Archive for the ‘iPhone’ Category

‘Google Maps’ Gets Enhanced Search and Navigation Features, iPad Compatibility

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

google maps iconGoogle Maps for iOS got a major update yesterday that makes the popular mapping app compatible with the iPad and adds several new navigation features. The 2.0 update hit the App Store last night and is free to download.

Here’s the full list of what’s new in this version:

  • New design for iPad
  • Enhanced navigation including live traffic updates and incident reports
  • Explore: A new way to browse and discover popular local places to eat, drink, shop, play and sleep
  • Simple 5-star ratings and reviews from friends, plus expert Zagat content
  • Great deals from your favorite brands with Google Offers
  • Indoor maps with walking directions for malls, transit stations, airports and more

This update makes Google Maps a compelling alternative to Apple’s own Maps app for iPad users. With the furor over the errors in Apple’s Maps app last year (many of which haven’t been corrected yet in my personal experience), Google is certainly keen on keeping iOS users invested in its own map data and related services. If you haven’t yet downloaded Google Maps, it’s definitely worth a go if you’ve been unimpressed or even led astray by Maps.

  • Navigation

    Google Maps

    Last Changed:
    6 weeks ago
    Rating:
    4.50 (3651)
    Version:
    3.2.0
    iOS Universal

    The Google Maps app for iPhone and iPad makes navigating your world faster and easier. Find the best spots in town and the information you need to get there. • Comprehensive, accurate maps in 220...

‘AppShopper Social’ Updated with Sharing and Bug Fixes

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

appshopper social iconVersion 1.0.1 of our own official app, AppShopper Social, has just hit the App Store. This update includes fixes for sharing via Facebook and email, a crashing issue for iPad users running iOS 5, performance issues for iPhone 4 users, and other bug fixes.

AppShopper Social first debuted in the App Store in April after Apple had removed the original AppShopper app last year due to a conflict with some new App Store rules. The release of this 1.0.1 update to fix some glaring problems was delayed thanks to some issues out of our control but we hope that those are behind us now and look forward to releasing future updates with additional fixes and new features more regularly in the future.

Still on our list is a universal version to add iPad compatibility. Also, we still plan to add the ability to view your friends’ lists and easier methods to discover new friends and their recommended apps.

Of course, AppShopper Social is still free to download and will automatically notify you when apps on your Wish List go on sale (see this article for an overview of how to use our Wish List feature). Following the user appshopper will show you the most popular apps among our users as well as apps featured on our blog.

(If you’re looking for new friends, my AppShopper user name is Marianne and the site’s founder’s user name is arn. Our sister sites are under the user names macrumors and toucharcade.)

If you like AppShopper, please recommend AppShopper Social to your friends to help support future updates and new features.

  • Utilities

    AppShopper Social

    Last Changed:
    14 months ago
    Rating:
    4.00 (391)
    Version:
    1.1
    iOS iPhone

    AppShopper Social lets you share your app interests with your friends and see what apps your friends are interested in. Or add any of your personal AppShopper friends to see their app interests. ...

Apple Celebrates App Store’s Fifth Year with 10 Free Apps

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Apple’s App Store turns five years old this week and Apple is celebrating by dropping the prices of several apps all the way to $0 for a limited time. These featured apps include the popular Over that lets you add custom captions and text to your photos as well as a number of games, like Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP and Infinity Blade II, which have never been free before.

From the 500 apps available at launch in 2008 to the more than 900,000 at your fingertips today, it’s been a remarkably prolific five years for the App Store. To celebrate, we’re giving everyone five landmark games and five groundbreaking apps for a limited time.

Below is the full list of what’s currently free. Click those Buy Now buttons to get them before the prices go back up!

  • Reference

    Barefoot World Atlas

    Last Changed:
    2 days ago
    Rating:
    3.50 (1034)
    Version:
    3.0.7
    iOS Universal

    Barefoot World Atlas puts the world at your children’s fingertips! With this incredible app, anyone can fly around the magical, interactive 3D globe and discover the rich wonders of our planet. ...

