New iPad Games and Apps of the Week: BADLAND 2 and more

BADLAND 2

It looks like everybody got their apps into the App Store before the yearly winter holiday shutdown, which takes place from December 22 to December 29. There were a lot of apps released to the App Store this week due to the mad dash to beat the deadline. Be sure to check out our sister site's App Store recap for all the new universal releases, so you can find a few apps to help you get through the long holiday season.

Frogmind has released a sequel to its 2013 Apple iPad Game of the Year. BADLAND 2 is now available on the App Store for both the iPhone and iPad. The sequel promises to deliver the same side-scrolling action with stunning levels as the original, but with new elements, such as liquids, flamethrowers, frost, magma, water and searing light. BADLAND 2 includes a single player campaign and online stages with "globally ranked, asynchronous multiplayer events." The original BADLAND has also been discounted to $2.99 on the Apple App Store.

Adobe Lightroom updated with iPad Pro support and more

Lightroom for mobile 2.1

Adobe's Lightroom for iPad and Lightroom for iPhone have both received major updates for Apple's next-generation products. Lightroom for iPad can now take full advantage of the iPad Pro's high-resolution display and multitasking features, such as Split View and Slide Over.

Lightroom for iPhone has been updated with 3D Touch support for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. Users can now quickly access their Adobe camera from their Home screen, and use Peek and Pop actions within the Grid View.

iPad Pro Defender Series Case now available for pre-order

iPad Pro Defender Series Case

As promised, OtterBox is now accepting pre-orders for its first iPad Pro case. The Defender Series Case is one of OtterBox's most durable products that promises to put "layers of protective power between your tablet and a damage-prone world." The case features three layers of protection starting with its polycarbonate shell, which is guaranteed to protect your tablet from drops, bumps and wear and tear. The Defender Case also includes a built-in screen protector, rubber slipcover and port covers for keeping out dust and lint. The screen protector also works with the Apple Pencil while guarding against scratches and other display damage.

KGI analyst predicts iPad 3 will launch in early 2016 without 3D Touch

iPad Family

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has released a new report (via 9to5Mac) today claiming that Apple will refresh its iPad Air lineup in the 1st half of 2016. Kuo also noted that Apple's new 9-inch iPad will not include 3D Touch due to "production issues."

Recent rumors have suggested that Apple also plans to launch a 4-inch iPhone 6c and second-generation Apple Watch next year.

New iPad Games and Apps of the Week: djay Pro and more

Apple TV App Pricing

AppFigures has been following the growth of the Apple TV App Store, and the company has released a report claiming that there are currently (as of December 9) 2,624 apps available for download. AppFigures estimates that the "store will be hitting 5,000 apps in about a month and 10,000 apps in early 2016." The large amount of apps being ported to the Apple TV may be good news for Apple, but AppleFigures also noted that "the majority of paid apps cost $2.99 or less." This isn't great news for the Apple which had hoped the fourth-generation Apple TV would be a serious console competitor.

Pixelmator updated with iPad Pro and Apple Pencil support

Pixelmator Version 2.2

The Pixelmator Team has updated its award winning image editing app with iPad Pro and Apple Pencil support. Pixelmator version 2.2 now features the ability to create and edit images up to 100 megapixels on Apple's newly released 12-inch tablet. The app also supports all the advanced features of Apple's new stylus, including palm rejection and more.

Updating to iOS 9.2 'might' stop iPad Pro from becoming unresponsive

iPad Pro

Back in November Apple responded to complaints about a bug that was causing some iPad Pro models to stop responding. Apple didn't offer an immediate fix, but the company did release a support document telling iPad Pro owners to restart their device to temporarily deal with the issue.

Apple releases huge iOS 9.2 update with new features and bug fixes [Changelog]

iOS 9.2

Update: Apple has updated its iPad Pro support document with the following message:

"Updating your iPad Pro to iOS 9.2 or later might prevent this issue from occurring in the future."

This in reference to a bug causing some iPad Pro models to become unresponsive.

iOS 9.2 is now available for compatible iPad, iPhone and iPod touch devices. The update fixes a bug that caused the Camera screen on an iPad to sometimes go black when shooting a video, but it did not address the issue causing some iPads to become unresponsive after charging. iOS 9.2 also adds Phone support for the USB Camera Adapter, which explains the new product description on apple.com that we discussed earlier this morning. This means iPhone users can now transfer photos and video from an SD Card to their iPhone using Apple's Lightning to USB Camera Adapter.

New iPad Pro Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader pops up on Apple's online store

Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader

iDownloadBlog noticed today that Apple has added a Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader to its online store. The official description states that the device "supports data transfer at up to USB 3 speeds on iPad Pro, and up to USB 2 speeds on all other iPad and iPhone models." This differs from the Lightning to USB Camera Adapter which only supports up to USB 2 speeds.

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