It looks like this may be the year that Apple has decided bigger is better. The company will allegedly begin production on a 12.9-inch iPad by the first quarter of next year, according to Bloomberg. The 12-inch tablet dubbed the "iPad Pro" by the press will be released sometime early 2015.
This is not the first time we have heard Apple is planning to expand its iPad lineup. Back in April, KGI Securities' Ming-Chi Kuo told investors that Apple will launch its second-generation iPad Air in 2014, followed by a 12.9-inch iPad in 2015, and in May an alleged image of an iPad Pro prototype was published on the Chinese site Weibo.com.
It has been difficult keeping up with all the different T-Mobile promotions since the company re-branded itself as the "UnCarrier" and changed the way other mobile providers, such as AT&T, do business. The magenta company has pulled all kinds of stunts in the past like paying off its users' early termination fees and even offering BlackBerry users money to switch devices. And now T-Mobile has rolled out two new plans to help customers "avoid the old-guard carriers’ shared data schemes and overages".
T-Mobile today announced a new $10 Family Plan, plus it is now offering its customers double the data if they add a tablet to their Simple Choice smartphone plan. Here's how the tablet upgrade works, according to T-Mobile's press release:
"A customer with a Simple Choice smartphone plan with 5 GB of LTE data can add a tablet with another 5 GB of data set aside for use on that tablet, for just $10 per month. That’s a total of up to 10 GB of LTE data. And that’s all on top of the 200 MB of free LTE data every single month for the life of your tablet."
Stalag 17 is a new strategy title for the iPad based on the relatively unknown 2011 board game which bears the same name. In the iOS version players must help their comrades escape a WW2 prison camp by collecting items found on their individual escape plans. To win the game, a player must help three of their prisoners escape before the POWs from other countries also fly the coop.
Stalag 17 was released to the App Store with zero press by an unknown developer named Silver Apps. The only other game created by the studio is the Google Play title called Fearless Fighter. Little is known about Stalag 17 Game (official iOS title) but you can read more about the table top version at Board Game Geek. Pocket Tactics did give the app a quick spin and came to the conclusion that it is a "good" game with a "fantastic" concept.
Here are this week's top Apple related stories and rumors. Be sure to check out our weekly apps and jailbreak recap for the latest App Store and Cydia releases and news.
Reversible Lightning to USB Cable
Several sources have posted images and video of a fully reversible Lightning to USB cable that will allegedly ship with the iPhone 6 and new iPad models. iOS fans who do not want to wait until the iPhone 6 is released to get their hands on a reversible USB can purchase one now for $9.99 from Truffol.com.
Bandai Namco today has released its newest mobile Pac-Man title to the Apple App Store and Google Play. Pac-Man Friends was originally announced alongside Bandai Namco's new collectible card game, Outcast Odyssey, and its mobile port of Pac-Man Championship Edition DX at San Diego Comic Con a few weeks ago.
Bandai Namco describes the game as an "original arcade-style action-puzzler". As the title suggests, Pac-Man Friends features all your favorite characters from the franchise, plus 95 levels across seven different worlds. The goal of the game is to rescue 8 of Pac-Man's friends from Ghosts’ Castle while trying to avoid Pinky, Inky and its other ghostly inhabitants.
Disney has finally released Star Wars: Commander to the U.S. App Store. The new Star Wars title was originally soft launched in Australia a few months ago. Unfortunately the game is a free-to-play, base building title much like Clash of Clans. This means it is full of timers and in-app purchases instead of anything fun.
The game includes the usual features found in most timer-based strategy titles. The only twist on the genre is that players can choose to join either the Empire or the Rebellion. Players can then train troops, build defenses and team up with other players to attack other bases. Here's the official description:
"During a time of Galactic Civil War, competing forces need allies for their cause. The Rebellion rallies for justice and freedom, while the Empire seeks control of the galaxy. Where does your allegiance lie? Will you side with the Empire’s strength and relentlessness, or the Rebellion’s heroism and resourcefulness? The choice is yours!"
This is normally a quiet time of year for smartphone/tablet manufacturers as the world waits for Apple's newest iPhone and iPad to be released, but Samsung and HTC have decided not to sit ideally by this September. Samsung recently announced that its iPhone 5s lookalike the Galaxy Alpha will launch around the same time as the iPhone 6, and HTC has scheduled a press conference a few days before Apple's rumored September 9th iPhone event. Samsung has also teamed up with Barnes & Noble to release the Galaxy 4 Nook.
The e-reader/tablet is basically just a Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 with dedicated Barnes & Noble widgets. The new Nook is powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor and it runs Google's Android operating system. It is equipped with a 1280 x 800 (216 PPI) display, front- and rear facing cameras and it ships with 8GB of internal memory plus a microSD slot for up to 32GB of expandable memory.
Target is offering discounts on select iPad mini and iPad Air models. The 16GB Wifi-only iPad mini is now available online for $199, and every model of the iPad Air is on sale staring at $449 for 16GB Wifi-only model, and $579 for the 16GB cellular model. That's $100 off the iPad mini and $50 off the iPad Air. REDcard holders can save an additional 5%. There is limited supply and a 2 iPad limit per customer. The sale ends on 08/23/2014 at 11:59 PM PST.
The deal is available online, except for the white 16GB iPad mini, and in-store. You can also reserve a model online at Target.com and pick it up at a retail location near you.
UPDATE: The Pokemon Trading Card Game will be available for the iPad "later this year," according to Kataku.com.
The Pokémon Company has confirmed that the Pokémon Trading Card Game is coming to the iPad, but the company did not "provide a timeline for its release," according to Polygon. The new version of the game was first spotted at the the Pokémon World Championship in Washington D.C. by Twitter user Josh Wittenkeller. Wittenkeller tweeted an image of TCG online being played on a white iPad with the message:
"It looks like Pokémon TCGO is in works for the iPad! Should be a huge way to expand the game. #PlayPokemon"
The Pokémon Trading Card Game is based on the popular collectible card game released by Wizards of the Coast in the '90s. TCG was first launched as a video game to the Game Boy Color and then as an online version for Mac and Windows. Pokémon TCGO allows players to use their Pokémon Trainer Club accounts to build custom decks and battle against other players online.
Yahoo today updated its fantasy sports app to version 5.10. The update added the ability to edit team names, view league settings and see players news when drafting. The iPad app also received a news stream with "shareable articles". Other improvements include a faster way to renew your league, benched players added to the matchups screen and other bug fixes.
The Yahoo Fantasy app allows fantasy sports managers to create and manage teams for all four major sports. Of course the main focus of the app right now is football, since the 2014/15 season is only a few weeks away. The app is a great way for players who compete in a Yahoo league to manage and draft their teams while on the go.