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News Roundup – December 16, 2016

All the essential iPhone, iPad, Apple and apps news from the last week

Software refreshes Apple has rolled out iOS 10.2, tvOS 10.1 and watchOS 3.1.1. What’s new? And do you need to upgrade? Read the story!

Super Mario Run Hotly-anticipated Nintendo game finally gets released on the App Store! Read the story!

AirPods available It was hit and miss whether they’d be out in time for Xmas, but Apple’s AirPods can be ordered online now. Read the story!

Trump tech summit President-elect Donald Trump met with senior tech figureheads, including Apple’s Tim Cook this week. What did they discuss? Read the story!

Amazon TV app We never thought they’d launch an app for the competing Apple TV, but Amazon has released a shopping app. Why not one for video? Read the story!

AirPods Warranty Apple will replace broken AirPods battery for free, and will also sit under iPhone AppleCare policy. Read the story!

Apple Design Studio Watch this video feature Jony Ive and get a sneaky peak into where Apple designs all its beautiful products. Read the story!

WatchOS 3.1.1 Apple pulls update after it bricks new devices. What happened? Read the story!

Goat Simulator Weird, wonderful, bizarre, odd and very enjoyable Goat Simulator goes free for the first time. Download now: Read the story!

Apple Watch S2 News ads in time for the holidays – watch the lovely commercials here. Read the story!


Patents show Apple pencil working with iPhone, more apps – via iPhoneHacks

AirPods will be available in Apple Stores Monday – via iDownloadBlog

Hours after release, Super Mario Run is top free and top grossing app – via 9to5Mac

Apple will charge you $69 to replace a lost AirPod – via iDownloadBlog

Price drops

Pandemic: The Board Game – $6.99 > $1.99 – via App Store

Ticket to Ride – best-selling train board game – $6.99 > $1.99 – via App Store

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic – $9.99 > $2.99 – via App Store

PhotoArtista – Oil – $4.99 > Free – via App Store

RoomScan Pro – The app that draws floor plans by itself – $4.99 > $2.99 – via App Store


Google Maps tip – quickly find out how long it’ll take to get to work or back with new Google Maps Quick Actions. Here’s how to set it up.

Airpods alternativesour guide to what other Lightning and wireless headphones are out there?

Save photos in Instagramyou didn’t used to be able to, but now you can. Here’s how.

Buyer’s Guide: iPad – Thinking about upgrading, buying a gift, or getting your first iPad? Here’s a guide for which model is right for you.