Apple’s iPhone 6 and Apple Watch event was chock full of good stuff, but gave up nothing more than a few phones and a wearable. Adding more would have extended the conference beyond our level of comfort, so Apple decided to host a second event later on. Originally believed to be toward the end of this month, it seems the iPad event we’ve been anticipated has been bumped up.
Apple has launched a new tool to help second-hand iPhone and iPad buyers check whether their new toy has in fact been stolen. The iCloud Activation Lock status tool allows IMEI or serial numbers from iOS devices to be run through Apple's database, and flag up whether the phone or tablet has previously been blocked.
Mobile adaptations of popular game franchises haven't always yielded good fruit. Hitman GO is practically a board game and the first Assassin's Creed mobile game was all about un-stealthy naval battles. Ubisoft may have just redeemed itself with the unexpected Assassin's Creed Identity, which gives mobile gamers a true AC experience on their smartphone or tablet.
The Netflix of Piracy is finally on the hallowed grounds of iOS. Well, sort of. Popcorn Time is indeed now available to be installed on iPhones and iPads but you will need a jailbroken device to do so, which is probably fitting given the murky legal waters that this streaming service sails through.
Fashionistas and socialites might soon have something to root for. Apple is now rumored to soon make available a gold option for the next generation iPad expected to be unveiled this October. This will give those with a love of gold an option that will be close enough to more luxurious gold plating without costing as much.
iPhone 6 with NFC? Check. Apple Watch? Check. iPad with Touch ID? Well, almost check. A recent iOS 8.1 Developer Beta apparently contains hints that the next iPad generation will have some support for Apple's upcoming mobile payment system. However, Apple Pay support will be limited to payments that only require authentication via a Touch ID fingerprint sensor on the tablet.
You might not even notice it happening. The transition might be so smooth, you don’t think about full-screen advertisements on your smartphone until you think back a few years. "Wait," you’ll think to yourself, "did I always have to watch several seconds of video advertisement in this app, or were they added more recently?"
There’s been a soft launch of Pokemon: The Card Game Online for iPad this afternoon, starting with Canada. Supposing you’ve got access to a friend with an iPad in Canada and they’re willing to … ship it to you … you might be able to play. Otherwise you’re going to have to wait for the USA release, which should be coming imminently.
Uh oh! Apple’s newest version of iOS is out, which should be a good thing. As we told you about previously, iOS 8.0.1 fixes a number of issues, and the update added a few more tweaks that should make su all happy. So why the “uh oh” up top? It may be breaking one overriding thing any phone needs: connectivity.