AppFigures has been following the growth of the Apple TV App Store, and the company has released a report claiming that there are currently (as of December 9) 2,624 apps available for download. AppFigures estimates that the "store will be hitting 5,000 apps in about a month and 10,000 apps in early 2016." The large amount of apps being ported to the Apple TV may be good news for Apple, but AppleFigures also noted that "the majority of paid apps cost $2.99 or less." This isn't great news for the Apple which had hoped the fourth-generation Apple TV would be a serious console competitor.
The Pixelmator Team has updated its award winning image editing app with iPad Pro and Apple Pencil support. Pixelmator version 2.2 now features the ability to create and edit images up to 100 megapixels on Apple's newly released 12-inch tablet. The app also supports all the advanced features of Apple's new stylus, including palm rejection and more.
Back in November Apple responded to complaints about a bug that was causing some iPad Pro models to stop responding. Apple didn't offer an immediate fix, but the company did release a support document telling iPad Pro owners to restart their device to temporarily deal with the issue.
Update: Apple has updated its iPad Pro support document with the following message:
"Updating your iPad Pro to iOS 9.2 or later might prevent this issue from occurring in the future."
This in reference to a bug causing some iPad Pro models to become unresponsive.
iOS 9.2 is now available for compatible iPad, iPhone and iPod touch devices. The update fixes a bug that caused the Camera screen on an iPad to sometimes go black when shooting a video,
but it did not address the issue causing some iPads to become unresponsive after charging. iOS 9.2 also adds Phone support for the USB Camera Adapter, which explains the new product description on apple.com that we discussed earlier this morning. This means iPhone users can now transfer photos and video from an SD Card to their iPhone using Apple's Lightning to USB Camera Adapter.
iDownloadBlog noticed today that Apple has added a Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader to its online store. The official description states that the device "supports data transfer at up to USB 3 speeds on iPad Pro, and up to USB 2 speeds on all other iPad and iPhone models." This differs from the Lightning to USB Camera Adapter which only supports up to USB 2 speeds.
Dropbox today has confirmed what many have feared -- the company is shuttering its Carousel photos app and email client Mailbox. Dropbox announced in a blog post that "Mailbox will be shut down on February 26th, 2016, and Carousel will be shut down on March 31st, 2016."
Apple's multitasking feature Split View is only supported on a handful of devices, unless your device is jailbroken thanks to a new tweak called Splitify. The tweak allows any device running iOS 9 to run Apple's Split View feature. This includes the iPhone and iPod touch, but of course Split View is much better when used on an a larger iPad or iPad mini model.
Telltale Games this week announced a new episodic game series based on Batman. The unnamed Batman title will launch in 2016 for consoles, mobile devices and other platforms. Telltale didn't reveal a lot of details about the game, but they did release a teaser trailer which you can watch below. Here's the official announcement:
“At Telltale, we’ve been honored to bring our unique approach to interactive storytelling to some of the biggest entertainment franchises in the world, and we’re excited to announce that we’ll soon be exploring what it means to be Batman in an all-new series starting next year,” said Kevin Bruner, Co-Founder and CEO of Telltale Games. “This iteration of Batman will give fans a first-hand opportunity to dive deeper into the complex life and mind of Bruce Wayne, the duality of his own identity, and the struggle of responsibility in saving a city overcome with corruption and villainy.”
The deck-building card game created by Donald X. Vaccarino has made its way to the Apple App Store for the iPad, but early user reviews have not been kind. The official Dominion iOS app currently has an overall rating of only 2-stars. The app has earned a poor rating for being a lackluster port of the Goko web version and for expensive in-app purchases. The game also requires an internet connection to play, even for single player campaigns, according to some user reviews.