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Retina 5K iMac unboxing and hands on!

Posted by On October - 23 - 2014
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The new Retina 5K iMac is here, and just like it says on the box, the big new feature is BIG — 5K big — a massive new Retina display. So, how much difference do all those pixels really make?

We’re busy reviewing it now, so if you have any requests, or any questions, fire away!









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This iPhone 6 hard case takes your preference for sleek design into serious consideration. There’s no dual-layers, screen covers or clips to worry about here. It’s one piece that simply snaps over the back, leaving complete accessibility all around. Get yours in black, clear or white today and save big while supplies last!









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Apple’s latest iPad Air 2 has been torn down to reveal the slim tablet’s internals. With Apple shaving 18 percent of the thickness from last year’s iPad Air model, the new Air comes with a smaller battery. Given that the company is still advertising the same 10-hour battery life, Apple has made considerable improvements to the software and other hardware components to make the iPad Air 2 efficient. Along with the slimmer battery, we also see the Apple A8X processor alongside 2 GB of RAM.


Apple claims the same 10-hour battery life as the original Air, so more efficient power use seems to be on tap here—though early reviews seem to indicate that real-world battery life is down a bit from the previous-gen iPad.

Additionally, the iFixIt tear down reveals that there are no external screws to the tablet, so the only way in is to pry open the display. Though the LCD screen is more rigid thanks the the new display tech this year, there is still some risk to damaging the unit if you’re not careful in prying things apart:

The glued-down display remains the iPad’s only access point, so there’s still a risk of damaging it even when performing ordinary repairs.

If you want to play surgery on your tablet, be sure to visit the iFixIt guide.

Have you picked up a new iPad today? Let us know what you think of Apple’s slimmer design, enhanced performance, and battery life on the iPad Air 2.

Source: iFixIt









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iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 reviews

Posted by On October - 22 - 2014
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We’re still working away on our in-depth iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 reviews, but in the meantime some early reviews have started going up already and they’re worth checking out.

Joanna Stern, Wall Street Journal:

The iPad Air 2 pushes forward in all the ways you’d expect Apple’s tablet to. The blend of screen, build and app quality make it the best full-size tablet you can buy.

But it doesn’t move ahead in one area where some of us have been waiting (desperately) for evolution: true multi-tasking, going beyond the one-app-at-a-time functionality. Perhaps that’s the big surprise that Apple will bring when it introduces a 12.9-inch iPad next year.

It would be nice to see the iPad get beyond the lean-back experience that’s been the focus since Steve Jobs first sat down on the couch.

Nilay Patel, The Verge:

There’s no question that the iPad Air 2 is the best iPad ever made. It’s also the best tablet ever made — its incredible hardware and enormous ecosystem of apps offer a commanding advantage over the competition. But it’s not Apple’s best product; it’s not the company’s most advanced technology in a magical and revolutionary device at an unbelievable price.

It’s mostly just thinner.

Dieter Bohn, The Verge:

So it’s not so much that I’m disappointed in the iPad mini 3, it’s more that I’m disappointed with the state of the small tablet in general — there’s simply no top-tier device if you want the smaller size. This iPad mini might be the best option, but “best option” for 7-inch tablets turns out to be faint praise.

The iPad mini 3 is still great, even if it’s not a great deal.The iPad mini 2, on the other hand, is both — it’s nearly exactly the same device minus a huge chunk of the price tag. Really, right now is a stupendously good time to buy an iPad mini 2.

Brad Molen, Engadget

In the wake of dire sales, the Air 2 is exactly what Apple needed to keep the lineup fresh. It may not be a brand-new design, per se, but its thin frame helps keep the marquee tablet looking sleek and exciting, and the extra burst of performance ensures that it stays among the most powerful tablets on the market for the next year. It could use a little help with battery life compared to the Air, but it’s still an improvement over the iPad fourth-gen and older. Most importantly, the Air 2 feels like Apple hasn’t given up on the tablet form factor, even if it’s experiencing a dip in sales.

