New iOS Games and Apps of the Week: Animation Throwdown and more

It was a big week for Apple, not only did the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus officially launch today, but iOS 10 was released earlier in the week. The big change to the App Store came in the form of Stickers, and a Notify me option for the eagerly anticipated release of Super Mario Run. iOS fans can access the Super Mario Run App Store page early to sign up to be notified when the game is released. To sign up for the Super Mario Run notification, just tap the Notify button like you would do to download a game.

Animation Throwdown brings Family Guy, Bob's Burgers and more together on iOS

Animation Throwdown: The Quest for Cards

Kongregate's new card battling title brings five of Fox's popular animated shows together in one game for the fist time. iPhone and iPad users can now play as their favorite characters from Family Guy, Bob's Burgers, American Dad, Futurama and King if the Hill. The game includes hundreds of cards featuring characters such as Stewie, Bender and more. Each character also has different versions of themselves with unique abilities and stats.

Reduce Motion disables iOS 10 message effects

iOS 10 Screen Effects

A lot of iPhone and iPad users were confused on Tuesday after installing iOS 10 on their devices. Not only did some users experience a brief issue while downloading iOS 10, but many could not access the new screen and bubble effects in the Messages app.

The main new features in iOS 10 are message effects. This includes the ability to send animated messages such as balloons or fireworks, the ability to add stickers to message bubbles and more. To send screen or bubble effects you must press and hold the new blue arrow that has replaced the Send button in the Messages app. Tapping and holding the arrow opens the "Send with effect" screen where you can select from a variety of animations to enhance you text messages. iOS users with the Reduce Motion slider enabled are not able to access this screen or see message animations.

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Are you prepared for iOS 10?

iOS 10

iOS 10 is finally being released on Tuesday, September 13th after being in beta since mid-June. The updated software will introduce a variety of new features to supported devices. Apple previewed most of the new features in iOS 10 at WWDC 2016 earlier this year, and we've already discussed the pros and cons of installing iOS 10 on your iPad. Today we will help you prepare your device for the upcoming upgrade launching tomorrow.

iPad mini survives another Apple product refresh

iPad mini 4

There have been all kinds of rumors about the future of Apple ever since the company posted its first decline is sales in 2016. Apple saw a slump across all product lines, but the iPad has seen the biggest slide as interest in tablets has slowly declined over the years. This and the introduction of larger handsets have made many ponder about the fate of Apple's 7.9-inch tablet, the iPad mini.

The last iPad mini model was released over a year ago on September 5th. Apple has since released two iPad Pro models, but there hasn't been much chatter about a fifth-generation mini in the rumor mill. Some analysts believe that Apple plans to discontinue the smaller tablet since its sales are being cannibalized by the larger iPhone Plus models.

Apple tweaks iPad lineup after iPhone 7 event

iPad Silicon cases and Smart Covers

As expected, Apple did not unveil a new iPad, but that didn't mean the tablet went completely ignored. Apple updated its iPad to match the newly refreshed iPhone which introduced a new 256GB model. All iPad Pro models are now available in 32GB, 128GB and 256GB. The 9.7-inch iPad Pro starts at $599 for the WiFi model and $729 for the cellular model. The 12.9-inch iPad costs $799 for 32 GB, 128 GB for $899 and 256 GB for $999.

The iPad Air 2 is now available in only 32GB and 128GB varieties for $399 and $499.

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iPad Air 2 supply dries up ahead of iPhone 7 event

iPad Air 2 Stock

9to5Mac reported this weekend that the iPad Air 2 has sold out at most major distributors. This is normally a sign that Apple is planning some kind of refresh, but as we have pointed out all year long, there have been zero rumors or leaks indicating we will see a new iPad model this year. Even the well trusted analyst KGI Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities has noted Apple will not release a new model iPad until 2017.

Kou believes Apple will launch three new iPad models, including a second-generation iPad Pro, an entry-level 9.7-inch iPad and a new unnamed 10.5-inch model. It is also still unknown if Apple plans to continue its 7-inch iPad mini lineup, or discontinue it entirely.

Apple cleaning up App Store in preparation for iOS 10 and iPhone 7

iPhone 7 Invite

After sending out invitations for its iPhone 7 keynote, Apple has notified developers of its plans to rid the App Store of any outdated apps.

"To make it easier for customers to find great apps that fit their needs, we want to ensure that apps available on the App Store are functional and up-to-date. We are implementing an ongoing process of evaluating apps, removing apps that no longer function as intended, don’t follow current review guidelines, or are outdated."

More Five Nights at Freddy's Pop! coming from Funko

Five Nights at Freddy's Funko POP

Five Nights at Freddy's is getting the Pop! treatment with 12 new figures from Funko. All the major animatronic characters are represented, including Freddy, Bonnie and Chica. There are also several different versions of each character with a few retailer exclusives.

Freddy is only available in his toy form at Walmart, the flocked version will only launch at Barnes & Noble, and Shadow Freddy will be a Hot Topic exclusive. Funtime Foxy and Springtrap will only be available at Game Stop and Shadow Bonnie at Target. It is unknown if these are in-store exclusives or if they will also be available online.

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