New iOS Games and Apps of the Week: The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 and more

The Book of Unwritten Tales 2

After a very long wait Fire Emblem Heroes has finally arrived on the US Apple App Store and Google Play. Nintendo decided to go with a free-to-play model instead of launching the RPG as a premium title, like it did with Super Mario Run. Heroes is a story-driven, turn-based battle game with simple touch-screen swipe controls. You can read a more in-depth review here, and download the second Nintendo mobile title here.

Nintendo this week also announced that its third iOS game, Animal Crossing will be delayed until at least April. Animal Crossing may be the last title Nintendo releases for smart-devices in 2017.

Nintendo to release only 3 mobile games this year

Animal Crossing iOS

With the Switch gaming console right around the corner, things are getting busy for Nintendo, and it looks like the company's mobile release schedule will remain at only 2-3 titles a year. Nintendo plans to follow the December release of Super Mario Run with an Android version in March, and its next title Fire Emblem Heroes will arrive for both Android and iOS tomorrow. The third title on Nintendo's upcoming slate is Animal Crossing, which was originally scheduled for March, but it has been pushed back until later this year.

How to watch Super Bowl 51 on your iPad

Super Bowl 51

Apple has made sure its customers are well prepared for the upcoming Super Bowl between the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots on February 5th. iPhone and iPad owners can watch all the Super Bowl festivities through the free FOX Sports app. All you need is an iPad running iOS 8.0 or later to live stream the game.

Apple TV owners can watch the the game live through the FOX Sports GO app. Not only will Fox stream the entire game but it will air national and local commercials, plus the half time show and more. You can also access the game by by simply saying “Watch the Super Bowl" into your Siri remote.

How to permanently delete your Uber account on your iOS device

#deleteUber

There's been a lot of controversy over President Trump's recent travel ban, and the ride sharing company Uber recently found itself in the cross hairs of the debate. As a primarily iPad-focused blog we're not here to discuss the pros and cons of Trump's policy, but a lot of iOS users have decided to delete their Uber accounts in solidarity with New York taxi drivers who are participating in a work stoppage at JFK Airport. Here's how to delete your Uber account if you would like to support the #deleteUber movement.

New iOS Games and Apps of the Week: Pokémon Duel and more

Pokémon Duel iOS

Pokémon Duel finally came to the US App Store this week after launching in Japan a few months ago. The new title by The Pokémon Company is a strategy board game where players can compete in real time battles with other Pokémon trainers across the world. The one-on-one battles are easy to master, but the rest of the game can be a bit overwhelming. There is a lot to learn in this game, and it features really long tutorials and load times.

Apple releases first iOS 10.3 public beta

iOS 10.3 Weather App

A few days after releasing the first iOS 10.3 beta to developers, Apple has rolled out the new update to its public testers. iOS users with a registered iPad or iPhone can now download iOS 10.3 by navigating to Settings > General > Software Update. You can learn how to register for the iOS beta program here if you would like to install iOS 10.3 ahead of its public release.

The first iOS 10.3 beta includes several new features, including a new "Find My AirPods" option. The new feature works like Find My iPhone/iPad by marking the last known location of any AirPods that were synced to an iOS device. Missing AirPods will also emit a sound making them easier to locate.

Floating iPad keyboard found in iOS 10.3

Floating iPad Keyboard iOS 10.3

Apple released the first iOS 10.3 beta to developers on Tuesday. The update includes several new features, like a Find My AirPods option and Apple's new APFS file system. Once again it looked like the update lacked any iPad-specific features until developer Steven Troughton-Smith discovered a floating keyboard buried in the code.

The floating keyboard isn’t publicly accessible yet, but Smith uncovered it while digging in the UIKeyboardPreferencesController’s boolForPreferenceKey. The keyboard is expected to be launched when the next-generation iPad models are released in the spring.

New iOS Games and Apps of the Week: Fire Emblem: Heroes and more

Kingdom Rush 4

It was kind of a slow week for the Apple App Store, especially after last week which was filled with both successful and failed reboots, big sequels and a new Star Wars title. Here are some of this week's major announcements you may have missed, and few new interesting looking App Store releases.

Ironhide Game Studio teased a new Kingdom Rush title on its blog and social media. Ironhide didn't release any major details about the fourth game in the series, but they did deliver this small hint:

"One thing is for sure, the bad guys shall have their revenge....muahaha."

Digitimes: 3 new iPad models coming in 2017

iPad Pro 2017

Another supply chain sources has backed multiple reports that Apple plans to launch 3 iPad models in 2017. This time the report comes from the Digitimes, who cited sources from a "related upstream supply chain." According to the Taiwanese site, Apple will release "a 9.7-inch iPad with a friendly price range, a 10.5-inch iPad, and an upgraded 12.9-inch iPad Pro" in the second half of 2017. Both KGI Securities and the Japanese website Makotakara have also claimed Apple is working on 3 new iPad models that will be released in Q2 of this year.

First Apple Pencil 2 rumor of the year is a bore

Apple Pencil 2

A new report from an unknown Dutch blog about the second-generation Apple Pencil has done little to help the lackluster news coming out of the Apple rumor mill. According to Roman Zavřel, the next-generation Apple Pencil will come equipped with a new magnetic system and pen-like clip for attaching the stylus to your iPad bezel or pocket. The report gives no mention of any other features, making it the most underwhelming rumor of the year.

As we previously discussed, the normally chatty Apple rumor mill has been eerily quiet when it comes to the next-generation iPad. So far noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities and the Japanese website Makotakara are the only credible sources who have offered 2017 iPad predictions.

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