Announced last night at Cupertino, Apple’s latest iPhone 11 boasts pretty impressive specs, such as a new A13 Bionic processor, dual cameras, and a 6.1-inch Retina display.
Dropping the R moniker from the previous iPhone XR, the US$699 iPhone 11 is the cheapest of the three phones introduced by Apple last night — joining the iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone 11 Pro Max — and comes with a free year-long subscription for Apple’s new streaming service, Apple TV+.
Specs aside, it’s the introduction of the long-awaited Apple Arcade that should get gamers all hyped up. The US$5 monthly gaming subscription service comes with 100 new games that you won’t find on other platforms such as the Google Play Store or any other subscription service.
These games will come without ads and in-game purchases, and can be played offline. You’ll only need one single subscription to allow six family members to join in the fun.
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Of course, you’ll want the best experience to play these new games, and arguably, the latest iPhones will offer that. While you’ll likely enjoy the experience on the iPhone 11, the US$999 iPhone 11 Pro and US$1,099 Pro Max feature a Super Retina XDR display for even blacker blacks and immersive HDR experiences.
Besides gaming, the triple camera set-up on the Pro and Pro Max should let you take the best shots, thanks to the Ultra-Wide, Wide, and Telephoto setup. On the iPhone 11, the dual-camera system features an Ultra-Wide and Wide lens combo.
The iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max will be released in the US on September 19, and Asia on September 20.
Check back later for a review of Apple Arcade. In the meantime, here’s a quick list of games that Apple has announced:
- “Ballistic Baseball” from Gameloft is an action-packed arcade baseball game that captures the intense battle between pitcher and batter in live head-to-head multiplayer matches.
- “ChuChu Rocket! Universe” explodes as Sega launches the beloved ChuChus into a universe of strange and wonderful planets with over 100 mind-bending puzzles.
- In “Exit the Gungeon” from Devolver, players must escape a collapsing hell dungeon as increasingly perilous obstacles and opponents stand in their way.
- “Overland” from Finji is a post-apocalyptic road trip adventure where players fight dangerous creatures, rescue stranded travelers, and scavenge for supplies to survive.
- Bandai Namco’s “PAC-MAN PARTY ROYALE” is a brand-new arcade experience featuring a four-player Battle Mode where the last PAC-MAN standing wins.
- In “Projection: First Light” from Blowfish, players follow the adventures of Greta, a girl living in a mythological shadow puppet world as she embarks on a journey of self-enlightenment, helped by legendary heroes from ancient cultures along the way.
- In “Rayman Mini” from Ubisoft, Rayman has been reduced to the size of an ant! Players use insects, mushrooms, and plants to run through the world as quickly as possible or try over and over again to achieve the perfect score.
- In “Shantae and the Seven Sirens” from WayForward, players explore a vast sunken city and battle the Seven Sirens in the Half-Genie’s most thrilling adventure yet.
- “Skate City” from Snowman brings the heart and soul of street skating to life with multi-touch controls as city streets become the ultimate skater playground.
- In “Sneaky Sasquatch” from RAC7, players live the life of a Sasquatch and do regular, everyday Sasquatch stuff like sneaking around in disguise, raiding coolers and picnic baskets, playing golf, and more.
- “Steven Universe: Unleash the Light,” is an original Cartoon Network game, co-written by Rebecca Sugar, where players pick their favorite characters, choose which Gems are in their party, unlock awesome new abilities, and equip alternate costumes in the ultimate mobile role-playing game (RPG).
- “Super Impossible Road” from Rogue Games is a futuristic, high-speed racing game where players master hairpin turns on courses that twist and coil over beautiful galactic backdrops.
- “The Bradwell Conspiracy” from Bossa is a beautifully stylized conspiracy adventure thriller with a humorous twist.
- In “The Enchanted World” from Noodlecake, players help a young fairy piece together a magical world torn apart by dark forces.
- “Various Daylife” from Square Enix is a brand-new RPG from the creators of “Bravely Default” and “Octopath Traveler.” In the year 211 of the Imperial Era, players explore a newly discovered continent while living life to the fullest in the city of Erebia.