Analyst predicts 3 new iPads will arrive in April

iPad 2017

Noted KGI Securities' analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has delivered the first iPad rumor of 2017. As we previously discussed, the Apple rumor mill has gone silent about the future of the iPad, but on Sunday Kuo got the ball rolling by dusting off an old prediction. In an investor's note (via 9to5Mac) Kuo said he expects Apple to release three iPad models in Q2 of 2017.

New iOS Games and Apps of the Week: Mega Man 1-6 and more

Mega Man 2 Mobile

Everyone was excited about Capcom's planned release of all six original 8-bit Mega Man titles until they actually landed on the App Store and Google Play. The reviews from both critics and players have been abysmal, and everyone pretty much agrees that all six titles should be avoided. Touch Arcade rated all six ports 1-star, and urged its readers not to purchase any of the new Mega Man Mobile titles. You can read more about the awfulness of Mega Man Mobile by hitting the link above, and you can read Touch Arcade's full review here.

Apple breaks own App Store record on New Year's Day

Apple today announced that is has "shattered" another App Store record having its busiest single day ever on New Year’s Day raking in $240 million.

“2016 was a record-shattering year for the App Store, generating $20 billion for developers, and 2017 is off to a great start with Jan. 1 as the single biggest day ever on the App Store,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “We want to thank our entire developer community for the many innovative apps they have created — which together with our products — help to truly enrich people’s lives.”

Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location finally lands on the Apple App Store

Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location

Developer Scott Cawthon has finally released Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location to the Apple App Store. Sister Location is the fifth installment in the popular franchise about killer animatronics and the unlucky night employees who get stuck attending to them. The game was originally scheduled for a multi-platform release in October, but Cawthon decided to delay the mobile version due to the story being too "dark." Cawthon originally released Sister Location to Steam in October, followed by an Android launch in December. The game was finally ported to the App Store for iOS on January 3, 2017.

Will Apple release a new iPad in 2017?

iPad Rumors 2017

Now that 2016 is behind us the big question that still remains, is what are Apple's plans for its iPad lineup in 2017. It is no secret that overall tablet sales are in a slump, but Apple CEO Tim Cook has said several times in the past, that he is confident customers are still interested in the iPad. However, it is obvious from Apple's new erratic release schedule that the company's priorities do not lie with the once mighty tablet anymore. Apple has not released a new model since March 31, 2016, and the rumor mill has been pretty quiet about the release of any next-generation iPad models.

5 fun exercise and dieting apps for the new year

Zombies, Run

It's that time of year again when people begin to promise themselves that they're going to get more exercise, quit smoking or go on a diet. Purchasing a fitness tracker or Apple Watch may not be a possibility for everyone, but luckily there are a ton of affordable apps that can help you reach your new goals. Here are some fun exercise and dieting apps that you can download on any iOS device to help you meet your New Year's resolution of being healthier in 2017.

Hulu signs first licensing agreement with Disney

Hulu

The streaming wars are heating up with more and more companies offering exclusive content and launching their own digital pay-TV services. Hulu today announced that is has "reached its first licensing agreement for theatrical features with The Walt Disney Studios." The new agreement will add over 50 Disney titles to Hulu's on-demand streaming service. New films will include family favorites, such as The Nightmare Before Christmas, Mulan, Pocahontas, and other popular Disney titles like Con Air, Step Up, Gone in 60 Seconds.

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New iOS Games and Apps of the Week: Super Mario DOA and more

Pokémon GO Apple Watch

After reaching 40 million downloads on the App Store it looked like Nintendo's Super Mario Run was poised to be the big mobile title for the holidays, but negative reviews from both fans and critics alike have taken the wind out of its sails. Rumors that Nintendo is not planning to release any updates for the game has also not helped Mario earn more mobile fans. The bigger story this Christmas may be the release of Minecraft: Apple TV Edition. Mojang's popular sandbox title will now be available to everyone who opens a new shiny Apple TV on Christmas day. The game is available on the Apple TV App Store for $19.99, and it includes new skin packs and new 2016 mash-ups for the holidays.

Atari releases classic RollerCoaster Tycoon to iOS without tons of microtransactions

RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic

Atari has decided to ditch the microtransaction filled freemium model that has recently plagued its RollerCoaster Tycoon franchise by launching RollerCoaster TycoonClassic as a premium app. The new title, that promises to combine the best of RCT 1 & 2, is available now for only $5.99 on the Apple App Store. The game isn't totally IAP free, but it features a lot less additional purchases than recent titles, such as the heavily maligned RollerCoaster Tycoon 4.

Nintendo adds Friendly Run mode to Super Mario Run after rocky App Store launch

Super Mario Downloads

Super Mario Run has had a rocky and successful App Store Launch. According to the app analyst Sensor Tower, Super Mario Run is the fastest game to reach 25 million downloads on the Apple App Store. The Nintendo game beat out Pokémon Go, which took 11 days to hit 25 million, compared to the 4 days that it took Super Mario Run to reach the same number. It is estimated that 2.1 million users have paid for the full version of the game, but the high premium of price of $9.99 has hindered the success of Mario's first iOS title.

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