Apple today sent out invites for its upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. WWDC 2016 will take place from June 13th until to June 17, and the main keynote will be held on the first day at 10:00 AM PST. Apple is expected to unveil new versions of iOS , Mac OS X, tvOS and watchOS at the event.
The fun of Kickstarter is funding a new product you think you will enjoy, but just for kicks let's look at a few successful Kickstarter campaigns that brought us three interesting new iPad products.
Transform your iPad Pro into a spiral bound notebook
Sketchbook raised over $6,000 on both Kickstarter and Indiegogo back in March. The iPad Pro case gives your tablet a sketchbook-like look with its wire binding and Leather surface. It also includes a hard plastic middle and microfibre lining to protect your iPad from drops and scratches. The creators of Sketchbook goal was to retain the special bond artists and designers have with a sketchbook without making the iPad look fragile or inexpensive. To do this they used a customized wire spine made from 1.35mm reinforced formed steel. The result is a retro looking iPad case that does not sacrifice protection for fashion. The Sketchbook case for the iPad Pro is available in 3 colors for $25 through indiegogo.com.
This week saw the return of three popular franchises, and a long awaited re-release of a classic RPG to the Apple App Store. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has received another App Store title. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Legends pits Leonardo against the forces of Kraang, as the mutant brain attempts to terraform the Earth into Dimension X. Players can recruit the original Turtles and their pals to takedown Kraang and his evil henchmen. The game features 30 TMNT characters to unlock and an all-new chapter based on this summer’s blockbuster, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, in theaters June 3. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Legends is available for free on the App Store.
The beloved Square Enix RPG, Romancing SaGa 2, has finally been released in English for iOS devices. The game, which was originally launched for the Super Famicom system in Japan, has been remastered with new graphics and touch-based controls. The fifth game in the 'SaGa' series is known for its compelling resource management and combat systems, plus open ended gameplay. The official App Store description boasts, "no two players will experience the story in the same way".
In Romancing SaGa 2, players assume the role as different emperors or empresses over the years as they try to manage their resources and expand their capital. Players must acquire funds through battle in an effort to develop more equipment and spells as they seek to dominate the Empire and make their mark in history.
ComiXology has officially launched its monthly subscription service for comic book readers. Like Marvel Unlimited, ComiXology Unlimited offers access to thousands of comic books for $6/month. The App Store changelog notes that you can "read thousands of comics, graphic novels and manga as part of your subscription," but it doesn't mention you only get access to back issues from smaller publishers, such as Dark Horse and Image. While this means you will be able to read popular titles like The Walking Dead, you will still need to buy your major titles from Marvel or DC individually. Unless of course you're signed up for Marvel's own subscription service. Unfortunately DC hasn't received the memo about subscription services, yet.
Edit button? Nope. Twitter did not roll out the number one user requested feature, instead today the company announced that images, GIFs, videos and replies would no longer count towards a user's 140 charcater limit. Over the years Twitter has introduced a variety of new features that has allowed users to share their thoughts in more than just words, but every image or video attached to a tweet currently counts against the character limit. This is a problem in a crowded social media world where using an image, or clever GIF is almost mandatory to get your tweets noticed.
Apple on Friday pulled iOS 9.2.3 for all 9.7-inch iPad Pro models after complaints about a bug affecting some modes began to pile up on support forums and messgage boards. 9.7-inch iPad Pro owners who did not already update will no longer have access to the update or be prompted to download the new software. This makes iOS 9.3.1 the latest available version to all 9.7-inch iPad Pro owners not currently running iOS 9.2.3.
Apple told iMore that they are aware of the problem and currently working on a fix.
Now that Overwatch is only a few days away, Blizzard is giving everyone a chance to update their BattleTag on Battle.net. You only get one BattleTag for all of Blizzard's games, including Hearthstone, and up until now most of the games were set in medieval, fantasy-type universes.
The critically acclaimed Warhammer 40000: Regicide from Hammerfall Publishing Global has finally been released to the App Store. Originally announced two years ago as Warhammer 40K: Chess - Regicide, the turned-based game promises to blend "board-game strategy mechanics with dynamic tactical abilities" to deliver one of the most anticipated mobile titles of the year. The game was released to Steam last year and it has received mostly positive reviews from both players and critics, alike. The iOS version expands on the Steam version adding more multiplayer options, game boards and more.
A lot of iOS users are reporting issues with their 9.7-inch iPad Pro models on the Apple support forums and other Apple-related message boards. User camhabib wrote on the Apple forums, that his/her two-day old iPad Pro 9.7 has rebooted twice while in use.
"In the middle of using it, it will cut to the Apple logo on the black background for a minute before returning to the passcode screen. Oddly enough, it will accept Touch ID in place of a passcode, something it doesn't usually do when it loses power."