Apple and IBM first joined forces in July, when they announced their partnership in an effort to "transform enterprise mobility" by building and expanding industry specific iOS applications and supporting cloud services.
Described by Bridget van Kralingen, SVP of IBM World Business Services, the collaboration "aims directly at the new quest of business—smart technologies that unlock new value at the intersection of big data and individual engagement, [and] combines IBM’s industry expertise and unmatched position in enterprise computing, with Apple’s legendary user experience and excellence in product design to lift the performance of a new generation of business professionals.”
It has been confirmed that iOS 8.1.2 does not patch the kernel exploit used in the TaiG jailbreak and it is safe for iOS users with jailbroken devices to upgrade. However, most jailbreakers will probably want to stay at iOS 8.1 or 8.1.1 since there are really no reasons to upgrade unless you purchase ringtones.
iOS 8.1.1 was released mainly to increase stability and performance on older Apple hardware, such as the iPhone 4s and iPad 2, and iOS 8.1.2 fixes a bug that was affecting ringtone purchases. You will only want to upgrade if you're experiencing performance problems since installing iOS 8, you purchase ringtones or if you just like being up to date.
Apple has released iOS 8.1.2 three weeks after releasing its last maintenance update in November, and one week after the TaiG team released their iOS 8.1.1 jailbreak tool. It is unknown at this time if the update breaks the TaiG jailbreak. This means users with Pangu or TaiG installed on their device should not update if they want to remain jailbroken.
iOS 8.1.2 addresses an issue that causes ringtones purchased from the iTunes Store to be removed from a user's device. Customers can restore their lost ringtones by visiting itunes.com/restore-tones and following the instructions. Apple will soon release more information on the security content of iOS 8.1.2 here.
After opening at $118.81 on Monday last week, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) shares fell over the next five days to close Friday at $115.00. This happened despite record Cyber Monday sales. According to analytics firm Custora, Sales were up 15.4% and 21.9% of orders came from mobile devices. Of those, iOS devices accounted for 78% of orders while Android accounted for only 21.6%.
Analysts are still bullish, despite the first slump in months. Several firms increased their target prices over the course of the week. On Tuesday, Canaccord Genuity raised its target price to $135 due to continued high demand for both iPhone 6 models, and a higher average selling price of $700, due to demand for more storage.
Ironhide Game Studio's popular tower defense series Kingdom Rush has had weird launch history. The original title got its start as a free flash game on Armorgames.com in 2011 and was ported to the iPad a few months later. The game was eventually released to Android devices in 2013 before it finally landed on Steam in 2014. The sequel, Kingdom Rush Frontiers, was originally released to iOS devices before making its way to Android and back to where it all started on Armor Games. Unfortunately for PC fans the third title in the series, Kingdom Rush Origins, was only released for iOS, Android and Amazon mobile devices with no plans for a PC release, but why?
Today Ironghide released an "open letter of love" explaining why there will never be a PC version of the prequel. The letter gives a detailed explanation as to why the Ironhide team chose not to release a PC version and all Kingdom Rush fans should read it in its entirety.
It was a busy week for App Store news and releases so let's jump right in... Hearthstone fans can get a sneak peek of the new "Goblins vs. Gnomes" expansion by logging in to Arena mode this weekend. Players will then be able to buy packs of the new cards on Monday, December 8 using real world money or in-game gold.
The creators of the popular Freemium title Clash of Clans have soft launched a new title called Spooky Pop in Canada. The game looks to be a match-three puzzler with a Ghostbusters-like theme. You can check out two screenshots below. A U.S. release date is unknown, but you can download the game now if you have a Canada App Store account.
We previously mentioned that the real-time strategy game Chain Chronicle is coming to the U.S. on December 8th, but the trailer for the game was mysteriously pulled from YouTube. A new trailer has been release and you can see it below in the Trailers / Previews section.
Nitrome announced two new titles: Platform Panic and Roller Polar. You can watch the trailers for both games below.
With iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, Apple sought to connect its devices with features such as Handoff, which lets you start a task on one device and pick it up on another; phone call relaying, personal hotspot, and SMS and MMS relaying. The last feature allows you to forward messages from your iPhone to your iMac, MacBook or iPad, and it's one of those features that, once you use it, you'll marvel at the neolithic world we lived in just a few short months ago. Now you'll no longer have to leave your computer to check on the chimes you heard coming from the other room, and you'll be able to type your messages a whole lot faster.
Of course we've had this for iMessages for a while, but now you can send to and receive from non-iPhone people (SMS texts require a cell phone carrier while iMessages are routed through Apple's servers).
Here's how to set up SMS and MMS message relaying between your iPhone and Mac:
Rumors of Nintendo porting their most famous titles to iOS have been floating around since the first iPhone was launched in 2007. As it turns out, the App Store is not the place to find Super Mario Brothers or Zelda. Nintendo watchers are at it again after the publication of a patent filed by Nintendo titled "Hand-held Video Game Platform Emulation".
The focus of the patent is on emulating Nintendo game platforms such as the Game Boy Advance on various modern devices. iPhones and iPads could be included in the broad definition, as well as built-in screens in airplane and train seats. The patent explains that software emulation would model "a native platform liquid crystal display controller using a sequential state machine" and provide high quality graphics and sound.
Depending on where you live prepared food delivery can be limited to cuisine such as Chinese or pizza, but with the new Caviar app for iOS devices you can now get dishes from your favorite local restaurants delivered right to your door. The app allows users to browse photos from a wide variety of local restaurants like your neighborhood greasy spoon or upscale establishments. Users can then place orders for food delivery from places that normally wouldn't offer such services and track their order to their door.
The first episode of Telltale's highly anticipated six part episodic game series based on HBO's Game of Thrones television show is now available for iOS devices. Unlike Telltale's Walking Dead series, where players follow a different story line than the show, the Game of Thrones game features familiar characters from the television series and books. Players can play as different members of the House Forrester, a noble family briefly mentioned in the fifth book “A Dance with Dragons".
The game is a graphic adventure where a player's decisions affect the outcome of the story. For example, a player's actions during a quick time event could lead to a character in the game being killed. The game is released and sold in episodes which are also affected by a player's decisions in the previous chapters.