Google has finally updated its three main productivity apps with multitasking support for the iPad. Google Sheets, Slides and Docs were all updated yesterday with Split-screen multitasking and minor bug fixes. Google was one of the first to update its apps with iPad Pro optimization, but it was slow to roll out multitasking to its productivity apps. Google Photos was one of the only Google apps that gain multitasking features back in March.
The iPad Pro is almost 10 months old, which means it has been around long enough for Apple to start offering refurbished models. The 12.9-inch version is now available refurbished through Apple's online shop, starting at $679 for the 32GB WiFi-only model in Gold, Silver and Space Gray. You can also nab a refurbished cellular model for $919. That's $120 cheaper than a new WiFi-model and $160 off the 128GB cellular version .
The only people who should be concerned about installing iOS 10 when it is released in fall are those with older hardware or jailbroken devices. The lastest jailbreak tool only supports 64-bit devices running iOS 9.3.3. iPad and iPhone owners with jailbroken devices will need to avoid iOS 10 if they want to keep their jailbreak tweaks and apps installed.
iPad users with older devices, such as the iPad mini 2 or fourth-generation iPad, may want to hold off on updating to iOS 10. Even though the iPad 2 and iPhone 4s both support iOS 9, the devices can't take advantage of most of the new features. There were also reports that iOS 9 made the iPhone 4s and iPad sluggish, and there were a variety of bugs and issues with some of the later iOS 9 updates. However, Apple normally does a great job of quickly fixing all major and minor problems, like it did with the link crashing bug in iOS 9.3. There just wasn't much use to installing iOS 9.x on your iPhone 4s and iPad 2 and it did allegedly cause some users headaches.
The promotional game for a summer blockbuster normally doesn't receive better reviews than the actual movie, but that's exactly what happened with Suicide Squad. Warner Bros. mobile tie-in has received mostly positive reviews from both critics and gamers, alike, earning itself a 5-star rating on the Apple App Store. Normally tie-in games are released before the official movie then are quickly forgotten about by both fans and the developers, but Suicide Squad: Special Ops has been updated to version 1.1.1. The update brings a new Extreme Mode, an option to remove aim assist and other tweaks and improvements.
Square Enix's latest Final Fantasy title Mobius is now available on the App Store. Mobius is a free-to-play Final Fantasy game that was specifically created for mobile devices by some of the original creators. The game features a new story written by Kazushige Nojima, stunning 3D graphics and a new battle system with touch-based controls.
Reviews are already mixed. The game features expensive IAPs, a $19 subscription plan and a deep learning curve. It is also a hefty download at 84.1 MB and it requires an additional download of 300 MB once the game is installed. Mobius Final Fantasy is geared towards RPG fans who don't mind sitting through a lot of cutscenes and long tutorials.
Apple has launched several international Smart Keyboards for both the 12.9- and 9.7-inch iPad Pro models. Spotted by 9to5Mac, the new keyboards offer a variety of localized layouts including British English, French, Spanish, Korean, Italian and Arabic. Customers are now given the choice between "US English" or the language of their respective country when shopping on supported Apple websites. The new language option is located under the Size option on the iPad Pro checkout page.
Logitech was one of the first accessory makers to release a keyboard case for the original iPad Pro. The Logitech Create was launched on the same day as 12.9-inch tablet, and it was built with input from Apple themselves. Logitech took a little longer to get around the 9.7-inch iPad Pro model, but starting today the Create keyboard is now available for both models.
The Create backlit keyboard case for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro is a lot like its predecessor. It features Smart Connector support for easy charging and no more Bluetooth syncing. The keyboard includes mechanical scissor keys with built in iOS shortcuts, and easy controls for adjusting volume and performing other tasks. Other features include an integrated Apple Pencil holder, all-around protection from bumps and spills and optimal key depth for laptop-like typing.
Disney announced back in May that is was discontinuing its video game series Disney Infinity, and today the company announced its plans on how the series will end.
Infinity was Disney's attempt to cash in on the collectible action figure and video game craze kicked off by Activision's Skylnaders series, and made even more popular by Nintendo's amiibo line. The video game was launched in 2013 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, Wii U, and Nintendo 3DS, and it included physical, interactive figurines that unlocked Disney and Pixar characters within the game. Disney Infinity seemed like a guaranteed home run due to Disney's deep catalog of properties, including Marvel Superheroes, but the game never caught on.
On Thursday we looked at two new strategy games that landed on the App Store. The Quest is the first iPad-only title we have spotted in a long time. It is an open world RPG with a long storyline set in the kingdom of Monares. You are an agent of the king tasked with finding out what happened to the governor of Freymore, who went missing. The game features four cities and a world full of mountains, caves, lakes and forests for you to explore. You can also interact with friendly and hostile NPCs while being forced to make decisions that will determine the outcome of the game.
The Quest HD is available now for $7.99 on the App Store. It includes the ability to customize your character spells, potions to craft, a day/night cycle with changing weather and more.
Two premium strategy games have landed on the App Store for the iPad. The Quest is an iPad-only, open world RPG with hand-drawn art, and Heroes of Normandie is a universal title based on the popular board game from 2014.
The Quest has a Dungeons & Dragons-like feel with its old school art, customizable races and magic spells. The official App Store description promises a "long and dramatic main story" with side quests, an open world and the ability to cast dazzling spells, enchant powerful items and concoct potent potions.