iPad Pro users running the iOS 9.3 beta have noticed that a major feature is missing from the Apple Pencil. Originally the Apple stylus was capable of replacing a user's finger to navigate iOS. For example, the Apple Pencil could be used to select options and menus in apps, open apps, swipe between apps, select text and so on, but some of these features have been removed in the iOS 9.3 beta. The Apple Pencil is no longer capable of selecting and manipulating text or scrolling on devices running Apple's updated operating system.
After almost a month of barely any iPad releases there were a few this week, even if they're mostly hidden object games it is nice to see Big Fish Games is back. We really missed them. In other news, don't forget to pre-register for Nintendo's Miitomo app, so you can earn some bonus Platinum Points when it is launched next month. It's been a slow week for iPad news, so let's jump right in to this week's new releases for 02/14/16 to 02/20/16. 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.
Nintendo today opened pre-registration for its upcoming mobile app, Miitomo. The communication app will be the first mobile title released by Nintendo and DeNA for smart devices. Miitomo allows users to create a Mii character that resembles themselves by using their device's built-in camera. Users can then choose the Mii's personality, how it speaks and assign it a nickname. The Mii will also ask users to answer questions about themselves so it can interact with other Mii characters created by their friends.
Sonos officially rolled out Apple Music to all its current connected speakers on February 10, but the Apple Sonos collaboration didn't stop there. The two companies last night launched a new commercial promoting the Apple streaming service during the Grammys. The commercial promoting both Sonos speakers and Apple Music aired during the awards show where Recording Academy President Neil Portnow took the stage to attack free music streaming services like Spotify, according to The Verge.
"Isn't a song worth more than a penny?" Portnow said in refrence to the low payments artists receive from free tier streaming services. "Listen, we all love the convenience, and we support technologies like streaming, which connect us to that music. But we also have to make sure that artists grow up in a world where music is a viable career."
PBS KIDS has released The Electric Company Prankster Planet for the iPad. The 2D side-scrolling game includes eight quests with math curriculum woven throughout, an avatar creator and collectible rewards. The game was designed to meet U.S. Department of Education guidelines and aims to teach kids math, graphs, charts and data analysis. The Electric Company Prankster Planet is available for free on the App Store.
There's been a real lack of iPad-only apps being released to the App Store the last few weeks, but some developers are still porting physical board games to Apple's tablet. Eagle-Gryphon Games recently brought its futuristic card game Baseball Highlights 2045 to the iPad, and today Button Mash Games has released Forbidden Desert to the App Store. Forbidden Desert is based on the best selling adventure game by Matt Leacock. It is a follow-up to Forbidden Island which is also available on the App Store.
Telltale Games today announced The Walking Dead: Michonne will launch for PC/Mac, Steam and other digital platforms on February 23rd. The PC/Mac release will then be followed by a mobile release on February 25th. The first episode of the three episode miniseries will be titled "In Too Deep," and the second episode, launching in March, will be called "Give No Shelter," followed by "What We Deserve" in April. All three episodes will be available for $14.99 when the game is released.
Square Enix has followed up its release of Adventures of Mana to the Apple App Store with the launch of Final Fantasy IX for iOS and Android devices. The ninth-game in the Final Fantasy series follows Princess Garnet, who is captured by Zidane and the Tantalus Theater Troupe. Garnet and her personal guard, Steiner, team up with Zidane and other characters as they embark on an adventure to stop a malevolent force that threatens to destroy their world.
It was another nonexistent week for iPad games and apps. As we discussed last week, it seems like developers are opting to make more universal titles as the size of iPhones have increased and interest in tablets has decreased. Recent rumors have suggested that Apple is preparing to launch its third-generation 9.7-inch iPad on March 15. Hopefully a new iPad Air will help boost some interest in iOS-powered tablets once again and encourage developers to make more high quality titles for the iPad.
Marvel Avengers Academy has officially landed on the App Store for iOS devices. The game re-imagines Earth's Mightiest Heroes as young students in S.H.I.E.L.D. director, Nick Fury's new school. Players must recruit and train new heroes while trying to solve a mysterious "timefog" affecting the academy.
The game offers an interesting twist on Marvel's most popular characters by forcing them to deal with the dangerous task of navigating campus life. Players must not only develop their students' powers but help them go on dates and deal with rival cliques.