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Apple Unveils iOS 7 with Redesigned Interface Hotness and New Features

Monday, June 10th, 2013

Along with announcing the next major version of Mac OS X Mavericks at today’s keynote event, Apple also previewed iOS 7 and boy is it lovely.

iOS 7 gets a total design overhaul with a new color palette, typography, and “flatter” icons for the built-in apps. The multitasking tray now features a cards-like view of open apps and the new Control Center, which can be activated by sliding up from the bottom of the screen, reveals toggles to quickly change Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and other settings.

Notification Center also gets the new look treatment and it will be accessible from the Lock Screen, which is a very welcome change for yours truly.

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iOS 7 also gets AirDrop, a Wi-Fi sharing feature that first debuted in Mac OS X Mountain Lion to quickly send pictures and other files to other users nearby.

Safari gets a new tabs view, full-screen browsing, and easier access to bookmarks, your Reading List, and even links shared by people you follow on Twitter.

Camera hops on the filters wagon (surprise, surprise) and offers easy swipe-based navigation to switch between photo (full, square, and panoramic) and video modes.

There’s much more new stuff in iOS 7 and you can check out a video and more information on Apple’s site here.

A beta version of iOS 7 is available to developers today and it will be released to the public in the fall, presumably around the same time the next iPhone model is released. To use iOS 7, you’ll need an iPhone 4 or later, iPad 2 or later, iPad mini, or 5th-generation or later iPod touch. Apple’s press release notes that “Some features may not be available on all products” so be forewarned that you won’t get all of that iOS 7 hotness if you have an older device.

Watch Apple’s WWDC Keynote Event Live Online

Monday, June 10th, 2013

Apple kicks off its annual Worldwide Developer’s conference today with a keynote event at 10:00 am PDT (1:00 pm EDT) and if you’ve got a Mac or iOS device and an internet connection, you can watch it live online. Per a press release, you can watch it using the Safari web browser with an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 4.2 or later or a Mac running OS X 10.6 or later. The live stream will be available through this dedicated page on Apple’s site.

If you have a second or third generation Apple TV with software 5.0.2 or later, you can also watch it through a special “app” available in the main menu.

Apple is expected to announce and preview the next major versions of iOS and Mac OS X today and some minor hardware updates may also be unveiled as well. I don’t know about you, but I am going to be glued to that live stream this afternoon. Here’s to hoping Apple will surprise and delight us today!

Apple Releases WWDC App for iPhone and iPad with Session Video Access

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

If you were lucky enough to get tickets to Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference within the two minutes it took for them to sell out, Apple is going to make your time there easy with the new WWDC app that provides session schedules, venue maps, and even videos of each session, which will be made available daily for the duration of the conference.

Even if you weren’t able to snag tickets to WWDC, you can still watch those session videos as long as you’re a registered developer and log into the app with your development account credentials.

The full list of what WWDC is capable of is as follows:

  • Browse times, locations, and descriptions for sessions, labs, and special events
  • Mark schedule items as favorites with a simple double-tap
  • Watch session videos, available daily
  • Start watching on one iOS device, and pick up where you left off on another
  • Keep up with the latest news, get important notifications, and see daily snapshots
  • View maps to find your way around Moscone West
  • Provide feedback on session content and speakers within the session details view
  • Add your attendee information to Passbook for speedier on-site registration

WWDC kicks off on Monday, June 10 with a keynote event and though Apple hasn’t officially announced these bits, it’s expected that Tim Cook will lead the charge on stage and that the event will start at 10:00 am Pacific Time as in recent years. Though rumors of new products abound, Apple will likely focus on showcasing the next versions of Mac OS and iOS as it’s done in the past several years at this event.

I’m very excited to see what Apple will announce at WWDC. I’m hoping that iOS will see some significant changes to Notification Center in particular (I’d love to see some customization to what can be shown on the lock screen) amid the design changes that are expected in iOS 7 now that Jony Ive is at the helm after Scott Forstall’s departure last year.

WWDC for iPhone and iPad debuted in the App Store yesterday and is free to download.

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‘Angry Birds Space’ for iPhone and iPad Now Free Until May 29

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

Apple’s free App of the Week is another major title from a line of games that are pretty much a household name these days. Rovio’s Angry Birds Space for iPhone and iPad are now free and if Apple’s timing for this special holds true to form, they’ll remain free through May 29.

Angry Birds Space first debuted in the App Store in March 2012 and it’s received several updates since then to add new levels and other goodies. If you’re somehow not familiar with the Angry Birds franchise, check out this trailer:

If that trailer doesn’t do anything for you or you still want more information, you can read the review over at TouchArcade.

If you watched that video and read that review, good for you! Now hit the Buy Now buttons below to get Angry Birds Space for free (the best price ever) right now before next Thursday. This is the first time both versions have ever been free and I doubt we’ll see this again any time soon.

