Apple ships a very capable weather app in iOS 7. That weather app uses Yahoo’s information, and takes cues from other apps in the design and feature department. On iOS, many developers take a hint as to what they need to include in a weather app from Apple’s efforts.
Weather Line goes in a different direction: what two conditions do you need to know most often? Temperature, and whether or not it’s going to rain in the next hour or so — or at least that’s what the developers bet on. Other information is available in the app, but those two key pieces of data are displayed most prominently. Interested? (more…)
My hunt for the perfect sports app continues unabated. In my mind, a sports app has to strike a perfect balance between information density, speed, and intuitiveness. None that I have tested have quite hit that mark.
The latest in the lineup of apps to receive my attention is CBS Sports. Recently redesigned for iOS 7, the app sports a slick new interface, as well as support for all of iOS 7’s gestures. Additionally, it offers support for a wide range of leagues and sports. Is it able to finally strike that balance between statistics and design? (more…)
To-do apps are an App Store favorite. A new one comes around almost every two months or so, and offers some new flashy feature or design motif to entice users to ditch their current app and jump ship. There’s not anything wrong with that — to-do apps have been a playground for developers and enterprising designers for a long time, and experimentation is only ever a fantastic occurrence.
What most apps lack, however, is a new idea. They have the spark and design flair of a modern program ready to allow users to revolutionize their workflow with… the same method and sequence that has been around for years. This Week tries to be different by combining the typical reminders with a hybrid calendar-based workflow, and wrapping the app in an attractive, Fantastical-esque package. (more…)
Developing iOS apps is a very challenging process but one area that takes up more time than anything else is its design. It doesn’t matter what your app can do — if it’s poorly designed then people just won’t use it.
POP‘s aim is to make the early stages of testing an app’s design as effortless as possible by making use of the most fundamental part of process — your sketches.
Maybe you’ve been reading an article and a term popped out at you, but you didn’t want to stop reading for long to research it. Or you were sitting at a dinner party, and someone mentioned a movie you hadn’t heard of, but you didn’t have time to hit up IMDB or Wikipedia and read about it. I get moments like this all the time. The team behind Dunno calls them brainslaps, and they don’t want you to miss another one ever again.
Dunno is a free cloud-based app that does research for you while you wait. It’s a universal iOS app and also available on OS X. Think of it like Wunderlist or Evernote, but instead of adding things to a to-do list or jotting down some quick notes, you’re getting research done while you’re away from the Web. (more…)
Some apps available for smartphones these days try and do too much at once. They present you with an endless list of features, but they’re all executed badly and the resulting experience is frustrating. Other apps, whilst having less features, focus on one specific task but pull it off brilliantly — and the resulting experience is fantastic. Countdown Me is a great example of the latter. Let’s take a look at how it takes such a simple concept, and turns it into a very well-rounded app that’s a joy to use. (more…)
Tweetbot may have been the best Twitter client in its day, but new times are ahead. Twitter’s own official app may be more popular than the smaller third-party alternatives, yet developers keep releasing new ones every few months. This time the app is the fifth version of a classic client originally on the Mac called Twitterrific.
In version 5.0, the developer redesigned everything and equipped the app with a completely new set of navigation features. It’s much simpler and more intuitive than before, too. To evaluate its potential as a competitor to the great Tweetbot, I downloaded Twitterrific on its release day and have been using it frequently since. Keep reading for a full look at the app. (more…)
Just over a month ago, the Apple community learned that iOS 6, set to release tomorrow, would not include an integrated YouTube app. Google’s video streaming service has been available on the platform since its inception in 2007, but Apple’s agreement with the search engine was going to expire so it was up to Google to make its own app for the many iPhone users out there.
On September 11th, Google released a free native YouTube app for the iPhone; the iPad version was said to arrive “in the coming months.” Regardless of tablet support, Google’s official app boasts usability, a better video selection, beauty and simplicity. The search engine giant has the potential to make a great app for the iPhone, but does it live up to this promise? (more…)
When it comes to checking the weather on your iPhone, there are way too many solutions. You can use something like Wunderground to get the most accurate reports, or Weather 2x, a less precise and more beautiful alternative. Then there’s the boring old app that comes with your iPhone. It has a rather stale design and doesn’t offer many details, but that’s mainly because it’s taking a minimal approach to things.
Nubilous and WTHR are two minimal, but beautiful weather apps. Is one better than the other, though? Let’s find out. (more…)
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