Apple has been making headlines this week with its "Better" ad campaign promoting Earth Day, and now the Cupertino company is continuing its effort by making the iPad eligible for its in-store Reuse & Recycling program. Previously iOS users could only receive Apple Store credit for recycling their used iPhones. Apple customers can now also "upgrade across devices," according to an internal document posted by 9to5Mac. This means customers can trade-in an old iPad for a new iPhone, or vice-versa.
Apple will not accept iPads with cracked displays, or retired and new iPads such as the first-generation iPad or iPad Air. Your iPad also can't be jailbroken (make sure you restore it) or have any third-party parts if you wish to trade it in at an Apple retail location.
Hot on the heels of the release for Hitman GO, Square Enix has released a new trailer entitled, Cherry Blossom, for Final Fantasy Agito. Agito is a free-to-play RPG game designed specifically for smartphones and tablets. The game is directed by Hajime Tabata and it takes place in the same universe as the 2011 PSP Final Fantasy game Type-0.
The trailer posted above is for the Japanese release arriving in May. The video shows off the game's battle system, maps and equipment.
Agito is a lot like Type-0, where players can customize the appearance and weapons of their own character, and earn experience by exploring and completing missions. The game will also feature an evolving story line based on decisions players make during the game.
Griffin Technology is holding another site wide sale. This time the accessory maker is offering 20% off all its products in celebration of Mother's Day. This deal ends on April 27, 2014.
Griffin offers a wide variety of iPad, iPad mini and iPhone accessories. Here's a quick look at some of their noteworthy iPad cases. Most of these cases are available for the second generation iPad and later, including the iPad Air and iPad mini.
Apple (AAPL) will be reporting its second quarter earnings next Wednesday, April 23rd, and if the experts that Fortune contacted are correct in their predictions, the Cupertino giant will be reporting a decline in iPad sales.
iPad sales currently account for about 20% of Apple's total sales, making it the company's second largest source of revenue (behind the iPhone, of course). Last year's Q2 numbers showed a very healthy 55% year-over-year growth, but growing competition such as Samsung's Galaxy tablets and the rising
A new malware targeting jailbroken devices has been discovered by Reddit users. While very little is known about the malware itself, Cydia creator saurik has released instructions on how to find out if your jailbroken device has been affected.
According to Reddit user minilover11, the purpose of "Unflod" is to steal Apple IDs and passwords. German security consulting firm SektionEins also took a look at the problem and this is what they found:
"This malware appears to have Chinese origin and comes as a library called Unflod.dylib that hooks into all running processes of jailbroken iDevices and listens to outgoing SSL connections. From these connections it tries to steal the device’s Apple-ID and corresponding password and sends them in plaintext to servers with IP addresses in control of US hosting companies for apparently Chinese customers."
Thinner, faster, lighter has been the mantra spoken with each iPad hardware update. The successor to the iPad Air is no different, with analysts predicting an A8 processor and Touch ID in Apple's next full-size tablet. Now a parts leak purported to show the front bezel assembly of the iPad Air 2 looks to confirm an integrated LCD panel.
Apple currently uses this technology on the iPhone 5s, which fuses the front panel and display components into one part. Not only does this configuration shave off device thickness, but the integrated LCD can improve image display quality. Both the iPad Air and the iPad mini with Retina display have separate front panel and display components, making this a key area for improvement on the next generation iPad Air 2.
Saving money is smart. Anyone in the market for an iPad mini with Retina display now has the option to get a refurbished unit from Apple at a discounted price. Savings up to 16 percent is possible at the time of this writing, shaving $80 off the normal cost of a 32 GB model.
While 16 GB versions are currently sold out, the 64 GB iPad mini with Retina display can be had for $90 off retail, saving 15 percent. These discounts put the 32 GB model at $419 and the 64 GB at $509 with free shipping from Apple. Not only this, but the company offers the same one-year warranty on refurbs as it does on brand new hardware.
Although it is currently the world's largest music seller, Apple plans to bolster this side of its business in order to compete with growing competition. According to Bloomberg, the Cupertino company is working with Shazam Entertainment Ltd. to develop song identification software that would be integrated into the next major iOS update.
Song download sales have dropped off industry-wide, most likely due to the rising popularity of streaming internet services like Pandora, Spotify and Google's YouTube. Apple introduced its own streaming service, iTunes Radio, last year, but it wants to boost its download sales and plans to do so by incorporating song identification software into iOS 8. Shazam's app has 90 million monthly users and, according to Bloomberg, has "steered millions of song downloads through iTunes." Apple believes that if
Stolen Couch Games today released a trailer for Castaway Paradise, which looks a lot like Nintendo's popular Animal Crossing community simulation game. The developers have been testing the game in Canada since November, and plan to release an iPad version followed by an iPhone version sometime this year.
The game is a resource management title where players can customize their own character and "decorate" a village while interacting with other players. The developers of Castaway Paradise said they are "not hiding" where they got their "inspiration, and cited Animal Crossing as their muse on the TouchArcade forums.
Duckie Deck Development has released Sandwich Chef, a mobile app geared towards "picky eaters". The new game for iOS devices is designed to promote wholesome eating habits while offering a safe ad-free experience for toddlers.
Sandwich Chef's kid-friendly interface and colorful graphics are reminiscent of Toca Boca's popular iOS games for children. The app allows kids to create a variety of cute sandwiches while using healthy nutrient-rich ingredients.
The game is simple to play, a child just selects one of the ten sandwich options, then uses simple touch-based controls to decorate it with fun faces. Children can then "eat" their finished sandwich with a few taps before moving on to their next creation.