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iOS 10 - Please Read

Today Apple released iOS 10, the latest version of its operating system for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Changes made under the hood have affected apps from many developers, and we strongly recommend you download all available app updates if you are intending to run iOS 10.


To coincide, we've released updates for Special Words, Special Stories and Special Numbers. We've optimised these for iOS 10, but still fully support iOS 6, 7, 8 and 9. We recognise that some older devices can't run iOS 10 (e.g. the iPad 2).

A feature of our apps is the ability to share content (lists of words, or stories and collections), and we include an option Use Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. Unfortunately, this stopped working reliably in iOS 9, and didn't work at all in iOS 10. So we have completely rewritten this code, and now sharing works well and much faster in all iOS versions. The only downside is that for iOS 6 only, this now requires Wi-Fi, and doesn't work with Bluetooth. Note that you must update our apps on both the sending and receiving devices, or they will be unable to connect.

A number of you have been confused about where to find the settings for our apps. Historically, some developers installed theirs into Apple's Settings app (the one with the cog-wheels icon, left), while others incorporated them inside each of their own apps.

We used to provide our settings in both of these locations, but unfortunately some configuration options you asked us to offer could only be made to work in our app itself. So going forward, we've decided to only support adjusting the setting for our 3 "Special" apps from inside them. We'll be updating other apps soon to match.

When you have updated to iOS 10, you will notice that instead of sliding your finger across the screen to unlock it, you must instead tap the Home button. We found this a little confusing on recent devices that support Touch ID: by default you now need to touch the Home button to identify yourself, but then remove your finger and tap the button to unlock.

If you'd like to go back to just touching with your finger to unlock, open Apple's Settings app, and in General > Accessibility > Home Button, turn on the new option Rest Finger to Open.