Apple gave its iMac lineup a refresh this morning by adding an entry-level model for $1,099. The 21.5-inch iMac is powered by the same 1.4GHz Core i5 processor found in the MacBook Air. It also features a 500GB hard drive, 8GB of RAM and Intel HD Graphics 5000. The new iMac is available now on Apple's online store or through Apple Authorized Resellers. You can read the entire press release here.
Apple also recently reduced the price of its TV box top to €79 in the UK (previously €99) and €99 in other European markets (previously €109). The drop makes Apple TV the same price as the Roku 3 HD and only €50 more than Google's Chromecast in the UK.
Halfbrick Studios' entire iOS gaming library is now free on the Apple App Store. This includes popular titles like Fruit Ninja and Age of Zombies. It is unknown if this a limited time deal or if Halfbrick has decided that freemium is the way to go. Here's a list and quick description for each game.
- Fruit Ninja HD: (Fruit Ninja for the iPhone and iPod touch) This is one of the original App Store hits with millions of downloads. The simple game tasks you with destroying as much fruit as possible.
- Age of Zombies: Play as the "tough-as-nails" commando named Barry Steakfries as you blast zombies, ninjas, mummies and more...
- Jetpack Joyride: The 2012 Apple Design winner, Jetpack Joyride is a side-scrolling endless runner. The game was voted Best Action game of 2012 by Touch Arcade and Overall Game of the Year by Pocket Arcade.
If you're looking for a Wi-Fi speaker, and don't mind paring your iOS device with a Samsung device, PC Richard & Son is offering six months of Pandora One for free with the purchase of a Shape speaker. The Samsung Shape is a versatile Wi-Fi system that also supports Bluetooth and NFC, and it is compatible with streaming internet radio services such as Pandora and the newly announced Amazon Prime Music.
The Samsung Shape M7 has been getting good reviews from tech sites due to its easy set up, "multiroom" hub support and sound quality when using a Wi-Fi connection. There have been a few complaints about the Bluetooth sound quality, but the Shape is primarily a Wi-Fi device.
After causing a stir with its new targeted ads, Facebook announced plans to push more games to iPad users. Facebook has decided to take advantage of the 70 percent of iPad users who enjoy playing games on their tablets by adding a new sidebar featuring Facebook-connected games and trending topics to its iPad app.
The new section will appear on the right-hand side of a user's News Feed when the iPad is in landscape mode. Users will be able to see a list of upcoming birthdays, events, and daily trending topics just like the browser version of Facebook. Other new features will include a My Games section with easy links to games users play, and a Popular Games section that suggests others games that a person may find interesting.
Hot on the heels of its free RPG title Angry Birds Epic being released to the App Store, Rovio Entertainment announced today that Angry Birds Transformers is coming soon to iOS devices. The announcement was also made only a few weeks before Michael Bay's fourth movie Transformers: Age of Extinction lands in theaters on June 27.
The Birds/Transformers mash-up will include tie-in products and "telepods", just like the last time Rovio teamed up with Hasbro for their Star Wars-themed game. "Telepods" are Skylanders-like interactive toys that players can purchase separately and use to unlock certain characters inside the game. Rovio promises that the game will "appeal to those who grew up with the brand in the 80s," but it is hard to believe many 40-year-old men will be clamoring for Autobird and Deceptihog dolls.
Here are the most noteworthy games released for the iPad through 06/08/14 to 06/14/14. Apple's Free App of the Week is ReadQuick. This app will be free on the App Store until 06/19/14. In case you missed the memo, Angry Birds Epic, a free RPG game based on Rovio Entertainment's hit franchise, was released for all iOS devices this week.
Broken Age ($9.99) - The first title from Tim Schafer (The Secret of Monkey Island) in 16-years, Broken Age is a point-and-click adventure game that follows two teenagers named, Vella Tartine and Shay Volta. Act 1 of Broken Age is available now on the App Store, and Act 2 is set to launch as an in-app purchase in the future. Here's the synopsis from the official App Store description:
A new patent application filed by Apple today describes an "Integrated Visual Notification System for an Accessory Device." In other words, an iPad case that will transmit visual notifications might be in the works.
The text of the application basically describes several possible methods of having an iPad case light up to notify the user of new messages, emails, battery warnings, game notifications, calendar events and so on. The device depicted looks the same as a Smart Cover, having a magnetic three panel front flap that both protects the screen and serves as a stand when opened and folded over. The contents of those three panels are what sets the proposed cover apart.
The developers behind the hit PC game Worms are back with yet another simple, but addictive, title for iOS devices called (R)evolve. The game is now available for free on the App Store. In (R)evolve, players must spin a planet to protect its evolving life from a constant bombardment of meteorites.
Life on the tiny alien planet begins with one seed and eventually develops over time as you survive each wave. For example, your seed will grow into little person who eventually invents defenses against the meteorites. (R)evolve is the perfect game for people who enjoy simple but challenging games like Flappy Bird.
Apple is reportedly starting production on its second iPad Air this month, and some casual fans might find it a little boring. The sixth-generation iPad will feature the same design and display resolution (2048 x 1536) as its predecessor, according to ETNews. The report also makes no mention of Touch ID, but other sources still believe the fingerprint sensor will be Apple's biggest selling point for its new tablet.
The iPad Air 2 is expected to feature Apple's new A8 processor, which is rumored to improve battery performance, an improved 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and that's about it. Apple is also purportedly working on a third-generation iPad mini with similar improvements. Both tablets are expected to launch sometime this fall.
Not to be outdone by Target, Best Buy is also offering the original iPad mini for only $199. That's $100 off the normal suggested retail price for Apple's 7-inch tablet. Just like Target, this deal is in-store only and does not apply to Best Buy's online store.
Best Buy is also offering a great deal for customers looking to buy a 4G LTE iPad Air. You can nab any cellular model iPad Air at the same price as the Wi-Fi only equivalent, as long as you are willing to agree to a new two-year contract with Verizon Wireless. This deal is similar to T-Mobile's Operation Tablet Freedom, which allowed users to upgrade their Wi-Fi only iPad model to any cellular model.