Well, the big Black Friday sale day is upon us. If you've been out this morning beating back hordes for physical bargains on flat screen TVs and whatnot, this will come as a welcome respite. Cheap prices and no lines, no shortages, no riots. And if you skip the whole retailer madness on principal or for other reasons, you can still grab some sweet deals right here still.
We already know from estimates of hardware sales that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are selling spectacularly well, but new marketing research from Fiksu demonstrates that its success is apparent elsewhere, too. According to their data, sales and interest in Apple's newest duo of handsets helped the App Store set new records for downloads last month.
Seeing some of your favorite iOS apps going (RED)? Don't worry, it's all part of a new Apple promotion that also includes donations to the Global Fund for the fight against AIDS this Friday and next Monday as well. Our Monday Morning Report has all of the details, along with news that Square will be adding Apple Pay support in 2015, and an innovative new way to record Mac-based FaceTime calls. Don't delay, click ahead!
A long-standing classic app goes free as Apple's App of the Week potentially saving you $30, and if that savings isn't enough to get you over to the App Store, we've got a good round up of games and more to save you cash and bring joy to your life. What more could you want?
Last week brought a nice stack of impressive-looking iOS games, and this week is somehow even better. Online MOBA-style action game Vainglory and tower defense prequel Kingdom Rush Origins are the big ones, but small indies like Sunburn! and Crossy Road both seem super charming, and it’s hard to ignore a new Call of Duty experience. Will there be any notable games left for Thanksgiving week? (Who cares? Play these now.)
Resentment has been growing against apps that call themselves "free" but bulge with in-app purchases and related microtransactions, and today Apple altered a bit of its wording on the App Store apparently in response to that sentiment. If only it weren't so awkward. Apps and games that used to read "Free" in the button reserved for prices with paid apps now display "Get," which seems inelegant to, say, "Download" or "Install."
Apple's App Store ambitions in China just got significantly larger with the addition of UnionPay, perhaps the biggest payment option available to billions of customers in that country. In addition to that announcement, our Monday Morning Report also has details on the new Skype for Web beta, and the resurrection of another Amiga gaming classic. Don't delay, click ahead and find out all the details!
Some big names gracing our Price Drop this week, as well as some smaller ones. We've got some games that'll keep your digits busy and some apps that will help you organize your life. It's all about your priorities. So let's dive right tin and see what good sword play and good sleep look like, apptivated.
Just as the impending holiday season means huge games for consoles and computers, this is one of the biggest weeks for new iOS games we’ve seen in a long time. The iOS version of strategy favorite XCOM: Enemy Within leads the charge, while Space Age and Framed are both strong-looking originals, and the expansion for Monument Valley is a welcome addition to one of the year’s best games.
Definitely some fun and cute games in this week's price drop round up, but we've also got some harder-edged action for those of you who are looking to go on quests or to chomp your way through your enemies. And if you just want to jot some notes or log your weight or chit chat with an AIbot, well we've got you covered there too.