Kevin C Tofel has a great post up at Gigaom Mobile, running down some reasons he thinks the iPad lineup may no longer need a yearly refresh. The two main reasons for this are that right now there just aren’t a significant number of iPad apps that can fully take advantage of the latest, greatest iPad hardware; and that the typical user’s refresh cycle for a tablet device is likely a lot longer than for phones and closer to that of PCs.
Well, that’s my quick paraphrasing of Tofel’s reasons – here’s part of his take on iPad apps and new iPad hardware:
Put another way: Is there a “killer app” that really needs the iPad Air 2 hardware to make a huge impact? I can’t think of one.
Note that I’m not trying to put down app developers here. There are tens of thousands of programmers working hard to make great iOS apps. Some will be happy to see the new Metal graphics tool available in iOS 8 for sure. And I have no doubt that more visually and computationally complex apps will be afforded a better experience on the iPad Air 2. I just haven’t seen a software-based reason to compel many people to upgrade their hardware. It may take a year or more before app capabilities catch up to the hardware in the latest iPad.
I definitely agree with Tofel’s prediction that we will start seeing a refresh of just part of the iPad lineup each year; as we already have done really. This year’s update to the iPad mini was minimal to say the least. Same goes for the way it was almost totally ignored at Apple’s new iPad announcement event back in October. It would make sense to do more for the smallest iPad next year, then address the bigger model/models (if we see the rumored new 12 inch iPad) the following year, and then to follow that sort of pattern.
In any case, Tofel’s full post on this subject is well worth a read.
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Rumors about a larger, 12 to 13 inch iPad have been around for ages, and seem to have gained ground over recent months. They already feel like they’ve moved into the ‘I’d bet on that’ category of Apple rumors. So this new video from YouTube user Canoopsy showing a mockup of the rumored iPad Pro or iPad Air Plus is interesting, as it offers a quick look at how the bigger iPad’s size would compare to some current Apple devices.
Most notably, the iPad Pro / Air Plus would be not far off a MacBook Air’s size, at least in width and height – and considerably bigger than the iPad Air.
The latest rumors suggest the release time for this larger iPad would be in the April to June timeframe next year. It’s touted to have either a 12.2 or 12.9 inch display, and possibly a new A9 processor chip.
I imagine we’ll be hearing a lot more about this larger iPad early next year.
Football Manager Handheld 2015 hit the iPad App Store last week. This is the latest version of the best football management game around, updated for the 2014/15 season. I was a huge fan of the PC version of this game for years, and over recent years the iPad version has become my favorite due to its ‘lighter’, faster gameplay.
I’ve spent more hours playing this game on the iPad then I’d care to admit in public, so it’s a big understatement to say I look forward to each year’s new version. This year’s update to the game seems a little more substantial than some past updates – here’s its list of new features:
Brand New Match Engine
– A completely new and more realistic 2D Match Engine allows you to better analyse your team’s performance on the field to help you make those tough decisions.*
– A brand new Scouting Agency which allows you to look at, and monitor, a ranked list of the top 50 players within the game both for current ability and future potential.
Rankings and Dynamic League Reputation
– New World Rankings, for international teams and national leagues, which will evolve over time based on performances in continental competitions.
More Detailed Club Stats
– A Club Stats page dedicated to showing you more detailed seasonal and historical information about all areas of your club.
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Today’s featured iPad painting combines two things I love: iPad art and The Walking Dead. Well, not real walking dead people, but the TV series that is.
It’s a portrait of Tyreese of course, one of the most interesting and likeable characters on the show – and it perfectly captures how scary the Zombie Apocalypse is to the biggest dude in the series.
This iPad painting is the work of Google+ member John Stavropoulos – created using the Procreate and Snapseed apps and a Jot Touch pen.
You can see more of John’s work, including a number of other Walking Dead themed works, at his www.jstav.com site.
And of course you can browse through lots more lovely iPad paintings at our own iPad Art section.