Apple TV, News/Rumors

Apple TV’s tvOS found to support app folders

Well-known developer Steve Troughton-Smith continued experimenting with debugging tvOS and discovered that out of the box, the tvOS user interface features “pretty complete” folder support. 

Troughton-Smith said Folders on tvOS currently work in a similar way to iOS. The developer cobbled together code, or “abused llbd” as he says, to enable the creation of app folders in the shipping version of tvOS that mimic those found in iOS. Each created folder displays on the tvOS home screen with its own title and nested app icon previews.

A user is just required to drag one app over the other to create a folder. Uers are also given the ability to rename folders. Troughton-Smith could activate the folders using the LLDB software debugger. To delete an app from a folder, users must simply press the play/pause button on the remote. 


It’s unclear when or if Apple plans to activate folder support on tvOS. Folder support is possibly coming in tvOS 9.1 and simply wasn’t activated in the first beta, although it’s also possible that the feature is coming in tvOS 10.0. Or not at all.

In recent days,  Apple has updated the tvOS App Store with a new Categories section, a content discovery enhancement that follows Monday’s Top Charts addition.

Accessories, News/Rumors

Belkin Charge Dock for Apple Watch + iPhone available

Last month, Belkin unveiled a new Charge Dock for iPhone users that has a nice additional feature for users of the Apple Watch. Finally, the new accessory is available for purchase on Belkin’s website.

The Charge Dock allows you to conveniently recharge both your iPhone and Apple Watch simultaneously with a single wire. That means you need only one charging solution for both of your Apple devices. The dock will charge an iPhone even if it is in a case.

The Dock looks stylish and also features Made for iPhone and Apple Watch badges, meaning it’s passed Apple’s certification tests. It has a heavy metal base, which measures 10.93 by 13.4 by 8.8 centimeters, and a solid cast arm with a chrome finish. The base is covered with a non-slip and non-scratch material and includes an adjustable Lightning connector for your iPhone, and the arm has an integrated, magnetic Apple Watch charger with a detachable band clip. Magnets ensure that the connectors align automatically, letting inductive charging to start immediately.

According to the company, it is the only charge dock that is made for Apple Watch. It is compatiable with the iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, and all versions of the Apple Watch.

Belkin is shipping the Charge Dock for Apple Watch + iPhone for $129.99 now.

Apps Lists, News/Rumors

Nintendo announces first mobile game ‘Miitomo’

Nintendo announced its first smartphone game called Miitomo. It will reportedly be the first of five games that’ll be released by March 2017. Nintendo has described Miitomo as a “Friendly Conversation Starter”.

Another unique characteristic of Miitomo is that you may be able to find out unknown aspects about your friends or unexpected commonalities you share with your friend because Miitomo may pick up the topics that you usually do not discuss but would be willing to answer if asked.

Miitomo will be available in March of 2016. Acording to the developer, the game will be free to download with popular add-ons that will be available to purchase via in-app purchases.

In Miitomo, players will be able to design their own “Mii” avatars, a feature introduced with the Wii console years ago, and talk to other app users. The game‘s mechanics will encourage users to open up about themselves. There are few details on “gameplay”, but the Japanese gaming giant plans to market in-app purchases that will somehow figure into the equation.


Nintendo also announced a new membership service titled My Nintendo for storing character and game data in the cloud.

The company announced its plans to bring games to mobile operating systems in March when Nintendo also announced a partnership with mobile app developer DeNA.

Apps Lists, News/Rumors

Partnership with American Express brings Apple Pay to Canada, Australia, Spain, Singapore and Hong Kong

On its earnings call,  Apple announced a partnership with American Express that will bring the Apple Pay to customers in “key global markets.”

This partnership will allow Apple Pay to eligible American Express customers in Canada and Australia later this year, and access will expand to Spain, Singapore, and Hong Kong beginning in 2016.

However, it’s just the first steps and will effectively double the quantity of countries with Apple Pay support, bringing the total to four for 2015. The company plans to expanding the mobile payments feature further. The American Express arrangement explains why Apple Pay logos began appearing in Australian Apple Maps. Apple CEO Tim Cook restated Apple Pay’s double-digit growth month-on-month in terms of transactions.

