9.7-inch iPad Pro earns same repairability rating as iPad Air 2

iPad Pro Teardown

Apple's new iPad Pro model has earned a Repairability Score of 2 out of 10 from iFixit. This puts the 9.7-inch model at the same repairability level as the iPad Air 2, but lower on the scale than the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, which earned a 3 out of 10. The low score is due to "gobs of adhesive" that hold everything into place and a "fused front panel," which make the 9.7-inch iPad Pro more "difficult" to repair. iFixit also noted that the Smart Connector port "is virtually impossible to replace—but incorporates no moving parts and is unlikely to fail."

New iPad Games and Apps of the Week: Miitomo and more

Miitomo

Nintendo's first mobile app designed for iOS is now availble worldwide. Miitomo is a communication app where users can create their own Mii and socialize with other users. As of right now it is the number one app on the Free App Store charts. The game allows users to give their Mii a unique personality, customize its voice and create their own personalized greetings. User can also earn in-game currency to spend on outfits and accessories, answer questions to further personalize their Mii and sync their Nintendo accounts to earn Platinum Points.

Miitomo is available for free on the App Store. It supports all devices running iOS 7.0 or later. The game does not require that you own a NIntendo console, but it helps.

Apple releases iOS 9.3.1 to fix link crashing bug

iOS 9.3.1

Apple has released iOS 9.3.1 to fix a bug affecting all devices running iOS 9.0 to 9.3. The bug was caused by an issue with Apple's universal link API. Users with certain apps installed were experiencing crashes and delays when selecting links in Safari, Messages, Mail, Notes and more. iOS 9.3.1 is a permanent fix for this issue.

iPad Pro coming to MLB in new Apple deal

MLB Logo

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.

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