Here are this week's games, apps and jailbreak tweaks released to the App Store and Cydia through 09/28/14 to 10/03/14. Apple's Free App of the Week is Fragment - Prismatic Effects. The game will be free on the Apple App Store until 10/10/14. Also don't forget to check out our best Halloween apps all month long.
Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) stock has suffered several price swings in the past month and, according to a Bloomberg report, the bears are out in numbers and causing increased volatility in the market.
According to St. Louis-based Stifel Nicolaus & Co. money manager, Chad Morganlander, "Apple is the largest publicly traded company in the U.S. and it has great influence on every index it’s in.” In fact, it is so influential that a 1% drop in its value results in a 5 point loss for the Nasdaq 100 Index, according to Bloomberg reporters Joseph Ciolli and Callie Bost. It also results in a $6 billion drop in the company's market value.
When I first saw customer reviews that said things like, Five Nights at Freddy's "is officially the scariest game I have ever played," I was skeptical. I thought there is no way an iPhone game, or really any video game, could be scary, but I was wrong. Five Nights at Freddy's has actually made me jump while playing it, and even if it doesn't scare you, it is still an intense game that is perfect for Halloween.
Like any cheesy horror movie the plot of Five Nights at Freddy's requires some suspension of disbelief, but its over-the-top premise is what gives it its charm. You're the new night watchman at Freddy Fazbear's Pizza, a Chuck E. Cheese's-like restaurant and arcade. Your job is to watch Freddy Fazbear and his animatronic pals from the safety of your office, which turns out not to be so safe. Freddy and his pals like to wonder around at night and awful things happen to humans who accidentally bump into them. Luckily you have two security doors to keep you safe, but due to corporate budget cuts you only have a limited amount of power to run your lights, security cameras and doors.
Although Piper Jaffray believes there is huge potential in the Apple Watch's future, the investment bank believes it may take some time for Apple's new wearable to truly catch on.
In a note written to investors on Wednesday and provided to AppleInsider, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster estimated that Apple would sell around 10 million of its watches in 2015. This is a bit less than BMO's recent estimate of 12 million sales. He advised investors to hold "conservative expectations" for first year sales and wrote, "Overall, we believe that the Apple Watch is light years ahead of any other smartwatch on the market, but consumer application may be limited initially until developers begin to
Following in the footsteps of Rovio Entertainment and its Angry Birds telepods, the indie developer Lima Sky has teamed up with the Australia-based Goldie Marketing to release a line of Doodle Jump toys exclusively to Toys R Us stores. The new toys are based on the different characters from the popular iOS game starring Doodle the Doodler.
The toy line features 18 Mini Doodles, 6 Mega Doodles and 6 Plush Doodles. The Mini Doodles are available in 2 packs for $5.99 or as a set of 6 for $14.99. The 5-inch Mega Doodles are available for $12.99 each and the 8-inch plus dolls are available for $9.99 each.
A new bug discovered in iOS 8 by Happy-Touch (via 9to5Mac) is causing the Kids section of Apple's App Store to display some inappropriate apps. For example, the Top Grossing apps for "Kids 5 and Under" is displaying titles like Game of War, which is recommended for 9-years or older, and the popular dating app Zoosk.
Unless your 5-year old has already started dating, you may want to pay close attention to what you download from the the All Kids, Kids 5 & Under, Kids 6-8, and Kids 9-11 categories until Apple fixes the problem. The bug only seems to a be affecting devices running iOS 8 or later, and it has been found on both the U.S. and Canadian App Stores, according to 9to5Mac.
Another investment analytics firm has joined the club and raised Apple's target price per share. Just a few days after BMO raised its target price to $110, Evercore Partners went a bit further, raising its price to $125 from $115.
In a research note to investors, provided to AppleInsider, Evercore analyst Rob Cihra maintained his "overweight" rating for Apple stock (NASDAQ: AAPL), meaning that he expects the stock to return above the average of the overall industry. He upped his fourth quarter iPhone sales estimate to 39 million, which would represent a 15% year-over-year increase. Fourth quarter results will be disclosed on Monday Oct. 20 at 5:00 PM ET.
After dipping to $97.87 on Thursday, likely due to "Bendgate," Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) shares rebounded to close at $100.75 on Friday. The high close for the week was $102.64 on Tuesday.
Early in the week reports of the iPhone 6 and especially 6 Plus began to surface and the story gained traction and became known as "Bendgate." Investors took note and on Thursday a higher than usual volume of shares was traded (almost 100 million compared to a more typical 60 million) and the share price closed below $100 for the first time in two weeks. Apple responded saying that with normal use an iPhone 6 would very rarely bend, and that only nine people had officially complained about the problem since the phone hit the shelves. The scare passed and share price closed at over $100 on Friday.
Apple suffered a pair of black eyes last week when first, "Bendgate" made its way into tech headlines, and second, when it released a problematic iOS 8 update. While neither are serious problems, negative publicity is never a good thing.
Rumors of iPhone 6's bending began to emerge last Tuesday. Anecdotal evidence suggested that keeping an iPhone 6 or, especially, an iPhone 6 Plus in a pocket (front or back) would put it at risk of bending. This is really not a surprise, considering the new handsets are 6.9 and 7.1 mm thick, as compared to the 7.6 mm iPhone 5. Also both handsets are longer than their predecessor, giving them more leverage for
Canadian investment firm BMO Capital Markets is expecting a huge amount of iPhones to sell next year, along with a modest number of Apple Watches. In accordance with its expectations, earlier this week the firm increased its share price target to $110.
In a research note provided to AppleInsider, BMO analyst Keith Bachman remained with his "outperform" rating for AAPL shares. He projects 189 million iPhone (all models) sales in fiscal 2015, up about 10 million units from his previous projection.