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Game Centered: Winter is Coming, and So Are Great New Games and Gaming Gear

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Game Centered features roundups and in-depth reviews of the best in iOS games and related gaming news. This week we've got some great news for any core iOS gamers looking for great gaming gear, as well as a teaser for the upcoming Game of Thrones game, and a new word game that you are going to love from popular game developer Zynga.



October 20 Biweekly Giveaway – Award Winner Edition

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The Biweekly Giveaway – Award Winner Edition features prizes from companies that won iPhone Life awards at the recent Super Mobility Week powered by CTIA 2014 trade show! Be sure to enter the giveaway at iPhoneLife.com/giveaways to win prizes, which we'll announce October 20! We are raffling off tons of great accessories for FREE.

Here's how it works: Every other Friday we announce the prizes we're giving away through iphonelife.com, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. To enter the giveaway, go to iPhoneLife.com/giveaways and tell your friends to enter too! On the following Monday morning, we will randomly select the winners. If you win an app, we will email you the promo code to redeem the app for free. If you win an accessory, send us your address and we will mail it to you.



Jony Ive on Design and Copycats

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Jony Ive, Apple's head of design for both software and more recently hardware, had a sit-down with Vanity Fair. You can read the transcript here but the point that stuck out for me was his disdain for copycats. In addition to a formal interview, there were questions from the audience. Here's one such exchange:



We Might Have to Wait a Little Longer for an iPad Pro

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Apple's October 16 announcement invitation said "It's been way too long," but the latest rumors suggest we may have to wait a little longer for a 12.9-inch iPad. An iPad Pro has long been rumored, and makes sense, but Apple's focus now is on meeting the oversized demand of the iPhone 6 Plus. Rather than ask their suppliers to switch over to a larger display for a supersized iPad, Apple needs them to focus on the 5.5-inch screen iPhone 6 Plus, at least according to the Wall Street Journal.



Apple's October 16 Invite Begs the Question: What's Been Too Long?

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Apple just sent out their invitations to members of the press for their October 16 Town Hall media event, where Tim Cook is widely expected to reveal Apple's latest iPads. Indeed, it's been quite the year for Apple. The invite has a rainbow-colored, linear Apple logo and reads simply, "It's been way too long." But what does this mean?



Save the Date: New iPads and Macs, Due October 16

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It's official. Apparently, Apple thinks it's been too long even though they just had a press event last month. But that was about iPhones and the Apple Watch. October 16 is their next event and it should be about new Macs, running Mac OS X Yosemite. The iMac line and Mac mini should be updated, and a 12-inch MacBook Air is expected to replace the 11-inch and 13-inch models. Also expected in October is iOS 8.1 with support for Apple Pay on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, with Near Field Communication.



From the Originator of Beats by Dre, Come the Monster Inspiration Headphones

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Monster headphones have been in the business of making premium audio accessories for over three decades now, and they have built up quite a reputation by developing high-end audio gear. Over the years I've heard a great deal about the amazing quality of  the audio gear made by Monster, the company served as the launch pad for Apple-owned Beats by Dre. So when I had to opportunity to try a pair of the Monster Inspiration Lite on-ear headphones ($269.95), I was excited to see how these headphones from the company that helped shape the future of Beats would perform.



WINNERS October 6 Biweekly Giveaway + New Award Winner Giveaway!

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For the next few months we are running a special Award Winner Edition of our iPhone Life Biweekly Giveaway featuring prizes from companies that won iPhone Life awards at the recent Super Mobility Week powered by CTIA 2014 trade show! This weeks prizes are worth $265.00 so you definitely don't want to miss out on a chance to win!

Thanks to everyone who entered the October 6 iPhone Life Biweekly Giveaway! Every other week we give away three amazing prizes, so if you didn't win this time, make sure you enter the October 20 giveaway and tell your friends to enter too!

And the winners are... (drum roll please):



Astronest: A Universe of Possibilities Packed into Your iPhone

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Astronest (free) might be a familiar name to some of you. The original Astronest was a wildly popular browser-based MMORTS game, and many believe it represented the pinnacle of browser-based gaming. Reboots and sequels to Astronest failed to recapture the game in its former glory. So it wouldn’t be surprising if fans of the original view this new entry into the iTunes App Store with skepticism. It’s perfectly understandable. Thankfully, however, this time is different. Astronest on iOS is the game you knew and loved. If you’ve never played the original and you’re an RTS fanatic, you’re in for a treat.



Knomad Case Makes Me Sorry I didn't Keep My iPad Mini

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Buyers remorse. We've all been there. On Black Friday, I wanted an iPad mini with Retina display, but the deal on the iPad Air, with the same specs but a larger screen, made it the best buy (at BestBuy, naturally.) But I knew from my previous ownership of iPad minis and earlier iPads, that I was going to prefer the smaller form factor. Not only is the iPad mini $100 less (normally, except on that Black Friday!) but it's easier to transport. You can throw it in just about any bag or purse, even if it's in a case, whereas an iPad means I need a Man Purse, messenger bag, or backpack. I've dealt with my decision for almost a year, and I was okay with it. Until the Knomad mini arrived.



Everything iPad - Apps, Accessories, Reviews, Wallpapers etc | iPhone Life Magazine

What's bigger than an iPhone, smaller than a MacBook, and the most anticipated Apple product since the original iPhone? On January 27, at a special invitation only event at the San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Steve Jobs announced Apple's new "magical, revolutionary product" -- the iPad. Meant to fill the gap between the laptop and phone, Jobs said it was "way better" than either. Let's take a look at it.

Thin, lightweight, and powerful

The iPad shares many hardware features with the iPhone, including an accelerometer, an orientation sensor to switch from portrait to landscape mode, solid-state memory, and the same 30-pin doc connector. Connectivity is also virtually the same, with wireless 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth 2.1 EDR included on all models.

iPad runs iPhone apps!

The iPad will run a version of iPhone OS, and the new device can run virtually any app developed for the iPhone or iPod touch. Aps developed for the iPhone can run on the iPad in native resolution but is large enough to touch type on.

The larger screen not only makes familiar iPhone apps like Calendar, Mail, and Safari look stunning, it also provides screen real estate for more complex elements in the UI. For example, Calendar display a split-sreen view that describes the day's appointments on the left and shows you a color map of used time slots on the right. The split-screen view in Contacts displays you contacts list on the left and the full information for the contact you've selected on the right.

An ebook reader and more

Although not build into the iPad, Apple will offer a free app called iBooks, which will allow you to download and read books from it's new virtual bookstore. The new iBooks store will be accessed from and as easy to use as iTunes.

The ultimate media device?

The iPad is not the world's first tablet PC or the first eBook reader. Toshiba, Lenovo, Acer, and others sell Windows-based tablets, and Amazon has had considerable success with it's Kindle. But Apple thinks the iPad will reinvent the category by offering a vastly superior multi-touch interface an easy access to a wide-variety of apps and media via iTunes. Aple hopes to make the iPad the ultimate media device by leveraging it's existing assets which include over 100 million paying iTunes customers, established relationships with music and video content providers, and over 100,000 iPhone OS app developers.