  • Lifestyle

    Day One (Journal / Diary)

    Last Changed:
    6 weeks ago
    Rating:
    4.50 (779)
    Version:
    1.14.2
    iOS Universal

    2014 Mac Apple Design Award Winner, 2012 Mac App of the Year, Award-winning journaling app for iPhone, iPad, and Mac: 2011 #1 Best Apps of Mac App Store, and Jan 2012 App Store App of the Week. ...

  • Food & Drink

    How to Cook Everything

    Last Changed:
    7 weeks ago
    Rating:
    5.00 (745)
    Version:
    1.9.12
    iOS Universal

    This first-of-its-kind app of the bestselling cookbook—How to Cook Everything® from New York Times columnist Mark Bittman—has 2,000 recipes, 400 how-to illustrations, and a host of features that...

  • Photography

    Over

    Last Changed:
    2 days ago
    Rating:
    4.50 (39)
    Version:
    2.3.3
    iOS Universal

    “This is a fantastic idea!” —Jason Fried of Basecamp "We’re obsessed." —Brit+Co "Instagram suddenly got a lot more interesting." —Uncrate Over is...

  • Music

    Traktor DJ for iPhone

    Last Changed:
    5 days ago
    Rating:
    4.50 (1010)
    Version:
    1.5.1
    iOS iPhone

    The world’s #1 pro DJ software brings high-impact DJing to iPhone. Touch your tracks and create stunning mixes in seconds. "Incredibly well designed and packed with great...

  • Music

    Traktor DJ

    Last Changed:
    5 days ago
    Rating:
    4.50 (17)
    Version:
    1.5.1
    iOS iPad

    The world’s #1 pro DJ software brings high-impact DJing to iPad. Touch your tracks and create stunning mixes in seconds. "Incredibly well designed and packed with great...

  • Games

    BADLAND

    Last Changed:
    1 day ago
    Rating:
    4.50 (286)
    Version:
    2.2
    iOS Universal

    Summer is over sale for a limited time! :) Fly and survive through the Game of the Year -winning action adventure BADLAND. Over 15 MILLION players and counting! #1 GAME in 83 countries! App Store...

  • Games

    Infinity Blade II

    Last Changed:
    6 weeks ago
    Rating:
    4.50 (55133)
    Version:
    1.3.2
    iOS Universal

    **2011 IGN "Mobile Game of the Year"** **2012 AIAS "Mobile Game of the Year"** **Winner of the IMGA "Excellence in Gameplay" and "Grand...

  • Games

    Superbrothers: Sword &...

    Last Changed:
    25 weeks ago
    Rating:
    4.00 (78)
    Version:
    1.11
    iOS Universal

    Selected as a "landmark title" by Apple to celebrate Five Years of the App Store! *****UNIVERSAL VERSION. Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP is an exploratory action...

  • Games

    Tiny Wings

    Last Changed:
    1 week ago
    Rating:
    5.00 (227)
    Version:
    2.1
    iOS iPhone

    You have always dreamed of flying - but your wings are tiny. Luckily the world is full of beautiful hills. Use the hills as jumps - slide down, flap your wings and fly! At least for a moment - until...

  • Games

    Tiny Wings HD

    Last Changed:
    1 week ago
    Rating:
    4.50 (82)
    Version:
    2.1
    iOS iPad

    You have always dreamed of flying - but your wings are tiny. Luckily the world is full of beautiful hills. Use the hills as jumps - slide down, flap your wings and fly! At least for a moment - until...

  • Games

    Where's My Water?

    Last Changed:
    23 weeks ago
    Rating:
    4.50 (610)
    Version:
    1.13.1
    iOS Universal

    Get the GAME OF THE YEAR award-winning puzzler! Help Swampy by guiding water to his broken shower. Each level is a challenging physics-based puzzle with amazing life-like mechanics. Cut through dirt...

