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iPad Air 2’s A8X, new Beats, iOS 8, Movn, keyboards, Overglide, Monument Valley

Wired and wireless new ’phones from Beats, the first since Apple's acquisition of the company
Wired and wireless new ’phones from Beats, the first since Apple’s acquisition of the company

Analysis of Apple’s A8X SoC uncovers customised GPU, confirms 3-core architecture — Apple appears to have moved to a semi-custom design for the graphics processor in its new A8X SoC while employing an unusual triple-core CPU, according to a new analysis of the chip that powers the iPad Air 2.

Beats announces new wireless Solo2 Bluetooth headphones — Beats has announced the release of new Solo2 Wireless on-ear headphones, the first major new product the company has released since joining the team at Apple last May. They’ll cost US$300 (pictured above) and US$200 for the wired versions.

Apple’s iOS 8 now on 56% of devices as adoption rate slowly picks up — Adoption numbers for Apple’s iOS 8 are leisurely plodding along, with the latest statistics showing 56% of users are now running the latest operating system nearly two months after launch.

Get motivated to get moving with Movn — A simple pedometer and Movement Goal Coach wants to help you become more active. The free app works on all iPhones and 2nd generation iPads and later and requires iOS 7.1 or later. Move tracks how long you have been active so if you did a stationary warmup before starting your walk it measures that time too.

The best third-party keyboards for iOS 8 — One long standing criticism of iOS has been its lack of support for third party keyboards, but with the introduction of iOS 8, developers are now allowed to build custom keyboards that can be used on both iPhone and iPad.

Apple’s iMessage workaround arrives too late to avoid a lawsuit — Apple finally offered an easy solution this week to people who wanted a way out of iMessage purgatory after switching from iPhone to Android, but that workaround won’t help the company in an ongoing legal dispute: U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh decided Monday that Apple must respond to a class-action suit about the iMessage foul-up in a California court.

iPad Air 2 ‘best’ — Here’s a video review if you like to see what’s being talked through about Apple’s very impressive new full-sized iPad.

Overglide is a game for your iOS notification screen — The Today pane of Apple’s Notification Center is meant to provide useful, at-a-glance information. And now you can stick a game in there for instant access (pictured above).

Monument Valley Update brings 8 new chapters to iPhone and iPad — The highly anticipated update for Monument Valley is finally available, and it brings eight new chapters to the iPhone and iPad game. The new levels, titled Forgotten Shores, include more MC Escher-like puzzles to work through with the same mysterious beauty we saw when the game was first released. The new levels will cost you $2.59 as an in-app purchase; the game costs NZ$4.99 in the App Store.

2 new iPad ads, optimising broadband while travelling, Monument Valley

Chinese electropop group Yaoband in new Your Verse iPad ad
Chinese electropop group Yaoband in new Your Verse iPad ad

Apple’s new ‘Your Verse’ iPad ads focus on music, community engagement — Apple on Monday unveiled two new additions to its well-received Your Verse advertising campaign for the iPad, this time focusing attention on Chinese electropop group Yaoband (above) and Detroit community activist Jason Hall.

How to optimise broadband while on vacation — Broadband speeds tend to be better for home and condo rentals than some motels and hotels because they’re plumbed with connections typical of the surrounding neighbourhood rather than offering a shared, bulk connection. Hotels often use such a shared connection for dozens-to-hundreds of rooms with the result being slow going. Christopher Breen tells you how to get the most out of connections while travelling.

Monument Valley recovered development investment in one week — Monument Valley is one of the best games on iOS device, (it won an Apple Design Award this year) but it didn’t conform to the free-to-play trend and that meant it wasn’t a guaranteed success. It’s absurd, but the game’s NZ$4.99 price tag is considered ‘premium pricing’ these days. Thanks to the game’s huge word of mouth appeal, it managed to make back its development investment after just one week on the market.
Speaking at GDC Europe, Lead Designer Ken Wong explained that the game has found a way to appeal to non-gamers despite being a paid download. “For many of them, this is the first game they’ve ever finished,” he said.