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Mail Premium Handwritten Cards with ‘Felt Cards’ for iPad

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

While digital cards are certainly quick and easy to create and send, they don’t quite do it for me when it comes to thanking someone formally or congratulating someone on the birth of a baby. For these events, a physical card printed on heavy cardstock graced with my (not-so-great) handwriting feels most appropriate. But getting to a store to find just the right card in a timely manner is not something I’m good at. Fortunately, Colorado-based Felt has an easy solution if you have an iPad in the form of an app, Felt Cards.

Felt Cards offers you a virtual catalog of greeting cards for a variety of situations from birthdays to graduations as well as some general cards that can be used for anything. You craft the message inside and even address the virtual envelope with your own handwriting (you can use your finger though I’d recommend a stylus to get the best results). Felt prints the card and envelope and drops it in the mail for you for just $3.99.

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As I write this post, there over 40 cards available to choose from though there are still several Mother’s Day cards in the selection (Mother’s Day is celebrated later in the year in other countries but it’s already passed in the US, which is currently the only country where Felt cards can be sent) and there are duplicates of others, oddly.

Once you choose a card by tapping on it, you’re presented with a view of the card’s interior. On the left is a slide-out menu with a few pen and color choices plus a virtual eraser. A wrist protector can be slid up from the bottom of the screen so you can rest your hand on the iPad as you write without making any stray marks. After you’ve finished writing your message, you address the envelope next using the same set of virtual tools.

Here’s a promo video showing Felt Cards in action:

Once your card is ready, you go through a checkout process to pay for your card with a credit card and create a Felt account to save your payment details for later use.

I used Felt Cards to send a card to a friend and the process was easy and straightforward. I would have preferred to pay via in-app purchase rather than entering my credit card details or needing to create yet another single-use account, though. The folks at Felt were kind enough to mail me a sample card so I could see the print quality in advance. Felt uses Mohawk card stock and a kraft paper envelope and both felt substantial and not at all cheap, which is perfect. And the $3.99 price tag is comparable to what you’d pay to buy a nice greeting card in a store. Felt Cards is definitely going to stay on my iPad so I can send personalized cards for any occasion without needing to get to a store or hunt down a stamp.

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Apple’s 50 Billion App Download Contest Concluded, Winner Announced

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Apple this morning announced that its App Store had reached the 50 billion download mark and that the contest to mark the occasion, which had started on May 2, has concluded. The winner of the contest, who gets a $10,000 App Store gift card, is Brandon Ashmore from Mentor, Ohio.

Apple would like to thank our incredible customers and developers for topping 50 billion apps downloaded,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “The App Store completely transformed how people use their mobile devices and created a thriving app ecosystem that has paid out over nine billion dollars to developers. We’re absolutely floored to cross this milestone in less than five years.

Ashmore’s winning download was the free iPhone game Say the Same Thing by Space Inch, the developer of Mac app Lost Photos, which we featured earlier this week.

Apple’s App Store has seen incredible growth since its launch in 2008. As pointed out by our sister site MacRumors, the App Store took about 3 years and 8 months to reach 25 billion downloads and only 14.5 months for the next 25 billion to reach 50 billion downloads.

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Apple Kicks Off Countdown Contest to 50 Billion App Downloads with $10,000 Prize

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Apple announced a new contest yesterday to commemorate the upcoming 50 billionth download from the App Store with a $10,000 App Store gift card as the grand prize. Additional prizes of $500 App Store gift cards will be given to those who download the next 50 apps after that.

To enter, all you need to do is download an app (free or paid) and if you happen to download the 50 billionth app or one of the 50 after that, you win. If you’d rather not go through the trouble of downloading an app, you can enter to win by completing an online form right here. You can find the official contest rules here.

The contest page in iTunes also lists the top free and paid apps of all time. Unsurprisingly, Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja top the paid list while Facebook and Pandora Radio top the free list.

Apple held a similar contest to mark the 25 billionth download in February 2012, also offering a $10,000 App Store gift card prize then, which was won by Chunli Fu of China. That contest lasted less than two weeks until a winner was announced and I’d wager this contest will conclude even faster than that, so get to downloading apps sooner rather than later to increase your chances of winning. If you’re not looking to spend any money, check out our Top 200 Free iPhone Apps and Top 200 Free iPad Apps lists.

Google Now Personal Assistant Added to ‘Google Search’ for iPhone and iPad

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Google Now, a personal assistant service that first debuted for Android devices last year, has arrived for the iPhone and iPad through an update to the Google Search app.

Google Now provides users with relevant information based on individual search history, Gmail account contents, and current location. This information, including local weather and traffic details, upcoming appointments, events, and birthdays, flight statuses, and more, is shown to users unprompted in the form of virtual cards in the main view in Google Search.

Here’s a promotional video showing how Google Now works within the Google Search app:

Google Search is free to download and requires iOS 5.0 or later on an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. To use Google Now, you’ll need to log in with your Google account since that’s how Google accesses your information to populate what Google Now shows you.

