WhatsApp is arguably one of the most popular messaging apps today, but its $0.99 price tag on iOS was a bit disappointing considering that every other platform had the app for free. However, the makers of WhatsApp are moving iOS over to the subscription model of other platforms, charging users only $1 per year to use the service.
Apple TV has gained a number of new entertainment apps, with HBO GO and WatchESPN among five new content providers landing on the set-top box. The two apps, familiar from iPhone and iPad, join Sky News, Crunchyroll, and Qello as new arrivals on the Apple TV, owners of which are now purchasing over 800,000 TV episodes and over 350,000 movies each day, Apple says.
As rumors have suggested, Apple is outing their own music discovery platform, and they're calling it iTunes Radio. The new feature will be built right into the company's existing Music app on iOS, so users who take advantage of the app won't have to switch to another app to use the new iTunes Radio.
OUYA-rivaling console GamePop will support iOS games, BlueStacks has confirmed, using an Apple pseudo-virtualization system called Looking Glass which makes porting iPhone and iPad titles straightforward. The new functionality, which joins GamePop's already-known Andorid game support, will see iOS titles from participating developers included in BlueStacks' subscription-based all-you-can-play gaming package, priced at $9.99 per month.
It's been rumored for a couple months that ABC would be releasing a live-streaming mobile app where users could watch live television on their mobile devices, and it seems that ABC is coming through with such an app. The television network launched Watch ABC for iOS today, and it's aiming to change how viewers watch TV, as well as attempting to get Aereo off their back.
Apple is looking to change up its AppleCare warranty system with a few big changes that will affect customers, as well as Genius Bar employees at Apple retail store locations. It's said that the changes will cut costs for the Cupertino-based company, while still giving customers a good deal on a warranty plan if a device breaks.
Boingo, the WiFi hotspot service, has updated its iOS app with the ability to pay for Boingo's monthly subscription using your iTunes account. This means that Boingo users don't need to enter in their credit card information in the app, but instead just link it with their iTunes accounts, where users will be billed monthly using the payment method they have on file with iTunes.
It seems like Google has been spending a lot of time on its YouTube app for iOS. Of course, this isn't too surprising, as the search giant was more or less forced to release their own when Apple dropped it from iOS 6. This time around, the app comes with the ability to access live streams right from the iOS app, letting you tune into live events while on the go.
Back in December 2012, there was a bit of a butting-of-heads situation betwixt Apple and Microsoft over the iOS SkyDrive app, which concerned the amount of moolah Apple kept from SkyDrive subscriptions upgraded via the iOS app. Such upgrades were considered in-app purchases, and as such were subject to Apple's 30-percent cut. It would seem the issue has been resolved, with Microsoft rolling out its SkyDrive for iOS update today.