As expected iPad sales continue to slump as larger smartphones and laptops put the squeeze on the tablet market. That's why the iPad may have been left out of Apple's press release announcing the company's Q1 2015 earnings.
Apple attributed its $74.6 billion in revenue to "all-time record revenue from iPhone and Mac sales as well as record performance of the App Store," but failed to mention the iPad. The iPad wasn't a slouch in any sense, selling 21.4 million units, which was 18% less sold than the same period last year. Tim Cook did acknowledge on Tuesday during an investor conference call that the switch to larger iPhone displays may be eating up iPad sales.
"There’s probably some level of cannibalization that’s going on, with the Mac on one side and the phone on the other."
Apple CEO Tim Cook today announced that the Apple Watch is on schedule to begin shipping in April, not March like previous rumors have suggested. The announcement came during the company's Q1 2015 earnings call. Cook did not give a specific date for the watch's release, or shed more light on pricing.
Apple announced its new wearable device on September 9, 2014 during its iPhone 6 keynote at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, California. The watch will be available in two sizes and 34 models spread out through three collections, starting at $349 for the most basic model. It will support Apple Pay, iMessage, SMS Texts and Apple's Health app when it is paired with an iPhone. The Apple Watch will be compatible with the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
Card battling games seemed to be plentiful at PAX South, which just wrapped up in San Antonio, Texas this weekend. Carter Dotson of Touch Arcade got an early preview of a few titles starting with Nova Blitz. The game is being described as a "hyper-caffeinated Hearthstone " because it is a real-time strategy title where you only have seconds to draw and play your cards. It is currently in development with plans to release it on multi-platforms. You can download a PC demo of Nova Blitz from the official website and watch the hands-on video below.
A different type of card game previewed at PAX was Guild of Dungeoneering. The card-based dungeon-crawler was likened to the board game Betrayal at House on the Hill. In the game, players must use dungeon floor cards to build out a path for the protagonist to follow. Enemies are also fought using a different set of cards in 5 round battles. The game seems like one of the more interesting titles announced at PAX, even with the somewhat confusing description.
Arcane Wonders has released a companion app for its fantasy board game Mage Wars. The app allows players to easily keep track of statistics such as mana, channeling, health, damage, and initiative on their iPad. It also offers a full spellbook builder and a card database so you can prepare for your next battle on the go.
Mage Wars is role playing card game where players can play as one of four mage types and battle other mages to the death. The four different mage classes include: Beastmaster, Warlock, Wizard and Priestess. Each player uses his or her own book of magic to summon creatures and cast spells to defeat their opponents. The game uses an arena game board, dice, a spellbook, and miniatures to separate itself from other collectible card games.
Keeping your Contacts current on your iOS device can be tedious, but luckily there is a quick way to update all of them by using Facebook or Twitter. Apple has made it easy to add the information your friends and family have listed on both social media sites to their contact cards on your iPad or iPhone. To do this you will of course need the free Facebook and Twitter apps installed on your device. You will also need to be logged in to your account and give Facebook and Twitter access to your Contacts.
This will also create new contact cards for anyone not listed in your Contacts app, and it will automatically use a person's Facebook photo as their profile photo on your device. This is not recommended for people who have a lot of online friends they do not want listed on their iPad and iPhone.
Game of Thrones fans will be happy to know that the second episode of Telltale's mobile game series has received a release date. The episode titled "The Lost Lords" will be available as an in-app purchase on February 5th. You can hit the link above to watch the teaser trailer.
Mojang held an hour long Q&A talking about the latest update coming to Minecraft: Pocket Edition. You can watch the YouTube video here or just check out this breakdown of all the important information.
Ironhide released an update for Kingdom Rush, showing once again why they're one of the best indie developers out there. The update adds the Castle Blackburn campaign from Frontiers to the original Kingdom Rush title. Ironhide also hinted that the third game in the series, Kingdom Rush Origins, will receive its next update in February.
Telltale Games has released a teaser trailer for the second episode to its Game of Thrones series for mobile devices. The video posted to YouTube gives a brief glimpse of what players can expect from the second installment of the game titled "The Lost Lords".
Game of Thrones - A Telltale Games Series is an episodic interactive game that takes place in the popular Game of Thrones Universe. The game follows the House Forrester, a noble family loyal to the Starks of Winterfell, who have been caught up in the War of the Five Kings. The game allows players to explore popular Game of Thrones locations, such as King’s Landing and The Wall, and interact with characters from HBO’s hit TV show.
Normally you need a cable subscription to stream live TV on your tablet or desktop, but NBC Universal announced on Tuesday that it will allow everyone to watch the Super Bowl festivities on February 1st. “Super Stream Sunday” will be available to anyone with the NBC Sports Live Extra app or users can live stream the event at NBCSports.com/liveextra using their computer. The 11 hours of continuous content will include everything from the actual game, to the Katy Perry half time show, and even a post-game presentation of The Blacklist. Here's a blurb and fine print from the official press release:
The special access event kicks off at noon ET with NBC’s Super Bowl pre-game coverage and concludes with The Blacklist, which follows post-game coverage at approximately 10 p.m. ET. Consumers accessing NBC Sports Live Extra and NBC.com during “Super Stream Sunday” will not be prompted to log-in with their cable/satellite/telco credentials; however, as part of this special access, they will receive consistent messaging in and around the experience about the ease in authenticating after the end of The Blacklist.
FMV (Full Motion Video) games are not very popular due to their association with SEGA CD, but they have been trying to make a comeback. The original creators of Night Trap recently tried and failed to launch a Kick Starter campaign to remake the infamous game starring Dana Plato, and now Sam Barlow has launched a teaser trailer for his new FMV game titled Her Story. The game is made up of various videos featuring a woman who is being questioned about the disappearance of her husband. Players will have to dig through the police database to try and unravel the mystery.
Her Story should peak your interest for a couple of reasons. Not only is it made by Barlow who created Silent Hill: Shattered Memories and Aisle, but it will be interesting to see if a decent FMV game can be released to iOS devices. Even though it's technically not a FMV title, the popular Five Nights At Freddy's did prove that not all games have to be free endless runners or $0.99 platform games to be a hit on the App Store.
If Apple Insider's favorite analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities is to be believed, the company is once again ignoring a famous Steve Jobs' quote by developing a stylus to use with its rumored 12.9-inch iPad. In case you forgot, Jobs famously proclaimed, "if you see a stylus, they blew it" when introducing the iPad in 2010.
Ming-Chi Kuo believes that Apple will launch a stylus in the second quarter of this year because "it's more precise than a person's fingers" and "will improve the user experience of 12.9-inch iPad." Kuo based his report on several stylus patents Apple has recently filed.