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Iterate 76: Michael Simmons of Fantastical and HockeyApp

Posted by BMetts On October - 25 - 2014
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Michael Simmons of Fantastical and HockeyApp joins Seth and Rene to talk about advising on other apps, taking Fantastical to the Today view, the future of HockeyApp, and more!

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iPad buyers’ guide

Posted by BMetts On October - 24 - 2014
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There’s a lot to consider before you buy or upgrade to a new tablet, even a new iPad Air 2 or iPad mini-3. What’s more important, portability or display size? Can you live with an older, cheaper model or do you really need something more future-proof? Which color and what capacity is best for you? There’s never been more to choose from, which means it’s never been harder to choose!

Enter iMore’s 2014 iPad buyers guide. We’ll go over all the details, all the options, and help you decide on which iPad is perfect for you. And if you’ve already decided, just bookmark, email, Facebook, or Tweet this so we can help your friends and family and you can get on with enjoying your new iPad!

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Serenity, Peter, Ally, and Rene discuss whether you should upgrade your iPad, what the alternatives are, which model is best for you, and options for color, capacity, and more! If you’d rather watch or listen before you read, start here!

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iPad evolution

Since Steve Jobs first unveiled it at a special event in 2010, the iPad has improved steadily in one way or another. The iPad 2 was thinner, lighter, and faster. The iPad 3 got a Retina display and LTE. The iPad 4 went Lightning. The iPad mini dropped back to iPad 2 tech, but in a much smaller form factor. The iPad mini 2 brought Retina to the smaller screen, and the iPad Air made the bigger iPad noticeably smaller. Now the iPad mini 3 and iPad Air 2 add gold finishes, Touch ID, and in the latter’s case, a powerful new Apple A8X processor to boot.

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Connector 30-pin Dock 30-pin Dock 30-pin Dock Lightning Lightning Lightning Lightning Lightning Lightning
Height 9.56 inches (242.8 mm) 9.5 inches (241.3 mm) 9.5 inches (241.3 mm) 7.87 inches (199.9 mm) 9.5 inches (241.3 mm) 9.4 inches (238.8 mm) 7.87 inches (199.9 mm) 7.87 inches (199.9 mm) 9.4 inches (238.8 mm)
Width 7.47 inches (189.7 mm) 7.31 inches (185.7 mm) 7.31 inches (185.7 mm) 5.3 inches (134.6 mm) 7.31 inches (185.7 mm) 6.6 inches (167.6 mm) 5.3 inches (134.6 mm) 5.3 inches (134.6 mm) 6.6 inches (167.6 mm)
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Wi-Fi: $ 399, $ 499, $ 599, $ 699
Cellular: $ 529, $ 629, $ 729, $ 829
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iPad Air 2 vs. MacBook Air: Which Apple ultra-portable should you get?

Apple has two products designated as “Air”, the MacBook Air, updated last June with the latest generation Intel Haswell processors, and the brand new iPad Air 2, introduced in October with a custom Apple A8X chipset. Both are ultra light, super thin, and have insanely great battery life, but one has a keyboard and runs OS X and the other a multitouch and iOS. Both can be absolutely killer on a plane, in an office, or around the house. But which one is better for you?

Should you upgrade to the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3?

When new tablets like the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini-3 hit the market one of the hardest decisions we face is whether or not to upgrade from our current model to the latest and greatest. If you have unlimited funds, you can just buy everything, all the time. Most of us don’t, however, so we need to check out the new features, see how they compare to what we already have, and decide if the difference is worth the price of an entirely new device, a price that starts at $ 399 and goes up considerably from there. So, what’s the difference between your current iPad and the new ones, and is there value enough to justify the upgrade cost?

How to sell your old iPad

If you plan on upgrading to an iPad Air 2 or iPad min 3i, selling your old iPad is a no brainer. Apple products hold their resale value very well. If you’ve taken good care of your iPad, you should have no problem finding it a new home and putting some cash in your pocket while doing it. Selling the old really does help you afford the new. If you’re not sure how to sell, or if you just want to make sure you get the most money, or save yourself the most time and effort, possible, here’s everything you need to know!

Which iPad should you get?

Apple’s 2014 iPad lineup is jam-packed. At the top end there’s the brand new iPad Air 2. Then there’s the updated iPad mini 3, last year’s iPad Air and last year’s iPad mini 2, and at the lower-than-ever bottom end, the original iPad mini. There are different features, different screen sizes, different capacities, and different price points to consider. In other words, there’s a lot to choose from. So do you go with big or small, old or new, cost or value? Which iPad should you get?

What color iPad should you get: Silver, gold, or space gray?

The iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 come in a wider variety of colors — or metallic finishes — than ever before. Now, in addition to space gray and silver, you can also get both the new iPads in gold. The space gray still comes with a black faceplate and the gold, like the silver, comes with a white faceplate. With greater choice in colors, however, comes a harder choice — which one should you get?

What iPad storage size should you get: 16GB vs 64GB vs 128GB?

The iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3 come in three different storage sizes — 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB. Picking between them can be the hardest buying decision a new iPad owner has to make. That’s because App Store apps are getting larger, media files are becoming more accessible than ever, and the functionality of our iPads keeps getting better. All of this comes at the price of storage space. This is why choosing a storage size that matches your particular use case is so important. The last thing you want to do is get the dreaded out of space error after only a few months of owning your new iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3. Luckily that’s where iMore comes in! From start to finish, we can walk you through what you can expect to get out of each iPad storage size!

iPad insurance: Should you get AppleCare or something else?

If you plan on picking up a new iPad Air 2 or new iPad mini, one of the questions you’re probably asking yourself is whether or not you should buy AppleCare+ insurance, something else, or forego insurance altogether. It’s a question we get asked on a rather regular basis here at iMore so I figured the best way to address it was to put together a guide, since no one insurance plan is right for everyone. And more importantly, if you’re using a credit card to buy your new iPad, you may be covered already and not even know it! Follow along to see what we think are the best insurance options to protect your new iPad!

Need more help?

If there’s any detail you’re still not 100% sure about, or any question you’d still love to get answered before you buy your brand new iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3, we have fantastic information pages that are always kept up-to-the-minute, and amazing community forums filled with experts for you to talk with. Bookmark them and check back often! And once you’ve decided, let us know in the comments – which iPad did you get and why?









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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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