Imagine an iPhone display that's thinner, looks better, and extends battery life to boot. Reports indicate that Apple supplier Foxconn is partnering with InnoLux on a new manufacturing plant. The facility would be dedicated to producing OLED panels for Apple wearables and smartphones.
The Foxconn plant is slated to enter mass production in 2016, which could align smartphone OLED production with an iPhone 7 launch later that year. The Apple Watch is currently the only Apple product known to utilize an OLED display, despite past rumors of the technology heading to the iPhone.
Google Translate received a major update, to version 3.1.0 with several new features. The iOS app continues to improve, with Word Lens integration for live text translation. Aiming the iPhone camera at printed text, such as a sign or restaurant menu will reveal an instant translation via augmented reality.
This feature translates French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish into English and vice versa for starters. Google plans to add more languages to Word Lens soon. In the meantime, 36 languages can be translated using a still photo of text. Once the text is captured, words or sentences can be highlighted for translation.
Three members of Mojang's development team held a live stream and answered questions from fans about Minecraft: Pocket Edition. The team mostly talked about the upcoming 0.11 update they are currently working on. You can watch the full video below or click here for a good summary of the event.
Lots of mobile gaming news is coming out of PAX South which is going on right now in San Antonio, Texas. Touch Arcade got an early look at tinyBuild's upcoming puzzle game Divide by Sheep and Undead Labs Moonrise.
Cartoon Network has released a lot of mobile games based on its popular series Adventure Time, but Game Wizard is the first title that allows players to build their own adventures. The game follows Finn and Jake as they take on an all-new villain named Doodle Wizard and his army of evil sketches. Players can explore the open world of the Land of Ooo in adventure mode, or design their own levels using a Pixel Press powered Create mode.
Adventure Time Game Wizard is almost like getting two games in one. The first being a platform game where players can battle the Doodle Wizard after Finn and Jake use a magic pencil to draw themselves into a magic book. The platform part of the game includes different locations from the show such as the Grasslands and Candy Kingdom, and the ability to unlock all your favorite Adventure Time characters like BMO, Ice King, and Flame Princess. The game also features “Weird Al” Yankovic as the Doodle Wizard and all the original voices from the show.
2K and Gearbox Software have just announced a extremely limited collector's edition for its Borderlands: The Handsome Collection coming to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The $400 "Claptrap-in-a-Box Edition" not only includes the definitive versions of both Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, but it also ships with a remote-controlled Claptrap.
The Claptrap figure features PCB gyro technology so it can balance on one wheel and a real working camera is his eye. Users can see Claptrap's POV from the camera and control it from any iOS or Android mobile device using the official Claptrap app. The Handsome Collection also ships with 12 exclusive lithographs and a collectible steel case.
As expected, Gameloft has officially announced Dungeon Hunter 5 is "coming soon" to iOS and Android devices . The fifth installment of the franchise will be a direct sequel to Dungeon Hunter 4 picking up after the demon war. The game has been rebuilt from the ground up to "harness the power of new devices" and it will include a multuplayer mode where players can build their own dungeons.
Each player will have his or her own hideout that they must protect from other dungeon crawlers. They can do this by building their own dungeon with their own traps and minions. A player who raids another player will not only have to survive that person's dungeon but they will also have to defeat the player himself. Loot stolen from raids can then be used in the new fusion system. The fusion system will allow players to combine two different weapons to create a new and better weapon. This is important because a player's character will "outgrow" weapons as they level up.
The roller coaster (albeit a tame one) continued last week as Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) shares once again fell several dollars. Stocks opened the week at $112.60 and closed on Friday at $105.99. It doesn't make all that much sense considering many analysts are expecting record numbers when Apple discloses its Q1 FY 2015 earnings next Tuesday.
The drop was due, in part, to Japanese securities firm, Mizuho, downgrading Apple from buy to neutral. The firm's analysts believe the Apple Watch will disappoint and that iPhone sales will drop off faster than they have in previous years.
Kingdom Rush fans who were worried that the Endless Challenge in Origins would be the final update should worry no longer. Ironhide Game Studio announced that new levels are in the works and will be released in February. Hopefully, they were referring to Kingdom Rush Origins and not the first two games.
For all the Rushers asking about our next update: February is the month. With new battles, new Hero, and a whole lot of new enemies ready to put your sword to the test.
There was a lot of App Store activity this week but before we jump in here are two quick news items. Touch Arcade discovered a countdown page and inactive mini site referencing Dungeon Hunter 5. The clock is counting down to January 12th, so expect more to be revealed about the game on Monday. You can watch the teaser video titled "Stand Against Chaos" in the trailers section below.
Microsoft is now offering the first month of Office 365 for free. The free month is available on both Personal and Home subscriptions. Users need an Office subscription to access the advance features on Microsoft's Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps for the iPad and iPhone. Subscriptions can be bought through any of the three Office apps.
It is easy to fill your iPhone or iPad with too many photos that take up precious storage, but it is not easy to quickly delete them from your Photos app. You can store up to 5GB of photos on iCloud for free, but what do you do with all the duplicates, blurry mistakes and pictures of your ex? AppJester has an answer called Purrge.
Purrge is a new app that allows you to quickly search through your photo library and delete multiple photos at once. You can do this by either swiping across multiple photos while in a grid view, or you can view them individually and swipe up to move them to your Purrge trash bin. You can then tap the tiny Purrge logo in top right hand corner to delete the marked images from your phone. The app is so simple to use there is really nothing else to say about it.