That said, I’m not sure where the mini 3 fits into Apple’s strategy. Since the only hardware improvement to the new slate is Touch ID, the mini lineup is no longer on par with the Airs; it’s now a second-class tablet citizen. I love Touch ID, and I favor the screen size of the mini, but it’s not worth paying an extra $ 100 for Apple’s fingerprint sensor unless you use a ton of passwords or want to make a lot of online Apple Pay purchases. It’s still a great performer, but I can’t help but wonder if the mini lineup can remain relevant at its price point — especially now that 5.5-inch iPhones are even more portable and still offer a large screen.

Samuel Gibbs, The Guardian:

The iPad Air 2 is undoubtedly Apple’s best tablet to date. Its Touch ID fingerprint scanner works well, it’s thin, light and powerful and lasts a long time on a single charge. But it no longer stands head and shoulders above the competition.

Anick Jesdanun, ABC

Last year’s iPad Air was a huge improvement over the 2012 iPad, so this year’s update seems small by comparison. The improvements might not be enough for existing iPad Air owners to upgrade, but there’s enough there for those who have older models or are getting their first tablets.









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In addition to carrier options, U.K. residents will be able to pick up Apple’s latest iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 at the Apple Store and through high-end retailer John Lewis. Both new iPad models will be available starting October 22 in the U.K. and John Lewis will open select stores early to sell Apple’s popular tablets.

If you’re not willing to wait in line or head to a John Lewis retail location on launch day, the retailer will also be selling both iPad models online. Pricing for the iPad Air 2 will start at £399 while the new iPad mini 3 begin at £319.

If you’re living in the U.K. let us know where you’ll be picking up Apple’s latest tablets.

And if you’re interested in either tablets, be sure to check out our hands-on with them at Apple’s event along with our upgrade recommendations.

Source: John Lewis









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Mobile Nations is not only the home of iMore, which covers everything Apple, but Android Central where you can get your Google on, and CrackBerry for BlackBerry, but we have a site dedicated to Microsoft as well. That site was once-upon-a-time called WMExperts, and for the last while has been WPCentral, but today they’ve got an all new name to fit with their expanded focus: Windows Central. Yes, they’re still covering Windows on phones, but they’re also covering Windows on tablets, hybrids, laptops, and desktops, on the Surface and Xbox, and on the cloud.

It should be clear now that coming into 2015 there is just one Windows, running on the Surface, Xbox One, PCs, laptops and even your phone. At the urging of many of our loyal and active readers, over the last year we have steadily ramped up coverage — beyond our historical Windows Phone focus — to also cover Xbox, Surface, and general Microsoft news. The response to the expanded coverage has been excellent and this past year has also seen the site and our community grow by leaps and bounds. Amazingly, WPCentral is now not only the top Windows Phone site in the world, but we are also one of the top Microsoft sites too. The fact of the matter is if you own a Windows Phone, you are likely to possess (or be interested in) the growing ecosystem of Microsoft products.

Daniel Rubino and company have been killing it for a long time now, and they show no signs of slowing down. So if you love Microsoft and Windows, Windows Central is where you want to be!









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iCloud.com reportedly under attack in China

Posted by On October - 20 - 2014
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iCloud.com seems to have been added to a group of websites and services under attack in China. A new report indicates that users attempting to log in to iCloud.com from an insecure browser that trusts China’s Certification Authority are having their credentials captured. Users visiting through more secure browsers like Safari, Chrome, and Firefox will be presented with a warning when they navigate to the site.

According to GreatFire.org:

This is clearly a malicious attack on Apple in an effort to gain access to usernames and passwords and consequently all data stored on iCloud such as iMessages, photos, contacts, etc. Unlike the recent attack on Google, this attack is nationwide and coincides with the launch today in China of the newest iPhone.

There are certain precautions you can take to avoid this attack. You can set up two-step verification for your iCloud account. You can also use more secure browsers, like Safari, Chrome, and Firefox. Additionally, and this is very important: follow the SSL/TLS security warnings when they are presented to you. If you suspect that your iCloud credentials have been compromised, then you should change your password immediately.

Again, the reported attack only affects users running insecure browsers that trust the Chinese Certification Authority. It will not impact Apple services directly, Apple’s apps, or third-party apps that use proper validation.

