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Version 8.2 of Apple's iOS mobile operating system could launch as soon as next week (Mid- March 2015) with new and improved health features in tow. Apple is nearing the public release of iOS 8.2.

The maker of the iPhone and iPad mobile gadgets was close to releasing iOS 8.2 to the public earlier As per blog Boy Genius Report (BGR) the change log for that build number (12D508) reveals several new features and enhancements in the health department as well as a host of bug fixes, according to BGR.

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Major iOS beta development history – image credit Thinky Bits

The full release notes are available below:

Health App improvements

  • Adds the ability to select the unit of measurement for body temperature, weight, height, distance, and blood glucose
  • Improves stability when dealing with large amounts of data
  • Includes the ability to add and visualise 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 changes data source order
  • Fixes an issue where some graphics showed no data values
  • Adds a privacy setting that enables turning off tracking of steps, distance, and flights climbed

According to BGR, the bug fixes into iOS 8.2 :

  • 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
  • Fixes a timezone issue where Calendar events appear in GMT
  • Addresses an issue that caused certain events in a custom reoccurring meeting to drop from Exchange calendar
  • Fixes an 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.
  • 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 the 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

The update also promises greater stability for Mail, Music, and the Flyover feature in Maps, VoiceOver reliability, and Connectivity with Made for iPhone Hearing Aids

Apple today released a new web tool for users to deregister their phone number from iMessage in the event They switched to a non-Apple device. To deregister a phone number from iMessage, users simply enter their Phone number in Apple’s web tool, receive a free text message containing a code, and submit the code to Complete the process. Users who still have their original iPhone can also transfer their SIM card back to the Device and go to Settings -> Messages to turn iMessage off.
Users switching from an iPhone to another device were often unable to receive SMS messages from another iPhone due to their phone number still being linked to iMessage. These specific errors with iMessage have been a well-known issue since 2011, which is when the messaging service debuted with iOS 5. They were also made even more apparent this past May, where a server glitch caused widespread message delivery problems. Apple was even sued over the matter in a California court, although the company claimed that it was aware of the issue and could not provide a fix.

Apple’s web tool for deregistering phone numbers from iMessage is Available Now.


CUPERTINO, California—October 20, 2014—Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2014 Fourth quarter ended September 27, 2014. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $42.1 billion and Quarterly net profit of $8.5 billion, or $1.42 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $37.5 Billion and net profit of $7.5 billion, or $1.18 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 38 Percent compared to 37 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 60 percent of the Quarter’s revenue.

Apple’s board of directors has declared a cash dividend of $.47 per share of the Company’s common stock. The Dividend is payable on November 13, 2014, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on November 10, 2014.

“Our fiscal 2014 was one for the record books, including the biggest iPhone launch ever with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “With amazing innovations in our new iPhones, iPads and Macs, as Well as iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, we are heading into the holidays with Apple’s strongest product lineup ever. We are also incredibly excited about Apple Watch and other great products and services in the pipeline for 2015.”

“Our strong business performance drove EPS growth of 20 percent and a record $13.3 billion in cash flow From operations in the September quarter,” said Luca Maestri, Apple’s CFO. “We continued to execute Aggressively against our capital return program, spending over $20 billion in the quarter and bringing Cumulative returns to $94 billion.”

Apple is providing the following guidance for its fiscal 2015 first quarter:

  • revenue between $63.5 billion and $66.5 billion
  • gross margin between 37.5 percent and 38.5 percent
  • operating expenses between $5.4 billion and $5.5 billion
  • other income/(expense) of $325 million
  • tax rate of 26.5 percent

Apple will provide live streaming of its Q4 2014 financial results conference call beginning at 2:00 p.m. PDT on October 20, 2014 at www.apple.com/quicktime/qtv/earningsq414. This webcast will also be available for Replay for approximately two weeks thereafter.

This press release contains forward-looking statements including without limitation those about the Company’s estimated revenue, gross margin, operating expenses, other income/(expense), and tax rate. These Statements involve risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ. Risks and uncertainties include Without limitation the effect of competitive and economic factors, and the Company’s reaction to those Factors, on consumer and business buying decisions with respect to the Company’s products; continued Competitive pressures in the marketplace; the ability of the Company to deliver to the marketplace and Stimulate customer demand for new programs, products, and technological innovations on a timely basis; the Effect that product introductions and transitions, changes in product pricing or mix, and/or increases in Component costs could have on the Company’s gross margin; the inventory risk associated with the Company’s Need to order or commit to order product components in advance of customer orders; the continued Availability on acceptable terms, or at all, of certain components and services essential to the Company’s Business currently obtained by the Company from sole or limited sources; the effect that the Company’s Dependency on manufacturing and logistics services provided by third parties may have on the quality, Quantity or cost of products manufactured or services rendered; risks associated with the Company’s International operations; the Company’s reliance on third-party intellectual property and digital content; the Potential impact of a finding that the Company has infringed on the intellectual property rights of others; the Company’s dependency on the performance of distributors, carriers and other resellers of the Company’s Products; the effect that product and service quality problems could have on the Company’s sales and Operating profits; the continued service and availability of key executives and employees; war, terrorism, Public health issues, natural disasters, and other circumstances that could disrupt supply, delivery, or demand of products; and unfavorable results of other legal proceedings. More information on potential factors that Could affect the Company’s financial results is included from time to time in the “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” sections of the Company’s public reports filed with the SEC, including the Company’s Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 28, 2013, its Form 10-Q for the quarter ended December 28, 2013, its Form 10-Q for the quarter Ended March 29, 2014, its Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 28, 2014, and its Form 10-K for the fiscal Year ended September 27, 2014 to be filed with the SEC. The Company assumes no obligation to update any Forward-looking statements or information, which speak as of their respective dates.

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Apple and Several of its Partners Showed off CarPlay at its Official Unveiling Earlier This Year, Mainstream Users Are Finally Getting Their Hands on The System With Pioneer’s Release of its Promised CarPlay update for for several of its aftermarket car audio receiver yesterday.

Early Reviews of CarPlay From Consumer Reports and Australian Technology and Car Blog EFTM Suggest The System is Indeed Easy to use and Effective at reducing driver distraction, thanks to excellent Siri integration.


Consumer Reports points out the many benefits offered by Siri, which allows you to send text messages, get directions, set reminders, and more without touching your iPhone.

Consumer Reports also notes that updating the AVIC-5000NEX unit was easy, requiring the owner to Download the firmware to a USB stick, plug the stick into the receiver, and wait for unit to update itself.


For his part, Trevor Long of EFTM provides a detailed walkthrough with screenshots of CarPlay’s major features. Demoing Pioneer’s AVH-X8650BT stereo installed in a 2010 Mazda 2, Long shows how easy it is to make phone calls, interact with visual voicemail, listen to music, and more.

Pioneer this week released its CarPlay firmware update, making it the first aftermarket receiver manufacturer to offer CarPlay to consumers. Among Pioneer’s U.S. models, CarPlay is available for the $1400 AVIC-8000NEX, the $1200 AVIC-7000NEX, the $900 AVIC-6000NEX, the $750 AVIC-5000NEX and the $700 AVH-4000NEX. CarPlay is also compatible with Pioneer’s new $600 smartphone receiver, AppRadio 4. Consumers can generally find Pioneer’s units at significant discounts from list price from a variety of retailers.