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Olloclip Debuts New 4-in-1 Photo Lens for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus [iOS Blog]

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

ollocliplensforiphone6Popular photography accessory maker Olloclip today unveiled an all new 4-in-1 photo lens designed for the iPhone 6 and the 6 Plus. The 4-in-1 Photo Lens has been completely revamped for Apple's iPhone 6 devices and has gained several new features.

For the first time, the Olloclip lens is designed to work with both the front and rear-facing cameras, letting users take both traditional photos and selfies with the four lenses. Like previous Olloclip accessories, the newest version includes fisheye, wide-angle, 10x and 15x macro lenses.

Both the fisheye and the wide-angle lenses provide a wider field of view for iPhone photos, while the two macro lenses are designed for ultra close-up photos.

A single 4-in-1 Photo Lens is able to fit both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and its new customizable pendant design allows it to be clipped to a backpack, lanyard, key ring, and more for easy access.
For enhanced portability, this new photo lens is now wearable through an included customizable pendant (package includes three colored pendants) and can be clipped to a backpack, lanyard, key ring or just about anything. Easily accessible, your olloclip is always ready when that incredible photographic moment arises.
Olloclip's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus lens will be available beginning in late November, but it can be preordered today from the company's website for $79.99.






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Amazon Confirms Plans to Support Apple Pay on Visa Rewards Card in the Future [iOS Blog]

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Following the launch of Apple Pay earlier this week, a number of users were disappointed to discover that the Amazon Rewards Card offered by Chase was not supported, although the reason for the omission was unclear given that many other Chase cards do support Apple Pay. Amazon has, however, now confirmed to GeekWire that it does plan to support Apple Pay with the card in the future. Amazon reportedly is working to enable the service for launch at an undisclosed date.
But an Amazon spokesman confirmed to GeekWire this evening it is working to enable the Amazon.com Rewards Visa Card for use on Apple Pay, although declined to say when it would be available.

Chase representatives reportedly confirmed that Amazon opted out of Apple Pay and was the only consumer Chase card that was not compatible with the payment service. The reason for this non-participation was not provided, sparking rumors that Amazon was deliberately rebuffing Apple's mobile payment efforts for competitive reasons.

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Apple launched Apple Pay on Monday with the support of high-profile retailers such as Walgreens and major credit card companies including Visa, Master Card, and American Express. Apple Pay works with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, both of which include an NFC chip to process the transactions wirelessly at compatible point-of-sale terminals. The new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 are also compatible with Apple Pay, but only for in-app purchases.






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Fantastical for iPhone and iPad Go iOS 8-Only With Widgets, Extensions, and More [iOS Blog]

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Fantastical, one of the most popular third-party calendar apps for iOS, has seen both iPhone and iPad versions updated today with a number of new iOS 8-specific features including a Notification Center "Today" widget that offers a quick glance at upcoming appointments and to-dos.

Also included are a custom app extension that allows users to create events and reminders from any app that properly support share sheets and interactive notifications for tasks such as snoozing event reminders or completing tasks. With the arrival of the new features, Fantastical is now an iOS 8-only app.

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Fantastical 2.2 for iPad's "Today" widget

Fantastical has been a popular option for users due to its clean design and natural language engine that allows users to create appointments and to-dos by simply entering phrases or sentences that are automatically converted into event format. Originally a Mac app, Fantastical launched for iPhone in late 2012 and expanded to iPad earlier this year.

Alongside the new update to Fantastical, both the iPhone and iPad versions are on sale with $2 discounts for a limited time. The iPhone version [Direct Link] is currently priced at $2.99 while the iPad version [Direct Link] is $7.99.






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FXNOW iOS App Gains Support for ‘Simpsons World’, All 552 Episodes of The Simpsons Available [iOS Blog]

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

FXNOW, an on-demand video app that features hit movies from Fox networks FX, FXX, and FXM, was today updated to add support for Simpsons World, an FXX feature that allows users to watch all 552 episodes of popular television show The Simpsons.

