Top Apple (AAPL) and iOS News of the Week: Pangu Mac Version Released, Black Friday and More

After a bumpy start, the Pangu iOS 8 jailbreak is now secure and Team Pangu released the final, or close to final, version for both Mac and Windows last Sunday. iPhone and iPad users can now jailbreak any device running iOS 8.0 to iOS 8.1. It was also revealed that iOS 8.1.1 contains a patch that will break Pangu, so anyone considering jailbreaking should upgrade to iOS 8.1 before the next update is released. You can learn how to jailbreak your iPad or iPhone using Mac OS X here or using Windows here.

Target Black Friday 2014

A new jailbreak also means developers are releasing new tweaks that take advantage of the features found in iOS 8. You can find a list of the latest noteworthy iOS 8 supported tweaks and JB apps in our weekly App Store and Cydia recap every Saturday.

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Staples Releases Black Friday Ad with iPad Deals

Staples has released its Black Friday ad with tons of deals on electronics, offices supplies, stationery and more. The sale begins on Nov. 27 at 6pm and continues on Black Friday, Nov. 28, at 6am. Customers can save up to $80 on the iPad and $20 on Apple TV. Other Apple-related deals include 10% off all Beats headphones and savings on iTunes gift cards worth $50 or more.

Staples Black Friday 2014

Walmart, Best Buy and Target have also listed their Black Friday circulars with deals on the iPad and iPhone. Walmart customers can nab an original iPad mini for as low as $169, and Target is giving away a $140 gift card with the purchase of an iPad Air 2. Most of the Black Friday sales are kicking off on Thursday, November 27 and will be running all weekend. There are different sales on different days, so make sure you check each individual retailer's Black Friday websites before planning your shopping schedule. You can find links to Walmart, Best Buy and Target's Black Friday ads here.

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Sprint Announces iPad for Life Plan for iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3

Love him or hate him, T-Mobile CEO John J. Legere really did shake up the mobile carrier industry with his "Un-carrier" consumers’ advocate campaign. AT&T was the first to copy the magenta carrier's non-subsidized iPhone policy and now Sprint is offering its own T-Moble-like iPad plan called "iPad for Life".

Sprint iPad for Life

Beginning today, November 14, Sprint customers can lease a 16GB iPad Air 2 for $20 per month for 24 months, or lease and iPad mini 3 for $17 for 24 months. This will allow Sprint customers the ability to easily upgrade to a new model or buy the device outright once their lease is expired. Customers will also be able to continue leasing on a month-to-month basis or return their Apple tablet and terminate service with Sprint after 24 months.

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iPad Black Friday Deals (2014) iPad mini $169, iPad Air 2 Only $399 and More!

Walmart, Best Buy and Target have posted their Black Friday sales previews and all three retailers are offering different deals on Apple iPad models. Here's a look at all of the upcoming iPad sales this November.

2014 Walmart Black Friday Ad

Walmart customers will receive a free $30 gift card when they purchase a 16GB iPad mini model for $199. The original iPad mini is normally $249. The 16GB iPad Air will also be available for $397, with a $100 Walmart gift card. These deals are being offered during different Walmart Black Friday "Events" at different times and days starting on November 27, 2014. You can visit to find the Black Friday event schedule for your local brick and mortar location.

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XCOM: Enemy Within Coming to the iPad as Standalone App

Last year, 2K Games broke the premium game mold on the Apple App Store when it released XCOM: Enemy Unknown to the iPhone and iPad for $20, and now along with Firaxis Games, the company is launching XCOM: Enemy Within as a standalone app for mobile devices. Enemy Within was originally released as a downloadable expansion pack for the Windows and OS X version of Enemy Unknown. The expansion included new features such as new resource, called "Meld" and the ability to "modify operatives of existing classes to give them superhuman abilities," according to Wikipedia.

"In XCOM: Enemy Within, players can return to the XCOM universe, where they’ll encounter an assortment of new content including powerful new weapons, abilities, and strategies, and confront a host of dangerous new alien threats", said Ananda Gupta, lead designer at Firaxis Games.

