Sapphire Displays Reportedly Being Produced by Foxconn

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Now that GT Technologies is out of the picture, Apple is undoubtedly exploring new options for mass production of sapphire glass. It is an unlikely coincidence that Foxconn recently asked for permission to build a new plant in Zhengzhou, China immediately next to one of their iPhone plants. Rumors suggest that the new plant will produce sapphire glass displays for a future version of the iPhone and hopefully for future iPads as well.

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Apple Now Has the Largest Market Value of Any Company in the World

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You may recall in 2012 that Apple’s stock had reached a record high just before the company announced the launch of the iPad mini. It seemed that the iPad maker was on top of its game, turning investors into slobbering monsters. Then, only six months later, Apple’s stock price began to drop, causing tech analysts to scurry for cover and ring the death bells for the iPad maker. Within a year, Apple’s stock had plummeted by 40 percent.

Earlier this year, Apple announced a share repurchasing program, as well as an expansion of the capital return program and a seven-for-one stock split. Basically, the company shifted around monies in order to give investors the biggest band for their buck.

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PadGadget’s DIY Project Spotlight: DIY Leather iPad Case

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A friend of mine showed up at a get-together with a tooled leather book cover that his sister had made him. It looked amazing. The book took on this sort of antique aesthetic that made it seem much fancier than it was. Imagine what that would look like as an iPad cover?
This week’s project is not entirely unlike that book cover I secretly coveted. While the instructions do not call for tooled leather, there is no reason you couldn’t use it for your iPad cover. Do you know how to carve leather?

This project for a leather iPad case comes to us from Katie at SkunkBoy. You will need a length of leather large enough to cover the iPad on both sides with a flap. You will also need a rotary cutter, a straight edge ruler, material for the lining, Tacky Glue, and a sewing machine with complimentary thread.

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BattleLore: Command Now Available on iOS

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Back in August, Fantasy Flight announced it was developing a digital version of the popular board game BattleLore. This week, the company made good on its promise and the epic fantasy fighting gaming is now available on the iPad.

In BattleLore: Command, players lead the Daqan army into battle against the invading Uthuk Y’llan demon barbarians. You can take up arms in single-player campaign mode and drum up archers from Terrinoth, call on the Rune Golems for protection, command Roc Warriors, and more.

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iPad Sales Drop Contributes to Sluggish Worldwide Tablet Sales

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The iPad revolutionized the tablet industry but for the first time it has seen a decline in yearly sales. According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) tablet sales rates are declining and are projected to continue their decline through 2018. The reasons for this are a lengthening product cycle and perhaps a lack of innovation, which has brought down iPad sales and subsequently the entire tablet market.

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Apple’s iPad Still Number One on Consumers’ Holiday Wish Lists

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ShopAdvisor recently launched a report on consumer interest in Christmas presents based on views within the shopping app. Along with the likes of Xbox, laptops, and television sets, the iPad is still among the top five categories of most searched terms. A picture book about cats was also one of the top five. Not sure what that says about consumers.

Another key finding is that various iPad models represent five out of 10 of the most searched products, including the iPad, iPad 2, third-generation iPad, iPad Air, and iPad mini.

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iOS-Connected Noise Masking Earplugs Make Uninterrupted Sleep a Reality

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I don’t have any trouble getting to sleep. I could literally fall asleep anywhere, including during rock concerts and action films (which I have actually done). I’ve even fallen asleep while standing up. Once asleep, however, it doesn’t take much to wake me up. Whether it is the sound of traffic outside my window, the cat walking across the hardwood floor, or my old man sawing logs in my ear. Every night of sleep is interrupted.

Hush hopes to help you sleep through the night with special noise masking earplugs that include a number of relaxing sounds, as well as a waking alarm, that you control with your iOS (or Android) device.

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PadGadget’s Sound Stage: Capacitive Touch Clothespin Piano

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The iPad has fast become a serious and useful tool for musicians and recording artists. With the addition of Inter App Audio, you can now combine effects apps with sampling loops and record it all right on your Apple tablet. There are even instruments specially designed to connect directly to the iPad so you can get a real-life experience. A physical keyboard may be out of your price range, but one thrifty musician found a way to make a homemade keyboard out of clothespins, and it works.

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Judge Finally Signs off on Apple’s Antitrust E-Books Settlement

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Apple’s antitrust e-books collusion issue is still in its final stages. The iPad maker agreed to a $450 million conditional settlement in the case back in July. However, shortly thereafter, U.S. District Court Judge Denise Cote publicly stated that she did not approve of the settlement, claiming that one stipulation that Apple wouldn’t be required to pay out the full amount if the appeals court reversed her findings was “must troubling.”

This week, Reuters reported that Cote gave the final approval on Apple’s agreement. The company can now move forward with the appeals hearing.

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Apple Announces iTunes Connect Shutdown for Holiday Break

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Every year, Apple shuts down the App Store (and iBooks, and Newsstand, and iTunes) to new content in order for staff to have a few days to celebrate the holidays with their families. It isn’t a big deal. Developers are giving warning. However, it means no content will be able to have price changes or updates during that time.

According to an email sent to MacStories founder Federico Viticci [via: TUAW], the last day to submit updates and changes in iTunes Connect, iTunes Producer, and iTunes Connect for iOS is Dec. 22. The site will remain closed until Dec. 29, at which time developers will be able to make changes and updates again.

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