Apple is working on two 12.9-inch iPad prototypes, a 2-in-1 device that would run a "Mac OS / iOS-integrated operating system" and its long rumored, basic "iPad Pro" tablet, according to the DigiTimes. Citing "sources in the supply chain," the DigiTimes points to iOS-like features being added to Mac OS 10.10 Yosemite and Apple's recently applied patents to bring a Siri-like voice assistance function to its Mac computers, as evidence that the rumor could be true. However, as 9to5Mac points out, supply chain sources are not known for making the best Apple predictions and that Tim Cook has publicly voiced his displeasure with merging tablet and laptop products.
In a 2012 earnings call Cook explained why Apple would never copy Microsoft and converge an iPad with a laptop.
When asked if Apple was planning to merge its tablet and laptop products, much as Microsoft is proceeding with Windows 8, Cook responded with a quip: “You can converge a toaster and a refrigerator, but those aren't going to be pleasing to the user.”
Cook elaborated that converging the iPad with a laptop would result in tradeoffs, ones Apple isn't willing to make. “We are not going to that party, but others might from a defensive point of view.”
Citing an unnamed source, John Paczkowski of re/code reported today that Apple will be holding an event on Thursday, October 16 at the Town Hall Auditorium on the company's Cupertino campus.
It is widely expected that the company will unveil its next generation iPad Air and possibly iPad mini, though there have almost no rumors or leaks about the latter. The iPad Air 2 will feature the speedier A8 processor which powers the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. It will also be equipped with a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, which is currently only found on the iPhone 5s, 6 and 6 Plus. Also like the new iPhones, the next generation iPads are expected to be available in gold.
It has been awhile since we looked at the newest iPad releases in the App Store because there haven't really been any to speak of, however, Nintendo and The Pokémon Company have changed all that by releasing the first Pokémon game for mobile devices. The popular collectible card game Pokémon TCG Online is now available on the App Store for the iPad. This marks the first time Nintendo has embraced mobile gaming, even though the company didn't create the game specifically for mobile devices.
Pokémon TCG Online is just an extension of the online version of the game for Mac and Windows. Players can now access their Pokémon Trainer Club accounts and use their stored decks on both their iPad and computer. The iPad version doesn't offer anything new, besides the ability to play the game on your iPad. Pokémon TCG Online requires an internet connection, so you can't even really play it on the go, a Retina display iPad and iOS 7.0 to work. The game is now available to download for free on the App Store.
Apple will announce a gold iPad model in October to boost slumping sales of its 9.7-inch tablet, according to Bloomberg. People familiar with Apple's plans told Bloomberg that the next-generation iPad will be available in silver, gray and now gold, just like the iPhone 6 model pictured below. This will be the first time Apple has offered the iPad in anything but silver or gray, since it first introduced new colors with the release of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c.
The anonymous source said Apple hopes the new color will regain people's sagging interest in tablets due to availability of larger mobile phones on the market. Bloomberg also cites a note written by RBC Capital Markets analyst Amit Daryanani, which claims iOS users have been losing interest in the iPad after "shifting to iPhones with larger screens". Daryanani's research corroborates with other rumors that Apple will discontinue the iPad mini due to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus being more phablet-like.
Pokémon TCG Online has finally landed on the U.S. App Store after soft launching in Canada and slowly rolling out over various iTunes regions earlier today. PTCGO is based on the original Game Boy Color game that was eventually turned into an online version for Mac and Windows. Not only is this the first Pokémon game released to iOS devices, it is also exciting news because the Pokémon Company is a subsidiary of Nintendo. As most Nintendo fans already know, the company has expressed much disinterest in releasing mobile versions of their games.
Pokémon TCG Online requires an internet connection to work, and it only supports iOS 7.0 or later running on an or iPad 3 or later and iPad mini with Retina display. It is a trading card game where players can play head-to-head or against a computer opponent to unlock more cards to build the ultimate Grass, Fire, or Water decks.
Developer Hamza Sood claims to have discovered references to a new iPad model with Touch ID and a settings and privacy page for Apple Pay on the iPad in iOS 8 beta 1. Sood posted evidence of his discoveries on Twitter.
The image above shows an "About Apple Pay & Privacy" page found in the Passbook settings that describes what information Apple collects when you sign up for Apple Pay. Sood's second screenshot posted to Twitter shows a string of code that reads: "Pay with iPad using Touch ID". This doesn't mean the next-generation iPad Air will have NFC like the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, it just means users will be able to use Apple Pay and Touch ID on their iPad to make in-app purchases or do online shopping.
It has long been rumored that Apple will introduce a bigger, more powerful tablet, dubbed the iPad Pro, either in late 2014 or early 2015. More likely the latter. A recent report from Taiwanese site Tech News indicates that it will likely sport an enhanced version of the A8 chip that is found in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
According to the report, the "A8X" is necessary to cope with the much larger 12.9" retina display. The largest iPad display to date is the iPad Air's 9.7" screen. The report also mentioned that the next generation iPad Air will likely double its memory to 2GB RAM.
It has been a rough week for Apple, starting with a bug that blocked third-party apps from using the HealthKit feature, a major selling point of Apple's new health platform and iOS 8. Apple released iOS 8.0.1 to fix the issue, but quickly discovered that the update disabled Touch ID and cellular data on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. After pulling iOS 8.0.1 on the same day it was released, Apple released iOS 8.0.2 the next day. The second update fixed the HealthKit problem and other issues such as a bug that was affecting third-party keyboards.
Developers didn't waste anytime updating their fitness and health apps with HealthKit support. iOS 8 users can now sync popular apps like WebMD and MyFitnessPal to the health app and track a variety of stats such as meal exercise data. You can see a list of some of the new HealthKit-enabled apps here.
It has now been confirmed that Apple acquired Dutch startup PRSS earlier this week. Apple issued its standard statement to TechCrunch, saying that it "buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans."
PRSS, which was developed by Michel Elings and Jochem Wijnands and launched last year, is an open platform for digital magazine publishers that essentially makes it easier to publish iPad friendly versions of their magazines with tools that don't require any coding knowledge. Prior to PRSS, Elings and Wijnands founded TRVL, which launched in 2010 and was the first iPad-exclusive magazine.
FDG Entertainment is working on an interesting tower defense title that should interest both fans and non-fans of the genre. Unlike most tower defense games where players normally sit back and watch the action unfold, Crystal Siege allows players to get in on the mayhem by controlling a griffin riding hero. The game also features "several types of environmental traps" that also gives it a more hands-on approach, according to Touch Arcade who got an early look at the game in 2013.
Touch Arcade has learned that FDG Entertainment finally plans to release Crystal Siege sometime in Q4 of 2014, which is good news since the game fell off the radar after being previewed at GDC 2013. FDG Entertainment has also released a new 30-second trailer which you can watch above.