iPhone 5 release day is here! If you’re waiting in line at a store or at home and anxiously listening for the telltale sounds of a delivery truck to get your new iPhone, we’ve got some tips and links to help you get started using your sleek new smartphone and get familiar with AppShopper and how we can help you save money on apps.
If you’re new to the iPhone, it might be helpful for you to get familiar with its controls and features and how to set it up. Macworld has a thorough overview of the physical aspects of the iPhone 5 from soup to nuts and instructions on how to set it up so you can get started using it.
If you’re new to the Apple ecosystem and are wondering what’s up with this iCloud thing or want to know exactly what Siri can do for you, see these ultimate guides from iMore:
Now a little more on what we do here at AppShopper. AppShopper is a directory of all iOS and Mac apps available in the US App Store. But we go well beyond what you can do with the App Store through iTunes on your computer or the App Store app on your iPhone with our Wish List feature. Once you create a (free!) account here, you can track apps that you want to buy and automatically get notified via email (or via push notifications from our own official iPhone and iPad app) when apps on your Wish List go on sale.
While many apps available cost just a dollar or two, there are several (think turn-by-turn navigation and password storage apps) that can cost upward of $20. Sometimes these apps go on sale at 50% or more off but knowing when they go on sale isn’t exactly easy unless you’re checking the App Store manually every day. This is where using our Wish List feature can help you save money year-round. It’s like extreme couponing without all the coupon cutting and standing in line.
For a complete overview of how to use our Wish List feature, read this article. And for tips on how to find paid apps gone free (yes, developers do go crazy and make their apps completely free every now and then), read this article.
Our official AppShopper app works on the iPhone and iPad (an update that adds an interface optimized for the iPhone 5 has been submitted to Apple for approval and should be available soon!) and is free to download. If you’re at all interested in loading up on apps, you should get it ASAP.
Now on to some apps ready for the iPhone 5 right now. As we mentioned earlier this week, developers have been busy updating their apps for the iPhone 5’s larger screen and there are now more than 1,000 apps ready to dazzle your eyes on its retina display.
First, you can get your Facebook on with the official Facebook app. And while there’s a free official Twitter app, I’d recommend the excellent Tweetbot by Tapbots instead. If you need a turn-by-turn navigation app, Navigon is a great buy and now offers integration with Apple’s updated Maps app for public transportation directions as well. The iPhone’s built-in Camera app is quite capable though you can go a little further and create collages and add effects to your pictures with the popular Diptic by Peak Systems. If you want an easy way to stay on top of the delivery tracking status of your new iPhone, Junecloud’s lovely Delivery Status touch is a no brainer.
We leave the coverage of iOS games to our sister site, TouchArcade and you can check out their recommendations on iPhone 5-ready games and learn about games that will be updated for the iPhone 5 soon and much more. TouchArcade also has its own official app (which will get the iPhone 5 treatment soon) and it’s a fabulous way to stay on top of the hottest iPhone gaming news and a source of excellent reviews.
We here at AppShopper wish everyone a happy iPhone 5 day! May your UPS/FedEx delivery person be swift and your line-waiting experience be fraught with good company and nice weather!