A quiet day on the Apple news front before what might be a quite impressive display of legal expertise in front of the Supreme Court dealing with the Apple-Samsung patent dispute that's been going on for years. So what do we have for you today?
- Two-thirds of all iOS users are now using iOS 10
- iOS 10.1 is getting closer to release with a new beta today
- Facebook announces a new app -- Events from Facebook
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One thing that never ceases to amaze us here at Apple World Today is just how quickly new versions of iOS are adopted by users. Here’s an example: iOS 10 became openly available to all iOS users on September 6. Today, a little over one month later, two-thirds of all iOS users are running on the latest operating system version. iOS 9 is now only on 29% of all devices, while operating systems on older devices only account for about 4.5%.
iOS 10.1 is getting closer as well, with Apple delivering a third developer beta of the next version today. The biggest change for iPhone 7 Plus users is the addition of the Portrait photo mode, while those with other iPhones or iPads will likely benefit from the update with tweaks to the user interface and code changes to fix bugs released in the first version. The frequency of the developer beta releases is heating up, so we’re expecting to see the final version ship soon.
Facebook has been making a surprising number of iOS apps, and one of the more popular features of the social network just received its own standalone app that is targeted at replacing apps like Eventbrite and Fantastical on your devices. Events for iPhone is a free app that provides all sorts of functionality, including RSVP’ing to events scheduled by friends, finding things happening in your area that you’d find interesting, or managing your calendar. It integrates with Facebook events, so even friends who don’t have the app can find out what you’re interested in or what you’ve invited them to right in Facebook. The app is US-only at this time, but those who want to try out Events for iPhone can work around the restriction by setting their device regional settings to “United States”.
That’s all for today; We’ll be back Tuesday afternoon with another edition of the AWT News Update.