12.9-inch iPad may be released in early 2014

Today in Apple: A larger iPad may be available in 2014. Plus: MOGA Ace Power gamepad for iPhone, and the iOS 7.1 beta released

The 12.9-inch iPad

A significantly larger iPad may be available in early 2014, according to a report in the Korea Times.

The official said Apple is increasingly interested in introducing bigger iPads as the U.S.-based consumer electronics giant is already acknowledging that tablets will replace PCs in an era of convergence.

“The 12.9-inch iPad will have improved picture quality. As the Apple partner intends to boost its lineup for displays that have almost ultra high-definition (UHD) quality, the upcoming iPad will provide very clear quality similar to that of UHD,” said the official.

More at Korea TimesHat Tip: Apple Insider

As with all such rumors, take it with a huge grain of salt. It makes sense for Apple to do this, but the timing of it is anybody's guess. I have no doubt the rumor mill is going to be running in overdrive about this as we get into next year.

MOGA Ace Power Gamepad for iPhone

It looks like iPhone gamers will be getting a delightful surprise with the release this week of the MOGA Ace Power Gamepad for iPhone, according to Apple Insider.

The $99 MOGA Ace Power is compatible with Apple's 4-inch Lightning-connected devices: The iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, and fifth-generation iPod touch. It also comes with an 1,800mAh battery to recharge a device on the go.

In terms of physical input, the MOGA Ace Power includes two joysticks, a D-pad, front-facing A, B, X and Y buttons, and L1, R1, L2 and R2 shoulder buttons.

More at Apple Insider

I'm not much of a gamer these days, but this controller looks very cool indeed. If I gamed more, I'd probably snag one for my iPhone 5. My guess is that there are going to be some very happy gamers after this sucker is released.

iOS 7.1 Beta Released to Developers

9to5Mac is reporting that Apple has released a beta of iOS 7.1 to developers.

iOS 7.1 beta 1 includes a number of bug fixes and (seriously needed) performance enhancements. iPad includes a tweaked closing animation in the pinch-to-close gesture.

A few other changes include a new toggle for ‘dark keyboard’ in the accessibility settings and an option to upload ‘burst mode photos’ to Photo Stream for iPhone 5s users. Toggling ‘bold text’ no longer requires restarting your device as it has up to iOS 7.0.4 and can be found in the text size menu now in addition to the general accessibility menu.

More at 9to5Mac

I've not had a lot of problems with iOS 7 on my devices, but I have read some comments on various forums and blogs from people who have had trouble. So a big bug fix will be appreciated by many iOS users, and performance enhancements certainly won't hurt either.

What's your take on all this? Tell me in the comments below.

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