The global replacement cycle for iPads could pick up steam over the next few quarters as iOS 11, the latest update of Apple's ( AAPL) mobile operating system, becomes widely available later this month.
That development would likely anchor a forecast return to growth for the worldwide tablet market next year, when Apple and mainland Chinese brands led by Huawei Technologies are predicted to strengthen their shipment volumes.
"The new iOS 11 would be an important update to iPad Pro, as the new features will make it more of a personal computer-like device," said Peggy Cheung, the research manager at IDC Asia-Pacific.
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According to a new report from the Financial Times, via MacRumors, Apple is planning to relocate its original content division to Culver Studios, the iconic Hollywood studio where films such as Gone With the Wind and The Matrix were made.
The Culver Studios was built by Thomas Ince, and was previously owned by RKO, Howard Hughes, and Cecil B DeMille. The studio is close to Sony Pictures’ Culver City studio lot, and also Apple Beats’ offices.
Aside from hoping to move into this legendary base, Apple is also said to be looking to snap up a “high-profile drama” starring Jennifer Anniston and Reese Witherspoon that is set on a morning TV chat show. Apple is apparently bidding against the likes of Netflix and other studios in an effort to obtain rights to the drama.
Recently, Apple was reported to have earmarked $1 billion for acquisition and production of original television content over the next 12 months in order to compete with Netflix and Amazon.
Image: The Culver Studios
Source: Apple Eyes Lease at The Culver Studios, Bidding on Drama Starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon
Help is at hand for any Game of Thrones fans out there that are already missing their weekly fix now that Season 7 has finished, with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and HBO Global announcing that pre-registration is now open for their forthcoming mobile title, Game of Thrones: Conquest.
The MMO strategy game, which has been developed by Turbine, lets players rule their own powerful House as they navigate the dangerous political landscape of Westeros in a bid to seize the Iron Throne. Gameplay involves raising powerful armies to march against your rivals, as well as commanding your own small councils to sabotage your enemies from within. You must also defend your House from other players in PvP battles, or you can choose to form a strategic Allegiance in a bid to control the Seven Kingdoms.
As you might expect, familiar faces from the HBO series will be making regular appearances, including Daenerys Targaryen, Tyrion Lannister, and Jon Snow.
While fans will have to wait a little longer to get their hands on the game, with no release date set as yet, by pre-registering from today they can ensure that they receive the Prepare for War Bundle, including exclusive Night’s Watch training gear, plus gold and resources.
Source: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
The release of Legendary Pokémon in Pokémon Go has been a masterstroke by Niantic, succeeding in getting fans excited about the game all over again as they team up with strangers and friends in order to stand a chance of catching the Legendaries in epic Raid Battles.
It’s therefore no surprise whatsoever that Niantic has today announced more of the same for Pokémon Go, with Legendary Johto-region Pokémon Raikou, Entei, and Suicune all due to arrive in the game starting from today. You can find Raikou in the Americas, Entei in Europe and Africa, and Suicune in the Asia-Pacific regions until September 20. On September 30 all three will move to a different location to battle until October 31.
Niantic also announced today that it will begin an EX Raid Battle (formerly known as Exclusive Raid Battle) field-testing phase at certain Gyms prior to rolling out the feature globally. Niantic will be sending out the first EX Raid Passes soon, with the recipients getting the chance to try out the system as early as September 6.
Source: Legendary Pokémon Raikou, Entei, and Suicune and an EX Raid Battle Field Test Coming Soon - Pokémon GO
Just as expected yesterday, Apple has today sent invites to the press for a special event on September 12 at the Steve Jobs Theater in Apple Park, reports AppleInsider.
The invite features an Apple logo with some soft-focus colours, and says “Let’s meet at our place. Please join us for the first-ever event at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino. September 12, 2017 10 a.m.”
It’s truly fitting that Apple gets to hold such a special event as the inaugural event at the building dedicated to its late co-founder and CEO.
It’s expected that Apple will announced the OLED iPhone 8 at the event, as well as two new LCD phones that have been tentatively called iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus up until now. There’s also been speculation recently that Apple will announced the LTE Apple Watch Series 3 as well as a fifth-generation Apple TV with support for 4K and HDR.
Source: Apple invites press to Sept. 12 event at Apple Park's Steve Jobs Theater for 'iPhone 8'
Duncan Sinfield has posted another gorgeous HD Apple Park drone video on YouTube, writes 9to5 Mac. While no one is getting carried away just yet, the video does offer the hope that the forthcoming iPhone launch event due this September will take place in the Steve Jobs Theater.
As 9to5 Mac notes, you can clearly see that more progress has been made in the work on the theater over the past week since the last drone video was posted. For starters, it’s obvious that some bright green turf has been laid, although most of the campus is still covered in dirt and machinery. The added greenery also indicates just how many new trees have been planted at the campus.
Halfway into the video you can see more footage of the Steve Jobs Theater, and it’s certainly not beyond the realms of possibility that it will be ready in time for the new iPhone unveiling, which is rumoured to be taking place on September 12. It certainly would be a fitting way to christen the new venue that is named after Apple’s legendary late co-founder and CEO.
Source: Latest Apple Park drone footage gives some hope for Sept. event at Steve Jobs Theater
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