Apple seeds first betas of iOS 12.1, watchOS 5.1 and tvOS 12.1

One day after releasing the first public version of iOS 12, Apple is allowing developers to begin testing the next version. The first iOS 12.1 beta is out.

One day after releasing the first public version of iOS 12, Apple is allowing developers to begin testing the next version. On Tuesday, the company introduced the first iOS 12.1 beta next to watchOS 5.1 beta and tvOS 12.1 beta. ... Read the rest of this post here


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Download: watchOS 5.1 Beta 1, tvOS 12.1 Beta 1 Released

You can now download both watchOS 5.1 beta 1 for Apple Watch and tvOS 12.1 beta 1 for Apple TV. Here are the details on the release. [ Continue reading this over at RedmondPie.com ]

You can now download both watchOS 5.1 beta 1 for Apple Watch and tvOS 12.1 beta 1 for Apple TV. Here are the details on the release.


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Answering its critics, Google loosens reins on AMP project

Accelerated Mobile Pages, or AMP, has been a controversial project since its debut. The need for the framework has been clear: the payloads of mobile pages can be just insane, what with layers and layers of images, Javascript, ad networks, and more slowing down page rendering time and costing users serious bandwidth on metered plans. […]

Accelerated Mobile Pages, or AMP, has been a controversial project since its debut. The need for the framework has been clear: the payloads of mobile pages can be just insane, what with layers and layers of images, Javascript, ad networks, and more slowing down page rendering time and costing users serious bandwidth on metered plans.

Yet, the framework has been aggressively foisted on the community by Google, which has backed the project not just with technical talent, but also by making algorithmic changes to its search results that have essentially mandated that pages comply with the AMP project’s terms — or else lose their ranking on mobile searches.

Even more controversially, as part of making pages faster, the AMP project uses caches of pages on CDNs — which are hosted by Google (and also Cloudflare now). That meant that Google’s search results would direct a user to an AMP page hosted by Google, effectively cutting out the owner of the content in the process.

The project has been led by Malte Ubl, a senior staff engineer working on Google’s Javascript infrastructure projects, who has until now held effective unilateral control over the project.

In the wake of all of this criticism, the AMP project announced today that it would reform its governance, replacing Ubl as the exclusive tech lead with a technical steering committee comprised of companies invested in the success in the project. Notably, the project’s intention has an “…end goal of not having any company sit on more than a third of the seats.” In addition, the project will create an advisory board and working groups to shepherd the project’s work.

The project is also expected to move to a foundation in the future. These days, there are a number of places such a project could potentially reside, including the Apache Software Foundation and the Mozilla Foundation.

While the project has clearly had its detractors, the performance improvements that AMP has been fighting for are certainly meritorious. With this more open governance model, the project may get deeper support from other browser makers like Apple, Mozilla, and Microsoft, as well as the broader open source community.

And while Google has certainly been the major force behind the project, it has also been popular among open source software developers. Since the project’s launch, there have been 710 contributors to the project according to its statistics, and the project (attempting to empathize its non-Google monopoly) notes that more than three quarters of those contributors don’t work at Google.

Nonetheless, more transparency and community involvement should help to accelerate Accelerated Mobile Pages. The project will host its contributor summit next week at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, where these governance changes as well as the technical and design roadmaps for the project will be top of mind for attendees.

Apple releases tvOS 12.1 beta 1 for developers

Installing the tvOS 12.1 beta is more complex than an iOS or macOS beta, but it’s also for developers only.

Just like with iOS and macOS, Apple makes beta versions of tvOS available for developers to test. But unlike the betas for other systems, installing it on the Apple TV (4th generation) or Apple TV 4K is more complicated than a simple download and go. If you’re a developer and you’re having trouble getting the tvOS beta installed, here’s what you need to do.

Unlike Apple’s other operating systems, you can’t back up your Apple TV; as such, Apple offers two options for updating tvOS: over the air, which just updates the system; and via USB-C, which restores the device to its factory settings.

How to install the tvOS 12.1 beta over-the-air
How to install the tvOS 12.1 beta restore image over USB-C (4th generation Apple TV only)
What’s new in the tvOS 12 beta?

