Fourth Generation Apple TV
Next week, Apple will announce the fourth generation version of the Apple TV during its annual product announcement event. A long-awaited update, the new Apple TV is expected to gain several feature and hardware improvements including an A8 chip, new remote, 8/16 GB storage options, Siri voice command support and more. Rumors suggest a sub-$200 retail price.
Perhaps the most interesting feature of the upcoming Apple TV is the introduction of a built-in App Store, where users can download both apps and games, following recent trends of an all-in-one set top box - similar to Amazon’s Fire TV.
Will the new Apple TV become a viable gaming system for casual gamers, or will set top box gaming become an afterthought like on Amazon’s Fire TV? Given Apple’s successful iOS App Store history, marketing power and strong development community, only time will tell. In the meantime, read Dean Takahashi of VentureBeat’s perspective on Apple TV gaming here.
Most Successful iOS Games
App Annie’s latest report has revealed the most popular and profitable iOS games of all time, based on data from 2010 - 2015.
The report found that the top three iOS games of all time - Candy Crush Saga, Fruit Ninja and Angry Birds - are all three years old. The report also highlighted the top iOS apps of all time, with the top three being Facebook, Facebook Messenger and YouTube. For the full report (free) with statistics, click here.
Chinese Mobile Market
Mobile markets outside of the US have been gaining considerable traction throughout the past few years, and China is expected to become the worldwide leader in mobile by 2019.
A new report by Niko Partners estimates that by the end of 2015, domestic mobile revenue in China will reach $5.5B - eclipsing the mobile market in the United States by $1B. By 2019, China’s mobile revenue is expected to reach an astronomical $11.1B. For more statistics from the report, take a look at this article on GamesIndustry.