FXNOW is an on-demand video service featuring Simpsons World, as well as the biggest and best lineup of critically acclaimed dramas, hit comedies and blockbusters movies from 3 networks, FX, FXX and FXM. With the addition of Simpsons World, FXNOW delivers a one-of-a-kind Simpsons experience with access to Every.Episode.Ever. and more, at your fingertips.
Accessing the FXNOW app and the Simpsons World content requires a cable subscription from one of the following TV providers: AT&T U-Verse, Bright House Networks, Comcast XFINITY, Cox, Midcontinent Communications, Optimum, Suddenlink, Time Warner Cable, or WOW!.

Along with airing old episodes from the past 25 seasons, Simpsons World will allow users to watch new episodes of The Simpsons 24 hours after they first air on television.

There's also an FXNOW channel on the Apple TV, which is rumored to be gaining Simpsons World content as well, but thus far, Simpsons World content has not been added to the channel.

FXNow can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]






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Staples Begins Accepting iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3 Pre-Orders [iOS Blog]

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Staples today announced that it has begun accepting iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 pre-orders on its website, allowing customers to place early orders for a Wi-Fi only iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3.

Staples will also be accepting in-store pre-orders for Apple's new tablets beginning on Saturday, October 25. The retailer expects the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3 to be available in Staples stores on Monday, October 27 at the earliest, but exact timing of in-store availability remains unknown.

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In addition to accepting pre-orders for the new iPads, Staples is also offering trade-ins for old devices, giving eCash cards that can be used towards the purchase of a new device. Staples' trade-in deals aren't quite as good as those available on other sites, so it may be worthwhile looking into other options.

Several other retailers, including Apple, Best Buy, Target, and more, are also offering pre-orders of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. Some early orders from Apple have begun shipping out, but it is still unclear when the devices will be purchasable in stores.






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The Pokemon Company Releases Second Official Pokemon Game for iOS [iOS Blog]

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

The Pokemon Company today released Camp Pokemon, an official Pokemon game that stars real Pokemon characters. Because the game is aimed at kids between 6 and 8 years of age, it's unlikely to be of interest to adults, but it does suggest The Pokemon Company is committed to bringing Pokemon games to iOS.


In Camp Pokemon, kids are tasked with exploring an island "filled with fun Pokemon-themed activities" that include searching for Pokemon to earn pins and playing a variety of Pokemon mini games to earn rewards.
- Find the Pokémon: Use a spyglass to search for virtual Pokémon and earn their Pins. Earn Rewards to unlock new levels and search for other Pokémon in different environments.
- Poké Ball Throw: Launch Poké Balls at cardboard cutouts of Pokémon hiding in the grass and knock them down. Earn Rewards to unlock the Rock and Water environments.
- Pokémon Evolutions: Test your knowledge of Pokémon Evolutions by choosing the correct Pokémon missing from the Evolution chain.
- Battle Matchups: Practice type matchups, an important skill in Pokémon battles, by choosing which type is strong against the given Pokémon.
- Pokémon in Focus: Choose the Pokémon that matches the shadow projected on the tent.
- My Cabin: In this home base, campers can find their Pin Book, Photo Book, and Bulletin Board.
- Photo Booth: Create camp memories by taking photos with the iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch camera, adding stickers to the images, and saving the pictures to the app’s Photo Book or the Camera Roll on the camper’s device.
- Mystery Cave: What could be hiding in the Mystery Cave? To find out, campers will need to earn the right to enter!
As noted by our sister site TouchArcade, Camp Pokemon is going to be a "snooze-fest" for adults, but it makes it "obvious that The Pokemon Company is serious about iOS," hinting that additional Pokemon games could come to iOS in the future.

Along with Camp Pokemon, The Pokemon Company also released Pokemon TCG Online on iOS in late September, bringing the card trading game to the iPad for the first time. Pokemon TCG was the first official Pokemon game to be released on iOS.

