Best holiday gifts for iPad owners

2017 iPad Gift Ideas

Apple users don't tend to upgrade their iPad as much as they do their iPhone. This means a lot of iPad owners are still using older models making a new iPad a great gift idea. However, you must be careful when buying someone a new iPad. For example, the current 9.7-inch model isn't much of an upgrade from the iPad Air 2, but it is better than the iPad Air and iPad 4.

The 9.7-inch iPad is available for $329 making it the most affordable model in Apple's current tablet lineup. It features the same resolution (2048‑by‑1536) as the iPad mini 4, and it is powered by the same A9 processor found in the iPhone 6s. The 2017 iPad model is equipped with an 8mp camera, and includes most of Apple's current technology, such as Siri, Touch ID and Apple Pay. It does not work with the Apple Pencil or Smart Keyboard.


Apple allegedly working on $259 iPad

iPad 2018

It's not a secret that the iPad has had some rough quarters in recent years, but the introduction of a more affordable 9.7-inch model in March has helped Apple's tablet regain growth this year. The new 9.7-inch iPad priced at $329 has been such a success that Apple is considering launching an even more inexpensive model in 2018, according to the DigiTimes.

FiftyThree launches new collaboration app Paste

Paste by FiftyThree Version 4.0

FiftyThree, the studio behind the popular sketching app Paper, has launched Paste -- a new collaborative presentation tool for iOS. FiftyThree describes Paste as an app "built for today’s creative teams that makes sharing your work simple and beautiful." The app includes a variety of features for building presentations and collaborating with other users.

iPad and AirPods top selling items on Cyber Monday

Adobe released its 2017 online shopping data for Cyber Monday and the holiday weekend overall. Cyber Monday was the big winner beating both Black Friday ($5.03 billion) and Thanksgiving ($2.87 billion) with an estimated $6.59 billion in sales. The biggest sellers in electronics on Monday were Apple iPads, AirPods, Google Chromecast, Samsung tablets, and Sony Playstation VR. Adobe did not mention which specific iPad or Samsung models sold the most.


Apple celebrates 10th anniversary of Urban Sketchers

Uma Kelkar, San Francisco

Urban Sketchers is an "all-volunteer nonprofit dedicated to fostering a global community of artists who practice on-location drawing." The community of artists and visual storytellers was founded in 2007 as a way to promote the educational value of on-location drawing. Launched as an online forum by Seattle-based journalist and illustrator Gabriel Campanario, the group today is enjoying its 10th anniversary.

New iOS Games and Apps of the Week: Animal Crossing and more

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp

The wait is over as Nintendo's third iOS title landed on the App Store this week. Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is a building title where players can design their own campsite while interacting with various animal characters. In the game players must help the animals by visiting recreation sites and completing tasks like picking fruit, fishing and catching bugs. After completing these tasks players will then earn materials to craft furniture and other amenities for their campground. Players can also host animals at their campsite by building the correct attractions, visit other's campsites and customize their very own camper. Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is free on the App Store.

Animal Crossing arrives early on the App Store

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp

The long wait for Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is over. The mobile version of the popular simulation game from Nintendo has landed on the App Store one day before its announced released date.

Pocket Camp is a building title where players interact with various animal characters to design their own campsite. In the game players must help their animal neighbors to earn materials for crafting furniture and other attractions for their camps.

Capcom's Puzzle Fighter launching worldwide this week

Puzzle Fighter

Capcom today announced that Puzzle Fighter will be available worldwide for both iOS and Android later this week. Puzzle Fighter mobile is a sequel to the popular Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo. The new installment in the Puzzle Fighter series was built from the ground up for mobile devices. It features a new look, leaderboard support, guest account support, a Color Blind Mode option and more.

Zagg introduces new Slim Book keyboard for 10.5-inch iPad Pro

Zagg Slim Book

The creator of the popular invisibleSHIELD, Zagg, has begun accepting orders for its new Slim Book keyboard for the 10.5-inch iPad Pro. The Slim Book is a backlit keyboard case with built-in Apple Pencil holder. The keyboard can be detached from the case so you can keep your iPad Pro safe while reading, watching a video or during transportation. The keyboard can also be flipped around to be used as a stand.

Vimeo now supports HDR videos for iPad Pro, iPhone X and Apple TV 4K

8-bit vs 10-bit

The video hosting service Vimeo today announced that users who shoot or master HDR footage can now upload those videos to give their viewers a color-optimized experience on supported platforms like select iOS devices. This makes Vimeo one of the first video streaming services to support High Dynamic Range videos across newer Apple hardware, such as the iPad Pro, iPhone X and Apple TV 4K.

"Our mission is to deliver creators, their videos, and their fans the highest quality video experience possible. That’s why today, we’re very excited to announce support for HDR videos on Vimeo. That means we can now bring over one billion colors to the screen, as we retain as much quality as possible for HDR uploads."



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