iOS developer Steve Troughton Smith has discovered a new keyboard hiding in the iOS 9 beta. The keyboard scales to a much larger unreleased iPad display size, and it resembles a more typical QWERTY keyboard with new keys and an extra row of symbols. As you can see from the image above, the iOS 9 keyboard features a row of keys with the symbols #, $, % and so on, and it includes a Tab and Caps Lock key.
There were quite a few games released to the App Store this week, but no iPad titles managed to cross our radar. Here are some noteworthy universal App Store releases instead. Apple's free app of the week is Slayin. The RPG will be free until 06/18/15. Starbucks has named Monument Valley its free app of the week. Just visit your local Starbucks to download the game for free. Also don't forget to check out our App Store recap every Saturday for all the weekly releases, jailbreak tweaks, App Store news and important app updates.
Skylanders SuperChargers starter packs for the iPad, PlayStation 3/4, Xbox 360/One, Wii, Wii U and Nintendo 3DS are available for pre-order. Each starter pack includes 1 copy of Skylanders SuperCharagers the game, 2 characters, 1 vehicle, 1 Portal of Power and a collectible poster. The iPad version also ships with a wireless Skylanders controller. All starter packs are available for $75 on Amazon.com or Gamestop.com.
Apple made a lot of big announcments at its WWDC 2015 keynote on Monday. The highlights included the unveiling of OS X El Capitan, the debut of Apple Music and of course a preview of iOS 9. The new OS doesn't include many new features, but it does bring a lot of imporvements such as a smarter Siri, better Spotlight search and enhanced Apple Pay. As expected, iOS 9 will add true multitasking to the iPad and a better typing experince thanks to an updated QuickType keyboard.
Typo made a name for itself last year after the accessory company was sued by BlackBerry for patent infringement over its iPhone 5/5s keyboard case. After several lawsuits Typo has finally decided to move on and instead launch a keyboard case for the iPad. The Typo keyboard for the iPad Air/Air 2 is now available for $189 through typokeyboards.com.
As expected, Showtime has joined HBO in cutting the cord by officially announcing its own standalone streaming service. Anyone with an Apple device will be able to receive unlimited access to Showtime programming for only $10.99 a month, which is $4 cheaper than HBO NOW. The service will be available exclusively on iOS devices and Apple TV starting on July 12.
Square Enix just announced on its official blog that Hitman: Sniper will launch for iOS and Android devices on June 4th. The game studio said the release took a "little more time than expected," but it was "worth doing right."
Rebuild 3: Gangs of Deadsville is the third title of Sarah Northway's strategy sim series which started as a free Flash game before making its way to iOS and other mobile devices. In Rebuild players must rebuild their city during a zombie apocalypse while also trying to survive rival gang attacks, illness, starvation and internal conflicts. Players can expand their city by taking over neighboring houses, farms, malls and other buildings while scavenging for food, building defenses, recruiting new citizens and more. The game features several different endings, the ability to research new technologies and the ability to customize skills, tools and weapons. If you have never played any of the Rebuild games, I highly recommend them.
The new trend seems to be human curated lists for music streaming apps, and now Apple is bringing the same idea to the App Store. Apple is in talks to sign Drake, Pharrell Williams and other big name stars to be guest DJs for its revamped iTunes music service, according to the New York Post. The report also claims that Apple is in deep negotiations for its new $10 a month streaming service which will reportedly borrow the best features from Pandora, Spotify and YouTube. Apple plans to offer not only music, but videos, artists’ pages, and a "YouTube-style post-it-yourself destination called Apple Connect" through the new service. This is in addition to the revamped iTunes Radio and standalone Beats Music subscription service expected to be announced at WWDC 2015.
As promised, the photo editing app Pixelmator has been updated with iPhone support and several new features. Owners of the iPad app can update to the universal app for free. Here's the long list of new features, improvements and bug fixes:
• Pixelmator is now available for iPhone.
• Metal-powered Distort tools allow you to pinch, bump, twirl, and warp areas of your images.
• The Clone tool lets you duplicate areas of your image.
• The new Repair Selection feature instantly repairs selected areas.
• There are now more pre-designed shapes and text styles for you to choose from.
• We’ve added additional layer templates, too.
• The new Hue adjustment setting lets you customize the look of Light Leak and Bokeh effects.
• The enhanced Repair tool interface now lets you cancel repairing while in process, see the percent progress of the repair, and hide the layers palette while still repairing.
• You can now zoom into your image more than 1000 percent while painting, if you like.
• Working with text and shape layers is now much faster.
• Fonts are now sorted just as they should be — alphabetically.
• You can now see the color value while adjusting the white balance with the Eyedropper.
• Now you can share more than one image per session via AirDrop.
• Previously, a newly added layer would appear at the top of the layers palette. Now, it is placed above the selected layer.
• Full Screen mode now hides the bottom bar of the interface.
• Previously, the popover menus were hidden after rotating the device. We fixed that.
• We’ve updated to the latest stylus SDKs for a better painting experience.
• The app used to quit unexpectedly when it was put to sleep while repairing. Not anymore.
• We’ve also enhanced the overall performance of the app so you can enjoy a much more seamless image-editing process.