Apple launches new 9.7-inch iPad aimed at students and teachers

2018 iPad

As expected, Apple announced a new 9.7-inch iPad at its education event in Chicago. The next-generation model features similar specs to the discontinued 9.7-inch iPad Pro. It even includes Apple Pencil support and a faster A10 Fusion chip. Current iPad Pro models, like the 10.5-inch, are powered by Apple's A10X chip, as a comparison. The 9.7-inch iPad does not ship with Smart Connector and True Tone display, like the pro models.

New iOS Games and Apps of the Week: PUBG Mobile and more

PUBG Mobile

The real battle royale is not happening between players in PUBG Mobile, it's happening right now on the App Store. Both PUBG Mobile and Fortnite have been ported to mobile and are fighting over iPhone and iPad users. It is kind of reminiscent of Android and iOS, if you think about it. Both games offer basically the same features, both are free, both were available on other platforms before coming to mobile, and most importantly both want to hook you on their ecosystem. The more players each game recruits the better the competition, and hopefully that leads to more players spending money on whatever DLC or IAPs each games decides to offer in the future.

Apple to 'return to its roots in the education' with launch of new low-cost iPad

iPad

Apple plans to win back students and teachers with a new low-cost iPad and education software, according to Bloomberg. The company next week will return to its roots in education when it holds its first major event of the year at Lane Technical College Prep High School in Chicago.

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Popular trivia game HQ updated with iPad support

HQ for iPad

The popular app HQ - Live Trivia Game Show has been updated with full-screen iPad support. Previously users had to blow up the iPhone app using the 2x display option to play on their iPad. Like the iPhone version, the game is only available in portrait orientation on the iPad, and it doesn't support side-by-side multitasking, presumably to cut back on cheating.

Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm GDC 2018 gameplay trailer

Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm

"Arcadia is in peril. The evil wizard Mesmeroth has returned with a Dark Army."

"To encounter this rising menace, Archimedes, the Grand Regent of Arcadia, has sent three of his royal knights to the land of bird people Owrus to return the Sacred Emblem of Earth to its founding place."

Deep in the jungle Pirta, the three brave Knights of Arcadia have set on an adventure to explore birthplace of the Goddess Neyto herself."

Will Apple launch a new iPad at its education event?

Apple Field Trip

Apple on Sunday announced an education-focused keynote scheduled for March 27th. The "field trip" event will take place at Lane Tech College Prep High School in Chicago. Apple's last education event took place in 2012. Its main highlights included $15 textbooks for iBooks and the Author app for Mac. Apple did not release any hardware at the event.

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New iOS Games and Apps of the Week: Fortnite and more

Fortnite

Fortnite is currently the number 1 game on the Apple App Store even though not everyone can play it. As of right now the game is invite only, but people can still download the app on their devices. This has to be the first game to crack the number 1 spot on the App Store without being technically available. Downloading the app brings you to an option screen that asks if you've been invited to play. Selecting "NO" brings you to Epic Games' website so you can join a waiting list.

Darkest Dungeon: Tablet Edition updated with The Crimson Court and The Shieldbreaker DLC

Darkest Dungeon: Tablet Edition

Red Hook Studios's turn-based RPG for the iPad, Darkest Dungeon, has been updated with The Crimson Court and Shieldbreaker DLC.

The Crimson Court is available for $4.99. It is a parallel campaign with an all-new dungeon, a new hero class, 5 new bosses and 10 new buildings.

The Shieldbreaker is available for only $1.99. It includes a new hero The Shieldbreaker, class-specific loot, 3 new monsters, an a new consumable item Aegis Scale.

What to expect for the iPad in iOS 12

Animoji iOS 11.3

What can iPad owners expect from iOS 12.0 now that Apple has announced that its Worldwide Developers Conference will take place from June 4th to 8th. Apple allegedly plans to focus on stability, meaning iPad owners will have to wait for new features in future updates, such as iOS 12.1. One major feature Apple is supposed to debut at its keynote is universal apps. Universal or cross platform apps are applications that will work across all Apple devices, like the iPad, Mac and iPhone.

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