iDownloadBlog noticed today that Apple has added a Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader to its online store. The official description states that the device "supports data transfer at up to USB 3 speeds on iPad Pro, and up to USB 2 speeds on all other iPad and iPhone models." This differs from the Lightning to USB Camera Adapter which only supports up to USB 2 speeds.
Dropbox today has confirmed what many have feared -- the company is shuttering its Carousel photos app and email client Mailbox. Dropbox announced in a blog post that "Mailbox will be shut down on February 26th, 2016, and Carousel will be shut down on March 31st, 2016."
Apple's multitasking feature Split View is only supported on a handful of devices, unless your device is jailbroken thanks to a new tweak called Splitify. The tweak allows any device running iOS 9 to run Apple's Split View feature. This includes the iPhone and iPod touch, but of course Split View is much better when used on an a larger iPad or iPad mini model.
Telltale Games this week announced a new episodic game series based on Batman. The unnamed Batman title will launch in 2016 for consoles, mobile devices and other platforms. Telltale didn't reveal a lot of details about the game, but they did release a teaser trailer which you can watch below. Here's the official announcement:
“At Telltale, we’ve been honored to bring our unique approach to interactive storytelling to some of the biggest entertainment franchises in the world, and we’re excited to announce that we’ll soon be exploring what it means to be Batman in an all-new series starting next year,” said Kevin Bruner, Co-Founder and CEO of Telltale Games. “This iteration of Batman will give fans a first-hand opportunity to dive deeper into the complex life and mind of Bruce Wayne, the duality of his own identity, and the struggle of responsibility in saving a city overcome with corruption and villainy.”
The deck-building card game created by Donald X. Vaccarino has made its way to the Apple App Store for the iPad, but early user reviews have not been kind. The official Dominion iOS app currently has an overall rating of only 2-stars. The app has earned a poor rating for being a lackluster port of the Goko web version and for expensive in-app purchases. The game also requires an internet connection to play, even for single player campaigns, according to some user reviews.
Wooga's new Futurama video game has soft launched on Google Play in a few select countries, and it's not what the mobile gaming community was expecting. Futurama: Game of Drones is a twist on the match-3 puzzle genre where players must match 4 drones to keep them from exploding. Most gamers expected the game to be a resource management/building title like The Simpsons: Tapped Out. Developers seem to prefer freemium style building games with plenty of timers over premium games due to the money they can make with IAPs. For example, the last few mobile games based on popular prime time cartoons such as Family Guy have been of the free-to-play building variety. This is why it is so shocking that Wooga has decided to create a match-3 title instead of the standard freemium building game.
Music lovers will be able to test the new public beta of Apple Music on Sonos starting on December 15. Sonos and Apple announced their new partnership on Monday.
Apple Music subscribers will be able to stream their Apple Music library and favorite Apple Music features through Sonos smart speakers, such as the Play 5, after the beta is launched in December.
There were a lot of iPad-only titles released this week so let's jump right in. We also hope everyone had a happy thanksgiving and a fruitful Black Friday. Just one quick reminder, the App Store will not be accepting new apps and app updates from December 22-29. You can read the official Apple announcement here.
Here are this week's noteworthy App Store releases for the iPad through 11/22/15 to 11/27/15. 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.
Sprint has rolled out its own iPad Pro pricing plan for buyers who can't afford to pay $1,079 up front. Sprint customers can decide to go with the Sprint Easy Pay plan for $200 down followed by 24 monthly payments of $36.67. This will nab you a 128GB iPad Pro Wi-Fi plus cellular model, which is normally retails for $1,079 from apple.com.
Time Magazine has released their Top 10 Video Games of the Year and the mobile title Prune was selected as the number one video game for 2015. This marks the second time a mobile title has been selected as the number one game on Time's top 10 list. Last year the steampunk title 80 Days took the top honors.