Physics-Based Game ‘Piloteer’ Named App of the Week, Available for Free

Challenging physics-based game Piloteer has been named Apple’s App of the Week, and as a result, it’s available to download for free for the first time since it launched in June of 2015.

In Piloteer, the goal is to navigate a jetpack-wearing inventor through three gameplay environments to complete a series of 60 missions. Piloteer‘s tap-based controls are easy to grasp but difficult to master, so the inventor spends a lot of time being flung around and crashing to the ground in a heap of limbs.

Blending elements of both physics and trick-based games, players will need to maneuver their state-of-the-art jetpack through the skies while completing a myriad of increasingly difficult missions to change public perceptions.

Players will find themselves immersed in a wholly integrated physics simulation, making the beautiful world around them feel dynamic, unpredictable, and alive.

Along with Career mode for completing missions, Piloteer also includes a Free Fly mode and a series of GameCenter achievements to earn.

Piloteer will be available from the App Store for free for the next week. [Direct Link]

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Concepts, Lifeline, and other awesome apps of the week

It’s a lazy winter’s Sunday, which means it’s the perfect day of the week to try out a few of the hottest new apps currently hitting Apple’s various App Stores. But which ones to sample? Whether you’re looking for a great Apple TV media player, an engrossing text-based game for your Apple Watch, or a […]

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App Store Holiday Sales: Final Fantasy VII, Lara Croft GO, Notability and More

In time for the holiday season, a number of paid apps and games for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch have been discounted on the App Store this week, including Alto’s Adventure, Final Fantasy VII, Lara Croft GO, Launch Center Pro, PDF Expert 5, Scanner Pro, This War of Mine, Thomas Was Alone and more.

Apple’s annual iTunes Connect winter shutdown takes place between December 22 and December 29, during which time the following features are unavailable: new app submissions, app updates, in-app purchase submissions and TestFlight submissions for external testing. All other features, and access to iTunes Connect, remain available.

Apps on Sale

Agent A ($2.99 → 99¢)

Alto’s Adventure ($2.99 → 99¢)

Aqueduct 101 ($1.99 → Free)

Bastion ($4.99 → 99¢)

Blek ($2.99 → 99¢)

Broken Age ($4.99 → $2.99)

Civilization Revolution 2 ($9.99 → $4.99)

Clear ($4.99 → $1.99)

Day One ($4.99 → 99¢)

Deliveries ($4.99 → $2.99)

Don’t Starve: Pocket Edition ($4.99 → $2.99)

Drafts 4 ($9.99 → $4.99)

DuckTales: Remastered ($9.99 → 99¢)

Fantastical 2 ($4.99 → $2.99)

FlightTrack 5 ($4.99 → 99¢)

FINAL FANTASY VI ($15.99 → $7.99)

FINAL FANTASY VII ($15.99 → $10.99)

Grim Fandango Remastered ($4.99 → $2.99)

Heroes of Might & Magic III ($9.99 → $4.99)

Hitman GO ($4.99 → 99¢)

Hitman: Sniper ($2.99 → 99¢)

I Am Bread ($4.99 → 99¢)

Infinity Blade III ($6.99 → 99¢)

Lara Croft GO ($4.99 → $1.99)

Launch Center Pro ($4.99 → $1.99)

Leo’s Fortune ($4.99 → 99¢)

Mines of Mars ($4.99 → $1.99)

NBA 2K16 ($7.99 → $3.99)

Notability ($5.99 → 99¢)

Oceanhorn ($8.99 → $4.99)

PDF Expert 5 ($9.99 → $4.99)

Power Hover ($3.99 → $1.99)

Procreate Pocket ($2.99 → 99¢)

Rogue Star ($4.99 → 99¢)

Scanner Pro ($2.99 → 99¢)

Ski Safari 2 ($1.99 → 99¢)

Splendor ($6.99 → 99¢)

Tetrobot and Co. ($2.99 → 99¢)

Tiny Guardians ($3.99 → 99¢)

This War of Mine ($14.99 → $4.99)

Thomas Was Alone ($4.99 → 99¢)

Transistor ($9.99 → $2.99)

Trick Shot ($1.99 → 99¢)

Wizards and Wagons ($4.99 → $1.99)

XCOM: Enemy Within ($9.99 → $4.99)

Xenowerk ($1.99 → 99¢)

There are dozens of other iOS apps discounted for the holidays beyond those listed above. Keep track on our sister website AppShopper.

