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iOS App of the Week: Does Not Commute

Does Not Commute

It's nice to know that Mediocre Games is focused on making unique titles for an Apple App Store that is bogged down by too many endless runners and free-to-play building games. Does Not Commute is a driving game like no other diving game currently available for iOS devices. The goal of the game is simple, just steer your vehicle through a small town during the 1970s, but achieving this goal is not easy at all.

Light field photography coming to Apple devices?

light field photo iPhone

Evidence is mounting that Apple is working on several projects related to light field photography, for possible inclusion on future devices. While specs on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 7 cameras are not currently known, Apple patent activity and a recent acquisition revolve around advanced imaging technologies. Light field images were first made widely available with the launch of the Lytro camera, which makes it possible to capture an image and refocus afterwards.

Amazon Instant Video App Updated with Cellular Streaming Support

Amazon Instant Video

Amazon updated its Instant Video app for iOS devices with the ability to stream content over a cellular connection. Version 3.0 of the app also includes new mobile data usage settings, the ability to control download quality and the ability to watch videos in HD.

The Amazon Instant Video app requires a $99 Prime account to stream thousands of titles from Amazon's library of films, television shows and original programming. Users can use the app to watch any available Prime content and any videos that they purchased or rented from the Amazon Instant Video website.

Apple Watch Shipments Delayed Due to Faulty Taptic Engines

Taptic Engine

The Wall Street Journal has learned that Apple is struggling to meet Apple Watch demand due to a "key component" of the Watch being defective. The report claims that Taptic Engines manufactured by AAC Technologies Holdings were found to break down over time forcing Apple to slow production of the Apple Watch until June.

Apple Releases Q2 Earnings, Q3 Guidance

Apple releases Q2 FY2015 earnings.

Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) released its second quarter FY 15 earnings report yesterday, shortly after trading ended. In yet another record breaking quarter, the Cupertino giant again exceeded Wall St. expectations.

Earnings were fueled by record iPhone and Mac sales, alongside record App Store performance, which CEO Tim Cook lauded: "We are thrilled by the continued strength of iPhone, Mac and the App Store, which drove our best March quarter results ever." During the three month period ending March 28, Apple sold 61.17 million iPhones, bringing in $13.57 billion in revenue, up from $10.22 billion in the year-ago quarter. Sales of the handsets were driven by both international sales (which accounted for 69% of the quarter's revenue) and by people switching to the iPhone from other brands. Revenue was boosted by the higher average selling price of the iPhone, which was $659, up more than $60 from a year ago.

AAPL Financial News Weekly Roundup: Apple to Release Q2 Earnings, Environmental Report Posted and More

Apple to announce Q2 FY 2015 earnings on April 27.

Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) stocks performed well last week, gaining about 3.8% after opening Monday at $125.57 and closing Friday at $130.28. At the time of this writing, share prices are about $132.70, which is approaching Apple's high of $133.60, which was reached during trading on February 24, earlier this year. Chances are that share value will surpass that high mark soon, as Apple is set to release its Q2 FY 15 earnings after the market closes today, 5:00 PM EDT, 2:00 PM PDT. You can listen to streaming audio of the second quarter results conference call here.

Apple Weekly News Roundup: Apple Watch Ships, Earth Day Celebrated and More

Apple watch unboxed.

Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) enthusiasts finally started receiving their orders of the highly anticipated Apple Watch last Friday, two weeks after the company started taking pre-orders for it. The watch is currently available for purchase online, but most models are backordered for several months. You won't find any at Apple's brick-and-mortar stores (though you can go in and try one on by appointment), but select high end boutiques in Europe, Asia and the U.S. have some of the more expensive models available for walk-in purchase.

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New iOS Apps, Games and JB Tweaks of the Week: Apple Watch Apps and More

Forgotten Memories

The Apple Watch App Store officially went live on April 23, 2015. Users can now access the store from the Apple Watch app on their iPhone running iOS 8.2 or later. Of course this means tons of Apple Watch Apps were released on Thursday, so we will not be able to list them all, but we will start listing a few noteworthy Apple Watch apps in our App Store recap each week. You can also see a complete list of available Apple Watch games here.

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.

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