Since Apple Pay launch in the United States in 2014, its international rollout has been slow. Users in the United Kingdom were granted access to Apple Pay in July, but aside from the U.S. and the UK, Apple Pay has not yet expanded to additional countries.


It want’s revealed when other banks and credit card companies in Australia, Canada, and other above listed countries will begin accepting Apple Pay.


Apple debuts new iPhone 6s ads focused on cameras and ‘Hey Siri’

Apple released three new advertisements for iPhone 6s to its YouTube channel and they are called “The Camera,” “Crush,” and “Flip a Coin,” each highlighting a specific feature of the device.

The new commercials continue Apple’s “the only thing that’s changed is everything” campaign, focusing on the enhanced cameras and hands-free “Hey Siri” functionality on iPhone 6s.

The first ad called “Crush” stars Jamie Foxx talking to Apple’s Siri virtual assistant using the new “Hey Siri” feature. Foxx is getting dressed in front a mirror and uses the “Hey Siri” functionality of iPhone 6s to ask how he looks.

In “Flip a coin,” actor and musician Jamie Fox is seen holding two scripts, one in each hand. He asks Siri help to decide which film to choose, asking the assistant to flip a coin, a feature that has been available in past iOS iterations.

A longer, narrated ad also posted on Sunday highlighting iPhone 6s’ iSight and FaceTime HD cameras. Here, Apple goes through such features as Live Photos, Retina Flash, 4K video capture, Slow-Mo in HD and more. A good portion of the clip focuses on 3D Touch interactions, a tentpole iPhone 6s feature that streamlines photo gallery viewing and enables Apple’s new Live Photos feature.

“The iPhone 6s is here and the only thing that’s changed with camera is everything,“ reads the video description.

Apple TV, Apps Lists, News/Rumors

Apple invites developers for tvOS app submissions ahead of Apple TV sales launch

Ahead of the next week’s launch of an all-new Apple TV with dedicated App Store, the company is inviting developers to begin submitting their tvOS apps for App Store review.

An email sent to developer reads:

The App Store for the new Apple TV will soon be available to customers around the world. To prepare, build your apps and games using Xcode 7.1 GM, which includes the tvOS SDK, and test them on tvOS GM seed.

The massage links to the  Apple Developer Center where Apple offers an overview of the requirements as well as basic guidance for submitting tvOS apps.

The company will start taking orders for the new Apple TV next Monday with shipping beginning later in the week, allowing a week or so of lead time for Apple to begin reviewing and approving apps for the new platform before users begin getting their first Apple TV units.


Developers are required to build their wares using the Xcode 7.1 GM, which includes the tvOS SDK, and to follow up by testing on the tvOS GM. In addition, Apple also suggests developers get feedback from testers through TestFlight.

iPhone maker provides an overview of the requirements for App Store product pages on Apple TV, including tips on app naming, icons, descriptions, keywords, screenshots, and universal purchases to support both iOS and tvOS.

Apple TV, News/Rumors

New Apple TV sales start on Oct. 26, ships next week

During an interview at this year’s WSJD Live conference, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed that Apple TV will be available for purchase next Monday and should start shipping out at the end of the week.

The company will start taking orders for the new set-top box on Monday and promised to begin shipping units out by the end of October.

The new Apple TV, which Apple CEO also said is the “foundation” for a new type of TV experience, features an A8 processor and either 32 or 64 GB of storage. In addition, the new product has support for a full App Store, which the company says will help “modernize” the “linear TV” experience that most users are familiar with. The new Apple TV will also bring the brand new Siri Remote, which lets users use Siri to easily sort and find their favorite TV shows and movies. 

During his time on stage, Cook also discussed several other topics, including iPhone, Apple Watch and to Apple Music. 


When asked about Apple Watch sales, Cook said there are no any sales numbers.

“We are not announcing the numbers. This is competitive information,” Cook said. “I don’t want to help the competition. We shipped a lot the first quarter, then last quarter we shipped even more.  I can predict this quarter we will ship even more.”

