Blizzard has updated the Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft iOS app with the first "Tavern Brawl" titled, "Showdown at Blackrock Mountain". A Tavern Brawl is weekly challenge where players are pitted against other players in matches with unique rules. For example, one week players may have to fight with preset decks, while another week could require them to craft decks with a specific set of guidelines. This week players can choose to fight as either Ragnaros or Nefarian and battle with premade decks. Showdown at Blackrock Mountain is free to play. It closes on Monday, June 21 at 3:00 AM PDT.
Walmart has rolled back the price of the original iPad mini to $199. The 16GB WiFi-only model normally retails for $249. The deal is available through walmart.com or at Walmart retail locations. There is no question that this deal offers big savings, but is it really worth buying the original iPad mini when the fourth-generation model is only a few months away?
Telltale Games has announced its first miniseries titled, The Walking Dead: Michonne. The next installment for The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series follows the popular character Michonne, who has appeared in both the comic book and television adaptation. The story takes place between issues #126 and #139 of the comic book series and explores why Michonne left Rick and the rest of the group.
iOS developer Steve Troughton Smith has discovered a new keyboard hiding in the iOS 9 beta. The keyboard scales to a much larger unreleased iPad display size, and it resembles a more typical QWERTY keyboard with new keys and an extra row of symbols. As you can see from the image above, the iOS 9 keyboard features a row of keys with the symbols #, $, % and so on, and it includes a Tab and Caps Lock key.
There were quite a few games released to the App Store this week, but no iPad titles managed to cross our radar. Here are some noteworthy universal App Store releases instead. Apple's free app of the week is Slayin. The RPG will be free until 06/18/15. Starbucks has named Monument Valley its free app of the week. Just visit your local Starbucks to download the game for free. Also don't forget to check out our App Store recap every Saturday for all the weekly releases, jailbreak tweaks, App Store news and important app updates.
Skylanders SuperChargers starter packs for the iPad, PlayStation 3/4, Xbox 360/One, Wii, Wii U and Nintendo 3DS are available for pre-order. Each starter pack includes 1 copy of Skylanders SuperCharagers the game, 2 characters, 1 vehicle, 1 Portal of Power and a collectible poster. The iPad version also ships with a wireless Skylanders controller. All starter packs are available for $75 on Amazon.com or Gamestop.com.
Apple made a lot of big announcments at its WWDC 2015 keynote on Monday. The highlights included the unveiling of OS X El Capitan, the debut of Apple Music and of course a preview of iOS 9. The new OS doesn't include many new features, but it does bring a lot of imporvements such as a smarter Siri, better Spotlight search and enhanced Apple Pay. As expected, iOS 9 will add true multitasking to the iPad and a better typing experince thanks to an updated QuickType keyboard.
Typo made a name for itself last year after the accessory company was sued by BlackBerry for patent infringement over its iPhone 5/5s keyboard case. After several lawsuits Typo has finally decided to move on and instead launch a keyboard case for the iPad. The Typo keyboard for the iPad Air/Air 2 is now available for $189 through typokeyboards.com.
As expected, Showtime has joined HBO in cutting the cord by officially announcing its own standalone streaming service. Anyone with an Apple device will be able to receive unlimited access to Showtime programming for only $10.99 a month, which is $4 cheaper than HBO NOW. The service will be available exclusively on iOS devices and Apple TV starting on July 12.