New iPad Games of the Week: BioShock, Tiny Tower Vegas and More

Once again there were zero iPad-only games released to the App Store, but two big universal titles did arrive this week: BioShock and Tiny Tower Vegas. We should see an increase in App Store activity in a couple of weeks after Apple announces the iPhone 6 and releases iOS 8.

Bioshock iOS

In App Store news, Rovio released a 16-second gameplay trailer for Angry Birds Stella before its September 4th launch. You can watch the trailer after the break. This weekend is the last chance to get the first wing of Hearthstone's "Curse of Naxxramas" expansion for free. After September 1st the wing will cost 700 in-game gold or $6.99, just like the other four levels.

As always, don't forget to check out our weekly App Store recap every Saturday for all the weekly universal releases, jailbreak tweaks, App Store news and important app updates.

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Apple Confirms September 9th Media Event

Apple has sent out invitations for an unnamed media event scheduled for September 9, 2014. The invites read, "We wish we could say more," but lack the usual clues hinting at what the event is being held for, however one major clue may be the location. The event is being held at 10am Pacific Time at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino. Apple fans will recognize this as the same venue where the original Mac was unveiled in 1984.

iPhone 6 Invite

The fact that Apple is not holding its yearly September keynote at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco suggests that the company is preparing announce a new product we've never seen before. It is safe to assume that product will be Apple's long rumored iWatch. The Flint Center can also accommodate 2,400 people, compared to the Yerba Buena which can only house between 700-800.

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Higher Quality Images of Alleged iPad Air 2 Rear Shell Leaked

The French blog NowhereElse.fr has published higher quality images of an alleged iPad Air 2 rear shell. The images reveal the same changes, like a relocated microphone hole, as previous leaks. You can get a closer look at the image here.

iPad Air Rear Shell

It has pretty much been officially confirmed that Apple will announced two larger iPhone 6 models on September 9, but it is unclear when the next-generation iPad lineup will be revealed. Most people believe Apple will announce the iPad Air 2 and third-generation iPad mini sometime in 2014, and a larger 12.9-inch iPad in 2015. Apple is also expected to release its first wearable device dubbed the "iWatch" alongside the iPhone 6 in the fall.

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PSA: Bioshock Coming to U.S. App Store Tonight

2K Games has released Bioshock to the New Zealand App Store, which means it should be available on the U.S. App Store around 11EST tonight. The game is $18.99 and it is only compatible with the iPad 4 or later, iPad mini 2, iPhone 5 or later and iOS 7.1 or later. It is rated 17+ and weighs in at 1.65 GB. Here's the official New Zealand App Store description:

Bioshock iOS

"One of the greatest first person shooters of all time, Bioshock comes to iOS!"

"Bioshock is the 'genetically enhanced' first person shooter where you can turn everything into a weapon: the environment, your body, fire and water, and even your worst enemies."

"You are a cast-away in Rapture, an underwater Utopia torn apart by civil war. Caught between powerful forces, and hunted down by genetically modified 'splicers' and deadly security systems, you have to come to grips with a deadly, mysterious world filled with powerful technology and fascinating characters. No encounter ever plays out the same, and no two gamers will play the game the same way.

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Yahoo Adds New "Minimize Compose" Feature to its iOS Mail App

Yahoo today updated its iOS email client with a new "minimize compose" feature for the iPad. Minimize compose allows you to swipe down on the header bar to minimize the compose email window. This makes it easier for you to access other features, like your inbox, while writing an email. The update brings the Yahoo Mail app to version 3.2.2 and includes a few unnamed bug fixes.

Yahoo Mail

Apple announced a similar feature is coming to its Mail app in iOS 8. Apple's new email compose window will also allow you to swipe down to dock the window at the bottom of your display. This is a great feature for multitasking and writing multiple emails, which will be displayed in trays when more than one has been minimized.

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Bloomberg: Apple to Launch 12.9-Inch iPad Pro in 2015

It looks like this may be the year that Apple has decided bigger is better. The company will allegedly begin production on a 12.9-inch iPad by the first quarter of next year, according to Bloomberg. The 12-inch tablet dubbed the "iPad Pro" by the press will be released sometime early 2015.

iPad Pro

This is not the first time we have heard Apple is planning to expand its iPad lineup. Back in April, KGI Securities' Ming-Chi Kuo told investors that Apple will launch its second-generation iPad Air in 2014, followed by a 12.9-inch iPad in 2015, and in May an alleged image of an iPad Pro prototype was published on the Chinese site Weibo.com.

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Double Your Data When You Add a Tablet to Your T-Mobile Simple Choice Plan

It has been difficult keeping up with all the different T-Mobile promotions since the company re-branded itself as the "UnCarrier" and changed the way other mobile providers, such as AT&T, do business. The magenta company has pulled all kinds of stunts in the past like paying off its users' early termination fees and even offering BlackBerry users money to switch devices. And now T-Mobile has rolled out two new plans to help customers "avoid the old-guard carriers’ shared data schemes and overages".

T-Mobile Double Data

T-Mobile today announced a new $10 Family Plan, plus it is now offering its customers double the data if they add a tablet to their Simple Choice smartphone plan. Here's how the tablet upgrade works, according to T-Mobile's press release:

"A customer with a Simple Choice smartphone plan with 5 GB of LTE data can add a tablet with another 5 GB of data set aside for use on that tablet, for just $10 per month. That’s a total of up to 10 GB of LTE data. And that’s all on top of the 200 MB of free LTE data every single month for the life of your tablet."

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Escape from a WW2 Prison Camp in Stalag 17 for the iPad

Stalag 17 is a new strategy title for the iPad based on the relatively unknown 2011 board game which bears the same name. In the iOS version players must help their comrades escape a WW2 prison camp by collecting items found on their individual escape plans. To win the game, a player must help three of their prisoners escape before the POWs from other countries also fly the coop.

Stalag 17 Game

Stalag 17 was released to the App Store with zero press by an unknown developer named Silver Apps. The only other game created by the studio is the Google Play title called Fearless Fighter. Little is known about Stalag 17 Game (official iOS title) but you can read more about the table top version at Board Game Geek. Pocket Tactics did give the app a quick spin and came to the conclusion that it is a "good" game with a "fantastic" concept.

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Top Apple Stories of the Week: Reversible Lightning to USB Cables, New iPhone 6 Specs and More

Here are this week's top Apple related stories and rumors. Be sure to check out our weekly apps and jailbreak recap for the latest App Store and Cydia releases and news.

Reversible Lightning to USB Cable

Reversible Lightning to USB Cable

Several sources have posted images and video of a fully reversible Lightning to USB cable that will allegedly ship with the iPhone 6 and new iPad models. iOS fans who do not want to wait until the iPhone 6 is released to get their hands on a reversible USB can purchase one now for $9.99 from Truffol.com.

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Pac-Man Friends Lands on the App Store

Bandai Namco today has released its newest mobile Pac-Man title to the Apple App Store and Google Play. Pac-Man Friends was originally announced alongside Bandai Namco's new collectible card game, Outcast Odyssey, and its mobile port of Pac-Man Championship Edition DX at San Diego Comic Con a few weeks ago.

PAC-MAN Friends

Bandai Namco describes the game as an "original arcade-style action-puzzler". As the title suggests, Pac-Man Friends features all your favorite characters from the franchise, plus 95 levels across seven different worlds. The goal of the game is to rescue 8 of Pac-Man's friends from Ghosts’ Castle while trying to avoid Pinky, Inky and its other ghostly inhabitants.

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