iOS 8

  • iOS 8 Adoption Off To A Slower Start Than iOS 7, Say Multiple Usage Trackers

    iOS 8 Adoption Off To A Slower Start Than iOS 7, Say Multiple Usage Trackers

    The iOS 8 installation spike is high, but lower than it was for iOS 7 last year, according to numbers from a variety of mobile OS usage monitoring platforms. Chitika, Tapjoy, Mixpanel and Appsee all show adoption numbers that, while high, fall short of the rocketing pick-up rate we saw when Apple launched its major visual overhaul of iOS just ahead of the iPhone 5s launch in 2013. Read More

  • Nine Alternative Keyboards For iOS 8

    Apple’s new mobile world order, iOS 8, ushers in support for third party system wide keyboards for the very first time. We’ve rounded up a selection of alternative keyboard contenders — some with storied histories already on the Android platform, others hoping for a big break on iOS… Read More

  • Apple Adds Bundles And Previews To Give App Developers More Ways To Reach An Audience

    Apple Adds Bundles And Previews To Give App Developers More Ways To Reach An Audience

    The App Store has often been criticized for limiting discoverability, but Apple has armed developers with new promotional tools with the release of iOS 8 that should help them get their stuff in front of more potential customers. App Previews are short videos that devs can use to show their software in action, which occupy the first slot in the screenshot section of an app description, and… Read More

  • Minuum’s iOS 8 Keyboard Lets You See A Lot More Screen As You Type

    Minuum’s iOS 8 Keyboard Lets You See A Lot More Screen As You Type

    Apple’s new relaxation of the ban on third-party keyboards means there’s now a plethora in the store, but a couple stand out. I wrote about Fleksy earlier, but Toronto startup Minuum has also launched an iOS 8 keyboard extension, and their approach is unique. The team’s goal was to engineer a usable, one-line keyboard, and that’s what they’ve delivered on iOS… Read More

  • Apple iPad And OS X Event Tipped For October

    Apple iPad And OS X Event Tipped For October

    Apple has just had a splashy September launch event for the iPhone 6, but it is also gearing up for an October event to showcase new iPad and Mac hardware, plus OS X Yosemite. Bloomberg is reporting a “mid-October” launch event timeframe, and AppleInsider echoes those claims, while Daily Dot’s Michah Singleton says that October 21 will be the specific day. We’ve also… Read More

  • iOS 8 Now Available, But Plan To Be Patient

    iOS 8 Now Available, But Plan To Be Patient

    Apple’s iOS 8 mobile operating system is now rolling out to devices eligible for the update. It’s available both over-the-air, and by plugging your device into iTunes for a wired update, but don’t panic if you can’t see it right away, or if you’re having trouble actually downloading the software: Apple typically stages the rollout of big updates like this one to… Read More

  • Box Goes iOS 8, Adds Support For App Extensions

    Box Goes iOS 8, Adds Support For App Extensions

    Happy iOS 8 day, everyone. If you were hoping for any other sort of news, surrender. This is all you get today. Box, the enterprise-facing cloud file storage and management company, today relaunched its iOS app with support for both iOS 8, and a key feature of that new operating system: App Extensions. App Extensions allow applications to swap and share data between themselves, meaning that… Read More

  • Fleksy’s iOS 8 Keyboard Offers Plenty Of Customization And Solid Predictions

    Fleksy’s iOS 8 Keyboard Offers Plenty Of Customization And Solid Predictions

    Apple’s iOS 8 operating system unlocks a key system component, providing access to the software keyboard slot to third-party developers. That’s going to mean a lot of new keyboard apps popping up in the coming days, weeks and months, but some of the top players in the space are already on board. Fleksy, for instance, launched today along with iOS 8, and I got the chance to test it… Read More

  • iPhone 6 Plus Review: The First Truly Well-Designed Big Smartphone

    iPhone 6 Plus Review: The First Truly Well-Designed Big Smartphone

    Apple is launching not one, but two premium smartphones today, and the iPhone 6 Plus is the one many probably were skeptical even existed just a few short months ago. With a screen size measuring 5.5-inches across the diagonal, it’s well into the territory labeled “phablet” on the ancient sea charts of mariners who’ve braved the Android waters. However… Read More

  • iOS 8 Review: Refinements And Relaxed Limitations Add Up For A Better Experience

    iOS 8 Review: Refinements And Relaxed Limitations Add Up For A Better Experience

    Apple’s iOS 8 is arriving tomorrow, and while it isn’t as overtly dramatic a change as iOS 7 was last year, it’s still a big update with lots of new features and tweaks. Using it on the new iPhone 6 hardware revealed lots to love in the new mobile OS from Apple, some easing of restrictions that could lead to big advantages for third-party apps, and a lot of potential to… Read More

