As we've noted before, there hasn't been much talk about the next-generation iPad Pro 2. It is possible that Apple doesn't plan to release a new 12.9-inch tablet in 2016, or any more iPad models this year, and noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo agrees with us. MacRumors posted a new research report by Kuo, who believes Apple is planning to release three new iPad models in 2017.
It was a good week for iPad gaming news as two major strategy games were announced for Apple's tablet. Avadon 3: The Warborn will be avilable on September 14th and Feral Interactive released an announcment trailer for Rome: Total War. Both games are premium titles being ported as full versions to the Apple App Store for the iPad. The Warborn is the third game in Spiderweb Software's Avadon series, and Total War is considered one of the best strategy games ever released. You can hit the links above for more information on both games.
Feral Interactive on Friday posted a teaser trailer for an iPad version of Rome: Total War. Considered one of the best strategy games of all time, Total War was originally released in 2004 by Activision, and ported to OS X by Feral Interactive in 2010. The 37-second announcement trailer doesn't reveal much, except that the iOS version will be the full PC version originally created by Creative Assembly. Don't get confused by all the company names, Total War was developed by Creative and released by Activision in 2004, then the rights were picked up by Sega and the game was eventually developed for OS X by Feral Interactive.
Google has finally updated its three main productivity apps with multitasking support for the iPad. Google Sheets, Slides and Docs were all updated yesterday with Split-screen multitasking and minor bug fixes. Google was one of the first to update its apps with iPad Pro optimization, but it was slow to roll out multitasking to its productivity apps. Google Photos was one of the only Google apps that gain multitasking features back in March.
The iPad Pro is almost 10 months old, which means it has been around long enough for Apple to start offering refurbished models. The 12.9-inch version is now available refurbished through Apple's online shop, starting at $679 for the 32GB WiFi-only model in Gold, Silver and Space Gray. You can also nab a refurbished cellular model for $919. That's $120 cheaper than a new WiFi-model and $160 off the 128GB cellular version .
The only people who should be concerned about installing iOS 10 when it is released in fall are those with older hardware or jailbroken devices. The lastest jailbreak tool only supports 64-bit devices running iOS 9.3.3. iPad and iPhone owners with jailbroken devices will need to avoid iOS 10 if they want to keep their jailbreak tweaks and apps installed.
iPad users with older devices, such as the iPad mini 2 or fourth-generation iPad, may want to hold off on updating to iOS 10. Even though the iPad 2 and iPhone 4s both support iOS 9, the devices can't take advantage of most of the new features. There were also reports that iOS 9 made the iPhone 4s and iPad sluggish, and there were a variety of bugs and issues with some of the later iOS 9 updates. However, Apple normally does a great job of quickly fixing all major and minor problems, like it did with the link crashing bug in iOS 9.3. There just wasn't much use to installing iOS 9.x on your iPhone 4s and iPad 2 and it did allegedly cause some users headaches.
The promotional game for a summer blockbuster normally doesn't receive better reviews than the actual movie, but that's exactly what happened with Suicide Squad. Warner Bros. mobile tie-in has received mostly positive reviews from both critics and gamers, alike, earning itself a 5-star rating on the Apple App Store. Normally tie-in games are released before the official movie then are quickly forgotten about by both fans and the developers, but Suicide Squad: Special Ops has been updated to version 1.1.1. The update brings a new Extreme Mode, an option to remove aim assist and other tweaks and improvements.
Square Enix's latest Final Fantasy title Mobius is now available on the App Store. Mobius is a free-to-play Final Fantasy game that was specifically created for mobile devices by some of the original creators. The game features a new story written by Kazushige Nojima, stunning 3D graphics and a new battle system with touch-based controls.
Reviews are already mixed. The game features expensive IAPs, a $19 subscription plan and a deep learning curve. It is also a hefty download at 84.1 MB and it requires an additional download of 300 MB once the game is installed. Mobius Final Fantasy is geared towards RPG fans who don't mind sitting through a lot of cutscenes and long tutorials.
Apple has launched several international Smart Keyboards for both the 12.9- and 9.7-inch iPad Pro models. Spotted by 9to5Mac, the new keyboards offer a variety of localized layouts including British English, French, Spanish, Korean, Italian and Arabic. Customers are now given the choice between "US English" or the language of their respective country when shopping on supported Apple websites. The new language option is located under the Size option on the iPad Pro checkout page.