Here's one last next-generation iPad rumor to mull over before Apple's official announcement tomorrow. Ex-Apple developer Jamie Ryan published a blog post (via Gizmodo UK) claiming Apple is working on an iPad 5 case that "mimics Microsoft's touch cover." The new cover would be an improvement over Apple's current Bluetooth keyboard, and allow the company to "differentiate the larger iPad" from the iPad mini, according to Ryan.
"Apple already sells a Bluetooth keyboard that functions perfectly with the iPad but it’s not quite as integrated as Microsofts offering, requiring a lot more bag space. This is the primary motivation behind the development, as all of the current solutions are fairly inelegant. Apple realises the market for the large iPad is mainly professionals looking to work on it whereas the iPad mini is mainly content consumption.
The latest iPad mini 2 shortage rumor comes from Jefferies & Co. analyst Peter Misek who believes the second-generation tablet will have a Retina display. However, it is the Retina display which makes Misek worry that stock of the new Apple slate will be limited at launch.
"We expect a Retina Display iPad mini to be introduced at $329. Yields for Retina film based display for mini remain terrible, which is why there was speculation (i.e., Reuters) that the launch could be pushed out to CQ1. We think initial launch supplies could be constrained to as few units as 2-5M."
Back in August, T-Mobile CEO John Legere told AllThingsD that the carrier was looking forward to carrying a "whole array of Apple products" in the future. At the time most people thought Legere was just referring to the unreleased iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, but some speculated that the CEO was also talking about the iPad, and it looks like those people were right.
Legere recently tweeted a link to an article about Apple's upcoming iPad event being held on October 22. Apple is expected to announce the iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco on Tuesday, and Legere's tweet seems to suggest that T-Mobile will carry the next-generation tablets.
Oyster has finally brought its huge collection of e-books to the iPad. The paid subscription services gives iPhone and iPad users unlimited access to more than 100,000 titles for just $10 a month. Oyster has recently added 2,000 new books in the past two weeks, and promises to add many more in the future. Titles include international bestsellers, celebrated classics, cult / sci-fi, seminal biographies plus more.
The app features the ability to sync on multiple devices so you can start reading a book on your iPad and pick up where you left off on your iPhone. Members can also share what they're reading with friends on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, explore the libraries of other members, and get recommendations based on their reading history.
NetherRealm Studios, the team behind Imjustice: Gods Among Us and Batman: Arkham City Lockdown, is developing a free-to-play version of Batman: Arkham Origins for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. The game, to be released during the “console game launch window,” is a touch and swipe brawler where players will control the Dark Knight as he faces “a number of DC Comics’ most deadly assassins.”
Players will have the opportunity to earn unique Batsuits and in-game currency and rewards. For those who play and register both the iOS and console versions with a Warner Bros. ID, there will be exclusive bonus content “not available elsewhere.”
Apple has sent out invites for an upcoming press event being held on Tuesday, October 22. The event will take place at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco at 10am PDT / 1pm EDT. The invitation reads, "We still have a lot to cover," underneath a colorful iOS 7 inspired graphic.
Apple is expected to announce the iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 at the press conference. Previous leaks and rumors have suggested that the next-generation 9.7-inch iPad will be available in space grey and feature Apple's new Touch ID system, like the recently released iPhone 5s. The iPad 5 should also be thinner and lighter than its predecessor, and include an improved 64-bit A7X chip.
Does feeling the surface friction of a virtual object rendered on an iPad screen sound like science fiction? Disney Research has already made the technology a reality, with a project dubbed "Tactile Rendering of 3D Features on Touch Surfaces." It's safe to say that tablet manufacturers, including Apple, should be watching the developments closely.
In a nutshell, the algorithm is able to simulate friction in real time by calculating how interaction with a physical object affects the skin. Applying voltage to the display as a hand moves across the tablet surface actually stretches the skin to create the sensation of bumps, valleys and even different textures. The project, detailed at Disney Research, has already successfully rendered the perception of 3D surfaces on a display screen that's completely smooth.
Everyone seems to be looking ahead to the iPad 6, instead of getting excited for the iPad 5, which is expected to be announced by Apple in a few weeks. The well trusted KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo sent out a research note over the weekend regarding the future of Apple's iPad, iMac and MacBook lines. Unlike analyst David Hsieh, who believes Apple is working on a 12-inch iPad, Kuo thinks the iPad 6 "will not change from the current 9.7-inch format." Instead Kuo says the iPad 6 will get a bump in pixels per inch instead of an increase in screen size.
"In light [of] advancing Oxide and a-Si technologies, the PPI of iPad 6, which we expect to come out at end-2014, will exceed that of 2013’s iPad 5 by 30-40%, which will offer more competent visuals.”
Kuo also noted that he expects the iPad mini 2 to feature a Retina display, and added "that there will be no further changes to resolution for the third-generation iPad mini next year," according to MacRumors.
Alien Shooter EX. is now free for a limited time. The game is a top-down 3D shooter with RPG-like elements. Players control a soldier who must come out of retirement to ward off an alien invasion. Each stage includes different tasks such as finding survivors, collecting data, solving puzzles and of course blasting aliens.
Players can explore expansive 3D worlds while collecting data on their enemy to better their chances of surviving the invasion. The game also features "uncluttered" dual touchscreen joystick controls, dozens of "space-esque weapons," 25 levels, 40 achievements and multiplayer action.
The reliable Sonny Dickson published a detailed image gallery of the fifth-generation iPad. Dickson is the Australian writer who gave us an accurate early look at the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s. The new images depict the upcoming 9.7-inch slate's casing and front panel in space grey.
This is just one of many leaks showing off the new iPad in parts, but it also the most thorough. The gallery features over 70 alleged high-res images of the upcoming tablet.