Apple Arcade was officially announced at the press event today and will be available through the App Store on Thursday, September 19 with the release of iOS 13. At just $4.99 per month, users will get unlimited access to the entire catalog of over 100 new, exclusive games, all playable across iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac and Apple TV. Not sure if you want to commit? Apple is offering a one-month free trial, and you definitely won’t find the games on any other mobile platform or subscription service. Read more for a video and additional information.
The LEGO Star Wars Boost Droid Commander kit basically teaches you how to code, and what better way to showcase the possibilities than by creating an entire orchestra? To be more specific, the team at LEGO used 95 droids, 10 violins, 8 keyboards, 4 cellos, 30 iPads, and 1 incredible inventor (Carl Merriam). Even more awesome, the orchestra was conducted using Boost apps. If forming an orchestra just isn’t your thing, the Boost app also has drag & drop coding plus authentic sound / music. or equip the droids with tools and weapons to complete missions. Product page. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Yubico, maker of hardware authentication keys, has just unveiled the YubiKey 5Ci. It’s the world’s first security key designed with both USB-C and Lightning connectors on a single device, making it compatible with iOS, Android, MacOS, or Windows devices. This means you can use it to secure 1Password, Bitwarden, Dashlane, Idaptive, LastPass, and Okta iOS apps, along with additional services accessed through the Brave iOS browser app. Read more for a video and additional information.
Adobe Fresco is an upcoming addition to Creative Cloud Suite for the Apple iPad family, and it’s currently available for private beta testing, with a full launch planned for later this year. Designed for professional artists, this app grants them access to tools normally only found on the company’s desktop software. It combines raster, vector and dynamic brushes into a single app, while letting artists sync their brushes in Photoshop CC. Read more for a first look video and additional information.
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Designer Álvaro Pabesio envisions what Apple’s next mobile operating system could look like on the company’s next-generation iPhones and iPads. The iOS 13 concept features a desktop extension for Mac / iPad, Reminders, a revamped Messages system, Mail, Reminders, a new volume HUD, Dark Mode, and lots more. “iOS 13 brings amazing new features to your devices. A completely reimagined iPad experience. An even better Continuity. Dark Mode. And stunning redesigns to the apps you love most,” said Pabesio. Read more for additional pictures and information.
The latest iPad is compatible with Apple Pencil, and it’s being offered for just $249 shipped, today only, originally $329. Featuring a 9.7-inch Retina display, an A10 Fusion chip with 64-bit desktop-class architecture, a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, 8MP camera with 1080p video / 1.2MP FaceTime HD camera, 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MIMO, and up to 10 hours of battery life. Product page. Read more for another hands-on video review and additional information.
Apple News+ has just been announced, and it’s a new subscription service that brings together over 300 popular magazines, leading newspapers and digital publishers – Vogue, National Geographic Magazine, People, ELLE, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, etc. – into a curated experience within the Apple News app for $9.99 per month. However, all Apple News users in the US, Canada, UK and Australia can still enjoy the free news experience within the app on iPhone, iPad and Mac, including access to Top Stories, Trending Stories and a personalized feed of articles. Read more for a video of the presentation today and additional information.
Apple’s 32GB iPad (2018 model) is perfect for the casual user who doesn’t need all the pro features, and it’s being offered for just $249.99 shipped, today only, originally $329.99. It features a 9.7‑inch Retina display, 32GB of internal storage, an A10 Fusion chip with 64-bit architecture, an embedded M10 coprocessor, 8MP rear camera with HDR and 1080p HD video, and a 1.2MP FaceTime HD front camera. On a full charge, you can expect up to to 10 hours of surﬁng the web on Wi‑Fi, watching video, or listening to music. Read more for another video review and additional information.
The discounted iPads all makes sense now, as Apple introduced today a new 10.5-inch iPad Air (starting at $499), and an updated 7.9-inch iPad Mini (starting at $399). Featuring the powerful A12 Bionic chip with Apple’s Neural Engine, the new iPad Air offers a 70% boost in performance, twice the graphics capability, and the advanced Retina display with True Tone technology. “The iPad continues to provide magical new experiences for a growing range of uses where it is the absolute best device, from playing games in augmented reality to note-taking and drawing with Apple Pencil, from streaming HD movies and editing 4K films to learning to develop apps with Swift Playgrounds,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. Read more for another video and additional information.
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There have been lots of rumors swirling about Apple’s next-generation iPad, and two notable features that these models will reportedly retain are the Touch ID sensor, along with the headphone jack. As for screen size, one supplier claims the new version keeps the 9.7-inch screen, while another says the display will be upgraded to 10-inches with slightly thinner bezels, while adding USB-C charging. Read more for a video about the new iPad and additional information.