iPad-specific apps are pretty much a thing of the past, but there are still a few available on the Apple App Store. One of those apps is Affinity Photo -- a full feature, professional photo editing tool for the iPad. The app's developer, Serif Labs today released version 1.6.4 with a new Macro studio, a new Export LUT feature, tons of improvements and fixes.
The Girl Who Sold the World is a full audio adventure for the iPad and iPhone. An audio adventure is like a choose your own adventure with no fancy graphics. The game uses sound instead of animations or images to help players paint an image of the story in their head. The Girl Who Sold the World follows Frances, who is on an adventure of self discovery. The story is told in chapters and includes challenging puzzles for players to solve.
The Girl Who Sold the World is available on the App Store for $2.99.
Apple has relatively ignored the iPad in the last few major iOS updates. Most of the new features introduced in iOS 9 and iOS 10 were more geared towards iPhone owners. This makes sense due to slumping tablet sales, but the iPad has seen a bit of a resurgence in the last few months. There was a slight bump in iPad sales last quarter, and this year Apple refreshed its tablet lineup with a couple of updated models and a new 10-inch Pro version.
ESPN rolled out a new version of their Apple TV app that allows users the ability to watch four live streams simultaneously. The new MultiCast feature is designed for ESPN subscribers to keep an eye on multiple games so they don't have to miss any action. MultiCast is perfect for the college football fans, or those nights when two or more of your favorite teams are playing. It will also allow you to check up on your team's rivals, or watch your best fantasy football players all at the same time.
In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the original release, BioShock Remastered is coming to macOS. Originally released for Microsoft Windows and Xbox 360 in August 2007, BioShock follows a man named Jack who crashes his plane in the ocean near the underwater city of Rapture. Jack must find a way to escape the city while fighting his way through humans who have been super humanly altered by a genetic material called ADAM.
It is quite possible that the iPad mini 4 will be the last 7.9-inch tablet released by Apple. iPad mini sales have not only been cannibalized by the larger iPhone models, but it is also no longer the most affordable iPad on the market, except for today. Staples is offering a $100 discount on the 128GB WiFi model, bringing the price down from $399 to $299. This makes the fourth-generation iPad mini cheaper than the current 9.7-inch model at $329.
Cat Quest is a new real-time, open world RPG with cats. It is already getting rave reviews on the Touch Arcade forums, from critics and it has earned a 5-star rating on the Apple App Store. The official App Store description promises "over 15 hours of furry content," over 60 side quests and dungeons, and an "engrossing story about loss, betrayal, adventure, victory and...cats."
Cat Quest is available for all devices running iOS 7.0 or later.
No one in their right mind should be excited for the re-release of Night Trap, but some of us can't help ourselves. Night Trap was originally released in 1992 for the SEGA CD, and it is best known for its confusing story and lackluster gameplay. Later ports of the game have also been criticized since it didn't really age very well. So why would anyone be excited for the Night Trap: 25th Anniversary Edition coming to the PlayStation 4 and PC?
Because Night Trap is a glorious B-movie starring Dana Plato. It also played an important part in video game history being one of the titles along with Mortal Kombat that was scrutinized during the United States congressional hearings on violence in video games.
Released by Korean games publisher 4:33 Creative Lab DC Unchained is headed to the US App Store. In the game players can create groups of iconic DC superheroes such as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, Harley Quinn and more. It includes 3-on-3 battles with Darkseid's Parademons and other DC baddies. Players can also play as famous DC villains, like the Joker and Lex Luther.
Apple this week released the fourth iOS 11 beta to the general public and the fifth build to developers. iPhone and iPad owners who are part of the beta program can update now by navigating to Settings > General > Software Update. You can learn how to join Apple's beta program here.
Apple's Beta Software Program allows iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Apple Watch owners the ability to test-drive pre-release software before its official release. While it can be fun to get the newest iOS features before everyone else, early betas can feature annoying bugs. iPhone and iPad owners should make sure they really want the new software before installing, or wait for later builds.