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.
Coffee Stain Studios' Goat Simulator has landed on the Apple App Store one day before its announced September 18 release date. The simulation game was created as a joke but became a viral hit after some early game play videos were posted to YouTube. Sine then the game's first official trailer has received over 7 million views. Goat Simulator was released to mix reviews on Steam on April 1, 2014 and now it is available for iOS devices.
Goat Simulator features the "latest in goat simulation technology" which allows users to live out their fantasy of being a goat. The game is played from a goat's perspective as players try to do as much damage as possible in a open world. Players can wreck havoc by bashing and licking things, and earn points by performing goat stunts.
Developer FiftyThree has updated its iPad sketching app with a new open platform for "creating together". Mix is a social network for sharing and viewing sketches and drawings created on the Paper app. Users can share their own portfolio and view other works within the app or via the Mix website. Users can also use Mix to gain inspiration from other users, collaborate on open sketches and search various channels like Learn, Sketch, Play, Write, Design, and Think.
The Paper by FiftyThree app with Mix is available to download on the Apple App store for free with additional tools available as in-app purchases. Paper by FiftyThree promises to offer a simple way for anyone to sketch ideas with "no fussy settings or distractions," and it was rewarded the iPad App of the Year & Apple Design Award in 2012.
The app supports all iPad models running iOS 7 or later and it is compatible with FiftyThree's stylus Pencil.
Yahoo has added several new iPad-related features to its News Digest app. The biggest addition is a weekly video segment featuring the company's new Global Anchor Katie Couric. The new show will be uploaded to the News Digest app every Sunday and feature "a significant story from the week before," according to the Yahoo Tumblr post.
The news app has also been optimized for tablets and it now includes the option to customize notification delivery times. Users can choose to receive their morning news updates anytime between 6am to 10am and their late edition news anytime between 5pm to 9pm.
Twelve a Dozen is the first of several educational games that education start-up Amplify plans to release this year. The New York-based company creates digital K-12 educational products for parents and teachers, and it plans to release 30 iPad games for students this October. Amplify has teamed up with the developer Bossa Studios Ltd to release its first game that "help students build key algebraic skills," according to their website. The pairing is kind of an odd match since Bossa Studios' previous games include Surgeon Simulator and Deep Dungeons of Doom.
Twelve a Dozen is a puzzle-platformer that follows the heroine named Twelve and her companion Dot, a living decimal point voiced by British actress and comedian Lucy Montgomery. Twelve and Dot must use addition, subtraction, division, multiplication to solve puzzles and save Twelve's family after disaster hits her home town Dozenopolis.
Apple just didn't announce its new iPhone models and smartwatch on Tuesday, the company also announced its own mobile wallet called Apple Pay, new iCloud storage pricing and that iOS 8 will launch on September 17th.
Apple Pay will allow iPhone owners to simply tap their device on a payment terminal and use their Touch ID fingerprint sensor as an electronic signature to pay for products at participating retailers such as Starbucks. The advantage of Apple Pay is that no credit card information is stored on Apple's servers and Apple has no interest in tracking your purchases. Merchants will also be blocked from seeing your card numbers and the Find my iPhone feature will allow users to suspend mobile payments if their phone is lost or stolen.
Apple today announced the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch, but the company did not unveil a new iPad model like some iOS fans had hoped they would.
Tim Cook and company finally unveiled the long awaited "iWatch," which is officially being called the "Apple Watch". The new wearable device is equipped with a sapphire display, four sensors, a "Digital Crown" physical button and it will be offered in three different collections: Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition. The different collections will offer three different finishes, aluminum, stainless steel, 18-karat gold, and six different band choices at launch. The bands feature their own unique connecting mechanism, which means users will be stuck using only the six Apple-approved choices.
Cook made it clear that the Apple Watch is not a miniature iPhone that straps to your wrist, but it does require an iPhone 5 or later to work. It also features WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and it ships with stock third-party and Apple apps. The Apple Watch will be available early 2015 starting at $349.