Apple’s newest flagship iOS device, iPad Pro, offers a screen with 5.6 million pixels. The engrossing screen is quite spectacular, even if recent reports peg the iPad mini 4 display as best. I was surprised to find very few iPad Pro wallpapers around the Internet, that took advantage of the massive new screen. Consequently, I was left on my own to scramble up some options.
Inside, you will find several iPad Pro wallpapers. It is a shame to have that giant screen, but no customizable wallpaper options. There are two different orientations, which are explained within, helping take advantage of the landscape size. Take a step inside for great downloads for your newest device.
Because there are little-to-no photo quality iPad Pro wallpapers online, I was left to cropping images found via Interfacelift.com, in an attempt to provide wallpapers for Apple’s latest iOS device.
Immediately below, the next five wallpapers are square images at 2732 x 2732. This means, when iPad Pro is rotated, the image should remain fairly centered. The images were large enough to accommodate this type of adjustment and still maintain photo quality resolutions.
The images below were not quite large enough to make a perfectly square crop. However, they were big enough to give preference to a landscape orientation. The following wallpapers are cropped at 2732 x 2048. Typically, iOS device wallpapers would be cropped with the opposite orientation, 2048 x 2732, giving portrait the preference on image clarity. However, after using my iPad Pro for two weeks, I find it is more used in landscape, hence the crop orientation. The images still look fine in portrait mode, but look best in landscape.
If you have any excellent, photo quality imagery that will fit an iPad Pro at 2732 x 2732, make sure to catch up with me via Twitter @jim_gresham. In that same regard, if you have any great wallpapers you would like considered for the Wallpapers of the Week section, feel free to send a message my way. Before submitting, make sure the images are already preformatted for iOS devices.
Like every Sunday we bring the latest jailbreak tweaks directly to you so you don’t have to sift through Cydia looking for that special gem. We’ve seen a steady flow of tweak releases for the last few weeks, and this week is no different. Still waiting for that killer iOS 9 jailbreak tweak though…
AppDrawer: an Android-inspired application drawer for jailbroken iPhones ($1.99 – review)
ColorKeys: change keyboard color (free)
DeleteCut: delete entire words when tapping the Delete key while holding the Shift key (free)
DMTQFix: bypasses jailbreak detection on DJMac Technika Q (free)
EmojiKey: replaces the Dictation key with the Emoji key (free)
FBNotifyClear: clear Facebook notifications quickly (free)
Fern: a customizable app launcher available from anywhere ($1.99)
Genesis: a bunch of UI tweaks all in one tweak (free)
Homemade Bread: use the Home button to activate Back to App breadcrumb ($1.50)
InstantTouchID: lets you unlock with Touch ID when the device is locked and screen is black (free)
iTouchSecure for iOS 9: powercharges what you can do with Touch ID ($4.99)
Melodic 2: lets you share songs, edit metadata, and much more ($1.49)
Native youTube Share: brings iOS sharing menu to YouTube app (free)
NoMoreMagnifier: removes the magnifying glass when selecting text (free)
NoTrackpad: removes the two-finger gesture on iPad (free)
PhotoAlbums+ for iOS 9: powercharges the Photos app ($2.99)
ScreenLock: disables the screen Home button, Notification and Control Centers while the tweak is active (free)
My picks of the week are AppDrawer and DeleteCut. What are yours?
The fine folks over at Chipworks have provided the first up close and personal look at the A9X processor found inside of the recently launched iPad Pro. What it uncovered was yet another impressive design job, one that should, again, make Intel take notice.
Not only is the A9X extremely powerful, besting some laptop machines powered by Intel chips, but it’s also much bigger than the A9 processors supplied by both Samsung and TSMC that are found in the iPhone 6s.
The Motley Fool recently contacted Chipworks for insight into Apple’s newest SoC. What it found was a technical achievement that Apple’s designers should be more than proud of.
First and foremost, the new A9X is much bigger than any other mobile chip powering an iOS device that we’ve seen thus far. In fact, the A9X is 40% larger than the TSMC-provided A9 processor in the iPhone 6s. This is possible due to the larger amount of real estate available in the iPad Pro, a device that’s much larger than any other iOS device yet.
But size tells only part of the story. The A9X, as can be seen by the die-image above, is A chip featuring two CPU cores and a 12-cluster GPU:
Chipworks’ Dick James tells me that he sees a 12-cluster GPU, two CPU cores, and an absence of the level-three cache memory found inside the A9 chip (I’ll explain why I think Apple didn’t include it later in this article). I agree with his assessment. The two CPU cores can be seen in the green box, and I believe that inside of each blue box are two GPU clusters, for a total of 12 clusters.
At the end of the day, the sheer size of the iPad Pro is what affords the ability to place such a chip inside of its casing:
According to Chipworks, the chip measures in at approximately 147 square millimeters, a whopping 40% larger than the size of the TSMC-built variant of the A9 chip inside of the iPhone 6s/6s Plus. This is an absolutely huge increase in area (and by extension transistor count) from the A9, which no doubt means that this monster of a chip is far more difficult to manufacture, especially on a relatively new manufacturing technology.
