Modojo Rewind: WWDC Keynote Reveals And The Coming Appocalypse

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It's been a busy week over at Modojo. Not only have we gotten lots of new information from the Worldwide Developers Conference, we've also learned more about several upcoming game releases. No, we're not talking about hammer throwing; the games we've got in mind are far more entertaining and far less dangerous than that. So retreat behind the parapets, pop down on your favorite rough-hewn bench, and soak in the sun as we run through all this week's must-know highlights.

Updates from the Worldwide Developers Conference

Apple has delivered their traditional keynote presentation at this year's Worldwide Developers Conference, giving fans and developers alike a fresh look at what the company has in store for the coming months. Among a host of other details was information about Apple's new iPad Pro models, which are slated to feature all-new 10.5-inch Retina displays, as well as the reveal of the Apple HomePod, the company's competition of-sorts to the likes of the Amazon Echo.

Apple also briefly showcased a new iOS 11 function called Do Not Disturb While Driving, which seems to be both helpful from a safety perspective and a nuisance from a practical perspective. For anyone who doesn't quite understand the feature, we've got an essential guide that describes exactly what Apple's Do Not Disturb While Driving feature is all about.

Preparations For The Appocalypse

Apple spent a fair amount of time during their keynote presentation discussing some of the new functions and development kits available within iOS 11. Their new ARKit shows big promise, particularly with AR-based games like Pokemon Go; however, there's one big change on the horizon that iOS users need to know about, and it's Apple's forthcoming drop in support for 32-bit software.

The company itself is referring to this shift from 32-bit to 64-bit software as the Appocalypse, and the description is fitting: once iOS 11 is installed on a user's iPhone or iPad, any and all 32-bit only apps will cease to function. In fact, from what we've heard, 32-bit apps should essentially disappear from the App Store, meaning users won't be able to download, install, run, or even update any 32-bit apps.

Fortunately, most of the biggest and most popular apps on the market have already been updated to 64-bit, and we've got a new guide detailing everything iOS users need to know in order to identify and update their old 32-bit apps.

In A Gaming Mood

Being the gamers we are, we couldn't help but stay on top of this week's biggest gaming trends. Among other headlines was a leak regarding an upcoming Fire- and Ice-type Pokemon Go special event; three days later, we got official confirmation of the event from Niantic, who provided us with details regarding everything players can expect from Pokemon Go's so-called Solstice event.

Unsurprisingly, Pokemon made yet-another big headline this week: to much fanfare, Nintendo announced that Pokken Tournament is coming to the Nintendo Switch in the form of Pokken Tournament DX. The new version of the game contains a few new characters and gameplay modes, and we've got all the must-know information contained within our guide of everything we know so far about Pokken Tournament DX.

Arms, the soon-to-release Nintendo Switch-exclusive combat title, has found its way into the hands of the gaming press, which has resulted in a striking increase of anatomy and boxing-related puns. Modojo's own Brittany Vincent welcomed the game with open arms, but didn't find the gameplay to be particularly striking.

Lastly, any keen Elder Scrolls: Legends players should be on the lookout for this weekend's first-ever Gauntlet tournament. The event should play out much like Versus Arena matches, except players can use their own decks instead of making one on-the-fly, and any players who can stack up to nine wins will earn some very impressive rewards, including Legendary cards, soul gems, and more.

That's it for us this week, folks. As always, keep your browser dialed in to Modojo for all the latest mobile and portable gaming news, reviews, and guides.

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