Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Apple Introduces New iPad Air And iPad Mini

Apple has introduced a new iPad Air and an iPad mini. The new iPad Air in a 10.5-inch design has Apple Pencil support and the A12 Bionic chip with Apple’s Neural Engine. With the chip, Apple says the iPad Air delivers a 70% boost in performance and twice the graphics capability. Plus, its Retina display with True Tone technology is nearly 20% larger than the previous version with over half a million more pixels.

Apple today also introduced the new 7.9-inch iPad mini. With the A12 Bionic chip, it purportedly delivers three times the performance and nine times faster graphics. The advanced Retina display with True Tone technology and wide color support is 25% brighter and has the highest pixel density of any iPad. It also gets Apple Pencil support. Interestingly, both of the new tablets work with the original Pencil, not the Apple Pencil 2.

With advanced front- and back-facing cameras, iPad mini and iPad Air take gorgeous photos and capture clear and stable 1080p HD videos, according to Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. The upgraded cameras with exceptional low-light performance and HD video recording are great for document scanning and connecting with friends and family on Group FaceTime calls, and with advanced sensors, help enable immersive AR experiences, he adds.
The new iPad mini and iPad Air can be ordered today and will be available next week. They come in silver, space gray and gold finishes in 64GB and 256GB configurations. The new iPad mini starts at $399 for the Wi-Fi model and $529 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model and the 10.5-inch iPad Air starts at $499 for the Wi-Fi model and $629  for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model from, in the Apple Store app and Apple Stores, and is also available through Apple Authorized Resellers and select carriers (prices may vary). Sold separately, the Apple Pencil costs $99. Smart Keyboards and Smart Covers are also available.

Call of Duty: Mobile Coming To iOS And Android

Activision has announced, in partnership with Tencent, that Call of Duty: Mobile is coming to iOS and Android devices. Call of Duty: Mobile is a free-to-play game that is being developed by Timi Studio that will feature maps and characters from across the Call of Duty franchise across multiple modes. You will also be able to customize your loadouts and much more. You can check out a teaser trailer for the game below.
Call of Duty: Mobile will feature fan-favorite modes such as Team Deathmatch, Search and Destroy and Free-For-All, in iconic maps from the series such as Nuketown, Crash, Hijacked and more. Players will earn and unlock classic Call of Duty characters, weapons, scorestreaks and other gear to equip and customize their loadouts as they battle to be among the best in the world.

It's unknown when Call of Duty: Mobile will be releasing, but if you can pre-register for the game by heading here if you have an Android device. 

Nintendo Says Labo VR Kit Is Only For Those Aged 7+

Much like the original Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo has advised consumers on its Japanese website who are looking to purchase their upcoming Labo VR kit for the Nintendo Switch, that it should only be used by children aged 7+. This will most likely be the same recommendation when this heads over to the west.
“This advice comes from researchers, ophthalmology experts, and those who study the development of children’s eyes. A similar warning was issued by Nintendo for the 3DS stereoscopic 3D effect.
Children aged 6 and below are recommended to participate in constructing the VR Kit, so that’s all they can do until they turn older.”

The Sims 4 Will No Longer Support 32-Bit PCs

EA announced that The Sims 4 will no longer be supporting 32-bit PCs and non-metal Mac OS machines by June 2019. Players will still be able to play the game thanks to an upcoming Legacy Edition.
The Legacy Edition has a tentative release planned for the same month that the support for older machines. This edition will transfer saved game files, but it won't receive future updates or bug fixes. It also won't support game or stuff packs that have released after February 26. You can read EA's full statement here.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Beat Saber Coming To Oculus Quest

The Oculus Quest, has removed one of the major obstacles barring VR headsets from mainstream success. Instead of being tethered to a PC or console, the Quest is its own standalone system with no wires to worry about. Now, the Oculus Quest also has a killer app as Beat Games announced that it will be bringing Beat Saber to the headset.

Here’s When You Can Play The Mortal Kombat 11 Beta

The Mortal Kombat 11 beta will soon be upon us. U.S. players who purchase the game can access the beta beginning Wednesday, March 27 at 8 a.m. PST and ending Sunday March 31 at 11:59 p.m. PST. Pre-ordering also gets you Shao Kahn. Check out the other time around the world in the tweet below .

Monday, March 18, 2019

Apex Legends Season One Battle Pass Launches Tomorrow

Respawn is launching its first season of new content for the free-to-play battle royale, Apex Legends. The first season, dubbed Wild Frontier, will begin at 10:00 am PDT tomorrow, and will be accompanied by a battle pass. That battle pass will cost players 950 Apex Coins (around $10), and will unlock a new reward at every level the player reaches during the season. The first level, which anyone who buys the pass automatically qualifies for, unlocks the Legend skins seen above. There are 100 levels in total, though you can also get a head start by purchasing an alternative battle pass bundle for 2,800 Apex Coins, which skips you through the first 25 levels. 

It should be noted that you can purchase the pass towards the end of the season and still receive all the unlocks you would have earned. Additionally, all players during the season  can earn another Legend skin, five Apex packs, and 18 stat trackers.