Apple removes third-generation Apple TV from online store

Apple TV

Apple has discontinued the third-generation Apple TV. All links now redirect to the fourth-generation set top box, and only refurbished models of the third model are available online. Apple has not publicly announced that the third-generation Apple TV has been discontinued, but it has been confirmed in an email sent to employees and education partners, obtained by 9to5Mac.

Alleged benchmark scores clock 2017 iPad models as 27 percent faster than current models

A10X Fushion Benchmark

Yesterday inside sources told the Japanese blog Mac Otakara that Apple plans to release 3 iPad models in 2017, and today the Chinese social network Weibo posted alleged benchmark scores for the rumored A10X chips that will power all 3 tablets. All iPad models ship with a more powerful version of Apple's latest processor. For example, the iPhone 6s is equipped with an A9 chip, and the current iPad Pro model is powered buy the faster A9X.

Report: Apple planning to launch 3 new iPad Pro models in 2017

2017 iPad Lineup

Now that the iPhone 7 has been available for a couple of weeks focus has switched to Apple's next-generation tablets, and today the first major iPad rumor was published by Japanese blog Mac Otakara (via Mac Rumors). Citing "reliable sources," Mac Otakara claims Apple will release three new iPad Pro models in Spring 2017. These will include a new 7.9-inch iPad mini model, a new 9.7-inch iPad Pro model and a new 12.9-inch model.

Game of Thrones: Enhanced Edition coming to iBooks today

Game of Thrones: Enhanced Edition

Random House, the same publisher who released the Harry Potter Enhanced Edition is set to release a special edition of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series to iBooks. The Game of Thrones: Enhanced Edition features all new watercolor covers, which you can see here, in-depth character maps, Martin-approved annotations and more.

The new maps at beginning of each chapter gives readers and interactive look at the current character's location and details of all the surrounding castles and lands, and an appendix at the end of the novel includes additional information about Westeros, according to Entertainment Weekly.

How to use stickers in the Messages app on your iPad

iMessage App Store

One of the new messaging features introduced in iOS 10 is Stickers. These are static or animated images that you can attach to text bubbles in the Messages app. Stickers are available in packs on the App Store. You can access sticker packs by either downloading an app that features its own stickers or by downloading specifically created sticker packs from the iMessage App Store.

The access the iMessage App Store, open your Messages app and tap the grey arrow next to the iMessage text box. Tap the App Store icon to open your app drawer, then tap the four grey dots in the lower left hand corner. Finally, tap the blue + sign labeled "Store" and you will not be able to access all the premium and free available sticker packs.

How to watch the 2016 Presidential debates on your iPad

Clinton vs. Trump

The first Presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton is schedule for Monday, September 26 at 9pm EST. Trump versus Clinton is expected to be the most-watched presidential debate in history. The event is being broadcast on several different networks which all have their own iOS and Apple TV apps. Here's a list of apps you can download to watch the debates if you do not have access to a television.

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New iOS Games and Apps of the Week: Batman The Telltale Series and more

Batman - The Telltale Series

The long awaited episodic video game series starring Batman from Telltale is finally here, but shockingly the first user reviews are overwhelmingly negative. Batman - The Telltale Series has received a disappointing 3 stars on the App Store due to glitchy graphics, bad controls and slow loading times. This may be due to the game being recommended for newer devices, such as the iPhone 6 or later, iPad mini 4 and iPad Pro.

If you have a newer device and want to give Batman a spin, the first episode is available for $4.99 on the App Store. You can also purchase the entire series for $14.99.

The 'world's first real flame smart candle' is almost here

LuDela

Have you ever wished you could use your iPhone to light a candle? Not turn on an electrical candle, but light a wax candle with an actual flame. Believe it or not, there is an app for that. Pre-orders are now being excepted for the "world's first real flame smart candle" called LuDela. At first glance the LuDela may look like an insane idea, but a smart candle is not as crazy as it sounds.

Animation Throwdown for iOS is a huge disapointment

Animation Throwdown: The Quest for Cards

Kongregate's Animation Throwdown: The Quest for Cards had the potential to be the next Pocket Mortys, but instead we got another Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff. In which I mean another boring game that you can play with your eyes closed while you wait for timers to expire.

Animation Throwdown has all the pieces to be an epic game, but it doesn't know what to do them. Collectible card games are all about rare cards, combinations and strategy. While Animation Throwdown does offer a lot of fun cards to collect, it suffers from lackluster game play.

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.

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