It should be noted that the report of this attack is coming only from a single source. Users should, as always, take any normal security precautions, including those listed above. How do you keep your iCloud account secure? Let us know in the comments.

Source: GreatFire.org









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Best iPhone RPGs

Posted by On October - 19 - 2014
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For those that keep losing their twenty-sided die and are tired of hauling around sourcebooks, we’ve put together our favorite role-playing games for iPhone. You’ll find plenty of action, strategy, puzzle, and gamebook elements throughout these RPGs, but the core fun of slaying bad guys, gathering loot, and levelling up are all here.

Without further ado, these are the smartest, best-looking, and most immersive RPGs you’ll find for iPhone right now.


Lone Wolf

Lone Wolf is based on the world of fantasy author Joe Dever, and shows equal amounts of literary and graphical polish. Players make decisions through an ongoing narrative based on character traits they pick at the onset, and engage in exciting turn-based combat with a variety of enemies. Combat mechanics require timing, finesse, and smart resource management to get through alive.

There are three acts currently available through in-app purchases for $ 4.99 each or as a season pass for $ 11.99. Lone Wolf provides both richly-textured story with a classic gamebook feel as well as intense action.

Order & Chaos Online

Order & Chaos Online is about the closest thing you’ll get to World of Warcraft on your iPhone. Players pick their class, race, and faction, embark on quests, party up with others online, hoard loot, and progress their character with new abilities. There are tons of social elements, like tournaments and guilds, and a lively chat section to keep you occupied between quests.

Despite being an obvious WoW knock-off, Order & Chaos is a franchise that has expanded into MOBA and card game genres on mobile. If you’re a people person and an fan of the Warcraft style, give this a shot – you don’t even have to deal with a subscription fee.

Battleloot Adventure

Battleloot Adventure over-the-top art style is immediately impressive, but you’ll quickly find that it has some very interesting game mechanics too. The perspective may seem similar to Battleheart, but at its core, Battleloot Adventure offers a healthy mix of strategic turn-based combat with real-time reflex-driven mini-game elements. Both party members and enemies have specific classes, each with their own strengths and weaknesses against other classes. This makes party selection extremely important. As usual, players progress their characters with new abilities as they gather experience, and deck them out in sweet armor and weapons.

Come to Battleloot Adventure for the charming art style, but stay for the rewarding RPG action.

100 Rogues

100 Rogues is a retro-themed roguelike that plays great on iPhone. It features turn-based gameplay, randomly generated dungeons, and permanent death. These types of games are notoriously challenging, and 100 Rogues is no different. As you slay beasts, you earn experience points, level up, unlock new abilities, and upgrade your gear. Fighting off rats, undead, demons, and brigands isn’t the only thing you need to worry about, though; you also need to stay fed, as every step makes you a little more hungry. Make sure to find the exit fast and don’t dawdle. Three classes are available out of the box, with many more ready through in-app purchases.

100 Rogues is incredibly tough, but also has a healthy dose of humor.

Galaxy on Fire 2

Galaxy on Fire 2 is a sci-fi RPG that has players blasting through a beautifully-rendered universe. Quests range from hunting down space pirates to mining asteroids and everything in between. There’s plenty of trading to do, and you can always upgrade your ship and buy new rides with the credits you amass. There’s a lengthy storyline to enjoy, and expansions available through in-app purchases.

Galaxy on Fire 2 is a rich, exciting, wide-open RPG perfect for sci-fi fans.

Ravensword: Shadowlands

Ravensword: Shadowlands is about the closest thing you’ll get to playing an Elder Scrolls game on your iPhone. The game features a vast, open fantasy world with stellar graphics and all the questing you could ask for. Players earn reputation with various factions, slay all manner of beasts with steel and magic, while evolving their character based on their playstyle.

For RPG fans that need a big world with lots of back-story to chew into, Ravensword: Shadowlands has you covered.

