be simplified with a single unified view that does away with the "All" and "Missed" categorization, according to 9to5Mac, and Messages may gain an auto-delete function to remove older messages after a set period of time to free up storage space.

    Game Center may cease to be a standalone app in iOS 8, being built instead into games. Inter-app communications may also be improved via a new data sharing API.

    As expected, CarPlay is also slated for improvements, with an update that will allow it to support WiFi connections, relieving the need for a dedicated Lightning cable.


    ICLOUD

    Apple's iCloud service allows users to store documents and other files on Apple's servers, syncing changes across devices. According to 9to5Mac, Apple is working on new Preview and TextEdit apps for iOS that may appear alongside iOS 8. The new apps would be document viewers rather than allowing editing of image and text files.


    MAPS

    Apple has been hard at work improving its native Maps app after receiving significant criticism following the iOS 6 update to the application, where the company opted to abandon Google Maps and move its mapping in-house.

    While the company added missing data and fixed location errors throughout 2013, there are still several mapping improvements looming on the horizon, including indoor mapping functions and public transit directions.





    Apple purchased multiple mapping companies and made a slew of Maps-related hires in 2013. Companies purchased included Embark, HopStop, WifiSLAM, and Locationary. Embark and HopStop were applications focusing on mass transit, while Locationary was a company focused on crowdsourcing location data for restaurants and other local businesses.

    WifiSLAM focused on indoor mapping, a particularly interesting feature given Apple's recent interest in iBeacons, which could also be used for delivering precise mapping data via Bluetooth while indoors. The M7 motion co-processor built into the iPhone 5s and the iPad mini could also be leveraged in a future Maps update, allowing users to find a parked car or seamlessly transition between driving and walking directions.

    Recent rumors suggest iOS 8 may feature some major improvements to the Maps app, offering transit directions for the first time and enhanced Points of Interest. Apple also plans to offer indoor mapping and enhanced car integration possibly powered by augmented reality software for future versions of iOS.


    ITUNES RADIO

    Launched alongside iOS 7 and currently accessible through the Music app for iOS, Apple's iTunes Radio streaming music service may be moving to a standalone app with iOS 8, according to a new report from 9to5Mac, increasingly visibility and engagement for the service.


    SCREENSHOTS

    Mid-March saw the first leaked screenshot of iOS 8, revealing an almost identical look to iOS 7, although the design may evolve in the months leading up to the launch. The screenshot does show new icons for Healthbook, Preview, TextEdit, and Tips apps, although the Preview and TextEdit icons are likely to be placeholders given the similarity to their OS X counterparts and distinct difference in style from other iOS icons.



    Leaked screenshot of iOS 8 showing Healthbook, Preview, TextEdit, and Tips icons



    SIRI

    It is unclear what Apple plans to do with Siri in the future, but it is possible that iOS 8 will bring improvements to the service. According to a report from The Information, Apple is focused on expanding Siri's ability to interface with third-party apps as the voice assistant may be a key input method for the upcoming iWatch.

    While Apple has existing partnerships with companies like OpenTable and WolframAlpha to power specific Siri functions, the company’s goal is to enable third-party integrations that do not require custom business deals.


    MOBILE PAYMENTS





    The Wall Street Journal recently suggested Apple is looking to develop a new mobile payment service that would allow consumers to use their iPhones to purchase physical goods and services, rather than just apps, songs, and other digital content via the iTunes Store.

    Such a system would be tied to the Touch ID fingerprint scanner first introduced with the iPhone 5s, which Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed was designed with payments in mind. Mobile payments are an opportunity that Apple has been "intrigued" with and something that it plans to pursue.

    It is entirely unclear whether a mobile payment system will be ready by the time iOS 8 launches, but it is possible that it is one of the features planned for the update. Major feature additions often come alongside significant operating system updates and hardware releases, such as FaceTime with iOS 4, Siri with iOS 5, and the in-house Maps app with iOS 6.


    IOS 8 BROWSER ACTIVITY

    MacRumors regularly looks at how many visits the site is receiving from devices on Apple's networks that report themselves as running iOS 8.





    Though iOS 8 first began appearing in developer logs in August of 2013, the operating system remains in the early development stages is likely restricted to a small number of employees. As a result, activity to outside sites such as MacRumors is low.


    RELEASE DATE

    iOS 8 will most likely be released in the fall, alongside the next generation iPhone, but Apple may preview the operating system earlier in the year. New versions of iOS generally launch in the latter half of the year.





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    Does this leaked image show iOS 8 on the iPhone 6?



    An screenshot that supposedly shows iOS 8 running on an iPhone 6 has been posted on Weibo, seemingly revealing what Apple’s upcoming new iOS build will look like on a bigger display. While the image is yet to be confirmed, it suggests the home screen will have a five by seven icon arrangement, including the five-app dock row, compared to the four by six grid on current 4-inch iPhones. Furthermore, the image has a rather strange resolution of 1,600 x 966 pixels that doesn’t really resonate with other screen resolutions Apple uses on existing iPhone and iPad models.

    When it comes to apps, the screen is similar to the iPhone 5s, at least for a partial app arrangement. From Messages to Stocks, the apps are placed in the exact same order as in iOS 7’s default home screen. Also, four of the five dock apps are identical to the four apps on iOS 7’s dock.

    However, there are several other apps present including apps from the iWork and iLife suites and, most importantly, new apps including Healthbook, CarPlay and a Watch Utility that takes central placement in the dock.

    Other apps that were shown in recent leaks, including Preview, TextEdit and Tips, aren’t anywhere to be seen.

    Weibo user @Zmeric did not say where he or she obtained the image from, or whether it’s a genuine iOS 8 screenshot image or a manufactured render based on existing iOS 8 leaks.

    The full iOS 8 screenshot that was posted on Weibo follows below.







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    Apple to partner with Shazam for song recognition in iOS 8, report says



    A report on Wednesday claims Apple is looking to incorporate a song identification feature into its upcoming iOS 8 operating system, possibly as part of Siri, and is working with Shazam to roll out the capability.

    According to people familiar with Apple's plans, the next-generation iOS 8 will feature song identification capabilities that gather sound from an iPhone or iPad's microphone, sends it up to the cloud for processing and returns results to users, reports Bloomberg.

    The company is said to be working in partnership with Shazam, which has for years marketed its own song identification app and technology in the App Store. Shazam's system works in much the same way as solution described by sources, suggesting Apple may simply pull data into a first-party app as it does with Weather and Stocks.

    Specifically, sources say Siri might get song ID support with users asking the virtual assistant, "What song is playing?" From there, iOS can use the data in any number of ways, including opening Apple's own iTunes Radio or the Music app.

    The addition of song identification would be a boon for iTunes Radio's digital track discovery, which in turn drives sales from the iTunes music store.

    Shazam, which in March 2013 was estimated to be operating on 20 percent of iPhones, now boasts some 90 million users. Apple's iOS user base has been the source of major revenue in directing users to purchase music tracks, many from iTunes.

    Apple is expected to preview iOS 8 at the upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference slated to begin on June 2. As always, AppleInsider will be covering the event first hand.





    4-17-14

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