The App Store made its debut on July 10, 2008. (In case you’re wondering, AppShopper went live just a few months later on October 10, 2008.) There’s no question that Apple changed the smartphone landscape with the App Store and we look forward to the next five years!

‘Weathertron’ for iPhone Gives Minute-by-Minute Weather Information

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

I feel like I’ve tried about a hundred different weather apps since the App Store opened in 2008. For whatever reason, I haven’t come across an app that meets all of my weather information needs. I don’t think my forecast needs are complex but always I keep an eye on the Weather app category, hoping to find The One.

Today a new app caught my eye. Weathertron by Keming Labs just debuted in the App Store and it lets you easily find out the predicted conditions for a specific time of the day using weather data from 16 different sources.

The main view in Weathertron is broken into three sections. The top section shows the current temperature, time, and a general weather description (tapping on this section toggles to display sunrise and sunset times). The next section shows you the predicted precipitation in the form of a bar graph. The bottom section shows the temperature in a line graph. Sliding your finger left and right will scroll through the time so you can peek ahead a few hours or all the way to tomorrow to see what the predicted precipitation and temperature will be at a specific time.

Say you’re planning to take the dog for a walk in the evening and want to know what the weather will be like around 6:30 when you’re planning on going. You can easily slide to that time and get an exact snapshot of the forecast to find out if you’ll need an umbrella or sunscreen.

A virtual button that looks like a bar chart in the bottom right corner reveals the forecast for the next week. Tapping on the virtual button in the left bottom corner takes you to the settings where you can change the temperature scale and clock format.

Here’s a demo video showing Weathertron in action:

Weathertron is all about local and immediate weather information so it doesn’t offer quick access to weather in multiple cities like with the built-in Weather app or Clear Day or Yahoo! Weather. Also, it doesn’t offer any radar views so if you like to see live views of cloud and storm coverage, you’ll need to look elsewhere. Weathertron is a universal app so it will work on both the iPhone and iPad if you like to keep track of the weather on multiple devices.

I’m going to give Weathertron a shot as my primary weather app for a little while, bumping Today Weather to another screen in the meantime. Right off the bat, I do wish Weathertron could show me the current local temperature via a push notification badge and alert me when it’s going to rain soon like Dark Sky (my review). But I think it will still serve me well to plan daily outings with the dog and find the best times to work on my tan in the temperamental New England summer weather.

  • Weather

    Weathertron — Live Rain, Snow,...

    Last Changed:
    21 weeks ago
    Rating:
    3.00 (17)
    Version:
    1.0.6
    iOS Universal

    ** Featured by Apple, New York Times, Wired, Fast Company, and more! ** Weathertron is a live infographic of the entire day’s weather. See exactly what to expect from every hour of the day —...

‘Instagram’ Gets Video Recording Capability

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Facebook held a press event today to announce the addition of video recording and sharing to Instagram, the photo sharing social networking service it acquired last year. Videos of up to 15 seconds in duration can now be captured with the latest versions of the app for iOS and Android devices. Several new filters are also available explicitly for editing captured videos.

Version 4.0 of Instagram for the iPhone is live now in the App Store and can be downloaded for free. A new video recording button is accessible in the capture screen and similar to Twitter’s Vine app, you press and hold this button to record. You can record a single continuous video or stop and start as you please to capture different scenes or angles within the same video using either the rear or front-facing camera.

When it comes to editing your videos, you can delete clips on the capture screen. Once you’ve captured the clips you want to keep in your video, you can apply one of 13 available filters and smooth out movement with the press of a virtual button that does some image stabilization magic. Before sharing a video, you can select a single scene that will act as the cover frame in the Instagram stream.

Here’s a promo video showcasing the new features:

Instagram for iPhone debuted in 2010 and it’s been a regular in the Top 200 Free iPhone Apps list since then. Earlier this year, the service surpassed 100 million users and the addition of video puts it up against Twitter’s own Vine video recording and sharing app that allows users to share up to six seconds of video.

