AppleInsider has posted two photos that it is claimed were taken by an employee working in Apple’s Asian supply chain, and that are said to be of the iPad Pro 2.

The images show an iPad with an unknown device identification number (MH1C2CD/F), but one that does follow Apple’s device numbering protocol.

The anonymous source who sent the images to AppleInsider claims to have obtained them from a Chinese supplier who is currently working on an iPad Pro model that will enter production in late September 2016.

The images don’t give much away about the finished product at this early stage; for example, the iPad Pro pictured only has 12 gigabytes of storage, which suggests that it is some sort of prototype or pre-production testing device.

AppleInsider says that it cannot vouch for whether or not the photos are genuine, although it does believe that Apple is planning to launch a refresh of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro sometime this fall.

Source: First photos of alleged 'iPad Pro 2' surface in China

Polish indie developer Bulbware’s 2D point-and-click horror adventure game Bulb Boy has arrived in the App Store! The game already has a great reputation and following on Steam, and has won many awards, including the prestigious Best Character Design award at the 2015 Intel Level Up contest.

Bulb Boy is the adorable star of the game; when he wakes up from a terrifying nightmare on a gloomy night, he finds that evil has overshadowed the Bulbhouse. His family are gone, and there are scary monsters lurking in the shadows. It’s up to you to help Bulb Boy use his glass head to save all those he loves.

The game’s style, which has received many plaudits from the industry, was inspired by classics such as Machinarium and Gobliiins, with gameplay including puzzle-solving and fighting wicked monsters.

Bulb Boy is set in the mysterious bulbhouse, which is infested with dangerous creatures that you must defeat in a bid to restore light to Bulb Boy’s world, as well as save his Grandparaffin and Mothdog.

While Bulb Boy faces many challenges in the game, he has a lot of advantages on his side, including the fact that his head lights up, so that you can survive electric shocks, and which can also be unscrewed to use in some strange places. The further you progress in the game you’ll also be able to play as other family members as you relive your childhood memories and uncover more about the back story.

If you love classic 2D gaming with a horror twist, this is the game for you, it really is fantastic!

Click here to download for $2.99: Bulb Boy on the App Store

Source: Bulbware

Jim Dalrymple of The Loop reports that Apple has told him that Pokémon Go has smashed the record for more downloads in its first week than any other app in App Store history. Apple also revealed that it had paid out $50 billion to developers overall.

Dalrymple says that Phil Schiller told him back in June that Apple is not content to rest on its laurels as far as the massive success of the App Store is concerned, with Schiller telling him that his team had already made changes to make the App Store even better, and that more improvements were on the way.

Both big and small developers are saying that engagement with their apps is growing over time, according to Dalrymple, meaning that users are spending more and more time in apps, with the time spent in apps since Q2 2014 having almost doubled.

Growing categories in the App Store include video and music streaming and in particular apps such as Netflix. With this in mind, Apple is planning to roll out an expanded subscription model, according to Schiller.

Source: Apple confirms Pokemon Go sets App Store record

Apple VP of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, Lisa Jackson, has appeared on ABC7 News, via 9to5 Mac, talking about 9-year-old Joshua Gomez who is able to hear again as a result of a new type of bone-conduction hearing-aid that works in tandem with a companion iOS app. “Technology can transform lives [and] 9-year-old Joshua is a great example,” said Jackson.

Joshua began to lose his hearing when he was 3 years old, and went through several surgeries to try and restore his hearing over a 5-year timeframe, but all to no avail. And unfortunately, even conventional hearing-aids were unable to help in his particular case.

It was the Children’s Hearing Center at Stanford that finally came up with a way to restore Joshua’s hearing. They outfitted him with the Cochlear Baha 5, new technology that enabled him to hear out of both ears clearly for the first time. The device is made specifically for iPhone.

The main difference between a regular hearing-aid and the Cochlear Baha 5 is that it is able to transmit sound directly to the inner ear via bone conduction, thus avoiding those parts of the ear that would not be able to tolerate such a device.

The iPhone app can then be used to tune the sound to various environments, such as making it easier to pick out speech in a noisy room, and boosting a child’s softer voice to make it easier to hear. Sound can also be transmitted directly to the device from an iPhone or iPad.

Apple has won many awards for its efforts at making devices that are as accessible as possible, and has just this year created an accessibility accessory section in the Apple Store and new accessibility features in iOS 10.

Source: 9-year-old boy gets his hearing back after six years thanks to bone-conduction implant & iPhone app
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MacRumors reports that the results are in from FutureBrand’s 2016 World’s Favourite Companies survey, and Apple is once again victorious, wrestling the top spot once more from last year’s victors, Google.

FutureBrand asked 3,000 consumers several questions about the 100 biggest companies around the world, with the respondents required to give each company marks for 18 different factors, such as trust, innovation, individuality, people, resource management, and price premium.

FutureBrand said that Apple performed particularly well “in terms of perception strength, rather than financial strength,” and that it also scored high marks for its individuality, authenticity, and purpose. Areas in which Apple scored less highly include resource management, wellbeing, and respect.


Microsoft came second behind Apple, with Apple being slightly ahead in terms of personality and consistency, but Microsoft scored slightly higher than Apple in terms of innovation.

Other high-ranking companies beaten by Apple in the survey include Disney, Amazon, Samsung (which placed third), Toyota, and Facebook.

In the Technology Sector in particular, Apple performed even more impressively than in the overall survey, scoring 36 percent above the sector average for thought leadership and 33 percent above the sector average for consistency in producing high quality products. Thirty-seven percent above the sector average said that they would like to work for Apple, and 39 percent above sector average said that they would like to buy its products.

Source: Apple Takes Top Spot in FutureBrand's Ranking of World's Favorite Companies

Planet of Heroes is a new mobile-focused MOBA currently in development at Fast Forward Studio, which is a newly formed internal game development team from international multimedia company My.com.

Planet of Heroes is being built from the ground up specifically for mobile devices, with the aim of capturing everything that is so awesome about MOBAs on PC, but at the same time capitalising on the strength of the mobile gaming platform.

A closed beta will be starting this summer, with the game scheduled for release at the end of 2016.

The Planet of Heroes storyline focuses around the Devourer, a galactic entity of great power that is sleeping deep in the bowels of the Ritual Planet, imprisoned by the Forerunners. Should the Devourer awaken from its slumber, disaster for the galaxy looms. Unfortunately it is already stirring, and close to being roused. In order to keep it sleeping, it must be fed with primal emotions—rage, bloodlust, and the thrill of victory. An arena is built on Ritual Planet to keep the Devourer fed, and an Order of Heroes is created from soldiers, rebels, poets, criminals, and scientists, and tasked with battling eternally to keep the Devourer from waking.

As you might imagine, creating a MOBA for the mobile platform from the ground up is a Herculean task, hence Fast Forward has assembled a dream team advisory “council” comprising streamers, gamers, and eSports personalities who will be consulted on game design issues. These include Cowsep, a MOBA expert and well-know Twitch personality, who has already had a big input in the development of the game.



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