The Motley Fool’s report also makes it clear that the A9X lacks the 8MB of on-board cache that the standard A9 features, and speculates as to why that might be. I highly encourage you to take a look at full breakdown, as it contains additional details that anyone who’s keen on Apple’s chip design process would be interested in.
Even if we weren’t provided with a A9X teardown, it’s clear to see that this chip is far and away more powerful than any of the chips found in prior released iOS devices. As I showed you in a previous video, the iPad Pro easily keeps up with my i7-powered 2013 MacBook Pro with Retina display when exporting 4K video.
What are your thoughts on the strides Apple has made in its chip designing process? Do you think that Intel has a basis for worry?
Online retail giant Amazon is bringing its Instant Video service to the new Apple TV after all. As a quick refresher, Amazon recently pulled both Google’s Chromecast HDMI dongle and Apple’s Apple TV from sale because the two set-top boxes, in Amazon’s own words, don’t “interact well” with its video subscription service. Confirmation of a tvOS version of Instant Video was inadvertently leaked by Amazon itself in response to a question on Twitter.
The app should hit the Apple TV App Store by the end of the year.
Engineer Dan Bostonweeks confirmed on Twitter receiving a confirmation from Amazon after sending feedback via the Instant Video iOS app about lack of tvOS support.
“Dan, I have interacted with our technical team and have been informed that they are currently working on developing a new app for the Apple TV,” reads a response Bostonweeks received from an Amazon employee.
“As we have already succeeded in developing an app for the iPhone and iPad, we hope to make an app separately for the Apple TV. Hopefully, within a few weeks span, you’ll be able to see the Amazon Instant Video app feature on your Apple TV.”
For what it’s worth, I have noticed that Apple’s editors have featured some games from Amazon Game Studios on the App Store in the past two weeks or so. If there was bad blood brewing between Amazon and Apple over the Instant Video app, surely Apple wouldn’t promote Amazon’s games on the App Store.
This past Thursday, for example, To-Fu Fury, a game released in the App Store by Amazon’s games-publishing arm, was featured as Apple’s new Free App of the Week.
And earlier in the week, Amazon added new features to its iOS apps. Amazon’s Video for iOS app, for example, gained the X-Ray feature for movies and television shows, support for 3D Touch shortcuts and iOS 9’s multitasking features and more.
On the other hand, Amazon, just like Apple, also appears to be in talks with broadcasters about a live television service delivered over the Internet.
In fact, the online retailer had preemptively updated its own set-top box with 4K support, better graphics, faster CPU and other features just as Apple was gearing up to release its refreshed Apple TV (which lacks 4K video output support).
All in all, just because the two technology giants compete fiercely in digital entertainment doesn’t mean they should be rude to each other. If Amazon doesn’t make its Instant Video service available on tvOS, it will be shooting itself in the foot.
Likewise, Apple would be foolish to limit consumer choice by saying ‘no’ to Instant Video on the Apple TV. In fact, Apple has made it clear to BuzzFeed News that all video services “are welcome” on its new box.
To-Fu Fury from Amazon Game Studios, regularly $1.99, is available at no charge until next Thursday as Apple’s new Free App of the Week via the App Store’s weekly promotion.
Released in July 2015, this puzzle platformer challenges you to save the Fortune Kitty playing as To-Fu, a stretchy, sticky, flingy and combative cube of bean-curd. Expect a lot of puzzle solving and physics-based action in this game.
Co-developed by HotGen, To-Fu Fury requires you to use the main character’s signature moves, such as Ping and Fling, to make your way through the puzzles and battle against the nefarious Hoshi clan.
“On his journey, he’ll encounter fierce enemies and elaborate challenges, take on towering bosses, and navigate white-knuckle obstacle courses,” reads the description.
Speaking of To-Fu, don’t let the looks of this wobbly creature deceive you: To-Fu’s fighting skills and lightning speed are his main advantages. The game is fast-paced so expect to be Pinging across the screen like a speeding bullet and Flinging to maximize agility to avoid hazards.
Check out the launch trailer below.
As To-Fu is a gelatinous creature, you should stick to rough surfaces like rock and wood. The game requires you to use the environment to your advantage. For instance, slide down slippery jade and use metal surfaces to ricochet towards your goal.
To-Fu Fury requires an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad with iOS 8.0 or later. The app is localized in German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish.
If you are reading this, then you made it through Thanksgiving and Black Friday. After surviving the biggest shopping day of the year, you deserve a treat. It’s time to relax and enjoy an afternoon without the family (unless the family is still visiting).
We’ve got a list of apps and games that you can treat yourself with this weekend. Treat yourself while you can. Christmas is around the corner and all of your free time and money will be spent on someone else soon enough.
The Whispered World is a 2009 point-and-click adventure game made popular on PC. It follows the story of Sadwick, a clown that doesn’t exactly make you smile. He sets out on a dangerous adventure with his companion Spot to save the world from crumbling to dust. Sadwick has the unique ability to change his form to help him solve different types of puzzles. The game features hand-painted backgrounds for a stylized visual aesthetic. This game is available on the iPad for $7.99.
