As Apple announced its third quarter earnings yesterday after the closing bell, it disclosed that iPad sales numbered 13.28 million for the June quarter, indicating a drop off of 9.2% year-over-year. Despite the disappointing numbers, Apple remains confident about the iPad's future.
During yesterday's earnings conference call, CEO Tim Cook said that iPad sales met Apple's internal expectations, but he realized they didn't meet many investors' expectations. He pointed to several factors - "our sales were gated in-part by a reduction in channel inventory and in-part by market softness in certain parts of the world. For example IDC’s latest estimate indicates a 5% overall decline in the U.S. tablet market, as well as a decline in the Western European tablet market in the June quarter."
Griffin Technology today announced the Survivor Slim for iPad Air. The new Survivor case is a sleeker updated version that provides the same protection as its predecessor, according to Griffin. The Survivor Air features a shatter-resistant shell with silicone bumper and a "touch-through" screen protector to keep your iPad's display scratch free. It also includes a built-in kickstand and flexible button / port covers to fend against dust and other debris. The Survivor for iPad Air is available now for $79.99. It is available in black only.
Amazon has added hundreds of thousands of new titles and new Prime Playlists to its newly launched music streaming service. The new tracks are from both new and existing artists including Linkin Park, Shakira and Skrillex, just to name a few. Prime Music launched on June 12 as part of Amazon's Prime subscription service.
Prime Music gives users access to over a million songs without any ads or playback restrictions. Users can also download songs from the Prime Music catalog for offline listening. The service is available on Amazon Kindle devices, iOS, Android and PCs or Macs. iOS users can download the free Amazon cloud player to access the Prime Music catalog on their iPhone or iPad. The app supports all devices running iOS 6.0 or later, and it can play songs already stored on your iTunes account.
AMC has teamed up with Next Games to create The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land -- a new mobile game based on the hit television show. The trailer posted below will also be shown at AMC’s The Walking Dead booth at Comic Con International in San Diego from July 24 - 27.
The game will allow players to experience the same zombie apocalypse scenarios as the characters on AMC's popular The Walking Dead television series.
“Our approach is to stay true to the main themes of the TV show: survival strategy, finding safety for your people, balancing between right and wrong and, of course, action when it comes to fighting against the hordes of walkers," explained Teemu Huuhtanen, CEO, Next Games.
Gaming has come a long way on iOS, especially after Apple opened its doors to allow third-party external controllers, but it is still not the same experience as playing high-quality games on a PC. This is why Nvidia has decided to bring high-quality gaming to mobile devices by releasing the Shield Tablet powered by a Tegra K1 processor normally only found on extreme gaming PCs.
The Shield Tablet was created specifically for PC gamers who also enjoy playing video games on the go. The new tablet features an 8-inch 1920 x 1200 display and it has enough power to run Unreal Engine 4 so players can access games like DirectX 12. The Nvidia Shield Tablet is equipped with front facing stereo speakers (in case you don't own headphones), two 5MP cameras and a microSD slot for up to 128GB of expandable storage. Other specs include 2GB of RAM, WiFi N with MIMI 2×2, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS w/ GLONASS.
There hasn't been much talk about the next-generation iPad mini because everyone is mostly focused on Apple's larger iPhone 6 models and rumored iWatch. However, a new report from the Chinese site UDN claims that the third-generation iPad mini will be dropping the "with Retina display" from its name in favor of the word "Air". This is because Apple is reportedly planning to launch a 30 percent thinner iPad mini later this year.
The iPad mini with Retina display is 7.5mm thin, and Apple plans to make it thinner by using a new manufacturing technique to shave off two millimeters. The iPad mini Air will also allegedly be powered by Apple's new and faster A8 processor.
If the rumor mill is to be believed, then Apple plans to release a staggering amount of new products this fall.
Blizzard Entertainment has released a preview for some of the cards from the first Hearthstone expansion, Curse of Naxxramas. The first wing of Naxxramas, the Arachnid Quarter, opens tomorrow for free, and will be followed by four additional wings each week. The four additional unnamed wings will cost 700 per wing or $6.99 per wing to open.
The Naxxramas wings will also be available in bundles for those interested in buying all five at once. The bundles do not offer any special benefits, such as early access, but they will ensure that you will get immediate access when each wing opens. Players who use gold to purchase an individual wing will also have the option to buy smaller bundles. For example, if you unlock the Arachnid Quarter wing for free tomorrow, and decide to buy the second wing for 700 gold the following week, you will be able to pay the 3-wing bundle price for the remaining wings.
Amazon has officially rolled out its Kindle Unlimited subscription service. The new program is like Netflix for books. Customers can get unlimited access to over 600,000 digital titles and thousands of audio books for only $9.99 a month. The service is available on Kindle Fire HDX tablets, the iPad and iPhone and Android devices.
Subscribers can cancel at anytime, and there are no browsing limits or restrictions on how many titles you can read within a month. This is a lot better than Amazon's current Kindle Owner’s Lending Library because you do not need to pay $99 to join Amazon Prime, and downloads are not limited to Amazon devices. Customers can sign up for a free 30-day trial through Amazon.com.
As usual, there were only a handful of games released for the iPad this week, but Blizzard Entertainment did announce the release date for the first Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft expansion. The first level of "Curse of Naxxramas" will be available for free on July 22. The additional levels will be available weekly for 700 gold per wing or $6.99 per wing.
Here's a quick look at some of the games released for the iPad through 07/13/14 to 07/19/14. Apple's Free App of the Week is Cinamatic. The film creation app will be free on the Apple App Store until 07/24/14. Also don't forget to check out our weekly App Store recap every Saturday for all the weekly universal releases, jailbreak tweaks, App Store news and important app updates.
Blizzard announced today that Naxxramas will begin opening its gates starting with the Arachnid Quarter on July 22. The Naxxramas is part of the first Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft expansion being released for Windows, Mac and iOS. The adventure involves a floating necropolis with five wings that will be opened weekly. The Naxxramas is "home to a host of undead bosses ready to challenge worthy opponents," according to the original blog post.
The first level will be free to play during the month long launch event. The next four levels will then be available for 700 gold per wing or $6.99 USD per wing. Players will also be able to defeat the bosses Anub’Rekhan, Grand Widow Faerlina, and Maexxna to earn new cards to add to their collections and unlock "heroic mode" when they defeat all five levels. There will also be Curse of Naxxramas bundle packages for those who want to pre-order all five wings. You can learn more about the Curse of Naxxramas here.