Google continues to enhance the iOS version of its Google Maps app, which has recently been updated to 4.12. The free app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users also includes Apple Watch support. The latest update adds a significant feature: real-time spoken traffic alerts in navigation mode. Ever since Google acquired the popular navigation service Waze over two years ago, real-time traffic alerts have been available in Google Maps. Now drivers will not have to take their eyes off the road to hear about upcoming congestion and incidents on the route ahead.
Next generation iPhone rumors are already flying, with heavy-hitting analysts starting to weigh in with their own research. As MacRumors reports, Ming-Chi Kuo at KGI securities expects Apple to release an updated 4-inch iPhone sometime in the first half of next year. This release schedule would be a departure for Apple, since the company has typically launched new iPhone models only once per year. Summer updates were replaced by fall product launches in recent years, with the iPhone 7 expected to debut in fall 2016.
Lots of developers are updating their apps with 3D Touch features for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, but Yahoo has taken it one step further by updating their photo hosting app Flickr with what they're calling "3D Touch Extended". Flickr users can now perform Peek and Pop actions, and access a quick Home screen menu by using the 3D Touch technology found on their iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.
Bethesda Game Studios has released a Fallout keyboard for iOS devices one week before Fallout 4 officially launches for consoles. Fallout CHAT allows users to send fully customized texts to other iOS users, and it features over 60 emoji plus animated Vault Boy GIFs. The Fallout CHAT is available on the App Store for free. It supports all devices running iOS 8.4 or later.
Neko Atsume is a "kitty collector" title where the goal of the game is to become a digital cat lady. The game was previously only available in Japanese but it has been recently updated with an English-language option. In Neko Atsume players can buy items like rubber balls, cat food and other cat luxuries known as "goodies" to attract cats to their yard. The game is a lot like Pokémon in that the object is to collect all the cats and add them to your Cat Book. There are all kinds of cats to collect including rare cats that take certain items to attract.
Five Nights at Freddy's developer Scott Cawthon shocked fans this week by releasing a trailer to Five Nights at Freddy's World. Instead of following the normal creepy point-and-click format as the original four games, Freddy's World is a cute and colorful RPG with a Final Fantasy-like battle system. Cawthon did say in September that he wanted to use the Five Nights at Freddy's characters "in a new and fun way" and create a type of game that he hadn't created in a long time.
Last week we took a quick look at three new zombie games in our App Store recap. One of those games was Zombie Deathmatch -- a F2P zombie fighting game. In Zombie Deathmatch you're a human who survived an outbreak that transformed some humans into zombies. You goal is to build a roster of zombie fighters to take out the voodoo priest Papa Rainbow, who killed your zombie friend after he refused to join his team.
Customers who pre-ordered the new Apple TV this week will be able to download two games when their digital media players arrives this weekend. Frogmind announced today that its hit iOS game BADLAND is now available for the Apple TV 4, and Rock Band creators Harmonix Music Systems have also launched Beat Sports for the next-generation set-top box.
If you have been waiting for a Mac version of the Pangu iOS 9 jailbreak then your wait is over. The Pangu Team added a Mac version of the jailbreak tool to its website en.pangu.io on Wednesday. This means iPod touch, iPhone and iPad users can now jailbreak their devices running iOS 9.0 to iOS 9.0.2 using Windows or OS X. You can learn how to jailbreak your device by following our iOS 9 jailbreak tutorial. There is no jailbreak available for iOS 9.1 at this time.
AT&T has launched Data Perks to the Apple App Store. The new app allows iPhone users to earn free mobile data in exchange for filling out surveys and buying popular products.