Two games broke the $10 price mark on the App Store this week. Civilization Revolution 2 and Capcom's Monster Hunter Freedom Unite both made their iOS debut at $14.99 each. While this isn't the highest prices we have seen on the App Store, it does show that developers are still willing to release games that are not driven by micro-transactions. In other mobile gaming news, Rayark released a trailer for its upcoming 3D action game, Implosion. The entire Infinity Blade series has been discounted for the 4th of July. You can nab Infinity Blade for $0.99, Infinity Blade II for $1.99 and Infinity Blade 3 for $2.99.
Here are this week's games, apps and jailbreak tweaks released the the App Store and Cydia through 06/29/14 to 07/05/14. Apple's Free App of the Week is Day One. The journal app will be free on the Apple App Store until 07/10/14.
Denny's Atari Remix is one of the of the oddest apps to hit the App Store in recent memory. At first I thought it was just a joke like WhatsApplebee's, but it is an actual game created by the restaurant chain Denny's. That's right, Denny's has teamed up with Atari to launch a collection of "diner-themed video games" for iOS devices.
Denny's Atari Remix features three Atari classics re-imagined as breakfast. Hashteroids is Denny's spin on Asteroids where you control a ketchup bottle rocket while trying to blast "clumps of golden-brown potatoes before they destroy you". Centipup is based on the original Centipede, and Take-Out is like Breakout but with eggs and bacon instead of bricks. The app also features a button to open Denny's main app in the rare chance that you already have it installed on your device.
Several sources have confirmed that Apple is planning to launch two larger iPhone 6 models later this year, and today a new video of the 4.7-inch model's purported front panel has hit YouTube. The video was originally posted on the Chinese blog iFanr, before making its way to NowhereElse.fr and then landing on every Apple blog in the U.S..
One of the concerns about larger smartphones is the lack of one-handed use, but the video posted below demonstrates that users will be able to use their thumb to access all four corners of their display while holding the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 in one hand. Other next-generation rumors have suggested that Apple plans to relocate the wake/sleep button to the side of the its new iPhone models to make it easier to reach due both of the device's larger form factors.
According to Wired, Siri may soon undergo a long overdue overhaul that would boost the iOS digital assistant's accuracy in understanding human language. This would come via neural network algorithms and architecture, technology that is already being developed and utilized by many of the major players in the tech industry.
Though they seemingly peaked in popularity thirty years ago, there has been a renaissance of research in neural networks in recent years. The term refers to a machine learning model inspired by biological central nervous systems, namely the brain, where the network consists of neurons. Neural networks have proven more
Apple has added nine new automobile manufacturers to its CarPlay partners list. The new additions include Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Audi, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, Mazda and Ram. This brings Apple's total committed partners to 29. CarPlay will be available with Ferrari, Honda, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo models sometime in 2014, before the rest of the manufacturers on the list catch up in 2015.
The service was introduced last year as "iOS in the Car" before being renamed and unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2014. Volvo demoed its CarPlay integration in the new XC90 SUV at the event.
AAPL Financial News Weekly Roundup: JP Morgan Raises Price Target, iPhone 6 Production to Begin and More
Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) shares closed today at $92.93, up $0.95 from Friday's closing price of $91.98, but up just 24¢ from the post 7-to-1 stock split opening of $92.69. To be fair, it has only been three weeks since the split, and the hovering behavior hasn't deterred JP Morgan, who last week raised its target price from a rather low $89 to $108. Analyst Rod Hall believes the stock will reach this target by the end of 2015.
Bloomberg reported last week that production of Apple's largest iPhones to date will begin next month. The 4.7" and 5.5" iPhone 6 handsets are slated to begin production in China in July. The 4.7" model will be available sometime in the second half of September, while the launch date of the "phablet" size model is unclear,
Apple today has released iOS 7.1.2 as an over-the-air update for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. According to iOS developer iH8sn0w, the update does not patch the Pangu jailbreak, so it is safe to upgrade.
The update fixes a mail attachment security flaw, a bug causing issues with third-party accessories, and it improves iBeacon connectivity and stability. Users can download iOS 7.1.2 by navigating to Settings > General > Software Update, or by going to iTunes.
The team of developers behind the Pangu jailbreak have delivered on their promise to add Mac OS X support. Pangu v.1.1 was released on Sunday. The update brings an English UI for U.S. users, a fix for the boot loop bug that was plaguing some devices, and the removal of the “PP25″ installer for users who select the English option.
Chinese users will still have the option to install the third-party software which includes a pirate app store. U.S. users should avoid this option because it may contain apps and tweaks with malicious intent. Besides the dodgy app store, Pangu is safe to install on your device. Two well known U.S. jailbreakers, MuscleNerd and iH8sn0w, have confirmed that Pangu does not contain any additional threats. However, you should always back up your device before installing any jailbreak.
There were quite a few App Store and app-related stories this week, so let's jump right in! Apple added a Best New Game Updates section to the App Store. As the title suggests, the new category highlights some of the best apps that have recently been updated with new levels and so on. You can find it underneath the Best New Games section on the App Store.
A Walmart spokesperson told CNET that starting Friday at 9 a.m. the iPhone 5c will cost only $29. That's $20 off its normal $49 asking price. The iPhone 5c is also being reduced to only $99, down from $149. The deal requires a new two year agreement with AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint, and it in-store only. However, Walmart representatives have misled us about Apple sales before, so make sure you call ahead to clarify your local location is participating in the sale.
Apple fans can also expect other retailers to follow suit as we get closer to the launch of Apple's next-generation handset(s). In previous years, retailers such as Best Buy and Target have slashed iPhone prices weeks before Apple's newest iPhone is announced, but unlike the previous generations, the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s have both been heavily discounted since their release. Walmart has discounted the iPhone 5c at least four times, according to our archives, and the retailer has offered the device for as low as $29 at least once before.