Everyone was happy when Apple added the ability to use third-party keyboards in iOS 8, but in typical Apple fashion they made switching between keyboards a pain in the neck. To open a third-party keyboard users must first download an app, then enable the keyboard in their Settings. Once installed, users must tap the world icon on the stock keyboard, then tap the ABC icon to open the third-party keyboard. This annoying procedure all but ensures that most iOS users just stick with Apple's stock keyboard because it is just simpler to use, but now thanks to KeySwipe switching between keyboards is as easy as swiping up or down.
It's no secret that the global tablet market has been in decline for several years now, not because the technology has become obsolete, but because larger smartphones are drawing away potential buyers and consumers are waiting much longer between upgrades as compared to phones, which are often upgraded every two years or sooner. Apple has always maintained the dominant position in the market, but recent analysis by IDC shows that it has lost some ground to competitors over the past year.
Rovio released the first true sequel to Angry Birds 6 years after the original took mobile gaming by storm. Angry Birds 2 has already been downloaded over one million times since its release, which is an impressive feat, even for a free game. The game features the same slingshot gameplay as the original but with better graphics, multi-stage levels, new spells and more. Angry Birds 2 is available on the App Store for free.
Dungeon of the Endless, a tower defense, roguelike adventure game, is coming to the iPad this summer, according to Touch Arcade. The well reviewed game was originally released for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X in 2014, and it has been compared to FTL: Faster Than Light.
The next-generation iPad mini will be a smaller version of the iPad Air 2, according to the Japanese blog Macotakara. If true, the iPad mini will see a bump from a 5MP iSight camera to an 8MP camera, and it will be powered by Apple's faster A8 processor. The fourth-generation iPad mini will also retain its 7.9-inch display, while adopting the thinner (6.1mm thick) body of the iPad Air 2, according to the report.
There was some exclusive Skylanders Superchargers news announced by Toys R Us this week. The Nintendo Supercharger/amiibo hybrid Donkey Kong and Bowser Dark Edition figures will only be available for the Wii and Wii U. This may be important information if you were considering buying an iPad Starter Pack, because you will need to purchase the Wii or Wii U Dark Edition Starter Pack if you want the limited edition Bowser.
Five Nights at Freddy's 4 was launched for Windows through Steam on Thursday. Hopefully the iOS release will be available in a few days.
The latest Adventure Time game has landed on the Apple App Store. This time the gang from the Land of Ooo are going on a match 3 adventure. In Puzzle Quest players join Finn and Jake as they help the residents of Ooo solve problems and battle bad guys. The game features lots of popular Adventure Time characters, who you can unlock and collect. Each character comes equipped with their own mathematical special abilities and are upgradeable with earned XP. Some of the available characters include Marceline, BMO, Princess Bubblegum, Flame Princess and Gunter.
Apple needs something to do with all those Beats Electronics accessories that they acquired when they purchased the headphones company from Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre in 2014, so they're giving them away for free. Eligible students, parents of students and teachers will receive one pair of Beats Solo2 On-Ear Headphones when they purchase an eligible Mac at Apple retail locations or through Apple's online store. The Apple Back to School promotion begins at U.S. Apple Retail Stores and participating Apple Authorized Campus Stores on July 23, 2015 and ends on September 18, 2015. The promotion will not be available online until August 6, 2015.