When Apple redesigned its apps for iOS 7, the iPad versions got something of a short shrift. Stale staples like Notes and Calendar were happily stripped of their skeuomorphism—but somewhere along the design process, they lost their character too, as Jony Ive sought to bring greater aesthetic harmony across the various iOS screens. Flexibits’ Fantastical 2 for iPad does well to avoid this trap. Instead of a dull port from the smaller screen, it sets a new standard for universality, reinventing its brilliant calendar concept with a streamlined interface that takes everything good about the iPhone app and makes it bigger and better.
Updating a beloved app for iOS 7 is no easy task. Simply tweaking the interface to match Apple's lighter, cleaner style can affect the user experience in unexpected ways, but a full-on overhaul can bring its share of problems too, as features are squeezed out in the name of simplicity. Released as a new standalone app, Fantastical 2 has neither of these problems. With an effortless redesign that refines everything we love about the original version, the calendar app retains its spot at the head of the class.
Apple's built-in Calendar app continues to be a sore spot for many iPhone users, but thankfully there are any number of third-party alternatives that do a far better job -- including an old favorite with a whole new version.
Games, ebook readers, movie watchers, and more games -- that's what we've got for you this week. A heaping helping of just what you're after, just what you're interested in. The recent rainy weather means that some days, you're trapped inside, and this is just the ticket for what ails you. So get tapping.
This week you are in for a treat, boy are you ever. This week we have some App Store essentials that went on sale. We're talking apps that are must-haves. So if you've been putting off making your App Life that much better, simpler, cooler, then this is the week for you to get out your wallet.
Just because they have billions in the bank, that doesn't mean Apple wants to share it with the record labels. The big news Thursday was a new report that sheds some light on Cupertino's lowball tactics as it works to launch a rumored music streaming service. Will the iPhone maker get its way? As with most things, only time will tell. Until then, get caught up on what you might have missed before heading into the weekend...
You've probably read a bunch of "best of" lists over the past few weeks, but I couldn't let 2012 go by without honoring some of the best-designed apps in the App Store. So, without further ado, I present my picks for the 2012 Rounded Rectangles iOS Design Awards. It seemed like all the good categories were taken, so I had to come up with a few of my own...
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.
Calendar never really grabbed me on the iPhone, and for whatever reason, neither have the non-Apple scheduling and day-planning options that I've tried. But when I heard Flexibits' Fantastical was making the jump to iPhone and iPod touch, even I was intrigued. I had read so much about its much-loved Mac app that I couldn't resist the urge to try a cheaper, mobile version of the popular utility. And it's very easy to see why Fantastical is so revered.
Assuming the rumors are true, we might see iTunes 11 today -- but barring another delay from Cupertino, it should certainly show up by tomorrow, given that's the last day of November. We've lost a bit of enthusiasm for the new media player since it was first shown off back in September, but those of you heading out to buy a shiny new iMac on Friday will certainly have a little something extra to play with this weekend...