New iOS Games and Apps of the Week: Mobius Final Fantasy

Square Enix's latest Final Fantasy title Mobius is now available on the App Store. Mobius is a free-to-play Final Fantasy game that was specifically created for mobile devices by some of the original creators. The game features a new story written by Kazushige Nojima, stunning 3D graphics and a new battle system with touch-based controls.

Reviews are already mixed. The game features expensive IAPs, a $19 subscription plan and a deep learning curve. It is also a hefty download at 84.1 MB and it requires an additional download of 300 MB once the game is installed. Mobius Final Fantasy is geared towards RPG fans who don't mind sitting through a lot of cutscenes and long tutorials.

Apple launches international Smart Keyboards in Arabic, Spanish and more

Smart Keyboard Arabic

Apple has launched several international Smart Keyboards for both the 12.9- and 9.7-inch iPad Pro models. Spotted by 9to5Mac, the new keyboards offer a variety of localized layouts including British English, French, Spanish, Korean, Italian and Arabic. Customers are now given the choice between "US English" or the language of their respective country when shopping on supported Apple websites. The new language option is located under the Size option on the iPad Pro checkout page.

9.7-inch iPad Pro gets its own Create keyboard from Logitech

Logitech Create 9-inch model

Logitech was one of the first accessory makers to release a keyboard case for the original iPad Pro. The Logitech Create was launched on the same day as 12.9-inch tablet, and it was built with input from Apple themselves. Logitech took a little longer to get around the 9.7-inch iPad Pro model, but starting today the Create keyboard is now available for both models.

The Create backlit keyboard case for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro is a lot like its predecessor. It features Smart Connector support for easy charging and no more Bluetooth syncing. The keyboard includes mechanical scissor keys with built in iOS shortcuts, and easy controls for adjusting volume and performing other tasks. Other features include an integrated Apple Pencil holder, all-around protection from bumps and spills and optimal key depth for laptop-like typing.

Disney publishes plan for discontinuing Disney Infinity

Disney Infinity

Disney announced back in May that is was discontinuing its video game series Disney Infinity, and today the company announced its plans on how the series will end.

Infinity was Disney's attempt to cash in on the collectible action figure and video game craze kicked off by Activision's Skylnaders series, and made even more popular by Nintendo's amiibo line. The video game was launched in 2013 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, Wii U, and Nintendo 3DS, and it included physical, interactive figurines that unlocked Disney and Pixar characters within the game. Disney Infinity seemed like a guaranteed home run due to Disney's deep catalog of properties, including Marvel Superheroes, but the game never caught on.

New iOS Games and Apps of the Week: Cthulhu Clicker and more

Cthulhu Clicker

On Thursday we looked at two new strategy games that landed on the App Store. The Quest is the first iPad-only title we have spotted in a long time. It is an open world RPG with a long storyline set in the kingdom of Monares. You are an agent of the king tasked with finding out what happened to the governor of Freymore, who went missing. The game features four cities and a world full of mountains, caves, lakes and forests for you to explore. You can also interact with friendly and hostile NPCs while being forced to make decisions that will determine the outcome of the game.

The Quest HD is available now for $7.99 on the App Store. It includes the ability to customize your character spells, potions to craft, a day/night cycle with changing weather and more.

The Quest and Heroes of Normandie now available for the iPad

Heroes of Normandie

Two premium strategy games have landed on the App Store for the iPad. The Quest is an iPad-only, open world RPG with hand-drawn art, and Heroes of Normandie is a universal title based on the popular board game from 2014.

The Quest has a Dungeons & Dragons-like feel with its old school art, customizable races and magic spells. The official App Store description promises a "long and dramatic main story" with side quests, an open world and the ability to cast dazzling spells, enchant powerful items and concoct potent potions.

Apple announces decline in iPad, iPhone and Mac sales

Apple Q3 2016 Unaudited Summary Data

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.

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DigiTimes: Apple Watch 2 estimated to be unveiled in September or October

Apple Slump

"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."

First alleged images of iPad Pro 2 leak from Chinese supplier

iPad Pro 2 Prototype

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.

Harley Quinn announced for Teeny Titans

Harley Quinn Teeny Titans

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.

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