As any pooch-smooching dog lover knows, our furry companions are more than just pets, they’re part of the family. We put care into picking their food, bed, toys, and sometimes even clothes — but what about apps? The App Store is packed with puppy-loving picks, starting with the favorites we’re listing here.
Continuing in the vein of memorable iOS gimmick apps like iBeer and Tom Cat, SpeakaZoo is part kids app and part parlor trick. As the zookeeper in charge of a whole stable of colorful, crudely animated animals, your sole job is to keep them happy—but not in the usual ways. You won't be feeding or washing them; instead you'll help them work through their various neuroses and idiosyncrasies. But while the wow factor wears off a little too quickly, SpeakaZoo’s chatty characters and childlike charm should be enough to keep your little ones coming back.
Do you ever feel like there's something missing in your life? Like there's a hole that could only be filled by a furry, cuddly, feathery, or scaly creature of some sort? Then maybe it's time you seek out the unmatchable companionship of a pet. There's no better time to do so, as June is National Adopt a Pet Month, plus there are always rescue animals in need of a great home. But that doesn't mean you should rush into things without doing a little research. Getting a pet is a long-term responsibility that you should be prepared for. That's why we've gathered eight apps that are essential to have handy if you're bringing home a new pet. They'll help you be prepared and make sure you're giving your pet the home it deserves.
Like all parents in the digital age, we have a couple of folders on our iPhones and iPads dedicated to our young children, filled with apps designed specifically for their growing minds. At first blush, Petting Zoo – an interactive picture book created by New Yorker cartoonist Christoph Niemann – seemed like one more cutesy app for our collection. But once we started playing with it, we realized that we were enjoying it almost as much as our little ones.