September 18, 2018: Apple releases tvOS 12.1 beta 1 for developers

Apple has just released the first tvOS 12.1 beta for…

Installing the tvOS 12.1 beta is more complex than an iOS or macOS beta, but it's also for developers only.

Just like with iOS and macOS, Apple makes beta versions of tvOS available for developers to test. But unlike the betas for other systems, installing it on the Apple TV (4th generation) or Apple TV 4K is more complicated than a simple download and go. If you're a developer and you're having trouble getting the tvOS beta installed, here's what you need to do.

Unlike Apple's other operating systems, you can't back up your Apple TV; as such, Apple offers two options for updating tvOS: over the air, which just updates the system; and via USB-C, which restores the device to its factory settings.

What's new in the tvOS 12 beta?

September 18, 2018: Apple releases tvOS 12.1 beta 1 for developers

Apple has just released the first tvOS 12.1 beta for developers. If you already have a previous tvOS beta installed, proceed to System > Software Updates and download away. If you've been waiting for tvOS 12 to start testing, your time has come.

September 12, 2018: Apple releases tvOS 12 Golden Master for developers

Apple has just released tvOS 12 Golden Master for developers. If you already have a previous tvOS beta installed, proceed to System > Software Updates and download away. If you've been waiting for tvOS 12 to start testing, your time has come

August 31, 2018: Apple releases tvOS 12 beta 10 for developers

Apple has just released tvOS 12 beta 10 for developers. If you already have a previous tvOS beta installed, proceed to System > Software Updates and download away. If you've been waiting for tvOS 12 to start testing, your time has come.

August 27, 2018: Apple releases tvOS 12 beta 9 for developers

Apple has just released tvOS 12 beta 9 for developers. If you already have a previous tvOS beta installed, proceed to System > Software Updates and download away. If you've been waiting for tvOS 12 to start testing, your time has come.

August 20, 2018: Apple releases tvOS 12 beta 8 for developers

Apple has just released tvOS 12 beta 8 for developers. If you already have a previous tvOS beta installed, proceed to System > Software Updates and download away. If you've been waiting for tvOS 12 to start testing, your time has come.

August 13, 2018: Apple releases tvOS 12 beta 7 for developers

Apple has just released tvOS 12 beta 7 for developers. If you already have a previous tvOS beta installed, proceed to System > Software Updates and download away. If you've been waiting for tvOS 12 to start testing, your time has come.

How to install the tvOS 12.1 beta over-the-air

You can install the tvOS 12.1 beta Configuration Profile completely wirelessly, but you'll need a Mac, Apple Configurator, and the latest version of Xcode.

Updating over the air only updates the system software; your configurations and apps should remain on your Apple TV as-is.

  1. On your Mac, go to developer.apple.com/download.
  2. Enter your developer username and password to log in.
  3. Click on the blue Download button to the right of tvOS 12 beta configuration profile. Make sure to save the profile to your Desktop.
  4. Install the Apple Configurator app from the Mac App Store.
  5. Connect your Apple TV (4th generation) or Apple TV 4K to AC power.
  6. Connect your Apple TV (4th generation) or Apple TV 4K to the same wireless network as your Mac.
  7. Open Xcode on your Mac. Make sure you're running the latest version.
  8. Click Window in the Menu bar.
  9. Click Devices and Simulators.
  10. Open Settings on your Apple TV.
  11. Select Remotes and Devices.
  12. Select Remote App and Devices.
  13. In Xcode, select the Apple TV when it appears in the left column under discovered.
  14. Enter the code that appears on your Apple TV. Xcode will pair with the Apple TV.
  15. Open Apple Configurator on your Mac.
  16. Click on your Apple TV in Apple Configurator.
  17. Drag the tvOS 12 Configuration Profile from your Desktop to the Apple TV icon in Apple Configurator. The Apple TV will be configured for the tvOS 12.

Your Apple TV should now detect tvOS 12.1 and download and install it just like any other update.

How to install the tvOS 12.1 beta restore image over USB-C (4th generation Apple TV only)

If you have a 4th generation Apple TV, you can use a USB-C cable to install the restore image.