He also added, that the largest area of growth for the product is the health aspect.

Regarding the iPhone, Apple CEO revealed that the iPhone 6s has just as many innovations as the iPhone 6 did and that Apple feels pressure to innovate every year.


iPhone, News/Rumors

Apple shares new iPhone 6s ad focusing on 3D Touch ‘Peek and Pop’

Apple has shared a new ad for the recently released iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus focusing on the 3D Touch feature of the device.

The voice quickly offers a list of all the ways device owners can interact with iPhone using Apple’s newly developed pressure-sensing input technology. Actor Jamie Foxx appears in the ad using 3D Touch to access his newest album, “Hollywood: A Story of a Dozen Roses.”

“This is iPhone 6s. Not much has changed, except it feels different. Now you press lightly to peek and deeper to pop. It changes how easily you can peek a flight, check a post, search for dinner – ooh, you guys are going to love that place. You can find a getaway easier – Yeah, go there. And find music easier – wait, are you listening to your own song? So pretty much everything you do feels different and that’s what’s changed.”

In the 30 second video, a few 3D Touch gestures are demonstrated in apps like Safari and Messages, while a voiceover explains how Peek and Pop work in a humorous way.

The new commercial features the tagline “The only that’s changed is everything,” which the company has used a lot of times in its describing of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

Apple has already released different ads and videos following the announcement of the iPhone 6s, but this is the first commercial for the handset we’ve seen since launch.

As expected, the new devices saw record-breaking sales numbers, with Apple recording more than 13 million unit orders over launch weekend.

Jailbreak, News/Rumors

Pangu releases first untethered jailbreak for iOS 9-9.0.2

Big news for jailbreak community-the Pangu team has just released iOS 9 – iOS 9.0.2 jailbreak, making it the first jailbreak available for iOS 9, and also for iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

The tool is only available for Windows users at this time. Mac support will probably follow in the future but a date has not been announced.

According to the website, the new jailbreak will work with all the iOS 9 compatible devices:

  • iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5 and iPhone 4s
  • iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad 4, iPad 3 and iPad 2
  • iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2, 1st gen iPad mini
  • 6th generation iPod touch, 5th generation iPod touch

pangu-ios-9-jailbreakRemember to create a backup of your device using iTunes before you install the jailbreak. The Pangu FAQ also recommends to turn on the Airplane mode and disable passcode and Find my iPhone so that the jailbreak process will not be affected.

With the debut of iOS 9.1, the release of the jailbreak is an important event, as it provides Apple with the opportunity to fix the exploits before releasing iOS 9.1 to the public. It is also possible that the company has already fixed the exploits used in the iOS 9 – iOS 9.0.2 jailbreak in iOS 9.1 beta, so the Pangu team decided to release it now.

Apps Lists, News/Rumors

Tweetbot 4.0 is the best alternative Twitter Client for iOS

Tweetbot 4 is one of the best Twitter clients for the iPhone.

It’s always been a solid app, but new amazing features were added to the 4th iteration that’s really brought the client back to the Twitter app throne.

Most users have been using Tweetbot since it first debuted on iOS, and as such, they have become quite accustomed to all of the shortcuts and gestures that let them use the app in the most efficient way possible.

Tweetbot allows to sync your timelines across your Mac, iPad and iPhone. In addition, users are allowed to mute tweets according to hashtag, user, keywords or tweet source. 

The client also features all the sought-after attributes of the full-featured Twitter client such as direct messages and lists.

The biggest change in Tweetbot 4, though, is the completely updated iPad app.  The client has an incredibly clean, minimalist design, with all the sensible tweaks and touches to the Twitter interface that the app users have come to know. Multitasking support is its another strong side — Tweetbot is planning to spend a lot of time pinned to the edge of my iPad Air 2’s screen.


Moreover, statistics are currently easily accessible too, which include engagement and follower counts within a specific period of time. 

Finally, all the existing strengths of Tweetbot are still there, including granular muting of users, hashtags or keywords, Instagram previews, timeline syncing between the iOS and Mac app and others.

Tweetbot 4 is available now for a limited launch price of $4.99, down from $9.99.