IB TWS for iPhone - Release Notes 2016 Archive

Version 8.32 - March 4, 2017

Option Chains, Slide to Trade, 3D Touch Support, Dark Theme Improvements

This release includes several option chains enhancements, the ability to submit an order by sliding, support for Apple's 3D touch and some improvement to our recently released dark color theme.

  • Options Chains - You can now view option quote details from an Option Chain without adding the option to a Watchlist. To see options, tap an underlying symbol to view expanded details, and tap again to see comprehensive details. In the top right corner tap "Options" to view chains. Tap an option within the chain and along the bottom select "View Quote Details."
  • Option Chains - You can now view option Greeks Delta, Gamma, Vega and Theta in an option chain by scrolling horizontally in the title section where the BID, ASK and LAST field names are shown.
  • We've sped up the trading process by adding the ability to "slide" to trade. The "Slide to Submit..." feature displays along the bottom of the order ticket. We've also added the ability to "Slide to Log Out" on the bottom of the "More" menu. You can turn these features off within Configuration by enabling the Simplified user interface in the Display section.
  • Support for 3D Touch - Apple's 3D touch allows multiple actions on an item based on the pressure applied by the user. The degree of pressure you apply to a supported area dictates the next actions you have available. In IB TWS for iPhone, you can use 3D touch from the IB TWS icon on the home screen. Apply firm pressure to invoke a pop-up menu from which you can Share IB TWS, go directly to your IB Portfolio or go directly to your account information. Inside the IB TWS app, 3D touch is supported in Watchlists and the Portfolio. Use firm pressure to get a peek at the selected Watchlist or Portfolio, then swipe up to get the Buy and Sell buttons. Press harder to view extended quote details for that row.
  • We've also made improvements to the recently added dark color theme.
Version 8.27/8.28 - January 2017


Several bug fixes included.

Version 8.26 - December 9, 2016

IBot Voice Commands and See Recent Commands

You can now speak commands to IBot on TWS for Mobile if your phone has voice capability. Simply tap the microphone icon to the right of the IBot text entry field and speak your command, for example say "Show me the last price for apple." Tap the large microphone icon when you have completed the command. It appears in the text field. If the command is accurate, hit the Send icon, otherwise edit the command or delete it and try again. You'll notice another new clock icon. Tap this icon to get a list of your most recent commands, and tap a command to re-use it. Note that IBot is only available with iOS release 10 or higher.

Version 8.25 - December 2, 2016

Meet IBot for TWS Mobile - Language Interface to Trading with Voice Commands

IBot is our text-based interface to TWS designed to help you complete key trading tasks - like creating orders, viewing charts, getting quote details and seeing key account values - without having to navigate elsewhere.

To use IBot on IB TWS for Mobile, log in and open the Main menu by tapping the "More" icon (three horizontal lines) along the bottom of the app. Tap "IBot - type to trade" and enter text in the entry field, for example "Chart 6 months of aapl" and tap the "send" icon to submit the command. Once your command is submitted, you'll quickly receive IBot's response.

Alternatively, use your device’s voice command to enter text. Simply click the small microphone icon next to the entry field and speak your command, for example "Quote apple." Tap the large microphone when you’re done and then tap the "send" icon to submit the command.

If you need help, you can ask for it! For example, you might want to ask "Give me help submitting orders" or "Help with quotes."

To find out more about IBot see the IBot Feature in Focus page. This feature is only available with iOS version 10 or higher.

Version 8.24 - November 1, 2016

Close All Positions command, Apple Watch OS3 Support, Improved Voice Over Support

  • The Portfolio menu now includes the popular "Close All Positions" command.
  • Version 8.24 includes support for Apple Watch OS3.
  • We've improved support for voice over assistive technology that you enable from the General > Accessibility page in Settings.
Version 8.23 - September 14, 2016

Order-Related Fixes

  • We fixed a bug brought on with iOS 10 that was interfering with order submission.
  • We fixed an order entry display bug that added bars at the top and bottom of the order entry panel.
Version 8.22 - September 8, 2016