  • iPhone 6 Review: Meet The New Best Smartphone

    iPhone 6 Review: Meet The New Best Smartphone

    Apple has two new iPhones debuting today, including the iPhone 6. The iPhone 6 is the heir apparent to the flagship line of Apple smartphones, as it comes in at the same price point as the iPhone 5s, but Apple has done something new this year by introducing a premium priced iPhone 6 Plus. The iPhone 6 is still plenty premium, however, and its 4.7-inch screen is likely going to be a better fit… Read More

  • Apple Sells 4M iPhone 6 And 6 Plus Pre-Orders In Opening 24 Hours

    Apple Sells 4M iPhone 6 And 6 Plus Pre-Orders In Opening 24 Hours

    Apple has sold a record number of iPhones during its initial pre-order weekend sales, topping the charts with 4 million units moved between when it kicked off pre-sales early Friday morning and the end of the same day. The store experienced some technical problems owing to volume, but that didn’t stop the 6 Plus from selling out quickly, followed by the iPhone 6 later in the morning. Read More

  • PopKey’s iOS 8 Launch Will Replace Written Language With The Expressive Art Of The GIF

    PopKey’s iOS 8 Launch Will Replace Written Language With The Expressive Art Of The GIF

    We’re on the verge of a linguistic revolution, made possible by the fact that Apple has opened up its iOS operating system to allow third-party keyboards. One of the first entrants will be PopKey, a project out of the WorkshopX creative studio based in Ottawa, which has created on-demand social photo printing service CanvasPop, among others. The Betaworks-style operation’s new… Read More

  • AT&T To Get iPhone 6-Friendly Wi-Fi Calling In 2015

    AT&T To Get iPhone 6-Friendly Wi-Fi Calling In 2015

    The iPhone 6 supports WiFi calling. But does your carrier support it? If you’re in the U.S., the answer to that is probably “not yet”. But fear not, AT&T customers! You’ll be getting in on the WiFi fun too… eventually. Read More

  • iOS 8 Won’t Be Able To Forward Texts To Your Computer For A Few Weeks After Launch

    iOS 8 Won’t Be Able To Forward Texts To Your Computer For A Few Weeks After Launch

    iOS 8 is coming! iOS 8 is coming! As announced during this week’s iPhone 6 event, iOS 8 will ship to everyone with a compatible handset come September 17th. Most of iOS 8 will ship then, anyway. According to a newly discovered footnote on Apple’s site, one of its key features still needs to cook for a few more weeks. Read More

  • SwiftKey Shows Off Its iOS 8 Keyboard For The First Time

    SwiftKey Shows Off Its iOS 8 Keyboard For The First Time

    SwiftKey, the predictive keyboard startup that was embedded on more than 100 million Android devices last year, and more than 200 million cumulatively, has demoed its software working on iOS 8 for the first time here at TechCrunch Disrupt SF. SwiftKey’s machine learning software learns its users’ syntax, slang and social language usage to offer intelligent next word predictions… Read More

  • ThemeBoard Will Let Designers Share Custom Keyboards On iOS 8

    ThemeBoard Will Let Designers Share Custom Keyboards On iOS 8

    Since the introduction of custom keyboards in iOS 8 at this year’s WWDC, we’ve seen a few implementations come from developers preparing solutions aiming to make the typing experience more convenient on the iPhone. Taphive’s ThemeBoard is something else — it’s a keyboard that mostly acts like Apple’s, but you can customize it with designs from the community. Read More

  • Minuum Previews Its Size-Shifting Virtual Keyboard For iOS 8

    Minuum Previews Its Size-Shifting Virtual Keyboard For iOS 8

    Toronto startup Minuum is readying its iOS 8 custom keyboard software, now that Apple has made it possible for developers to create that kind of app. The system-wide Minuum virtual keyboard is nearing completion, just in time for the launch of iOS 8 in September, and its developers are looking for those eager to be among the first to try out the software. The Minuum app for iOS features a… Read More

  • How Apple’s HealthKit Could Offer General Wellbeing As A Platform Advantage

    How Apple’s HealthKit Could Offer General Wellbeing As A Platform Advantage

    Apple’s HealthKit is coming in iOS 8, and reports about the current beta version of the software paint it mostly as an empty vessel waiting for developers to build hooks that connect their data to the hub, and leverage the data volunteered by other apps and the user to inform their own health and fitness software. But Apple isn’t just waiting to see what people will build; behind… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Smoke Signals

    Gillmor Gang: Smoke Signals

    The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, Dan Farber, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor — talk Slack, Nuzzel, micro-audiences, notification strategy, Microsoft futures, Office on the iPad, and a Sunday brunch of tech nuggets. Not discussed but no less relevant, IFTT, Instapaper, Digg Deeper, MediaREDEF, voice roaming, and the amazing set of circumstances that prevented the… Read More