Sending animated pictures directly from the iOS keyboard is magical. Just ask anyone with RuPaul's Drag Race Keyboard installed on their iPhone. The Walt Disney Company has now jumped into the game, offering the free app Disney Gif to anyone running iOS 8.0 or later. Once installed, Disney Gif provides access to hundreds of categorized gifs from a custom keyboard. Disney, Pixar, Star Wars, and ABC themed animated gifs can be pasted into Messages, Mail, or any other app.
Good news for anyone holding off on jailbreaking iOS 8.3. The TaiG jailbreak tool has officially been updated to version 2.1.2. The new release brings several bug fixes and support for Cydia Substrate, which has been updated for iOS 8.3. Most issues facing early adopters of the initial release have been resolved, including problems related to newer versions of iTunes. Users who have already jailbroken their devices do not have to re-jailbreak, but there are updates that must be installed to prevent future issues.
According to a report from Taiwanese newspaper DigiTimes, Apple may be looking to integrate TDDI chips into future iOS devices, which could potentially make the traditional Home button obsolete.
OS X Yosemite users may already be familiar with the latest Mail software, which makes it possible to annotate email attachments. iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users will be happy to know that Apple is bringing a mobile version of this feature to iOS 9 in the fall. This means that both incoming or outgoing email attachments, such as PDF files and images can be annotated directly in iOS 9.
The Apple Watch has barely hit shelves in retail stores and reports on the next generation hardware have already surfaced. Sources have told 9to5Mac that Apple is working on the Apple Watch 2, and several improvements are in the pipeline. WatchOS 2 is already in the hands of developers, who are putting it through its paces ahead of the scheduled release date coming this fall. So what's in store for the Apple Watch 2?
The TaiG team has released a new jailbreak tool for iOS 8.3. TaiG version 2.0.0 was released several days before iOS 8.4 is set to launch on June 30. iPhone and iPad owners can download the jailbreak tool at taig.com/en/, but before you do please note that the Cydia Substrate is not compatible with iOS 8.3, and some users are having issues installing the jailbreak.
Taylor Swift has forced Apple to change its policy on how it will pay artists for its upcoming music streaming service by penning a Tumblr post titled, "To Apple, Love Taylor." In the letter Swift explains why she withheld her album, 1989, from Apple Music. Swift said she found it "shocking," "disappointing," and completely unlike Apple not to pay writers, producers and artists for songs played during a user's free 90-day-trial of Apple Music.
There were a lot of big announcements at E3 2015 this year, especially when it comes to console gaming. Some of the biggest announcements included Fallout 4, Kingdom Hearts 3, a bunch of new Nintendo titles like Star Fox Zero and The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes, and much, much more.
On the mobile side of things Square-Enix unveiled Hitman: Sniper and announced that Kingdom Hearts Unchained Key will be coming to the U.S. App Store. Capcom quietly announced that an iOS version of the PSP title Monster Hunter Freedom Unite is coming "soon," but didn't reveal many details about the port except that it would include new features. Other mobile previewed at E3 include: World of Tanks Blitz, The Witcher Adventure Game, Godfire: Rise of Prometheus, Minions Paradise and Siegefall. You can check out some E3 trailers and gameplay videos at the bottom of this post.
We briefly touched on Bethesda's Fallout Shelter during the Fallout 4 frenzy at E3, but it deserves a much closer look than we orginally gave it. I'm not sure why Bethesda teamed up with Behaviour Interactive to release a mobile game based on the popular post-apocalyptic franchise. Is it just a gift to hold fans over until November 10, when Fallout 4 hits shelves? Maybe it's an introduction to the Fallout franchise for new fans? Whatever Bethesda's end game is, Fallout Shelter is a resource management title that is both fun for new and old fans.
As it is a perennial concern of consumers, smartphone manufacturers are always looking to improve the battery life of their devices. During the keynote address at this year's Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple announced that, through simple system tweaks, iOS 9 has added an extra hour of battery life to the iPhone. Additionally, a new Low Power setting will supposedly extend battery life by up to three hours.
According to Apple's iOS 9 page: