As promised, Rome: Total War -- Alexander has been launched to the App Store for the iPad. This is the third and final entry into the Total War series. Alexander takes place as the famous emperor "ascends the Macedonian throne and embarks upon an audacious campaign to conquer the all-powerful Persian Empire," according to the official App Store description. You do not need to first two Total War titles to enjoy Alexander, but its probably a lot more fun if you played at least the original.
Apple today has removed both the iPod nano and iPod shuffle from its online shop, according to 9to5Mac. Removal from the online store normally indicates that a product is about to be discontinued, however, Apple has not made any official announcements.
Apple today has released the third public iOS 11 beta and the fourth iOS 11 developer beta. The third beta features some slight cosmetic changes for the iPad, such as new animations in Multitasking mode, a bug fix that allows you to add apps to an app folder stored in your dock, and the ability to view older notifications by swiping down to open Notification Center.
The fourth beta includes a new splash screen and app icon for the Notes app, a new splash screen for the Photos app, some new icons and icon updates and more. The splash pages detail all the new features found in the Notes and Photos apps in iOS 11.
Apple has teamed up with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson for a new Siri commercial. Johnson announced the new partnership on Twitter calling it the "biggest, coolest, craziest movie ever."
"I partnered with #Apple to make the BIGGEST, COOLEST, CRAZIEST, DOPEST, MOST OVER THE TOP, FUNNEST (is that even a word?) movie ever. And I have the greatest co-star of all time - #SIRI. I make movies for the world to enjoy and we also made this one to motivate you to get out there and get the job done. I want you to watch it, have fun with it and then go LIVE IT."
WWE Tap Mania is a new clicker released by SEGA. Clickers are all about simple nonstop controls and unlocking new characters, and Tap Mania does not disappoint. It features tons of current WWE superstars and past legends, including The Rock, John Cena, Undertaker, Brock Lesnar, Triple H, Roman Reigns, AJ Styles, Charlotte, The Miz, Randy Orton, Sasha Banks, Dean Ambrose, Eddie Guerrero, Ultimate Warrior, and many more. The game is availble for free on the Apple App Store.
Blizzard this week released a Midsummer Frost Festival for Hearthstone. The Frost Lord has replaced Ragnaros' Midsummer Fire Festival with a new tournament where you can earn Knights of the Frozen Throne expansion packs. You won't be able to open the packs until August when the expansion is officially released, but it is a fun way to earn the new cards early. You can read more about the Midsummer Frost Festival on Blizzard's official blog, or check out the video posted above.
Best Buy today has kicked off early access to its Black Friday in July sale for My Best Buy members only. Members can take advantage of all the Black Friday deals, including discounts on older iPad Pro models, MacBooks and Beats accessories.
Several 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models have been discounted up to $200. All capacities, including 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB, and colors are available. For example, a 32GB Wifi-only 9.7-inch model in Gold is available for $399, compared to the normal price of $599. Members can also save up to $125 on select iPad mini models.
After the Unicode Consortium announced Unicode 10.0 with 56 new emoji, Apple unveiled which characters will be officially added to iOS 11 this fall. "New emoji include Woman with Headscarf, Bearded Person and Breastfeeding, and food items such as Sandwich and Coconut," according to the Apple Newsroom.
Other notable emoji coming to all iOS devices, macOS and watchOS include a T-Rex, Zombie, Elf, Exploding Head and Vomit Face.
Capcom released Street Fighter IV Champion Edition to the App Store this week. Champion Edition is basically the upgrade to Street Fighter Volt fans were asking for. It includes wide screen support for tablets and the larger iPhone models, 3 new characters for a total of 25, higher resolution graphics and a multiplayer option.
Street Fighter IV Champion Edition is available for $4.99 on the App Store.
Apple has made it easier for everyone to become a YouTube star with iOS 11 and the new Screen Recording feature. Screen Recording allows users to create videos of all actions performed on their iPad or iPhone. This includes recording apps for tutorials or the gameplay of any mobile title. Universal screen recording also makes ReplayKit obsolete. This isn’t really an issue since most developers neglected to add screen recording to their apps in the first place.