New iPad Games and Apps of the Week: iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 and More

As you already know Apple (NYSE: AAPL) this week held its next-generation iPad keynote in Cupertino, California. During the event Tim Cook and his team unveiled the iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 and 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display. The company also showcased some third-party editing apps on the new iPad Air to demonstrate what its new A8X hardware is capable of doing. In case you missed the event or needed a reminder, the first app was Pixelmator. The award-winning photo editor is currently available on the Mac Store for $29.99 and it will be available on the App Store for the iPad in a few weeks.


The second app showcased at the keynote was Replay. This app allows users to easily turn their photos and videos into movies even if they don't know anything about editing. Replay is available now for free on the App Store. It requires iOS 7.1 or later and runs four times faster with Apple's A8X chip. The entire iPad event and app demonstrations are now available to watch on

Top Apple Stories of the Week: It's Been Way Too Long

Apple is set to unveil its new iPad lineup on October 16, 2014. The company sent out invitations to select members of the press on Wednesday announcing that the event will be held at 10:00am Pacific at Apple's Town Hall Auditorium in Cupertino, California. The iPad keynote will also be streamed live on and Apple TV. You can see a complete list of rumored iPad Air 2 specs here.

iPad Air 2 is also holding his own event in San Francisco on Thursday. The Black Eyed Peas frontman plans to launch his own smartwatch to directly compete with the Apple Watch. The new wearable device will run Google's Android operating system and feature a curved display, according to the Telegraph. The watch will also ship with its own music service and will not require a smartphone for full functionality, like other smartwatches on the market.


Apple Sends Out Invites for October 16th Event

As expected, Apple has sent out invites for its latest media event which is being held Thursday, October 16th at 10:00am Pacific / 1pm Eastern. The invitations read: “It’s been way too long," and asks select members of the press to attend the keynote at Apple's Town Hall Auditorium in Cupertino, California.

Apple iPad Invite 2014

Apple is expected to announce its new iPad lineup, which will include a thinner iPad Air 2 and possible 12.9-inch iPad Pro, at the event (see images of the alleged iPad Air 2 here). The second-generation iPad Air is expected to feature recessed volume buttons, Touch ID, a relocated microphone, a new A8 or A8X chip and possibly 2GB of RAM . It is still unclear if Apple plans to announce a third-generation iPad mini this year.

Apple Officially Announces iPad mini with Retina Display Launch

Apple has officially announced that the second-generation iPad mini is now available to order through the Apple Online Store. This means the new iPad mini is still not available at Apple retail locations. Instead customers must order their tablet through and have it shipped to their home. Shipping times are currently listed at "1-3 business days."

iPad mini with Retina display

Customers can also opt to have their iPad mini delivered to an Apple retail store, or to the AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless location of their choice.

Apple Teams up with Staples to Sell iPads Online

One of the nation’s largest office supply chains is teaming up with Apple. Beginning October 1st, Staples will sell iPads and iPods through its online store, joining the ranks of such major retailers as Target, Walmart and Best Buy.

Staples iPad

According to 9to5Mac, the online distribution deal is a tentative first step as Staples hopes to eventually sell the iDevices in the physical stores. In order for this to happen, Apple allegedly needs to see a certain quota of digital iPad sales met by the end of the year. Those figures will determine whether or not the company expands the deal to include Staples retail centers.

An iPad Mini Prototype Does Exist

The iPad mini is not a figment of the our imaginations, according to John Gruber of Daring Fireball. Gruber reported that a 7.85-inch version of the iPad does exist in a Apple lab somewhere.

"What I do know is that they [Apple] have one in the lab…a 7.85-inch iPad that runs at 1024×768... it’s just like the regular iPad shrunk down a bit,” Gruber said on episode #86 of The Talk Show. “I’ve heard from multiple people that this is something that they’re kind of noodling with.”

Apple iPad Rumors

While this confirms a lot of rumors coming from the supply chain, it doesn't mean that Apple is planning on releasing a smaller tablet anytime soon, if ever. There have been many leaked Apple prototypes in the past that have never seen the light of day. Apple is known for taking a long time to develop products, so the iPad mini could see many incarnations before it's even considered for a release.

Apple Investigating iPad 3 Wi-Fi Issues

Apple has finally responded to the iPad 3 Wi-Fi complaints piling up on the Apple Support forums. An internal memo posted by 9to5Mac shows Apple is "capturing" any new iPads suffering from slow Wi-Fi speeds and poor connectivity. This means Apple Store employees will replace any third-generation iPad experiencing Wi-Fi issues so they can send the defective device back to Apple for inspection.

iPad 3 Wi-Fi Broken

iPad 3 Teardown Reveals Higher Production Costs

Like clockwork, as soon as Apple releases a new product, teams like IHS iSuppli rush to disassemble the device into its component parts. The new iPad is no different, and the teardown has revealed a slimmer profit margin for Apple due to more expensive components.

iSuppli teardown iPad 3 cost

This comes as no surprise, especially with the Retina display costing an estimated $30 more than its predecessor. Including manufacturing, the new 16GB Wi-Fi only iPad costs $316 to make, compared to the iPad 2 at $245. Apple has chosen to keep retail pricing for the device level at $499 despite this $71 difference.

Apple Reveals New iPad With Retina Display

After a year of rumors and speculation, Apple officially announced the next installment in their line of post-PC devices. The third-generation iPad will rock blazing fast 4G LTE cellular connectivity along with a Retina-caliber HD display.

Apple iPad 4G LTE dictation

The new iPad display quadruples the number of pixels to 3.1 million (2048 x 1536 resolution) compared to the iPad 2. This means at 264 pixels per inch, individual pixels can't be distinguished from 15 inches away. This is one million pixels more than an HD display. Of course, all of these pixels require more processing power.

Apple to Release iPad 3 on Steve Jobs' Birthday?

According to Focus Taiwan, iPad manufacturers are working overtime to release the iPad 3 on Feb. 24 to mark Steve Jobs' birthday anniversary. OEMs and ODMs are asking their employees to work during the holidays to meet the deadline.

iPad 3

"To meet the iPad3 delivery date, the sources said, main assembler Hon Hai Precision Industry's iPad division will only allow its employees to take five days off during the Lunar New Year holiday, while staff at the company's other divisions will have a longer holiday."


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