I like what Google Now can do but it’s not as robust as it could be (more thanks to Apple and its limitations on what apps are allowed to do than any failure on Google’s part). And it’s a little bit creepy as well.

Google Now lacks any sort of push notification option so you have to open the app to see what Google Now has to tell you. Google Search isn’t an app I use regularly so opening it just to see this information isn’t particularly appealing to me. Also, though I’ve had a Gmail account for years now and I know that part of the terms of service I agreed to when opening it states that Google will essentially read through my emails, it feels a little creepy that Google will “snoop” through my email, contacts, and calendar, and parse through my Google searches to bring me all of this information.

This aside, Google Now could be incredibly useful to those who make full use of Google’s suite of services. Now if only Apple would let Google and other developers integrate apps more closely with iOS so getting this kind of information is seamless and more fluid…

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AppShopper is Back in the App Store with ‘AppShopper Social’

Sunday, April 21st, 2013

After a prolonged absence, an official AppShopper app is back in the App Store! Our original AppShopper app was removed from the App Store due to a conflict with a new set of App Store rules introduced last year. Since that time we’ve been hard at work creating a new app to continue to provide useful functionality to our users and also remain in compliance with Apple’s rules.

Today, we’re happy to announce that we’ve released AppShopper Social [iTunes Link]. The new version of the app still contains the core Wish List functionality that we’ve always had, but also introduces a social discovery portion to the app. This is a brand new app, so it is a separate download (not an update). You will be able to keep your existing AppShopper app on your device as well.

New Social Features

The main view is now composed of your Friend Stream which shows you apps that your fellow AppShopper friends have added to their Wish List or My Apps lists.

With AppShopper Social, you can maintain a Friend/Follower list. When you add a friend to your list, your personalized stream becomes composed of apps that that they have added to their own lists. While you can add any other AppShopper user to your friends list, we’ve created a few special accounts for you to get started with.

In the screenshots above, you can see we are friends with:


These are specially created AppShopper accounts that are automatically populated when apps are mentioned or rated on their respective websites.

Our stream shows Dungeon Hunter 4 because it had just been reviewed by Similarly Skitch and Yahoo! Mail where mentioned on MacRumors, and Golf Star reviewed by These appear on your list as soon as they appear on their respective websites. If you’d like to link your own website automatically to an AppShopper account, please contact us.

In the case of TouchArcade and 148Apps, we already have review integration in the app, so you can read the reviews right from the app:

Same Old Features, Some Coming Back

Long time AppShopper users will be happy to know that the core Wish List and My App features remain in place. You can still get Push Notifications for updates and price changes to your apps. You can also search for any apps. Following the appshopper user will get you a list of the AppShopper Featured apps.

A few features didn’t make the first cut. “What’s New” and “Top 200″ were temporarily dropped while we sought re-approval. We will see about returning those features in a future version.

Also, in the interest of time, we haven’t yet updated the iPad version yet. In its present form, AppShopper Social is not a Universal app. We will be working on a Universal update soon.

More to Come, Please Spread the Word

In the 1.0 version, we’re aware that there are several obvious features that are absent. Top on our priority list is the ability to browse friends’ lists individually by tapping on their name. Also, an easier method for friend discovery and friend recommendation are also something that is clearly necessary. Even without these features, AppShopper Social is an incredibly useful tool for App Discovery, but there’s a lot of potential to be even better.

We lost a lot of momentum with the removal of our App Store app, so we’d ask you to spread the word on AppShopper Social. A large user base will guarantee future updates and improvements.

Download now: iTunes Link

For press inquiries, please contact us by email

‘Facebook’ for iPhone and iPad Gets Chat Heads, Stickers

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Earlier this month, Facebook announced a new interface for select Android devoices dubbed ‘Facebook Home’. The interface puts the focus on interactions with your Facebook friends, featuring images and updates from your Facebook stream and the ability to chat from anywhere without needing to open a specific app. Today, Facebook updated its iPhone and iPad app to incorporate some of these new features.

Version 6.0 of Facebook hit the App Store this afternoon. One of the most notable features of Facebook Home is “chat heads,” which are tiny head shots used to represent your friends. On the iPhone and iPad, chat heads pop up when you receive a new message in the Facebook app and they remain on your screen even as you navigate around the app. Tapping on a chat head brings up a chat window over whatever else you’re browsing in the app.

Also new are stickers to spice up your chats with cute images. In the description of what’s new in version 6.0, Facebook notes that both chat heads and stickers will be rolled out to users “over the next few weeks” so don’t get discouraged if you don’t have these new features yet. I downloaded the update today and have the chat heads feature but I don’t see any of the new stickers yet.

If your’e curious about this whole Facebook Home thing, check out Facebook’s promo video embedded below. Note that the video shows Facebook Home on Android devices but it will still give you an idea of how chat heads work.

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