4k video, iPhone 6, iCloud photos, new games, horror, HDR time lapse


Actual sizes of Apple Watch in a PDF
Actual sizes of Apple Watch in a PDF

Exclusive: The iPhone 6’s A8 chip can play 4K video — The iPhone 6 is an incredible device capable of wonderful feats, like shooting 4K video as long as you have the right app. Sadly, you can’t watch 4K video on the iPhone 6, right? Actually, you potentially can. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus can play 4K video right out of the box thanks to its A8 chip. The discovery was made by the developers of WALTR, a great Mac app that allows users to quickly upload video files to their iPhone which aren’t supported by iTunes, such as FLAC and MKV files. While testing the app developers found it is possible to playback 4K videos on the iPhone 6. Even if Apple hasn’t announced it, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are ready to play 4K videos.

Manual iCloud.com photo uploads now available to all Apple users — After spending a few weeks in developer-only beta testing, the new iCloud.com photo uploading feature is now available on the Web to all Apple users with iCloud accounts.

iPhone 6, 6 Plus shipment times drop to 7 to 10 days, 6 Plus at 1 to 2 weeks — Apple is slowly catching up with demand for its popular iPhone 6 two months after the handset launched, with the company’s online storefront now showing shipping times pegged at 7 to 10 days for most models, including the 16GB iPhone 6 Plus.

New games — There’s Monster Strike, Ironkill, Kingdom Rush Origins’ Tower Defender, and three new Final Fantasy games are coming.

iDevice horror — Last year Hooked Digital Media released Haunting Melissa, a serialized horror movie that was exclusive to iOS. Earlier this week the group released the sequel, Dark Hearts, which picks up where its predecessor left off. There’s more creepy goodness here, released one chapter at a time.

Apple has made ‘Things for iPad’ free for a week — Apple made Things for iPad from Culture Code free for a week starting now. Things is a task manager/todo organizer, and it’s become quite popular. Things for iPad 2.5 was recently released and brought a ton of new features. Apple liked it enough to make it the free app of the week, so grab it while you can. It’s normally priced at $19.99.

Use a PDF to see how big Apple Watches really are — Developer Craig Hockenberry, of Iconfactory, has written up his thoughts on his first day with WatchKit, which was released with much fanfare earlier this week. There’s a lot of discussion of the programming elements, but I thought one of the more interesting bits was a PDF created by Thibaut Sailly of the actual physical sizes of the watch itself (pictured above).

A new app takes Time Lapse photos in HDR — Time Lapse with HDR app (NZ$2.59) from Lucky Clan adds an additional feature for the company’s Time Lapse app. The app adds a simple HDR button on screen, but it can only be enabled under iOS 8 and it’s going to work best on the new faster iPhone 6 and 6 Plus phones, although the app is universal. The Time Lapse feature without HDR needs only iOS 7 or above.