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.
It is pretty much a sure thing each and every year -- Apple will be unleashing new iPhone models that are supposed to be better and more advanced than the previous year’s offerings, but back in 2016, the tech giant did an unusual thing -- it introduced the iPhone SE. To be perfectly clear, this particular model was not as impressive (hardware and specifications wise) as the usual flagships the company releases every second half of any given year, but this “small” iPhone has since gained a solid following, especially among those iOS mobile users who do not mind owning a simpler iPhone.
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).
Earlier this week, Apple has deployed security updates for its operating systems, in order to deliver a fix for a message bug that causes mobile apps to shut down when trying to render a specific Indian symbol. This bug was discovered just a week ago, and it mostly affects iOS apps that can display characters, including popular services such as Facebook, Twitter, Messages, and even Instagram. What happened was that when an app tries to display a certain Indian character in the Telugu language, that app proceeds to crash and even become inaccessible by Apple users.
Apple has said this week that Meltdown and Spectre, the two newly discovered processor security vulnerabilities, can impact almost all of its devices, including iPhones, iPad tablets, and even Mac computers. But the tech giant is also taking the opportunity to point out that risk can be reduced significantly if Apple users make sure to download the newest software updates, which come with fixes for one of the flaws.
When Apple unveiled the iPhone X almost two months ago, many grew fascinated at one of the new features introduced in this year’s flagship device. Replacing Touch ID, Apple introduced a new facial recognition feature that promised to be as phenomenal or even better. Because of how the public took to this new feature, it is possible Apple would be carrying over facial recognition to its next generation devices.
Some owners of Apple’s iPhone devices are complaining lately of a weird bug on iOS that sometimes corrects the letter I into an emoji that features a question mark inside a box (often preceded by an exclamation mark, a letter A, and even a hashtag symbol). According to Emojipedia, the bug appears to be in the autocorrect software of iOS 11.1.
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