iPad Pro coming to MLB in new Apple deal

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Apple has struck a deal with Major League Baseball to provide every major team with an iPad Pro this season, according to the Wall Street Journal. Teams will use the 12.9-inch tablets in the dugout to track stats, analyze matchups and more. The deal comes after the MLB lifted a ban on all smart-devices and laptops in dugouts for the upcoming 2016 season.

Nintendo's Miitomo coming to US App Store on Thursday

Miitomo

Nintendo has officially announced its first mobile app in partnership with developer DeNA will land on the US App Store and in several other countries on March 31, 2016. The app called, Miitomo, is being described by Nintendo as a "free-to-start social experience that lets users spark one-of-a-kind conversations with friends in a whole new way using Mii characters."

Apple releases new iOS 9.3 build for bricked iPad 2 models

iPad 2

Apple earlier today confirmed in a statement to iMore that iOS 9.3 was bricking some older devices, such as the iPad 2 and iPhone 5s.

"Updating some iOS devices (iPhone 5s and earlier and iPad Air and earlier) to iOS 9.3 can require entering the Apple ID and password used to set up the device in order to complete the software update. In some cases, if customers do not recall their password, their device will remain in an inactivated state until they can recover or reset their password. For these older devices, we have temporarily pulled back the update and will release an updated version of iOS 9.3 in the next few days that does not require this step.”

Apple suggesting Microsoft Office with purchase of an iPad Pro

Microsoft Office

During Apple's Monday iPhone SE keynote, senior vice president of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller said one of the reasons Apple launched a 9.7-inch iPad Pro is to attract Windows users. Schiller said, " the majority of people that come to an iPad Pro are coming from a Windows PC, a desktop or a notebook." This is why it is no surprise that Apple is suggesting Microsoft Office to customers who are looking to pre-order the new iPad Pro model.

Is the 9.7-inch iPad Pro worth buying?

2016 iPad Pro Lineup

It is time for iPad Air owners to decide if they want to upgrade to the new iPad Pro now that Apple has officially unveiled the 9.7-inch tablet. This decision may be easier this year than past years since there has been a significant amount of time between the iPad launches. The iPad Air 2 was released on October 22, 2014 and the 9.7-inch iPad Pro was announced on Monday, March 21, 2016.

Apple announces new 9.7-inch iPad Pro and iPhone SE

9.7-inch iPad Pro

As expected, Apple today unveiled the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and 4-inch iPhone SE. The newly announced 9.7-inch iPad Pro model puts an end to Apple's iPad Air lineup, and it gives Apple fans a smaller, lighter and more powerful iPad option. The 9.7-inch version is similar to the 12.9-inch iPad Pro model released last year, but with a few improvements mostly in the camera department. The smaller model is of course lighter than the larger model weighing in at only 437 grams (0.96 pound).

The new iPad Pro is equipped with a 9.7-inch Retina display with 2048‑by‑1536 resolution (264 ppi). It also powered by the same A9X and M9 chips found in its larger counterpart. Both models also include four speaker audio, Touch ID, Apple Pay, always-on Siri, Apple Pencil support and a Smart Connector for use with Apple's Smart Keyboard, which now comes in 12- and 9-inch versions.

New iPad Games and Apps of the Week: Disney Magic Kingdoms and more

Disney Magic Kingdoms

Gameloft has released Disney Magic Kingdoms to the App Store. The free to play building game allows Disney fanatics to build their own Disney theme park after Maleficent casts an evil spell over the Kingdom. The game features attractions from Disney parks around the world, including Disneyland, California Adventure, Walt Disney World, Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Paris. Players can rebuild their favorite classic rides, such as It's a Small World, and discover new attractions only found in the game, such as WALL-E's House and Cyclops Sushi. The game also includes beloved characters from Disney movies, menacing villains, side quests and more. Disney Magic Kingdoms supports all devices running iOS 8.0 or later.

How to watch the 9.7-inch iPad Pro event on your iOS device or Apple TV

Apple Special Event App

As usual, Apple plans to live stream its upcoming March 21st keynote in Cupertino, California. Apple TV 4 owners will need to download the Apple Events app instead of it automatically appearing on the Home Screen, like it does with the third-generation device. Once it is installed from the App Store, Apple TV owners will be able to use the app to watch the keynote live at 10 am PT/1 pm ET.

How to show your support for Apple in battle over encryption with the FBI

SaveSecurity.org

The nonprofit group, Fight for the Future, is looking for support in its campaign to save security. The group plans to hold a rally outside the San Bernardino Courthouse where Apple will take on the FBI over iPhone security on March 22nd. Pro-encryption advocates can leave a message of support for Apple on SaveSecurity.org. The messages will then be displayed outside the courthouse on the day of Apple's hearing.

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What we think we know about the 9.7-inch iPad Pro (iPad Air 3)

Tim Cook iPad Pro

The invitations have been sent for Apple's March 21st keynote at its Infinite Loop campus in Cupertino, California. Apple is expected to unveil its latest iPhone model dubbed the iPhone SE, a new 9.7-inch iPad model and new Apple Watch bands. Now that we know the official date let's look back at all the next-generation iPad rumors that led up to the event. Remember, none of these rumors have been officially confirmed, and we will not know for sure what Apple plans to launch at the upcoming event until it actually takes place.

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