Apple’s iTunes App Store is awash with content, and as the company itself pointed out at the big iPhone 6 event last week, now home to some 1.3 million apps and games. But while it’s easy to find an app you head about through a friend, say, by using the Search feature, discovering new content is not such a simple task, and with this view being shared by many users and commentators alike, Apple has just made it easier for developers to promote their stuff.

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Apple’s annual iPhone launch day is now almost upon us, and with many millions having pre-ordered over the past week or so, there’ll be plenty of anxious owners waiting for the postman to knock at the door these next few days. But if you’re finding the wait to be a little tantalizing, a nifty little Web-based tool lets you track your device as it flies over the Atlantic, and provided your device is still in the air and you have a UPS tracking number, you can watch minute-by-minute coverage as it tiptoes over on a satellite map.

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Although the numerous jailbreaking gurus have been relatively quiet regarding a potential untethered jailbreak for the all-new iOS 8, the Chinese team Pangu has just delivered some very encouraging news. Although the collective stopped short of putting any kind of time frame on when the world might see its very first jailbreak on the new software, the group did say that it’s well on the way to cracking the new OS, and given that Pangu was responsible for bringing Cydia to folks seemingly stranded on iOS 7.1.x, we’re quietly excited about these claims.

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Emoji icons are a major part of the social experience, and in a large portion of Twitter posts and Facebook status updates, you’re likely to see a little smiley face, a thumbs up, or any one of the many other 847 emojis available. With third-party keyboard support now a part of iOS 8, developers have a new angle through which to entice the mobile market, but while the big names like SwiftKey, Fleksy and Swype have all come through with their as-expected ports of the corresponding Android apps, several others have sought to offer something a little different.

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Privacy and security is a constant concern in all walks of life, but in the Digital Age, particularly so. More recently, reports of spying tactics being used by the NSA and other such bodies has had the general public up in arms, and increased the onus on manufacturers and software makers to tighten things up. Apple hasn’t exactly covered itself in glory in this respect given the recent celebrity image leaks, but with iOS 8, your photos, videos, messages and other such content apparently cannot be turned over to authorities.

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As well as providing Android switchers with a guide on using its latest fleet of iPhones, Apple has just added an iOS 8 User Guide to iBooks for iPhone and iPad users. Ideal for anybody looking to get the most out of the new software, it covers every aspect from the simple stuff like sending emails to the other little quirks like using customizable keyboards, and as Apple describes in the release notes, serves as “an essential part of any iBooks library.”

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With every new iOS release, there are those devices that, due to age and thus antiquated hardware, are sadly left behind. In the case of iOS 8, only the iPhone 4 was culled, but by the reactions of many iPhone 4s users who’ve just jumped on the new software, perhaps its successor should also have been left behind. Many owners of the 2011 flagship release have reported issues since updating to iOS 8, and with general functionality suffering as a result, those of you currently clutching a 4s may well want to hold off for the time being.

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Apple has really presented developers with a license to shine with iOS 8. As well as third-party keyboard and Notification Center widget support, devs have also been given jurisdiction over Touch ID. This means that apps that would ordinarily use, say, the Passcode feature to verify or secure certain features can now include the fingerprint sensor, and below, we’ve a round-up of those who’ve instantly pushed their updated apps.

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Unless you’ve been too busy to check the tech headlines today, you’ll know that Apple has just rolled out iOS 8, and with developers having scrambled to make the necessary tweaks to their apps, the Cupertino company has been making some adjustments of its own. A number of Apple-made applications have just been updated for iOS 8, and we’ve got all of the info right here.

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When Apple announced iOS 8 at the Worldwide Developers’ Conference back in June, it made a couple of unprecedented moves. In opening up certain areas of the ecosystem to third parties, iOS 8 is the most customizable release to date, and along with third-party keyboard support, the Cupertino also allowed developers to produce Notification Center widgets. To get you started with iOS 8, we’ve drawn up a list of the best apps supportive of these new widgets.

