We already love using third-party keyboards such as SwiftKey and Swype on Android devices. But, Apple never had the option of installing third-party keyboards on iOS devices. The recently launched iOS 8 comes with a number of interesting features, however the one that caught our attention is the ability to install and use third-party keyboards.
Third-party keyboards such as SwiftKey, Swype and Fleksy are already available on the App Store. You will just need to download these apps and follow the instructions given below to use it systemwide. These apps will create an icon on your homescreen just like the regular apps. After installing the app, follow these instructions:
- Launch the “Settings” application.
- Then select General.
- Scroll down to keyboards.
- Select Keyboards.
- Select Add new keyboard
- Then choose your favorite keyboard from the list
You can easily switch between keyboards just by tapping the globe icon on the keyboard. To disable the default keyboard, just swipe to left on the current keyboard. To protect your privacy, Apple won’t allow you to use third-party keyboards while entering passwords.
iOS 8 comes pre-loaded on the recently launched iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. You can even install these keyboards on the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad Air, iPad Mini, iPad Mini 2 and the iPod Touch 5G after updating to iOS 8. If you have any queries, feel free to ask us in the comments section below.
Days after Apple released iOS 6.1 to iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch owners, the Cupertino based company has released iOS 6.1.1 beta for developers. Apple states that the first beta of iOS 6.1.1 brings with it major enhancements to the Maps app along with the Maps data for Japan.
Below is the full change-log of the update from 9to5Mac -:
- Improved pronunciation of roads during turn-by-turn navigation
- Optimized directions to more strongly prefer highways over narrower roads
- Now indicates upcoming toll roads during turn-by-turn navigation
- Added labels for junctions, interchanges, on-ramps, off-ramps, and intersections
- Added indicators for transit station buildings, subway lines, and traffic lights
- Updated freeway color to green
- Updated icons for some location categories including fire stations, hospitals, and post offices Added 3D buildings including Tokyo Station, Japan Imperial Palace, and Tokyo Tower
At the moment it is unknown whether Apple has patched the exploit on which the latest jailbreak – evasi0n -was based on. Either ways, if you have jailbroken your iOS 6.1 running iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, stay away from installing the beta firmware on it.
Just a couple of days after releasing the fifth beta of iOS 6.1, Apple has released the final build of iOS 6.1 to consumers. Besides fixing some bugs, the latest iOS update brings LTE support in 36 different regions of the world including Italy, Denmark and Finland.
The update also showers some love on Siri, and allows iOS users in the United States to purchase movie tickets directly from their virtual assistant. Other changes include new lock screen music controls, and the ability to download individual songs from iTunes Match directly on your iPhone, iPod or iPad.
Apple TV owners can now also use a Bluetooth keyboard, thereby greatly enhancing their experience. On the developer side, Apple has released new APIs in iOS 6.1 that will allow developers to better integrate Apple’s Maps in their app
The iOS 6.1 is available for iPhone 3GS or higher, iPad 2 or above, and the fourth-generation iPod Touch or newer.
A new survey by research firm Nielsen reveals that U.S. consumers aged 6-12 are very interested in purchasing Apple’s iOS products over the next 6 months. The new Nintendo Wii U claimed the #2 spot, but significantly fell behind the iPad. Apple’s iPod touch, iPad mini, and iPhone are rounded out the rest of the top 5 most wanted products for this age group. 48 percent of children surveyed showed interest in the full-sized iPad (up from 44 percent last year), and 36 percent in the new iPad mini.
Nielsen also surveyed people older than 13+ and discovered that the iPad also topped that list. However, the remainder of the 13+ year old list wasn’t as much in favor of Apple than the 6-12 year old group.
It sounds like it is going to be a massive holiday quarter for Apple.
During the September keynote, Apple previewed its ad for the new iPods. Today, Apple has posted that ad and it is called “Bounce.” The ad features the new fifth-generation iPod touch, iPod nano and shuffle and highlights the new colors offered. Willy Moon’s song “Yeah Yeah” accompanies the ad.
It is a fantastic commercial and was really fun to watch.
Not only did Apple reveal the incredible new iPhone 5 during its keynote today, but the company also announced an updated iPod touch and iPod nano line up. The new iPod touch offers a 4″ screen and is only 6.1mm thin and just 88 grams. The iPod touch also contains the A5 processor. Apple has also improved battery life in the iPod touch. The company promises 40 hours of music playback, and 8 hours of video, which is an improvement over the 4th generation iPod touch.
The new iPod touch’s camera has also been significantly improved. The back camera is much improved to a 5-megapixel, backside illuminated, f/2.4, 5-element lens, with the same sapphire crystal lens cover as the iPhone 5. The front camera has also been upgraded to a 720p camera. Apple’s new iPod touch also supports the new Panorama feature and also includes Siri. Finally, there’s also a hidden feature on the back of the new iPod Touch, called the Loop. It’s designed to hook to a wrist-strap for added security.
Apple’s new iPod touch will be offered in five colors and will be available in October at $299 (32GB) and $399 (64GB). The 4th Generation iPod Touch will remain at $199 (16GB. Preorders for the new iPod Touch begin September 14th.
