iOS paved the way for apps we couldn’t have dreamed of just a few short years ago, allowing users to work, play, and dream bigger than ever. But can an app actually motivate users to improve their lives? That’s the single-minded mission behind Tortoise, an achievement-oriented app that meticulously dictates the changes we need to make in order to realize success. It may sound like something out of Scientology, but Tortoise: The Life Planning App frowns upon taking shortcuts through life, attempting to make the most of a “slow and steady wins the race” philosophy through slick graphics and a comprehensive, well-designed user interface.
God games typically thrive on giving you the power to mold vast civilizations however you see fit. Unsurprisingly, juggling too many moving parts can sometimes be more stressful than fun. To that extent, Pixel People lets you lord over an adorable pixelated city realm, but it never quite lets go of the reins to give you complete control. For some, this streamlined take on SimCity-style games will be a welcome change of pace.
Since its early beginnings as a game platform, iOS has seen its share of racing titles. Amazingly, each year seems to find some developer upping the stakes with smoother controls and exciting, new features. Table Top Racing is not one of those games. More like a plodding journey into an almost forgotten time when Micro Machines were still interesting, Table Top Racing is a great-looking game without much substance.
For pyromaniacs on the mend (or rise), Little Inferno might seem like a dream come true, as the oddball iPad app allows players to burn more than 100 distinct digital items within a virtual fireplace free of soot and real-world ramifications. For everyone else, the simple and repetitive act of buying items and using your finger to set them ablaze might initially seem pointless, but a mysterious back story, ample style, and a dollop of humor keep this compelling curio interesting long enough for it to show what's beyond the somewhat banal interactions.
It's strange to think back to that not-too-long-ago time when the iPad didn't exist, seeing how well we've managed to integrate it into our lives. Whether it's browsing the web on the couch, typing up documents in a cafe, or amusing ourselves with apps while traveling, Apple's sleek tablet can serve a lot of different purposes. It all depends on what you put on the iPad, and thankfully, there's no shortage of worthwhile apps that don't require a penny to start poking around in. Here are our picks for the 25 best free iPad apps, which span a variety of genres and needs, and include everything from content creation to social media and pure entertainment.
You want games? We got games. You want productivity apps? Yeah, we got those too. You wanna mix music on your iPhone for a party but all the music is on a server somewhere else? Heck yeah, we even got that. So what don't we have? High prices on any of these apps.
CloudClipboard is a clever app designed to save whatever you’ve copied into the memory of your iOS device or Mac (using that version of the app) and sync it effortlessly through your iCloud account to all your other devices, be it iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. The way it works is really simple: copy something – be it text, a URL, image, or a web-clip (part of a section of a webpage you can copy) – and then switch to CloudClipboard and that content is automatically added to it.
Launch Turnplay and you're greeted with a gorgeous knockoff of the Technics 1200, long considered the gold standard among DJ turntables. If you missed out on the chance to own one, this richly rendered iPad version might just scratch the itch. However, if you put "The #1 vinyl record player for iPad" in your app title, you've really got to deliver. Unfortunately, this iPad music player isn't quite the equivalent of the classic wax it tries so hard to emulate.
Tax season is upon us, eliciting groans of anguish across the U.S. as business owners and citizens alike prep for another round of less-than-pleasant paperwork, number crunching, and debt juggling. The good news is tax time doesn't have to be such a drag. While a few helpful apps let you do your taxes and file them right from your iOS device, there are plenty of others that offer much-needed support during this tricky time of year. Cut down on the chaos with these great tax season app picks, some of which are best used year-round to make the next filing process even easier.
Macworld is here! The biggest bestest event for fans of everything Apple kicked off today at Moscone West in San Francisco, with an all-day session on iPhoneography. If you're interested in the other sessions and speakers taking place throughout the weekend, be sure to download the official Macworld/iWorld official app, or visit macworldiworld.com.
Highlights of what I saw today (day zero?) after the jump!