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Apple iOS 8 [Review]

By | September 18th, 2014

Another year, another update to iOS. And while things may look pretty much the same on the face of it, iOS 8 is well worth everyone’s time. While iOS 7 was a big departure from what we were used to in regards to aesthetics, iOS 8 goes another route, this time preferring to take a scalpel to the operating system’s innards rather than its exterior.

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iOS 8 has been significant for a number of reasons, but for the makers of third-party keyboards, it has been something of a godsend. For a while, Android users have benefited from the enhanced functionality offered by the likes of Fleksy and SwiftKey, and with little by way of surprise, many of familiar faces are in the pool of developers vying for the newly-found audience on iPhone and iPad. Here, we round up the various keyboards now downloadable via the iTunes Store, and if you’re in the hunt for a better typing experience, check out the list after the break!

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iOS 8 Jailbreak Status Update

By | September 18th, 2014

So, iOS 8 is out, and many are looking to jailbreak iOS 8 already on their iPhones, iPads and iPod touches. Below, we look at the current state of play in an attempt to assess when one might come about.

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The release of iOS 8 is a nice little prelude to the iPhone launch later on this week, and as developers once again rush to roll out their updates for the new Apple software, the changes made with this latest iOS release mean that it’s not just regular apps hitting the iTunes Store. Back at WWDC, the Cupertino-based company also opened the door for third-party keyboard makers to port their wondrous inventions over from Android, and Fleksy, which just so happens to be one of our favorites, has been among the first to the draw. Already live on the App Store, you can download it immediately for your iOS 8-running device, and below, we’ve got the details.

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Apple has finally flipped the switch. You can now download iOS 8 from the links given below. The immediate availability of iOS 8 means that users with compatible devices can start to process over-the-air updates to their iPhone or iPad to get started with the latest iteration of iOS. Alternatively, the live download links are also available for anyone who prefers to manually craft a full back-up of the device before restoring to the latest, and supposedly greatest, version of iOS.

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The Apple iPhone 6 is less than two days from launch in many parts of the world, and arguably one of the most pleasurable things about receiving a brand-new device, besides using it, of course, is found in the unboxing process. From taking off the cellophane to peeling away the display’s film, it’s a joyous occasion, and some lucky folk have already had the opportunity to indulge. Thankfully, the team in question decided to video the unboxing of the iPhone 6 for all to see, and below, you can check it out.

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iOS 8 will finally drop for users the world over today, and according to those who have used the beta bits of it, the OS brings a completely refreshed user experience owing to the backend changes that Apple has implemented. The new and improved operating system for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad not only brings a plethora of features to play with, but also more APIs for developers to utilize in their offerings. One of the most significant amongst these is opening up the Touch ID API to the likes of 1Password, DashLane and LastPass, so that users can sign into websites even in Safari (or any browser of their choice) using the Touch ID sensor. 1Password has already demonstrated that its feature set works just fine during the beta builds of iOS 8, and now, the app is available for free for a limited time due to a glitch in Apple’s system. More details and download link can be found right after the jump.

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It’s iOS 8 release day today! If you have a compatible device capable of installing and running iOS 8, then it’s that time of the year again when you should be making a full backup, absorbing the release schedule in your territory and preparing yourself to enter the lottery that is progressing past Apple’s authentication servers.

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It was suggested in the build-up to the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, particularly by analysts, that Apple’s decision to increase the display real estate would prompt a surge in upgrades. The same reports also indicated that hordes of Android users would jump ship, and the 4+ million pre-orders of the Cupertino company’s latest smartphone would appear to corroborate this notion. While, for existing iPhone users, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will seem familiar for the most part, those making the leap from Android mightn’t be as seamless, and so, rather nobly, Apple has prepped a guide on how those switching allegiances can do so painlessly.

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As you know by now, iOS 8 download links for final version are live for iPhone 5s, 5c, 5, 4S, iPad 2 and over, iPod touch 5G. iOS 8 brings a ton of new features to supported devices. More information on the features new in iOS 8 can be found here.

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