Apple released iOS 8.4 and its new music streaming service on Tuesday. Apple Music has been met with mixed reviews, and much confusion. Apple is forcing users to pick a monthly subscription plan before they can access the music service for free. iOS users must pick a $10 or $14 monthly plan, then disable the automatic renewal option in their Settings if they don't want to be charge in 3-months when their free trial ends. There is also some confusion about the difference between "Apple Music" and "Beats 1", and why Apple Music is part of the stock Music app. You can check out our Apple Music Guide for the answer to all of these questions.
Lifetime has always been known for its over-the-top made for TV movies, but recently the basic cable channel has been hitting a lot of home runs. Not only is Lifetime giving the king of B-movies, the Syfy network, a run for its money by releasing internet fodder such as The Choking Game, but it has also found ratings success with its adaptations of V.C. Andrews' Flowers in the Attic novels. The network also got the internet talking thanks to its controversial biopic Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B, and by nabbing big name talent such as Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig and Bella Thorne.
Recently there has been much excitement and drama in the iOS jailbreak community. Last week's release of TaiG 2 for iOS 8.3 sent developers scrambling to update their packages for the latest firmware. The moment Cydia and countless tweaks were 8.3 ready, Apple Music launched on July 30 as part of the iOS 8.4 update. It was only hours until the first iOS 8.4 jailbreak entered the scene, however issues with the PP jailbreak tool have since come to light. TaiG immediately updated to version 2.2.0 for jailbreaking iOS 8.4, which is now recommended for all users over PPGhost.
The iOS 8.4 jailbreak has arrived. Just hours after the launch of Apple Music the PP jailbreak tool has been updated to version 2.3.0. The latest PP jailbreaks devices running iOS 8.1.3-8.4. This news comes hot on the heels of last week's iOS 8.3 jailbreak from TaiG team. While the PP tool is currently Windows-only, previous releases from PP have supported OS X. Those with jailbroken devices can now update to iOS 8.4 without losing their tweaks and customizations.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) made news this week on several fronts, including a change to the royalty structure in its upcoming Apple Music service. Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue stated that Apple would pay artists 0.2 cents per song during the 3-month free trial. While AAPL peaked mid-week at $129.70 after news of the change, the stock closed at $126.79 on Friday. This means AAPL longs were down 70 cents per share from Monday's open.
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?