Bloomberg: Apple to Announce Gold iPad in October

Apple will announce a gold iPad model in October to boost slumping sales of its 9.7-inch tablet, according to Bloomberg. People familiar with Apple's plans told Bloomberg that the next-generation iPad will be available in silver, gray and now gold, just like the iPhone 6 model pictured below. This will be the first time Apple has offered the iPad in anything but silver or gray, since it first introduced new colors with the release of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c.

Gold iPhone 6

The anonymous source said Apple hopes the new color will regain people's sagging interest in tablets due to availability of larger mobile phones on the market. Bloomberg also cites a note written by RBC Capital Markets analyst Amit Daryanani, which claims iOS users have been losing interest in the iPad after "shifting to iPhones with larger screens". Daryanani's research corroborates with other rumors that Apple will discontinue the iPad mini due to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus being more phablet-like.

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Pokémon TCG Online Now Available for the iPad

Pokémon TCG Online has finally landed on the U.S. App Store after soft launching in Canada and slowly rolling out over various iTunes regions earlier today. PTCGO is based on the original Game Boy Color game that was eventually turned into an online version for Mac and Windows. Not only is this the first Pokémon game released to iOS devices, it is also exciting news because the Pokémon Company is a subsidiary of Nintendo. As most Nintendo fans already know, the company has expressed much disinterest in releasing mobile versions of their games.

Pokémon TCG Online

Pokémon TCG Online requires an internet connection to work, and it only supports iOS 7.0 or later running on an or iPad 3 or later and iPad mini with Retina display. It is a trading card game where players can play head-to-head or against a computer opponent to unlock more cards to build the ultimate Grass, Fire, or Water decks.

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Touch ID and Apple Pay for iPad Discovered in iOS 8.1 Beta

Developer Hamza Sood claims to have discovered references to a new iPad model with Touch ID and a settings and privacy page for Apple Pay on the iPad in iOS 8 beta 1. Sood posted evidence of his discoveries on Twitter.

Apple Pay iPad

The image above shows an "About Apple Pay & Privacy" page found in the Passbook settings that describes what information Apple collects when you sign up for Apple Pay. Sood's second screenshot posted to Twitter shows a string of code that reads: "Pay with iPad using Touch ID". This doesn't mean the next-generation iPad Air will have NFC like the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, it just means users will be able to use Apple Pay and Touch ID on their iPad to make in-app purchases or do online shopping.

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A8X Chip to Power iPad Pro

It has long been rumored that Apple will introduce a bigger, more powerful tablet, dubbed the iPad Pro, either in late 2014 or early 2015. More likely the latter. A recent report from Taiwanese site Tech News indicates that it will likely sport an enhanced version of the A8 chip that is found in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

iPad Pro to have A8X chip

According to the report, the "A8X" is necessary to cope with the much larger 12.9" retina display. The largest iPad display to date is the iPad Air's 9.7" screen. The report also mentioned that the next generation iPad Air will likely double its memory to 2GB RAM.

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Top Apple Stories of the Week: HealthKit Off to a Rocky Start

It has been a rough week for Apple, starting with a bug that blocked third-party apps from using the HealthKit feature, a major selling point of Apple's new health platform and iOS 8. Apple released iOS 8.0.1 to fix the issue, but quickly discovered that the update disabled Touch ID and cellular data on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. After pulling iOS 8.0.1 on the same day it was released, Apple released iOS 8.0.2 the next day. The second update fixed the HealthKit problem and other issues such as a bug that was affecting third-party keyboards.

HealthKit

Developers didn't waste anytime updating their fitness and health apps with HealthKit support. iOS 8 users can now sync popular apps like WebMD and MyFitnessPal to the health app and track a variety of stats such as meal exercise data. You can see a list of some of the new HealthKit-enabled apps here.

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Apple Acquires Digital Magazine Platform PRSS

It has now been confirmed that Apple acquired Dutch startup PRSS earlier this week. Apple issued its standard statement to TechCrunch, saying that it "buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans."

Apple acquires PRSS

PRSS, which was developed by Michel Elings and Jochem Wijnands and launched last year, is an open platform for digital magazine publishers that essentially makes it easier to publish iPad friendly versions of their magazines with tools that don't require any coding knowledge. Prior to PRSS, Elings and Wijnands founded TRVL, which launched in 2010 and was the first iPad-exclusive magazine.

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FDG Entertainment to Release Tower Defense Title Crystal Siege Later This Year

FDG Entertainment is working on an interesting tower defense title that should interest both fans and non-fans of the genre. Unlike most tower defense games where players normally sit back and watch the action unfold, Crystal Siege allows players to get in on the mayhem by controlling a griffin riding hero. The game also features "several types of environmental traps" that also gives it a more hands-on approach, according to Touch Arcade who got an early look at the game in 2013.

Touch Arcade has learned that FDG Entertainment finally plans to release Crystal Siege sometime in Q4 of 2014, which is good news since the game fell off the radar after being previewed at GDC 2013. FDG Entertainment has also released a new 30-second trailer which you can watch above.

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Apple Releases Then Quickly Pulls iOS 8.0.1

Apple today released iOS 8.0.1 then pulled it after users reported that the update broke their cellular data and Touch ID on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. An Apple spokesperson told The Verge, "we have received reports of an issue with the iOS 8.0.1 update, and said that the company is "actively investigating" the issue. You can still downgrade to iOS 8.0 if your device is experiencing problems after installing iOS 8.0.1, or you can wait until Apple rolls out iOS 8.0.2 in the near future.

iOS 8.0.1

The update was originally released to fix a few bugs and improve "the reliability of the Reachability feature on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus," according to the changelog. Other iOS 8.0.1 fixes included eliminating a bug so HealthKit apps could be made available on the App Store, fixing an issue with Safari and addressing an issue with 3rd party keyboards.

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Second Report Claims iPad Air 2 Coming in October

The Commercial Times claims that Apple has begun production on its second-generation iPad Air and that the new tablet will begin to ship by mid-October. The Times' report coincides with an earlier report from AppleInsider that also said Apple plans to launch the iPad Air 2 this fall.

iPad Mini 3

The Times also claims that the third-generation iPad mini will be delayed until early 2015. This is interesting since Apple has always launched its 9.7-inch and 7.9 inch tablets together since the iPad mini was first introduced back in 2012. However, rumors and leaks for the new iPad mini have been basically nonexistent, which could mean Apple has put it on the back burner.

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How to get a Notification on Your iPad When Someone Responds to Your Email

Thanks to iOS 8 Apple has added several useful features to its Mail app making it once again relevant to iOS devices. For example, users can now skip the VIP list introduced in iOS 6 and receive a notification when any email is answered by using the new Notify Me flag. All you have to do is tap the flag icon when viewing any message in the Mail and you will receive a notification when anyone replies to that email.

Notify Me iOS 8

Another useful feature added to the Mail app in iOS 8 allows users to quickly update their Contacts or Calendar with new information and events contained in an email. For example, if a person updates their phone number in the signature of an email, the Mail app will give you the option to add that new information to the person's contact card in your Contacts app. The same goes for emails that contain dates and times for upcoming events. Just tap the "Add to Contacts" or "Add Events" notification to add the new information to your Contacts and Calendar apps.

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