iPad Air 2 May be Announced at Next Week's Event, Gold May be an Optional Color

If you have somehow missed the frenzied hype, Apple will be holding an event next Tuesday, September 9th, at the Flint Center for Performing Arts in Cupertino. The venue has almost four times the capacity of the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco, where Apple typically announces new products, so this one is expected to be big. The obvious seat of honor will belong to the iPhone 6, but many analysts and amateurs alike expect a wearable device (popularly dubbed "iWatch") to be introduced as well. Now there are rumors that the next generation iPad Air may also make its first appearance.

Gold iPad Air 2

According to a research note written by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (obtained by AppleInsider), he believes the iPad Air 2 will debut on Tuesday alongside both iPhone 6 models (the 4.7" and the phablet size 5.5") and the iWatch. About iPads, he writes that only the iPad Air 2 will see significant upgrades in 2014, which implies that the next generation iPad mini may not launch this year as some expected.

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Wacom Announces New Stylus Lineup for Tablets

Wacom has unveiled three new pressure sensitive stylus at IFA in Berlin. The new lineup includes a new third-generation Bamboo Stylus, a new fineline Bamboo Stylus and the Creative Stylus 2. The Bamboo Stylus 3 features a new easy to replace carbon fiber tip which helps reduce friction. It is available now as a solo model for $20, or as the "duo" which features a refillable ballpoint pen on the flip side. The duo is also available now on wacom.com for $30. Both models are available in silver, grey, blue, green, orange and pink.

Bamboo Duo

The fineline promises to deliver the "most natural writing experience" on a tablet thanks to its pressure sensitive 1.9mm solid plastic tip. The stylus supports the iPad 2 or later and Wacom's Bamboo Paper app available on the App Store, Google Play, Windows App Store and Amazon App Store. The Bamboo fineline is $60 and it also available on silver, grey, blue, green, orange and pink.

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Thinner iPad Air 2 With Improved Fingerprint Sensor Goes Into Production, According to Digitimes

While the world waits for the iPhone 6 and iWatch to be announced on September 9th, the supply chain is gearing up production for the next-generation iPad Air, according to the DigiTimes. The Taiwanese trade publication said "touch panel makers TPK and GIS are among some of the makers receiving orders from Apple," and that the iPad Air 2 "will remain unchanged in terms of size and resolution," but it will be "thinner". Previous leaks of purported iPad Air parts have also revealed that the new tablet will not feature any cosmetic changes worth getting excited about.

iPad Air 2

The iPad Air 2 is also expected to ship with the an improved version of the Touch ID fingerprint sensor found on the iPhone 5s. What "improved" means is still unknown at this time, but you can bet Apple will be pushing its Touch ID technology even harder after the alleged iCloud breach.

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Microsoft Now Accepting Monthly Payments for iPad Office Apps

Microsoft has really been listening to Microsoft Office users when it comes to their suite of iPad apps. The company has been adding user requested features, such as printing support, since the apps first landed on the Apple App Store back in March. Now Microsoft has announced that users can buy a monthly Office 365 subscriptions instead of having to pay for it yearly.

Office for iPad

An Office 365 subscription is required to access all the features of Word, Excel and PowerPoint on the iPad. An Office 365 Personal is $6.99 a month and an Office 365 Home account is now $9.99 a month. A Personal account allows for one PC or Mac, and one tablet to be connected to the service, and a Home account allows for up to five computers and tablets to be connected.

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How to Make Netflix Recommendations on Facebook Without Being Too Annoying

Companies love to add social sharing to their apps for one reason, free advertising, but the truth is nobody pays attention to their friends' automated posts from Candy Crush or other apps. Netflix obviously understands how annoying over sharing on social media has become, and has created a new way for friends and family to make movie suggestions without annoying everyone else.

Netflix Social Recommendation

The movie streaming company today announced a new social recommendation feature that allows members to share movie suggestions on Facebook privately. Here's how it works... After watching a movie you will have the option to log into your Facebook account to find friends who may also enjoy what you have just watched. After signing in, you will be able to select your friends based on their profile photos and send them the suggestion. Friends who do not have their Facebook connected to their Netflix account will receive the recommendation as a private message instead of a post on their wall.

