After what feels like forever, Apple is finally giving us the chance to send books as gifts from the iBookstoe. As Macworld notes, the book section is the one spot in the iTunes store where users couldn't send gifts to their loved ones, as the feature could be find in the neighboring sections for music, movies, and television programs.
The Tomb Raider series has come a long way since it first appeared way back in 1996, as anyone who's played the new version by Crystal Dynamics can attest, but if you yearn for a simpler time, there's good news for you on the App Store today. Starting today, you can get the original game for just a dollar.
Unlike some people, Apple's apparently trying to make sure its long-rumored smartwatch is as ready as possible before it unleashes it upon the public. Thanks to Chinese site C Technology (via MacRumors), we now have another rough release date for the so-called iWatch, and it's expected to drop sometimes in October of next year. But that could all just be hot air; after all, just last month Digitimes said we'd see the device sometime in Q2 of next year.
The spirit of giving is in the air, and to close out this mid-December week we've got news about a trio of iOS and Mac app updates, one of the best free apps of the week we've ever seen from Apple and one spot of bad news for Blockbuster fans across the pond. Hey, four out of five ain't bad...
It wasn't that long ago that having Wi-Fi on an airplane felt impossibly futuristic, but as the program settles into maturity, airlines have begun expanding their offerings to cater to specific passengers' needs. One of the most intriguing examples comes from Southwest Airlines, reports MacRumors, which is now offering iOS users the chance to spend $2.00 to send iMessages throughout the flight if they don't want to spend the eight bucks needed for the full-access Wi-Fi services.
It's been an exciting year for Apple TV, and Apple just proved it isn't over with the announcement of an impressive holiday gift. As MacRumors reports, the folks over at Cupertino expanded the diminutive entertainment device's offerings to include channels for ABC, Bloomberg, Crackle, and the Korean channel KORTV. With such a step, Apple seems to be "rounding out" the activities provided by the service as the channels somewhat focus on more serious pursuits than the primarily entertainment-related channels we've seen before.
Only a few minutes with the iOS 7 version of Siri is enough to demonstrate that Apple's voice command software has much improved with the latest release, and as MacRumors reports, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster has some new information on why that's the case.
To its great credit, Pandora refuses to go gentle into that good night despite the recent competition from iTunes Radio (not to mention other competitors such as Google Play Music). To that end, the venerable streaming music site updated its iOS app today to support using Pandora stations as alarm clocks rather than the default tones you get with the iPhone.
It's no secret that BlackBerry has had a rough time as of late, and the remaining loyal user base that still can't quite get used to those newfangled touch screens on the iPhone are looking for replacements. Just in time, the fascinatingly named "Typo Keyboard" is out, which offers a physical keyboard attachment for the iPhone 5 and 5s that mimics the look and performance of BlackBerry's tactile keyboards.
Siri has much improved with the release of iOS 7, and the option to have a male voice instead of the female voice first encountered on the iPhone 4S marks only the beginning of the changes. There are so many features, in fact, that even seasoned users such as myself don't know the full range of options available. As 9to5 Mac points out, that's why PhoneBuff's roughly eight-minute video showing different commands seems so handy.