The new iPhones are here! Well, not quite — but those looking to buy one of the new candy-colored iPhone 5c models can at least preorder on Friday, and presumably will have the device in hand come Sept. 20, when the rest of us can wander into a retail store and buy one. If you're preordering, drop us a line in the comments and let us know which color and storage capacity you're laying down cash for!
We're all over the map here this week, people. We've got games, we've got maps, we've got lists, we've got exercise. So many cool apps for saving the universe or trimming off them love handles so get clicking. One and two and three and go!
The week may not be quite over, but most Americans are looking ahead to the extended Memorial Day weekend. And what better way to enjoy three days of fun and sun than with some app updates and improvements? We've got a few of those for you in our Thursday recap, along with some bold words from BlackBerry's founder on BBM's chances for survival with iPhone users, so read on for more.
People say to us all the time, "Why are you always playing on your phone?" Ha! Joke's on them, because our phone isn't just a pocket arcade. We're blogging, making music, scheduling doctor's appointments, taking notes on our screenplay, digging deep in cloud storage or on our home computers for work files, and tons of other things. If you're productivity-obsessed like we are, then you'll love this week's batch of price cuts that turn your iPhone or iPad into a tool for getting things done.
Perhaps we've all been a little too spoiled by iOS.
Our iPhones are filled with gorgeous, hand-crafted apps that give us years of refinements and upgrades for less than the cost of a latte. We expect every interface to be refined and elegant without giving much thought to the time or energy that goes into it; and thanks to the relative ease of developing for iOS and its multitude of users, developers can mostly afford to do so.
Just like you've gotta eat, iPhone and iPad users gotta use apps, but some people don’t venture too far past the packed-in options or maybe whatever’s at the top of the App Store charts. But maybe you’re settling for a plain old cake donut when you could have a mouth-watering strawberry and Nutella crepe — and a much better experience. We set out to replace your everyday apps, the workhorses you rely on. Sample from this buffet, and you won’t save any calories, but you will have an even better time using your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
There are some apps users immediately elevate to legendary status, and iOS to-do app Clear is one of them. That's why developer Realmac's announcement this week of a Mac version is lighting up Clear fans everywhere.
Somewhere deep in a Cupertino laboratory, a team of developers is no doubt hard at work at a killer to-do app. Reminders is a good start – and certainly a welcome improvement over the iCal-Mail-Notes solution – but it just doesn't have the simplicity and elegance we've come to expect from Apple's own offerings. Whatever they're working on, they might want to put it on hold and download a copy of Clear, the classiest list-making app we've ever used.