It's been quite a year for iOS. Jony Ive's redesign shook things up, but developers once again stole the show, taking the Helvetica Neue Light ball and running with it. From slick, minimal buttons to beautiful fonts and menus, 2013 was the year iOS apps fully matured and finally left its iPhone OS roots behind. So without further ado, here are my favorite designs of the past 12 months.
Google formed with an internal motto of "Don't Be Evil" in response to the perceived business practices of Microsoft, and then proceeded over the years to manipulate customer data (see what Google does when you search) and force software on users (see how you are already signed up for Google+) much like Redmond. Now the Mountain View company is taking hypocrisy to a new level with their latest lawsuit against the Apple- and Microsoft-led Rockstar Consortium. Ah, the irony!
We said it the last time we did one of these, but it bears repeating: Mac gaming is getting better by the year, with big AAA-style games making the leap from PC and consoles much more quickly, and indies embracing the platform more readily than ever. We’ve got a great mix of both on our list of The 10 Best Mac Games of 2013, with glossy first-person experiences, utterly charming 2D titles, and even a couple of late ports of no-doubt classics that we’d been dying to play on Mac. If you’re looking for the most memorable games that the Mac has had to offer in recent months, then there’s no better place to start than here.
It’s been another exciting year for iOS games, with 2013 offering an amazing set of intriguing and innovative indie games, stellar sequels and pristine ports from other platforms, and increasingly blurred barriers between the worlds of free and premium games — a good thing, in this case. And we ramped up our coverage in response to the ever-growing flow of new iOS games, reviewing more than 200 games over the last 12 months. Picking just 25 of those to spotlight as the cream of the crop was a challenge, but we’re pleased to present our picks for the best iOS games of 2013.
This past year has been full of courtroom drama for Apple, and we've done our best to keep you up to speed each week in our Law & Apple column. From the hot mess of a trial against the Justice Department regarding eBook conspiracies, to the ongoing Patent Wars with Samsung, to the zany lawsuits brought by people trying to get rich quick. Suffice it to say, there has been no shortage of material. But which stories did you like the best? You might be surprised.
It's easy to write off 2013 as a year without any real design innovations. The first great smartwatch is going to have to wait till next year — sorry, Samsung and Pebble — and we didn't get a new Apple product that wasn't a riff on a previous one. And Google didn't make any headway with Glass.
But it wasn't a lost year by any stretch. We might not look back on 2013 as the watershed year that 2007 was, but even without a big bang, there were a number of advancements that made us look, touch and think just a little different.
Newspapers and magazines have always been about content, but somewhere along the way it got lost in a sea of flashy graphics and one-your-face advertisements. But the new generations of tablet publications are working hard to strip away the clutter and open up a whole new world of reading on our iPhones and iPads, even if we have to use Newsstand to get to it.
Even more than its trademark lowercase "i," Apple's surnames come with certain expectations. Air implies tremendous lightness and thinness. Mini means small, but not less. And Pro is the absolute cream of the crop, the finest mix of power and performance money can buy.
Our monthly recap looks back at the games we reviewed during November, with a total of 25 iOS and Mac games presented here in bite-sized, to-the-point encapsulations. And if you want to read more, simply click the link on each slide to read the full, scored critique and find the link to purchase each game. We covered a great array of entries this month, including big-name affairs like Star Wars: Tiny Death Star and Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol: Pacific Skies — plus Mac add-ons/expansions for BioShock Infinite and XCOM: Enemy Unknown — along with under-the-radar gems like The Shivah and Pathogen.
While most people spend Thanksgiving thinking about the things in their life that they're grateful for, some see it simply as the pre-game before the real holiday: Black Friday. Those who are willing to brave the early morning haze and long lines — warmed by the still-digesting feast in their stomachs — are rewarded with the chance to save (and spend) tons of money at stores of all sorts. But you can't go out unprepared into the shopping wilderness that is Black Friday. Arm yourself with your iOS device and let these eight apps be the compass that guides you happily to ultimate savings.