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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
"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.
Yahoo today updated its iOS email client with a new "minimize compose" feature for the iPad. Minimize compose allows you to swipe down on the header bar to minimize the compose email window. This makes it easier for you to access other features, like your inbox, while writing an email. The update brings the Yahoo Mail app to version 3.2.2 and includes a few unnamed bug fixes.
Apple announced a similar feature is coming to its Mail app in iOS 8. Apple's new email compose window will also allow you to swipe down to dock the window at the bottom of your display. This is a great feature for multitasking and writing multiple emails, which will be displayed in trays when more than one has been minimized.
It looks like this may be the year that Apple has decided bigger is better. The company will allegedly begin production on a 12.9-inch iPad by the first quarter of next year, according to Bloomberg. The 12-inch tablet dubbed the "iPad Pro" by the press will be released sometime early 2015.
This is not the first time we have heard Apple is planning to expand its iPad lineup. Back in April, KGI Securities' Ming-Chi Kuo told investors that Apple will launch its second-generation iPad Air in 2014, followed by a 12.9-inch iPad in 2015, and in May an alleged image of an iPad Pro prototype was published on the Chinese site Weibo.com.
It has been difficult keeping up with all the different T-Mobile promotions since the company re-branded itself as the "UnCarrier" and changed the way other mobile providers, such as AT&T, do business. The magenta company has pulled all kinds of stunts in the past like paying off its users' early termination fees and even offering BlackBerry users money to switch devices. And now T-Mobile has rolled out two new plans to help customers "avoid the old-guard carriers’ shared data schemes and overages".
T-Mobile today announced a new $10 Family Plan, plus it is now offering its customers double the data if they add a tablet to their Simple Choice smartphone plan. Here's how the tablet upgrade works, according to T-Mobile's press release:
"A customer with a Simple Choice smartphone plan with 5 GB of LTE data can add a tablet with another 5 GB of data set aside for use on that tablet, for just $10 per month. That’s a total of up to 10 GB of LTE data. And that’s all on top of the 200 MB of free LTE data every single month for the life of your tablet."
Stalag 17 is a new strategy title for the iPad based on the relatively unknown 2011 board game which bears the same name. In the iOS version players must help their comrades escape a WW2 prison camp by collecting items found on their individual escape plans. To win the game, a player must help three of their prisoners escape before the POWs from other countries also fly the coop.
Stalag 17 was released to the App Store with zero press by an unknown developer named Silver Apps. The only other game created by the studio is the Google Play title called Fearless Fighter. Little is known about Stalag 17 Game (official iOS title) but you can read more about the table top version at Board Game Geek. Pocket Tactics did give the app a quick spin and came to the conclusion that it is a "good" game with a "fantastic" concept.
Here are this week's top Apple related stories and rumors. Be sure to check out our weekly apps and jailbreak recap for the latest App Store and Cydia releases and news.
Reversible Lightning to USB Cable
Several sources have posted images and video of a fully reversible Lightning to USB cable that will allegedly ship with the iPhone 6 and new iPad models. iOS fans who do not want to wait until the iPhone 6 is released to get their hands on a reversible USB can purchase one now for $9.99 from Truffol.com.