Apple hardware users looking to stick it to the man will have a song in their hearts this morning and skip all the way to work. Why, you ask? Well, the iPhone Dev Team has released the an updated version of Spirit--the spunky untethered jailbreak for iPhones, iPads and the iPod touch!
Yes, that was the date on Friday, and it was also what everyone who had an iPad 3G was shouting from the rooftops if the UPS truck didn't pull up outside their front door to deliver the sweet mobile goodness into their hot little hands. Round two of iPad madness, though it's never quite the same, the second time around. For solace, let's look at what the Mac|Life kiddies got up to this week, just In Case You Missed It.
It doesn't take long to learn iPhone and iPod touch classics like double tap for paste and pinch to zoom, so it only seems fitting that the bigger screen of the iPad might allow for a few more gestures.
With 185,000 apps and counting, the App Store is a vast warehouse of digital goodies for your iPhone (and now iPad too). But like most mega-marts, the sheer size of it all makes the good stuff harder to find. We’ve scoured the Store, and found the best apps to help you use your iPhone to it’s fullest potential. Whether it’s games you seek, or productivity tools, we’ve got you covered. As it turns out, there really is an app for that, no matter what that is.
After years of rumors and speculation, the iPad is finally in our excited little hands. Now, developers are falling all over themselves to create iPad versions of their popular iPhone applications. They can either create an entirely new application exclusive to the iPad, or create a hybrid app that runs on both devices. The hybrid apps recognize the device it's running on and launches code specific to the device being used. Whether iPad only or hybrid, let's take a quick look at some of our favorite iPad apps and see how they differ from their iPhone cousins.
Of all the colorful plush creations Chicago-based toy designer Shawnimals has released into the world -- including large mustaches (with their own smaller mustaches) and pork buns, each with eyes and a mouth -- its Ninjatown line of colorful ninjas has garnered the most attention, even resulting in a well-received Nintendo DS strategy game from mobile developer Venan. With the Venan Arcade publishing brand now established, the two companies have crossed paths to create an all-new Ninjatown experience for the iPhone, titled Ninjatown: Trees of Doom!
Unless you don't count Gizmodo buying a "lost" fourth generation iPhone and stripping it down to post every last nook and cranny of the device, it was kind of a slow week in Apple news. And you have to admit, that newest iPhone does look pretty sweet.
Okay, but hands up, who really, really thinks that iPhone was lost on accident and not a plant to keep the Apple fans' fevers at high pitch? All right, now that we've settled that, let's see what else happened in this week's best of Mac|Life.