  1. On your Mac, go to developer.apple.com/download.
  2. Enter your developer username and password to log in.
  3. Click on the blue Download button to the right of tvOS 12 restore image.
  4. Click on the blue Download button to the right of Xcode 10.
  5. Install Xcode 10 on your Mac.
  6. Connect your Apple TV (4th generation) to AC power.
  7. Connect your Apple TV (4th generation) to your Mac using a USB-C cable.
  8. Launch iTunes.
  9. Select your Apple TV when it appears in iTunes.
  10. Hold down the Option key and click on Check for Updates.
  11. Browse to and click on the tvOS 12 beta you downloaded in step 3.

Once iTunes has updated your Apple TV, hook it back up to your television and you're good to go.

Have you got tvOS 12.1 up and running on your Apple TV? Which method did you use and how did it work for you?

Apple has finished paying $15 billion European fine

Apple has finished wiring billions of euros to pay back illegal tax benefits to the Irish government according to Reuters. Overall, Apple has paid $15.3 billion (€13.1 billion) for the original fine as well as $1.4 billion (€1.2 billion) in interests. In August 2016 the European Commission ruled that Apple benefited from illegal tax benefits […]

Apple has finished wiring billions of euros to pay back illegal tax benefits to the Irish government according to Reuters. Overall, Apple has paid $15.3 billion (€13.1 billion) for the original fine as well as $1.4 billion (€1.2 billion) in interests.

In August 2016 the European Commission ruled that Apple benefited from illegal tax benefits from 2003 to 2014. In particular, the company should have paid more taxes in Ireland — a lot more. Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said that Apple’s effective corporate tax rate was much lower than expected.

At the time, many global companies used the Double Irish structure to pay corporate tax on a fraction of your actual profit. Apple claimed that everything was legal, and the Irish government sided with Apple — probably because the huge fine would be bad for business.

European governments lobbied to put an end to the Double Irish back in 2014. Apple moved some of its international cash to the tiny island of Jersey around the same time.

For now, the pile of cash is sitting in an escrow account. Apple appealed the European Union’s decision back in 2016. This process could take up to five years, which means that the Irish government won’t see Apple’s money anytime soon.

If you’ve been following European tax reforms, you know that France, Germany, Spain and Italy were discussing a reform to tax big tech companies based on actual revenue in each European country. This way, tech companies wouldn’t be able to report profit in just one country with a lower corporate tax rate.

But it looks like this reform is now stuck as some European countries disagree with this reform. You need everybody on board to pass this kind of reforms. For this reason, it’s unclear if it’s going to happen at all.

Apple releases watchOS 5.1 beta 1 to developers

Installing the watchOS 5.1 beta is more complex than an iOS or macOS beta, but it’s also for developers only.

Of Apple’s four primary operating systems (iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS), only watchOS lacks a public beta, which isn’t surprising, given how comparatively complicated is. You need to install a certificate on your Apple Watch, then download the software to your iPhone running the iOS 12.1 beta, transfer it across, and get it up and running. It’s not hard, but it does take patience and you may have to troubleshoot.

How to download the watchOS 5.1 beta certificate
How to install watchOS 5.1 on your Apple Watch
How to downgrade to watchOS 5.1
What’s new in the watchOS 5.1 beta?

September 18, 2018: Apple releases watchOS 5.1 beta 1 for developers

Apple has just released watchOS 5.1 beta 1 version for developers. If you already have a previous watchOS 5 beta installed, proceed to the Watch app on your iPhone running iOS 12 and download away. If you were waiting to begin watch…

Installing the watchOS 5.1 beta is more complex than an iOS or macOS beta, but it's also for developers only.

Of Apple's four primary operating systems (iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS), only watchOS lacks a public beta, which isn't surprising, given how comparatively complicated is. You need to install a certificate on your Apple Watch, then download the software to your iPhone running the iOS 12.1 beta, transfer it across, and get it up and running. It's not hard, but it does take patience and you may have to troubleshoot.

What's new in the watchOS 5.1 beta?

