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New iPad Games and Apps of the Week: Pocket Mortys release date announced and more

Pocket Mortys

This was the first week of new App Store releases after the holiday shutdown which ended on December 29. You can see some of the new universal releases here and all the noteworthy new iPad releases below.

In App Store news, Apple announced $1.1 billion in worldwide App Store sales over a two week period from December to January 3. Apple customers set a single day sales record on January 1 with $144 million spent on new apps and in-app purchases. You can read the complete Apple press release here.

Apple App Store reopens after holiday shutdown: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and more

TMNT Portal Power

Today is the first Thursday after the App Store's winter holiday shutdown which runs from December 22 to December 29. This means today is the first full day of new App Store releases since Christmas and New Year's Day. Here are five new universal games that caught our eye this week. We haven't personally tested any of these games. They're just new releases that looked interesting to us.

Also don't forget to check out our weekly new iPad apps recap every Friday for more new releases.

CES 2016: ClamCase announces new backlit keyboards for iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4

ClamCase+ Power for iPad Air 2

Amongst a flurry of announcements at CES 2016, Incipio today announced five new iPad keyboards from their ClamCase label. The new lineup of ClamCase keyboards include the ClamCase+ for the iPad Pro and iPad Air 2, ClamCase Prompt for iPad Air 2, ClamCase+ Power for iPad Air 2 and ClamCase Pro for iPad mini 4.

CES 2016: Actionproof Apple Watch Dock

Bozon Apple Watch Charging Dock

The 2016 Consumer Electronics Show has officially kicked off with the unveiling of Fitbit's new fitness watch the Blaze. While many new, exciting and even weird tech products are expected to make their debut at the convention all week long, it doesn't look like there will be many third-party Apple products showcased at the event. Yesterday we quickly looked at two new keyboard cases for the iPad Pro and iPad mini 4, and today Actionproof has announced its Apple Watch dock.

CES 2016: Brydge iPad Pro and iPad mini 4 backlit keyboard cases

BrydgePro Keyboard Case

The first two days of CES are reserved for press releases and invite only press conferences before the convention officially kicks off in Las Vegas on January 6. LG already has the tech world talking with the announcment of its "18-inch rollable display that can be rolled-up like a newspaper,"
and 55-inch double-sided display. All eyes are also on Fitbit who will hold the first CES press conference at 7:30 a.m. on January 5. The fitness tracking company is expected to get the jump on the Apple Watch 2 by announcing its new line of wearable devices with upgraded features.

Five bags / carrying cases for your new iPad Pro

iPad Travel Express Case

If you've received a shiny new iPad Pro for the holidays then you will probably want to invest in a new bag to lug it around. iPad Pro owners looking for a protective case or screen protector can check out our past iPad Pro case article. This post is all about bags that are big and strong enough to hold Apple's larger 12.9-inch tablet. Here are five iPad Pro carrying cases that caught our eye:

Reiner Knizia's The Confrontation now available for the iPad

Reiner Knizia's The Confrontation

Offworld Games has released The Confrontation to the App Store for the iPad. The Confrontation was created by the German board game designer Reiner Knizia. It is a turn-based strategy game that has been compared to Stratego by Touch Arcade. The game was originally released as a physical Lord of the Rings board game where the goal was stop Frodo from entering Mordor. The iPad version replaces the Lord of the Rings characters with the "Light and Shadow" armies.

Astropad Graphics Tablet updated with improved Apple Pencil and iPad Pro support

Astropad Graphics Tablet

Astropad, the iOS app that transforms your iPad into a graphic tablet for your Mac, has added more features for the Apple Pencil and improved performance on the iPad pro. The app allows users to pair their iPad with a Mac so they can sketch on their display. The app works with Photoshop and other Mac apps and it connects wirelessly over Wi-Fi or with a USB.

New iPad Games and Apps of the Week: BADLAND 2 and more

BADLAND 2

It looks like everybody got their apps into the App Store before the yearly winter holiday shutdown, which takes place from December 22 to December 29. There were a lot of apps released to the App Store this week due to the mad dash to beat the deadline. Be sure to check out our sister site's App Store recap for all the new universal releases, so you can find a few apps to help you get through the long holiday season.

Frogmind has released a sequel to its 2013 Apple iPad Game of the Year. BADLAND 2 is now available on the App Store for both the iPhone and iPad. The sequel promises to deliver the same side-scrolling action with stunning levels as the original, but with new elements, such as liquids, flamethrowers, frost, magma, water and searing light. BADLAND 2 includes a single player campaign and online stages with "globally ranked, asynchronous multiplayer events." The original BADLAND has also been discounted to $2.99 on the Apple App Store.

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