Amidst some recent excitement brewing over this year’s rumored upcoming new generation Apple Watch model, not many people may realize that a number of well known mobile apps have been disappearing from watchOS (Apple’s operating system for wearable devices) during the last few months.
And just this week, one of the most high profile social media apps out there, Instagram, has joined the club, albeit quietly. Indeed, when updating to version 39.0 on iPhone, Apple users may notice that the Instagram app for the Apple Watch is now nowhere to be found when paired with the iPhone.
It was only a few weeks ago when invites to the mobile version of Fortnite were first sent out. But this week now sees the highly anticipated free to play title (which also comes with the Battle Royale game mode) being made available to all owners of Apple devices, as long as their handset is supported.
For those not familiar with the Fortnite game, basically its set up involves having a hundred players parachute on an island where they have to find all kinds of weapons and essentially fight to the death until one victor emerges (hence, the Battle Royale reference).
We sort of expected it to happen, with all the rumors flying around last week. But Apple fans and tablet enthusiasts should still get excited with everything that the tech giant has announced at its recent “field trip” event held at the Lane Technical College Preparatory High School in the city of Chicago in Illinois.
Fresh from announcing more than a week ago that it was rolling out Google Lens to non-Pixel handsets, Google has now revealed (via a tweet) that it is now doing the same for the feature to iOS powered mobile devices.
One of Google’s artificial intelligence driven features, the Google Assistant, has now found its way to the iPad. With this latest development, Apple’s tablet offering officially now has a trio of other digital assistants on top of the tech giant’s own Siri feature. Those three are the aforementioned Google Assistant, Microsoft’s Cortana (via the release of a version optimized for iPads last February), and Amazon’s Alexa (which happens to be the third most downloaded app among iPad users during last year’s holiday shopping season).
One week ago, a flaw was discovered on iOS and MacOS powered devices and machines. First reported by a software developer named Abraham Masri, the ChaiOS bug not only causes Apple gadgets to lock up, crash, and restart on their own, it also can lead to other more serious issues, like battery problems and resprings, among many others.
The second biggest smartphone vendor in the world may still be dealing with some nagging battery related issues since December of last year, but it did something very right in the first day of 2018, or more accurately, its horde of fans did. On New Year’s Day, iOS mobile users spent a jaw dropping $300 million in purchases from Apple’s App Store.
This week, Amazon is unveiling a new feature called Amazon Spark. Akin to Instagram’s use of shoppable images, Amazon Spark basically urges users to post photos of products they like, as well as ideas or stories. Apart from allowing people to react by posting comments or smiles, the feature also has a shopping functionality that can translate to purchases with just a single tap.
Stickers on mobile apps are nothing new. As a matter of fact, popular social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat routinely make full use of stickers in their respective apps. But recently, stickers are starting to be integrated in apps that do not necessarily belong to the social media category.
Starbucks has just made it easier for you to send a coffee to cheer up a friend or a loved one. Earlier today, the coffee giant announced that they have updated its iOS mobile app to include a new iMessages feature. As announced, the new feature will enable people to send someone a cup of coffee in a very quick and easy way. While you are chatting with someone by way of the app, you can simply send a Starbucks gift card without having to worry about interrupting your conversation.
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