Top iOS news of the week: iPad Air 3, iPhone is tops, new Microsoft keyboard

This week in iOS news we saw a keyboard from Microsoft, heard that the iPhone is tops in two huge markets, and that the iPad Air 3 is coming soon.

New user mode in new keyboard app from Microsoft

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Windows Mobile keyboard comes to the iPhone, complete with innovative one-handed mode. This mode puts the keyboard into an arc-shaped mode designed to make it easier to use on the iPhone.

Other than this new mode, not available on Windows Mobile, the iPhone keyboard looks much like the Windows Mobile version.

Source: Thurrott.com

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iPad Air 3 expected in March

Just a short while since the debut of the iPad Pro, Apple is expected to bring out the next iPad Air soon. Word has it the iPad Air 3 (or whatever Apple will call it) will be the annual refresh for the standard iPad product line.

The company is also expected to bring out a smaller iPhone at the same event in March.

Source: ZDNet

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Plug adapters recalled over shock risk

Apple has recalled the modular plug component used for MacBooks, iPad and iPhones for 12 years due to the risk of shock to owners if the module breaks. The recall doesn't effect models sold in the US, only Argentina, Australia, Brazil, continental Europe, New Zealand and South Korea.

If you have one take it to an Apple Store for replacement.

Source: CNET

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iPhone tops smartphone competition in the US and China

Latest figures reflecting sales indicate that the iPhone is now the top brand in the US and China. CNET reports that while iPhone sales numbers are flat, it is still the top brand in the world's two top markets.

Customer loyalty is also tops in the smartphone arena.

Source: CNET

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