Already in testing, iOS 8 has been spotted again, this time installed on an iPhone 5s. Home screen icons have not been significantly redesigned, however several new apps have been added by Apple. Healthbook, TextEdit, and Preview apps were previously leaked on a Chinese forum and confirmed as authentic by 9to5Mac sources. However, the icons for these apps were from OS X and had not yet been redesigned for iOS.
The latest leaks have been compiled by PhoneArena, showing what appears to be a more refined version. Not only this, but a stand-alone iTunes Radio app already rumored to be in development can be seen on the screenshot below. While these icons on the iOS 8 home screen don't come as a major surprise, a so-called Watch Utility app has appeared for the first time.
Here's this week's most interesting App Store and Cydia releases for 04/14/14 to 04/19/14. Apple's Free App of the Week is the action adventure game Horn. The game will be free on the App Store until 04/24/14.
There were very few noteworthy tweaks and apps released to Cydia this week, however jailbreakers should be aware of the new "Unflod Baby Panda" malware affecting iOS devices. You can learn how to check your iPhone or iPad for the malicious software here.
Disney Mobile's Where's My Water is the perfect example of a mobile game done right. A onetime fee of $1.99 nabs you a fun and addicting game without timers or money wasting in-app purchases. The same goes for its sequels and spin-offs Where’s My Water 2, Where’s My Perry? and Where’s My Mickey. If you're not wore out of the many Disney physics puzzlers, the company has released another Where's My Water game featuring the popular Chinese cartoon character, XYY.
Where's My Water? Featuring XYY is another puzzle game that takes players through a medieval adventure through China. Instead of rerouting water to Swampy, XXY must use elements such as fire and oil to defeat the Big Bad Wolf. The game features more than 80 levels and the ability to find "ancient collectibles" to unlock extra levels.
Malware targeted at iPhones doesn't come around too often, however this doesn't mean it's nonexistent. The latest threat, dubbed "Unflod Baby Panda" targets jailbroken iOS devices, collecting Apple ID and password information and sending it to servers in China. The malware only affects jailbroken devices, and is thought to have originated on unofficial Chinese repositories distributing pirated apps.
First off, if your iPhone is not jailbroken, go play Hearthstone and forget about Unflod forever. Jailbreakers will want to follow the steps below to check for infection. If the device is not affected by Unflod, users can keep it that way by avoiding pirated apps and untrusted repos on Cydia. Should Unflod Baby Panda exist on your iOS device, continue reading to clean the malware and secure your Apple ID.
Every time a supposed new detail about the iPhone 6 is leaked, mockup renderings depicting the new information quickly appear all over the internet. Now that we are getting closer to the release date, the leaked information is more accurate, comes from legitimate sources and is based on physical evidence rather than wild speculation. This latest mockup by renowned Dutch concept artist Martin Hajek is probably the most accurate depiction to date, as it is based on the latest leaked iPhone 6 specs.
The renderings that surfaced on French site nowhereelse are based on sketches that were obtained by Japanese site Macotakara. The mockups show two different size next generation iPhones, which is all but a certainty at this point, and a sleep/wake button that has been moved to the right side of the unit. This agrees with the well
Tiny Rebel Games today has released version 2.0 of Doctor Who: Legacy for iOS devices. The update entitled Rise of the Master adds over 20 hours of new material including Season 5 content, a new Perk system, Expert mode, special character rewards plus new allies and enemies.
The Season 5 story arc adds the latest incarnation of the Master, John Simm, and past Masters, Roger Delgado (the First Master) and the burnt Master from The Deadly Assassin. Four more incarnations of the Doctor also join the game. They include, the First Doctor (William Hartnell), the Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton), the Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston) and the War Doctor (John Hurt).
Anyone who has postponed buying an iPhone 5s now has a sweet deal to consider from RadioShack. Starting on Friday, stores will offer Apple's latest iPhone with 16GB of storage for just $99.99. Of course, in order to qualify for this subsidized sale price a two-year service agreement must be initiated with a wireless carrier.
iPhone 5s buyers can choose between AT&T, Sprint or Verizon to take advantage of the deal. Not only is RadioShack offering 50 percent off, but anyone upgrading can trade in a used smartphone for instant store credit. Depending on the appraisal, owners of the 16GB iPhone 4s can get up to $100 and the 16GB iPhone 5 can be traded in for up to $175.
Apple helped put digital music on the map with the iPod in 2001, but according to Nielsen SoundScan, iTunes music downloads have fallen for the first time since the device's release. This is most likely due to the rise in popularity of free music streaming services such as Pandora and Spotify. Apple released its own streaming service in 2013 to compete with its competitors, but iTunes Radio hasn't seem to put a dent in the now crowded music streaming market.
According to Bloomberg, Apple is now working with Shazam Entertainment Ltd. to create a "song-discovery feature" which will allow iOS users to identify a song and its artist while using their iPhone or iPad. Shazam is known for its popular free music recognition iOS app that also identifies music and TV.
Rumors of two larger iPhone models launching later this year have been circulating for months. As mass production begins, photos of parts are starting to leak on Chinese websites such as Weibo. Two purportedly independent leaks seem to confirm a 4.7-inch diagonal iPhone 6 in the works. The white bezel below, with proper home button and earpiece cutouts, shows a larger size than the current model iPhone in black.
Additionally, these iPhone 6 parts point to displays with the same aspect ratio as the existing iPhone 5 and 5s. Whether or not the new display carries increased resolution remains to be seen, however the matching aspect ratio makes sense from an app development point of view. Changes to the display can require significant work for developers to accommodate a new device.
When it comes to security concerns, the Heartbleed security flaw is currently dominating headlines everywhere. The good news is that iOS devices are not vulnerable to Heartbleed. Regardless of this fact, setting a passcode is the first step in securing personal information on the iPhone from prying eyes.
Simple passcodes are convenient to use, but limited to a four-digit number. For those looking to beef up the security of their iOS devices, replacing these four digits with a complex passcode will help. Once activated, this feature allows numbers, letters and special characters to be used, vastly improving the strength of the passcode. A long string or several words strung together can be used, locking down an iOS device at the specified time interval.