September 18, 2018: Apple releases watchOS 5.1 beta 1 for developers

Apple has just released watchOS 5.1 beta 1 version for developers. If you already have a previous watchOS 5 beta installed, proceed to the Watch app on your iPhone running iOS 12 and download away. If you were waiting to begin watchOS testing with version 5.1, now's the time to download and get started.

September 12, 2018: Apple releases watchOS 5 Golden Master for developers

Apple has just released watchOS 5 Golden Master version for developers. If you already have a previous watchOS 5 beta installed, proceed to the Watch app on your iPhone running iOS 12 and download away. If you were waiting to begin watchOS testing with version 5, now's the time to download and get started.

August 31, 2018: Apple releases watchOS 5 beta 10 for developers

Apple has just released watchOS 5 beta 10 for developers. If you already have a previous watchOS 5 beta installed, proceed to the Watch app on your iPhone running iOS 12 and download away. If you were waiting to begin watchOS testing with version 5, now's the time to download and get started.

August 24, 2018: Apple releases watchOS 5 beta 9 for developers

Apple has just released watchOS 5 beta 9 for developers. If you already have a previous watchOS 5 beta installed, proceed to the Watch app on your iPhone running iOS 12 and download away. If you were waiting to begin watchOS testing with version 5, now's the time to download and get started.

August 20, 2018: Apple releases watchOS 5 beta 8 for developers

Apple has just released watchOS 5 beta 8 for developers. If you already have a previous watchOS 5 beta installed, proceed to the Watch app on your iPhone running iOS 12 and download away. If you were waiting to begin watchOS testing with version 5, now's the time to download and get started.

August 13, 2018: Apple releases watchOS 5 beta 7 for developers

Apple has just released watchOS 5 beta 7 for developers. If you already have a previous watchOS 5 beta installed, proceed to the Watch app on your iPhone running iOS 12 and download away. If you were waiting to begin watchOS testing with version 5, now's the time to download and get started.

How to install the watchOS 5.1 beta certificate

Note: Make sure you're running the developer beta for iOS 12.1 on your iPhone before trying to install watchOS 5.1.

  1. Log into developer.apple.com on the iPhone paired with your Apple Watch.
  2. Go to the watchOS 5.1 download page.
  3. Tap on Download watchOS 5.1 beta Configuration Profile.
  4. Tap on Apple Watch from the Choose a Device popup.
  5. Tap on Install begin.
  6. Enter your Passcode
  7. Tap on Install to confirm.
  8. Tap on Restart to reboot your Apple Watch.

Once your Apple Watch has rebooted the installation process goes back to normal.

How to install watchOS 5.1 on your Apple Watch

The certificate is what tells the Watch app on your iPhone that watchOS 5.1 is available. Once the Watch app detects it, the process of installing it is the same as any other watchOS update, detailed below. (If the beta doesn't show up, reboot again.)

  1. Connect your iPhone to Wi-Fi and launch the Apple Watch app.
  2. Tap on the My Watch tab.
  3. Tap on General.
  4. Tap on Software Update.

  5. Tap on Download and Install.
  6. Enter your iPhone Passcode.
  7. Tap Agree to the Terms and Conditions.

  8. Make sure your Apple Watch is charged to at least 50% and connect it to the magnetic charger.
  9. Tap Install on your iPhone and/or your Apple Watch.

The Watch OS update will download and transfer to your Apple Watch and Apple Watch will reboot to apply the update. You can follow the progress on the Apple Watch screen, and once it's done, you'll be all set.

If the watchOS 5.1 update fails at the verification stage, try again. If it fails repeatedly, un-pair and re-pair your Apple Watch and try again. (That un-pairing and re-pairing process takes a while so make sure verification really isn't working for you before you go through it.)

How to downgrade watchOS

Instructions for reverting back to watchOS are behind the developer center log in, so we can't replicate them here. Suffice it to say you can't do it on your own. Your Watch will have to go back to Apple. That alone should give anyone who doesn't absolutely need the developer beta pause to reconsider installing it in the first place.

For developers who, for whatever reason, really do need to revert, you can find instructions for contacting Apple at the bottom of this document:

Apple releases first beta of iOS 12.1 for developers

If you’re a developer looking to take a peek at iOS 12.1, here’s how to install the developer beta.

iOS 12.1 is on its way with new features that require third-party developer input. As such, the company is releasing developer betas so that software engineers can get a head start on making great software for you.

