There are three things in life that you can count on: Death, taxes and lawsuits leveled against Apple. For now, let's focus on the latter: According to a number of sources, it appears that Apple and a number of iOS application developers may have stepped in something awkward, and of course, are being swiftly taken to task for it.
There’s no denying it: the holidays are upon us. Christmas is finally here, and all of you last minute holiday gift shopping procrastinators are just about hosed. To mark the occasion and make the season just a little bit brighter, we here at Mac|Life have put together a list of our favorite Christmas flavored iOS apps sure to make the season bright for die-hard yuletide sentimentalists and humbugs alike.
2010 has been a great year for iOS apps and the devices that use them. With the introduction of the Retina Display on the iPhone 4 and the generous amount of screen real estate offered by the iPad, Apple mobile product users have become accustomed to beautiful user interfaces that not only look good, but provide them, in most cases, with immediate application gratification. As the year comes to a close, however, one developer has seen fit to bend those gorgeous screens to his will, providing us with an application that doesn't offer instant satisfaction. Instead, Strange Rain--really more a work of art than a game--rewards long-term use while looking good doing it.
Fart Apps. There's more of them in the iTunes App Store than you could beat down with a whole rack of servers. So many flatulence-based iOS applications had, shall we say, permeated the App Store that it last September, the tech giant decided that anything submitted for approval that looked even remotely gassy would be rejected. With the issue of fart-centric applications firmly dealt with, it seems that the tech giant has had time to consider their next true enemy. A nemesis that has thumbed their nose at the Cupertino-based company's core values and played upon simple consumers for far too long. Yes, we're talking about single-station radio apps.
If you're in the market for a full featured RSS reader to deck your iPad out with, you could do a lot worse than Glasshouse App's The Early Edition--a cleverly designed application that takes your favourite RSS feeds and presents them to you in the form of a browsable, searchable newspaper interface that makes reading a pleasure. If you haven't had a chance to take the application for a test drive, here's your chance: For this weekend only, The Early Edition is being offered for the very reasonable prive of 99 cents--80% off of the application's regular price!
Stable, flexible and easy to use, WordPress is an obvious choice for those who blog for a living or just want to keep their family up-to-date on what they've been up to on the other side of the country. With a multitude of plug-in options, themes and the ability to host your published blog on WordPress' servers or one of your own choosing, the platform is nothing but win for writers who want to get their content online quickly and with a minimal amount of fuss. The latest update of the app--version 2.6--introduces the ability to record video on your iPhone or video-equipped iPod touch, and then upload it to a WordPress blog. Now that's classy.
If you're using a Sonos audio system to kick out the jams and have an iPad at your disposal, you'll be happy to know that your ability to control your tunes has gotten greater. That's right, Sonos Controller, which until recently was an iPhone and iPod touch app, is now available for your music-playing pleasure at an iPad-native resolution.
We can't think of a better way to start our morning than by hearing the news that a much needed and much anticipated update to Apple's free Remote App for iOS has finally been made available in the App Store. You may recall that a while back, we let you in on the fact that the first iteration of the Remote App was built by a single developer, which may well have attributed to why it's taken so darn long for an update to crop up. No matter whether the 2.0 version of the app was built by the same fellow or a million-strong code monkey army, we couldn't be happier to see this update make the scene.
Note taking, appointments and to-do lists are a huge part of the lives of most of the Mac|Life staff. With the break-neck pace of modern life, there's little doubt in our minds that many of you find yourself relying on sticky notes, old school appointment books or dare we say it, an iOS app, to keep your days from running off the rails. If you lean towards App Store-based solutions and have been looking for a new way to keep your universe running smoothly, you could do far worse than giving Awesome Note a whirl.
The App Store and its approval process is one of Apple’s biggest headaches and one of its biggest black eyes (and will be around, causing trouble long after the antenna issue is resolved). Apps get denied just because some prickly worker is having a bad day, despite being identical in offerings to other, approved apps, or someone at Cupertino changes their mind and pulls a previously approved app. But HTML is a lovely thing, as Google demonstrates with their "apps," and now there's a whole new app store for you to check out.