Camp Pokemon is a free app for the iPad and iPhone and can be downloaded from the App Store. [Direct Link]

Pokemon TCG Online is a free app the iPad and can be downloaded from the App Store. [Direct Link]






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Buyer’s Guide Deals: Discounts on the Original iPad Air and iPad Mini 2 [iOS Blog]

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

With the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3 set to hit stores any day now, retailers have begun offering some discounts on the previous-generation iPad Air and Retina iPad mini 2, especially on higher-capacity models that have been discontinued.

On its own website, Apple offers the original iPad Air in 16 and 32GB capacities only, with prices at $399 and $449, respectively, for Wi-Fi models, and $529/$579 for Wi-Fi+ Cellular models. The same is true for the iPad mini 2, which is available in 16 and 32GB capacities at $299/$349 for Wi-Fi and $429/$479 for Wi-Fi + Cellular.

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Retailers are not offering discounts on the iPad Air and iPad mini 2 models that Apple continues to sell, but the discontinued higher capacity 64 and 128GB models are available at lower prices. Customers who don't care about Touch ID or the new features in the iPad Air 2 but want more storage capacity will be able to get a solid deal on an older-generation model.

iPad Air

The Wi-Fi only 64GB iPad Air in Space Gray can be purchased for $499 from Best Buy, as can the 64GB Silver Wi-Fi model. The Wi-Fi only 128GB iPad Air in Silver can be purchased from B&H Photo for $599.

Several sites are also offering deals on the higher-capacity Wi-Fi + Cellular iPad Air models. The 64GB Cellular iPad Air in Silver from AT&T is available for $599 from Adorama. The 64GB Cellular iPad Air in Space Gray from AT&T is also available for $599, from Amazon, Adorama, and B&H Photo.

Verizon models are slightly more expensive, with both the 64GB Silver Cellular iPad and 64GB Space Gray iPad available for $629 from Best Buy.

The 128GB Cellular iPad Air in Silver from AT&T is available for $829.99 from Best Buy and the 128GB Space Gray AT&T Cellular iPad is available for $699 from Adorama, a hefty discount of $230 off the original price.

128GB models from Verizon are priced similarly, with the 128GB Silver version available from Adorama for $699 and the Space Gray version available for $729 from B&H Photo.

iPad mini 2

Higher-capacity iPad mini 2 models are also available at steep discounts, and these iPads are a particularly good deal as the only difference between the mini 2 and the mini 3 is Touch ID and a gold color option.

The 64GB Wi-Fi only iPad mini 2 in Silver is available for $399 from Best Buy and Adorama. The Space Gray Wi-Fi only iPad mini 2 is also available for $399 from Best Buy and Adorama.

The 128GB Wi-Fi only iPad mini 2 in Silver is available for $499 from Best Buy, while the Space Gray version is available for $499 from Best Buy and Adorama.

The 64GB AT&T Cellular iPad mini 2 in Silver is available for $529.99 from Best Buy, while the Space Gray model is available for $529.99 from Best Buy, Amazon, and Adorama.

64GB Verizon Cellular iPad mini 2 models in Silver are available for $529.99 from Best Buy and the Space Gray model is available from Best Buy for the same price.

The 128GB Cellular AT&T iPad mini 2 in Silver is available for $629 from Amazon and Adorama. The AT&T Space Gray model in 128GB is also available for $629 from Amazon and Adorama.

The 128GB Cellular Verizon iPad mini 2 in silver is available for $629 from Adorama. The Space Gray version is also available for $629 from Best Buy and Adorama.

Trade-ins

Though sites have not yet begun offering discounts on the current-generation iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, Best Buy is accepting older iPads as trade-ins towards the cost of a new iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3. The company is guaranteeing a minimum of $175 towards the iPad mini 3 with the trade in of an iPad 2 or newer, and a minimum of $200 towards the iPad Air 2 with the trade in of an iPad 2 or newer.

