Apple announced its third quarter financial results for 2016 with declining iPhone, iPad and Mac sales. The consumer tech giant did manage to beat analyst expectations earning $42.4 billion for the quarter, but it also saw its biggest decline in iPhone sales sinces its first handset slump in March. Apple reported that it shipped only 40.4 million iPhone units in Q3 of 2016, compared to 47.5 million units from last year. The iPad also continued its slide falling 9% with 9.95 million tablets sold, and Mac sales fell 11%, marking another quarter of decline. Apple once again did not release numbers for the Apple Watch or Apple TV.
"Upstream component makers have seen weaker-than-expected orders for tablet and wearable products" even though the second-generation Apple Watch is expected to be unveiled in September or October, according to DigiTimes. Component suppliers are struggling to gain sufficient profits from the smartwatch market, even with the Apple Watch, which dominates the wearables market by nearly 50 percent.
"A lack of applications and short battery life have prevented smartwatches from becoming a mainstream product. The smartwatch market, expected to stay small, is unlikely to become a growth driver for component makers as originally expected."
While most of the world has their sights set on the iPhone 7, AppleInsider has published the first images of an alleged iPad Pro 2. The photos were sent by a "worker in Apple's Asian supply chain," according to the report. The images reveal the model number MH1C2CD/F, which has not been assigned to any other known iPad models. Model numbers can also easily be faked, and AppleInsider has not confirmed the authenticity of the leaked images.
It has been a big year for Pokémon and Pokémon parodies on the Apple App Store. Adult Swim got the ball rolling in January by releasing its own Pokémon clone called Pocket Mortys, then Cartoon Network and Grumpyface Studios got in on the fun by releasing Teeny Titans. Both games are a lot of fun and highly recommended, especially when you rather catch 'em all sitting on your couch than by going outside to play Pokémon GO. Adult Swim has been doing a great job of keeping Pocket Mortys updated with new content, and Grumpyface announced this weekend that it also has big plans for Teeny Titans.
It's no Pokémon Go, but if you want to collect monsters from your couch instead of going outside, Terra Monsters 3 is now available on the App Store. Terra Monsters includes over a hundred 3D monsters to collect, 3v3 3D battles and over 24 hours of gameplay. Terra Monsters 3 is $1.99 and it supports all devices running iOS 9.1 or later.
The new dungeon crawler that we highlighted last week is now available for all iOS devices. Guild of Dungeoneering was originally thought to be an iPad-only title, but it turned out to be a universal app. In Guild of Dungeoneering you become the ultimate Dungeon Master by building a dungeon around your hero and coaxing him or her through quests to restore your guild to its ultimate glory. The game is a turn-based RPG where players utilize cards to construct a dungeon full of monsters, traps and treasure. Guild of Dungeoneering is available on the App Store for $3.99.
The well reviewed "pirate fishing RPG," Rule with an Iron Fish has been updated today with iPad support and other small bug fixes. Iron Fish is simple fishing game that has been earning rave reviews from Touch Arcade forum members. The game is part clicker and part RPG where players can earn rewards by fishing after being shipwrecked on an island with other characters. In their official review, Touch Arcade praised the game for offering hours of entertainment without any annoying IAPs.
The popular photo editing tool Pixelmator has been updated to version 2.3. The update adds two new selection tools and a variety of other improvements.
The Quick Selection tool allows users to "make incredibly accurate selections," according to the release notes. This is helpful on touchscreen devices since it is harder to pinpoint an object to edit on smaller screens. The Magnetic Selection tool uses edge detection algorithms to "snap" precisely to the objects you trace.
If you haven't already installed the iOS 10 beta, then you may want to upgrade to iOS 9.3.3. The new update doesn't include any major features, but it does offer a variety of bug fixes and improvements for both the iPad and iPhone. This will most likely be the final iOS 9 update before Apple releases iOS 10.0 later this year.
iPad, iPhone and iPod touch owners can download and install iOS 9.3.3 OTA by navigating to Settings > General > Software Update. You can read the iOS 9.3.3 security notes here.
In anticipation of the release of Ghostbusters, in theaters today, Activision, in collaboration with Sony Pictures has launched two new ghost busting games. Ghostbusters is a new console title that picks up after the ending of the reboot. Players can command a squad of rookie ghostbusters as they rid the city of rogue spirits. The game features hidden collectibles and the ability to upgrade characters with new gear and abilities. Ghostbusters is available now for $50 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows.
Square Enix has opened pre-registration for its upcoming mobile Final Fantasy title, Mobius. RPG fans in the US and Europe can now pre-register and earn early rewards at square-enix.com. In-game bonuses will be decided by how many users register for the game. For example, 50,000 registrations will unlock an exclusive Yuna card. In-game rewards will be sent to registered players once the game is finally released. All you need to register is a valid email address.