Major Apple Arcade update adds 30+ new games…including some classics

The news: Apple updated Apple Arcade today with 30+ additional games, including some classics, legendary App Store releases and brand-new titles.

  • The notable new additions to the Arcade library:
    • NBA 2K21 Arcade Edition
    • Star Trek: Legends
    • The Oregon Trail
    • Cut the Rope Remastered*
    • Monument Valley*
    • Threes!
    • Fruit Ninja Classic*
    • Chameleon Run
  • Some of the new “Timeless Classics” include games like Good Sudoku by Zach Gage, Chess – Play & Learn, Backgammon and Solitaire by MobilityWare
  • Apple Arcade costs $4.99/month and now includes more than 180 games

Our take: I’ve asterisked the most exciting additions to Arcade above. I haven’t resubscribed yet since my free trial, but damn does Cut the Rope Remastered look wonderful.

Apple TV 6 may launch at Apple TV+ event in Q4 2021, ‘Apple Arcade+’ service in development

The rumor: Apple is preparing upgrades to Apple TV, tvOS and Apple Arcade in 2021, according to The Verifier (54.3% accurate).

For the next Apple TV:

  • New remote
  • Game controller in development
  • Processor faster than A12
  • 64/128GB storage (with higher tiers potentially coming in the future)
  • More than 3GB RAM
  • Launch at a TV+ event in the fourth quarter of 2021

Rumored details about ‘Apple Arcade+’:

  • “Preliminary details reveal that the company is in advanced contacts with major and well-known gaming players in order to offer their games outside of the Xbox, PlayStation and PC consoles” The Verifier says
  • The expanded service may launch as soon as later this year

And for the reported changes coming in tvOS 15:

  • Major design refresh; App Store will see upgraded UI
  • Kids mode with better parental controls
  • Screen Time
  • Upgraded broadcast schedule, improved recording management and channel subscription bundles

Our take: Wild to hear that the new Apple TV could still be 9 months away. Expecting some pretty big things from this 6th-gen version after seeing it delayed time and time again. As for Apple Arcade+, call me skeptical: I think we might see a price bump and I certainly see a future where AAA games make their way to the platform. But it would be a bit odd to have 2 different tiers.