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App of the Week: Runeblade for Apple Watch

Runeblade

Most Apple Watch games offer quick 10-15-second mini-games that you can play on the go, but Runeblade from Everywear Games is a fantasy adventure title that you can play for months. Runeblade is still played in 5-15-second bursts, but the it features RPG-elements where players can collect and upgrade weapons, armor, spells and so on.

5 Cases and Screen Protectors for Your Apple Watch

InvisibleShield Apple Watch

The Watch is here, according to Apple's website, but the Watch isn't really available until June for those who weren't lucky or smart enough to pre-order it. The one good thing about waiting is it gives you time to order your Apple Watch accessories like screen protectors, Watch stands and charging docks. Today we will be looking at a few available cases and screen protectors for Apple's wearable device.

Apple Offers 'Setup Sessions' for Apple Watch Owners

Apple offers online setup sessions for Apple Watch.

Those who were lucky enough to get their Apple Watch pre-orders in quickly enough will receive their devices today or within the next few days. Obviously the first order of business is setting up the Watch, which may be a daunting task for some, as it is a totally new interface and OS. The Watch does come with a quick start guide but, realizing that some may need/want some instruction, Apple has sent emails to all purchasers inviting them to schedule a setup session.

More Games Updated with Apple Watch Support: Modern Combat 5 and Asphalt 8: Airborne

Modern Combat 5 Apple Watch

More Apple Watch games have been announced and updated with Watch support before the official release on Friday. Modern Combat 5: Blackout has been updated with new Apple Watch features, including the ability to change your class selection, weapon and mask, receive important notifications, and sign up for events. The changelog for Asphalt 8: Airborne version 1.8.6 includes a mention that the racing game has been updated with Apple Watch Support, but it does not give any details about what that means.

Apple Watch Begins Shipping for Friday Delivery

Apple Watch Maxfield Ad

Some Apple customers are reporting that they have received a delivery notification stating that their Apple Watch has shipped and it should arrive on Friday, April 24th. Other Apple Watch buyers have received early UPS tracking numbers also confirming some orders will make it to customers' doors by Friday.

FIFA 15 Ultimate Team Gets its Own Apple Watch Companion App

FIFA 15 Ultimate Team

Video games were obviously not a top priority when Apple was designing its new Watch, but quite a few developers have still been able to come up with some interesting titles for the wearable device. Tiny Tower creator NimbleBit has released an Apple Watch word game, Letterpad, and Everywhere Games plans to release an Apple Watch RPG, titled Runeblade, later this month. Even EA has figured out a way to add Apple Watch support to its FIFA simulation app.

AAPL Financial News Weekly Roundup: Analyst Sees $1T Apple Valuation Within 12 Months, Apple Pay to Launch in Canada and More

Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) shares lost just under 3% last week, opening Monday at $128.37 and closing Friday at $124.75. The high of $128.57 was reached on Monday. As of this writing, share prices appear to be rallying a bit and are up about 2.2% at $127.46.

Apple Watch preorders continued last week and KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, in a note to investors, wrote that he expects preorders to top 2.3 million. Production has been slowed, he said, due to manufacturing difficulties involving the haptic motor and the AMOLED display. Nevertheless, he believes that Apple Watch will sell 15 to 20 million units in 2015, which agrees with a Reuters poll last week that found about

Apple Weekly News Roundup: WWDC 2015 Announced, Apple Watch Supply Woes and More

WWDC 2015 to be held June 8 - 12 at Moscone Center in San Francisco.

A week after Apple started taking preorders for the Apple Watch, sales are still going strong. KGI Analyst Ming Chi Kuo estimates that preorders will exceed 2.3 million, with 85% of purchases going to the Sport line. Despite current manufacturing difficulties with the haptic motor and AMOLED displays, Ming-Chi expects Apple Watch output to reach 2 to 3 million units per month by June. He believes Apple will sell 15 to 20 million watches in 2015. A Reuters poll last week found that about 6% of American adults plan to purchase the Apple Watch, which would equate to about 15 million sales.

With such high demand and limited production capacity, Angela Ahrendts wrote a memo to company employees saying that the Apple Watch will not likely be available for walk-in purchase at Apple's brick-and-mortar locations until June at

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iPhone 6s Will Feature Force Touch Technology

iPhone 6s Force Touch

Apple is said to be testing two configurations of Force Touch technology for the next generation iPhone. Sources told DigiTimes that the new iPhone 6s sensors will be supplied by the same companies manufacturing these panels for Apple Watch. Force Touch makes it possible for devices to discern between a light tap and a heavy press when interacting with the display.

According to the report, a Force Touch sensor layer is likely to be placed below touch panel backlighting. This approach would reduce interference with the in-cell touch panel, however it requires additional components and a new flexible printed circuit design. Another configuration being tested locates the Force Touch sensor directly under the outermost protective screen layer, above the in-cell touch panel.

New iOS Apps, Games and JB Tweaks of the Week: WWE 2K and More

Blackrock Spire

Apple opened registration for WWDC 2015 on Tuesday. The event is being held June 8 through June 12 at San Francisco’s Moscone West, with plans to live stream more sessions than ever before. The event will include over "100 technical sessions, over 1,000 Apple engineers, hands-on labs to help developers integrate new technologies and fine tune their apps, as well as the Apple Design Awards which showcase the best new apps in the last year." You can read the official press release here.

Hearthstone fans can now play the collectible card game on their iPod touch and iPhone. Blizzard updated the existing iPad app with iPhone support on Wednesday. The free iOS app now supports the fifth-generation iPod touch, iPhone 4s or newer, iPad 2 or newer and all three iPad mini models. Blizzard also released the third wing of the of Blackrock Mountain adventure, titled Blackrock Spire, on Thursday.

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