The Sims Mobile soft launches for iOS

Electronic Arts today announced that a new mobile version of The Sims has been soft launched in Brazil for iOS. Called The Sims Mobile, the iOS version includes all of the features from the the original 2000 PC version. Players can create their own Sims with "distinct appearances, hairstyles, outfits, and accessories," and build their own homes. The mobile version also includes a multiplayer option so players can host and attend parties with other Sims to :"socialize, earn rewards, and develop new relationships," according to the official website. While this is exciting news for Sim lovers who want to play the original game on their iPhone and iPad, the downside is that the game is being launched as a free-to-play title by EA.

10.5-inch iPad case pops up in unnamed retailer stock system

 Urban Armor Gear Folio 10.5-inch iPad

Three Urban Armor Gear folio cases for the rumored 10.5-inch iPad Pro have appeared in an alleged photo taken from the stock system of an unnamed "Apple Authorized Reseller," according to 9to5Mac. As you can see from the 9to5Mac image posted above, the UAG Folio case is already available for both the 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch iPad models. The image also lists three "UAG Metropolis Folio cases for iPad 10.5-inch" in various colors.

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Apple sends press invites to WWDC on June 5

WWDC 2017 Invite

Apple today sent out invites to the press for its Worldwide Developers Conference on June 5, 2017. The event will take place at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose. Apple is expected to preview its new operating systems, iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS during a live keynote at 10AM PT on the opening day. Recent rumors have suggested that Apple is also planning to unveil some new hardware at the event including two new iPad Pro models, Apple TV with 4K video support and Siri Speaker.

Apple extends Smart Keyboard warranty to cover sticking/repeating keys and more

Apple Smart Keyboard

Apple has extended its Smart Keyboard for iPad Pro warranty to cover "sticking/repeating keys, sensor issues, problems with the keyboard’s magnetic connector, connection issues, and unresponsive keys," according to 9to5Mac. The new extended repair program allows customers to receive repairs or replacements up to three years after the original purchase date. Customers experiencing one or more of the listed issues can take their Smart Keyboard to an Apple retail location or authorized service provider for repairs free of charge.

New iOS Games and Apps of the Week: Crosswords With Friends and more

Crosswords With Friends

The creators of the popular Scrabble-like Words with Friends have teamed up with People Magazine to launch Crosswords With Friends, although you can't really play head-to-head against your friends. The free-to-play app offers a daily crossword puzzle written by "industry experts." Each daily puzzle has a specific fun pop-culture theme with hints and tips for when you get stuck. Crosswords With Friends is available for free on the Apple App Store.

You can now pay for gas with your Apple Watch at Exxon Mobil stations

Exxon Mobil Speedpass+

The latest version of watchOS allows Apple Watch users to pay for things within apps using Apple Pay. For example, you can now reload a gift card, or order meals through your favorite delivery service directly on your Apple Watch through supported apps. Exxon Mobil Speedpass+ is one of the first apps to take advantage of the new watchOS 3 in-app capabilities.

ProBack Cover offers a better way to store and charge the Apple Pencil

The ProBack is a new iPad Pro accessory that makes charging your Apple Pencil easier than using the Lightning connector, especially when you're on the go. The top of the case includes a convenient port to hold and charge your stylus, instead of having it protrude from the bottom of your tablet. As you can see in the video posted above, you can easily slide the Apple Pencil into the side of the designated slot and it will charge as normal. The case also includes a magnetic holder for the cap.

Voltron joins match-3 RPG Puzzle & Dragons

Voltron: Legendary Defender

Dreamworks has teamed up with GungHo Online Entertainment America to bring Voltron to the popular RPG Puzzle & Dragons. Beginning now and ending on May 7, the game will include an all-new Voltron Legendary Defender dungeon where players can take on the Galra fleet, as well as the dungeon boss, Emperor Zarkon. The new dungeon also includes three exclusive skill up materials to use for ranking up characters, including Shiro's Helmet, Balmeran Crystal, and Voltron's Sword.

Apple slashes affiliate commission for apps and IAPs

Apple Affiliate News

Your favorite websites, blogs and vloggers are taking another advertising hit as Apple plans to reduce affiliate commissions for apps and IAPs from 7% to 2.5%, according to an email sent to iTunes Affiliate Program members. Contrast founder David Barnard tweeted the letter which included the warning, "beginning May 1, 2017, commissions for all apps and in-app content will be reduced from 7% to 2.5% globally. Commission for all other Apple services, such as music, movies, electronic books and TV subscriptions, shall remain the same.

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