By now, practically everyone has heard the rumor that Apple is making a 12.9-inch “iPad Pro.” The ferver has gotten so intense that concept images are now being published. CURVED/labs recently showed off a series of concept images that feature a larger sized tablet with no side bezel at all. When compared to the 13-inch MacBook Air, you can really see just how big the screen would be on a tablet this size.
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Just on the heels of Apple’s recent update to iOS, which included major changes for large-scale deployment of iPads through its redesigned mobile device management (MDM) service, Belkin just announced the launch of an MDM solution to help schools securely deploy and support tablets and Chromebooks with ease through its Secure and Charge tablet charging dock. Additionally, the accessory maker has just received MFi certification for its Secure Wired Keyboard for iPad design. So educators can offer a more productive way of using the iPad in school.
When Apple launched the first ever tablet with Retina display, the company reduced the price of the iPad 2 in order to have a low cost model for those who were not willing or able to pay full price. Three generations of iPads later (not to mention the iPad mini), Apple was still selling the iPad 2 for $399. At this point, the iPad mini with Retina display costs the same price as that outdated second-generation Apple tablet.
Today, Apple has finally decided to put the iPad 2 out to pasture. The company now offers the fourth generation iPad with Retina display for the incredibly low price of $399.
In January, Bossa Studios leaked a very vague trailer for a version of their hit game Surgeon Simulator to launch on the iPad. At the time, we thought it was some kind of dentist spinoff. We were sort of right. Last week, Surgeon Simulator Touch launched on the iPad. The original game that spawned a million gameplay videos now includes dental and optical surgery. Don’t forget your scalpel (and coffee mug, and transistor radio, and… beer bottle?).
Gameloft’s hugely popular racing franchise is on the way to becoming the most innovative series of games for mobile devices around. The company announced the upcoming launch of a third major update to Asphalt 8: Airborne that will add a brand new racing area, brand new cars, and the ability to stream your gameplay live over Twitch.
More than three years ago, tech gadget company iRobot made a remote mobile stand for the iPad that could move around a room, making it possible for users to interact more realistically in teleconference type situations. At the time, the Ava (short for “avatar”) was little more than an idea and a prototype. Today, the company that created the Roomba is ready to ship their next big gadget.
Apple’s Senior Vice President of Design Johnathan Ive recently spoke with Time in a very rare in-depth interview. Last year, the name Jony Ive became synonymous with iOS 7 as the design chief headed the department that stripped iOS of its skeuomorphic theme and replaced it with the flatter, brighter design we see today. The Time interview features insight into Ive’s history with Apple, his passion for innovation, and just how important his role was in turning a dying company into a $665 billion powerhouse.
The Angry Birds franchise is probably the biggest game title since Mario Brothers. Ask anyone with an iPhone or iPad (or an Android device, for that matter) and they will probably admit to at least having played the game once or twice. Today, the franchise’s creator, Rovio, announced yet another addition to the family of birds and pigs. Only this time, there are no catapults and flinging fowl. This time, the adventure is “Epic.”
The world is getting tired of waiting for Microsoft to make Office widely available on mobile devices. At least, that is what Reuters is saying. The go-to news organization recently reported that young companies are done hoping for Microsoft to make its productivity apps for tablets and smartphones, so they are moving onto something they can use now. Apparently, the Office maker actually has a full version of the productivity suite in-house, but is waiting to launch it publicly.