Apple AirPods now available for Christmas

Apple AirPods

After being delayed longer than expected, Apple's new wireless AirPods are now available for purchase. Holiday shoppers can order the $159 Apple accessory directly through apple.com and receive them around December 21.

Apple's AirPods are earbuds that connect to most iOS devices, the Apple Watch and even Mac products without the need of annoying wires. They're powered by Apple's W1 chip, and automatically connect to your supported device when they're removed from their charging case. They also feature a microphone for taking calls and accessing Siri, just like previous Apple headphones.

iOS 10.2 now available for the iPad and iPhone

iOS 10.2

After releasing several betas over two months, Apple has finally launched the first public version of iOS 10.2. The update for the sixth-generation iPod touch, iPhone and iPad includes a variety of new features, improvements and bug fixes.

As you may have already heard, Apple has redesigned many of the emojis in iOS 10. This caused a temporary social media uproar when it was revealed that the classic "butt" peach emoji was altered, but Apple has since changed it back. iOS 10 also includes support for Unicode 9.0 with over 100 new emoji for the Messages app.

New iOS Games and Apps of the Week: Super Mario Run countdown begins

Super Mario Run

We won't know for sure if Super Mario Run will be the game everyone has been waiting for until it is officially released on December 8th, but we do know it is one of the highest anticipated iOS releases since the launch of the App Store. It is hard to think of any other mobile title that has had this much buzz ahead of its launch, and Super Mario Run fever has reached even newer heights this week. It all started with Reggie Fils-Aime, President of Nintendo of America, visiting The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to give the host a demo of the new game. Shigeru Miyamoto even made an appearance on Fallon's show to play the Super Mario Bros. theme with The Roots. You can watch both videos below.

B&H offering discounts on iPad Pro and iPad Air 2 [Deals]

iPad Pro Deals

The popular New York photo and video equipment store, B&H, is offering several discounts on Apple's iPad Pro and iPad Air 2 just in time for the holidays. The 9.7-inch iPad Pro was launched in March, 2016. It is Apple's most current iPad model with the most up to date features and hardware, such as Apple's A9X chip, Touch ID, Apple Pay support, Siri and more. The 9.7-inch model also boasts the best camera found on any iPad with its 12-megapixel iSight camera, and it sports a 9.7-inch Retina display with 2048-by-1536 resolution.

Apple announces best iPad and Mac apps of the year

Apple Best of 2016

Apple today released its Best of 2016 selections for the App Store, iTunes and iBooks. The number of categories has grown this year to include the Apple TV and Watch App Stores. Apple's editors chose SketchBook Motion and Severed as the best iPad app and game of the year. Severed taking the Best iPad honors reveals the lack of iPad apps being released to the App Store since it is technically a universal release. iPhone honors went to the photo editing app Prisma and Clash Royale, for Best App and Game of 2016.

Apple adds universal search to AMC and Hallmark on Apple TV

Universal search and Single Sign-On are the two biggest improvements that have made Apple TV the device that Apple has always promised it would be. A Reddit user recently discovered that Apple has added a Single Sign-On section to the App Store in the fifth iOS 10.2 beta. The "Find More Apps" tab not only provides a list of Single Sign-On supported apps for users, but it also suggests Apple is ready to launch the new feature in the first public version of iOS 10.2.

Sketching and painting iPad app, Procreate, updated with PSD support and more

Procreate Logo

The sketching app for the iPad, Procreate, has been updated to version 3.2 on the Apple App Store. The update adds several new features, such as the ability to import Photoshop PSD files. Procreate users can also now live stream their drawing sessions through their favorite streaming service, screen capture their creations and export them, and utilize industry standard keyboard shortcuts.

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New iOS Games and Apps of the Week: Apocalyptic Zombie Action and more

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Apple this week announced their annual holiday shutdown of iTunes Connect will take place between December 23 and December 27. This means there will be no new apps uploaded to the App Store during the Christmas weekend. Here is the official announcement from Apple:

"The busiest season on the App Store is almost here. Make sure your apps are up-to-date and ready for the winter holidays. New apps and app updates will not be accepted December 23 to 27 (Pacific Time), so any releases should be submitted, approved, and scheduled in advance. Other iTunes Connect and developer account features will remain available."

Netflix adds offline viewing option to mobile app

Netflix has added the ability to download select movies and series for offline viewing to its iOS and Android apps. iPhone and iPad users worldwide will soon be able to download movies and television series to watch while on the go or in places without an internet connection.

Netflix said customers have requested to ability to watch shows and movies "while on airplanes and other places where internet is expensive or limited."

Apple announces annual App Store shutdown for the holidays

Santa Claus iPhone

Apple has officially announced its annual shutdown of iTunes Connect. The service, which allows developers to add apps and app updates to the App Store, will be down from December 23 to December 27. Apple made the announcement on Tuesday via their developer portal:

"The busiest season on the App Store is almost here. Make sure your apps are up-to-date and ready for the winter holidays. New apps and app updates will not be accepted December 23 to 27 (Pacific Time), so any releases should be submitted, approved, and scheduled in advance. Other iTunes Connect and developer account features will remain available."

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