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The iPad mini: New design mockups are spot on, Unlike anything we envisioned.

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Ah, now that's more like it! The blogosphere is abuzz today, with new and improved mockups of the speculated, soon-to-be-released iPad "mini".

 

 

These mockups show the new iPad looking more like an enlarged iPod touch, a device that can be held and even operated one-handed! This is a marked difference from previous design mockups which have the purported iPad mini looking more like a shrunken down iPad.

 

 

These redesigned concepts of the iPad mini reveal a device that is incredibly thin, incredibly light and rather than having the thick and bulky bezel of the iPad, these renderings show an iPad that for all intents and purposes, looks much more akin to a large iPhone "5".! Though we must be clear, this new iPad will of course, be running the iPad version of iOS, and will (may or may not) have the same aspect ratio as the current iPads. I love it and can only hope that IF indeed Apple does unveil an iPad mini on September 12th, that it will look something like these images.



Gangster Granny for iPhone and iPad

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Gangster Granny allows you to play as a somewhat strange protagonist when compared with what we are used to from gun running apps. For once we see a grandmother with very few morals as we help her bust out of prison and go on a rampage to try and rob the biggest bank in the city. With gun toting madness bringing Grand Theft Auto into mind, this is sure to be a game you will become addicted to very quickly in the near future.



Review: Draw Breaker by Elevate Entertainment

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It used to be that I’d start every review about a brick breaker style game saying something about how I don’t really like the genre but… I think I need to stop doing that now.  Either I’ve become more selective in the ones that I try or they really do keep getting better, because I’m actually finding myself enjoying the concept more each time I write a review.  This time around the subject is Draw Breaker, the latest game from Elevate Entertainment, and this game is a blast!  It’s cute, creative and different than any brick breaker I’ve played in the past.



Report: iPhone 5 pre-ordering to begin Sept. 12; available Sept. 21, internationally Oct. 5

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iMore is out ahead again. After being the first to report that the new iPhone would be announced September 12, iMore is saying that pre-orders for the new phone will be available starting that day. As before, they say that the phone will be shipping and available in stores on September 21. And today they also break the news that the international launch will be the first week of October -- likely October 5. Of course, nothing is known for sure, and one can't be sure of anything until Apple actually makes an announcement.



Keri Racing: Pet Raising, Real-Time Racing and Social Gameplay all in one

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Keri Racing, a new genre-fusion SNG, aims to please just about every SNG fan out there with their mash-up of farming, tycoon-business-building, pet raising, and action racing.



WINNERS: iPhone Life's Weekly Weekend Giveaway 8-13

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Thanks to everyone who entered the iPhone Life Weekly Weekend Giveaway. 208 people entered this week. We have selected the winners of this Giveaway. We gave away 15 apps!

And the winners are... (drumroll please): Darth Macmillan, Enrique Mendizabal, Jeff Godfrey, Karen Erwin, Shelly Feibel, Joan Lesko, Jason Thompson, Marisol Esquivel, Balaji J, Amy Hernandez, Donna Wagner, Mark Dobrovolsky, Cindy Derthick, Lori Mitchell, and Doreen Young!



The iPad Mini [Rumor Round Up]

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For many months now, the rumors and whisperings have been building as to the purported existence of a smaller version of the iPad. In fact, as a tech journalist, I've been discussing the importance of Apple releasing a smaller format iPad ever since the iPad was initially released years ago! Even though Steve Jobs clearly stated that he wasn't keen on a smaller iPad, not only had he been known to change his mind, but a smaller format iPad just makes sense, just like a larger iPhone just makes sense. Further more, and with all due respect, Mr. Jobs is dead, and he left the company in what he deemed were capable hands, and these capable hands can direct the course of Apple in ways that they see best.

 

So, keeping in mind that Apple has yet to confirm an official name for the rumored iPad mini, or if in fact there even is an iPad mini about to be released, and if there actually is an iPad mini in the works, if that announcement will come on September 12th (which is the date current rumors have pegged for the announcement of the new iPhone), keeping all that in mind, here's a round up of what information we have so far. Please note, if I’ve included the rumor in here it's only if the rumor is being floated around by multiple reliable sources. That said, a rumor is a rumor and can't be taken to the bank, so only time will tell...



More detail on iPhone 5 mini dock and September launch, more iPhone price cuts

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There are a number of news items out today regarding the forthcoming iPhone 5, which Apple is expected to announce at an event on September 12. The website BGR is reporting that trusted sources have said that AT&T is planning to start selling the new iPhone in the latter part of September, with the company instituting a no-vacation policy for all employees that will begin then and last through mid-October. The purpose of that "all hands on board" policy is, of course, to deal with the anticipated huge demand for Apple's new phone.



What I played this week - Trigger Fist and Flight!

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This week, I played 2 great games that are very different, but both great fun. Trigger Fist is a combat game that you will both love and hate. Hate it because like real combat, it's so easy to get killed, but love it because it's so freaking cool!! Cool enough to warrant an iPhoneLife video demo, also included in this review. The other game I played the week, Flight, is a simple 2D-scroller recreating the fun and nostalgia of paper airplane flight.



Review: NinjaBoy by 2 Ton Studios

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There was a day long before the mobile revolution when video game consoles reigned supreme, and many might have even said that computers were no good for anything other than causal games or low action fare like adventure games.  I did a lot of console gaming back in the 8 and 16 bit eras, and one thing that was common among many games was that they were hard.  It could be fair to say that some bordered on being impossible.  Ironically, that was part of what appealed to gamers back then.  The folks at 2 Ton Studios are clearly a product of that era as well, as evidenced by their premiere release Ninja Boy.  My feelings towards the game shift at any given moment from intense enjoyment to sheer frustration, but in the end I’m almost positive I don’t regret any of the time I’ve spent with it.



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