There has been a noticeable lack of iPad mini leaks and rumors leading up to Apple's October 16th iPad keynote, making some believe that this is the end of the line for the 7-inch tablet. However today, the Japanese blog Macotakara reports that the smaller tablet will make an appearance alongside its larger counterpart at Apple's press conference on Thursday.
One reason for that lack of iPad mini 3 rumors could be that the upcoming refresh isn't that exciting. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said in April that the next-generation iPad mini may only receive a new processor and Touch ID, as opposed to the iPad Air 2 which is rumored to be getting a redesign, its own A8X chip, 2GB of RAM and other notable upgrades.
"...We previously thought Apple would not release a new version of the iPad mini this year, but we now think Apple will launch an upgraded version with same form factor, A8 processor and Touch ID (fingerprint recognition) to boost shipments of iPad mini with Retina display."
Apple is set to unveil its new iPad lineup on October 16, 2014. The company sent out invitations to select members of the press on Wednesday announcing that the event will be held at 10:00am Pacific at Apple's Town Hall Auditorium in Cupertino, California. The iPad keynote will also be streamed live on Apple.com and Apple TV. You can see a complete list of rumored iPad Air 2 specs here.
Will.i.am is also holding his own event in San Francisco on Thursday. The Black Eyed Peas frontman plans to launch his own smartwatch to directly compete with the Apple Watch. The new wearable device will run Google's Android operating system and feature a curved display, according to the Telegraph. The watch will also ship with its own music service and will not require a smartphone for full functionality, like other smartwatches on the market.
Flo is back in the latest free-to-play version of Diner Dash for mobile devices. The "2015 Edition" is the first release from Glu Mobile, who acquired the original Diner Dash publisher PlayFirst in May 2014. The iOS version is basically the same time management game we have all come to love with in-app purchases. It features over 90 levels of soul crushing servitude, three environments and over 20 customers with distinctive personalities. The game is available now on the App Store for all devices running iOS 7.0 or later.
Here's a quick look at the rest of the noteworthy apps and games released for the iPad through 10/05/14 to 10/11/14. Apple's Free App of the Week is Jellies!. The game will be free on the Apple App Store until 10/16/14. Also don't forget to check out our weekly App Store recap every Saturday for all the weekly universal releases, jailbreak tweaks, App Store news and important app updates.
Lets look at the rumored specs of the next-generation iPad Air now that Apple has officially announced its final keynote for 2014.
The second-generation iPad Air 2 is not expected to get a drastic redesign like the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, but various leaks have shown that it will be slightly thinner (7mm thick) than its predecessor, and that it will feature recessed volume buttons, a Touch ID fingerprint sensor like the iPhone 5s, and redesigned speakers / microphone. The new iPad will also be available in gold for the first time, according to Bloomberg.
As expected, Apple has sent out invites for its latest media event which is being held Thursday, October 16th at 10:00am Pacific / 1pm Eastern. The invitations read: “It’s been way too long," and asks select members of the press to attend the keynote at Apple's Town Hall Auditorium in Cupertino, California.
Apple is expected to announce its new iPad lineup, which will include a thinner iPad Air 2 and possible 12.9-inch iPad Pro, at the event (see images of the alleged iPad Air 2 here). The second-generation iPad Air is expected to feature recessed volume buttons, Touch ID, a relocated microphone, a new A8 or A8X chip and possibly 2GB of RAM . It is still unclear if Apple plans to announce a third-generation iPad mini this year.
Apple is working on two 12.9-inch iPad prototypes, a 2-in-1 device that would run a "Mac OS / iOS-integrated operating system" and its long rumored, basic "iPad Pro" tablet, according to the DigiTimes. Citing "sources in the supply chain," the DigiTimes points to iOS-like features being added to Mac OS 10.10 Yosemite and Apple's recently applied patents to bring a Siri-like voice assistance function to its Mac computers, as evidence that the rumor could be true. However, as 9to5Mac points out, supply chain sources are not known for making the best Apple predictions and that Tim Cook has publicly voiced his displeasure with merging tablet and laptop products.
In a 2012 earnings call Cook explained why Apple would never copy Microsoft and converge an iPad with a laptop.
When asked if Apple was planning to merge its tablet and laptop products, much as Microsoft is proceeding with Windows 8, Cook responded with a quip: “You can converge a toaster and a refrigerator, but those aren't going to be pleasing to the user.”
Cook elaborated that converging the iPad with a laptop would result in tradeoffs, ones Apple isn't willing to make. “We are not going to that party, but others might from a defensive point of view.”
Citing an unnamed source, John Paczkowski of re/code reported today that Apple will be holding an event on Thursday, October 16 at the Town Hall Auditorium on the company's Cupertino campus.
It is widely expected that the company will unveil its next generation iPad Air and possibly iPad mini, though there have almost no rumors or leaks about the latter. The iPad Air 2 will feature the speedier A8 processor which powers the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. It will also be equipped with a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, which is currently only found on the iPhone 5s, 6 and 6 Plus. Also like the new iPhones, the next generation iPads are expected to be available in gold.
It has been awhile since we looked at the newest iPad releases in the App Store because there haven't really been any to speak of, however, Nintendo and The Pokémon Company have changed all that by releasing the first Pokémon game for mobile devices. The popular collectible card game Pokémon TCG Online is now available on the App Store for the iPad. This marks the first time Nintendo has embraced mobile gaming, even though the company didn't create the game specifically for mobile devices.
Pokémon TCG Online is just an extension of the online version of the game for Mac and Windows. Players can now access their Pokémon Trainer Club accounts and use their stored decks on both their iPad and computer. The iPad version doesn't offer anything new, besides the ability to play the game on your iPad. Pokémon TCG Online requires an internet connection, so you can't even really play it on the go, a Retina display iPad and iOS 7.0 to work. The game is now available to download for free on the App Store.
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.
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.
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 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.