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Apple announces new 9.7-inch iPad Pro and iPhone SE

9.7-inch iPad Pro

As expected, Apple today unveiled the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and 4-inch iPhone SE. The newly announced 9.7-inch iPad Pro model puts an end to Apple's iPad Air lineup, and it gives Apple fans a smaller, lighter and more powerful iPad option. The 9.7-inch version is similar to the 12.9-inch iPad Pro model released last year, but with a few improvements mostly in the camera department. The smaller model is of course lighter than the larger model weighing in at only 437 grams (0.96 pound).

The new iPad Pro is equipped with a 9.7-inch Retina display with 2048‑by‑1536 resolution (264 ppi). It also powered by the same A9X and M9 chips found in its larger counterpart. Both models also include four speaker audio, Touch ID, Apple Pay, always-on Siri, Apple Pencil support and a Smart Connector for use with Apple's Smart Keyboard, which now comes in 12- and 9-inch versions.

New iPad Games and Apps of the Week: Disney Magic Kingdoms and more

Disney Magic Kingdoms

Gameloft has released Disney Magic Kingdoms to the App Store. The free to play building game allows Disney fanatics to build their own Disney theme park after Maleficent casts an evil spell over the Kingdom. The game features attractions from Disney parks around the world, including Disneyland, California Adventure, Walt Disney World, Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Paris. Players can rebuild their favorite classic rides, such as It's a Small World, and discover new attractions only found in the game, such as WALL-E's House and Cyclops Sushi. The game also includes beloved characters from Disney movies, menacing villains, side quests and more. Disney Magic Kingdoms supports all devices running iOS 8.0 or later.

How to watch the 9.7-inch iPad Pro event on your iOS device or Apple TV

Apple Special Event App

As usual, Apple plans to live stream its upcoming March 21st keynote in Cupertino, California. Apple TV 4 owners will need to download the Apple Events app instead of it automatically appearing on the Home Screen, like it does with the third-generation device. Once it is installed from the App Store, Apple TV owners will be able to use the app to watch the keynote live at 10 am PT/1 pm ET.

How to show your support for Apple in battle over encryption with the FBI

SaveSecurity.org

The nonprofit group, Fight for the Future, is looking for support in its campaign to save security. The group plans to hold a rally outside the San Bernardino Courthouse where Apple will take on the FBI over iPhone security on March 22nd. Pro-encryption advocates can leave a message of support for Apple on SaveSecurity.org. The messages will then be displayed outside the courthouse on the day of Apple's hearing.

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What we think we know about the 9.7-inch iPad Pro (iPad Air 3)

Tim Cook iPad Pro

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.

What to expect for Apple's upcoming 'Let us loop you in' event

Apple iPhone SE Invitation

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 Docs, Slides and Sheets updated with iPad Pro support

Google Productivity Apps iPad Pro

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.

March Madness Live app updated with Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV support and more

March Madness 2016

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.

New iPad Games and Apps of the Week: Draft Wizard Fantasy Baseball and more

Mental Hospital IV

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.

Official digital version of Uwe Rosenberg's Glass Road board game now available for iPad

Glass Road

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.

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