Lost Within, LiquidSpace, Tiny Guardians and more hit the App Store this week

By Josh Gallagher on Apr 18, 2015

As the flow of updates geared towards the Apple Watch continues to increase, you may be feeling a little left out as you look down at your iPhone. There’s no need to be quite so despondent though, because a bevy of exciting new iPhone and iPad apps also exploded onto the App Store this week.

Whether you’re in the mood for a thrilling adventure, a perplexing puzzle, or something in-between, this list has you covered. If you somehow still find yourself wanting more after reading through this article, remember to keep checking back. We make lists of App Store releases and updates almost every day. Read More


How to enable iPhone’s power-charging chime on your Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 17, 2015

When you plug in your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad into a power outlet, a brief auditory confirmation is played to indicate that a cable is attached and the device is getting power.

Wouldn’t it be cool if your Mac notebook could this?

You’re in the luck: enabling the iOS power chime sound effect on the Mac involves executing a simple Terminal command, which enables the effect on any Mac model, even if it’s sleeping or the screen is locked. Proud owners of Apple’s new twelve-inch MacBook needn’t even finish reading this article because their machine came with the power-charging chime enabled by default. Read More


iOS 8 adoption rate passes 79 percent

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 14, 2015

Various versions of Apple’s iOS 8 mobile operating system are now running on 79 percent of devices in active use, as measured by the App Store on April 13, 2015. The freshest stats were churned out Tuesday from the App Store Distribution webpage publicly available on Apple’s portal for developers.

iOS 7 is now found on nineteen percent of devices, with earlier iOS versions running on two percent of iPhones, iPads and iPod touches in the wild. Read More


Apple’s ResearchKit available today to developers and medical researchers

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 14, 2015

Today, Apple’s made good on its promise to make ResearchKit available to developers and medical researchers. As announced in a media release Tuesday, medical researchers can tap into ResearchKit to write custom apps while developers are permitted to contribute new research modules to ResearchKit.

ResearchKit was designed as an open source software framework to help doctors and scientists mass-gather accurate data from participants using specialized iPhone apps. With today’s ResearchKit release, it’s now possible to create medical apps for Android in a true open-source fashion. Read More


Fleksy Keyboard goes free for a week, gains millions of GIFs via partnership with Riffsy

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 14, 2015

Fleksy Keyboard, one of the first and most popular software keyboards for iOS 8 devices, has gone free for a week. The app usually retails for 99 cents a pop and has never gone free since its App Store debut as an iOS 8-compatible downloadable software keyboard in September of last year.

In addition, Fleksy’s latest update has rechristened the app as ‘Fleksy + GiF Keyboard’ to reflect its newly gained integration with Riffsy’s GIF Keyboard for iOS. The resulting app now gives you access to millions of GIFs on top of Fleksy’s existing emoji support and perks like advanced keyboard capabilities with gestures and much more. Read More


Talks bringing Apple Pay to more countries are reportedly stalling

By Jake Smith on Apr 14, 2015

Apple’s efforts to bring Apple Pay technology to China, a region that could help boost payment numbers, are stalling, according to Caixin Online.

Despite earlier word that a deal between Apple and China’s UnionPay is close, Caixin Online says neither party has reached any agreements and no timetable for cooperation has been set. Read More


iOS 8.3 stops transfer utilities from accessing app folders, restricts them to iTunes File Sharing

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 13, 2015

If you use desktop file managers such as PhoneView, iFunBox, iTools, iExplorer and others to browse app folders on your non-jailbroken iPhone, iPod touch or iPad, you have another reason to stay away from the latest iOS 8.3 update as it prevents those programs from functioning properly.

As first reported by Joe Rossignol of MacRumors, developers of these apps have confirmed that iOS 8.3 imposes additional restrictions on sandbox access.

In iFunbox, trying to access an app folder on an iOS device running iOS 8.3 produces a message saying “App Sandbox access is restricted by Apple to ones with iTunes File Sharing enabled since iOS 8.3”. This change does not affect jailbroken devices which can access app sandboxes as usual via OpenSSH for complete filesystem privileges and command line access. Read More


Business owners can now claim POIs as their own via Apple Maps on iOS 8.3 and OS X 10.10.3

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 9, 2015

One of the welcome changes in the iOS 8.3 and OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 software updates, which hit yesterday, includes the ability for business owners to claim any point of interest as their own using an updated Report a Problem tool in Apple Maps for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac, as reported Thursday by AppleMapsMarketing.

The company began allowing local businesses to manage their listing in the service last October, but required them to use its Maps Connect web service.

At the same time, the iPhone maker appears to be removing some TripAdvisor hotel reviews which started showing up in its Maps service last week. Read More


Touch ID for App Store purchases stops working for many after updating to iOS 8.3

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 9, 2015

A growing number of users are complaining about the inability to use Touch ID fingerprint scanning to authorize purchases in the App Store after updating to iOS 8.3.

As reported on Twitter, Reddit and detailed in a thread on Apple’s Support Communities forums, iOS 8.3 appears to be asking for an Apple ID password for each and every purchase made in the App Store.

