It was an anniversary week with the iPhone celebrating its seventh birthday and we've got the Mac closing in on its 30th later this month. Yes, January has been good for Apple fans. Unfortunately, we don't have any good news on the iWatch front for you just yet. Nevertheless, this week, like nearly every week, there was something cooking on the old news front. Let's see what's what.
Movies take us on wonderful journeys without ever leaving our seats. Together, they comprise a business worth billions of dollars, and we sure do love to watch them — be it in the cinema, on a bus, or in the comfort of our own home. And for anyone who wants to engage with the medium just a little deeper, there’s a multitude of resources available, whether it’s trivia, biographies, recommendations, videos, photos, reviews, analyses, and more. Naturally, iOS gets its share of the action, with dozens of great apps that let you learn more about films, catalog your personal collection, check showtimes, discover the classics you missed, or even watch a thing or two. Here are 10 of the best such options for film aficionados.
Thor is one truly badass warrior, but even his trusty hammer, electrifying moves, and a gaggle of armored cohorts to summon into battle can't quite save his latest jaunt from feeling a bit rickety around the edges. On a visual level, Thor: The Dark World is certainly an attractive-looking top-down brawler, which sends you through beautiful 3D environments to smash up evildoers and demonic beasts. Unfortunately, pushy microtransactions and shaky combat break the spell early on.
Newly exclusive to iOS 7, iMovie 2.0 is a big leap forward for mobile video editing. Apple nixes the movie theater motif of earlier versions in favor of a more streamlined UI here, making it easier than ever to create slick projects complete with slow motion, titles, and transitions. And unlike earlier versions that sometimes behaved sluggishly, iMovie 2.0 offers 64-bit support for the iPhone 5s and upcoming iPad models, accomplishing every task with breakneck speed. The app even eliminates older pain points with audio: Fade ins and outs are now adjustable, and audio from video clips can now be detached or inserted on its own.
So it's Friday, and I'm sure some of you are really looking forward to watching Ashton Kutcher's new biopic about Steve Jobs. Unfortunately, it appears as though you might want to think twice about rushing out to the theater and seeing it, as the reviews are in and most aren't pretty.
Just as Disney has long made drawings come to life with its many classic animated films, the Disney Animated app makes what could have been a solid, static book feel exuberant and entertaining as an interactive experience, full of behind-the-scenes footage and touch-based activities. The iPad app explores the long history of Disney's in-house animation efforts, breaking down the process step by step while explaining its many aspects using more than just words.
An old joke that circulated when the iPad was first announced called the then-new device a "gigantic iPhone," and now it looks as though Apple's taking the same approach to the next iPad by blowing up the iPad mini. The good news, though, is that the move could mean a meaningful improvement as regards the act of handling the device, as reported by the Wall Street Journal.
From action blockbusters like Iron Man 3 and World War Z to kid-friendly fare such as Despicable Me 2 and Turbo, most of the biggest films of the summer generated iOS games, including many free-to-play options. With endless runners, racing games, and high-impact brawlers in the bunch, there's plenty of variety on offer, though the quality swings wildly between them. Here's a look at 10 of the most notable games based on summer blockbusters, and how they turned out compared to their big-screen inspirations.
The first full-length trailer for Ashton Kutcher's full-length biopic of Steve Jobs hit YouTube today, revealing key moments from Jobs' early life that even the most casual Apple fan may be familiar with. That, and it serves as a reminder that the entire movie seems based around the idea that bearded Kutcher is a dead ringer for young Jobs.
You'd think it would be a simple task to make a great game based on the latest Superman film, what with all its high-flying action and superhero awesomeness. Sadly, Man of Steel is a bland, repetitive, and weak (though ultimately competent) Infinity Blade knock-off, minus the exploration. You'll fight one Kryptonian after another, going through a Story Mode of loosely-connected scenes based on events from the movie, all while leveling up your skills along the way and watching a handful of neat comic-style cut-scenes that hint at the presence of a plot.