  • Photography

    Instagram

    Last Changed:
    2 weeks ago
    Rating:
    4.50 (7892)
    Version:
    6.0.7
    iOS iPhone

    Instagram Over 200 million users love Instagram! It's a simple way to capture and share the world's moments on your iPhone. Customize your photos and videos with one of several gorgeous and custom...

Microsoft Releases ‘Office Mobile’ for iPhone for Office 365 Subscribers

Friday, June 14th, 2013

If you’ve had a hankering for an official Microsoft Office app, today is your day to celebrate. Microsoft released Office Mobile for Office 365 Subscribers for iPhone today in the App Store. It’s a free download but requires a paid subscription to Microsoft’s cloud storage and software service.

Office 365 debuted in 2011 and offers several subscription levels for home and business users. The least expensive subscription costs $9.99 per month or $99 per year and allows the use of its software and service on up to five computers and five mobile devices.

I don’t have an Office 365 subscription so can’t tell you whether or not it’s worth the money. But if you’re considering subscribing and this new iPhone app will be critical for you, Engadget took it for a test spin and included lots of screenshots for you to feast your eyes on. According to Engadget, Office Mobile offers basic editing capabilities only, lacking the ability to add rows or columns within Excel or add slide transitions in Powerpoint though it’s possible Microsoft will add features to the app in the future.

If you don’t  want or need a subscription to be able to create and edit Microsoft Office files on your iPhone, I recommend Daviz’s Documents to Go which will also work on the iPad, unlike Office Mobile in this current iteration.

  • Productivity

    Microsoft Office Mobile

    Last Changed:
    1 week ago
    Rating:
    3.00 (16)
    Version:
    1.2
    iOS iPhone

    Microsoft Office Mobile is the official Office companion optimized for your iPhone. You can access, view and edit your Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint documents from...

Apple Announces 2013 Design Award Winners

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

After the keynote event on Monday where OS X Mavericks and iOS 7 were announced, Apple also divulged the winners of its annual Design Awards contest to recognize apps that “raise the bar in design, technology, and innovation.” As in previous years, winners receive a nifty cube-shaped trophy with a glowing Apple logo and other prizes.

Among the winning iOS apps was Letterpress, a word game that debuted in the App Store last year and was created by Loren Brichter, the developer of one of the most popular Twitter apps in the earlier days of the App Store. Other winning games included Frogmind’s Badland, a physics game where you shepherd strange creatures around dangerous obstacles (see the full review and an extended gameplay video over at TouchArcade), and Vlambeer’s Ridiculous Fishing in which you, well, fish. (It’s more fun than I make it sound – see the review and gameplay video with the game’s creators at TouchArcade.)

Here are all of the winning apps:

  • Education

    WWF Together

    Last Changed:
    8 months ago
    Rating:
    4.50 (126)
    Version:
    1.5.2
    iOS iPad

    ** 2013 Apple Design Award Winner ** ** 2013 App of the Year Runner-Up ** Experience the world’s most amazing and endangered animals in one app – together. This interactive experience brings you...

  • Entertainment

    Procreate – Sketch, paint,...

    Last Changed:
    4 weeks ago
    Rating:
    4.50 (273)
    Version:
    2.1
    iOS iPad

    Apple Design Award Winner 2013 Procreate is the most powerful and intuitive digital illustration App available for iPad®. It’s packed with features artists love, including 120 incredible brushes,...

  • Games

    BADLAND

    Last Changed:
    1 day ago
    Rating:
    4.50 (286)
    Version:
    2.2
    iOS Universal

    Summer is over sale for a limited time! :) Fly and survive through the Game of the Year -winning action adventure BADLAND. Over 15 MILLION players and counting! #1 GAME in 83 countries! App Store...

  • Weather

    Yahoo Weather

    Last Changed:
    2 weeks ago
    Rating:
    4.50 (965)
    Version:
    1.5.8
    iOS Universal

    The forecast is beautiful | Apple Design Award, 2013 Prepare for your day with the most accurate hourly, 5-day, and 10-day forecasts. Stunning Flickr photos match your location, time of day, and...

  • Games

    Letterpress – Word Game

    Last Changed:
    11 months ago
    Rating:
    4.50 (2640)
    Version:
    1.5
    iOS Universal

    Find words, steal tiles, color the board! Letterpress is a fresh new word game for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Play against your friends using Game Center! The perfect blend of fun and strategy. ...

  • Games

    Ridiculous Fishing - A Tale of...

    Last Changed:
    9 months ago
    Rating:
    4.50 (2151)
    Version:
    1.31
    iOS Universal

    A handcrafted game about fishing with guns, chainsaws & toasters. Follow Billy as he tries to find redemption from his uncertain past. Chase your destiny on the high seas and embark on a...

  • Games

    Sky Gamblers: Storm Raiders

    Last Changed:
    23 weeks ago
    Rating:
    4.50 (933)
    Version:
    1.3.0
    iOS Universal

    Apple Design Award 2013 Winner! Launched as Editor's choice on the AppStore! Slide To Play - 4 out of 4 AppSpy - 5 out of 5 PocketGamer - Gold Award Digitally Downloaded - 4.5 out of 5 iReviewT...

  • Games

    Sky Gamblers - Storm Raiders

    Last Changed:
    23 weeks ago
    Rating:
    4.50 (48)
    Version:
    1.3.0
    Mac OS

    Sky Gamblers: Storm Raiders is an Apple Design Award winner! THIS IS THE ULTIMATE WWII AIR COMBAT GAME! You’ll participate in visceral dogfights, protect cities and fleets, bomb enemy structures...

  • $7499Buy Now
    Developer Tools

    Coda 2

    Last Changed:
    17 weeks ago
    Rating:
    4.00 (26)
    Version:
    2.0.14
    Mac OS

    The most innovative and incredible all-in-one editor for your web code. • #1 Top Grossing Mac Developer Tool • Named a Mac App Store Best of 2012 • Macworld 2012 Editors' Choice ** FOR A...

  • Productivity

    Evernote

    Last Changed:
    20 weeks ago
    Rating:
    4.50 (231)
    Version:
    5.5.1
    Mac OS

    Inducted into the Apple "App Hall of Fame", NY Times "Top 10 Must-Have Apps", Winner: TechCrunch Crunchies, Mashable Award and the Webbys. Evernote helps...

  • Productivity

    Evernote

    Last Changed:
    5 weeks ago
    Rating:
    4.50 (1585)
    Version:
    7.4.2
    iOS Universal

    Evernote is an easy-to-use, free app that helps you remember everything across all of the devices you use. Stay organized, save your ideas and improve your productivity. Evernote lets you take notes,...

In a special student category, the following two iOS apps were selected as winners:

  • Productivity

    Finish.

    Last Changed:
    25 weeks ago
    Rating:
    4.50 (75)
    Version:
    2.2
    iOS iPhone

    **2013 Apple Design Award Winner!!!** ~~~ Overcome the clutches of procrastination with Finish, a busy iPhone user’s best friend. Unlike other to-do apps that are "clever" for...

  • Utilities

    mosaic.io

    Last Changed:
    16 months ago
    Rating:
    2.50 (128)
    Version:
    1.1
    iOS Universal

    As seen in TechCrunch, PopSci, and others! Mosaic magically connects multiple devices into one big display to view photos, share files, and more. To share a photo, just open the photo with Mosaic,...

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.

Click to enlarge

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.

  • Reference

    WWDC

    Last Changed:
    11 weeks ago
    Rating:
    4.00 (30)
    Version:
    2.1.2
    iOS Universal

    Make the most of the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference with the WWDC app. Even if you can’t join us in San Francisco, you can still follow along each day — session videos are just a tap away....