Last Wednesday night I installed the iOS 8 GM (gold master) build on my testing iPad mini. The GM should be identical or very near identical to the public release of iOS 8 coming this Wednesday. It took a while to get installed due to some issues with iTunes on my iMac, and then once I did I immediatley hit an awkward problem.
When I tried to download a new app in the App Store I was greeted by a message telling me that Paypal was not an accepted payment method on this version of iOS, and recommending that I go to iTunes on a PC in order to rectify the situation.
That sounded like nonsense to me, largely because I’ve seen similar messages stating that Paypal won’t be accepted on the App Store over the years, and they have always turned out to be untrue. So I chose to ignore this one and see what happened after a restart of the iPad and just leaving it alone for a while. I had installed the GM late one evening anyway, so I figured I’d just reboot and see what was up the next day.
And sure enough, the next day everything was fine and back to normal in the App Store on this iPad. I could buy new apps, make In-App purchases, and use the App Store just as I always have – without making any adjustment to Paypal as my payment method.
I don’t know whether this will turn out to be just a little glitch in the GM or whether it’s just Apple continuing to press people to add to the hundreds of millions of credit cards numbers it can throw up on screen in presentations.
In any case, I hope this may help some of you out if you happen to get a warning about Paypal not being accepted on iOS 8.
Another wonderful iPad painting by Rafael Co is our featured iPad artwork today. This one is titled simply ‘Godzilla’ and it’s a great side profile take on the big fella.
I’d even go so far as to say it’s a monstrously good portrait. I’m a huge fan of Raffy’s always striking and often funny images – and I especially like when he features monsters in his work.
You can see lots more great iPad artwork from Raffy (and monsters galore) at his Rafael Co Flickr stream.
And of course you can enjoy the work of many superb iPad artists at our own iPad Art section.
On this fine fall Saturday, our featured iPad Insight deal is LithiumCard: The Wallet Sized Hyper-Charging Power Bank – on offer at $39.99, which is 27% off its standard price of $55.
This is a credit-card sized and super-slim hyper-charger that’s a far less bulky option for always having some spare battery juicing power around for our iOS devices.
Here’s a little intro to the LithiumCard and some of its top features:
THE THINNEST HYPERCHARGER AROUND
The LithiumCard Portable HyperCharger has all the cables you need, generates the power of a wall charger, and at only 5 credit cards thick it will fit in most wallets with a luxurious billet aluminum housing.
With its HyperCharging technology, the LithiumCard pumps up to 2 amps of power to charge your device FAST, at up to 1% of battery life per minute. 15 minutes of charging equals a 15% increase in battery life. It’s that quick and easy!
The design is beautiful and fits in nearly any wallet, so you can carry it on the go no matter where you are. Plus, the intuitive design features all-inclusive cables which flip out when you need them, giving you a smooth feeling power unit that can be stored and used at a moments notice.
- HyperCharging capabilities. Up to 2 amps of charging power
- All inclusive cable design, Flip out the USB charging and lightning cable
- Simultaneous charging capabilities to charge the LithiumCard and your device if necessary
- Comes with NanoStik pad to keep the charger stuck to your device if your wallet doesn’t work
- 1200mAh of capacity
- Ultra-thin credit card design
You can see lots more detail on it (including a demo video) and place an order at this iPad Insight Deals page.
John Gruber linked to this awesome MacWorld article that details how to use iTunes to hide the free U2 album on your iOS music app. I actually want to listen to this latest U2 album, but I do want to hide the crappy singles I’ve gotten from Starbucks, so this really came in handy for me. I thought it came to actually deleting the music from my iTunes Match library, but the real trick is heading to the music section of the iTunes Store and then hiding purchased music from there.
I think this also points out how iTunes-reliant music management still is within the Apple ecosystem. If you just want to buy and listen to music or make playlists, it’s definitely easy to use an iPad for all of your music needs. However, there are still quite a number of things that require iTunes on a Mac or PC:
- setting the volume of an individual song (great for older recordings)
- adding lyrics to songs
- telling iOS to skip a song during Shuffle
- add or change album artwork
- change any part of the song’s metadata
That said, I don’t really mind having to manage these things from my Mac right now. My laptop still strikes me as the easiest place to manage a large collection of albums, but I wouldn’t mind having the option in future versions of iOS.
SwiftKey Keyboard, one of the more well-known and well-liked Android keyboards, will be making its way to iOS 8 very soon. In fact, according to Venture Beat it may be available when iOS 8 launches next week.
SwiftKey’s most notable features include predictive text and intelligent autocorrect, and it looks like it will be one of the first big name keyboards to come to the iPad and iPhone.
The video above is narrated by ‘British national treasure’ Stephen Fry, it’s beautifully done but doesn’t do the greatest job in actually showing off SwiftKey.
I’m as happy as anyone to see 3rd party keyboards finally make it to iOS, and I really can’t wait to see Swype and )hopefully) Google Keyboard hit the App Store.