Konami’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links has finally arrived in the App Store today following its launch in Japan last November, where it has seen more than 13 million downloads and topped the Free App charts.

Based on the Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card game, Dual Links gives players the chance to construct the ultimate Deck from more than 700 authentic Yu-Gi-Oh! cards and then take on opponents all over the world in real-time PvP Duels, summoning monsters and playing spells and traps to defeat rivals.

The Yu-Gi-Oh! series is based on the manga Yu-Gi-Oh! by Kazuki Takahashi, which first appeared in the Shonen Jump magazine in 1996, as well as the fifth version of the Yu-Gi-Oh! animated series. Konami released the first console Yu-Gi-Oh! game in 1998.

The Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card game is still the Number 1 trading card game in the world, with more than 25 billion cards sold.

Click here to download for free: Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links on the App Store

Source: Konami

AppleInsider reports that Nintendo has just announced a mobile Fire Emblem game, which will be coming soon to iOS. This is the second of Nintendo’s five promised mobile games, with the first being Super Mario Run, which fared well initially, but has also had its fair share of criticism, in particular due to the controversial pricing structure.

The mobile-exclusive game is called Fire Emblem: Heroes, and will launch first on Android on February 2, with no iOS date set yet.

Heroes features the series’ classic anime style, with tactical role-playing character-collection gameplay with the player taking on the role of a powerful summoner. The storyline centers around two rival factions who are trying to win control of a mythical realm.

Characters available to summon include those from previous Fire Emblem games, as well as new characters exclusive to Heroes. Other familiar features that fans can expect to see in the new game include the sword/lance/axe attribute, triangle weapon strategy system.

This really does look very promising, and just the sort of game that Nintendo should be releasing on mobile, let’s hope they get the pricing right this time.

Source: Nintendo says Fire Emblem mobile game 'coming soon' to iOS

MacRumors reports today that Apple’s highly anticipated new iPad range will not be launched until the second half of 2017, according to sources in Apple’s upstream supply chain, via DigiTimes.

It’s thought that the 9.7-inch iPad will be starting mass production in Q1, while the 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPads will start mass production in Q2. The source says that all the new iPads are still in the “planning” phase. The report is also yet more support for the rumour that Apple will indeed be releasing a 10.5-inch iPad.

Originally it was thought that Apple would be launching the new iPad range as soon as the Spring, but this new information claims that “these tablets may not be announced or even released” until the second half of 2017.

One of the reasons for Apple apparently deciding to move the launch until later in the year could possibly be the “lower-than-expected” yield rates for the 10-nanometer manufacturing process that was reported on in December last year.

Source: New iPads Might Not Launch Until Sometime in the Second Half of 2017

According to a new rumour from Chinese microblogging website Weibo, via AppleInsider, Apple will be launching the “Apple Pencil 2” this spring, complete with a new magnetic means of attaching it to an iPad, in similar fashion to the iPad Smart Cover. This means that you won’t have to worry about misplacing your Apple Pencil when you put it down after using it.

The Weibo source also says that the Apple Pencil 2 will have a clip, very much like a regular pen, so that you can attach it to your pocket, just like a regular pen.

With Apple expected to launch three new iPad Pro models this year, it looks like Apple is also stepping up its game when it comes to iPad accessories as well.

The current version of the Apple pencil costs $99 and has advanced sensors to determine tilt and pressure sensitivity, with the result being that it is more precise than a standard stylus.

Source: Rumor: Apple Pencil 2 coming this spring with magnets to attach to iPad, plus pocket clip

iDownload Blog reports on great news for Apple today, with Apple shares hitting $119.95 in intraday trading, which is the highest Apple stock price since the end of 2015.

This is a great turnaround from the 52-week low of $89.47 back in May 2016, and particularly good news following a period of what analyst Brian White referred to as “a never ending waterfall of ‘gloom and doom’” reporting about Apple in recent months, thanks to the company reporting three consecutive quarters of revenue decline, as well as the first-ever drop in iPhone sales.

While Apple stock has been steadily rising since its low last year, it’s not known what exactly led to today’s impressive figures, with some saying that it could be a result of a note distributed to clients today by Cowen and Company’s Timothy Arcuri, where he said that the iPhone 8 may well have a type of facial or gesture recognition feature when it’s released this year.

Source: Apple stock hits 14-month high, its highest price since 2015

AppleInsider reports that App Store prices have risen in several territories around the world, primarily due to currency fluctuations.

First off we have the UK, where prices of apps and in-app purchases have increased by around 25%. This means that a Tier 1 app previously costing £0.79 will now cost £0.99. The price hike was first reported on by The Guardian, after Apple sent a note to App Store developers informing them of the price rise. The price rise, which is double the price hike imposed by Apple in January 2016 in the UK App Store, has been blamed on the effect that Brexit has had on the pound in the UK.

“Price tiers on the App Store are set internationally on the basis of several factors, including currency exchange rates, business practices, taxes, and the cost of doing business,” said Apple in a statement on the matter. “These factors vary from region to region and over time.”

Elsewhere, App Store prices in India have also risen thanks to a 14% service tax rate and new 0.5 percent fees that the Indian government introduced last December. Prices have also increased in Romania and Russia, with both of those increases said to be due to tax rate increases and new sales taxes.

Source: Apple App Store prices increase 25% in UK, as result of 'Brexit' exchange rate drop


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