Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time is finally available for iOS devices. The sequel to PopCap's popular tower defense game expands on the original with new plants, zombies and touch-based power-ups. The new power-ups allow you to squash, flick and zap yourself out of sticky situations, as long as you have enough in-game coins to afford them. The game also features a new time traveling story line where you have to go back in time to find your neighbor's missing taco.
There was never any doubts that PopCap would deliver a feature packed sequel, but the big question was if its freemium status would affect game play. So far it looks like in-app purchases are not necessary to enjoy the game. This means users do not have to shell out real cash, or wait a certain amount of time to access any of the game's features. You can however buy more coins and additional plants and upgrades if you want to gain an advantage. The Torchwood and Snow Pea plants are currently the most expensive in-apps purchase at $4 each. Of course there are already people complaining about the prices in the Customer Review section, but that is to be expected.
Disney is really pushing the NFC-based console game concept with the release of Disney Infinity on August 18. Not only will the game feature Skylanders-like collectible action figures, but Disney fans will be able to expand their Infinity world with the Disney Infinity: Toy Box app for the iPad.
The Disney Infinity video game will originally be sold as $75 Starter Packs for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii and Wii U (there will also be a separate Nintendo 3DS release). Each starter pack will include three Disney related action figures that are needed to play the game. Players will also have the option to buy additional figurines such as Francesco Bernulli from Cars at $13 a pop. The game can be played like a traditional video game, or players can use the "Toy Box" mode to create their own Minecraft-style Disney Infinity worlds.
Team17 has released the follow-up to Worms 2: Armageddon exclusively for iOS devices. Worms 2 and 3 are part of the popular Worms computer game franchise that began in the 1990s. Worms 3 is an artillery strategy game where users control an army of four worms who engage in combat on various battlefields.
The game features a new card mode to boost your troops' abilities, 27 single-player missions, multiplayer Forts and Deathmatch modes, and the ability to customize your army. More importantly, there are six new weapons plus all the old favorites to choose from. You can also select between the new D-Pad control system or stick with the original touch controls.
￼The upcoming iPad refresh is widely expected to take design cues from the iPad mini. Multiple reports and leaked photos seem to confirm the new look, including snaps of redesigned back iPad 5 panels and even a video showing a partially assembled iPad 5. It comes as no surprise that more parts have surfaced, this time in Australia.
Photos from MacFixit further confirm thinner bezels on the front iPad 5 panel. While the display size remains the same as the current model tablet, Apple clearly plans to trim the bezel thickness to more closely match the proportions of the iPad mini. The new tablet will likely retain the same Retina display found in the fourth generation iPad.
After posting its strongest customer growth in 4 years, T-Mobile CEO John Legere told AllThingsD that more Apple products are coming to the T-Mobile network.
“I think there’s a whole array of Apple products that we look forward to carrying,” Legere said. “We will expand what we offer from them.”
Legere is most likely referencing Apple's rumored iPhone 5S and low-cost iPhone 5C, but the second part of his statement could mean a T-Mobile iPad is in the works. T-Mobile was one of the last major U.S. cellular providers to carry Apple's iPhone, and it has worked out well for them. T-Mobile added 1.1 million customers after its iPhone 5 debut, and it also sold 4.3 million total smartphones, with the iPhone making up 29 percent of the sales. Of course a lot of T-Mobile's growth also had to do with Samsung's Galaxy S4, and its new Jump and Simple Choice plans.
Apple has announced a new program in which they will exchange unsanctioned iPad, iPhone, and iPod chargers and third-party adapters for Apple brand versions for a small fee. The program will go into practice later this month, on August 16th, and the swap will cost you a mere $10 USD.
This trade-in program was prompted by a fear a fear of dangerous shocks that could be caused by a poorly constructed charger or adapter, as a result of the death of a Chinese woman that occurred in Xinjiang last month.
More alleged iPad 5 parts have leaked online in a new video posted by Mac Otakara. The video supposedly shows a partially assembled iPad 5. We've previously seen leaked images of the rumored next-generation iPad's back panel, but this is the first time anyone has seen it assembled with the front panel. The back panel in the video also features a different looking Apple logo than the previously leaked images.
Apple is expected to announce the fifth-generation iPad along with the iPhone 5S and rumored low-cost iPhone 5C next month. Previous rumors also suggest that Apple could launch a non-Retina iPad mini 2, followed by a Retina display version in early 2014.
Add leaked photos to the growing list of evidence that the next generation iPad will take design cues from the iPad mini. Although schematics have already been revealed showing the form factor takes inspiration from the iPad mini, back panels proving as much have been revealed by sources to FanaticFone.
The silver panel ascribed to the upcoming iPad 5 has dimensions of 9.45 x 6.61 inches and a weight of 3.53 ounces, which means the part is lighter and smaller than the previous model. Other changes that match the iPad 5 to the iPad mini include the two-part volume button and bottom speaker housing. It is said the iPad 5 will feature a smaller front bezel, another iPad mini trait coming to the larger Apple tablet.
Developer Nick Frey has discovered a hidden file in the iOS 7 SDK which lists all the iOS devices that will support Apple's new firmware. His discovery has revealed that Apple is testing a new iPad mini without Retina display. This supports an earlier report by Taiwan's Economic Daily News which claimed the iPad mini's display would not be receiving a bump in resolution in 2013.
Frey told 9to5Mac that the file references three new iPad mini models code named J75, J76, and J77. This means Apple is currently looking at launching another WiFi-only model and two cellular models, which would fall in line with the current iPad mini lineup. The references also suggest that the new alleged iPads will feature the “s5l8950x” processor, or the same A6 chip as the iPhone 5.
Accessory maker Belkin announced today that their handheld home theater for the iPad is now available with Lightning I/O. The Thunderstorm made its debut back in January at CES 2013, but it's now compatible with the iPad 4, instead of just the earlier 30-pin Apple tablets. The amplification system is powered by Audifi, and it features an integrated dock connector with front-facing speakers, and integrated air channels for "booming, deep bass that you can actually feel while holding your device."
The Belkin Thunderstorm features a "comfort-grip" surface, and a lightweight, slim design, which makes it easy to carry and hold while it is in use. Its is also optimally calibrated to deliver great sound effects and music while playing games on your iPad. The Thunderstorm is compatible with the free Thunder app, which gives users extended control of the device.