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Pangu iOS 8 Jailbreak for Mac OS X Now Available

The Pangu Team released its iOS 8 jailbreak tool on Mac OS X on Sunday. The Pangu jailbreak works with all devices running iOS 8 to iOS 8.1, however, it has been discovered that iOS 8.1.1 does include a patch that will kill the jailbreak when it is released. This means anyone still on iOS 7.x should upgrade to iOS 8.1 as soon as possible if they plan to jailbreak their device using the new Pangu jailbreak tool. You can learn how to jailbreak your iPad or iPhone using Mac OS X here or using Windows here.

Pangu for Mac

After a few bumps and bugs since its release in October the Pangu jailbreak has been deemed "stable" by Cydia creator Jay Freeman (saurik). The Pangu Team's previous iOS 7.1 jailbreak was also confirmed safe by famed hacker iH8sn0w, and there have been no reports that the current version is any different. Pangu version 1.2.0 fixed the final Pangu bugs, such as a Safari reloading issue, and Cydia is now accepting purchases for paid tweaks and apps.

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Blizzard Announces 120 Card Hearthstone Expansion: Goblins vs Gnomes

Blizzard today announced its first expansion to Hearthstone during the opening ceremony of Blizzcon at the Anaheim Convention Center. The expansion is called "Goblins vs Gnomes" and it will include 120 of the "most dangerous cards you can imagine". Two of the cards previewed at the event were "Explosive Sheep" and "Annoy-o-Tron". The expansion will be available for all players this December. You can see a preview of some of the cards being released here.

Goblins vs Gnomes

The Goblins vs Gnomes cards will be available to win in Arena mode or players will be able to purchase them with in-game gold or real world money. Goblins vs Gnomes is the game's first official expansion, while the Curse of Naxxramas, which was released last summer, was the game's first "adventure".

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New iPad Games and Apps of the Week: The iPad is a Strategy Game Lovers Dream

The iPad has been a real lifesaver for fans of strategic war games in a time when console gaming is all about massive online fist-person shooters. Almost a week never goes by without a new strategic-level war game or turn-based board game being released for Apple's tablet, and one can only assume that the games are only going to get better as the iPad improves. In the last few weeks premium titles such as Battle Academy 2: Eastern Front and Russian Front have been released to the App Store. While these games may be a bit too pricey for casual fans, any die hard turn-based game lover will have no problem shelling $10 to $20 for a decent release. Hopefully developers such as 2K Games take note and start developing better mobile versions of popular titles such as Civilization in the future.

Rebels and Redcoats

The latest strategy game for the iPad comes from Hunted Cow Studios, who is known for its browser and mobile games like Civil War: 1864. The studios latest release, Rebels and Redcoats, is based on the 1995 hex-based board game from Decision Games. Rebels and Redcoats allows players to recreate four famous battles in the American War of Independence and command up to 24 different combat units. The game is available now for $9.99 on the App Store.

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Mac Version of iOS 8 Jailbreak Coming Soon

The team of hackers behind the latest iOS 8 jailbreak have announced via Twitter that a Mac version should be available in a "couple of days". This is good news if you don't have a Windows computer and are still waiting to jailbreak your iOS device, especially since it was revealed that iOS 8.1.1 will kill the jailbreak when it is released. This means anyone who has been holding off on upgrading to iOS 8.1 should do it as soon as possible so they don't get stuck at 7.x.

Pangu Jailbreak

Cydia creator Saurik also announced today that the Pangu jailbreak is "stable enough" and enabled Cydia purchases so users can buy apps and tweaks. Saurik's announcement comes a few days after Team Pangu updated the Pangu jailbreak to version 1.2.0 to fix a few bugs.

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Pokémon TCG Online for the iPad Updated with XY: Phantom Forces Support

The Pokémon Company today has updated its iPad version of Pokémon TCG Online. Version 2.24.0 of the game adds support for the Pokémon TCG XY: Phantom Forces expansion, the XY Trainer Kit—Bisharp and Wigglytuff 2-player set. This means players will be able to use Trainer Tokens to purchase 5-card Phantom Forces booster packs within the app. Players will also be able to redeem codes found in all three physical versions of the expansions to unlock digital versions of those decks.

Phantom Forces

Pokémon TCG Online was released for the iPad on September 30, 2014. The iOS version is a port of the popular online version with the same name. Players can use their Pokémon Trainer Club account to save their decks to use on both the iPad and desktop versions. Pokémon TCG Online is also one of the first official iOS games released by a Nintendo subsidiary. It was followed by a release of Camp Pokémon, the first Pokémon designed specifically for iOS devices.

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