Now that all the hype is slowly dying from Apple’s announcement earlier today, Cult of Mac’s very own Buster Hein made an interesting observation. In his most recent article, Hein pointed out that the iPad Mini 3 is almost no different then the iPad Mini 2 except for two things — Touch ID and the Gold color option. Here’s a quick tidbit from his observation:
Phil Schiller gushed over all the new iPad Air 2 upgrades during today’s keynote, reveling in its improved camera, powerful A8X chip, anti-reflective coating and Touch ID. But when it came to the iPad mini 3, Apple tried to slide quickly past it, and for good reason – there weren’t any upgrades to brag about.
Here’s are the new iPad mini 3 features:
That’s it! Everything else is the same as last year’s iPad mini 2. Same design. Same cameras. Same Wi-Fi. Same storage. No fully laminated display. No barometer. No burst mode. No anti-reflective coating.
Apple didn’t even give it an A8 processor to put it on the same level as the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Instead, Apple has kept all the same internals as the iPad mini 2 but left the price at $100 because hey, that Touch ID and number ‘3’ on the packaging weren’t cheap.
That being said if you’re in the market to get an iPad Mini, you’re better off saving yourself $100 and getting an iPad Mini 2 that doesn’t have the Gold color option or Touch ID.
Happened to miss the live stream of Apple’s press conference or don’t want to spend an hour and a half watching the video? No problem about that, we’ve rounded up all the important information you need to know without having to waste a lot of your time. Most importantly, Apple has announced the much rumored and anticipated iMac with 5K Retina Display which boasts 14.7 million pixels packed in a 27-inch screen. Despite its fairly hefty price tag, we do expect a lot of people to purchase it. Apart from that, both the iPad Air and iPad Mini saw refreshes while the previous generations of each device got a small price drop as well. But without any further to do, be sure to check out our quick summary below.
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In the course of today’s brand-new content update, the popular multiplayer strategy game Galaxy on Fire – Alliances has finally received another gameplay mode, which is directed towards PVP gamers. In a selection of new game worlds, players of Fishlabs‘ flagship title face each other in the conducive-to-battle Warzone mode that enables single alliances to rule an entire server all by themselves.
One of the most important features of the Warzone mode is the specific design of the respective star maps, which are more compact than the regular maps and hold no more than 1,000 players each. Starting in one of 12 outer spawn clusters, players must claim the “Inner Realm” of the map where the most valuable planets and citadels are located. With that being said, this is also the place where the most battles happen and where one alliance that is strong enough can dominate an entire server on their own. Additionally, the Warzone servers also have a huge number of fierce NPCs (non-playable characters) that guard the most valuable planets and citadels.
Everything previously mentioned will only be found on the newly opened Warzone servers, however, other game worlds like “Prima Luce”, “Fiat Lux” and “Aurora” have remained untouched since this update.
MacWorld, the first ever Apple-related conference we attended in 2013, is sadly no more after a brief announcement earlier today from IDG. According to the official website, MacWorld is currently on hiatus and will not take place next year in San Francisco. As for the MacIT portion though, it will still live on with details to be announced “in the coming weeks”. Despite this loss, it doesn’t come entirely as a surprise, the MacWorld magazine shut down earlier this year after 30 years of being in print. Here’s the rest of the statement from IDG:
Since 1985, Macworld events have brought together a community to celebrate the incredible innovations that Apple has brought into the world, shining a spotlight on the developers who add value to the user’s experience in infinite ways. As Apple products and the related ecosystem have changed, so has the marketplace, and we are proud to have played a part in that evolution. Literally thousands of companies and hundreds of products have come to market at Macworld, and countless professional relationships have been forged. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank the Apple community for allowing us to host these events and be a part of the incredible story that is the Apple market.
We are committed via our MacIT event to bringing together the product developers innovating with enterprise iOS and OS X based solutions, and the growing legion of professionals empowering their organizations through these tools. We are exploring exciting new partnerships, venues and delivery opportunities through which MacIT can continue to serve this market, and we look forward to announcing our plans for this event within the next few months.
Looking towards the future, we hope to see the MacWorld Expo revived at some point and wish the best of luck to all of their staff. Read the rest of this article ->