Apple last week sent out invitations to the press for an event being held in San Francisco at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on March 9, 2015. Based on the event tagline, "Spring forward," Tim Cook and team are expected to reveal more details about the Apple Watch, but what about the 12.9-inch iPad Apple is rumored to be developing?
"iPad Pro" or "iPad Plus" rumors have been floating around as early as 2012, and several trusted analysts have predicted that the larger tablet would be released sometime in 2015. If true, it makes sense that Apple would also unveil the new iPad in March, instead of holding an entirely separate event. It's no secret that tablets are not as sexy as they used to be, and a bigger iPad hardly warrants an entire press conference for itself.
Slitherine, the publisher of Battle Academy, has released a new strategy title for the iPad called Hell: Fight for Gilrand. In Hell, players can choose to command the Order of Radiance or an army of demons as they battle for control of the fantasy realm Gilrand. The game features easy to use touch controls for the iPad, but it is not an easy title to master, according to Pocket Gamer.
One does not simply walk into Gilrand... Players must outsmart their opponents by using a variety of strategic maneuvers and magical spells to earn bonuses that give them an advantage in battle. The game features different units and support units with their own special abilities and attacks for players to use. The official App Store description lists "paladins and flying gryphon riders to demonic hellions and hellhounds" as some of the available units. Troops also gain experience for successful attacks and defense, and earn bonuses for terrain advantages and morale.
You can help the South rise again in Game Labs' Ultimate General: Gettysburg now available for the iPad. Players can command thousands of troops as the leader of either the Union or Confederate army in 10 historical missions. The tactical battle simulator was originally released for the PC through Steam before being rebuilt for tablet devices.
Ultimate General: Gettysburg features an immersive experience and "smart AI" that promises to offer a "significant" challenge by reacting to your actions in real time. The developers also "used satellite images and historical maps" to recreate terrain, houses and more. Other features include armies that act on their own, historically accurate forces and leaders and deep tactical combat that takes elevation and obstructions into account.
As expected, Pebble today announced its next-generation smartwatch with new operating system and color e-paper display. The company has returned to where it all started, Kickstarter, to give its early supporters a chance to be the first to get the new watch called Pebble Time. The Kickstarter campaign has already raised over $5 million and is quickly selling out of rewards such as the Early Bird pledge for $159.
CEO Eric Migicovsky said "while designing Pebble Time we followed our core belief: a smart watch should help simplify your life. It shouldn't try to replace your smartphone or distract you even more." This led Pebble to create a new interface called "Timeline" that organizes information from your past, present and future. The watch displays upcoming events and allows you to scroll back to view updates and other notifications that you missed during the day. Third-party apps will also be able to "insert pins" into a user's timeline with permission. Timeline will also be extended to the original Pebble watch and Pebble Steel.
YouTube is basically PG-13 but it is still a good idea for parents to monitor children when using the video sharing site. Google today has made that job a lot easier by launching its first app built specifically for kids 5 and under. YouTube Kids promises to make it safer and easier for children to search and view videos posted to YouTube.com by offering a variety of parental controls.
Parents don't have to worry about their children stumbling over inappropriate videos since the app only serves content appropriate for kids. Children can search for videos by particular interest or use the new kid friendly design to navigate through channels and playlists in four family friendly categories: Shows, Music, Learning and Explore. The app features channels by well known creators such as Jim Henson TV, National Geographic Kids and so on.
As we predicted, World Zombination is a freemium title, but it seems to be getting decent marks from App Store customers with a 4 star rating from 330 reviews. In the MMO players can choose to destroy cities as zombies, or save other survivors as humans. Both sides can recruit, train and level-up new units to grow their army. The game features 50 unique units, Player versus Player combat and over 50 single-player missions. World Zombination is now available for all iOS devices on the App Store.
Here are this week's most noteworthy iPad app releases for 02/15/15 to 02/21/15. Apple's Free App of the Week is Duet Game. The Australian puzzle game will be free on the Apple App Store until 02/26/15. Also don't forget to check out our App Store recap every Saturday for all the weekly universal releases, jailbreak tweaks, App Store news and important app updates.
Google's invite only Inbox app is now available for the iPad. The email client was originally launched for the iPhone in 2014. Inbox was created by the same people who created Gmail, but it's an entirely different service, according to Google. The app aims to simplify your email experience by offering several unique features, such as bundling similar types of mail.
The "Highlights" feature allows you to "get the most important information without opening the message." For example, photos are displayed as thumbnails and the most relevant information contained in an email, like flight times, is displayed underneath the subject. The app also includes the ability to set reminders with an "Assists" feature that will remember and display important information.
Microsoft today updated its OneNote app to version 2.9. The refresh includes handwriting support and optical character recognition (OCR). The handwriting feature allows users to use their iPad to jot down, highlight and color-code notes, sketch or just doodle. Users can just tap the new Draw tab to access the new handwriting option which includes 3 digital writing tools (pen, marker, or highlighter), four classic pen colors and a color wheel for an additional 16 colors. The OneNote app also now features stylus support with palm rejection.
OCR allows users to search for scanned documents or images with text within any version of OneNote. For example, if you scan a receipt into OneNote using the online version you will then be able to search for it later using your iPad. Microsoft says any image will "start showing up in search results typically within a few minutes" of being added. OCR can also recognize "printed text in many languages," according to the official Office Blog.
NBC on Wednesday updated its iOS app to include its TV Everywhere live streaming option. People with a cable/satellite subscription can now stream NBC content to their iPod touch, iPhone or iPad. The service is only available in select markets, so it's not available to everyone just yet. The app also supports AirPlay so users can stream content to their Apple TV.
NBC also added a classics section to its on-demand section. The new section includes older episodes of television shows like The A-Team, Miami Vice, Kojak, Battlestar Galactica, The Incredible Hulk, Knight Rider and more!
Apple Pay isn't all about waving your iPhone to pay for food at McDonalds. The service can also be used for making in-app and online purchases on devices that have Touch ID but no NFC technology, like the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. This is why a recent rumor claiming that both Touch ID and Apple Pay will eventually make their way to other Apple products, like the MacBook Air, is not all that crazy.
The rumor was posted on the Taiwanese blog Apple.club.tw on Tuesday. The report says sources have confirmed that future versions of the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad will ship with built-in Touch ID fingerprint sensors. If true, this would allow Mac users to make online payments, log-in to their accounts and authenticate other actions with a simple touch of their finger. This also doesn't seem like much a stretch since Apple has been trying to add continuity between devices with the launch of Handoff and other features found in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite.