Apple’s built-in iOS apps are quite good, but let’s face it: The Calendar app leaves a lot to be desired. Readdle has attempted to remedy this situation before, but the latest incarnation of its Calendars app has us seriously considering ditching the built-in app in favor of this third-party solution. Calendars 5 is an entirely new universal app that feels right at home on iOS 7, with a flat, more streamlined UI than Readdle’s previous Calendars+. It also upstages Apple by offering natural language input, so users can type or dictate in plain English.
iOS 7 is more than just a fresh coat of paint. Along with the new icons, lock screen and animations, Apple's revamped mobile operating system includes dozens of changes to the way we interact with our iPhones and iPads, from major new features to subtle enhancements that make navigation a whole lot easier. We've tracked down 90 of them, so fire up the new Notes app and get comfortable.
Oswald Mandus, the meat-processing tycoon at the center of Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, is a terrible father. He wakes up on New Year’s Eve 1899 – wracked by fever, with no memory of the past several months – to find that his two sons have disappeared. And rightly so: Mandus is an alcoholic and a violent pervert, and his London manse is littered with grimy, blood-slick hammers, calipers, hacksaws, and other instruments of whatever gruesome work happens underneath the abattoir and processing plant that bears his name. Nevertheless, the search for his children sets the game in motion.
Two thoughts will probably consecutively enter your mind upon first booting up Strata: first that its visual design is beautifully, almost sinfully elegant, and second that you have no idea what’s actually going on. Don’t panic. Like many of the artfully abstract-chic brainteasers that often pop up in the App Store, Strata is conceptually pretty simple, even if its confusing layers of colored lines might have you initially thinking otherwise. The easiest way to describe Strata is to say that it’s essentially a visual logic puzzle.
Using your device’s front-facing camera, Go Dance turns your iPhone or iPad into a motion-capturing sensor, providing you with a dance game experience like you’d normally find on home consoles. While the game looks and plays like the popular Just Dance titles, it only comes with two songs and lacks distinct features to choose from. Go Dance may not be very robust, but its simple controls and cheap price tag make it easy for any iOS device owner to get up and groove.
It's a little early to call it, but the Apple enthusiasts over in Tokyo may have just endured the most taxing campout for a new iPhone to date. We've already reported that some people are already camping out in front of the Apple Store on New York's Fifth Avenue, but Apple fans in Tokyo just had to endure a typhoon that struck the city, which prompted evacuations in some areas. But Toyko's Ginza branch didn't dare leave the loyal fans out in the rain and wind; instead, the store invited them in.
Where’s My Water? is Disney’s best-known original mobile smash, with a couple of successful spin-offs following since, so naturally a proper sequel couldn’t be far behind. Where’s My Water? 2 might seem like a sure thing, as such, but it sadly squanders the well-earned respect of its predecessor. Its few new ideas simply aren’t enough to justify a fumbling attempt at injecting free-to-play hooks.
The fact that Safari is baked into iOS creates a thorny problem for competing web browsers looking to innovate on the platform. Although Opera has a capable “mini” version of its own product, the company takes a bolder step toward reinventing iPad browsing with Coast — even if it leaves a bit too much of the past behind. Unlike competing browser apps, Coast by Opera abandons the majority of the desktop-style UI conventions that have thus far been a staple on the iPad.
This week's hottest news story — duh — was the iPhone 5s and 5c, so our weekly wrap up of the hottest news is pretty much all iPhone all the way. So if you just got out of jail or you are waking from a coma or somehow or other you weren't near anything that broadcast what we call "news," then this one is for you. And if you like reliving Apple's latest and greatest unveiling, this one is also for you.
The iPhone 5s might look a whole lot like the iPhone 5 it replaced, but under the hood it's a whole new animal. Speed and security is the name of the game, but there are plenty of little improvements to keep it ahead of its competitors. And if you still want your friends to know you're rocking the newest model, there are enough external changes to set it apart from last year's handset. Here's a look at the most exciting upgrades and enhancements coming with the iPhone 5s.