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Games and entertainment dominate Apple TV’s store

On the Apple TV app store, entertainment apps, including streaming video from the likes of HBONow and Netflix, are a clear winner, followed next by games. AppFigures, an app tracking service for publishers and developers, took a look at the trends from Apple TV’s first month out of the gate. Their report also has some […]

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Periscope Named Apple’s App of the Year in Best of 2015 Charts

Apple has published its annual Best of 2015 charts for the App Store, iTunes and iBooks Store, naming live video platform Periscope its App of the Year and Tomb Raider puzzler spinoff Lara Croft GO its Game of the Year.

Enlight and Robinhood were selected as runner-ups for App of the Year, while strategy game Fallout Shelter and one-touch platformer Mr Jump finished second and third place respectively in the Game of the Year standings.

Popular automation app Workflow was deemed the „most innovative“ app in 2015, while Dark Echo was awarded the same title in the gaming category. Instagram earned „Best App on iPhone 6s“ and Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade won „Best Game on iPhone 6s.“

Apple’s Top 25 Apps of 2015

1. Periscope

2. Enlight

3. Robinhood

4. Workflow

5. Instagram

6. HBO NOW

7. Hopper

8. Darkroom

9. Lark

10. The Everything Machine

11. Pacemaker

12. Tandem

13. Jet

14. Timeline

15. Vee for Video

16. Fit Men Cook

17. Spark

18. RefME

19. Wildcard

20. Paper by FiftyThree

21. GIPHY CAM

22. PRY

23. Reuters TV

24. Zova

25. Blue Apron

Apple’s Top 25 Games of 2015

1. Lara Croft GO

2. Fallout Shelter

3. Mr Jump

4. Dark Echo

5. Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade

6. Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

7. Vainglory

8. Dungeon Boss

9. Puzzle Craft 2

10. PAC-MAN 256

11. You Must Build A Boat

12. AG Drive

13. MARVEL Contest of Champions

14. Horizon Chase – World Tour

15. Shadowmatic

16. Wonky Ship

17. Super Sharp

18. Last Voyage

19. Ski Safari 2

20. Downwell

21. Rayman Adventures

22. Afterpulse

23. Psych! Outwit Your Friends

24. HoPiKo

25. Blades of Brim

The top five paid iOS apps in 2015 were Heads Up! Games, Minecraft: Pocket Edition, Trivia Crack (Ad Free), Five Nights at Freddy’s 2 and Facetune, while the top five free titles were Trivia Crack, Facebook Messenger, Dubsmash, Instagram and Snapchat.

Clash of Clans was the top grossing app in 2015, followed by Game of War – Fire Age, Candy Crush Saga, Pandora and Candy Crush Soda Saga. The full top charts are available on the App Store on iOS and iTunes on Mac.

Apple also named Max Max: Fury Road, Amy, Inside Out and Dope among its Best of 2015 movies, while Mr. Robot, Fargo, UnREAL and Inside Amy Schumer won Best of 2015 awards for TV shows. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara was Apple’s favorite fiction book on the year.

All selections were made by Apple’s editorial curation team.

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Duet Display Updated With iPad Pro Support, Major Performance Improvements

Second-screen app Duet Display received a significant update today, introducing a new resolution option to support Apple’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro and bringing significant performance improvements for both iPads and Macs that run the accompanying software.

