Apple releases bugfixes for iOS, watchOS and macOS

Apple releases bug fix releases for iOS/iPadOS 15, watchOS 8, and macOS Monterey. No new features or significant changes are report for this release.

Updates include security content.

watchOS 8.7.1 is available only for Apple Watch Series 3

watchOS 8.7.1 fixes reboot issues with Apple Watch Series 3 model only.

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Weekend good reads for Apple developers, issue #37

One beta closer to release of iOS 16 and new weekend brings us new articles to read.

Come back next weekend for more interesting topics!

‘Hide my Email’ feature in macOS 13 Ventura might not be available for third party apps

Apple removed mentions that Hide my Email iCloud+ feature will be available for third-party apps in macOS 13 Ventura. It is not known if feature will be removed or postponed. Some of other features are marked as 'coming soon'.

Initially, it was advertised that 'Hide my Email' will be available for third-party apps simplifying process of creating new email address for a specific service.

Reference: Hide My Email Ventura feature for 3rd-party apps seemingly dropped or postponed

Apple publishes iOS 16 beta 5 and other platforms

Just a little bit over a month til the release new round of beta version is published for iOS/iPadOS 16, macOS 13 Ventura, watchOS 9 and tvOS 16.

  • Now iOS 16 might show battery percentage directly in status bar.
  • This beta also disables parallax effect on Lock Screen background and adds better music player widget including mini music visualizer.
  • Screenshot menu now has "Copy and Delete" option for easier sharing without saving screenshots to Camera Roll.
  • New sounds are used in Find My app.
  • Also Apple now seems to be publishing AirPods firmware update details.

Beta download: Operating Systems

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Users download less games now

Sensor Tower published a report on mobile gaming.

The U.S. mobile games market has faced significant challenges during the first half of 2022. Overall U.S. mobile game revenue fell by 9.6 percent Y/Y to $11.4 billion, while downloads declined by 2.5 percent to 2.4 billion. Looking at just 2Q22, revenue decreased by 11.4 percent Y/Y to $5.6 billion, though downloads were largely flat at 1.2 billion.

Sensor Tower
Sensor Tower

Sensor Tower: Most Mobile Game Genres See Revenue Declines in the U.S. During H1 2022 as Industry Headwinds Bite

Reference: We’re downloading fewer mobile games as lockdowns end and inflation bites

Weekend good reads for Apple developers, issue #36

Yes, it's August already. iOS 16 is to be released in just over a month. Let's see what we have for this weekend to read.

And that is it for today. Have a great weekend!

People spend 4 hours using their mobile devices

TechCrunch reports device usage statistics based on data.ai article (formerly App Annie).

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Statistics also show top downloaded apps. Instagram, Facebook and TikTok top the list.

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Read the full report, to get more details on each app category.

data.ai: Mobile Users In Two Regions Now Spend 5.7 Hours A Day In Apps

Reference: Mobile users are now spending 4-5 hours per day in apps

Apple to postpone iPadOS 16 release to October according to new report

Bloomberg reports that Apple might postpone iPadOS 16 release to October matching shipments of new iPad models. iOS 16 is still expected to be released in September.

The delay of the software is due, at least in part, to an ambitious effort to overhaul the iPad’s multitasking capabilities. The update includes a feature called Stage Manager that lets users operate several tasks at the same time, resize windows and bounce between different clusters of apps.

Bloomberg

Bloomberg: Apple Plans to Delay Launch of iPadOS 16 Update by About a Month

Reference: Apple to Delay iPadOS 16 Launch Until October