Single-line Watchlist, Sort on Change %, New Instrument-Specific P&L Reset Time

  • You can now configure Watchlists to display all data on a single line by removing the company name field which starts on the second row. To do this, navigate to Configuration and turn off Show Company name.
  • Note that when you sort on the "Change" column in a Watchlist, it sorts on the percent change.
  • We now provide a new instrument-specific P&L reset time. This resets your daily P&L calculation based on the time zone of each asset rather than the system or selected time zone. To turn on this feature, navigate to Configuration and tap Daily P&L time zone, then turn on Use contract-specific reset time. When enabled, for instruments that open and close on the same day, the P&L will be reset five minutes before midnight of the instrument's time zone. For instruments that trade across two days (through midnight), the P&L will be reset five minutes before it opens for trading in the instrument's time zone. This change requires a restart to IB TWS.
Version 8.20 - August 22, 2016

Editable Tab Bar

The Tab Bar shows page icons along the bottom of the TWS for Mobile application. Simply click an icon to access that page. Edit the icons displayed in the tab bar by clicking the "More" icon on the far right of the tab bar and then clicking Edit in the top right corner.

Version 8.17 - May 6, 2016

Support for Account Partitions

The portfolio page for TWS for Mobile iPhone now supports the display for partitions within your account, including Account Partitions and also portfolio strategies that you created in TWS for Desktop using the Portfolio Builder tool. We also squashed several small bugs.

Version 8.15 - March 28, 2016

Track Complex Positions as a Unit

Now you can track your complex, multi-leg combination orders in your portfolio the same way you entered them -- as a unit! Use the "expand" feature from a complex position to see all legs that comprise the complex position.

Additionally, the TWS for Mobile Contract Details page has been redesigned for the iPhone 6 Plus to more efficiently use the extra screen real estate.

Also, we squashed several small bugs in this release.

Version 8.14 - March 11, 2016

Support for Apple Watch and for Futures Calendar Spreads; New Chart Studies

  • This release adds support for the Apple Watch. Clients with an Apple Watch will have the TWS companion app downloaded automatically when they upgrade to release 8.14. Check key account metrics at a "glance." including P&L, Net Liquidation, Orders/Trades, Excess Liquidity and Positions. Enable push notifications to see when new IB FYI notifications are available.
  • You can now quickly enter futures calendar spreads by selecting “Future Spread Combo” as an asset type when you enter a futures contract. Use the matrix to select the front month and back month, then tap the desired contract to add to the Watchlist or view quote details. Additionally, we have added a “Spreads” button to the Quote Details from a single futures contract. Click “Spreads” to specify the selected contract as the front or back month and quickly create a calendar spread.

We have recently added more than 60 new technical indicators to IB TWS for Mobile platforms. Indicators include:

