Apple Weekly News Roundup: Super Bowl 50, iPhone 7 and Nintendo

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The week in Apple news brought more reports detailing next generation products in the pipeline. Throughout the coming year, the iPhone 7, iPad Air 3 and iPhone 6c are all set to launch. Design changes and upgraded internal hardware will update most of Apple's mobile products. Super Bowl 50 will be widely accessible on iOS devices this evening, and Nintendo has a secret iOS app in the works. Here are more details on the week in Apple news.

Alphabet overtakes Apple as most valuable company

In Monday trading, Google's parent company Alphabet surpassed Apple as the most valuable company in the world. After Apple's earnings report hit, Apple's stock (NASDAQ:AAPL) price remained under $100. Alphabet also released a strong earnings report. In contrast, Apple expects iPhone sales to decline for the first time during the next quarter. Investors are concerned as the iPhone represents a majority of Apple's overall revenues. In any case, Alphabet and Apple are both valued in the low to mid-$500 billion range.

Watch Super Bowl 50 on the iPhone

NFL fans can catch Super Bowl 50, featuring the Denver Broncos vs. the Carolina Panthers live streaming on iOS devices and the Apple TV. Verizon iPhone customers, iPad owners and Apple TV users can watch the game on the free CBS Sports app. Those with iPhones on different carriers or using a Mac can stream the game directly from on the Safari web browser. Get the latest scores and stats from the free official NFL app.

Apple event March 15 will feature iPhone 6c and iPad Air 3

Apple may have a media event on March 15 to launch new products. Reports indicate that Apple plans to replace the iPhone 5s with a 4-inch device named the "iPhone 5se" or the "iPhone 6c". The new iPhone is expected to ship with an A9 processor, improved cameras, Live Photos support and Apple Pay. In addition to launching the new iPhone, Apple is expected to announce the iPad Air 3. The new 9-inch iOS tablet will feature a 4K display, more RAM and four speakers for improved audio.

iPhone 7 will lose camera bump

It looks like Apple will incorporate a concave image sensor patent to shrink the thickness of the next iPhone camera. With a thinner profile, the iPhone 7 camera will be flush with the back of the device. The current iPhone 6s sports a bump where the camera lens protrudes from the surface. Apple may also further differentiate the iPhone 7 Plus from the standard iPhone by offering a dual-camera system exclusive to the iPhone 7 Plus. In another design change, both models are rumored to be losing the antenna bands across the back.

Nintendo teases iOS app with 'very familiar' character

Nintendo is already working on its second mobile title, which CEO Tatsumi Kimishima says "won’t be another communication app." The company's first smartphone-only app, Miitomo launches in March. When it comes to the second title, Nintendo only says it will include a "very familiar" character. Reports have speculated the app could be a Pokémon-related iOS game, or it may tie-in with the company's next-generation console the Nintendo NX. There's no doubt a Pokémon-related Nintendo app would be popular, especially after the success of Adult Swim's Pokémon parody, Pocket Mortys.