This is regardless of whether or not the option to use Touch ID in the App Store is enabled in Settings. What gives? Read More


iOS 8.3 brings useful enhancements to Quick Reply

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 8, 2015

Apple today released the iOS 8.3 software update for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The software contains dozens of fixes and brings out a handful of feature enhancements related to Messages, Siri, the much enhanced emoji keyboard and more. Oddly, a subtle change to how Quick Reply and Notification Center handle messages with previews disabled aren’t mentioned in release notes.

That’s something I was alerted to by Twitter user @ericcamazin. Without a doubt, you’ll find these changes much welcomed. Read More


Noted analyst says Apple may call next line of handsets ‘iPhone 7′, with major changes

By Jake Smith on Apr 2, 2015

Noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities claims Apple may call the next line of its iPhone the “iPhone 7″, instead of the “iPhone 6s” like previously thought. The name change will be because of significant changes to the iOS user interface, including Force Touch technology for better interaction, the analyst says. Read More


78 percent of devices are now using iOS 8

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 31, 2015

Having been tracking iOS 8 adoption rates on a regular basis, it’s clear now that the pace of user adoption of the latests and greatest iOS version has been slowing down since its peak in the holiday quarter of 2014.

According to the most recent numbers provided by Apple itself on the App Store Distribution webpage, iOS 8 is now installed on 78 percent of iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices in the wild, a marginal increase over the 77 percent adoption rate from two weeks ago. Read More


Native Twitter sharing disappears from latest iOS beta if Twitter’s mobile app is installed

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 30, 2015

iOS 8.3 beta 4 that was seeded to Apple’s registered iOS developers last week has removed the long-standing option to share content to Twitter, according to our own findings a couple days ago that have since been confirmed by other users.

We’ve noticed something was afoot as the option to share to Twitter has gone missing from the Share sheet in iOS 8’s stock Photos and Safari app.

Technically, the feature has not been removed entirely because it only disappears after installing Twitter’s official iOS app in iOS 8.3 beta 4, as evidenced on the screenshots provided by our own Oliver Haslam.

Uninstall Twitter and it comes back. Read More


Android Wear meets the iPhone

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 26, 2015

Over the past few days, I’ve been working with developer MohammadAG to test his in-progress iOS-to-Android Wear application on the LG G Watch. This application, which has a ton of potential for both jailbreakers and non-jailbreakers, allows iOS to forward notifications to Android Wear devices. In the video that follows, I showcase some of the features that are in the current version of Mohammad’s new Android Wear APK. Read More


Apple seeds iOS 8.3 beta 4 to developers, second beta to public testers

By Jake Smith on Mar 24, 2015

Apple has seeded the fourth beta of iOS 8.3 to developers, close to two weeks after seeding the third iOS 8.3 beta and roughly a month and a half after releasing the first iOS 8.3 beta.

The new build of iOS 8.3 carries the build number 12F5061, and is available to download over-the-air or from Apple’s iOS Developer Center. Apple also released Xcode 6.3 beta 4 with Swift 1.2 and an update for the Apple TV beta. Read More


New in iOS 8.3: placing phone calls through speakerphone via ‘Hey Siri’ command

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 22, 2015

Users who upgrade their iPhone to iOS 8.3 when it’s released next month will be finally able to tell Siri to make a phone call through the device’s speakerphone when the ‘Hey Siri’ option is enabled, reports 9to5Mac.

You can say, for example, ‘Hey Siri, call my Mom on speaker’ and the call will be automatically transferred to the iPhone’s speaker, like it should have always been, may I add.

Again, provided the ‘Allow Hey Siri’ option is enabled in Settings > General > Siri and the phone is plugged into power. Read More


New in iOS 8.3: download free apps and iTunes media without entering Apple ID password

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 22, 2015

A new ‘Password Settings’ section has been discovered in the Settings app of the current iOS 8.3 beta which will permit users to set up their iPhone, iPod touch or iPad so that downloading free iTunes apps and iTunes media won’t require an Apple ID password.

The new option is only exposed to users when Touch ID is disabled, reports 9to5Mac. With Touch ID enabled, the new option is unavailable.

This is understandable to an extent, because approving purchases — free or paid — with the tap of a fingerprint is a frictionless experience. Read More


iOS 8 adoption rate now at 77%

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 17, 2015

Our regular tracking of adoption rate figures is back with up-to-date, fresh stats straight from Apple indicating that iOS 8 is slowly but surely finding its way to users iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices.

As of today, Apple’s latest mobile operating system is now powering 77 percent devices in the wild, a modest improvement over the 75 percent adoption rate as measured by the App Store two weeks ago. Read More


Apple opens iOS 8.3 beta to the public, no developer account required

By Jake Smith on Mar 12, 2015

As predicted, Apple has opened up its iOS beta program to the public and is no longer requiring a paid developer account to test new software. Apple debuted the new public program on Thursday along with the third iOS 8.3 beta.

You can sign-up to receive the new beta from the Apple Seed website. It’s as easy as signing in with your Apple ID and then installing the beta software to start using it. Read More


Fleksy Keyboard gains Tips and Color Pops extensions, three new themes and more

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 12, 2015

Fleksy, a popular 99-cent keyboard for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices running iOS 8 or later, has received another newsworthy update following its equally massive Valentine’s Day release.

A dedicated Tips Extension shows you helpful tips throughout the app while a new Color Pops Extension lets you customize the colors of your key pops (disable them completely via a transparancy slider). Read More