According to a new report from MacOtakara, via MacRumors, Apple has plans to announce several new products at a special event this March, including four new iPad Pro models, as well as a 128 GB iPhone SE and red versions of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

Starting with the iPad Pro, MacOtakara says that the four models to be announced in March will be 7.9-inch, 9.7-inch, 10.5-inch, and 12.9-inch verrsions. The 10.5-inch model is not expected to launch until May, but the three other models will launch in March, according to MacOtakara’s sources. The 10.5-inch model is also said to have an edge-to-edge screen with no home button, which could be why the release date of that particular model is later than than the others.

The 7.9-inch “Mini” iPad Pro will have a Smart Connector, True Tone display, four speakers, and a 12-megapixel rear-facing iSight camera with True Tone flash. All of the four new iPad Pro models will also have quad microphones.

As well as the new iPad Pro range, MacOtakara’s source also says that Apple will be launching a 128 GB iPhone SE, and red iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus variants.

Source: Apple Said to Debut New iPad Pro Lineup, 128GB iPhone SE, and Red iPhone 7 and 7 Plus at March Event

9to5 Mac reports today on an inventive and quirky new iPad Pro ad campaign from Apple that is somewhat reminiscent of the famous “I’m a Mac and I’m a PC” ads. The adverts feature tweets from PC owners about the iPad Pro such as “An iPad Pro is not even close to being a computer,” or other tweets about problems the user is having with their laptop, such as “My laptop has the nastiest virus and I’m terrified.” In each of the video spots the PC user’s worries and anxieties are soothed by a perky voiceover that tells them that an iPad Pro doesn’t get PC viruses, for example, “so relax, there’s nothing to be afraid of…” The ad spots are also very humorous in tone, with each vignette ending with a joke or two.

In all of the videos, the iPad Pro is shown being used much more like a laptop, complete with Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil, rather than being used like a traditional tablet. Using the iPad Pro instead of a laptop or desktop is something that Apple has been touting for several years now.
Source: Apple launches whimsical iPad Pro ad campaign based on PC user tweets

AppleInsider reports that Apple has announced that it will be returning to San Jose for this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), which will be running from June 5-9 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center, with registration starting on March 27. The news came via The Loop’s Jim Dalrymple, who got the chance to speak to Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller and San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, with Schiller revealing the date and location for the conference.

For the past 13 years Apple has held its annual WWDC in San Francisco, but the newly announced San Jose venue in which the 28th annual WWDC will be held is much closer to Apple’s Cupertino headquarters.

It’s likely that Apple will be launching iOS 11 and macOS 10.13 during the WWDC’s opening keynote presentation, as the company traditionally uses the keynote to make such announcements.

Schiller said that despite being at a different venue, WWDC 2017 will be roughly the same size as the previous conferences, with 5,000 developers attending and 1,000 engineers.

“We look forward to working with Apple to create a special experience for the thousands of attendees who will visit San Jose for this marquee event,” said Mayor Liccardo. “And on behalf of our entire city, I’d like to extend a warm invitation to Apple developers, partners and enthusiasts from around the world to join us in Downtown San Jose as Apple unveils its latest innovations.

Source: Apple's WWDC 2017 returns to San Jose June 5-9, registration begins March 27

MacRumors reports that Apple’s Siri is featured in the LEGO Batman movie that was released last Friday, in the role of Batman’s personal assistant. Aside from seeing the movie, you can also actually have fun with Siri on your Apple device by simply saying “Hey ‘puter,” just like Batman does in the movie. She’ll then answer you in a number of humorous ways.

Just some of the many replies you can expect from Siri when you say “hey ‘puter” include “I am at your service, Lego Batman sir”; “Welcome home, sir. I have your rom coms queued up, sorted by decade”; “Welcome home, sir. FYI, Robin is trying on costumes in the Batcave again. He’s doing some pirouettes in Batryshnikov”; and “You have a message from the Condiment King. It says ‘Pbbbfffttt!’”

And if all that Siri sillyness has got you wanting even more LEGO Batman goodness, there’s also a free companion app to the game to download here: The LEGO® Batman Movie Game on the App Store

Source: https://www.macrumors.com/2017/02/14/siri-the-lego-batman-movie-promo/

Finally the big Pokémon Go news that everyone has been waiting for is here today, and fans are so excited about it that the game is trending worldwide on Twitter once again, just like those heady days last summer.

Pokémon Go developer Niantic has caused all the fuss today by announcing that more than 80 new Pokémon from the Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver games will be arriving in Pokémon Go later this week. This includes the likes of Chikorita, Cyndaquil, and Totodile, to name but a few, as well as Pokémon with gender-specific variations.

And that’s not all, as there are also some new evolution possibilities for some of the current Pokémon that are already found in the game, and you’ll be able to pick up new Evolution items at PokéStops that can be used for these new evolutions.

Other new items that you’ll be able to pick up by spinning the Photo Disc at PokéStops include two new Berry types, Nanab Berries and Pinap Berries. When trying to catch a Pokémon, give it a Nanab Berry to slow it down and make it easier to catch, and a Pinap Berry to double the amount of Candy earned from catching it, should you be successful.

As far as your Trainer avatar is concerned, you’ll be able to choose from many more wardrobe items, including new hats, shirts, pants, and other items.

And finally, Niantic has added some new encounter gameplay animations, so you can expect Pokémon to act in different ways when you’re trying to catch them. Item carousels have also been added so that you can select Berries and Poké Balls without having to leave the catch screen.

Source: Our World Is Expanding—Over 80 More Pokémon and New Features Are Coming! - Pokémon GO

In a new interview with Vice, via AppleInsider, Niantic CEO John Hanke has been talking about the game’s massive success and what players can expect from future Pokémon Go updates.

Referring to the eventual arrival to the game of Generation Two Pokémon, PvP battles, and an “abbreviated form” of trading, Hanke said “It’s going to be done soon. It is what it is. I’ll take the massive wave of hysteria we enjoyed, and just deal with the fact that it’s caused us to take a bit longer to get the rest of the features up. We’re really happy to make our users happy.”

Source: Future iPhone 'Pokemon Go' updates to include 'abbreviated' trading, PvP battling


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