Showtime has given consumers one more reason to cut the cord by rolling out its own HBO NOW-like subscription service. iPad, iPhone and Apple TV users can now subscribe to the premium channel without a cable or satellite subscription. A subscription to Showtime is now $10.99 a month, and it offers access to original series, movies, documentaries and sports. The iOS app includes Airplay support, live access, closed captioning and more.
Last week Apple removed all apps in the App Store that featured the Confederate flag, including historically accurate strategy games. This did not sit well with a lot of people who thought Apple was taking the recent Confederate flag controversy too far. According to CNN Money, Apple has reinstated some of the games soon after banning them. Andrew Mulholland of HexWar Games said Apple put Civil War: 1863 back on sale without needing any changes, but the game studio had to tweak other titles, such as Civil War: Gettysburg, to have them reinstated. Apple is not allowing games to feature the Confederate flag on App Store icons or in screenshots, but the flag will be allowed during gameplay as long as it is not being used in an "offensive and mean-spirited way".
iPad owners have been waiting a long time for Apple to add a split-view multitasking option, and they will finally get their wish with the release of iOS 9. Apple announced at WWDC 2015 that iOS 9 would bring three multitasking features to the iPad when it released later this year. The new features will allow iPad users to use two apps simultaneously and even view video while using a second app.
Universal Pictures has released the first official trailer for the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by Danny Boyle. The films stars Michael Fassbender as Jobs and Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak.
"Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, 'Steve Jobs' takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter."
The rivalry between TaiG and PP reached new heights today after iOS 8.4 was released to the public by Apple. The PP team quickly released a jailbreak tool for the new OS only hours after its official release. The TaIG team, who claims PP stole its code, then released their own iOS 8.4 jailbreak tool an hour or two after the first jailbreak was made available. Now iPad and iPhone owners have two options to choose from when jailbreaking their devices.
The popular instant messaging app, Viber, has been updated with iPad support. The announcement that Viber is now a universal app was made on the official Facebook page on Monday.
Apple has begun removing apps that use the Confederate flag from the App Store, but unlike Amazon and Walmart, who are being applauded for banning Confederate flag products, some people think the iPhone-maker has gone too far. Apple claims that its has only "removed apps from the App Store that use the Confederate flag in offensive or mean-spirited ways," which is in violation of the App Store guidelines, but historically accurate games such as Ultimate General: Gettysburg have also been pulled. The banning of all apps that use the Confederate flag from the App Store has sparked a lively debate on mobile gaming websites and forums, such as Touch Arcade, who was first to notice Civil War strategy games were being yanked from the App Store.
The TaiG team today released version 2.0.0 of the TaiG Jailbreak Tool for iOS 8.3. At the time of this post the Cydia Substrate has not been updated to support iOS 8.3, so you may want to wait until Jay Freeman (@saurik) announces that Cydia is ready to go before you jailbreak your device. The tool is also only available on Windows at this time, however, it is safe to assume that an OS X release is close behind.
Apple has pulled the original iPad mini from its website and it is no longer for sale on the online Apple Store, as noticed by 9to5Mac. This makes the iPad mini 2 the most affordable 7-inch iPad at $299, and this means all current iPad models are powered by 64-bit processors.