At long last it arrived. Multitasking on the iPad showed up in iOS 4.2, and all we had to give up for it was the ease of the orientation lock button above the volume rocker. There were plenty more goodies too, and let's not forget other news about other Mac stuff, all of which was covered by the turkey (and tamale) stuffed gang at Mac|Life.
We've grown used to our favorite Apple apps getting loads of new features when the iOS updates. No longer are we stuck with the tyranny of the hated Marker Felt in Notes, and Safari got some slick new updates that weren't in any advertisements. But what about the iPad's built in reader?
Just in time for the holidays (as well as your night terrors about the very idea of shopping on Black Friday), Adult Swim has announced two Christmas-themed games: Robot Unicorn Attack Christmas Edition (available for $0.99) and Amateur Surgeon Christmas Edition (available for free). The titles sport a similar look and feel to previous titles such as Robot Unicorn Attack (available for $1.99), Robot Unicorn Attack Heavy Metal Edition (available for $1.99) and Robot Unicorn Attack HD (available for $2.99).
For the puzzle freak in all of us, software developer Appular has announced that its Push Panic puzzle game is now available on the iTunes Store.
In Push Panic, you must tap assorted boxes to blast piece combinations off the screen before the red panic bar goes critical and topples the entire mass over. The game features 50 levels and four gameplay modes (Classic Panic, Color Panic, Time Panic and Score Panic), each with their own challenges.
Austin-based developer GameSalad has unveiled a new “Free to Make” subscription program for developers looking to publish to iOS, Mac, or the web.
The “Free to Make” model offers what the company refers to as a "Basic" subscription at no cost to users. The company has announced a new Professional level account, which includes additional monetization features like iADs and promotional links, available today at the cost of $499 a year. Developers will continue to publish games under their personal Apple iPhone Developer accounts, which will still be required in order to publish and test their iOS creations on Apple devices.
Ok, this is reminding me that the toys of my youth were significantly less awesome than what's on the market today. Per Touch Arcade, a new game is in the works for the super-awesome Parrot AR Drone Wi-Fi quadricopter. The app, known as "AR. Pursuit", will function as a "two-player pursuit game" that will have a duo of AR.Drone-equipped people shooting it out in a digital space while flying their Drones in the real world.
Sometimes, those of us comfortably living in the Apple sphere need to boot into Windows or Linux. Bootcamp and Parallels have that ability on the Mac, but on an iOS device it's just not that easy to boot into another mobile operating system. If you have jailbroken iOS device, however, you can install and dual-boot your old school iPhone or iPod touch with Android.
We’re going to show you how to successfully install and run Android on a compatible device using a simple application downloaded from the Cydia app store called Bootlace. Follow along and you’ll be using Android without spending a penny on one of those newfangled phones.
Apple has just seeded iOS 4.2.1 Gold Master to developers. This update has build number 8C148 and, according to MacStories, was just released internally at Apple last night. This update for iOS 4.2 may have been released in an attempt to squash last minute Exchange and audio-related bugs discovered earlier.
The iPhone version of Netflix came a lot later than the iPad version that was available at that device’s launch in April, but it’s equally welcome. The free app is now Universal, so you only have to download it once. A Netflix account is required; the cheapest is the one-DVD-at-a-time plan for $8.99/month. But that includes unlimited Instant Watch streaming to your computer’s web browser, a variety of TV-attached devices, and this app.
It's all about the batteries! We've certainly celebrated the many features of the iPhone 4 since its debut this summer. One feature though that Apple wants to point out, is its battery life, highlighted in a new ad.