Here's a game we missed during last week's new App Store releases, the popular strategy board game, Twilight Struggle is now available for the iPad. Twilight Struggle snuck its way onto the App Store after being funded on Kickstarter and releasing to Steam in April. The game has earned a Very Positive rating on Steam, but has only managed a 3 star rating on the App Store. This could be due to a few bugs that have already been fixed in early updates, so you may want to read through some customer reviews before dropping $8 on the iPad version.
Apple's once reliable release schedule has become erratic in the last few years. The iPhone-maker skipped releasing a 9.7-inch iPad in 2015, and surprised everyone by breaking tradition when they released a new iPhone in early 2016. However, the company is expected to stick to its yearly flagship iPhone schedule by launching the iPhone 7 sometime in the fall, but what about the iPad mini 5?
Apple has released a new iPad mini model every year since the original launched in 2012. If Apple sticks to its yearly iPad mini schedule then we will most likely see a new model sometime in October or November. Only the iPad mini 4 was released in September, while all its predecessors were released later in the year. The only problem with Apple sticking to its traditional schedule is that there has been no signs that a next-generation iPad mini is in the works.
After a slow week of App Store releases, this week saw the return of Hero Siege and a few other big launches. Hero Siege: Pocket Edition has been getting slammed in the App Store customer review section after a confusing relaunch to iOS. The game does not work with most devices due to its 2GB of RAM requirement, and most of the negative reviews are aimed at the developer for not making this requirement clear at launch. The official App Store description now reads, "this game does not work on devices that have less than 2GB of RAM memory," but the warning may have come too late as some users discovered the hard way that the game does not support the iPhone 6 or earlier. You may want to read through the Hero Siege thread on Touch Arcade before making your final decision if you want to purchase the game. The good news is that the original high launch price has been reduced to $2.99 on the Apple App Store after the backlash.
Dropbox announced today several new productivity tools to "simplify, unify, and secure your work." The latest update aims to increase your workflow with several new improvements on the mobile app, including the ability to scan documents, create Microsoft Office documents and more. Here's a quick look at all the new mobile features listed on the official Dropbox blog.
The popular roguelike PC game Hero Siege is back on the Apple App Store and Google Play, but you're going to need 2GB of RAM to play it.
Hero Siege: Pocket Edition has had a rough time on mobile devices. The game was pulled from the App Store twice since the release of the iPhone 6s, but it is finally back with new DLC from the PC version, an online multiplayer option and 7 acts to fight through. The App Store description notes that the "game does not work on devices that have less than 2GB of RAM memory such as iPhone 6 and older." This should include both iPad Pro models, the iPad mini 4, both iPhone 6s models and the iPhone SE, but according to some App Store comments the game is having issues on all iPhone models. We have not confirmed this, but you may want to read through some of the user comments before buying the game.
The iPad is getting another multitasking feature in iOS 10 called "Safari Split View". The new feature is similar to the original Split View option introduced in iOS 9. Users with compatible iPad models running iOS 10 or later will be able to view two Safari windows side-by-side. 9to5Mac has uploaded a video to their YouTube channel demoing the new Safari Split View feature. You can watch it above.
A lot happened this week in the mobile gaming world and iOS. Apple held its 2016 WWDC keynote and there were a lot of big announcements made at E3 throughout the week. Apple on Monday unveiled and released the first beta of iOS 10 with new messaging features, a redesigned Music app and many more features. One of the biggest changes involves Game Center, which will no longer be available as a standalone app. Apple has removed Game Center from iOS 10 but has kept its features intacted for developers to use in GameKit.
The first iOS 10 public beta will be available in July. You can sign up for the Apple beta program here.
Developers have had a few days with the first iOS 10 beta and they have discovered a ton of universal features not mentioned at the WWDC keynote on Monday. Cult of Mac and several other Apple blogs have published a list (see below) of all the unannounced features discovered this week hiding away in iOS 10. We previously noted that there were no "iPad-only" features included in the update, but we were wrong.
It is safe to say a lot of iOS users consider Game Center one of the more useless stock apps on their Apple devices. Even if you are an avid mobile gamer, Game Center can drive you bonkers with its constant banners popping up and interrupting your games. A lot of iOS users have long searched for a way to delete Game Center or disable its "Welcome Back" banner. This is why it was so disappointing when Apple did not include Game Center on its list of removable stock apps in iOS 10.
Apple introduced macOS Sierra, watchOS 3, a new tvOS 2 and iOS 10 on Monday, June 13 during its WWDC keynote at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California. Each new operating system includes at least one popular user requested feature, such as Single Sign-In for the Apple TV 4. The most anticipated feature not announced by Apple at the event is the ability to remove pre-installed Apple apps from iOS devices. Users have been clamoring for this ability since the launch of the original iPhone back in 2007.