The 2016 Consumer Electronics Show has officially kicked off with the unveiling of Fitbit's new fitness watch the Blaze. While many new, exciting and even weird tech products are expected to make their debut at the convention all week long, it doesn't look like there will be many third-party Apple products showcased at the event. Yesterday we quickly looked at two new keyboard cases for the iPad Pro and iPad mini 4, and today Actionproof has announced its Apple Watch dock.
The first two days of CES are reserved for press releases and invite only press conferences before the convention officially kicks off in Las Vegas on January 6. LG already has the tech world talking with the announcment of its "18-inch rollable display that can be rolled-up like a newspaper,"
and 55-inch double-sided display. All eyes are also on Fitbit who will hold the first CES press conference at 7:30 a.m. on January 5. The fitness tracking company is expected to get the jump on the Apple Watch 2 by announcing its new line of wearable devices with upgraded features.
If you've received a shiny new iPad Pro for the holidays then you will probably want to invest in a new bag to lug it around. iPad Pro owners looking for a protective case or screen protector can check out our past iPad Pro case article. This post is all about bags that are big and strong enough to hold Apple's larger 12.9-inch tablet. Here are five iPad Pro carrying cases that caught our eye:
Offworld Games has released The Confrontation to the App Store for the iPad. The Confrontation was created by the German board game designer Reiner Knizia. It is a turn-based strategy game that has been compared to Stratego by Touch Arcade. The game was originally released as a physical Lord of the Rings board game where the goal was stop Frodo from entering Mordor. The iPad version replaces the Lord of the Rings characters with the "Light and Shadow" armies.
Astropad, the iOS app that transforms your iPad into a graphic tablet for your Mac, has added more features for the Apple Pencil and improved performance on the iPad pro. The app allows users to pair their iPad with a Mac so they can sketch on their display. The app works with Photoshop and other Mac apps and it connects wirelessly over Wi-Fi or with a USB.
It looks like everybody got their apps into the App Store before the yearly winter holiday shutdown, which takes place from December 22 to December 29. There were a lot of apps released to the App Store this week due to the mad dash to beat the deadline. Be sure to check out our sister site's App Store recap for all the new universal releases, so you can find a few apps to help you get through the long holiday season.
Frogmind has released a sequel to its 2013 Apple iPad Game of the Year. BADLAND 2 is now available on the App Store for both the iPhone and iPad. The sequel promises to deliver the same side-scrolling action with stunning levels as the original, but with new elements, such as liquids, flamethrowers, frost, magma, water and searing light. BADLAND 2 includes a single player campaign and online stages with "globally ranked, asynchronous multiplayer events." The original BADLAND has also been discounted to $2.99 on the Apple App Store.
Adobe's Lightroom for iPad and Lightroom for iPhone have both received major updates for Apple's next-generation products. Lightroom for iPad can now take full advantage of the iPad Pro's high-resolution display and multitasking features, such as Split View and Slide Over.
Lightroom for iPhone has been updated with 3D Touch support for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. Users can now quickly access their Adobe camera from their Home screen, and use Peek and Pop actions within the Grid View.
As promised, OtterBox is now accepting pre-orders for its first iPad Pro case. The Defender Series Case is one of OtterBox's most durable products that promises to put "layers of protective power between your tablet and a damage-prone world." The case features three layers of protection starting with its polycarbonate shell, which is guaranteed to protect your tablet from drops, bumps and wear and tear. The Defender Case also includes a built-in screen protector, rubber slipcover and port covers for keeping out dust and lint. The screen protector also works with the Apple Pencil while guarding against scratches and other display damage.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has released a new report (via 9to5Mac) today claiming that Apple will refresh its iPad Air lineup in the 1st half of 2016. Kuo also noted that Apple's new 9-inch iPad will not include 3D Touch due to "production issues."
Recent rumors have suggested that Apple also plans to launch a 4-inch iPhone 6c and second-generation Apple Watch next year.