Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference is only a few weeks away, and that means the first glimpse at iOS 12 is right around the corner. Tim Cook and team will take the stage at McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, CA on June 4th. WWDC is all about the future of Apple's operating systems and software applications that power its popular hardware like the iPad, Apple TV, Apple Watch, HomePod and more. Cook is expected to cover the major upgrades coming to iOS, macOS, tvOS, watchOS and the HomPod at the WWDC keynote. Apple is also expected to announce its new iPad Pro models and possibly second-generation iPhone SE at the event. Don't expect any news on a new Mac Pro, Apple has already confirmedthat the new model isn't coming until 2019. Here's what the rumor mill thinks will be presented at WWDC 2018:
Earlier this year Apple returned to its education roots by releasing a sixth-generation iPad aimed at teachers and students. The latest 9.7-inch model is not only available at the discounted price of $299 for schools, but it is also the first non-Pro tablet to offer Apple Pencil support. The Apple stylus is available for $99 making it a bit pricey for schools thus defeating the purpose of Apple offering the iPad at a discounted price. Apple does offer a $10 student discount, but that's hardly a dent for struggling education budgets.
Hulu today announced that its Live TV Guide is now available on the Xbox One, Apple TV (4th generation or higher), Amazon Fire TV (1st and 2nd gen.) and the Nintendo Switch. Hulu began testing the Live TV guide option on the web last fall, and announced that it would be coming to more devices at CES last January.
The long awaited Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery has finally landed on the Apple App Store. As expected, it is an IAP-heavy freemium title with simple gameplay. App Store users seem to enjoy it anyway, giving it 4.5 stars out of 5, but critics dislike the timer heavy RPG. Developer Jam City has been praised for creating a new Hogwarts story with original actors from the film series voicing their characters, but their hard work been wasted by the inclusion of too many timers. The game has also been compared to Kim Kardashian: Hollywood for its tap-heavy gameplay.
Urban Armor Gear has extended its Plasma Series to the iPad, releasing its MIL-SPEC drop-tested cases for the 10.5- and 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and 5th and 6th generation iPad. The cases will be sold exclusively through bestbuy.com and Best Buy retail locations.
Apple on Monday released several 12- to 17-second spots on its UK YouTube channel. The videos highlight the abilities of the Apple Pencil on the new 9.7-inch iPad. The new iPad is the first non-Pro model to feature Apple Pencil support, and Apple has been promoting both the stylus and iPad in a series of video ads around the world, starting with Turkey.
The third game in Spiderweb Software's RPG series Avernum has made its way to the iPad. Avernum 3: Ruined World is a fantasy adventure title with over 60 hours of gameplay. It includes an enormous world that evolves over time. Players can explore both an underworld and surface continent filled with bizarre monsters. The game features over 60 spells and battle disciplines, a multitude of beneficial character traits to choose from, over 100 towns and dungeons to explore, and over 100 side quests.
Avernum 3: Ruined World is available now on the App Store for $9.99.
The Dropbox app for iOS has been updated with new iPad-specific features, including drag and drop, full-screen view for file names and grant access on the go.
Grant access on the go was added in version 90.2 in early April. It allows users to grant other users access to a file while on the go.
After releasing the sixth-generation iPad geared towards the education market, Apple has released five new YouTube videos featuring what children can do with the Apple Pencil. The videos were uploaded to Apple's YouTube page in Turkey. Each video features art created by a different child on the iPad using the Apple stylus. The videos are narrated by each artist explaining the process behind their creations. The children range between 7 years old to 13. Check out the videos below:
Spiderweb Software announced in February that the third title in its rebooted RPG series, Avernum, was coming to the iPad. This week the company announced that Avernum 3: Ruined World will officially land on the App Store on April 18th.