Taiwan based research firm TrendForce has stated Apple might be readying its fifth generation iPad for a launch in Q3 2013. Also, the new iPad 5 will come with several new features which will mark its first complete overhaul since it was launched almost three years ago.
These include a thin bezel design that Apple introduced in the iPad Mini along with the incorporation of the “thin GF2 touch module of the same level as iPad Mini .” This, it is believed, will lead to an iPad that will be thinner, lighter, and more compact than the current gen versions. Another aspect that is expected to inject a fresh dose of excitement around the 9.7 inch iPad is a likely price cut. Interestingly, the once mighty iPad is having to ward off the most intense competition from none other than its own stable mate, the iPad Mini. Each iPad version has been a trendsetter, though the recently launched iPad Mini has gone on to be more of a consumer favorite and has eaten into its bigger cousin’s market share. So much so that the iPad Mini is likely to make up about 65 percent of Apple’s tablet shipment during the first half of 2013. However, the launch of the new iPad 5 is expected to balance things out when it’s launched.
Meanwhile, in another related development, images supposed to be that of the next gen iPad Mini real shell have appeared online. The shell looks a lot like the same on the current gen iPad Mini, though maybe a tad thicker. This again might be the indication of the tablet incorporating retina display for its future iteration.
It’s official, production on the third season of The Walking Dead is underway down in Georgia and the folks at amctv.com have posted up some neat tidbits from series creator and executive producer Robert Kirkman about it. The show is planned for another late fall premiere but will once again up the ante with episodes. The first season was six episodes to prove that it could work and then it went to thirteen with the second season. The third season is planned for sixteen episodes and is essentially expected to be viewed as two eight episode blocks to tell a particular series of stories.
Q: The room in the prison with all the guns and the SWAT gear in the comic is really cool. Is that going to come up on the show?
A: We’re a big fan of the SWAT gear here at The Walking Dead writer’s room… maybe that’s an indication that we’ll be seeing that stuff in the show.
Q: With the evil Governor in the picture, does that mean the humans are the bigger threat this season?
A: The plan was always to evolve naturally into a place were the zombies essentially become a manageable threat. You know the rules. You know how to deal with them. To a certain extent they become something to not really be scared of unless you mess up. Humans, however, do not follow any rules and will always do something that surprises you and are capable of doing things far worse than trying to eat you…We’re definitely going to be seeing a lot of horrible things.
Q: How are Danai Gurira’s sword skills shaping up?
A: There’s been quite a bit of sword training going on and [Danai] is doing an amazing job. She’s going to be do all of the hard character stuff and drama that The Walking Dead is known for, but she has tremendous physical capability and the sword training that I’ve seen is absolutely amazing. I can’t wait to see her hack up some zombies.
Q: This season has got so many exciting story lines…
A: When you think about The Walking Dead comic series, you think about oh, the stuff they with did the Governor, the stuff they did with the prison and Woodbury and Michonne. And that’s really a lot of the stuff that people remember the story for and that’s stuff we haven’t even gotten to in the TV show yet. So as much as people love the show, and as high as the ratings are, and as cool as the show is, I feel like we haven’t even gotten to the good stuff yet. This season is absolutely going to blow people away.
While everyone has been going all super happy excited this week over the release of the trailer for The Hobbit, the one that a lot of people have been anticipating a lot more eagerly simply because of a real dearth of information is this one. The first full on trailer for Prometheus has arrived, in which it serves as a quasi-prequel to the Alien universe by telling a whole other story that doesn’t involve the xenomorphs directly and builds more of a foundation for the universe that exists. Which in turn, for those that follow the extended properties that will likely come (hello, Dark Horse Comics), could pave the way to some fascinating stories later on as well.
The feature, due in June 2012, is directed by Ridley Scott who handled the original Alien movie and has come across as more excited than we’ve seen him in a long time when it comes to his features.
As we get a bit closer to the end of the first half of Sailor Moon Crystal with its twenty-six episode twice a month run, a new key visual has been released to showcase the second half of it. This half of it brings about Chibusa, which can be seen in the key visual below, and the acknowledgement that the season will definitely include the Black Moon arc as well.
Directed by Munehisa Sakai at Toei Animation with Yuji Kobayashi doing the scripts. Yuki Sako joined the team as the character designer, whose recent works include Majestic Prince. Yasuharu Takanashi is serving as the composer, having worked on some big franchise including Fairy Tail and Precure. Art direction is being done by Takashi Kurahashi and Yumi Hosaka, both of which worked on Gatchaman Crowds and Mononoke. The soundtrack is set to be produced by King Records, which means we should be getting plenty of clips and samples of everything once they start to the marketing side as they’re very involved on that front. Momoiro Clover Z is performing the theme song.
Plot concept: Usagi Tsukino is a second-year middle school girl who is a little clumsy and a crybaby, but she is full of energy. One day, she meets Luna, a black cat with a crescent moon on her forehead, and she transforms into Sailor Moon, a sailor-uniformed pretty guardian of love and justice! As a chosen guardian of justice, Usagi seems to have a mission to find the Illusionary Silver Crystal with the other guardians and to protect the princess.
Meanwhile, the queen of the Dark Kingdom, Queen Beryl, also sends minions to the town where Usagi lives to obtain the Illusionary Silver Crystal, which has immense power. This causes strange events to unfold….
Can Sailor Moon really find the Illusionary Silver Crystal with the other Sailor guardians, and protect the princess…!?