  • Accumulation\Distribution - Attempts to quantify the flow of money into and out of a given stock. In theory, knowing this money/volume flow may help you to recognize an upcoming move in the stock price.
  • ADX\DMI - Trend indicator comprising three lines that shows the strength of a trend, either up or down.
  • ADXR - A moving average applied to the ADX indicator designed to show the strength of a trend, either up or down.
  • Adaptive Moving Average - A moving average that accounts for volatility and follows prices closely when noise is low.
  • Aroon Oscillator - A trend-following indicator that gauges the strength of a current trend and the likelihood that it will continue.
  • Aroon Up\Down - Measures the strength of a stock's uptrend or downtrend.
  • Accumulation Swing Index - Attempts to show the phantom line which represents the “real market,” which theoretically occurs among the open, high, low and close prices.
  • Average True Range - Used to determine the volatility of the market.
  • Bollinger Bands - Bollinger Bands measure volatility by plotting a series of three bands.
  • Bollinger Band Width - Bollinger Bands measure volatility by plotting a series of three bands.
  • Commodity Channel Index - A price momentum indicator designed to identify cyclical turns in commodities pricing.
  • Chaikin Oscillator - Monitors the flow of money in and out of the market.
  • Chaikin Volatility - Shows the difference between two moving averages of a volume-weighted accumulation-distribution line.
  • Chande Momentum Oscillator - Attempts to capture the up/down momentum of a security.
  • Chande Volatility Index Dynamic Average - A moving average that automatically adjusts its speed based on market volatility.
  • Chaikin Money Flow - Measures Money Flow Volume over a set period of time.
  • Donchian Channel - A simple trend-following breakout system.
  • Donchian Channel Width - A useful indicator for seeing the volatility of a market price.
  • Double Exponential Moving Average - A fast-acting moving average that is more responsive to market changes than a traditional moving average.
  • Departure Chart - Measures the difference between two moving averages of price; one short and one long.
  • DMI - Designed to help you see whether or not an instrument is currently trending.
  • Detrended Price Oscillator - Strips out price trends in an effort to estimate the length of price cycles from peak to peak, or trough to trough.
  • Envelope - Plots a band of two moving averages, one which is shifting upwards, the other shifting downwards, to help define a stock's upper and lower boundaries.
  • Ease of Movement - A technical momentum indicator that can help illustrate the relationship between the rate of an asset's price change and its volume.
  • Exponential Moving Average - The exponential moving average gives more weight to the latest prices and includes all of the price data in the life of the instrument.
  • Fast Stochastic Oscillator - Provides information about the location of a current close in relation to the period's high and low.
  • Force Index - Uses price and volume to assess the power behind a move or identify possible turning points.
  • High Low Bands - Most effective when it comes to trending markets, and may generate signals in trending markets.
  • Hull Moving Average - Improves on smoothing price fluctuations, and also accounts for price lag.
  • Historical Volatility Ratio - The percentage of short to long average historical volatility.
  • Intraday Intensity - Approximates the volume of trading for a specified security in a given day.
  • Keltner Channel - Sensitive to volatility, and plots an "envelope" of two bands above and below the middle line, which represents a 20-period Exponential Moving Average (EMA).
  • Lane's Stochastic Oscillator - Provides information about the location of a current close in relation to the period's high and low.
  • Linear Regression Curve - Used mainly to identify trend direction and is sometimes used to generate buy and sell signals.
  • Least Squares Moving Average - Goes one step further than linear regression by estimating what would happen if the regression line continued.
  • Least Squares Moving Average is used mainly as a crossover signal with another moving average or with itself.
  • Linear Regression R-Squared - An indicator used to determine the strength of the dominant market trend.
  • It is typically used with other indicators such as Linear Regression Slope.
  • Linear Regression Slope - A common statistical technique used to identify the strength and direction of a dominant market trend.
  • Moving Average Convergence/Divergence - Shows the correlation between two moving averages.
  • Mass Index - Suggests that a reversal of the current trend will likely take place when the range widens beyond a certain point.
  • Money Flow Index - Uses both price and volume to measure buying and selling pressure.
  • Momentum - Measures price change.
  • Moving Standard Deviation - Provides a good indication of volatility.
  • Negative Volume Index - Identifies when so-called “smart money” is driving the current trend.
  • On Balance Volume - A momentum indicator that uses volume flow to predict changes in stock price.
  • Parabolic SAR - Helps determine good exit and entry points.
  • Percent B - Can be used to identify overbought and oversold situations.
  • Price Oscillator - Shows the difference between two moving averages, in points.
  • Percent Price Oscillator - A momentum oscillator for price.
  • Positive Volume Index - Intended to track price movements which the 'uninformed' crowd is trading.
  • Price Volume Trend - Horizontal histogram that helps determine the strength of trends and warn of reversals.
  • Rate Of Change - A refined version of Momentum.
  • Relative Strength - Charts the current and historical strength or weakness of a stock based on the last closing price.
  • Relative Volatility Index - Measures the direction of volatility.
  • Simple Moving Average - The simple moving average sums the prices (you can choose from the closing price, the VWAP time-weighted price or the high/low/close average price) for a specific number of data points and divides by that number.
  • Slow Stochastic Oscillator - Shows the location of the close relative to the high-low range over a set number of periods.
  • Stochastic Oscillator - Shows the location of the close relative to the high-low range over a set number of periods.
  • Stochastic RSI - Applies the stochastic calculation to the Relative Strength Indicator.
  • Swing Index - Tries to determine the real strength and direction of the market.
  • Triple Exponential Moving Average - Smooths price fluctuations and filters out volatility, making it easier to identify trends with little lag.
  • Triangular Moving Average - Basically a double-smoothed Simple Moving Average.
  • TRIX - Displays the percent rate of change of a triple exponentially smoothed moving average.
  • Typical Price - A useful filter for moving average systems.
  • Ultimate Oscillator - Designed to capture momentum across three different time frames.
  • Volume * PMO - A price and volume momentum oscillator.
  • Weighted Moving Average - The weighted moving average gives each data point a weight proportionate to its number in the sequence and divides by the sum of its weights.
  • Wilder Moving Average - Similar to an Exponential Moving Average but responds more slowly.
  • Williams Oscillator - Identifies the overbought/oversold levels.

Studies will be released on a gradual schedule over the coming weekend, so keep checking for new additions!

To add studies to your mobile chart, click the Wrench configuration icon from within a chart and turn on "Studies." Click "Add Indicator" to select a study for the chart. Use the slider to add/remove the added indicator to any chart.