New iPad

New iPad Games of the Week: BioShock, Tiny Tower Vegas and More

Once again there were zero iPad-only games released to the App Store, but two big universal titles did arrive this week: BioShock and Tiny Tower Vegas. We should see an increase in App Store activity in a couple of weeks after Apple announces the iPhone 6 and releases iOS 8.

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In App Store news, Rovio released a 16-second gameplay trailer for Angry Birds Stella before its September 4th launch. You can watch the trailer after the break. This weekend is the last chance to get the first wing of Hearthstone's "Curse of Naxxramas" expansion for free. After September 1st the wing will cost 700 in-game gold or $6.99, just like the other four levels.

As always, 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.

Apple Launches 4th Generation iPad on Nov. 2

Apple has updated its flagship iPad tablet computer yet again, only six months after refreshing the hardware. The 4th generation iPad will appear similar to the previous version, with most of the upgrades improving the insides.

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One notable exterior change is the switch to Apple's Lightning connector, first released on the iPhone 5. The connector provides quick transfer speeds and a smaller profile, as well as reversible cables with higher durability.

New iOS 6 Wi-Fi Bug Affecting Some iPads and iPhones

Some iPhone 4S and iPad 3 owners are reporting that their Wi-Fi is being "greyed out" or disabled after installing iOS 6. A thread about the issue on the Apple Support forums has already reached 93 pages. Users are reporting that their Wi-Fi settings are either disabled, or that they can't connect and are being forced to use a cellular data connection only. There have also been complaints about the problem affecting Bluetooth capabilities as well.

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Early iOS 6 users did suffer from Wi-Fi issues when it was originally launched on September 19, however, Apple has fixed the problem. Two users have replied that Apple is aware of the new issue, but the Wi-Fi complaints are still piling up. The Apple Support thread has over 900 replies at the time of this post.

Complete iOS 6 Changelog

iOS 6 brings over 200 new features to the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. Some of the most talked about features include Apple's new 3D mapping technology, the Passbook app and cellular Facetime, but what other changes does Apple's newest firmware offer?

iOS 6 Changelog

For the iPad iOS 6 brings a new clock app and the iPhone 4S exclusive Siri. Unfortunately Siri is only available for the new iPad, not the iPad 2. Siri has also been updated to look up sports related info like scores and schedules, make restaurant reservations via OpenTable, and post to Facebook or Twitter.

Other key features include: Facebook integration, turn-by-turn navigation and iCloud tabs in Safari... Read on for the complete iOS 6 changelog.

Logitech Announces Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for the White iPad

Logitech has finally released a white version of the Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for the iPad. Just like the black version, the white version acts like a cover for your iPad when closed, and allows you to easily type memos or emails by auto-waking the tablet when opened. The Bluetooth keyboard easily attaches to your iPad via a magnetic clip, and features 6-months of battery life on a full charge (based on an average use of 2 hours per day).

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Apple Tells Retailers: Make Room for the iPad mini

It looks like Apple resellers and carriers are preparing for both the iPhone 5 and a new iPad to be released on September 21. Verizon has blacked out employee vacations from September 21 to September 30 in anticipation of a new iPhone, and multiple Apple Premium Resellers in Europe are clearing shelf space in anticipation of a new iPad.

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One unnamed iPad retailer told MacRumors Apple had requested they set aside additional space for more iPads by September 12.

"One of the sources specifically cites September 12 as the Apple-imposed deadline for the adjustments to be made, while another source indicates that their store is already at work on tripling the amount of display space dedicated to the iPad. We're told that the emphasis on iPad display space is coming at the expense of Apple's Mac Pro and Mac mini computers, which are reportedly being removed from display entirely at these locations."

Popular Ayecon WinterBoard Theme Coming to the iPad

The popular high resolution WinterBoard theme ayecon is coming to the iPad. Ayecon adds amazingly detailed icons to your jailbroken device's Home Screen. This will be the first time the theme is available for the iPad since it requires a high resolution display to work. Unfortunately this means it will only support the new iPad.

iPad Winterboard Theme

Ayecon includes themes for all of your stock icons, popular third-party apps, jailbreak apps, the status bar, the wallpaper, Notification Center, plus more. The detail ayecon adds to your iPad's interface must be seen in person to truly appreciate it.

Rumor: Apple Revamping the iPad 3 to Fix Overheating Issue

According to the DigiTimes, Apple is revising the new iPad's battery and dual-LED bar to fix the overheating problem investigated by Consumer Reports in March. Various tests revealed that the iPad 3 runs hotter than the iPad 2, however, Apple claimed that the new iPad is operating within its requirements.

iPad Rumors

Unnamed supply chain sources revealed today that Apple is revamping the iPad’s battery in an effort to reduce the heat emission. If the reports are true, the tweaked iPad will be "slightly lighter and thinner than previously designed."

Apple to Release Updated New iPad This Summer?

The DigiTimes has restarted the iPad rumor machine by claiming Apple plans to release an "updated 9.7-inch iPad" this summer. The Times cited the Chinese blog Apple Daily as saying the new, new iPad will feature a "indium gallium zinc oxide (IGZO) panel technology to allow the device to feature an even thinner design and longer battery life."

iPad Rumors

While a new revamped 9.7-inch iPad seems highly doubtful, Apple did quietly release an improved iPad 2 this year. There were also rumors that Sharp’s IGZO panels were going to be used for the iPad 3. Apple Daily said the panel supply for the new 9.7-inch iPad will be shifted from Samsung to Sharp.

WWDC 2012: Siri Comes to New iPad

Apple has announced that they will be bringing Siri to the new iPad as part of iOS 6. Scott Forstall made the announcement at WWDC 2012 on Monday. Apple also announced that iOS 6 will feature new functionality for Siri. New features include the ability to provide sports scores and schedules, the ability to use OpenTable for reservations, the ability to launch apps and the ability to locate movie times and locations.

WWDC 2012

Jailbreakers who own the iPhone 4S have already been enjoying most of these features through the Cydia tweak AssistantExtensions. Hopefully, the jailbreaking community will add iPad support (if necessary) once iOS 6 is launched.

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