DeNA's free-to-play Star Wars game is now available for iOS devices. Star Wars: Galactic Defense is a tower defense title where players can choose to play as either the light or dark side. The game features pretty standard tower defense game play, where players have three towers and one champion to defend their base. Players can also connect with Facebook to exchange resources with their friends.
The game includes all the standard Star Wars characters such as Han Solo and Yoda. You begin the game with Luke Skywalker as your champion and can unlock others as you advance through the game. There are a total of 18 Rebel and 18 Galactic Empire champions to unlock.
T-Mobile customers can now purchase an iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 at T-Mobile.com or at T-Mobile retail locations. All models are available, except the 128GB iPad Air 2, for zero dollars down with 24 monthly payments starting at $26.24 for the 16GB iPad Air 2 and $22.08 for the iPad mini 3. T-Mobile is also still offering its double your data deal. For just $10, the deal allows users to add one tablet and match the data on their Simple Choice voice plan.
Correction: The 64GB iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 is $100 down and the 128GB iPad mini 3 model is $199 down.
If you rather pay for your iPad upfront instead of making monthly payments, or want a Wi-Fi-only model, both the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 are available through Apple.com starting at $499 and $399, respectively. The iPad Air 2 is also available at Bestbuy.com, AT&T.com and Verizonwireless.com.
As expected, the photo editing application Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) previewed at its 2014 iPad media event was released this week. Pixelmator is available now on the App Store for the introductory rate of $4.99. The iOS version was specifically designed from the ground up for the iPad, and it was built to take advantage of the faster hardware found in the iPad Air 2. The app includes advanced but simple to use photo editing tools to easily enhance and correct images on your iPad. Here's the App Store Link.
Here are the rest of this week's most noteworthy iPad app releases for 10/19/14 to 10/25/14. Apple's Free App of the Week is RGB Express - Mini Truck Puzzle. The game will be free on the Apple App Store until 10/30/14. Also 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.
The award-winning Mac app that Apple previewed at its October keynote is now available for the iPad. Pixelmator has been rebuilt from the ground up specifically for iOS 8 and Apple's tablet. During the iPad demo at Apple's keynote, developer Aidas Dailide said that the photo editor is 2x faster on the iPad Air 2 thanks to Apple's new A8X processor.
Pixelmator is an advanced photo editing application that features professional effects, templates and tools that allows users to enhance images on the iPad. The app supports advanced image editing with layers and files such as PSD, JPEG, PNG, PDF and more. The app also supports iCloud Drive and Handoff, so users can open their edited images in other apps and work seamlessly between their iPads and Macs. Other features include the ability to add text to images, painting tools, one-touch color correction tools and so on.
After bringing its online game Pokémon TCG Online to the iPad, The Pokémon Company has released Camp Pokémon to the App Store. The game is aimed at toddlers more than older Pokémon fans, but its release shows that the Nintendo subsidiary is at least willing to embrace mobile devices.
The game encourages children ages 6-8 to "discover the amazing world of Pokémon" by participating in activities on a Pokémon-themed island. The app features six games for children to play to sharpen their Pokémon trainer skills. The activities include Poké Ball Throw, Find the Pokémon, trivia and more. You can see all of the activities in action in the trailer posted above.
Zagg is now accepting orders for its invisibleSHIELD screen protector for the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. The invisibleSHIELD is a well trusted film that protects your iPad's display from scratches and abrasions while adding no unnecessary bulk to your device. It comes with a lifetime warranty and it is "engineered from advanced Military Grade technology" with "Nano-Memory Technology that allows it to self–heal" when damaged, according to Zagg.
If you order now Zagg will ship your invisibleSHIELD immediately, which means it should arrive before your iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3. Both of Apple's new tablets are expected to start shipping later this week (around 10/24/14).
There seems to be some confusion about Apple Pay now that Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) has released iOS 8.1. The iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 do support Apple Pay, but they do not support in-store purchases. Only the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch when paired with an iPhone 5 or later can make in-store payments. Neither the iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 ship with the Near Field Communication antenna that is required to utilize the Apple Pay readers coming to more than 220,000 retail locations.
iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 owners will be able to use Apple Pay and Touch ID to make online and in-app purchases when they begin shipping later this week. For example, you will now be able to pay for stuff within an app, like the Apple Store, by just placing your figder on your Touch ID. This eliminates the need to type in your App Store password every time you want to make an in-app purchase.
If you have already pre-ordered or are considering pre-ordering an iPad Air 2, then now is the time to sell your older iPad model. Companies such as Gazelle and Next Worth are fighting over your used iPad and trade-in values are at an all time high! For example, Gazelle is offering an extra $20, opposed to Next Worth's additional $10, on any iPad traded in that has a value of $75 or more through October 31st. Even if you're on the fence about upgrading or selling your used model, you can lock-in a free quote now and take up to 30 days to make up your mind. This way you can take advantage of the current trade-in values that will decrease once the iPad Air 2 starts shipping later this week.
Selling your old iPad is easy, just visit Gazelle.com and select the device you want to sell. Select one of the three options "Broken," "Good" or "Flawless" and receive your trade-in quote. If you're happy with the quote, click the "Get Paid" button to lock it in. Gazelle will send you a free USPS or FedEx shipping label and will quickly review your device once you ship it in. If your device matches the condition you specified Gazelle will pay you via Amazon gift card or through Pay Pal. If your device does not match the condition you specified Gazelle will issue you a new trade-in quote. You will then have 5 days to accept the new trade-in value or have your device returned to you free of charge.
As you already know Apple (NYSE: AAPL) this week held its next-generation iPad keynote in Cupertino, California. During the event Tim Cook and his team unveiled the iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 and 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display. The company also showcased some third-party editing apps on the new iPad Air to demonstrate what its new A8X hardware is capable of doing. In case you missed the event or needed a reminder, the first app was Pixelmator. The award-winning photo editor is currently available on the Mac Store for $29.99 and it will be available on the App Store for the iPad in a few weeks.
The second app showcased at the keynote was Replay. This app allows users to easily turn their photos and videos into movies even if they don't know anything about editing. Replay is available now for free on the App Store. It requires iOS 7.1 or later and runs four times faster with Apple's A8X chip. The entire iPad event and app demonstrations are now available to watch on Apple.com.
Both the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 are now available for pre-order. Apple (NYSE:AAPL) fans can pre-order the new tablets through Apple.com, AT&T and Best Buy. Verizon Wireless, Sprint and T-Mobile have not opened pre-orders at the time of this post. Walmart, Target and Amazon.com are also expected to start carrying the new iPads in the near future. Apple stated at its keynote on Thursday that the iPad Air 2 would start shipping “later next week".
Both the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 are available in Gold, Silver and Space Gray. The iPad Air 2 starts at $499 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and the iPad mini 3 starts at $399. You can see a list of prices for all the avilable models below.