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iOS News: Apple Introduces New iPads, BattleCon Updated, Codito Updates Calendar, Armello Details Emerge and more...

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Apple Introduces 4th Gen iPad and iPad Mini
Apple held a media event today where they introduced the new iPad Mini and, just for fun, made that New iPad you bought in March obsolete.

The iPad Mini is a 7.9"(diagonal) tablet (as opposed to the 9.7"(diagonal) iPad). It has the A5 processor, same as the New Old iPad, but has a 1024x768 resolution, same as the iPad2, but at a higher pixel-per-inch resolution. Not quite Retina Display, but better than what iPad1 and iPad2 have. So, all iPad games that can run on iPad2 automatically work on the iPad Mini. It's 23% thinner than the iPad, and 53% lighter than the iPad. It also has new cameras and blah, blah, blah...Nothing that affects gaming other than the cellular model will be LTE capable, like the iPhone 5. Pricing for the iPad Mini: 16GB: $329USD, 32GB: $429USD, 64GB: $519USD. That's for the WiFI only models. Add another $130 to each for the 4G LTE version. The iPad Mini is available for preorder on October 26.

They also debuted the 4th Gen iPad. This device is basically the New iPad that they released in March, but with a better processor (the A6X with quad-core graphics), better cameras, faster cellular, and the Lightning connector as well. It appears that they're stopping production of the New iPad, but are continuing to sell the iPad2. The 4th Gen iPad has the same pricing model as the New iPad, $499 for the WiFI only 16GB model, etc.

BattleCON Gets Update
The card-based dueling game, BattleCON, has been updated today to version 1.1. This update includes 3 new characters as well as an Arcade Mode with 5 levels of AI opponents. BattleCON is the digital version of BattleCON: War of Indines and is a Universal build with asynchronous multiplayer through Game Center. You can pick up BattleCON for FREE on the App Store.

Codito Checks Their Calendar
Codito updated their geeklist today with some new release dates. They also confirmed with us that Through the Ages is still on course for a late November release. The other updates:

A Brief History of the World: March 2013
El Grande : June 2013
Age of Industry: September 2013
Spectacle (aka Colosseum): December 2013

Details on Armello Arrive
A few weeks ago we showed you the teaser trailer for a new iOS boardgame called Armello by developer League of Geeks. The trailer was pretty awesome, but showed no gameplay or gave us any idea of the game behind it. Well, today LoG has opened up a bit and it giving us a few tidbits about the game behind the trailer. The goal for players is to become the King or Queen of Armello. The gameboard is completely 3D, and divided into hexes which contain forsests, mountains, swamps, dungeons and more. Players will choose their character from one of four clans: Rat, Rabbit, Bear or Wolf. Your character will quest, scheme, explore, fight monsters, do the Mad King's bidding, and fight against the other players. Each character has different abilities, and there are other ways to customize each game further than that. The game also contains cards which are integral to the gameplay. No other details on the cards right now, though. The game will be about shared storytelling, where you can carve your own adventures and tales, and also influence the other player's stories as well. It all sounds good to lets see some gameplay!

Mad Barrington's Gyre comes to iPhone and iPad
Here's one that popped up out of nowhere. BGG User Rudi Pfenniger posted about a game called Mad Barrington's Gyre from The Game Crafter which has come to iOS iPhone and iPad. This appears to be your standard post-apocolyptic stock market deck-building game with mutated broccoli and rober baron cockroaches. Sigh. Can't anyone come up with something original these days? The game supports single player vs. AI and 2-player pass-and-play. The iPad version has an Adventure Mode, and there are IAP for game expansions. There are separate builds for both iPhone and iPad, but both versions are FREE. You can get the iPhone version here and the iPad version here.

Games we Missed: Tank Battle: 1944
BGG user (and blogger), Superfly Circus Pete, sent us a note about a game for iOS that was released back in March of 2012 that we somehow missed. Tank Battle: 1944 is from developer Hunted Cow Studios and is a turn-based strategy wargame involving tanks, um, battling. the game is set in World War 2 with players taking charge of the Allied or Axis armies as the Allies liberate Europe in, you guessed it, 1944. It features some great looking graphics and features pass-and-play multiplayer as well as 2 lengthy single-player campaigns. It's a Universal app and available for $1.99USD on the App Store.

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