We are mere weeks away from the end of the first decade in this new millennium. This year has been a big one for Apple’s multi-touch product line with the arrival of the iPad, iPhone 4 and iOS 4. Along with these new technologies has come a seemingly endless barrage of great apps that keep us coming back for more.
Today we’ll take a look at some of our favorite apps that were either introduced or popular throughout the year. Some of them made the list as a result of huge sales while others are an important piece of iOS history. A big thanks to all of our Twitter followers who submitted votes for their favorite apps! You’ll definitely see many of your submissions included below.
Ready to push your engineering limits and successfully route trains in tight situations? Even if you never enjoyed model train sets as a kid, you may find that routing trains is as fun, and maybe even more challenging, than shooting angry birds at pigs. Let’s take a look at Trainyard, a newer game in the App Store, and see if trainyards still are appealing in the 21st century.
iOS devices are great for increasingly intensive 3D games, but sometimes you just want to relax and play a game that will spark your imagination while giving your eyes a rest. Trainyard is an innovative puzzle game that does just that. The game consists of laying out tracks to guide trains from their origin to their destination, starting out with easy layouts and working up to mind-bending levels that take ingenious track layouts to solve.
Humail is an e-mail replacement app for your iOS device. Featuring a unique way to browse and view e-mail that centers around envelopes, this e-mail app works hard to differentiate itself. In this review, I discuss the two major features that make Humail different from the default iOS e-mail client before describing additional functions such as a global inbox, shortcut bar and filters.
Created by App develop firm Insighde, Humail strives to “make e-mail emotional again”. Humail was co-founded by Chief Experience Officer Rami Khalil and Chief Innovation Officer Mahmoud Abdur-Rahman. When asked to describe the app, Khalil said, “We believe that we’ve had enough of e-mail grids and it’s the time to feel, touch and communicate with our mail contacts in a more humotional way”. This statement conveys the underlying idea that Humail is centered around: to move email away from the grids and lists with which we have become familiar. (more…)
Have you been waiting for your iPhone to support Flash videos? Today we’re going to look at Skyfire, a new browser that lets you play Flash videos on your iOS device.
Ever since the iPhone was released in 2007, users have been clamoring for Flash support. Although Flash is still not supported in iOS, the situation is much better today since many sites are including h.264 HTML5 compatible video on their mobile sites. Still, there are many sites with videos you just can’t watch on your iPhone.
The web has become saturated with surprisingly high quality content created entirely on iPhones. Never before has a device that contains a camera merely as a secondary feature so impacted the worlds of photography and cinematography.
The question is, are these industries better or worse with the arrival of the iPhone? Is this device improving the digital world by putting multimedia-based art forms into the hands of the masses or is it critically cheapening decades of hard work from serious professionals? Let’s discuss.
The original Palm Pre launched with no small amount of excitement. Largely due to its beautiful WebOS platform, the Pre was instantly hailed as an “iPhone Killer” by countless tech journalists and bloggers (aren’t they all?). Even I thought this phone looked amazing. It just had so much that the iPhone didn’t (at the time). An innovative multi-tasking system, a slideout physical keyboard, cool gestures to bring up hidden menus, global search, Facebook contact syncing, and more. All of this of course came in addition to various iPhone-like features that had Apple calling their patent lawyers.
However, here we are well over a year later and the iPhone is still the king (though Android is a serious threat). Even the newer Palm Pre Plus and the Palm Pixi failed to gain the interest of consumers. Meanwhile, the horribly performing Palm, Inc. has been acquired by HP in hopes that the PC titan can revive the Palm brand. Now after a considerable period of silence, HP has launched the Palm Pre 2 along with WebOS2.
With HP’s backing, will this new Pre finally gain a considerable following and challenge the iPhone?
WordPress is without a doubt one of the most ubiquitous website and blogging platforms around, and for good reason. The sheer volume of plugins and themes available to make your site stand out from the crowd is immense and has made WordPress the premier piece of web software for creating a beautiful website or blog.
Contemplate for a moment that there are now estimated to be upwards of 96.6 million Internet users who read a blog at least once a month – and that’s just in the US! It would be crazy not to utilize the incredible functionality of the iPhone to aid you in updating, managing, and tracking your website or blog. Furthermore, with the ever increasing rise of the smartphone, a large portion of the people viewing websites and blogs will be doing so on the move. You wouldn’t want your WordPress site to disappoint them would you?
Below we’ll look at a range of WordPress related resources with your iPhone in mind – from Apps to help you manage your blog through to themes and plugins designed to make your site have an impact on the iPhone.
We’re proud to announce that our close cousin, MobileTuts has just launched an awesome new series on designing for the iPhone.
Here’s a brief description of the series:
“Are you a web designer, excited by the idea of designing iPhone apps, but unsure of how to get started? