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Pokémon TCG Online for the iPad Updated with XY: Phantom Forces Support

The Pokémon Company today has updated its iPad version of Pokémon TCG Online. Version 2.24.0 of the game adds support for the Pokémon TCG XY: Phantom Forces expansion, the XY Trainer Kit—Bisharp and Wigglytuff 2-player set. This means players will be able to use Trainer Tokens to purchase 5-card Phantom Forces booster packs within the app. Players will also be able to redeem codes found in all three physical versions of the expansions to unlock digital versions of those decks.

Phantom Forces

Pokémon TCG Online was released for the iPad on September 30, 2014. The iOS version is a port of the popular online version with the same name. Players can use their Pokémon Trainer Club account to save their decks to use on both the iPad and desktop versions. Pokémon TCG Online is also one of the first official iOS games released by a Nintendo subsidiary. It was followed by a release of Camp Pokémon, the first Pokémon designed specifically for iOS devices.

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Rumor: Apple May Discontinue the iPad Mini After Christmas

The future of the iPad mini was heavily being questioned before Apple's 2014 iPad keynote in October. Some people believed that Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) would discontinue the 7-inch tablet since the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus already offered a phablet-sized option. However, rumors of the iPad mini's demise turned out not to be true and Apple did launch a third-generation model.

iPad mini 3

Today, rumors of the imminent end of iPad mini have resurfaced. According to Taiwan’s Economic Daily News (via iDownloadblog) the iPad mini 3 will be the last of Apple's 7-inch tablets. Apple is expected to stop production on the iPad mini to focus on its upcoming rumored 12-inch iPad Pro. This isn't entirely shocking news since Apple paid very little attention to the smaller tablet during its iPad Air 2 event in October. There also seemed to be a lack of interest in the 7-inch iPad leading up to the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 release. The iPad Air 2 was leaked way more than the iPad mini 3, and Apple fans were way more focused on the upcoming iPhone 6 launch and Apple watch than anything else.

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More 12-Inch iPad Rumors Surface

Apple will launch its 12-inch iPad Pro sometime in early 2015, according to Macotakara. The larger-sized tablet will be 6.9mm thin and come equipped with stereo speakers. The Japanese blog also claims that the iPad Pro is being modeled after the iPad Air 2 and has provided a rough sketch of the rumored device, which you can see below.

iPad Pro Sketch

Several reliable outlets, such as Bloomberg, have claimed that Apple is working on a 12.9-inch iPad, but Macotakara says the iPad Pro will only sport a 12.2-inch display. If the rumors are true, it is probably safe to assume that the iPad Pro will feature Touch ID and Apple's A8X chip, like the iPad Air 2. Other iPad Pro specs, besides having a microphone on the top and bottom, are unknown at this time.

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iOS 8 Jailbreak Now Available! Is It Safe?

UPDATE: We have tested Pangu version 1.1. Click here for instructions on how to jailbreak your iPad or iPhone running iOS 8.0 - iOS 8.1.

We are currently in the process of testing the new iOS 8 jailbreak tool released by Team Pangu. While this means we can't say with 100 percent certainty that the jailbreak is safe, Team Pangu is quickly becoming a trusted source for iOS jailbreaks.

Pangu iOS 8 Jailbreak

The Chinese team of hackers known as Team Pangu burst onto the scene in June when they released an iOS 7.1.1 jailbreak tool. Besides ruffling a few feathers in the jailbreak community for burning a few exploits on what some considered a useless jailbreak, the tool was confirmed safe by the well known hacker iH8sn0w. JailbreakMe creator Comex also praised Team Pangu for putting an end to an unhealthy monopoly on public jailbreaks.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Generation Finally Lands on the U.S. App Store

Collectible card battling games are quickly becoming the new endless runner for the iPad. It seems like everyone and their brother are releasing one these days. The latest comes from Konami, who has just launched Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Generation to the U.S. App Store after soft-launching the game in Canada. Early reviews say the iOS version captures the essence of the original card game and is a lot like the Nintendo DS version.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Generation

The official App Store description promises that Duel Generation is beginner friendly, and that it features over 6,000 cards to collect, weekly challenges and both offline and online play. Players can battle characters from the animated TV series in single mode, or take on other Yu-Gi-Oh fans from around the globe.

