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.
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 Walmart.com to find the Black Friday event schedule for your local brick and mortar location.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The future of the iPad mini was heavily being questioned before Apple's 2014 iPad keynote in October. Some people believed that Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) would discontinue the 7-inch tablet since the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus already offered a phablet-sized option. However, rumors of the iPad mini's demise turned out not to be true and Apple did launch a third-generation model.
Today, rumors of the imminent end of iPad mini have resurfaced. According to Taiwan’s Economic Daily News (via iDownloadblog) the iPad mini 3 will be the last of Apple's 7-inch tablets. Apple is expected to stop production on the iPad mini to focus on its upcoming rumored 12-inch iPad Pro. This isn't entirely shocking news since Apple paid very little attention to the smaller tablet during its iPad Air 2 event in October. There also seemed to be a lack of interest in the 7-inch iPad leading up to the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 release. The iPad Air 2 was leaked way more than the iPad mini 3, and Apple fans were way more focused on the upcoming iPhone 6 launch and Apple watch than anything else.
Apple will launch its 12-inch iPad Pro sometime in early 2015, according to Macotakara. The larger-sized tablet will be 6.9mm thin and come equipped with stereo speakers. The Japanese blog also claims that the iPad Pro is being modeled after the iPad Air 2 and has provided a rough sketch of the rumored device, which you can see below.
Several reliable outlets, such as Bloomberg, have claimed that Apple is working on a 12.9-inch iPad, but Macotakara says the iPad Pro will only sport a 12.2-inch display. If the rumors are true, it is probably safe to assume that the iPad Pro will feature Touch ID and Apple's A8X chip, like the iPad Air 2. Other iPad Pro specs, besides having a microphone on the top and bottom, are unknown at this time.
UPDATE: We have tested Pangu version 1.1. Click here for instructions on how to jailbreak your iPad or iPhone running iOS 8.0 - iOS 8.1.
We are currently in the process of testing the new iOS 8 jailbreak tool released by Team Pangu. While this means we can't say with 100 percent certainty that the jailbreak is safe, Team Pangu is quickly becoming a trusted source for iOS jailbreaks.
The Chinese team of hackers known as Team Pangu burst onto the scene in June when they released an iOS 7.1.1 jailbreak tool. Besides ruffling a few feathers in the jailbreak community for burning a few exploits on what some considered a useless jailbreak, the tool was confirmed safe by the well known hacker iH8sn0w. JailbreakMe creator Comex also praised Team Pangu for putting an end to an unhealthy monopoly on public jailbreaks.