Rumors Say Touch ID Coming to Next iPads

Touch ID

According to Apple Insider and a number of other Apple news sites there’s growing evidence that Apple may be bringing the Touch ID feature to the next generation of iPads.

Poking around in code for the Touch ID framework in iOS 7.1, Twitter user and developer “UNiCORN”found a reference to Apple’s iPad lineup, potentially suggesting that the next-generation iPad mini and iPad Air may sport the company’s fingerprint scanning technology.

I haven’t used an iPhone in years and haven’t tried out Touch ID as yet. I imagine it’s a pretty useful alternative for quick access to a mobile device.

It would be interesting to see this feature come to the iPad, but it’s far from top of my wish list for the next gen models. More RAM is my top wish in terms of hardware updates and swipe typing is by far and away the single iOS feature I’d most like to see added.

What are your thoughts on Touch ID? Is this a big one on your next iPad wish list?

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iPad Numbers from Apple’s Q2 Results Reporting

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Apple held their 2014 Q2 financial results call yesterday afternoon. During the call they announced iPad sales numbers which were down compared to the same quarter last year. The number of iPads sold in the second quarter was 16.3 million (down from 19.5 million in Q2 of 2013).

Here are some more impressive iPad numbers shared by Apple during the call:

– The iPad is the fastest growing product in Apple’s history, with over 210 million sold to date. Over the same timeframe since original release, its sales have doubled those of the iPhone.

– iPad users in the US generate almost 4 times the traffic of Android tablets.

– iPad has over 95 percent share in the U.S. education market.

And maybe the most impressive of all:

– 91 percent of tablet activations in enterprise are iPads.

Not too shabby for a ‘disappointing’ quarter for the iPad.

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Red Herring: Another Simple but Addictive iPad Game from the Makers of 7 Little Words

Red Herring is a soon-to-be-released new iPad game from the makers of the excellent 7 Little Words game. Here is the developers’ short introduction to the game:

Red Herring containing word game, logic puzzle and trivia challenge elements – is about organizing words into categories while keeping an eye out for sneaky “red herring” words that are only in the puzzle to confuse you.

They promise that the game is simple and addictive – two words that perfectly describe their 7 Little Words game. I did a review of 7 Little Words for iPad here last year, and it remains one of my all-time favorite iPad word games. The developers were kind enough to let me try out Red Herring prior to its pending release – and I can tell you it is a uniquely challenging and fun game. I’m already hooked.

Check out the trailer video above and look out for Red Herring hitting the App Store very soon.

 

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Refurbished Retina iPad mini Available Now at Apple Online Store

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Refurbished Retina iPad minis are available now, and for the first time, at the Apple online store. This morning there are just two models available – the 32GB WiFi only model at $419 ($80 off the new price) and the 64GB Wifi only model at $509 ($90 off new).

The refurbished section is updated often though, so I imagine we’ll see 16GB and WiFi + Cellular models of the Retina iPad mini available soon too.

Apple ‘s refurbished line has quite a good reputation – all their refurbished products are tested and certified and come with a one year warranty. Refurb iPad models also come with a new battery and outer shell.

You can check out the refurbished Retina iPad mini deals at this Apple online store page.

Happy iPad shopping.

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Fandango Movies iPad App Updated: New Spotlight Carousel, New Icon, and More

Fandango Movies iPad app

The best movies app for the iPad just got another great update yesterday. Fandango Movies has a new icon, a very cool new Spotlight carousel feature, and a few more nice improvements.

Here’s the short but very sweet change list for Version 6.0 of Fandango Movies for iPad:

We’ve made your Fandango mobile experience even more exciting. Check out our latest updates:
• The Spotlight carousel now available for both iPhone and iPad!
• Our brand new look features visual enhancements to movie pages, theater lists, as well as a new rating system and easy-to-spot ticketing information icons
• Sign in to your Fandango account using Facebook or Google+ (iPhone only; iPad coming soon). Don’t have an account yet? Create one now for one-tap purchases and to save your favorite theaters.

Fandango has been an excellent iPad app as long as I can remember. It makes it quick and easy to find a great movie, check out when it’s showing in nearby theaters, choose seats and book tickets right within the app. This is a very nice update to this already stellar app.

Here’s an App Store link for Fandango Movies; it’s a free app and a universal app designed to run on both iPad and iPhone.

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“Quitting Apps in iOS Can Actually Worsen Battery Life” – If This is Accurate, then It’s the Best Advert Yet for More RAM in iOS Devices

Thorin Klosowski has a piece up at Lifehacker where he states that quitting apps in iOS can actually worsen battery life – and quotes a former Apple Genius Bar tech on the subject: Yes, it does shut down the app, but what you don’t know is that you are actually making your battery life worse […]

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iPad Art: Paint on!

Wow, lots of reasons to love this week’s featured iPad painting. It’s titled ‘Paint on!’ and created by Hotel Midnight. Apart from the fact it’s the work of a favorite iPad artist, of course I love the fact that it’s an iPad painting that’s all about painting on the iPad. Here. the artist herself can […]

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Stick Around for iPad: Powerful App for Educators

When teaching, one of the great practical ways to inspire discussion, debate and higher order thinking skills is by categorisation/card sort exercises, ideally where a student can decide to put things in a certain order, and change their mind by moving their idea about depending on the discussion. Back in the ‘good old days’ (pre-iPad), […]

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