There are several other sites that allow users to send in their older iPads for cash that can be used towards the purchase of a new iPad, including Gazelle, Amazon, Target, Glyde, and more.

It remains unclear when the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 will be available in stores, but Apple continues to offer pre-orders for the devices on its website, with prices beginning at $499 and $399, respectively.

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T-Mobile to Offer $0 Down iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3 Pre-Orders Tomorrow [iOS Blog]

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

tmobilepreorderT-Mobile today announced plans to begin accepting pre-orders for the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3 on Wednesday, October 22, offering its 16GB entry-level models for $0 down and $26.24 per month for qualified Simple Choice customers.

T-Mobile's customers who have a Simple Choice plan can add a tablet to their plan for $10 per month, getting up to 5GB of data based on their existing plan.

The company has set up pre-registration pages for the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3, letting customers sign up to be notified via email when the tablets become available for pre-order. As outlined by Tmonews, here are the planned prices for the Cellular + WiFi tablets the company will offer to consumers:

iPad Air 2 pricing
16GB - $0 down, 24 monthly payments of $26.24
64GB - $99 down, 24 monthly payments of $26.24
128GB - $199 down, 24 monthly payments of $26.24

iPad mini 3 pricing
16GB - $0 down, 24 monthly payments of $22.08
64GB - $99 down, 24 monthly payments of $22.08
128GB - $199 down, 24 monthly payments of $22.08

While T-Mobile will begin accepting pre-orders on October 22, it remains unclear when the tablets will actually be available in stores for purchase. According to T-Mobile, regular sales of the iPad will kick off "within a week."






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Apple Looking to Produce More iPhone 6 Plus Units Due to Strong Demand in China [iOS Blog]

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Apple may consider shifting even more of its iPhone production balance towards the iPhone 6 Plus due to higher than expected demand for the larger phone in China, reports Digitimes. The iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus launched in China last Friday following a successful week of pre-orders, as the report notes that consumers have shown a strong preference for the larger device.
As a result, Apple may be forced to shift more production capacity to the 5.5-inch model, said the sources, adding that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus supply ratio is likely to change to 55:45 from 70:30 or 65:35 set originally.
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Earlier this month, it was also reported that Apple was looking to shift iPhone production balance towards the iPhone 6, while another report claimed that the iPhone 6 Plus may event account for up to 60 percent of total future iPhone 6 device shipments.

During yesterday's Q4 2014 earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook stated that demand for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus was "far outstripping" supply despite a satisfactory production ramp-up. Supplies for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have remained tight since the launch of both devices last month, as new iPhone 6 orders still show a shipping estimate of 7-10 business days while the iPhone 6 Plus is still showing a shipping delay of 3-4 weeks.






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iOS 8.1: ‘Text Message Forwarding’ Activation Requires iMessage Email Address [iOS Blog]

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Earlier today, Apple released iOS 8.1 which introduced number of new features to iOS and Yosemite. One of the anticipated features was SMS Text Message Forwarding, which allows SMS messages received by your iPhone to be mirrored on your iPad or Mac running OS X Yosemite.

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Several of our forum members had difficulty activating the feature, as the required activation code would never appear on their Macs or iPads.

MacRumors reader Michael wrote in with this solution which requires an email address to be activated in iMessage:
...you need to have your email address turned on for iMessage on your iPhone in order to enable Text Message Forwarding. If you don't, the numeric access code will not appear on your iPad or Mac during the setup process. As soon as you enable your email address for iMessage (you only need to do this on your iPhone) the numeric access codes appear as expected. Once you have text message forwarding setup you can disable your email address again in iMessage as it seems to only be necessary for the numeric access code setup step, not the actual text message forwarding itself.
MacRumors was able to verify this scenario and found that an email address does indeed have to be active on your iPhone for the activation message to properly be sent. In our testing, SMS messages were still received after the email address was removed from iMessage. The setting to add your email address to iMessage is under Settings -> Messages -> Send & Receive. Note, you may have to wait a few moments after adding an email address before the activation code will send.






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