Apple today unveiled its first 12.9-inch iPad called the iPad Pro during its special media event at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, CA. The new Apple tablet sports a 12.9-inch display with 2,732-by-2,048 pixel resolution, which is more pixels than the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, according to Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller.
Happy #ForceFriday, here's a look at this week's noteworthy iPad releases for 08/30/15 to 09/05/15. Don't forget to check out our App Store recap every Saturday for all the weekly releases, jailbreak tweaks, App Store news and important app updates.
It was a big week for universal releases, but a slow day for iPad only games and apps. After a few delays Sarah Northway's Rebuild 3: Gangs of Deadsville is finally available for mobile devices. The zombie survival game is available for $4.99 on the App Store for all devices running iOS 7.0 or later.
Sarah Northway's Rebuild 3: Gangs of Deadsville had a few hiccups on its way to mobile devices, but it is finally available on the Apple App Store. The third game of the zombie survival series is really just a big upgrade of Rebuild 2 with lots and lots of new features, including a Campaign Mode, more building types, updated graphics and more.
Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac has been slinging out the Apple rumors at a rapid pace on Wednesday. "Trusted sources" told Gurman that the rumored 12.9-inch iPad Pro and iPad mini 4 will both make their official debuts at Apple's scheduled September 9th media event at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, CA.
Apple is expected to announce its next-generation Apple TV at its September 9 media event at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, CA.. The new digital streaming device will allegedly be a huge upgrade from its predecessor featuring a more powerful processor, redesigned remote with motion sensors and Siri integration.
Parts for Apple's rumored 12.9-inch iPad Pro will begin shipping in September, according to a J.P. Morgan investor memo obtained by Apple Insider. The shipments will result in "production of about 1 million units per month this year," and will include a "glass-film-film" (GFF) touch panel structure instead of the glass-film (GF) panels found on the iPad Air and mini. Sharp and GIS will be handling the bulk of iPad Pro display orders from Apple.
Apple has sent out invitations for its 2015 iPhone keynote. The media event is scheduled to be held at 10 a.m. PDT on Wednesday, September 9th at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, CA. Apple fans can watch the live stream at apple.com using their iPad, iPhone, iPod touch or Mac.
In gaming news... The Rebuild 3 mobile release has been delayed agian. Developer Sarah Northway did not give a specific release date since she keeps missing them, but said she is "aiming for September 3rd". I've been playing the beta and I'm really enjoying the game. It is basically an updated version of the original with a ton of new features and better graphics.
Apple today has sent on invitations to select members of the press for a special media event to be held on Wednesday, September 9th, 2015. The press conference will be held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, CA. Apple is expected to announced the iPhone 6s, and possibly its next-generation Apple TV or iPad mini 4.
There has been an explosion of fantasy football apps on the Apple App Store this year, and rightfully so since fantasy sports has become a very lucrative industry. Most apps offer the same cheat sheets, player rankings and selection suggestions based on Value Based Drafting (VBD), but there have been a few new apps created to perform specific tasks. For example, Fantasy Football Sleepers 2015 (Free) helps owners select the best sleeper at each postition. The app lists the top 10 sleepers at each position while listing Average Draft Position (ADP). This is a helpful tool for owners who are in keeper and dynasty leagues and need to draft for the present and future.
Based on various reports, and a lack of leaks, it does not look promising that Apple will release a third-generation iPad Air this year. It may be hard to believe that the company will forego its flagship 9-inch iPad in favor of a larger 12-inch model, but that's where all signs are pointing. The rumor mill and some analysts believe that Apple will only release a revamped iPad mini 4 and 12-inch iPad Pro in 2015 due to slumping tablet sales.
It is no secret that worldwide tablet sales are on a slide and that the iPad is not immune. Apple recently announced a 17.9% year-over-year decline in iPad sales and CEO Tim Cook has had to defend the tablet twice after seperate earning calls. This doesn't mean the iPad is selling poorly, Apple still sold 10.9 million units in Q2 of 2015, but it does show that interest in tablets overall has slown down.