iPad 3: On-site details on hardware, Namco and Epic partnerships

While there weren’t any major surprises at Wednesday’s Apple event, that’s not slowing down the excitement among the Apple faithful for the new iPad.

Apple, as expected, rolled out its latest version of the popular tablet device Wednesday at a Gamasutra-attended event, showcasing a greatly improved display screen and the inclusion of 4G compatibility. And the device was supported by a pair of notable gaming companies.

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Report: iPad 3 to be unveiled in early March

The rumors about the next iPad have been growing for a while now — and it may be just a matter of weeks before we find out which are true.

AllThingsD is reporting that Apple plans to host an event the first week of March to launch the new iPad — which is largely expected to be called the iPad 3 (though keep in mind we all expected the company to unveil the iPhone 5 last year, so the name may be different).

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Apple’s play for the schoolyard

Apple’s latest announcement may have nothing to do with the entertainment industry, but it’s a clear signal that this tech giant is interested in branching out far beyond its current fields of interest.

At a press conference today in New York, the company rolled out a new version of iBooks that is squarely targeted at the educational marketplace – specifically primary and high school.

Read more at Variety’s Technotainment blog

Opinion: ESRB Mobile App Initiative Underscores Industry Power Shift

Gamasutra editor-at-large Chris Morris picks apart the ESRB’s recent push into the mobile app space, and wonders how these ratings will fare without Apple and Android’s support.

While you have to admire the Entertainment Software Ratings Board’s push into the mobile app space, it’s hard not to be disappointed with Tuesday’s joint announcement with CTIA.

Getting AT&T, Microsoft, Sprint, T-Mobile USA, U.S. Cellular and Verizon Wireless on board is a step, yes, but it’s akin to announcing a new Grand Theft Auto that’s being made by first year game development students. It sounds great, until you think about it for a couple seconds.

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Disney’s Iger named to Apple board

Bob Iger, Disney president and CEO, is joining the Board of Directors at Apple.

The company today announced his appointment to the board as well as the company’s audit committee. At the same time, long-time board member Arthur Levinson (co-founder of Genentech) has been named chairman.

Read more at Variety’s Technotainment blog

CBS chief talks Apple TV

With Steve Jobs first dropping hints about Apple’s plans for a branded TV set in his conversations with biographer Walter Isaacson, others are a bit more comfortable discussing it now.

The latest to reveal details was CBS CEO Les Moonves in an earnings conference call this week.

Read more at Variety’s Technotainment blog


PBS to air Jobs retrospective

As Walter Isaacson’s fascinating biography of late Apple CEO Steve Jobs continues to dominate best seller lists, PBS is offering its own take on the tech and new media mogul.

“Steve Jobs – One Last Thing” will premiere on the network Nov. 2 (10pm ET), featuring interviews with a number of people who knew him well.

Read more at Variety’s Technotainment blog

Former Lucasfilm exec departs HP after 8 months

Richard Kerris, the former chief technical officer of Lucasfilm who hopped over to Hewlett-Packard in February, is on the move again.

Kerris, who was head of worldwide developer relations at the Silicon Valley firm, “has decided to leave HP to pursue an opportunity outside of the company, effective immediately,” according to a company spokesperson.

Read more at Variety’s Technotainment blog

Apple misses on earnings, shares tumble

For the first time since 2004, Apple has fallen short of Wall Street’s earnings expectations.

The company reported earnings of $7.05 per share in its fourth fiscal quarter. While that represented a 54 percent gain in net income, it was still notably less than the $7.39 analysts had expected of the company. Shares fell roughly 6 percent in after-hours trading.

Read more at Daily Variety