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Anyone who buys a new iPhone, iPad, Mac, iPod touch, or Apple TV after October 22nd gets free three-month trial of Apple Arcade, Apple has announced. Apple’s games subscription service normally costs $4.99 a month, and gives you access to over 100 downloadable games with no ads or in-game purchases.
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Apple has long used lengthy free trial periods to advertise its subscription services. When it launched Apple TV Plus last year it gave customers a whole year of the service for free with the purchase of an eligible device, and recently extended these trials by up to three months. Three months is also the standard trial period for Apple Music. Until now, however, Apple has only offered a one month free trial of Apple Arcade with new sign-ups.
Apple Arcade normally costs $4.99 a month
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A previous head of the App Store told the US House of Representatives that Apple rejects subscription game services because they compete with Apple Arcade.
As the dispute between Apple and Epic Games continues, a former App Store manager has claimed that Apple does reject apps that compete with its own services. Questioned by the US House of Representatives in its antitrust investigation, Philip Shoemaker said that the App Store had been used to protect Apple’s interests.
“[Apple] was not being honest,” he said when asked about the company’s claim that it treats all developers the same. Calling the App Store rules both “arbitrary” and “arguable,” he said that, “Apple has struggled with using the App Store as a weapon against competitors.”
“Apple has complete and unprecedented power over their customers’ devices,” he continued. “The decisions they make with regards to third-party apps needs to be above reproach, and currently
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Apple’s next version of the Apple TV set-top box could use an 12 or A14 chip, a leaker claims, with Apple said to be making a major push to improve the quality of content offered in Apple Arcade.
A report from September pointed to a possible upgrade of the Apple TV with a new processor, as well as a gaming controller to support Apple Arcade sometime in 2021. In a Saturday weet from leaker “choco_bit,” it seems that Apple’s ambitions require some serious hardware choices.
In the tweet, the leaker suggests Apple is working on an A12X or A12Z-based Apple TV, using upgraded SoC versions previously used by the iPad Pro range. In the same tweet, Apple is also thought to be making an “A14X-like” Apple TV, which by the name alone would suggest the use of an enhanced form of the incoming A14 chip.
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Home arcade cabinets are coming back in style, with affordable new machines releasing fairly regularly. But with so many intriguing cabinets releasing nowadays, it can be hard to decide which ones to pick up–especially when space is limited. The sad reality is that full-size or close-to-full-size arcade cabinets can really start to overwhelm your living area. Enter Numskull’s Quarter Arcade machines, brilliantly designed cabinets that look and play great while only taking up desk or shelf space. Numskull’s latest cabinet, a specially designed 40th anniversary edition of Pac-Man, doubles as a great way to play Pac-Man and as a collector’s item worthy of display.
Pint-size cabinet with full-size quality
The Pac-Man 40th Anniversary Quarter Arcade was hand-crafted by the designers at Numskull. Unlike other desktop cabinets, Numskull’s quarter arcade cabinets mirror the high-quality designs and finishes you’d see with full-size cabinets in arcades. Right when I took it out of