Apple Weekly News Roundup: iOS 8.1.1 and WatchKit Released, Next-Gen iPhone Rumors and More

Apple officially released iOS 8.1.1 last week. The update improves performance on older hardware like the iPhone 4s and iPad 2, but it also patches some of the exploits used by Pangu's jailbreak.

iOS 8.1.1

Pangu, however, is working on an iOS 8.1.1 jailbreak, and currently has one that works on 30-pin devices (which predates the lightning connector). The team demoed it on an iPad 3.

Apple also released WatchKit, Glances and actionable notifications for developers last week, thereby allowing third party apps to be developed for the Apple Watch. The iOS 8.2 SDK was also released.

A Financial Times article last week reported that Apple will likely include Beats Music as a native app following a Spring iOS update.

Several notable apps, games and jailbreak tweaks were released last week. Things is an iOS task manager that will be free until 11/27. Gentle Wake Alarm Clock, which is a customizable alarm featuring natural sounds, was also released. Several popular games including Kingdom Rush: Origins and Five Nights at Freddy's 2 also hit the app store last week. Several new tweaks appeared on Cydia as well, including Detailed Battery Usage and an updated CallBar.

Though the iPhone 6 is just a few months old, next generation iPhone rumors have already surfaced. The Talk Show podcast spoke of Apple possibly ugrading the iPhone camera to a two lens system, which could increase the quality to DSLR levels.

For the thirteenth straight year, the Human Rights Campaign awarded Apple a 100% score on its Corporate Equality Index, which pertains to LGBT equality in the workplace.

Walmart announced that it will kick off its Black Friday sales a week early. The retail giant began offering deals on the iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2 on Friday.