A muted week in tech featured news about the “iPad Air 3″ and some of the final app updates of the year. Here’s a look back:
The biggest story of the week: Bad news for “iPad Air 3″ would-be buyers
If you’re wishing for an “iPad Air 3” in the spring of 2016 with 3D Touch capabilities, those hopes might be dashed. According to an investor’s note, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes the next generation of the tablet will lack the 3D Touch features for “practical reasons.”
Kuo called 3D Touch “one of the most severe production bottlenecks in iPhone 6s supply chain.” He believes the supply chain for the components required for that feature are currently below 30 percent utilization, and would not be able to meet the demand of a refreshed iPad Air.
The iPad Air 3 could arrive as early as March alongside the “Apple Watch 2.”
- The iPhone Upgrade Program means good things for the handset
- Predictions made for Apple Music and Apple Watch
- Streaming of NFL football is coming; will it be on Apple TV?
- IBM releases its 100th MobileFirst for iOS app, announces iPad Pro plans
- Rdio set to be turned off on Dec. 22 ahead of Pandora integration
Also making news: Procrastinators unite
Christmas is this Friday, Dec. 25. If you’re still looking for the perfect gift, be sure to check out our complete series of gift guides for 2015:
- 25 stocking stuffers $25 and under for any Apple fan
- 10 perfect accessory gift ideas for Mac owners
- AppAdvice’s ultimate accessory gift guide for women
- 8 perfect accessory gift ideas for Apple TV owners
- 10 perfect accessory gift ideas for iPad owners
- AppAdvice’s ultimate accessory gift guide for kids
- 11 perfect accessory gift ideas for iPhone owners
- 8 perfect accessory gift ideas for Apple Watch owners
- AppAdvice’s ultimate accessory gift guide for guys.
Big app news: Relax this holiday season with Pigment app
“Adult” coloring books have become very popular both in the App Store and in physical form. Pigment is one of those apps. Available for the iPhone/iPod touch and iPad, the freemium app is compatible with Apple Pencil and 3D Touch.
As Christine Chan notes: “The app itself is easy to navigate, the designs are beautiful and fun to color, and the tools are rather extensive, giving us a lot of different methods and options for completing a design.”
Other app news:
- Can you survive the beautiful world of Badland 2?
- Evernote to discontinue popular annotation app Skitch on iOS
- Pixelmator expands iPad Pro support with 30 new brushes
- If you can think it, you can create it in Scribblenauts Unlimited
- Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories is out now on iOS
What will be happening in the week ahead? Visit AppAdvice to find out.