Apple’s latest OS is less than a week away from general release

Apple’s latest OS is less than a week away from general release

iOS 12, Apple’s new operating system for the iPhone and iPad, will be officially launched on 12 September, following a developer beta that launched back in June.

As the name suggests, this is the 12th iteration of the mobile operating system, succeeding the current version, iOS 11. Some key improvements have been confirmed, which users and developers alike will welcome. Read on to find out the latest news and rumours about the next version of iOS.


iOS 12.1 launches today

  • 70+ new emoji – good news for redheads, curly-haired and bald folks
  • Group FaceTime for up to 32 users is part of the iOS 12.1 beta
  • Adjust photo background blur (bokeh) in real time (not just afterward)
  • eSIM support menus are live in the beta – but carrier support is needed
  • References ‘iPadfall2018’ – a big iPad Pro 2018 hint

The iOS 12.1 release date is today, Tuesday, October 30, according to Apple. The timing is in line with the company’s launch event for the iPad Pro 2018 and new Macs.

There are five important iOS 12.1 changes:

70+ new emoji
On October 2, Apple announced that more than 70 new emoji were launching with the iOS 12.1 developer beta 2. Get ready for red, gray and curly hair options, as well as bald people, according to Apple’s official press release. Softballs, skateboards, and frisbees are here for alternative sports, while new animal and food emojis include kangaroos, lobsters (sometimes a food, always an animal) bagels, and cupcakes.

Group FaceTime
First, Group FaceTime for up to 32 users is here. To test it out, however, you’re going to have to pair up with people who have iOS 12.1 beta, so its use cases are limited right now.

Portrait Mode bokeh effects
Second, Apple has improved the bokeh (background blur) feature in portrait mode on the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. Before you could only adjust the blur after a picture was taken. Now, with iOS 12.1, you can also adjust the blur in real time, as you’re snapping a photo. This helps you better frame your portrait photos.

eSIM support – kind of
Third, eSIM iPhone support is live with the proper setup menus. But there’s a catch for setting up the simulated dual-SIM – you’ll have to wait for your carrier to start supporting the feature, which may happen on the official iOS 12.1 release date.

iOS 12.1 fixes bugs
Fourth, the iOS 12.1 release notes indicate that you’re in for some bug fixes. That’s very good news if you’re experiencing problems. Apple’s updates usually remedy the issue, however, you may have to wait until iOS 12.2 in order to fix the iPhone XS and XS Max charging issues.

iPadfall2018 reference
Fifth, although not a feature, the iOS 12.1 code references ‘iPad2018fall’ and that’s interesting to us. We’re likely to see the iPad Pro 2018 launch. New iPad Pro rumors point to a bezel-reduced iPad, one with a TrueDepth camera for Face ID and Memoji. There are plenty of hints in iOS 12.1 that Animoji and Memoji are going to be supersized on Apple’s tablet soon.

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Dedicated Server Hosting | Virtual Dedicated Servers

Virtual dedicated servers, as the name suggests, are servers that will automatically appear to be dedicated. In reality, a server is partitioned in several multiple servers & each partition has the capabilities of an individual dedicated server.

Virtual dedicated servers combine the features of shared hosting and dedicated hosting servers. They are cheaper than physical dedicated servers but offer each and every the capabilities available in a dedicated hosting.

In a virtual dedicated server, customer can possess a super-level access to the operating system of that partition, and it is also compatible with any software installed by the customer on the OS

However, there are certain limitations when considering a virtual dedicated server. Some software programs may not speed properly in a virtual environment like firewalls, anti-virus applications etc. you can even expect more or less restrictions depending upon the virtual service providers. But having said this, these limits are less than what you can find on a shared web hosting.

Also, since the numbers of clients that speed on this virtual environment are more, the server has limitations in processor execution time, ram & disk space.

Most often, virtual private servers offer more security & hence also can be used for update testing. One virtual restricted partition can be used for hosting live site & other partition can be used for testing purposes. This allows detailed testing of the site’s copy remaining in the same physical server’s virtual server without requiring any other server.

So the advantage with virtual dedicated servers, is it allows to speed any software even if it has any security restrictions, because this does not threaten the rest of the server. Therefore, VPS can play the role of a program / data that is setup to trap any faulty behavior of the system.

Thus, hosting your site on a virtual dedicated server has many advantages. Lot of hosting providers now offer virtual dedicated server hosting as part of their web hosting services.
A virtual dedicated server is also called a virtual private server or a dynamic dedicated server.


A Dedicated Server is a type of web hosting where a business leases a full computer server with Internet access from a data center. Unlike a traditional computer server in an office closet, the Dedicated Server is kept in a climate-controlled data center where the network and Internet uptime are maintained by expert engineers. Business can now lease dedicated servers instead of purchasing and setting up a computer server at their office and hiring additional staff to manage and maintain the server. This allows businesses to eliminate the hassles of dealing with day-to-day server issues and focus on their business growth.

What is Dedicated Server Hosting?

A dedicated server is far more reliable and secure than a shared hosting account which utilize shared resources between customers. A dedicated server is reserved with 100% of the resources allocated to the client. This means that no two customers will share Internet connectivity, hardware, disk space, etc.  This type of service is designed to allow 100% up-time and enterprise level clients can rest assured that the service is available to them without any compromise. Mission critical applications also require dedicated servers to be backed by sophisticated and powerful, fully redundant, infrastructure which sets data centers apart from traditional computer servers in an office environment.  The cost associated with dedicated servers varies depending upon the infrastructure deployed, but is almost always more economical than purchasing the server hardware outright and managing it internally.

A typical dedicated server may include:

High Speed Connectivity
Dedicated server hosting is gaining momentum due to its unparallel speed and amazing bandwidth. Since dedicated servers are hosted in a data center environment, a large amount of bandwidth is available through multiple carriers. This allows business clients to take advantage of low-cost bandwidth without compromising the quality and allows for extra redundancy. The main factor that helps reduce the bandwidth cost is the data center’s  ability to bring in multiple high-speed internet connections, thus eliminating the need of costly local loops to the client’s business site. Clients usually have the flexibility to turn up or down bandwidth per their needs, translating to cost savings as an additional bonus.

Network Uptime
Dedicated servers are typically backed by up-time service level guarantees . Service level agreements can differ based upon on the quality of their network and infrastructure. Superior hardware combined with built-in redundancy and multiple layers of security provide the ultimate peace of mind when using a dedicated server.  Multiple tier-1 redundant Internet backbone connections, diversified fiber conduits and redundant core routing enable businesses to get the peace of mind they really deserve. A 100% network uptime and hardware replacement service level agreement backed by a money back guarantee, make it easier for businesses to transition from traditional computer server models to dedicated servers knowing that the data center is willing to put its money where its mouth is, so to speak.

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