The possible release of the iPad mini is one of those rumours that just won’t go away. The latest such rumblings come from Chinese tech site MyDrivers, where ‘anonymous sources’ claim that the 7.85 inch iPad mini will feature Sharp’s IGZO display and retail for under $300. As Wired points out, IGZO is a new and improved manufacturing process that makes displays “thinner, higher in contrast, and less power-hungry than current display technology”. It is worth noting that this technology was rumoured to replace the IPS screens on the new iPad, but this turned out to be false. The report also says that the smaller iPad will be as thin as the iPad 2, have a resolution of 330 pixels per inch and 8GB capacity, which will go for between $250-299. There is no mention of release dates, though a previous report from net portal NetEase claimed that the iPad mini will be launched in the 3rd quarter of 2012. With the recent release of the Google Nexus 7 (among a bevy of other 7″ android tablets), it’s not surprising that Apple reportedly have plans to introduce a more cost effective and portable iPad.[AppleInsider]
Madfinger Games’ highly anticipated zombie shooter – DEAD TRIGGER – has finally been unleashed onto the App Store. First announced earlier this month, the follow up to SHADOWGUN brings console quality FPS action to the small screen. The story is your typical zombie affair, with billions having been wiped out and now you must find a way to survive the onslaught. The graphics simply look amazing for a handheld device, and we have the Unity 3D engine to thank for that. Aside from the gorgeous visuals, players will be treated with more than 40 hours of gameplay, advanced ragdoll effects, and even get to decide whether they want to blow a zombie’s brains out or chop them up limb by limb (can anyone say Dead Island?). Best of all, the game’s only $0.99 on the App Store, not to mention that it’s a very friendly 116MB download. By the looks of it, Madfinger’s got another massive hit on their hands. Full PR and video trailer after the gap.
MADFINGER Games, a.s., DEAD TRIGGER – $0.99
Browse fast with Chrome, now available on your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Sign in to sync your personalized Chrome experience from your computer, and bring it with you anywhere you go.
• Search and navigate fast, directly from the same box. Choose from results that appear as you type.
Simple, intuitive experience
• Open and quickly switch between an unlimited number of tabs. On your iPhone and iPod touch, flip through tabs the way you would fan a deck of cards. On iPad, swipe from edge to edge to switch tabs.
As noted before, Chrome for iOS supports multi-device sync, so once you sign in, you’ll have access to all your tabs, bookmarks, passwords and omnibox data from your PC/Mac. Incognito mode has even made its way over so users can browse the web without leaving any virtual trails. This is one (free) app current Chrome users need to have their iDevices. Video trailer after the break.
Google, Inc., Chrome – Free
Gearing up for the eventual release of iOS 6, Apple has released earlier today a standalone app for discovering, subscribing, and playing podcasts on your iDevice. Simply called Podcasts, the universal app will help streamline the entire podcast experience on your iPhone and iPad. Currently on iOS 5, you you can stream and listen to podcasts right from the iTunes.app, but if any were downloaded for offline listening, you’d have to make your way to the Music.app to access those files. Now with Podcasts, everything is done under one roof. An all-new “innovative” new Top Stations feature lets users find and try new podcasts from a variety of categories, including arts, business, comedy and more.
If you love using the Smart Cover with your iPad, but hate how there are only two rather limiting viewing angles, here’s a Kickstarter project you’ll want to back. Created by app developer Dotan Saguy, this mighty simple gizmo’s called the Smarter Stand for iPad and it’s essentially a clip that slides into the side of the Smart Cover in order to “lock” the folding points in place. So if you were to place the Smart Stand at the first fold, the iPad will be held up at a 33 degree angle; at the second fold, it turns into a 45 degree stand. In case you’re wondering, the clips even work on the recently released Apple Smart Case. To help stop the iPad from slipping, a polyurethane pad that sticks to the base of the tablet is also included (not required for the Smart Case as the neoprene of the back cover provides sufficient grip).
Steel Media, a leading tech mobile publisher based out of the UK (PocketGamer, iPhone Alliance and Quality Index to name a few), has just released the first ever issue of Swipe, an interactive magazine especially designed for the iPad. The app was built using HTML5 and its content showcases the best that the App Store has to offer. In Issue #1, Swipe gets an exclusive first look at Rovio’s Angry Birds follow up Amazing Alex, along with reviews from sites like Slide to Play, 148Apps, TouchGen (and TMA), as well as an interview with gaming legend David Braben (Lost Winds) and much more. Swipe is available now as a free download (243MB) and well worth the space on your iPad, especially if you dig iOS games. Press release and intro video after the gap.
Steel Media, swipe magazine – Free
Amidst all the hoopla surrounding the WWDC 2012 Keynote, Apple has quietly released the iPad Smart Case, an accessory iPad owners have no doubt been waiting for since day one. It’s essentially a Smart Cover, but with a polyurethane hardshell to protect your iPad’s aluminum back. The Smart Case is now available for shipping at the Apple Online Store and priced at $49. It also comes in 6 different colours and you can even get a free engraving on the back of the case. You can now finally ditch that Smart Cover in favour of its newest sibling for the added protection – that is if you don’t already have the Griffin IntelliCase.
The WWDC goes live at 10AM PST today and as most expected, Apple will indeed be unveiling iOS 6. In other news, OmniFocus for Mac and iPad have dropped in price in their respective App Stores for the first time ever! For those of you not familiar, OmniFocus is hands-down the best personal task manager around; it’s much more involved than your everyday todo list app and was designed with David Allen’s Getting Things Done (GTD) Methodology in mind.
About a month ago, we’d posted a video of a prototype iPad keyboard that would allow the movement of the onscreen cursor left or right by simply dragging a finger in either direction. Such functionality would indeed make it much easier for the user when editing text on the iPad. Well for all you non-jailbreakers out there who want to try out gesture based editing on your iPads, developer iApp have recently released tyype HD, a simple enough app that let’s you do just that. Sliding your finger above the virtual keyboard, you can move the cursor left or right. To quickly select text, use two fingers, while three fingers move the cursor twice as fast. In addition, pinch gestures will scale the font size. tyype HD is available now on the App Store for the intro price of $0.99, and after several planned updates (multiple file support and Dropbox/iCloud sync), it’ll sell for $2.99. Check out the video demo of the app in action after the gap.
iApp, tyype HD – $0.99
If you’ve been clamouring to converse with Siri on the iPad, perhaps that day will come sooner than you’d expected. According to 9to5mac’s trusted sources, Apple will indeed be integrating the digital assistant into iOS 6, where it’ll not longer be exclusive on just the iPhone 4S, but include support for the iPad as well. As seen from the mockup above, Siri on the iPad is said to not be a “full screen experience”, where the interface will slide up from below with a quick hold of the home button (perhaps similar to the notifications window that drops down from above on the iPad). The Siri window is said to have rounded corners, the same look and feel as that of the iPhone 4S and will also work from the lock screen.