Apple also announced a radically redesigned iPod nano. The new iPod nano has a 2.5″ screen and multi-touch interface. The iPod nano includes an FM tuner, widescreen video, pedometer, Bluetooth, and the new Lightning connector. The new iPod nano is offered in seven colors and will be available in October for $149. Preorders for the new iPod Nano begin September 14th.
Apple is ready to ditch Google Maps in favor of home brewed mapping solution on its iOS operating system that powers iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad, reports 9To5Mac. Continue reading Apple To Drop Google Maps In iOS 6; Will Debut Homebrewed Mapping Solutions
Along with the ‘new iPad‘, Apple has also released iOS 5.1 to iDevice owners. This new version of iOS brings with it quite a few changes, bug fixes and new features. The most important change in the new version is that Siri now officially supports Japanese language. Secondly, users can also delete photos from their Photo Stream.
Other changes include a permanent camera shortcut icon on the lockscreen, battery life improvements, and more. Below the the full change-log of the update -:
- Japanese language support for Siri
- Photos can now be deleted from Photo Stream
- Camera shortcut now always visible on Lock screen for iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch (4th generation)
- Camera face detection now highlights all detected faces
- Redesigned Camera app for iPad
- Genius Mixes and Genius Playlists for iTunes Match Subscribers
- Audio for TV shows and movies on iPad optimized to sound louder and clearer
- Updated AT&T network indicator
- Address bugs affecting battery life
- Fixes an issue that occasionally caused audio to drop for outgoing calls.
The iOS 5.1 update is available for the iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, and the iPhone 3GS, along with the 2nd and 1st generation iPad. Owners of iPod Touch 3G and 4G can also download the update for free from iTunes. Alternatively, iDevice owners can manually update their device to iOS 5.1 by downloading and installing the IPSW file.
The iOS 5.1 IPSW file for the iPhone 4S can be downloaded from here
, while the IPSW file for the iPhone 4 can be downloaded from here
(GSM) and here
(CDMA/Verizon). The IPSW files for iPod Touch 3G and 4G can be downloaded from here
, respectively. iPad 2
Wi-Fi model owners can download the latest version of iOS 5.1 from here
, while 3G+Wi-Fi model owners should click here
(GSM) or here
Apple fans: As if things weren’t good enough already, Box.net has an offer that will blow your mind! Mark Saldana, Social Media Manager at Box.net, announced on their official blog, that iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch users will get 50GB of lifetime storage for free if they sign up for a Box Personal account.
The offer started at midnight of October 13th and will extend for 50 days. The Box account isn’t restricted to just the mobile device, either, so you can use it with your PC. Below are the instructions stated on their website to set up a new account.
- Visit the app store and download the Box app for your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch
- Log in to your account or register for a new one directly from the app
- Start sharing and collaborating in the cloud
- (optional but recommended) Tell the world how you’ll use your 50 GB with the hashtag #Box50GB
It is obvious that Box.net is trying to capitalize on the iPhone 4S euphoria. Not only that, but you have to believe that the introduction of Apple’s iCloud has a little to do with it, as well. All new Apple devices now come with the iCloud. This basically gets you 5GB of online storage for free. The iCloud’s seamless integration with iPhone/iPad devices threatens to take market share from companies like Box.net. It’s understandable that Box.net would come out in full swing.
This is a great promotion and, according to their blog, there will be other contests and tips coming in the next 50 days, so you might want to stay tuned.
What about you? Is this a service that you would like to take advantage of? Let us know your thoughts and if you are considering this as part of your app collection.
Don’t forget to read our earlier article about how you can mount Box.net in Windows Explorer.
Apple recently released the latest and probably the best iteration of iOS to iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad users. If you haven’t updated yet to iOS5 you can find direct download links for iOS5 and instructions on how to upgrade to iOS5 through iTunes or manually. iOS5 has tons of new features, however, the best one I find is the new notification system which I think was inspired from Android.
Nevertheless, I am not here to start a feud on who copied whom but just talk about using the new Notification system in iOS5. First things first, the new notification system in iOS5 is pretty neat. However, not many people would be aware on how to use it just like creating folders in iOS and probably taking screenshots with an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad.
First off, notifications will not pop up like it did in iOS4 and earlier. They will be displayed more subtly on the lock screen as well as when you are logged into the device. Secondly, notifications will not popup when you are within an application or playing a game (this used to be quite annoying).
Last but not the least, all notifications will be clubbed together and will be available through a single swipe from the top to bottom. To access your notifications, you will have to swipe your finger from the top of the screen and drag it down.
Please note that the notification center is invisible. To access it just swipe your finger from top to bottom and it should display the Notification center where you can view all the notifications and take action on them.
To hide the notification center, just drag the tiles back up as shown in the image above and the notification center should be hidden. You can display and hide the notification center in any app you are using. This makes it really useful, because you can check your emails even while you are playing games.
How did you like the new notification system in iOS5? Is it good or bad?