It was a big week for the App Store as two of the most anticipated sequels launched for iOS devices. Five Nights at Freddy's made the leap from Steam to iOS on Thursday, and Ironhide Games Studio released Kingdom Rush Origins, which is actually a prequel. As expected, both titles shot to the top of the Apple app charts and are now two of the most downloaded paid games of the week.
In other App Store news, Telltale revealed all the characters in its upcoming Game of Thrones series, and Disney Interactive announced that Disney Infinity 2.0 will be coming to both the iPad and iPhone in December.
Telltale Games has made a name for itself by bringing the popular Walking Dead franchise to iOS devices and other platforms as an interactive episodic video game, and now the studio is tackling HBO's popular series Game of Thrones. Unlike The Walking Dead game where players assume the role of a character not found in the comic book or TV series, players will be able to play as five different members of House Forrester, a banner house mentioned briefly in the fifth book “A Dance with Dragons".
Telltale released the first trailer and revealed some of the main characters who will appear in the game to various websites on Thursday. No release date or price has been announced, but Telltale series normally cost around $4.99 per episode. The first season of Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series will include six episodes.
Not to be outdone by Walmart, Best Buy has launched its own pre-Black Friday sale one day early and is offering up to $100 off on select iPad Air models. Customers can save $80 on the 16GB Wi-Fi model and $100 on the 16GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model via Bestbuy.com. This isn't the best Black Friday iPad deal we have seen, considering you can nab a 16GB iPad Air 2 for $489 and receive a $100 gift card with your purchase from Walmart starting tomorrow. It is up to you if want to nab an iPad now or risk missing out during the week and a half long Black Friday frenzy.
Other Best Buy Apple deals include the fifth-generation iPod touch for $249.99 ($50 in savings) and Solo HD Drenched Beats for $99 headphones ($70 in savings). Best Buy is dropping the price of the iPad Air by $100 and the iPad mini 3 by $75 for its actual Black Friday sale.
Walmart today announced that it will be rolling out some of its Black Friday deals one week early starting Friday, Nov. 21 at 8:00 a.m.. The retailer will also match some of its competitions Black Friday deals on 40-inch LED HDTVs, LEGO sets and more. One deal that popped up on Walmart.com is a PlayStation 4 bundle with Grand Theft Auto V and The Last of Us for only $399.99. This is a great deal considering the console itself retails for the same price, so you're basically getting two games for free.
As for Apple products, Walmart shoppers will be able to nab a 16GB iPad Air 2 for $489 and receive a $100 Walmart gift card with their purchase. Walmart is also giving away a $75 gift card with the purchase of an iPhone 6, and the new Apple smartphone will be available for only $179 with a two year service agreement on Sprint, AT&T or Verizon. The iPhone 5s will be on sale for $79 with a new contract.
After releasing iOS 8.1.1 to the general public, Apple has opened up its WatchKit SDK and first beta for iOS 8.2 to developers. WatchKit is the tool that allows developers to create third-party apps for the Apple Watch, which is launching in 2015. Larger companies such as ESPN have had early access to the developer software, but now any member of Apple's developer program can access WatchKit through the portal.
Developers can also now access the first beta of iOS 8.2 on the dev center. The update seems mostly geared towards testing WatchKit apps, according to the release notes:
Apple today released iOS 8.1.1 for the iPod touch, iPhone and iPad. The update includes various bug fixes and "stability and performance improvements" for both the iPhone 4s and iPad 2. It was originally revealed by Arts Technica that iOS 8 ran slower on Apple's older hardware. This prompted some iPad 2 users to stick to iOS 7 and miss out on the new features found in iOS 8, but now users with older devices can upgrade... Unless you're jailbroken and want your device to stay that way!
iOS 8.1.1 also patches an exploit used by the Pangu8 jailbreak. This means anyone with a jailbroken device running iOS 8.1 should avoid iOS 8.1.1. If you're running iOS 8.0 and haven't jailbroken yet, you can still do so but you will not be able to upgrade to iOS 8.1. You can learn how to jailbreak your iPad or iPhone using Mac OS X here or using Windows here.
Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that the sequel to its popular console game Disney Infinity is coming to iOS devices this holiday season. Disney Infinity 2.0 features Marvel Superheroes plus "Disney Originals" such as Donald Duck, Bay Max and the fan requested Tinker Bell. The mobile version of the game has been built using Metal, Apple's new iOS 8 programming software, which gives it console-like graphics and allows for multiplayer gameplay. The game will also be available for the iPhone for the first time.
Disney Infinity is an action-adventure sandbox title where players can purchase individual Disney figurines to interact with the video game. A Disney Infinity Starter Set that includes the game and everything you need to play retails for $75. The sets are available for all the major consoles including the older PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The individual characters retail for around $15. You can see a complete list of Disney Infinity 2.0 characters here.
After a bumpy start, the Pangu iOS 8 jailbreak is now secure and Team Pangu released the final, or close to final, version for both Mac and Windows last Sunday. iPhone and iPad users can now jailbreak any device running iOS 8.0 to iOS 8.1. It was also revealed that iOS 8.1.1 contains a patch that will break Pangu, so anyone considering jailbreaking should upgrade to iOS 8.1 before the next update is released. You can learn how to jailbreak your iPad or iPhone using Mac OS X here or using Windows here.
A new jailbreak also means developers are releasing new tweaks that take advantage of the features found in iOS 8. You can find a list of the latest noteworthy iOS 8 supported tweaks and JB apps in our weekly App Store and Cydia recap every Saturday.
Staples has released its Black Friday ad with tons of deals on electronics, offices supplies, stationery and more. The sale begins on Nov. 27 at 6pm and continues on Black Friday, Nov. 28, at 6am. Customers can save up to $80 on the iPad and $20 on Apple TV. Other Apple-related deals include 10% off all Beats headphones and savings on iTunes gift cards worth $50 or more.
Walmart, Best Buy and Target have also listed their Black Friday circulars with deals on the iPad and iPhone. Walmart customers can nab an original iPad mini for as low as $169, and Target is giving away a $140 gift card with the purchase of an iPad Air 2. Most of the Black Friday sales are kicking off on Thursday, November 27 and will be running all weekend. There are different sales on different days, so make sure you check each individual retailer's Black Friday websites before planning your shopping schedule. You can find links to Walmart, Best Buy and Target's Black Friday ads here.
Love him or hate him, T-Mobile CEO John J. Legere really did shake up the mobile carrier industry with his "Un-carrier" consumers’ advocate campaign. AT&T was the first to copy the magenta carrier's non-subsidized iPhone policy and now Sprint is offering its own T-Moble-like iPad plan called "iPad for Life".
Beginning today, November 14, Sprint customers can lease a 16GB iPad Air 2 for $20 per month for 24 months, or lease and iPad mini 3 for $17 for 24 months. This will allow Sprint customers the ability to easily upgrade to a new model or buy the device outright once their lease is expired. Customers will also be able to continue leasing on a month-to-month basis or return their Apple tablet and terminate service with Sprint after 24 months.