Apple this week announced their annual holiday shutdown of iTunes Connect will take place between December 23 and December 27. This means there will be no new apps uploaded to the App Store during the Christmas weekend. Here is the official announcement from Apple:
"The busiest season on the App Store is almost here. Make sure your apps are up-to-date and ready for the winter holidays. New apps and app updates will not be accepted December 23 to 27 (Pacific Time), so any releases should be submitted, approved, and scheduled in advance. Other iTunes Connect and developer account features will remain available."
Our sister site, iPhoneFAQ.org, announced its favorite iOS games of the year. The list includes popular titles such as Pocket Mortys and Teeny Titans. The annual list doesn't include the "best" App Store releases, just games that the staff enjoyed playing in 2016.
This week was a big week for digital movies, Netlfix added an offline viewing option to its mobile apps. Netflix subscribers can now download select movies and television shows for viewing without a WiFi or cellular connection. The movies and shows available for offline viewing are all listed in the newly added Available for Download menu in version 9.0.0 of the iOS app.
AT&T launched a new streaming version of its DirectTV service called, DirecTV. Customers can sign up for a variety of cable channel packages and even receive a free Apple TV for committing to 3 months of any pricing tier. You can learn more about the different pricing packages here.
Here are this week's noteworthy App Store releases:
- Post Brutal - Post Apocalyptic Zombie Action RPG (Free) Post Brutal is a 3D action RPG experience that puts you at the centre of the zombie apocalypse. Enter the quarantine of City Zero and band together with other survivors struggling to survive in the aftermath of The Event, the cataclysm that drove over half the city's population into a feral frenzy.
- Apollo Justice Ace Attorney ($0.99) Star as rookie defense attorney, Apollo Justice, as he visits crime scenes, questions key witnesses and collects vital evidence before stepping into the courtroom to prove his clients’ innocence.
- Space Madness! (Free) Three crew members. One self destruct button. This is psychological warfare, and we need bodies. Lots of b--- Oh! Hi! I didn't see you there. Come on in!
- Bottle Flip! (Free) Just touch and hold the screen to charge and release to let the bottle flip. Try not to fall down!
- BrainConnect ($0.99) Have you ever imagined yourself in two places at the same time? BrainConnect is a game that can teach you that. Simple rules, minimalistic design and the sound of analog synthesizers will help you to expand your limits and transcend yourself.