This week's edition of the New App Recap is almost literally an explosion of sight and sound! We've got an Apple Pay-enabled update for smart bulbs, Flickr landing on the iPad, a whole bunch of ways to create music while on the go, and even a couple apps for anonymously expressing yourself or getting the word out on your personal blog. Sit back and join us on this groovy trip through the world of new and updated apps!
If all goes well, today could mark the beginning of a bright new future for Apple. The Cupertino company today rolled out its long-awaited iOS 8.1 patch, which at last unleashes Apple Pay out into the wild for use at companies like Walgreens and McDonald's. It's a big step for both Apple and its users, so if you're nervous about jumping in blindly, be sure to check out the handy guide we've prepared.
Whether you’re looking for a big-name smash or an intriguing indie, we’ve got a nice blend of both in this week’s App Store release lineup. NBA 2K15 brings big improvements to the hoops series, while Angry Birds Transformers pairs franchises in colorful fashion — but don’t miss Helix or Hyspherical either. We’ll have another batch next Thursday, but these should keep you satisfied for some time.
VVVVVV is a fairly simple platformer, but one crafted and refined to mechanical perfection. The controls are as basic as the visuals — go left, go right, and flip gravity. But this game is full of things that complicate matters.
Adobe launched a trio of new Creative Cloud-connected mobile apps last week that bookend this week's edition of the New App Recap, along with other selections to make us more productive, keep tabs on finances, stay up-to-date with news and weather, and even communicate with groups of colleagues or friends. There's so much new to see, we won't waste any more time talking about it and just get on with the show!
This week’s App Store lineup offers a nice variety of picks, including totally weird indie Skullduggery!, popular new franchise entries Reckless Racing 3 and Zombie Highway 2, and Terra Battle from the creator of Final Fantasy. And speaking of that series, the port of Final Fantasy VI got a big update today to make things a lot smoother. Check these out, and then come back next Thursday for more.
Both the new iPhones and iOS 8 have had a few weeks to settle in, and we're seeing a growing number of games — new and old — taking advantage of the amazing Metal API to level up the graphics or add a little extra spice elsewhere in the package. Here are the best games out right now that shine brighter and run cooler on iPhones and iPads with iOS 8 Metal.
A dubious rumor started making the rounds this afternoon that Apple is planning to make an operating system for its rumored 12.9-inch iPad that includes elements of both OS X and iOS. This is allegedly one of two prototypes for the large tablet: one currently sports only iOS in the style of previous iPads, and the other is the "2-for-1 device" described above.
This week's New App Recap features a compelling mix of productivity apps headlined by Post-It Plus, takes a detour through the revamped Google Play Newsstand, Path Talk, and Tweetbot for iPhone apps, reveals how rewarding shopping with Groupon can be, and even serves up an entire catalog of free documentary movies for good measure. Not sure where to begin? Why not start with our first new app, which is only a click away....
We’ve got a couple of big-name releases leading this week’s roundup, including an iPad version of Pokémon Trading Card Game Online, plus the touch debut of Mac tactical role-playing favorite The Banner Saga. Adult Swim’s free-to-play Adventure Xpress also looks like fun, and if you’re a big fan of aging pro wrestlers, then Crazy Taxi City Rush has something for you this week (no, really, brother).