Arcane Legends

Arcane Legends is a fantasy MMO which plays more like an action game than Order & Chaos Online. Players pick one of three classes, and are partied up with other players online on an ad hoc basis – odds are you’ll naturally bump into and team up with others on the same quest as you without needing to send party invites or anything like that. The most distinctive part of Arcane Legends are the pets you can acquire which help out in a number of ways, like attacking enemies or gathering loot for you.

For those that want the multiplayer RPG experience but are looking for something a bit more lightweight than Order & Chaos, Arcane Legends is great. Be sure to check out Spacetime Studio’s other MMOs if you’re looking to mix things up.

Chaos Rings 2

Chaos Rings II is the conclusion to a built-for-mobile JRPG franchise by Square Enix. Players are thrust into the crucible of crisis as a hero fated to sacrifice innocent lives to save the world. Throughout the game you chose to embrace or defy your destiny and combat otherworldly creatures. The action follows the familiar turn-based structure, and boasts stellar 3D graphics.

Grab Chaos Rings II if you’re in the market for an over-the-top epic, or better yet, start off with the original Chaos Rings and the sequel, Chaos Rings Omega, before getting into this one. Chaos Rings 3 is already in the Japanese app store and should be available in English soon. Square Enix has also ported and remastered all of their classic games for mobile, so be sure to check them out if you’re into the Final Fantasy or Dragon Quest series.

The Banner Saga

The Banner Saga is a highly polished tale chock-full of Norse mythology. Jump between meaningful dialog sessions and turn-based tactical combat with 25 different characters spanning 5 different classes. Manage scarce resources to improve your heroes and keep your band moving across a cold and desolate landscape.

The art style alone in The Banner Saga is enough to pick it up, but it also strikes an excellent balance between strong, character-driven story and classic RPG-style combat.

Dungeon Hunter 4

Dungeon Hunter 4 is a traditional action-RPG with stellar graphics.

Players work their way through a linear storyline, slaying all manner of monsters using one of four different character classes and their unique special abilities. As they progress, new powers are unlocked and new gear is picked up and upgraded. Players can hook up online for co-operative of competitive multiplayer.

Sure, the hack-and-slash gameplay might not be a massive departure from what you’re used to, but you know what they say: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Your favorite iPhone RPGs?

Those are our top picks, but there’s a lot out there in the App Store. What are the best role-playing games you’ve enjoyed on iOS?









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Introducing the new Don Melton podcast!

Posted by BMetts On October - 19 - 2014
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Don Melton was formerly director of internet technologies at Apple, and responsible for WebKit and the Safari browser. He’s also co-host of the 80s movies episodes of Review and a frequent and insightful guest on the Debug. And now he’s doing his own, monthly show. The conceit is I call him up and he talks for an hour about whatever he’s working on and thinking about. In the first episode, that includes his second home, plans for HomeKit, True Justice Season 2, video transcoding, and the perils of light prototypes.

The second episode will likely cover the new 27-inch Retina 5K iMac, the realities of streaming 4K, and more. I’m not sure how many we’ll post here on iMore, so make sure you subscribe using RSS or iTunes via the links below.

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It’s another week, and we’ve gathered together the very best apps and games that have been released over the last seven days for iPhone and iPad.

This go-around are quite a few video apps, but there’s a little something for writers, too. On the games side, we’ve got a healthy mix of arcade, strategy, sports, and shooters.

Bust open the App Store, and get downloading our top ten new releases for iPhone and iPad.


The Bot Squad

The Bot Squad is a fun, cartoony game that combines tower defense and attack mechanics. Players manually guide their robots through a series of treacherous mazes to reach the end in one piece. Grab objective stars and orbs en route if you can manage. Occasionally the tables will be turned, and you will need to organize towers to defend against waves of enemies. Orbs are used to upgrade your bots and towers between levels. Keep in mind that freemium mechanics such as energy meters, upgrade timers, and premium currency are in play here.

The Bot Squad boasts fantastic animation and a nice strategic mix.

