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Apple Releases Then Quickly Pulls iOS 8.0.1

Apple today released iOS 8.0.1 then pulled it after users reported that the update broke their cellular data and Touch ID on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. An Apple spokesperson told The Verge, "we have received reports of an issue with the iOS 8.0.1 update, and said that the company is "actively investigating" the issue. You can still downgrade to iOS 8.0 if your device is experiencing problems after installing iOS 8.0.1, or you can wait until Apple rolls out iOS 8.0.2 in the near future.

iOS 8.0.1

The update was originally released to fix a few bugs and improve "the reliability of the Reachability feature on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus," according to the changelog. Other iOS 8.0.1 fixes included eliminating a bug so HealthKit apps could be made available on the App Store, fixing an issue with Safari and addressing an issue with 3rd party keyboards.

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Second Report Claims iPad Air 2 Coming in October

The Commercial Times claims that Apple has begun production on its second-generation iPad Air and that the new tablet will begin to ship by mid-October. The Times' report coincides with an earlier report from AppleInsider that also said Apple plans to launch the iPad Air 2 this fall.

iPad Mini 3

The Times also claims that the third-generation iPad mini will be delayed until early 2015. This is interesting since Apple has always launched its 9.7-inch and 7.9 inch tablets together since the iPad mini was first introduced back in 2012. However, rumors and leaks for the new iPad mini have been basically nonexistent, which could mean Apple has put it on the back burner.

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Skype for iPad and iPhone Updated with iOS 8 Support

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.

Skype iOS 8

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.

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What You Should Know Before Installing iOS 8 on Your iPad 2

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.

iPad 2 iOS 8

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:

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Apple Planning Second Round of Product Announcements for October, According to Report

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.

iPad / Apple TV Refresh

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.

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Goat Simulator Now Available for the iPhone and iPad

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

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.

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Paper by FiftyThree Launches Mix, a New Way to Share and View Skecthes

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.

Mix for Paper

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.

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Katie Couric Joins Yahoo News Digest for the iPad

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.

Yahoo News Digest for iPad

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.

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Surgeon Simulator Developer Teams Up with Amplify to Teach Algebra Skills

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

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.

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Apple Announces Apple Pay, New iCloud Prices and iOS 8 Release Date

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.

iCloud Price

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.

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