Apple releases fourth iOS 11 public beta and fifth developer beta

iOS 11 Preview

Apple this week released the fourth iOS 11 beta to the general public and the fifth build to developers. iPhone and iPad owners who are part of the beta program can update now by navigating to Settings > General > Software Update. You can learn how to join Apple's beta program here.

Apple's Beta Software Program allows iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Apple Watch owners the ability to test-drive pre-release software before its official release. While it can be fun to get the newest iOS features before everyone else, early betas can feature annoying bugs. iPhone and iPad owners should make sure they really want the new software before installing, or wait for later builds.


Verizon offering free rewards in exchange for your privacy

Verizon Selects

Verizon has launched a new rewards program offering free memberships to Apple Music, HBO NOW and other perks when you sign up for a Verizon Up account using the free My Verizon app.

Verizon Up members earn a credit for every $300 they spend on their Verizon bill or other purchases made through the carrier. Credits can then be spent on perks, such as four free months of Apple Music, JetBlue discounts or a free subscription to HBO NOW. Verizon also promises there will be six new reward options each month, and entertainment rewards for special events such as the 2018 Pro Bowl.

New iOS Games and Apps of the Week: Holy Potatoes! A Weapon Shop?! and more

Batman: The Enemy Within

Holy Potatoes! A Weapon Shop?! is a new simulation game released as two apps separately for the iPad and iPhone. You can download the iPad version here and the iPhone version here. In the game you're a potato who owns a weapons shop. The goal is to use your potato smiths to forge weapons to sell to heroes so you can expand your business across the potato world.

In Holy Potatoes! A Weapon Shop?! you can research and forge hundreds of weapons to sell, manage up to 30 potato smiths, explore the potato world for materials, relics and enchantments, and more. The game is available for $4.99 on the Apple App Store.

Telltale releases first trailer for Batman: The Enemy Within

Telltale today released the first trailer to the sequel of its Batman series. The Enemy Within was officially announced at San Diego Comic Con in July along with The Walking Dead: The Final Season and a second season of The Wolf Among Us.

In the game the cape crusader takes on the Riddler who has returned to wreck havoc on Gotham City. The trailer features a lot of familiar faces, such as Commissioner Gordon, Amanda Waller and the Joker.

Low-cost iPad boosts tablet shipments

iPad Sales

It's no secret that overall tablet sales have been on a steady decline, and even the mighty iPad hasn't been immune to the slump. The iPad over the past few years has been designated to a mere footnote in Apple's quarterly reports, until this week when the iPhone-maker reported a 15% year-on-year increase in tablet sales.

Apple on Tuesday reported accelerating growth in its latest quarter results, including a 7 percent year-over-year increase in revenue at $45.4b. This resulted in $8.72 profit for the quarter from 41m iPhones, 11.4m iPads, and 4.29m Macs sold. Apple only moved 9.9 million iPads in the same quarter last year.

Microsoft kills Word Flow Keyboard for the iPad and iPhone

Word Flow Keyboard

Microsoft will no longer support its Word Flow Keyboard for iOS. The keyboard was created by Microsoft’s Garage research team to offer Apple users an alternative way to enter text on their iPad and iPhone. The keyboard included several interesting features, such as the ability to type with one hand and a more advanced auto-correct.

The keyboard's Microsoft product page currently reads "the Word Flow experiment is now complete." It also redirects visitors to the SwiftKey Apple App Store download page.

New iOS Games and Apps of the Week: Total War - Alexander and more

Sigma Theory

As promised, Rome: Total War -- Alexander has been launched to the App Store for the iPad. This is the third and final entry into the Total War series. Alexander takes place as the famous emperor "ascends the Macedonian throne and embarks upon an audacious campaign to conquer the all-powerful Persian Empire," according to the official App Store description. You do not need to first two Total War titles to enjoy Alexander, but its probably a lot more fun if you played at least the original.

Apple launches third public iOS 11 beta

Notes iOS 11

Apple today has released the third public iOS 11 beta and the fourth iOS 11 developer beta. The third beta features some slight cosmetic changes for the iPad, such as new animations in Multitasking mode, a bug fix that allows you to add apps to an app folder stored in your dock, and the ability to view older notifications by swiping down to open Notification Center.

The fourth beta includes a new splash screen and app icon for the Notes app, a new splash screen for the Photos app, some new icons and icon updates and more. The splash pages detail all the new features found in the Notes and Photos apps in iOS 11.


Dwayne Johnson teams up with Siri for new Apple commercial

The Rock x Siri Dominate the Day

Apple has teamed up with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson for a new Siri commercial. Johnson announced the new partnership on Twitter calling it the "biggest, coolest, craziest movie ever."

"I partnered with #Apple to make the BIGGEST, COOLEST, CRAZIEST, DOPEST, MOST OVER THE TOP, FUNNEST (is that even a word?) movie ever. And I have the greatest co-star of all time - #SIRI. I make movies for the world to enjoy and we also made this one to motivate you to get out there and get the job done. I want you to watch it, have fun with it and then go LIVE IT."


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