Tabzu is the first case I've used that actually enhances my iPad experience. It doesn't add any functionality per se, but its unique design completely eliminates the awkwardness I have when using the iPad away from a table. The brainchild of Leo Garza and Martin Meunier, Tabzu is what happens when two of the special effects whizzes responsible for such masterpieces as Indiana Jones, Coraline and The Lord of the Rings turn their attention to tablet accessories.
When it comes to sitting down and really getting invested in a game, the iPad is the best platform in Apple's portable arsenal, but so many of the most popular free-to-play games are sluggish simulations that aim only to empty your wallet. Luckily, that's not nearly the best the App Store has to offer players who want some great fun without committing some cash. We've assembled our list of the 25 best free iPad games, all of which give you a solid array of complementary content and offer loads of entertainment without a price tag. You won't find any demos or lite versions of standalone premium apps here, though many of these games offer the opportunity to enjoy them further (and support their creators) via in-app purchases.
The iPad and iPhone have changed the games industry in more than a few ways, but the ubiquitousness of touch controls is probably the iOS platform's biggest contribution to modern game hardware. And while there's plenty to love about screen-taps and accelerometer controlled tilt, some games just play better with a controller. According to one report, it sounds like Apple may have finally given in to the idea.
It often feels like it takes a lot of work to make any sort of major impact in the world, and that can seem overwhelming. But there are people who are changing lives on a daily basis without thinking anything of it. Doing volunteer work is one of the most rewarding ways that a person can spend their extra hours, and putting in a little effort individually or with a nonprofit can help improve the community, the lives of its citizens, and your own. April is just around the corner, and it's National Volunteer Month, so if you're looking for opportunities to get involved and make a difference, be sure to check out these eight iOS apps.
It's become increasingly popular to try and shoehorn console-style shooters onto iOS, but there's still something to be said for building a game around a system's limitations, rather than ignoring them. With that in mind, Frontline Commando: D-Day might look like a World War II-themed third-person shooter with (presumably) kludgy controls, but it's actually an arcade-y series of shooting galleries linked by auto-runner sequences. That combination creates a streamlined experience that lets us focus on what really matters: ducking behind cover and popping up just long enough to shoot Nazis in the face.
Apple last week released an update to its much-reviled Podcasts app, which brings a host of long-overdue features, including custom stations, iCloud syncing, and On-the-Go playlists. But perhaps most appreciated is the removal of one of Apple's signature pieces of skeuomorphism, the reel-to-reel tape machine. Clearly this is the work of Jony Ive, a known critic of the design style. When he was given free rein over Apple's human interfaces after Scott Forstall stepped down last October, we expected some changes would be made to iOS, which incorporates many of these type of real-world mimicry. But by dumping the tape deck — certainly one of the more intricate elements Apple has designed — it seems as though he's taking a stand, not just for Podcasts, but for all future versions of iOS.
If by some chance you happened to miss out on one of the best video game experiences of 2012, Telltale's excellent adaptation of Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead is on sale in the App Store. Individual episodes have received a deep discount for a limited time, and picking up the whole bundle will save you a few bucks more.
[UPDATED] Loading up your iPad with games isn't difficult, but filling each page and folder with the best the App Store has to offer can be a challenging endeavor. Luckily, we're here to ease that process with our list of the 25 best iPad games, a varied and regularly-updated selection of the top tablet experiences around. While some of these games are great on any iOS device, many are particularly enhanced by the larger screen, or may include additional features or modes not seen on smaller displays. All the same, if you're new to the iPad scene or simply need a refresher on what's great for the platform, check out the slides within!
[UPDATED] Amidst the constant crush of new releases, it can be difficult to locate more than a handful of truly brilliant and totally essential games on the App Store at any given moment. But that's why we're here. We've been following iPhone gaming since the launch of Apple's digital storefront, and have played countless titles for the platform, both good and bad (and often in between). What follows is our current, up-to-date listing of the 25 best, must-download games for iPhone and iPod touch, which spans a wide array of genres and includes both older favorites and recent sensations that've made a big impact.
[UPDATED] Free games seem to multiply in number each time we load up the App Store, but so many of the top titles feel like cynical business plans in disguise. Luckily, there's plenty of gratis goodness to be had on the iPhone: games that offer a solid amount of entertaining gameplay and aren't lite versions. Heck, some of these games might even make you want to spend money within to access premium features and additional content, but we aimed to select titles that didn't make that feel like a necessity.