The iPad is getting another multitasking feature in iOS 10 called "Safari Split View". The new feature is similar to the original Split View option introduced in iOS 9. Users with compatible iPad models running iOS 10 or later will be able to view two Safari windows side-by-side. 9to5Mac has uploaded a video to their YouTube channel demoing the new Safari Split View feature. You can watch it above.
A lot happened this week in the mobile gaming world and iOS. Apple held its 2016 WWDC keynote and there were a lot of big announcements made at E3 throughout the week. Apple on Monday unveiled and released the first beta of iOS 10 with new messaging features, a redesigned Music app and many more features. One of the biggest changes involves Game Center, which will no longer be available as a standalone app. Apple has removed Game Center from iOS 10 but has kept its features intacted for developers to use in GameKit.
The first iOS 10 public beta will be available in July. You can sign up for the Apple beta program here.
Developers have had a few days with the first iOS 10 beta and they have discovered a ton of universal features not mentioned at the WWDC keynote on Monday. Cult of Mac and several other Apple blogs have published a list (see below) of all the unannounced features discovered this week hiding away in iOS 10. We previously noted that there were no "iPad-only" features included in the update, but we were wrong.
It is safe to say a lot of iOS users consider Game Center one of the more useless stock apps on their Apple devices. Even if you are an avid mobile gamer, Game Center can drive you bonkers with its constant banners popping up and interrupting your games. A lot of iOS users have long searched for a way to delete Game Center or disable its "Welcome Back" banner. This is why it was so disappointing when Apple did not include Game Center on its list of removable stock apps in iOS 10.
Apple introduced macOS Sierra, watchOS 3, a new tvOS 2 and iOS 10 on Monday, June 13 during its WWDC keynote at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California. Each new operating system includes at least one popular user requested feature, such as Single Sign-In for the Apple TV 4. The most anticipated feature not announced by Apple at the event is the ability to remove pre-installed Apple apps from iOS devices. Users have been clamoring for this ability since the launch of the original iPhone back in 2007.
While overall iPad news has been pretty slow in recent months, we did manage to cover a lot of big App Store news this week. Telltale announced that its Batman game will be released this summer, and they are also planning a big Walking Dead reveal at E3 on Sunday. You can watch the announcment live on IGN at 3pm PT / 6pm ET.
The popular iPad note taking app, LiquidText was updated with mulitasking capablities this week. Users can now pay $8.99 to "work with multiple documents and webpages in a single LiquidText workspace," according to the release note. You can download the app for free from the App Store.
Games like Yo-Kai Watch Wibble Wobbles have proven that match-3 mechanics blended with RPG elements make awesome mobile titles for iOS devices. While turned-based RPGs translate well to mobile gaming, adding a match-3 battle system gives strategy games a whole new dynamic. Wibble Wobbles delivers the fun of Pokémon, combined with the deck building strategy of Hearthstone and fast paced battling system of Candy Crush. It blends the elements of three popular genres to deliver a fun, addictive game with hours and hours of repeat gameplay value.
Mobile games based on the popular Warhammer franchise have seen a big improvement ever since Games Workshop begun licensing the IP to other developers. Third-party game studios have been busy pumping out steady stream of popular Warhammer titles, such as Regicide, to Steam and the Apple App Store, and more Warhammer games are in the works. For example, developer Slitherine plans to follow up its Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon with a spinoff titled, Da Orks.
The popular iPad document reader LiquidText received its first major update on Monday. The app allows users to read and edit a variety of documents, such as PDFs or PowerPoint presentations. Users can also use the app to keep notes, pull out excerpts, export and share files and more.
Version 2.0 of LiquidText adds the ability to work with multiple documents at once. You can now easily drag and drop the documents you want to view into your workspace within the app and view them side-by-side. You can then annotate multiple documents at once, pull out and exchange excerpts between documents and search across all the documents. The update also allows you to write comments and notes for more than one document.
Developer Telltale Games has put itself on the map by releasing episodic game series based on popular franchises, such as The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones and MInecraft. The company plans to continue its success by releasing a game based on DC's Batman, and continuing with its flagship Walking Dead series.
Job J Stauffer, Head of Creative Communications for Telltale announced on Sunday that Batman - The Telltale Series will launch sometime this summer, followed by The Walking Dead Season 3 in the fall. It is unknown if this is the official name of the Batman game, but Telltale is not known for using the most creative titles.