Monday, October 20, 2014

Bypass Lockscreen in iOS 8.1

How to Set Up SMS Relay Between Your OS X Yosemite Machine and iOS 8.1 Device

SMS Relay works from iOS 8.1 to OS X Yosemite, and it also works with your other iOS 8.1 devices. For example, if you have an iPhone 6 Plus running iOS 8.1 and a MacBook Pro with retina display running Mac OS X Yosemite, it will work. If you have an iPhone 6 Plus running iOS 8.1 and an iPad Mini with retina display running iOS 8.1, this will also work. In this guide, we'll show you how to get SMS Relay all set up.

Doing so is easy; all you have to do is go to your Settings application on your iOS 8.1 device and then go to the Messages cell:

Now you can go to the Text Message Forwarding cell from the Messages preferences pane:

You'll then see toggle switches for all of the devices that are capable of having SMS messages relayed to them from your iPhone. They're all disabled by default, for security reasons:

When you enable one of them, you will be asked to enter the special code that appears on the device that you're trying to connect:

After having been paired, your secondary device will be able to send and receive SMS messages that you would normally have to compose and reply to on your iPhone. It's a handy new feature.

iOS 8.1: Apple Pay / iCloud Photo And More

Apple Releases iOS 8.1 With Apple Pay Support, SMS Relay, Camera Roll, and More

Apple today released iOS 8.1, its first major update to iOS 8. First seeded to developers at the end of September, iOS 8.1 brings quite a few significant features to the operating system. The update activates Apple Pay, enables Yosemite users to access Continuity features like SMS relay and Instant Hotspot, offers all iOS 8 users access to iCloud Photo Library, fixes several bugs, and more. 

iOS 8.1, build 12B410, is available immediately as an over-the-air download and after updating, it will allow iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners to access Apple Pay, Apple's new payment service. With Apple Pay, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus can be used to make payments in both retail stores that support NFC and participating apps. Apple has also released Apple TV software 7.0.1. 

Apple Pay support for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus (U.S. only) 

Photos include new features, improvements, and fixes 
-Adds iCloud Photo Library as a beta service 
- Adds Camera Roll album in Photos app and My Photo Stream album when iCloud Photo Library is not enabled 
- Provides alerts when running low on space before capturing Time Lapse videos 

Messages includes new features, improvements and fixes 
- Adds the ability for iPhone users to send and receive SMS and MMS text messages on from their iPad and Mac 
- Resolves an issue where search would sometimes not display results 
- Fixes a bug that caused read messages not to be marked as read 
- Fixes issues with group messaging 

Resolves issues with Wi-Fi performance that could occur when connected to some base stations 
Fixes an issue that could prevent connections to Bluetooth hands-free devices 
Fixes bugs that could cause screen rotation to stop working 
Fixes an issue in Safari where videos would sometimes not play 
Adds an option to select between 2G, 3G, or LTE networks for cellular data 
Fixes an issue in Safari where videos would sometimes not play 
Adds AirDrop support for Passbook passes 
Adds an option to enable Dictation in Settings for Keyboards, Separate from Siri 
Enables HealthKit apps to access data in the background 

Accessibility improvements and fixes 
- Fixes an issue that prevented Guided Access from working properly 
- Fixes a bug where VoiceOver would not work with 3rd party keyboards 
- Improves stability and audio quality when using MFi Hearing Aids with iPhone 6 and 6 Plus 
- Fixes an issue with VoiceOver where tone dialing would get stuck on tone until dialing another number 
- Improves reliability when using handwriting, Bluetooth keyboards, and Braille displays with VoiceOver 

Fixes an issue that was preventing the use of OS X Caching Server for iOS updates
Also included in iOS 8.1 is support for SMS relay, a Continuity feature designed to allow Macs (running Yosemite) and iOS devices like iPads to receive SMS messages routed through a user's iPhone. Instant Hotspot is also enabled through the iOS 8.1 update, letting Mac users remotely activate the Personal Hotspot capabilities of an iPhone when two devices are near each other. 

Along with those major features, iOS 8.1 reinstates the Camera Roll, which was removed with iOS 8, and it gives all iOS 8 users access to iCloud Photo Library, Apple's new cloud-based photo storage solution. The removal of the Camera Roll turned out to be a controversial decision, with Apple opting to re-add it after iOS users asked for the feature to be returned. 

iOS 8 has not been Apple's smoothest software release, with users encountering quite a few bugs in the operating system. While multiple issues were fixed with iOS 8.0.2, released in late September, iOS 8.1 fixes several other bugs, including a problem that caused some iOS 8 users to have trouble pairing their phones with their Bluetooth devices. According to release notes, iOS 8.1 also fixes several other complaints users have had about iOS 8, including problems connecting to Wi-Fi and issues with screen rotation.

Apple Expecting In-App Purchases to Make Up Most of Early Apple Pay Activity

Ahead of the launch of Apple Pay today, The Wall Street Journalhas posted an overview of the mobile payments service with some insight from Apple about what it expects from it over the coming months. 

Apple's Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue stated that he expects the biggest share of early Apple Pay transactions to be made up by in-app purchases. With Apple Pay, users will be able to simply use the Touch ID fingerprint sensor on a device to complete a purchase for an item or service in an app. The Touch ID fingerprint sensor will also still continue to work for purchasing apps from the App Store. 

applepayinappsCue also spoke on how the company sees its roll-out of the service:
"We’re trying to do something that I think is a game changer and it requires a lot of people to play together,” said Eddy Cue , Apple’s senior vice president in charge of Internet software and services, in an interview. “There’s a lot to do here and we have a lot of work to do, but it should be huge."
While the company's mobile payments solution will also allow shoppers to physically buy items in-store using their iPhones, many of Apple's partners have yet to receive the payment terminals needed to process transactions. However, Apple expects many merchants to upgrade their terminals in the next year which will help the service. Apple Pay will not be compatible with corporate credit cards, prepaid cards, or even store cards like Macy's popular credit card offering. Macy's spokesman Jim Sluzewski stated that he expects Apple to add support for the Macy's card eventually. 

The article also notes that Apple Pay on the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 will only be compatible with in-app purchases and cannot be used to purchase items in-store. This is likely due to their lack of an near-field communication (NFC) antenna, which is what the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus use to interact with compatible payment terminals. The Apple Watch will have an NFC chip when it launches early next year and will allow users to make in-store Apple Pay transactions. 

applepayscancardreport from Digiday also claims that Apple will integrate Apple Pay with its iAd business, citing sources familiar with the matter. The move would allow advertisers to embed a "tap-to-buy" button in their mobile ads, and would be similar to what Facebook and Twitter did for their services earlier this year. Apple is also said to be working in iAd's new retargeting feature with Apple Pay, which would allow retailers to push targeted ads with buy buttons to users. Apple is expected to integrate Apple Pay with iAd by the end of this year. 

Apple Pay will be launching Today, October 20 alongside iOS 8.1 and will be compatible with credit cards and debit cards from major payment networks including American Express, MasterCard, and Visa. Several banks including Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Capital One and more are also listed as partners. 

In-store payments with Apple Pay will require the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, and will also be supported by the Apple Watch when it launches in early 2015. All three aforementioned devices plus the iPhone 5s, iPad Air 2, and iPad mini 3 will be able to make online purchases with Apple Pay.