Throw a virtual rock inside the App Store and you'll hit any number of titles touting support for venerable Microsoft Office documents, but all of them have one problem: They're not from the folks in Redmond. That situation has finally changed with the arrival of the poorly named Office Mobile for Office 365 Subscribers, a free mobile companion for Microsoft's productivity suite. While the app mostly performs as advertised, it has Achilles' heels on both feet: First, it's limited to users of the company’s $9.99-per-month Office 365 service, and second, it's only for the iPhone and iPod touch – at least for now.
Very few educational math apps have recognizable characters, but the newest such iOS edutainment game from JumpStart features animals from the Madagascar series of animated films. Madagascar Math Ops balances education with fun by rewarding good math skills with an Angry Birds-like physics game, in which you hurl the penguins – who are wearing jetpacks – at obstacles in order to free the other animal characters.
Pairing Disney's biggest original iOS hit with the company's most iconic character, Where's My Mickey? XL delivers another breezy physics puzzler that challenges you to guide a stream of liquid to the cartoon mouse. Skillfully utilizing a classic Mickey Mouse aesthetic with animated cut-scenes, the game maintains the winning gameplay formula that propelled Where's My Water? and licensed follow-up Where's My Perry?, though a lack of challenge makes it less memorable than expected.
The original Kingdom Rush is one of the App Store's most enticing time sinks – an original tower defense affair that delivers countless hours of challenging entertainment and remains atop the crowded genre on iOS. Kingdom Rush Frontiers, available in separate iPhone (reviewed) and iPad releases, makes little effort to reinvent the formula. It's the same core strategic experience that we loved last year, albeit with fresh terrain and tower upgrades, plus a couple of light twists along the way. And considering the immense quality of the original, it's tough to argue with that approach.
Size-wise, iPad mini is the middle child of the iOS family, but hand-me-down clothes aren't really an option here. Luckily, casemakers have been quick to produce cases made especially for Apple's midsized tablet. We've reviewed every one we've been able to get our hands on, from sleeves to anti-shock cases to widgetlike stands, and as we review more, we'll update this gallery.
Well, it's official. Now that we're in our post-WWDC phase let the rumor mill begin. Leaked iPhone 5S shots, new case specs, carrier updates, stock invoices showing new handsets coming in new configurations before getting pulled, the whole enchilada. Well, we've got some of that action for you, plus a round up of other hot little news tidbits, all in one tidy package just waiting for you. Roll film!
Public service announcements, by their inherently important nature, aren't really meant to entertain. Whether it's Pee-wee Herman letting us know about the dangers of crack, or Ted Danson getting real about seabed trawling, the message's tone is often dry and deadly serious. Last year, Metro Trains of Melbourne, Australia took a different approach by creating the wildly successful and dark-humored "Dumb Ways to Die." By transitioning the campaign to the iOS world, it's only taken on an even greater layer of absurdity.
Previously only available on the iPad, Evomail's iPhone client gets a running start with a simple, beautiful UI that feels right at home on the smaller screen – so much so that we wonder why the iPad version came first. Its interface is filled with visual flourishes we love about this new generation of email clients, with circular avatars, smooth animations, and crisp fonts that make it a joy to use, but a few stumbles stop it from being as good as it can be.
Minecraft is a global phenomenon spawned from a very simple indie building game. It has wowed critics and players alike across multiple platforms – including the most robust version on Mac (and PC) and a streamlined iOS release – via a LEGO-esque creation vibe tinged with zombie survival mechanics, all within a blocky 3D world of infinite permutations. In the process, it’s spawned a cottage industry of apps and games for people looking to get more out of the experience. These 10 iOS apps are sure to please anyone entrenched in all things Minecraft.
Waldorf is a German synth company with a pedigree that dates back more than a couple of decades, and specializes in a branch of sound generation called "wavetable synthesis," which blends sampled sounds and synthesized filters together for slick sonic goodness. Its new iPad app, Nave, is a bold monster, with tons of deep programmability, and a thick, gorgeous sound that truly rivals hardware synths that cost more than the highest-capacity iPad.