As promised, pre-orders for the fourth-generation Apple TV are now being accepted on apple.com. Apple customers can nab a 32GB model for $149 or a 64GB model for $199. The set top box will arrive around October 30 for customers who pre-order today and select the next day shipping option (around $17). There is also a free shipping option which will arrive around November 2.
Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) last week released updates for iOS, OSX and WatchOS. The iOS 9.1 update, which became available on Wednesday, mostly deals with bugs and stability issues, but also includes over 150 new emoji characters with full support for Unicode 7.0 and 8.0 emojis. New emojis include a unicorn, a burrito, a middle finger and what looks to be a guy levitating. OSX 10.11.1 and WatchOS 2.0.1 add the new emojis as well, and also include performance improvements and bug fixes.
It was a big week for zombies on the App Store with two highly anticipated post-apocalyptic titles releasing on Thursday. Zombie Deathmatch is a zombie fighting game where your goal is to build your own roster of zombie fighters. The game features three classes of zombies (Brutes, Maulers, Stalkers) and various fighters you can recruit and train. You can also unlock and buy new weapons, armour and fight your way through four Fighting Leagues with boss battles. Zombie Deathmatch is available for free on the App Store. It does include IAPS.
Baseball Apocalypse reminds me of the awesome free flash game Zombie Baseball, but instead of playing as a human with a baseball bat, you're a professional baseball robot. The goal of the game is to smash zombies and other post-apocalyptic beasts with your baseball bat and five baseballs. Baseball Apocalypse is available for $1.99 on the App Store.
GhostCam Camera FX is a photo editing app that allows you to add spooky ghosts to any of your photos. The app is simple and fun to use. Just open the app and select the "Take photo" option to snap a new image, or you can select an already existing photo from your Camera Roll. The app offers 13 different characters for you to add to your images. The ghosts include some familiar faces such as Freddy Krueger, The Shining Twins, Samara from The Ring and more.
Apple has released iOS 9.1 with over 150 new emoji characters, Live Photo improvements and more. The update arrived after the Pangu Team released version 1.1.0 of their jailbreak tool. It is unknown if iOS 9.1 breaks Pangu 9, but it is likely, and users with jailbroken devices should avoid updating.
Update: Apple's security page for iOS 9.1 does include exploits used by the Pangu Team for their iOS 9 jailbreak tool. This means that iOS 9.1 will break the latest jailbreak and should be avoided if you want to keep your device jailbroken.
Pangu today has released version 1.1.0 of its iOS 9 jailbreak tool. The update improves the success rate and reliability for 64 bit devices, according to the official changelog. Users with an iPhone 5s or later who were experiencing trouble installing the iOS 9 jailbreak tool can try again with v.1.1.0. The upated jailbreak is now available for Windows at en.pangu.io or through Cydia for users with version 1.0 already installed.
Only a few weeks after the malware known as XcodeGhost was found to be affecting apps on the App Store, Apple has removed another 256 apps found to be collecting personal user information. The analytics service, SourceDNA, has discovered that hundreds of apps in the App Store were using an advertising SDK from China to collect personal data, such as Apple ID email addresses and other private information used to track users. It is estimated that around one million people have downloaded the apps.
Last week was a relatively flat week for Apple stock (NASDAQ: AAPL), as the share price fluctuated between $112.75 and $109.56, ultimately closing the week at $111.04 after opening on Monday at $112.73. The volume was low as well, reaching a high of 44.3 million during trading on Wednesday. Trading could pick up this week as the FY 15 fourth quarter results call approaches (Tuesday, Oct. 27th 5 p.m. ET).
Apple seeded the 5th iOS 9.1 beta on Monday to both registered developers and the public. There is a second version of it specifically for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. iOS 9.1 is focused mostly on new features and compatibility with the new fourth generation Apple TV and the iPad Pro, which comes with a Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil. It also includes Unicode 8, which adds several new emoji, including a middle finger, a unicorn head and a burrito among others.
Developers are starting to catch up on updating their apps with 3D Touch features now that the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus have been out for a few weeks. Big names like Facebook have added Quick Action and Peek and Pop options to their iOS apps. Here are a few apps that have been updated with 3D Touch features:
- Facebook (Free) Shoot and upload photos and videso from the Home screen.
- Instagram (Free) Post images from your Home screen and view images within the app using the Peek feature.
- WhatsApp (Free) Features Peek and Pop pictures, videos, links, contact cards, and locations.
- Magic Piano (Free) Control the volume of each note by applying more force.
- CARROT Weather ($3.99) Search for a new location or bring up one of your saved locations from the Home screen.
- Dropbox (Free) Preview files and folders within the app using the Peek feature.
- Shazam (Free) Identify a song or artist from the Home screen.
- Pinterest (Free) Open pins with a firm press.