Posts Tagged ‘iPhone 5’

A Quick Update on iPhone 5 Support in the Official AppShopper App

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

The iPhone 5 has been out for a little over a month now and developers have been updating their apps to add compatibility with this device’s larger screen ever since. We here at AppShopper are also trying to update our own official app but it’s taking a little more time than expected due to some changes in Apple’s app approval guidelines.

We don’t have a timeframe yet on when this update will be released, but we wanted you to be aware that we are working on it. I personally know how disappointing it can be to have a favorite app that doesn’t quite take advantage of the glorious 4-inch display of the iPhone 5 and I’m right there with you. As soon as we have more details on the timing to share, you’ll be the first to know.

In the meantime, the official AppShopper app still works to show you the latest price drops and updates and lets you add and remove apps from your Wish List despite this, so do get it if you haven’t already. The official app of our sister site, TouchArcade, which focuses on iOS games exclusively has gotten the iPhone 5 treatment already and is a great resource if you want to stay on top of the best and hottest iPhone and iPad games, so get that too if you haven’t already.

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Scout Camera Lets You Focus on Taking Great Pictures

Friday, October 5th, 2012

There is no dearth of camera apps in the App Store with apps that can let you do almost anything from making your photos look like vintage comics to letting you add a virtual mustache to any face. But finding a straightforward, uncluttered camera app that lets you apply filters in real-time can be a bit harder and this is where Crush Apps comes to the rescue with Scout Camera.

Scout Camera hit the App Store last month and just got an update a few days ago to let it take full advantage of the iPhone 5’s larger screen. Here’s a walk-through of how it works on an iPhone 4S (thanks to Apple’s switch to the new Lightning connector in the iPhone 5, my app video capture system needs a new adapter before I can use it with my iPhone 5):

Scout lets you apply filters and change the aspect ratio of your photos as you capture them so you can frame them up exactly the way you want and know what you’re getting before you tap that shutter button. Comparatively Instagram, the wildly popular photo sharing social networking app, used to let you apply filters in real-time but actually lost this capability in a recent update when it got iPhone 5 and iOS 6 compatibility.

With other excellent photo editing apps like Camera+, Snapseed, and many others in the App Store, I was a bit curious to know why Crush Apps decided to release a camera app into what is already a crowded market. So, I asked the man behind Crush Apps, Jim Rhoades, why he created it and here’s an excerpt from what he told me:

I really enjoy the process of taking photos – and being able to frame a picture to a particular aspect ratio while taking it is, to me at least, a better experience than taking a photo and cropping it later on. I also really like the 16:9 aspect ratio. I find that particular shape of photo visually interesting, and wanted a camera app capable of that. I also wanted a camera app that didn’t have controls (like the front/back camera switch and flash buttons) blocking the view of the photo I was taking. In other camera apps, I find those controls distracting and think they get in the way of composing the picture.

…I also wanted to be able to offer something that allowed you to take photos in black and white, or that had a little extra color saturation (like the Vivian filter) – or a number of other visual looks… and I wanted to be able to see what those effects looked like as I was taking the photo.

I think Rhoades has succeeded in creating a camera app that lets you focus on taking great pictures first and foremost in Scout Camera. Rhoades told me he has plans to add more filters and possibly filter controls, so Scout Camera will get even better in the future. If you’re looking for a no-nonsense camera app that does more than the iPhone’s built-in Camera app and has controls that don’t get in your way, Scout Camera is a great choice.

Scout Camera is available for $.99 as a special introductory price. It requires iOS 5.1 or higher and works on the iPhone 3GS and later, the 4th-generation and later iPod touches, and second-generation and later iPads.

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Coverage for iPhone and iPad Shows You LTE Network Maps for US Carriers

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Apple finally jumped on the LTE bandwagon with the iPhone 5 and while US carriers have been frantically upgrading their networks, coverage isn’t even close to complete throughout much of the country. If you’re looking to get a new iPhone but want to know which carrier offers the best coverage for your area, there’s a quicker way to do your research than digging up each carrier’s coverage map: Two Steps Beyond’s Coverage for iPhone and iPad.

We first heard about Coverage in early 2011 when the iPhone 4 hit Verizon and US users could choose from another official carrier for Apple’s smartphone at long last. Since then, the app has seen regular updates to show the most recent network coverage for all official iPhone carriers plus T-Mobile in the US with the most recent update to version 2012.9 arriving this week to include the latest LTE coverage maps.

Using Coverage is dead simple. A map view is front and center and a few on-screen toggles in the top right corner let you select the carriers you’re considering and a few more at the bottom let you choose the network type you’re interested in. You can allow Coverage to locate you via your device’s GPS receiver and easily view the coverage in your immediate area or browse around the map to check out other locations.

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If you travel often and want to have an idea of the type of coverage you’ll find in various places, Coverage can be indispensable for you. Yes, you could navigate to each carrier’s website and look up their coverage map to find the same information (Coverage gets its maps directly from the carriers themselves) but it’s far more convenient to have them all in one place at your fingertips.

Something to keep in mind is that the quality of network coverage is not something that’s visible in these maps since the carriers don’t provide this information (and Coverage can’t show what the carriers don’t even share) so you may want to do some informal research by polling friends and family to check their experiences. LTE network coverage is pretty good in my area according to the map and I’m seeing some great speeds (50 Mbps down and 28 Mbps up as reported by the free app) on AT&T’s LTE network on my iPhone 5 in the suburbs but I’m sure this will vary in downtown Boston proper where there will be more people to crowd the network.

Coverage is a universal app and it’s a great value at $2.99 to have this information on hand anytime you need it. Note that you’ll need iOS 5 or higher for Coverage and if you already have an iPhone 5, its interface has been optimized to take advantage of its longer screen goodness.

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Getting Started With Your New iPhone 5

Friday, September 21st, 2012

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!