It has long been rumored that Apple will introduce a bigger, more powerful tablet, dubbed the iPad Pro, either in late 2014 or early 2015. More likely the latter. A recent report from Taiwanese site Tech News indicates that it will likely sport an enhanced version of the A8 chip that is found in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
According to the report, the "A8X" is necessary to cope with the much larger 12.9" retina display. The largest iPad display to date is the iPad Air's 9.7" screen. The report also mentioned that the next generation iPad Air will likely double its memory to 2GB RAM.
It has been a rough week for Apple, starting with a bug that blocked third-party apps from using the HealthKit feature, a major selling point of Apple's new health platform and iOS 8. Apple released iOS 8.0.1 to fix the issue, but quickly discovered that the update disabled Touch ID and cellular data on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. After pulling iOS 8.0.1 on the same day it was released, Apple released iOS 8.0.2 the next day. The second update fixed the HealthKit problem and other issues such as a bug that was affecting third-party keyboards.
Developers didn't waste anytime updating their fitness and health apps with HealthKit support. iOS 8 users can now sync popular apps like WebMD and MyFitnessPal to the health app and track a variety of stats such as meal exercise data. You can see a list of some of the new HealthKit-enabled apps here.
It has now been confirmed that Apple acquired Dutch startup PRSS earlier this week. Apple issued its standard statement to TechCrunch, saying that it "buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans."
PRSS, which was developed by Michel Elings and Jochem Wijnands and launched last year, is an open platform for digital magazine publishers that essentially makes it easier to publish iPad friendly versions of their magazines with tools that don't require any coding knowledge. Prior to PRSS, Elings and Wijnands founded TRVL, which launched in 2010 and was the first iPad-exclusive magazine.
FDG Entertainment is working on an interesting tower defense title that should interest both fans and non-fans of the genre. Unlike most tower defense games where players normally sit back and watch the action unfold, Crystal Siege allows players to get in on the mayhem by controlling a griffin riding hero. The game also features "several types of environmental traps" that also gives it a more hands-on approach, according to Touch Arcade who got an early look at the game in 2013.
Touch Arcade has learned that FDG Entertainment finally plans to release Crystal Siege sometime in Q4 of 2014, which is good news since the game fell off the radar after being previewed at GDC 2013. FDG Entertainment has also released a new 30-second trailer which you can watch above.
Apple today released iOS 8.0.1 then pulled it after users reported that the update broke their cellular data and Touch ID on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. An Apple spokesperson told The Verge, "we have received reports of an issue with the iOS 8.0.1 update, and said that the company is "actively investigating" the issue. You can still downgrade to iOS 8.0 if your device is experiencing problems after installing iOS 8.0.1, or you can wait until Apple rolls out iOS 8.0.2 in the near future.
The update was originally released to fix a few bugs and improve "the reliability of the Reachability feature on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus," according to the changelog. Other iOS 8.0.1 fixes included eliminating a bug so HealthKit apps could be made available on the App Store, fixing an issue with Safari and addressing an issue with 3rd party keyboards.
The Commercial Times claims that Apple has begun production on its second-generation iPad Air and that the new tablet will begin to ship by mid-October. The Times' report coincides with an earlier report from AppleInsider that also said Apple plans to launch the iPad Air 2 this fall.
The Times also claims that the third-generation iPad mini will be delayed until early 2015. This is interesting since Apple has always launched its 9.7-inch and 7.9 inch tablets together since the iPad mini was first introduced back in 2012. However, rumors and leaks for the new iPad mini have been basically nonexistent, which could mean Apple has put it on the back burner.
Thanks to iOS 8 Apple has added several useful features to its Mail app making it once again relevant to iOS devices. For example, users can now skip the VIP list introduced in iOS 6 and receive a notification when any email is answered by using the new Notify Me flag. All you have to do is tap the flag icon when viewing any message in the Mail and you will receive a notification when anyone replies to that email.
Another useful feature added to the Mail app in iOS 8 allows users to quickly update their Contacts or Calendar with new information and events contained in an email. For example, if a person updates their phone number in the signature of an email, the Mail app will give you the option to add that new information to the person's contact card in your Contacts app. The same goes for emails that contain dates and times for upcoming events. Just tap the "Add to Contacts" or "Add Events" notification to add the new information to your Contacts and Calendar apps.
Skype has updated its iPhone, iPad and iPod touch app with iOS 8 support. Version 5.5 of the app allows users to answer calls from the Lock Screen and Notification Center by adding the ability to swipe to reveal buttons such as 'accept' and 'decline'. Users can also choose a voice or video response when receiving a video call and quickly respond to missed calls with a prerecorded message or an instant call back.
Users can swipe left on a notification from the Lock Screen or pull down on a notification banner on the Home Screen to reveal the call and access the new iOS 8-like Skype buttons. Users can also use a left swipe within Notification Center to achieve the same results.
Most people thought 2014 would be the beginning of the end for the iPad 2, but Apple has decided to grant it one more year of life by allowing it to support iOS 8. However, Ars Technica has discovered that iOS 8 on the iPad 2, and iPhone 4s, isn't all that it's cracked up to be.
As with past iOS releases, the oldest models on their way out are not equipped to handle Apple's improved software. Both the iPad 2 and iPhone 4s suffer from glitches when iOS 8 is installed, and they can't take advantage of some of the new features found in the update. For example, Ars Technica lists these iOS 8 features that depend on newer hardware:
Apple still has a few new products up its sleeve and the company is planning to unveil all of them around mid-to-late October, according to AppleInsider. Citing an inside source that has "shared reliable information on product introduction and timing in the past," AppleInsider claims Apple has set "internal project and marketing deadlines of mid-October," and plans to announce its new products later that month.
While Apple is expected to eventually announce a second-generation iPad Air and new iPad mini, rumors have also suggested that the Cupertino company may be working on a refresh of its Apple TV and MacBook Air lineup.