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Star Wars: Galactic Defense Now Available for the iPad

DeNA's free-to-play Star Wars game is now available for iOS devices. Star Wars: Galactic Defense is a tower defense title where players can choose to play as either the light or dark side. The game features pretty standard tower defense game play, where players have three towers and one champion to defend their base. Players can also connect with Facebook to exchange resources with their friends.

Star Wars: Galactic Defense

The game includes all the standard Star Wars characters such as Han Solo and Yoda. You begin the game with Luke Skywalker as your champion and can unlock others as you advance through the game. There are a total of 18 Rebel and 18 Galactic Empire champions to unlock.

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iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 Now Available Through T-Mobile

T-Mobile customers can now purchase an iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 at T-Mobile.com or at T-Mobile retail locations. All models are available, except the 128GB iPad Air 2, for zero dollars down with 24 monthly payments starting at $26.24 for the 16GB iPad Air 2 and $22.08 for the iPad mini 3. T-Mobile is also still offering its double your data deal. For just $10, the deal allows users to add one tablet and match the data on their Simple Choice voice plan.

Correction: The 64GB iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 is $100 down and the 128GB iPad mini 3 model is $199 down.

T-Mobile iPad Air 2

If you rather pay for your iPad upfront instead of making monthly payments, or want a Wi-Fi-only model, both the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 are available through Apple.com starting at $499 and $399, respectively. The iPad Air 2 is also available at Bestbuy.com, AT&T.com and Verizonwireless.com.

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New iPad Games and Apps of the Week: Pixelmator, Battle Academy 2 and More

As expected, the photo editing application Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) previewed at its 2014 iPad media event was released this week. Pixelmator is available now on the App Store for the introductory rate of $4.99. The iOS version was specifically designed from the ground up for the iPad, and it was built to take advantage of the faster hardware found in the iPad Air 2. The app includes advanced but simple to use photo editing tools to easily enhance and correct images on your iPad. Here's the App Store Link.

Battle Academy 2

Here are the rest of this week's most noteworthy iPad app releases for 10/19/14 to 10/25/14. Apple's Free App of the Week is RGB Express - Mini Truck Puzzle. The game will be free on the Apple App Store until 10/30/14. Also don't forget to check out our weekly App Store recap every Saturday for all the weekly universal releases, jailbreak tweaks, App Store news and important app updates.

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Pixelmator Now Available for the iPad: $4.99 for a Limited Time

The award-winning Mac app that Apple previewed at its October keynote is now available for the iPad. Pixelmator has been rebuilt from the ground up specifically for iOS 8 and Apple's tablet. During the iPad demo at Apple's keynote, developer Aidas Dailide said that the photo editor is 2x faster on the iPad Air 2 thanks to Apple's new A8X processor.

Pixelmator

Pixelmator is an advanced photo editing application that features professional effects, templates and tools that allows users to enhance images on the iPad. The app supports advanced image editing with layers and files such as PSD, JPEG, PNG, PDF and more. The app also supports iCloud Drive and Handoff, so users can open their edited images in other apps and work seamlessly between their iPads and Macs. Other features include the ability to add text to images, painting tools, one-touch color correction tools and so on.

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Camp Pokémon Now Available for the iPad and iPhone

After bringing its online game Pokémon TCG Online to the iPad, The Pokémon Company has released Camp Pokémon to the App Store. The game is aimed at toddlers more than older Pokémon fans, but its release shows that the Nintendo subsidiary is at least willing to embrace mobile devices.

The game encourages children ages 6-8 to "discover the amazing world of Pokémon" by participating in activities on a Pokémon-themed island. The app features six games for children to play to sharpen their Pokémon trainer skills. The activities include Poké Ball Throw, Find the Pokémon, trivia and more. You can see all of the activities in action in the trailer posted above.

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