For those unfamiliar with Duet Display, it’s an app that is designed to turn the iPad or iPhone into a secondary display for a Mac. Duet Display was the first app to use a Lightning cable to allow an iPad or iPhone to interface with a Mac, thereby drastically cutting down on the lag that’s typically present when an iOS device is used as a secondary display for a Mac over Wi-Fi.

Since its late 2014 launch, Duet Display has been updated several times to improve performance on a wide range of iPads and iPhones, but according to Duet Display developer Rahul Dewan, today’s update brings „massive performance improvements.“ Improving performance was necessary to allow a Mac or PC to drive the high-resolution display of the iPad Pro while maintaining a lag-free connection, but the improvements also apply to all older iPads.

With the latest version of Duet Display, CPU usage has been reduced by over 80 percent on iPad and Mac or PC, thanks to a new algorithm that’s more efficient and an intelligent refresh feature that’s similar to the iPad Pro’s own faster refresh technology, but on the software end. Extremely high CPU usage was one of our major complaints with Duet Display when it was first released and it’s been a customer concern for some time, so this update should go a long way towards fixing one of the major pain points in the app.

Duet Display has proven to be a popular app with iPad owners as it gives the iPad the versatility to be used as a second display for a Mac. iPad Pro owners may find Duet Display to be especially useful given the large screen real estate of the device.

Duet Display can be downloaded from the App Store for $9.99 (reg. $15.99). [Direct Link]

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Google Calendar now supports reminders on Android and iOS

Google Calendar is bringing your appointments and to-do list together with a new update that adds support for reminders. Calendar will display your tasks and to-dos alongside meetings and events so they’re harder to forget, and sync them across Inbox, Gmail, Google Keep, and Google Now. You won’t just see your reminders in Google Calendar, […]

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Google to Fix Incorrect 1-Star App Ratings in Search Results Next Week

Google today acknowledged an ongoing issue causing a number of iPhone, iPad and Mac apps to display incorrect one-star ratings in its search results on the web, and confirmed that a fix should be implemented by early next week.

„I’m happy to share that we’ve been working hard on providing a solution, and a new fix has been scheduled for the next release, which should be rolling out early next week,“ wrote Google Search community manager AJ in the Google support forums.

A growing number of developers, including the makers of Dandelion, have reported incorrect one-star ratings in Google search results since late October, despite actually having higher-than-one-star ratings on iTunes.

One of the apps that we have developed – Dandelion App – has an average of 4 star rating on the iTunes store, however when you search it on Google Search, it comes up as 1 star. How does Google generate the average ratings on its search page? Is this an error? The app has more than 1 review – so just interested why it’s coming up with the wrong information.

The issue appears to be limited to App Store apps that have not received enough ratings (five or more) to display an average for the current version, a threshold that can take awhile to reach for apps that have limited downloads or frequent updates.

Google community manager AJ advises developers that continue to see incorrect ratings in search results after mid next week to report the issue in the Google support forums so the company can continue to investigate.

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Multiple Apple Services Experiencing Widespread Outage [Updated]

Apple has updated its system status page to reflect widespread issues affecting multiple Apple products and services since approximately 7:30 PM Pacific, including the App Store, Apple TV, iBooks Store, iTunes Match, iTunes Store, Mac App Store and Radio.

Many users are also unable to fully access or use the Apple website, Apple Online Store, Apple ID, Apple Music, FaceTime, iCloud, iMessage, Mail, TestFlight and several other Apple services, suggesting possible larger server or DNS issues.

Apple’s standard response on its system status page says it is investigating and will provide a status update as more information becomes available.

Update 8:38 PM: Apple’s system status page now indicates the issues have been resolved, and users are indeed reporting Apple’s services are up and running once again.

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App Store search just got much smarter

A number of developers have reported noticing a difference in the way the iOS App Store now organizes search results. It appears Apple made changes around November 3 to the search algorithm to improve the relevancy of the results. Developers have identified multiple factors that are contributing to the new App Store search and overall, the changes are garnering positive feedback. […]

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