Notes for iCloud beta now available to iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan testers

notes beta now available to ios 9 and osx el capitan testers via icloud site notes3
Following the announcement at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this week that its Notes app would be refurbished, Apple has officially released the Notes beta on, according to 9to5Mac. Exclusively intended for testers of iOS 9 and OSX 10.11 El Capitan, the Notes beta supports all of the functions shown off during its reveal, which shared a spotlight with iPad multitasking and the reveal of Apple’s new music streaming service.

Only users running the iOS 9 or El Capitan beta will see the new Notes app, as denoted by the “Beta” label across the upper left corner. Everyone else will still be confronted with the same IMAP-version of the app that’s been there all along. Historically, rather than directing its beta software towards iOS and Mac OS testers, Apple has made its web apps available only on This new attempt at targeting users running its software on native hardware could prove beneficial for Apple when considering feedback from testers.

As confirmed at WWDC, the new Notes app will allow users to supplement written notes with personalized sketches, imported images, and links by virtue of a sharing extension. Opting to add an image will automatically default to the main list view, displaying libraries of thumbnails and allowing users to quickly find the picture they’re looking for. Additionally, playing catch-up with more replete apps like Evernote, Apple Notes will finally support checklists and simple formatting features, such as including a header.

While the final version of iOS 9, complete with refinements like the updated Notes app, won’t launch until September of this year, the beta is available right now for developers. Better yet, beginning in July, anyone with a compatible iOS device will have the opportunity to preview iOS 9, without any complicated workarounds.


Photographers can now customize the layout of Lightroom Classic controls

Tired of scrolling past Lightroom tools that you don't use? Adobe Lightroom Classic now allows users to reorganize the Develop panel. The update comes along with new sharing options in Lightroom CC, and updates to the mobile Lightroom app.

Apple's iOS 12.1.1 makes it easier to switch cameras in FaceTime

After months of betas, the final version of iOS 12 is here to download. The latest OS comes along with tons of new capabilities, from grouped notifications to Siri Shortcuts. Here are all the features you'll find in iOS 12.

Android 9.0 updates to stretch into 2019 — will your phone get a slice of Pie?

Android 9.0 Pie has been released. But is your phone getting Android 9.0 Pie, and if so, when? We've done the hard work and asked every device manufacturer to see when their devices would be getting the update.

Tired of paying a monthly fee for Word? The best Microsoft Office alternatives

Looking for a competent word processor that isn't Microsoft Word? Thankfully, the best alternatives to Microsoft Office offer robust features, expansive compatibility, and an all-too-familiar aesthetic. Here are our favorites.

If you've lost a software key, these handy tools can find it for you

Missing product keys getting you down? We've chosen some of the best software license and product key finders in existence, so you can locate and document your precious keys on your Windows or MacOS machine.

Google+ continues to sink with a second massive data breach. Abandon ship now

Google+ was scheduled to shut its doors in August 2019, but the second security breach in only a few months has caused the company to move its plan forward a few months. It might be a good idea to delete your account sooner than later.

Leak reveals that Nvidia’s RTX 2060 gaming chipsets will be headed to laptops

The latest leaks of Nvidia's upcoming RTX 2060 have given performance benchmarks and further detail about the future chipset and its capabilities, while a RTX 2060 Max-Q variant has also been discovered for thin and light gaming machines.

Is your PC slow? Here's how to restore Windows 10 to factory settings

Computers rarely work as well after they accumulate files and misconfigure settings. Thankfully, with this guide, you'll be able to restore your PC to its original state by learning how to factory reset Windows.

The Titan RTX graphics card is nearly here. Here's what you need to know

The Nvidia Titan RTX is arguably the most powerful consumer graphics card ever made, even if it's not really aimed at consumers. It bridges the 2080 Ti and RTX Quadro cards with boat loads of power.

Looking for an Apple MacBook below $900? Woot has you covered

If you're looking for a great deal on an Apple MacBook, then Amazon's Woot may just have what you have been seeking. It has Macbooks available for only $810 with Intel M3 CPUs, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB SSDs.

Want to save a webpage as a PDF? Just follow these steps

Need to quickly save and share a webpage? The best way is to learn how to save a webpage as a PDF file, as they're fully featured and can handle images and text with ease. Here's how.

New rumors say the Pixelbook 2 could show up at CES 2019

What will the Pixelbook 2 be like? Google hasn't announced it, but thanks to rumors and leaks, we think we have a pretty good idea of what the potential new flagship Chromebook will be like.

A dead pixel doesn't mean a dead display. Here's how to repair it

Dead pixel got you down? We don't blame you. Check out our guide on how to fix a dead pixel and save yourself that costly screen replacement or an unwanted trip to your local repair shop.

You could spend $1,000 on an iPhone, or buy one of these awesome laptops instead

Finding a decent laptop is easy, but finding one under $1,000 is a bit tricky. Luckily, we've taken some of the guesswork out of picking out a budget laptop. Here are some of our favorites, the best laptops under $1,000.