What’s new in iOS 12.1?

September 18, 2018: Apple releases iOS 12.1 beta 1 to developers

Apple has just released the first beta version of iOS 12.1 for developers. If you have a previous iOS 12 beta installed, you can head to Settings > General > Software Updates and get started downloading. If you were waiting for iOS 12. to get started with beta testing, go ahead and download the latest version.

September 12, 2018: Apple releases iOS 12 Golden Master for developers

Apple has just released the Golden Master version of iOS 12 for developers. If you have a previous iOS 12 beta installed, you can head to Settings > General > Software Updates and get started…

If you're a developer looking to take a peek at iOS 12.1, here's how to install the developer beta.

iOS 12.1 is on its way with new features that require third-party developer input. As such, the company is releasing developer betas so that software engineers can get a head start on making great software for you.

What's new in iOS 12.1?

September 18, 2018: Apple releases iOS 12.1 beta 1 to developers

Apple has just released the first beta version of iOS 12.1 for developers. If you have a previous iOS 12 beta installed, you can head to Settings > General > Software Updates and get started downloading. If you were waiting for iOS 12. to get started with beta testing, go ahead and download the latest version.

September 12, 2018: Apple releases iOS 12 Golden Master for developers

Apple has just released the Golden Master version of iOS 12 for developers. If you have a previous iOS 12 beta installed, you can head to Settings > General > Software Updates and get started downloading. If you were waiting for iOS 12. to get started with beta testing, go ahead and download the latest version.

August 31, 2018

Apple has just released the twelfth beta version of iOS 12 for developers. If you have a previous iOS 12 beta installed, you can head to Settings > General > Software Updates and get started downloading. If you were waiting for iOS 12. to get started with beta testing, go ahead and download the latest version.

August 27, 2018

Apple has just released the eleventh beta version of iOS 12 for developers. If you have a previous iOS 12 beta installed, you can head to Settings > General > Software Updates and get started downloading. If you were waiting for iOS 12. to get started with beta testing, go ahead and download the latest version.

August 23, 2018

Apple has just released the tenth beta version of iOS 12 for developers. If you have a previous iOS 12 beta installed, you can head to Settings > General > Software Updates and get started downloading. If you were waiting for iOS 12. to get started with beta testing, go ahead and download the latest version.

August 20, 2018

Apple has just released the ninth beta version of iOS 12 for developers. If you have a previous iOS 12 beta installed, you can head to Settings > General > Software Updates and get started downloading. If you were waiting for iOS 12. to get started with beta testing, go ahead and download the latest version.

August 15, 2018

Apple has just released the eighth beta version of iOS 12 for developers. If you have a previous iOS 12 beta installed, you can head to Settings > General > Software Updates and get started downloading. If you were waiting for iOS 12. to get started with beta testing, go ahead and download the latest version.

August 13, 2018: 6:40 PM ET

Apple has pulled the seventh beta of iOS 12 from its developer portal. This comes following reports of buggy performance with the latest beta. The update is also no longer available over-the-air. Developers can still download the sixth beta version of iOS 12.

August 13, 2018: 1PM ET

Apple has just released the seventh beta version of iOS 12 for developers. If you have a previous iOS 12 beta installed, you can head to Settings > General > Software Updates and get started downloading. If you were waiting for iOS 12. to get started with beta testing, go ahead and download the latest version.

Everything you need to know about iOS 12.1

You can find out more about all the new features in iOS 12 here.

iOS 12 FAQ: Everything you need to know

How to make an archived backup of your iPhone or iPad

Before you begin, make sure you back up your iPhone or iPad. While the beta process is fairly straightforward, any time you make any significant change to your device you risk problems. And with your personal data, it's always — always! — better to be safe than sorry. Even if you back up every night, you'll want to make sure it's absolutely up-to-date.

