Microsoft is currently holding a special event in Shanghai, China, where Microsoft's corporate vice-president of Devices, Panos Panay, has just announced the completely redesigned new Surface Pro, which Microsoft says is “upgraded, versatile, and exceptionally powerful, with iconic Surface design.”
The “beautifully crafted” new device is “the lightest, the best sounding, the fastest…the quietest,” Surface Pro, according to the launch video from Microsoft. It has 13.5 hours of battery life, which is 50% more than a Surface Pro 4 and 35% more than an iPad Pro. LTE Advanced, Windows Hello, a “next generation” hinge, and Studio Mode. Microsoft says that the LTE Advanced will be available "in units shipping later this year," and according to The Verge, these models will support micro SIM and eSIM and will cost slightly more than the non-LTE models.
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Apple’s partnership with Nike continues today with the sports brand announcing four new Apple Watch bands that will be available on June 1 at Nike’s online and retail stores and also via Apple and resellers a few days afterwards. Nike says that the four colourways are inspired by the Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit “Day to Night” collection, which “celebrates runners whenever they choose to run - at twilight, sunset and everything in between. Each of the colours is inspired by a shade of the sky, from dawn to dusk, and allows runners to - for the first time - make a statement by matching their Apple Watch Nike+ bands to their footwear.”
The Sports Bands cost $49 as standard, and although made for the Apple Watch Nike+, they will fit any Apple Watch model.
This follows on from the launch of the Apple Watch NikeLab on April 27, and also Nike’s Rosche-and-Air-Force-1-branded iPhone 7 cases.
Sources: Nike debuts four new Apple Watch bands to coincide with shoe launch
New Nike Sport Bands Go From Day to Night
MacRumors reports on new images that have been posted today by Benjamin Geskin of two cases for the forthcoming 2017 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models, with Geskin noting that there will be “no new iPad mini this year.” as has been widely expected.
The cases reveal a couple of details about the forthcoming iPads. Firstly, the cutout for the microphone is on the top rear of both cases, just as it is with the recently released 9.7-inch iPad, and not on the right side of the iPad, just above the volume buttons, where it is located on the current 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
Secondly, the cases also have several bigger cutouts that are presumably for four speakers: two on the top of the case and two on the bottom, either side of the Lightning port.
The cases also have inserts for stowing your Apple Pencil, as well as cutouts for the 3.5mm headphone jack, which is set to remain on the new 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models.
Source: Cases for Upcoming 10.5-Inch and 12.9-Inch iPad Pro Reveal Stereo Speakers, Centered Rear Microphone
Back in February news emerged of a new Pokémon game for iOS called Splash! Magikarp, featuring the endlessly flapping fish. After the initial news about the game broke, it all went a little quiet, but Nintendo Life reports today that the game is finally on its way, but with a new name, Pokémon: Magikarp Jump, the same name as the popular mini game in Nintendo 64 Pokémon Stadium.
Magikarp’s faithful fans around the world will have to be patient a little longer before they get their fins on Magikarp Jump, however, as currently it is only available on soft launch in the Italian App Store, and there’s no news of an official release date in other territories as yet.
According to Serebii.Net, the simple gameplay sees you catching and raising Magikarp and then pitting them against others to see who can jump the highest. You can use various rods to catch Magikarp of different colours and sizes, all with their own abilities. Take your Magikarp through the leagues, feeding and training them to make them strong so that they can jump higher and higher. You’ll also get to use other Support Pokémon to help your Magikarp.
Clearly, the Pokémon Company is having a bit of a Magikarp moment, having also just released the Magikarp Song video on the Official Pokémon YouTube channel, which has already had almost 2 million views in just 8 days. The lyrics are, of course, flat out trolling the poor Magikarp, with lines like “so weak that it’s sad, really really sad.”
All this Magikarp madness is a very smart move from The Pokémon Company, coming up to what it hopes will be another massive summer for Pokémon Go. When Pokémon Go became a worldwide cultural phenomenon last year, some of the earliest tweets and Instagram pictures that kicked off the whole craze were of Magikarp in the wild, appearing in frying pans on people’s stoves, flailing around on the pavement, and so on.
Following the release of Ghosts ‘n Goblins Mobile on iOS back in March, Capcom’s classic side-scrolling action-platformer Ghouls ‘n Ghosts has just arrived in the App Store. The story follows on immediately after the events of Ghosts ‘n Goblins, with the side-scrolling arcade action authentically reproduced for iPhone and iPad.
As ever, the star of the game is the brave Sir Arthur, who must fight his way through the ghouls and ghosts of the title, and other assorted evil denizens of the underworld, and he certainly doesn’t have an easy time of things, as you’ll remember if you ever played the arcade or console game in the past. However, Capcom has made some improvements to the game to make it a little easier to play on devices with touch screens. Here are some of the key features of the remake:
Click here to download: Ghouls'n Ghosts MOBILE on the App Store
Sources: Classic side-scroller Ghouls'n Ghosts gets ported to mobile, out now on iOS and...
According to a report on DigiTimes today, via MacRumors, Apple is increasing production of the forthcoming 10.5-inch iPad Pro, with sources in Apple’s Taiwanese supply chain expecting shipments for the 10.5-inch iPad Pro to rise to 600,000 units in July, a rise of 100,000 units from the current 500,000. Annual shipments are expected to reach 5 million this year.
As to when exactly the 10.5-inch iPad might be launched, that is still very much up in the air, with KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo recently saying that there’s a more than 70% chance that Apple will announce the new tablet at its WWDC in June. However, the equally well-sourced John Gruber of Daring Fireball said back in March that the 10.5-inch iPad is “a 2018 thing, not a 2017 thing. Or, at the very earliest, a late 2017 thing - something they could unveil in October.”
DigiTimes’ sources also said that they have word that an upgraded 12.9-inch iPad Pro could enter mass production this June, with stable shipments in the third quarter. It’s also rumoured that expected sales of the newly released 9.7-inch iPad will accelerate Apple’s decision to phase out the iPad mini 4.
10.5-inch iPad Pro concept by Armend Lleshi.
Sources: Apple Said to Be Increasing Production of Rumored 10.5-inch iPad Pro
About That Purported 10.5-Inch iPad
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