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iWatch Rumor Roundup: Apple Considering $400 Price Tag, Release Date 2015 and More

The iWatch rumors really started pouring in after Apple sent out invites for its September 9th media event at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, California. Apple is expected to announced its first wearable device alongside the iPhone 6 at the same venue where it unveiled the original Mac 30 years ago. Previous rumors have suggested that the device dubbed the "iWatch" will be available in three models: a 1.6-inch version and two 1.8-inch versions. Over the weekend Re/code published a report claiming that Apple's smartwatch could cost up to $400 and include a range of lower priced versions.

iWatch

"Apple executives have discussed charging around $400 for the company’s new wearable device. Pricing has yet to be finalized for the forthcoming product, which is expected to begin shipping next year. Sources say consumers should expect a range of prices for different models including lower priced versions."

Re/code also noted that the watch will be unveiled on September 9th but will not begin shipping until 2015. If true, it is still unclear if Apple will announce pricing at thekeynote or when pre-orders for the device will open.

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New iPad Games of the Week: BioShock, Tiny Tower Vegas and More

Once again there were zero iPad-only games released to the App Store, but two big universal titles did arrive this week: BioShock and Tiny Tower Vegas. We should see an increase in App Store activity in a couple of weeks after Apple announces the iPhone 6 and releases iOS 8.

Bioshock iOS

In App Store news, Rovio released a 16-second gameplay trailer for Angry Birds Stella before its September 4th launch. You can watch the trailer after the break. This weekend is the last chance to get the first wing of Hearthstone's "Curse of Naxxramas" expansion for free. After September 1st the wing will cost 700 in-game gold or $6.99, just like the other four levels.

As always, 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.

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Apple Confirms September 9th Media Event

Apple has sent out invitations for an unnamed media event scheduled for September 9, 2014. The invites read, "We wish we could say more," but lack the usual clues hinting at what the event is being held for, however one major clue may be the location. The event is being held at 10am Pacific Time at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino. Apple fans will recognize this as the same venue where the original Mac was unveiled in 1984.

iPhone 6 Invite

The fact that Apple is not holding its yearly September keynote at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco suggests that the company is preparing announce a new product we've never seen before. It is safe to assume that product will be Apple's long rumored iWatch. The Flint Center can also accommodate 2,400 people, compared to the Yerba Buena which can only house between 700-800.

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Higher Quality Images of Alleged iPad Air 2 Rear Shell Leaked

The French blog NowhereElse.fr has published higher quality images of an alleged iPad Air 2 rear shell. The images reveal the same changes, like a relocated microphone hole, as previous leaks. You can get a closer look at the image here.

iPad Air Rear Shell

It has pretty much been officially confirmed that Apple will announced two larger iPhone 6 models on September 9, but it is unclear when the next-generation iPad lineup will be revealed. Most people believe Apple will announce the iPad Air 2 and third-generation iPad mini sometime in 2014, and a larger 12.9-inch iPad in 2015. Apple is also expected to release its first wearable device dubbed the "iWatch" alongside the iPhone 6 in the fall.

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PSA: Bioshock Coming to U.S. App Store Tonight

2K Games has released Bioshock to the New Zealand App Store, which means it should be available on the U.S. App Store around 11EST tonight. The game is $18.99 and it is only compatible with the iPad 4 or later, iPad mini 2, iPhone 5 or later and iOS 7.1 or later. It is rated 17+ and weighs in at 1.65 GB. Here's the official New Zealand App Store description:

Bioshock iOS

"One of the greatest first person shooters of all time, Bioshock comes to iOS!"

"Bioshock is the 'genetically enhanced' first person shooter where you can turn everything into a weapon: the environment, your body, fire and water, and even your worst enemies."

"You are a cast-away in Rapture, an underwater Utopia torn apart by civil war. Caught between powerful forces, and hunted down by genetically modified 'splicers' and deadly security systems, you have to come to grips with a deadly, mysterious world filled with powerful technology and fascinating characters. No encounter ever plays out the same, and no two gamers will play the game the same way.

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