Tag Archives: iPad

What’s on your iOS 11 Wish List?

WWDC starts on Monday, and Apple will reveal new versions of macOS and iOS. iOS is expected to undergo its first major user interface (UI) overhaul since iOS 7, released four years ago. Beyond that, leaks have been incredibly hard to come by, we just don’t know what’s coming up next. What could Apple be working on? The UI changes alone could be substantial, but perhaps Apple’s doing more, like upgrades to Siri, a dark mode, better third party integrations, or all of the above. What do you want to see next in iOS? To help you out, I’ve outlined a few ideas from my wish list below. 
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10.5 inch iPad Pro Could Be Revealed Early Next Month

The Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is Apple’s chance to reveal their new operating systems and software that developers can use to make new apps and services. Huge changes come to iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS, as well as the tools we use to make apps for these platforms, like Xcode. Apple has also occasionally used this as an event to introduce new products. These are rarely hardware focused events, but if Apple’s introducing new hardware that developers will have to change their apps for (or create completely new apps), then it’s a good time for a reveal. Apple has revealed new iPhone models, Macs, Intel integration, and more at these events. While WWDC keynotes are typically focused on new software for developers to leverage, they do occasionally introduce new products or product categories. That’s where this latest rumor comes from. Apple didn’t completely overhaul their iPad lineup in the spring as they usually do. Instead, they introduced a new low cost 9.7″ iPad and stopped selling older models. The current 9.7″ iPad Pro (review) was released in March of 2016. The 12.9″ iPad Pro was released in November of 2015. The iPad mini was released in September of 2015. These are devices that have gone more than a year, almost two for the iPad mini, without even a modest spec bump. Apple’s products are due for an update, and if Apple’s revealing a new leap forward for the iPad Pro, WWDC, starting on June 5th, may be the perfect time to do it. 
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(Product)Red iPhone, New iPads, Apple Watch Bands, and iPhone Cases Released by Apple

Without fanfare, an event, or a large announcement of any sort, Apple released a number of new products. This included A new (Product)Red iPhone, a beautiful red finish for the iPhone 7, a new low cost iPad to replace the iPad Air 2, and an update to the storage capacity of the iPhone SE. Along with the new hardware, Apple also introduced a spring collection of Apple Watch bands and iPhone cases. The updates bring new options to Apple’s lineups, whether it’s new colors, new prices, or new storage space. However, these certainly aren’t as exciting as Apple’s usual product announcements, which is likely why they did so quietly, without a large event.
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Apple’s New iPads Expected in April

We had expected new iPads early this spring, however, no exact dates had been set. Some stated we’d have a late March announcement, while others simply neglected to mention a time frame. We still do not have a precise leak, nor a precise date, but we can still–with a reasonable amount of accuracy–estimate when the new iPads will be revealed. How can we do this? Thanks to historical information as well as Apple’s currently secret devices showing up in device logs reported by developers, we can tell that Apple is not only in the final stage of testing these devices, they’re preparing for a release. 
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This Retro Shooter for iOS Was Built on an iPad

Starsceptre is a retro top-down shooter for the iPhone and iPad. Interestingly, it’s a game that was made for iOS devices, by iOS devices. The developers at 8bitMagicGames wrote the game using iPads and a programming tool called Codea, which uses the Lua programming language. Below, you can check out the trailer of the game in action, which is coming soon to the App Store. The game looks to feature the frantic pacing and controls the genre is famous for, with players tapping on the screen to shoot and tilting their devices to move, allowing them to shoot enemies and dodge obstacles and enemy fire. These kind of ferociously fast-passed shooters in space have always been popular with gamers, and have a long history. The first video game was Spacewar, which was also a top-down shooter. Making a game like this with a retro style isn’t just poetic, it’s a tried and true game genre, tons of fun and easy to learn. 
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New iPad Pro, iPad Mini, iPhone SE, Red iPhone 7, and Apple Watch Bands Expected at March Apple Event

Mac Otakara doesn’t have a perfect track record with Apple rumors, but slightly more often than not, they leak something that turns out to be true. The latest report from the site claims the iPad lineup is about to get a huge update. Apple will be updating the 7.9″ iPad Mini, 9.7″ iPad Pro, and 12.9″ iPad Pro. On top of that, they claim that Apple will also release a 10.5″ iPad Pro that will share the same dimensions as the 9.7″ iPad Pro, but feature an edge-to-edge display. iPads are often updated in the Spring, so this isn’t an outlandish leak, although the presence of a new screen size thanks to new display technology may be something Apple saves for the release of the 2017 flagship iPhone. Speaking of the iPhone, Mac Otakara also reports that there will be updates to the iPhone SE, adding new storage capacities, and a new color option for the iPhone 7, a red color scheme that may tie in with Apple’s (PRODUCT)RED campaign. Finally, we’re expecting to see updates to Apple’s lineup of watch bands for the Apple Watch. Which rumors hold merit? Surprisingly, most of them sound possible, if not likely. 
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Apple is Fighting ‘Right to Repair’ Laws

The inside of a 2016 MacBook Pro

Image credit: iFixit

When Donald Trump tried to ban Muslim immigrants from 7 countries from entering the United States, Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, was quick to speak out against it. Apple was also there at Pride last year and the year before, holding their rainbow Apple banner high. Cook has stated that Apple will never become a place where discrimination is acceptable, no matter what the laws in the U.S. look like in a few years. However, there’s one place where they’re against consumers’ rights, and that’s the right to repair their equipment themselves or wherever they’d like. Apple wants to force users to come to them for repairs, and doesn’t want them upgrading their devices. Their extremely slim iOS devices, and Macs with soldered and glued parts are proof that, even if Apple doesn’t get to keep the right to force customers to come to them, they won’t easily or reasonably be able to do anything else with their devices anyway.
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