There were a lot of titles based on popular television series released to the App Store this week. The most popular and heavily anticipated universal title is probably, The Walking Dead: Michonne - A Telltale Miniseries. This Telltale spinoff is a three part miniseries that follows The Walking Dead's most mysterious character, Michonne. The story follows the events that take place between issues #126 and #139 of Robert Kirkman's Walking Dead comic book. Episode 1 of The Walking Dead: Michonne is available for $4.99 on the Apple App Store. Additional episodes will be released in March and April.
The next-generation 9.7-inch iPad will not be called the iPad Air 3, according to 9to5Mac. Recent rumors have already suggested that the latest 9.7-inch iPad model will borrow several features introduced on the larger 12.9-inch iPad Pro, but according to unnamed sources, it will also utilize the Pro name, thus putting an end to the iPad Air lineup.
9to5Mac reports that the next-generation iPad will be introduced into the iPad Pro lineup at an Apple keynote to be held on March 15th. The new 9.7-inch iPad Pro will then go on sale on Friday, March 18th.
In its largest update to date the popular email client, Spark, has been updated with iPad and iPad Pro support. The app has been carefully redesigned for bigger screens so existing and new users can easily access their email on any sized Apple tablet. Users can now also sync their Spark accounts and settings across all devices connected to their iCloud, and manage their emails on their Apple Watch with Watch OS2 support.
The rumor that Apple intentionally removed some functionality of the Apple Pencil in iOS 9.3 is not entirely false, but it's also not permanent. Apple responded to claims that the company planned to permanently remove the Apple Pencil navigation features, which allows users to select text and scroll on their device using the stylus instead of their finger. An Apple spokesperson told The Verge they did remove the functionality in the last iOS 9.3 beta, but plan to add it back in the next release. Here's the full statement:
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.