Apple sends out invites to October 27th event

hello again

Apple has confirmed that it is holding a new product event on October 27th, a few hours after Recode announced that the company was planing to refresh its Mac lineup. Invitations with the tagline "hello again" were sent out to members of the media on Wednesday. The event is being held on Apple’s campus at 10:00 a.m.. This will likely be the last event held at Apple's Town Hall conference center before its Campus 2 opens.

Sources confirm new Macs coming October 27

MacBook Air

Apple plans to announce a fresh lineup of Macs on October 27th, according to Recode. Citing unnamed sources, Recode reports Apple will hold a keynote on its Cupertino campus to unveil the new lineup. Recode also mentioned Apple launching MacOS Sierra last month, and the upcoming holiday shopping season as positive signs that the iPhone-maker plans to launch new Mac products this year. If the report is true, this will be the first major Mac refresh since 2015.

Sprint rolls out unlimited data plan for tablets

Sprint iPad Deals

Sprint is now offering an unlimited data plan exclusively for tablet users. Like all carrier deals, the new plan comes with some fine print attached. To qualify you need to purchase a cellular tablet through Sprint, have at least one active phone line with the carrier, and enroll in their AutoPay program. This means you can't get unlimited data for an iPad you already own, and you obviously must be or become a Sprint customer.

The unlimited data plan is $20/month and comes with a resolution and speed cap for video/music streaming and online gaming:


Hidden object game Magician's Handbook available free for limited time

The Magician's Handbook: Cursed Valley

They may not be considered hardcore gamers, or be widely discussed on gaming forums, but there is a dedicated bunch of hidden object enthusiast out there. Hidden object games are so popular on iOS, that developers like Big Fish Games and G5 Entertainment release 1 to 2 titles a week. Hidden object games also tend to be either fantasy or spooky, which makes them great Halloween titles.

Starting today, G5 Entertainment's popular The Magician's Handbook: Cursed Valley is free. This is the full version with all 13 enchanted levels and unlimited replay. The game also includes 2 game modes (casual and apprentice), 12 mini-games and secret items to unlock.

New iOS Games and Apps of the Week: Flappy Golf 2 and more

Really Bad Chess

Noodlecake Studios released the followup to its popular wacky golf game, Flappy Golf. The sequel includes Race mode, 29 courses, simple flap controls and online and local multiplayer options. Flappy Golf 2 is available for free on the App Store.

Really Bad Chess by Zach Gage flips the classic game on its head making it more accessible to new, bad and disinterested players. Gage's game allows you to play different matches with totally random pieces, such as 8 Knights or 4 Bishops. Players can compete in ranked, daily, or weekly challenges vs. an AI. The game is free, but you can pay to unlock the full ad-free version which offers alternate color-palettes and the ability to see captured pieces. Really Bad Chess is available now on the App Store.

Best Buy holding 1-day sale for iPad Pro models [Deals]

Best Buy iPad Pro Sale

We don't cover a lot of iPad sales, mostly because Apple products are not commonly offered at a discount. This is why Best Buy's current deal on both the 12.9- and 9.7-inch iPad Pro is worth mentioning, even if it is only available for 1-day.

Best Buy is offering both models at a $100 discount. You can nab a 9.7-inch model starting at $499.99, or a 12.9-inch model starting at $699.99 . All four color options and capacities are currently available for the 9.7-inch model . The larger 12-inch model is only available in Gold, Gray, and Silver and in all 3 storage capacities.

Amazon undercuts Apple Music by launching new $7.99 streaming service for Prime members

Amazon Music Unlimited

Amazon today announced its new streaming service, Amazon Music Unlimited. The unlimited streaming service is available for $9.99/month for non-Prime members or $7.99/month ($79/year) for Prime members. The $7.99 member fee undercuts Apple's music plan, which is $9.99/month for iOS users. Amazon is also offering a $3.99/month plan for users who want to stream music exclusively on the company's Echo smart-speaker.

Pirates meet Monopoly: Pirates War now available on the App Store

Pirate Wars

As the great LL Cool J once said, "don't call it a comeback, I been here for years."

At least once a year the media declares that horror movies are dead and that board games are making a comeback. Of course neither of these claims are true because both horror movies and board games are here to stay. Board games may dip on and off the radar a bit based on the next big release, but they have and never will completely disappear. This is especially true if you consider digital titles like Idiocracy's Pirates War - The Dice King a bonafide board game.

Apple removes third-generation Apple TV from online store

Apple TV

Apple has discontinued the third-generation Apple TV. All links now redirect to the fourth-generation set top box, and only refurbished models of the third model are available online. Apple has not publicly announced that the third-generation Apple TV has been discontinued, but it has been confirmed in an email sent to employees and education partners, obtained by 9to5Mac.

Alleged benchmark scores clock 2017 iPad models as 27 percent faster than current models

A10X Fushion Benchmark

Yesterday inside sources told the Japanese blog Mac Otakara that Apple plans to release 3 iPad models in 2017, and today the Chinese social network Weibo posted alleged benchmark scores for the rumored A10X chips that will power all 3 tablets. All iPad models ship with a more powerful version of Apple's latest processor. For example, the iPhone 6s is equipped with an A9 chip, and the current iPad Pro model is powered buy the faster A9X.


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