With 185,000 apps and counting, the App Store is a vast warehouse of digital goodies for your iPhone (and now iPad too). But like most mega-marts, the sheer size of it all makes the good stuff harder to find. We’ve scoured the Store, and found the best apps to help you use your iPhone to it’s fullest potential. Whether it’s games you seek, or productivity tools, we’ve got you covered. As it turns out, there really is an app for that, no matter what that is.
It’s one of the dream applications for the iPad--scribbling on the iPad’s screen with your finger or a touch-capacitive stylus, and watching your handwriting convert seamlessly to type. WritePad can fulfill that dream for you, but only if you’re patient and dedicated.
Call me old-fashioned (or just old--I can take it), but there’s something about the look of a newspaper that just feels right when it comes to taking in the news of the day. Problem is, newspapers today bring you the news of yesterday and sometimes the day before that. RSS feeds are the answer, I know, but something in me dies at the thought of reading even more words in an email-like interface.
If you’re with me this far, you’ll understand why I instantly fell in love with The Early Edition for iPad.
Two of my favorite things about the iPad are how eager my kids are to use it and how quickly it became second nature to them. A big part of how they mastered Apple’s tablet (they’re ages 3 and 6) is this simple app featuring the Nickelodeon superstar who parents like almost as much as their little ones do.
Although the camera in the iPhone got a boost to 3 megapixels in the 3G-to-3GS refresh, it’s still not what anyone would call “powerful.” So if you’re among the many iPhone owners who take a lot of photos with your smartphone, it may be time to supersize that built-in camera with an add-on like the USBfever 8X Telescope with Hard Case. What you get for your $29 is a telescope-style fixed optical zoom lens (which attaches to an included case) and a miniature tripod that steadies your iPhone while you shoot photos or video. The lens lets you manually zoom in on a subject up to 8X, so you can get much closer without ever moving a muscle.
Your Mac does a lot of cool things straight out of the box: You can edit movies and make music, or turn to more mundane tasks like surfing the web and checking email. A tool for organizing scraps of digital information, however, isn’t built into the iLife suite--although it probably should be. And so the daftly named Green & Slimy has released Thoughts, an information manager designed to serve as a catch-all for your digital scraps, enabling you to store, search, and organize them in useful ways.
This week has seen a lot of money flying around, with big companies acquiring small ones. Among them, Apple snapped up a speech recognition app that few of us probably even heard of in the first place.
Some of this information may be old hat to most, but if you were one of the lucky few to get in on the 3G iPad during pre-order time, a little refresher on AT&T's upcoming data plan for the device may be in order.