  1. Plug iPhone or iPad into your Mac or Windows PC.
  2. Launch iTunes.
  3. Click on the iPhone or iPad icon in the menu bar when it appears.
  4. Make sure backup is set to This Computer. (And enable Encrypted backup — it's worth it!)
  5. Click on Back Up Now. (Click on Encrypt Backup and add a password — you want the security.)
  6. Back up Apps, if asked.


  7. Press Command, to open Preferences. (Or go to iTunes in the menu bar and click on Preferences.
  8. Click on the Devices tab.
  9. Control-click on your Backup and choose Archive.


Archiving will prevent your current backup from being overwritten by an iOS 12 backup in the future, should you want to revert for any reason.

How to register your account for the iOS 12.1 beta

Before you do anything else, make sure you have a developer account with Apple — without a paid account, you won't be able to download any non-Xcode betas.

Thanks to Apple's configuration profile, you can download iOS betas directly on your iPhone or iPad, no Mac required! (You can still install iOS 12.1 on your iPhone or iPad by connecting your device to iTunes, but you'll need to be running the Xcode beta first. The method listed below is generally a lot faster, with fewer wires.)

  1. Go to developer.apple.com on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Click on the "Download New Betas" tab.
  3. Log in with your developer account's username and password.
  4. Go to the iOS 12 beta section and tap the download. This will start the process of downloading the iOS beta software profile on your iPhone.
  5. The Beta software profile will appear on your phone. Tap Install. You may need to enter your Passcode.
  6. Agree to the Consent form and press Install once in the upper right corner, and once at the bottom of the screen.
  7. Press Restart to apply the changes to your iPhone.

How to install the iOS 12.1 beta

To install the iOS 12.1 beta, you'll need to visit Software Update on your iPhone or iPad.

  1. Launch Settings from your Home screen, tap on General, then tap on Software Update.
  2. Once the update appears, tap on Download and Install.
  3. Enter your Passcode.

  4. Tap Agree to the Terms and Conditions.
  5. Tap Agree again to confirm.

Your iPhone or iPad will reboot to install iOS 12. There will be a couple progress bars going across the screen. Sit tight, and let everything finish.

How to get started with iOS 12.1 beta

Once your iPhone or iPad reboots, it'll be running iOS 12.1. There's a brief bit of setup you'll need to go through, however, as the system will have changed enough that it'll need your login to complete the update.

  1. Tap Continue.
  2. Enter your Apple ID password. iCloud settings will update, so give it a minute.
  3. Tap Get Started.

Once that's done, you'll be on the Home screen and ready to rock iOS 12.1.

HQ Trivia teases upcoming Wheel of Fortune-style mobile game

HQ Trivia is gearing up to debut a follow-up to its wildly popular live mobile game show. Called HQ Words, the company announced this morning they’ll release the Wheel of Fortune-style game in October. HQ Words. Coming this October. pic.twitter.com/e1TbDSHvV5 — HQ Trivia (@hqtrivia) September 18, 2018 HQ Trivia, which airs twice per day and awards […]

HQ Trivia is gearing up to debut a follow-up to its wildly popular live mobile game show.

Called HQ Words, the company announced this morning they’ll release the Wheel of Fortune-style game in October.

HQ Trivia, which airs twice per day and awards winners as much as $100,000 for successfully answering 12 questions, debuted on the app store last August and was a viral success. The game, usually hosted by comedian Scott Rogowsky (pictured above), spawned a whole cohort of copycats as a result

Its app store ranking, however, has been steadily decreasing in recent months, as pointed out by TechCrunch’s Josh Constine in a recent article on HQ Trivia’s Apple TV app launch. In a response to that article, HQ Trivia co-founder Rus Yusupov hinted at new games in development: “Games are a hits business and don’t grow exponentially forever. HQ has massive early traction and still millions playing daily. Also developing new game formats, one of which we think is really special and complements Trivia nicely. More soon! Until then thanks for playing.”

As of January, HQ Trivia was attracting more than 1 million gamers to its live broadcasts. According to Sensor Tower, its app has been downloaded nearly 13 million times.

The company, founded by the entrepreneurs behind Vine, has raised some $24 million to date, garnering a $100 million valuation earlier this year. It’s backed by Founders Fund, Shrug Capital and Lightspeed Ventures.