The invitations have been sent for Apple's March 21st keynote at its Infinite Loop campus in Cupertino, California. Apple is expected to unveil its latest iPhone model dubbed the iPhone SE, a new 9.7-inch iPad model and new Apple Watch bands. Now that we know the official date let's look back at all the next-generation iPad rumors that led up to the event. Remember, none of these rumors have been officially confirmed, and we will not know for sure what Apple plans to launch at the upcoming event until it actually takes place.
Apple on Thursday sent out invites for its first major keynote of 2016. The event is being held at Apple’s 1 Infinite Loop campus on March 21st at 10 am PT/1 pm ET. The invitation reads, "let us loop you in." Apple is expected to launch the iPhone SE, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, new Apple Watch bands and iOS 9.3. Here are all the rumors leading up to the event:
Google this week updated its productivity apps, Google Docs, Slides and Sheets, with native iPad Pro support. Each of the apps will now take advantage of the tablet's larger 12.9-inch screen. Google Docs has also been updated with a word count feature, while Sheets gained an easier account creation tool. All three apps were updated with minor bug fixes and performance improvements.
The official NCAA March Madness Live app this year will be expanded to 12 platforms, including Apple TV, Roku players, Amazon Fire devices, desktop computers and Windows handsets. Pay-TV subscribers will be able to access all the Division I Men’s Basketball games across a variety of sources, such as their iPad or online. Everyone else will be able to live stream select games using the TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV apps.
The 2016 Major League Baseball season kicks off in early April, which means it is time for fantasy sport fans to start planning for their upcoming drafts. FantasyPros.com has released its fantasy baseball app, Draft Wizard, for iOS devices. The draft kit features a variety of tools to help you draft the best team for your upcoming MLB fantasy season. FantasyPros Draft Wizard includes a draft simulator, cheat sheets, draft analyzer, expert advice and more. The best part is it is available for free on the App Store, with a pay option to upgrade to the Pro level.
Collecting wood and clay to produce glass may not sound like the most exciting gaming experience in the world, but it can be if you're a fan of resource management titles that require more strategy than luck. Mobile app developer Smart and Smarty has released a tablet version of Uwe Rosenberg's Glass Road board game to the App Store. This city building title takes you on a journey through the Bavarian Forest on the 150-mile long path called the "Glass Road." The road is the biggest center of Glassworks and Brickworks in the 18th century, and you are one of the craftsmen who must carefully manage your own glass and brick production to keep your operation going.
Roadhouse Interactive this week released a teaser trailer for its upcoming mobile title based on the heavy metal band, Iron Maiden. The official YouTube description also gives the first details of the story for the game. In Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast, the band's mascot Eddie, is targeted by a mysterious force that shatters his "soul into a million shards." Players must battle their way through the action RPG to collect the pieces of Eddie's soul while gathering a team to fight the forces of evil.
Back in January the DigiTimes reported the next-generation 9.7-inch iPad would ship with 4K resolution, and today unnamed sources told 9to5Mac that the rumored 9.7-inch iPad Pro would be capabable of recording 4K video. The Apple blog also noted that the new iPad Pro would include a rear-facing 12MP iSight camera. This would be an improvement over the 8MP iSight camera found on the current 12.9-inch iPad Pro model and iPad Air 2.
There were a lot of titles based on popular television series released to the App Store this week. The most popular and heavily anticipated universal title is probably, The Walking Dead: Michonne - A Telltale Miniseries. This Telltale spinoff is a three part miniseries that follows The Walking Dead's most mysterious character, Michonne. The story follows the events that take place between issues #126 and #139 of Robert Kirkman's Walking Dead comic book. Episode 1 of The Walking Dead: Michonne is available for $4.99 on the Apple App Store. Additional episodes will be released in March and April.
The next-generation 9.7-inch iPad will not be called the iPad Air 3, according to 9to5Mac. Recent rumors have already suggested that the latest 9.7-inch iPad model will borrow several features introduced on the larger 12.9-inch iPad Pro, but according to unnamed sources, it will also utilize the Pro name, thus putting an end to the iPad Air lineup.
9to5Mac reports that the next-generation iPad will be introduced into the iPad Pro lineup at an Apple keynote to be held on March 15th. The new 9.7-inch iPad Pro will then go on sale on Friday, March 18th.