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Harry Potter: Wizards United AR game is like Pokémon Go, but more complex

Made by the same game studio

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Image credit: Niantic Labs / WB Games San Francisco

Back in 2017, Niantic Labs, the makers of the mega-hit Pokémon Go, announced that they are working on a new augmented reality (AR) game based on the popular Harry Potter franchise. The time has come for us to see what they were able to make.

The Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is the title of the AR game co-developed with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and WB Games San Francisco’s development team. From the looks of it, this ain’t just another Pokémon Go clone that other franchises have, but they share something in common.


The map of Wizards Unite is based on the real world and you walk around to look for items. Instead of cute pocket monsters, you’ll see artifacts and notable characters from the series. According to The Verge, there are mini-games when casting a spell. You’ll have to complete a collection book, earn points, and level up as well. Eurogamer also notes that players can choose one of three classes: the Magizoologist, the Professor, or the Auror.

Image credit: Niantic Labs / WB Games San Francisco

Here’s Niantic’s description of the game’s plot from the website: A calamity has befallen the wizarding world, causing artefacts, creatures, people, and even memories to mysteriously appear in the Muggle world. Witches and wizards from across the globe must come together to solve the mystery of The Calamity, overcome the confounding chaotic magic that surrounds these “Foundables,” and return them to their rightful place, keeping them safe from Muggle eyes. Your journey begins as a new recruit of the Statute of Secrecy Task Force, established by the Ministry of Magic and the International Confederation of Wizards for the purpose of investigating and containing The Calamity.

Here’s a teaser featuring a Niffler hoarding shiny coins to get you more excited:

Wizards Unite seems to be a bit more complicated than Pokémon Go, which could either be good or bad. What’s for sure is that fans of the Harry Potter franchise are in a for a treat. Players of the game will surely need a high-end phone to fully experience the game and it could possibly eat up a lot of battery juice, much like Pokémon Go.

There’s more to know about the gameplay of Wizards Unite and everything there is to understand (for now) about the game is available on their website. As of writing, pre-registration is now open on the Google Play Store, while iOS users will have to wait for a bit.

SEE ALSO: These video games from our childhood made us who we are today

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Apple TV+ is Apple’s Netflix

Complete with original content

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Apple kicked off its presentation of Apple TV+ with A-list directors led by Steven Spielberg. The likes of Spielberg, J.J. Abrams, Ron Howard, and M. Night Shyamalan, in a sizzle reel, all talked about the beauty of telling stories and the challenge of putting together these stories. They are clearly hinting on the original content that will come to Apple TV+.

Of course, this has been rumored before, and now it’s finally here. Apple is taking on Netflix and they’re using a more streamlined version of their existing Apple TV app along with original content from top-notch directors and actors to lure everyone in. Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, and Steve Carell took the stage to talk about their program The Morning Show. Jason Momoa, Alfre Woodard, Kumail Nanjiani, and even Big Bird from Sesame Street graced the stage shortly after.


The subscription service will be ad-free, available in over 100 countries, and coming this fall.

Apple TV app better than ever

Apple TV+ will live on the Apple TV app which has been revamped. If you’re subscribed to cable services like Specturm and DirecTV, as well as streaming services such Hulu and PlayStation Vue, these will all be accessible through Apple TV.

Currently, Apple TV is only available in 10 countries, but that is going to change. The new Apple TV will come through a software update in May and will be made available to the Mac, as well as Smart TVs by brands like Samsung, LG, Sony, and Vizio, as well as Roku and Amazon Fire TV — thereby widening its reach to over a hundred countries and regions.

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Apple Card takes on credit cards, offers lower fees with better app

It also comes with a physical titanium card

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The titanium Apple Card | Image credit: Apple

Part of Apple‘s ecosystem expansion is the new Apple Card. As its name implies, Apple Card is the company’s very own credit card which is right inside the iPhone’s Wallet app and works like Apple Pay.

According to Apple, they created Apple Card as a new kind of credit card designed to help their customers have a healthier financial life. By using Apple’s expertise in making things simpler, Apple Card brings together the company’s hardware, software, and services to create a new credit card experience. Since the Apple Card is a digital-first credit card, everything is done within an iPhone.


Apple is delivering this service in partnership with Goldman Sachs and Mastercard as the issuing bank and global payments network.

Apple Card is built into the Wallet app on iPhone | Image credit: Apple

Apple Card works like any credit card, but with seamless integration to the iPhone; it’s practically a credit card designed for the iPhone. The Apple Card and Wallet app make everything easy to understand and record detailed transactions in real-time. Also, support is available 24/7 by simply sending a text from the Messages app.

To entice customer’s to try it out, Apple will offer a rewards system called Daily Cash. Customers will receive a percentage of their every purchase: two percent for items bought with Apple Pay or three percent if the transaction is made directly with Apple. What’s unique about Apple’s rewards system is it’s added daily to the customer’s account (hence its name) and can be used right away.

To top that, Apple Card has no annual, late, international, or over-the-limit fees. Paying off the balance is made simpler too through the Wallet app. This helps customers make better and more flexible payment terms.

Each Apple Card has a unique number which is stored in an iPhone’s Secure Element, a special security chip used by Apple Pay. Of course, Face ID or Touch ID is used to authenticate each purchase.

When shopping at locations where Apple Pay is not yet available, Apple has designed a physical titanium Apple Card. It’s a minimalist and secured piece of metal for purchasing. It has no card number, CVV security code, or any crucial information printed since all these are accessible within the Wallet app.

Privacy and security are taken seriously by Apple, and they assure that neither them nor Goldman Sachs will share or sell data to third parties for marketing and advertising.

For now, only US customers can sign up for the Apple Card. It’ll be available in the coming months to qualified customers.

SEE ALSO: Magazines finally come to Apple News

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Apple Arcade provides access to over 100 exclusive games

Play wherever, whenever

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Apple is taking gaming way more seriously with the introduction of Apple Arcade, the company’s latest subscription service for video games available across its platforms.

In a nutshell, Apple Arcade lets you download and play any game on the service — whenever and wherever. It’s found in a new area with its own tab in the App Store and will offer over 100 exclusive games at launch.


Apple promises new titles launching all the time. Even cooler: They can be played seamlessly between an iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and even a Mac computer.

Unlike most online subscriptions, every game is playable offline in case you have no mobile data or Wi-Fi to work with. And because you’re paying for the service, Apple guarantees that you’ll see no ads — something that’s plagued lots of other platforms.

Apple hasn’t revealed pricing details yet, but did confirm that Apple Arcade will come to more than 150 countries and regions in fall 2019.

We also don’t have a list of games yet, but we did see Sonic the Hedgehog prominently featured in the trailer. Check it out:

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