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 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.
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 and 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 (CDMA).
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.
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?
Before announcing the new iPhone, Apple announced a new updated version of iPod Nano. The new iPod Nano looks similar to its predecessor, and sports the same compact design with a multi-touch display.
The new Nano has some improvements though. It sports a Pedometer, which allows it to track a user’s walks and running/jogging session. There are also some UI enhancements to make it easier to navigate.
Other than that, there are 16 new clock designs. Oh! There is also FM Radio for the people who still care about it. The new Nano from Apple is also their cheapest Nano until date, with the 8GB version coming in at $129, and the 16GB version costing $149.
The Fruit named company also announced an updated model of the iPod Touch. Compared to the 4th gen Touch, the new Touch is slimmer and has a Retina Display. The new Touch will also have a front-facing camera for FaceTime with a camera at the back which is capable of recording HD videos. The new iPod Touch will run on iOS5, with all its new features including iCloud and iMessage.
The new iPod Touch will be available beginning from October 12, with the 8GB version coming in at $199 and the top-end 64GB version costs $399. The 32GB version costs $299.
Before announcing the next-generation iPhone, Apple gave us a small run-down of the top 10 features in iOS5. The new version of iOS has some major changes, including a much needed and completely revamped notification center.
The new Notification center in iOS5 is highly inspired by the Android notification system, except that it looks much better and functional. Other than this, iOS5 also has a new messaging system for iOS users, iMessage. This new service will allow iOS device users to interact with each other for free. iMessage has the potential to be a true BBM killer.
Other major change in iOS5 is deep Twitter integration. iOS users just need to sign-in to Twitter once, and they are done! No need to sign-in again, anywhere. They can also see the latest tweets from their contacts when they open the Contacts app. They can also directly share an image on Twitter right from the Photos app.
Other changes in iOS5 includes Push to all devices, Reminders which is location aware as well, new Camera app, new and improved Safari with a new interface, improved Game Center, enhancements to the Mail app, and most importantly Wi-Fi sync. iOS users can now directly sync their iDevice to iTunes via Wi-Fi. Also, they don’t need to connect their iDevice to a PC when they start it for the first time.
Apple also announced that iOS5 will be available for free starting from next Wednesday i.e. October 12th. The new version of iOS will be compatible with the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad, iPad 2, and the 3rd and 4th gen iPod Touch.
Skype users on iOS devices should be on the look out for malicious users who intend on stealing their address book.
A vulnerability affecting Skype 3.01 on iOS devices, including the iPod Touch and iPhone, gives an attacker the ability to secretly upload the entire contents of your address book. The hole is due to a non-validated input field in the client, instead of the contents being displayed to the user, they are executed. Coupling XSS with sandbox permissions that do not allow for fine-tuned access control within apps, provides a way for an attacker to steal the contents of an unsuspecting user’s address book.
Skype has been criticised numerous times over identical vulnerabilities in their desktop software, that allowed for remote code to be executed on a victim’s computer. The flaw is one that Skype has had reported numerous times, fixed numerous times, yet they have not completely audited the applications before release.
Phil has detailed the attack performed against an iPhone 4 running iOS 4.3.5 and has indicated that the vulnerability was reported to Skype over a month ago. Hopefully a fix is in the works, but more importantly, hopefully Skype will perform a full check instead of simply throwing input sanitising on the vulnerable text field.
Back in July, Dutch site AppleSpot.nl claimed that Apple is planning to introduce an iPod touch with 3G capabilities. Today, AppleNAppsreports that Apple’s new iPod touch will offer access to 3G data networks.
According to the report, Apple has already worked with wireless carriers to offer data-service only plans similar to those used for the iPad. In addition, the new iPod touch will reportedly look “very similar” to the current fourth-geneartion model, released last September. The new iPod touch will not feature voice capabilities, remaining data-only, the report said. The source cautioned that there is “no guarantee” the new iPod touch will have 3G connectivity built in, but said that the changes “should make it”.
After talking with multiple people over the past few weeks, we had a lengthy chat with one person who gave us great news about the next iPod Touch. We’ve used this person in the past, but they did qualify their remarks, saying that the iPod Touch changes should make it, but there’s no guarantee the changes will be ready for fall. The 3G iPod Touch idea intrigued us so much back in July, and we’ve been trying to find one of our contacts who can give some credence to the idea. A few have declined to comment, while others honestly have no idea, but the source for this report says that Apple is indeed working on a 3G iPod Touch. Apple is intent on announcing the device during their September event which they usually save for their iPod line, but will include the iPhone as well this year.
Earlier this year, evidence of the forthcoming iPod touch refresh surfaced with the discovery of a new “iPod4,2″ model mentioned in the property list files in early iOS 5 builds. AppleNApps has yet to establish a significant track record of Apple-related rumors so take this report with a pinch of salt.
Apple is expected to unveil its next-genration iPod touch in the coming weeks at a press event. Numerous rumors have suggested a launch in October.
Unlike Google, Apple protects its customers from malware and other viruses which may affect iOS. Also, Apple dislikes security flaws popping up in iOS, and they do whatever it takes to offer quick fixes. Just 10 days after the release of iOS 4.3.4 (fixed a PDF exploit), they have released a new version of iOS: iOS 4.3.5.
This update is a minor update and fixes another security exploit. iOS 4.3.5 offers a a fix for a security flaw which might allow attacker with a privileged network position may capture or modify data in sessions protected by SSL/TLS. To keep things simple, it means that a hacker on the same network could store or change traffic that would instead be encrypted. iOS 4.3.4 did affect the JailbreakMe method, but this has no affect on jailbreakers. RedmondPiereports that the jailbreak method that worked with 4.3.4 will work here also.
After updating my iOS devices (iPhone 4/iPad 2), I have noticed that my devices are a lot snappier and it seems that with every update Apple offers battery life is improved. Anyone notice anything new? Let us know in the comments.