iPad mini 3’s Weak Refresh May be Due to Imminent Discontinuance, Replaced by iPad Pro

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When Apple unveiled the new line of tablets this past Oct., all eyes were on the thinner, faster iPad Air 2. Apple had managed to push the iPad’s abilities just a little bit further, enough to make critics stand up and say, “wow.” At the same time, however, the iPad mini was barely changed. It was given a gold coat and Touch ID, but that is it. No faster processor chip. No extra memory. Just the same old device with one new feature and three color options.

Why would Apple spend so much effort getting the second-generation iPad mini up to par with the iPad Air, only to confine the technological growth of the device a year later? According to a new rumor, it is due to Apple’s refocusing on developing the iPad Pro.

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This Week’s App Store Editor’s Choice: Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf

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The Warhammer 40K franchise has been around since the late 1980s. The tabletop miniatures game has seen so much success in the role-playing game community that it is now its own genre. There are a number of Warhammer 40K related titles out in the wild that don’t necessarily have anything to do with the original game, but they do feature the iconic characters that are familiar to fans.

Last week, HeroCraft added its own free-to-play version of a Warhammer 40K title, complete with a growing list of Space Wolves and an epic list of weapons at your command.

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Amazon Launches ‘Prime Photos’ to Compete With Apple’s iCloud Photo Library

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Just as Apple has launched the massive photo cloud storage beta program with iOS 8.1, Amazon has just announced the release of Prime Photos, which allows Prime members the ability to store an unlimited number of digital images for free. With the iOS Cloud Drive Photos app, users can automatically store any picture taken on their iPad or iPhone directly to Prime Photos, as well.

Apple’s iCloud Photo Library lets you store your pictures in iCloud. By turning on the feature in the Settings app, you can automatically store the original size images in iCloud while recent photos are stored locally and synced across all connected iOS devices.

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PadGadget’s iPad Tips: How To Set Up iCloud Drive After Updating to iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite

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You may recall the day that Apple dropped iOS 8 into our laps, the company forgot to launch OS X Yosemite at the same time. For most people, this was not an issue and everything went along, business as usual. For some, however, the fact that iCloud Drive was only compatible with other iOS devices basically imprisoned their documents.

We did our best to warn you, but unfortunately, mistakes happen and some people did end up updating to iCloud Drive prematurely and temporarily lost access to files in Apple’s former cloud service, “Documents in the Cloud.”

When iOS 8.1 and OS X Yosemite finally dropped, we were able to sign up for Apple’s new iCloud Drive service and access it on our mobile devices, Mac computers, and online through icloud.com. If you are ready to make the switch, we have a quick tutorial today to help you move all of your documents into iCloud Drive.

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Apple Watch Launching Next Spring Says Retail Chief Angela Ahrendts

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I am almost as excited about the new Apple Watch as I was my very first iPad. Early 2015 can’t come soon enough. Apple’s vague release date has just got me even more antsy in my pants for the new wearable gadget. I was hoping that the Apple Watch would be on my wrist by Valentine’s Day. Unfortunately, it looks like Apple love will not be in the air this February. According to a report from 9to5Mac, the Apple Watch will not be on store shelves until the Spring, which could be anywhere from mid-March to mid-June.

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Southwest Airlines Launches Apple’s Beats Music Inflight Entertainment Service


Ever since Apple acquired the Beats Music company for $3 billion, we’ve wondered what the iPad maker had in store. So far, we haven’t seen the Beats earbuds packaged with new iOS device purchases. The curated music service has not been integrated with iTunes Radio. The price of a monthly subscription hasn’t gone down any. So what is Apple doing with Beats?

Well, we now know that it has been working with Southwest Airlines to bring Beats to inflight entertainment, something that has never been offered on an airline before.

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Starwood Hotel Rooms Go Keyless with iPhone and Apple Watch App Rollout

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I don’t travel that much, but when I do I prefer to spend as little time as possible in line at the hotel desk and I find it annoying to keep track of my room key. Starwood Hotels and Resorts have announced a bold new program called SPG Keyless which allows guests to have keyless entry to rooms using an iOS or Android app on their mobile device. Touted as the first of its kind, the app notifies you when your room is ready, allows you to check in, and uses a Bluetooth key code to unlock your door. Let’s hope this expands to additional hotels across the globe.

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Rumor: iPad Pro Will Feature 12.2″ Display and be as Thin as iPhone 6

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Oh, yeah. The iPad Pro. With all of the hubbub surrounding Apple Pay, the Apple Watch, and “bendgate,” we almost forgot about it. But, just in case you thought those rumors had finally died out, here is a new one for you. Japanese tech news site Makotakara reports that the iPad Pro is still underway, but slightly smaller than we expected and thinner than the iPad Air.

Makotakara claims that Apple is developing a new product that will be similar in design to the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. Instead of the 12.9-inch screen we’ve heard so much about, this tablet will supposedly only measure 12.2-inches, which incidentally is the exact same screen size as the Surface Pro 3.

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Apple’s HomeKit-enabled Products Set to Be Common in Households Across the U.S.


With Apple’s announcement of HomeKit for accessory makers and app developers at the Worldwide Developer Conference this past June, we saw a glimpse into the future we’ve only seen in Jetsons cartoons. HomeKit will make it possible for you to communicate with your lights, locks, and even temperature controls. It seems like the kind of thing only tech savvy early adopters or financially independent consumers would be able to make use of.

However, a report coming from Forbes claims that HomeKit enabled chips are being shipped to device makers across the U.S. and may be prolific enough to be accessible to the average consumer. I’m looking forward to teching out my pad with HomeKit devices.

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Virginia Courts Rule Police Cannot Force Users to Disclose Passcode, but Can Force You to use Touch ID to Unlock your iPhone or iPad

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In a Virgina Beach Circuit Court ruling, a criminal defended will be required to use his fingerprint to unlock his iOS device, even though he does not have to reveal his passcode so that police can search the contents.

This is a very interesting case and sets precedence for future rulings. A person’s passcode is considered knowledge, therefore he cannot be forced to reveal it under the law. The Fifth Amendment prohibits forced self-incrimination. However, the Virginia ruling considers Touch ID to be more inline with giving a DNA sample, a handwriting sample, or a physical key.

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