Apple weekly news roundup: iOS 9.1, Chipgate tests and more

The new Apple Store in Dubai will be the world's largest.

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.


New iOS Apps, Games and JB Tweaks of the Week: Minecraft, NBA 2K16 and more

Cloud Chasers - A Journey of Hope

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.

Halloween App of the Week: Count Crunch's Candy Curse

Count Crunch's Candy Curse

Count Crunch's Candy Curse is the perfect side-scroller for mobile gamers who are looking for a spooky casual platformer to pay this Halloween. The game follows Skeleton Boy on Halloween night after he opens a familiar looking box of cereal and accidentally curses his town. Skeleton Boy must use his enchanted glow stick to blast candy-filled monsters and stop the evil Count Crunch, who is hellbent on ruining Halloween.

Pangu and Cydia Substrate updated to fix iOS 9 jailbreak issues

Cydia Substrate v.0.9.6010

Team Pangu today released version 1.0.1 of their jailbreak tool. The updated fixes a "bug that leads to 0A error code" and a problem that was causing a loading failure on some computers. The changelog also notes that a Mac version of Pangu 9 is "coming soon". If you were having issues installing the iOS 9 jailbreak tool on your device, you can try again by downloading Pangu v.1.0.1 through Pangu 9 is currently only available to Windows.

WhatsApp gains Peek and Pop 3D Touch features

WhatsApp 3D Touch

The popular messaging service WhatsApp joined the list of 3D Touch-enabled apps like Facebook, Dropbox and Shazam. WhatsApp version 2.12.8 adds "Peek and Pop pictures, videos, links, contact cards, and locations," according to the changelog. The update does not add a Quick Action menu from the Home screen.

New zombie fighting game coming to iOS and Google Play in October

Dr. Carver Zombie Deathmatch

In the year 2036 a genetically engineered serum has turned some humans into zombies. The government eventually captured all the undead and locked them within some of the largest cities, and that's when mob bosses like Papa Rainbow took advantage of the situation turning zombies into cage fighters. That's the basic story behind Zombie Deathmatch -- an all-new fighting game launching this October.

The game follows an immune human who sets out for revenge after Papa kills his zombie friend Brock because he wouldn't sign with his roster of fighters.

Facebook adds 3D Touch features to iPhone app

Facebook Quick Action Menu

Facebook has updated its iOS app with a Quick Action menu for uploading photos and writing status updates on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. The Quick Action menu features three options: Take Photo/Video, Upload Photo/Video or Write Post. To access the menu iPhone 6s owners can firmly press the Facebook app icon on their Home screen.

New iOS Apps and Games of the Week: The Walking Dead: No Man's Land and more

The Walking Dead: No Man's Land

It was a big week for all things geeky on the iBooks and App Store. Apple announced this week that all seven books in the Harry Potter series are now exclusively available to read on iOS devices. Each Harry Potter enchanted edition includes interactive animations, annotations written by J.K. Rowling and more. The books are available to download for $9.99 each on Apple's iBooks Store. You can start with book 1, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.

Phosphor Games Studio released the first of two Heroes Reborn mobile games this week. Heroes Reborn: Enigma serves as a prequel to the revamped television show, but it promises to feature an all new story for players not familiar with the Heroes universe. The game follows Dahlia, a young woman with telekinetic powers. It features over 30 levels, different powers for players to master and graphics powered by Unreal Engine 4. Heroes Reborn: Enigma is available now on the App Store for $4.99.

Halloween App of the Week: Bungee Mummy: Challenges

Bungee Mummy: Challenges

Bungee Mummy: Challenges is the second game in Steampunk Wizards' Mummy series. The first title, Bungee Mummy: King's Escape is a lot like last year's Halloween App of the Week, Skullduggery. The goal of the game is to use your bandages to swing around ancient tombs like Spider-Man and defeat the evil Solark who has stolen your throne. Bungee Mummy: Challenges is a bit different in that it consists of four mini games instead of individual levels for you to complete.


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