Drone: Shadow Strike

Drone: Shadow Strike is military shooter where you rain down fire on enemies from above. The gameplay and style will be familiar to anybody that has tried out Zombie Gunship, but there are a few interesting changes in the formula here. For one, you’re dealing with fully-colored 3D models, and not just silhouettes (though infrared mode can help you spot sneakier enemies). You’ll need to be on your toes to deploy flares and avoid getting hit by surface-to-air missiles. After working through a series of missions, you’ll get the chance to upgrade your drone with enhanced armor, radar, stealth, and countermeasures, as well as purchase new drones to fly in. Free-to-play elements such as premium currency and boosters are employed here.

Drone: Shadow Strike is a great little on-rails shooter and worth a look.

Enterchained

Enterchained is a dual-stick beat-em-up, not-so-subtly inspired from the movie Gladiator. Players hack and slash their way through coliseum battles while shackled to a fellow gladiator. Throw your weapon, execute downed enemies, complete quests for extra glory, and do your best to stay alive. The stark art style is punctuated by bright red splotches of gore. There are no in-app purchases at all here, and 45 items to unlock, each with their own unique characteristics.

Enterchained is a brutal button-masher and tons of fun.

NBA 2K15

2K’s official NBA game launched on iOS this week. NBA 2K15 offers substantially improved graphics while playing on the basketball court, and a new MyCareer mode that has players work through a storyline by doing stuff like answering questions at press conferences and training their custom-made character. The soundtrack is curated by Pharrell Williams, which should keep gameplay moving nicely. It looks like hardware controller support is in the mix here too which is always a great addition. NBA season officially starts on October 28, so this is a great warm-up.

Angry Birds Transformers

Angry Birds Transformers combines one of the most beloved franchises on mobile with the retro charm of cartoon robots from the 80s. In this side-scrolling shooter, players roll out as one of the many recognizable Angry Birds characters that have been tweaked with some vehicular characteristics. As a Transformer, you switch between humanoid running and vehicle mode, upgrade for stronger weapons and abilities unique to each character, and blow up baddies as the pop up on screen.

Angry Birds Transformers is an imaginative pairing and a refreshing new game type for Rovio’s avians.

Drafts 4

One of our favorite writing apps for iOS has had a complete overhaul as a brand new Universal app. Drafts 4 continues to help you write, share, and back up all of your documents with amazing ease. In this update, users can enjoy Share and Today extensions, location services, JavaScript support, and multi-step actions for when you want to do some particularly fancy automation.

Drafts 4 is built specifically for iOS 8, and it does a fantastic job of taking advantage of the new capabilities.

Live HD/R

Live HD/R is a great new video app that allows users to shoot in high dynamic range (or tonemapping, if you want to get technical). Basically, this makes your videos pop with additional definition and dramatic color. Settings can be tweaked for global and local contrast, radius, noise reduction, gamma, and saturation to achieve exactly the kind of feel you want. The final result outputs at 720p and 30 frames per second.

Live HD/R is a great way to show off the new capabilities of your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus.

Strom

Strom is a powerful professional music app for iPad that grabs samples and helps you sequence and slice it in some really imaginative ways. Strom ties in with the Rytm drum computer with a $ 19.99 in-app purchases, which might seem steep, but it opens up a whole range of new possibilities.

Musicians eager to try something new should find some great possibilities with Strom.

Xim

Microsoft has introduced a surprisingly interesting image sharing app called Xim. In it, you’re able to shoot off a link to friends, and when they open it on their device, everybody can pan and zoom around pictures, flip to other pictures, and chat with one another. This way you can share images without having to hand off your phone. Though the recipients of invites don’t need the app, if you do, you’re able to add pictures to the collection to share with others. Short messages can also be shot out to the group. After awhile, the Xim expires, so no need to worry about stocking up on cloud storage.

Xim is a neat idea, and the perfect way to share vacation photos with friends and family.

Skype Qik

Qik is a new video messaging app from Skype that helps you easily share moments with whole groups of friends. Videos can be shot straight from the app or pulled from clips you’ve recorded earlier. No log-in or usernames are required, and messages are wiped after two weeks, making Qik very low-maintenance. You can delete videos from group conversations easily enough, too.

Skype Qik is a neat idea with a lot of potential.

Your favorite new iOS games and apps?

Those are our favorite new releases in the App Store. Leave a comment with your latest iPhone and iPad downloads!









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