With version 4, popular news aggregator Pulse fully embraces its corporate branding, with a new name, a fresh iOS 7-inspired interface, and a re-imagined way to read and find content. The first release may have been met with a loud backlash, but Alphonso Labs quickly responded to users’ complaints with a 4.0.1 update — and while it fixes many of the major gaffes, it still feels like a downgrade from the previous take.
We’re big fans of Evernote, the “second brain” service where you can throw nearly any scrap of paper into the cloud until it’s needed again. For certain types of personal data, however, this approach often means that you’ll spend more time searching than accessing information. Mustbin is a free app geared toward life’s most precious data – credit cards, driver’s licenses, Social Security cards, and more. However, the developers have also empowered the app as a kind of digital jack-of-all-trades that can be used for sorting photos or even password-protected accounts into digital “bins.”
Punishing puzzle-platform games are nothing new on iOS, but Stealth Inc. raises the bar in both creativity and challenge with the inventive gauntlet of deadly devices it sends you merrily charging through. Trapped inside a cloning facility, your mission in this clever puzzler is to escape with your hide intact. That's not so easy when there's a vast network of closed-circuit cameras watching from all directions. Outsmarting these mechanical overseers to circumvent the many dangerous traps is a real thrill — assuming you don't mind dying a lot in the process.
Tilt to Live wasn’t easy when it debuted in 2010, and its sequel certainly isn’t easy today. To some degree, you can consider Tilt to Live 2: Redonkulous the anti-Asteroids: using tilt controls to command a little arrow avatar, you must rid the screen of all collision-causing obstacles, only instead of shooting them it’s a matter of avoiding them for as long as you can hold out. Basically, you’ll want to keep your arrow from touching plagues of red dots that will hunt you to the ends of the earth in various patterns and formations.
Gameloft surely hopes that GT Racing 2’s flashy lighting and obsessively modeled licensed cars will make it stand out from — or at least keep pace with — a recent surge of App Store racing sims, notably genre leader Real Racing 3. Lens flares and dust effects are well and good, but GT Racing 2’s visual fidelity threatens to overshadow its real strength: as free-to-play racers go, it’s got great controls. GT Racing 2 doesn’t reinvent the iOS racing control scheme, but it executes it better than most of its competitors.
Morphopolis may be one of the most beautiful games we’ve seen this year, but its remarkable looks aren’t always backed up by strong puzzle design. Taking on the role of a caterpillar as it undergoes five metamorphoses into ever larger insects, you’ll find hidden objects and solve puzzling minigames across more than a dozen scenes — each as lusciously detailed as the last — all backed by a stellar soundtrack amidst a bare-bones interface.
There are lots of ways to quickly create compelling works of art on our iPhones and iPads. One-touch filters and easy overlays have turned us all into amateur graphic artists, even if we don't have the most artistic of eyes. Notegraphy is cut from that cloth. With an emphasis on social sharing, the app automatically stylizes everything you write with a keen artistic flourish, turning your most mundane thoughts into stunning inspirational displays.
When Pages for iOS was released alongside the iPad in 2010, it was a showcase of all that was possible with Apple's revolutionary tablet. A natural extension of the Mac app, it set the tone for multitouch content creation, with powerful page layout and word processing templates plus tools that complemented the ones we used on our MacBooks. With the new version 2.0 release, however, Pages is no longer a companion app. A complete rewrite for iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks has brought parity across all platforms, and you'll find the same templates, menus, and features everywhere you go, with a strong emphasis on collaboration and editing.
It’s been only six months since Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol brought its unique, tactical take on World War I air combat to iOS, and already we’ve got a sequel. Pushing the action forward to the Pacific during World War II, Ace Patrol: Pacific Skies pits American and Japanese aces against each other in missions that range from simple dogfighting to defending or destroying vital ships, bases, or other structures.
Knock, knock, who’s there? It’s your iPhone, unlocking your Mac! Knock is a clever solution pairing a paid iPhone app with free OS X host software, which allows owners of late-model Mac computers to log into their user accounts by simply "knocking" twice on the handset – even if it’s sitting locked and idle in your pocket. The iPhone and iPod touch app performs this trickery by communicating with the Mac in question using the latest low-energy Bluetooth 4.0.