With iOS 9, users can take advantage of split screen multitasking on the iPad Air 2, iPad Pro, and iPad mini 4. One thing split screen users may have noticed is that you can’t use the same app in both screens. But, what if you wanted to view two different Safari web pages at the same time? That’s exactly what this app does. Instead of having to launch a different browser, like Chrome or Firefox, simply tap on the Sidefari companion and view a second web page in Safari. This app is available on compatible iPads for $0.99.
The tile-based board game Ubongo is now available in digital form. If your holiday tradition involves playing this board game together, you can now do it without having to be at the same table together. Players try to match shapes to a grid in the fastest time possible. If you are the first to complete your puzzle, you get your choice of gems. The digital version has additional shapes and single-player mode for additional fun. This game is available for $2.99.
Synth musicians can use this iPad app to customize the audio parameters of their tracks with low and high cut filters, glitches, and delays. You can draw them onto the loop graph, or adjust them using the digital knobs. Alter the tracks separately, or send looped material through the filter for even more interesting effects. Thanks to Inter App Audio compatibility, you can send your new sounds to other compatible music apps. Or, use Audiobus 2 for real-time mixing. This app is on sale for $4.99.
Just like you’d imagine, Remember is a brain training game. It uses three modes to help you work out your mind. Recall makes you remember gestures in a specific order. Rush requires fast thinking and fast reactions. Repeat pushes you to complete as many gestures as possible in a minute and a half. Play these games each day and your brain will get the fitness that it needs. Too bad you can use Apple Watch to track your mind workout. This game is available for $0.99.
Are you jealous of those fun little animated emojis that your friends send you from their Apple Watch? Well, now you can share the same emotions from your iPhone or iPad. This third-party keyboard app lets you send 166 different animated emojis as GIFs that look exactly like Apple Watch’s hearts, faces, and hands. You can even pick your colors with red or yellow faces and red, blue, or purple hearts. This app is available for $0.99.
TheCodingMonkeys, the guys behind the popular puzzle game Rules, are back with what they are calling an “interactive fiction.” The rest of us call it a choose-your-own adventure game. This one has a nice style with a minimalist graphic flare. The story takes you into an adventure where you must make decisions about social issues we face in current times, but with a futuristic twist. This game is available for $2.99.
Let’s face it; everyone experiences buyers remorse from time to time, which results in a change of heart about a purchase. Then there are those occasions when you regret changing your mind about changing your mind.
That’s what recently happened to me after I requested an App Store refund for an app that I later realized I actually wanted and needed.
Oddly, I encountered a weird error telling me that since I had previously requested a refund for the app, I could no longer purchase it again. That makes no sense. Why would Apple not want to take my money just because I had requested a prior refund?
Whatever the reason for the error, after searching Google, it’s obvious that I’m not the first to encounter this issue. The good news is that fixing the Redownload Unavailable with This Apple ID error is very easy to do…
Step 1: Open Settings → iTunes & App Store
Step 2: Tap your Apple ID
Step 3: Select Sign Out
Step 4: Open the App Store, and try to purchase the app again
From there, you’ll be requested to log in to your Apple ID account again. After you login, the App Store should allow you to download the app that was previously off limits.
In a nutshell, all it takes is a quick sign-out and sign-in to fix the Redownload Unavailable issue. Yes, it’s inconvenient, but I can attest that it works. Have you ever encountered this error?
Unless you happen to have a physical Bluetooth keyboard attached to your iPhone or iPad, you cannot invoke Spotlight on iOS 9 unless you happen to be on the Home screen. AnySpot for iOS 9 aims to change this.
AnySpot lets you assign an Activator gesture to Spotlight so that you can access the search interface from anywhere on your iPhone or iPad, even if you happen to be within an app. If you want Spotlight search to work closer to how it works on the Mac, allowing you to access it from anywhere, then you should consider using AnySpot.
Once the tweak is installed, it’s just a matter of firing up the Settings app and launching AnySpot’s preferences. Inside the preferences you’ll find two sections: Activator Methods, and Advanced Options.
You’ll, of course, need to have Activator installed in order to use AnySpot, but oddly enough Activator wasn’t listed as a prerequisite during installation. FYI: it’ll probably require a manual installation on the user’s part if it’s not already installed.
After an Activator gesture is selected, you may wish to enable the Smoothness toggle within the Advanced section of the preferences. Extra frames of animation result from enabling smoothness, which will result in a smoother but slightly slower invocation method.
Using AnySpot results in an experience that’s pretty much exactly as expected. The Spotlight interface drops in over top of wherever you happen to be on iOS, even if it’s while using another app. See the GIF animation above for a brief demonstration of what I mean.
Having the ability to quickly access Spotlight is useful, especially now that Spotlight is a competent feature in iOS. I could certainly see myself using AnySpot on a regular basis, but sadly, its $2.99 asking price might be a barrier to entry for some.
What do you think about AnySpot? Would you consider using it?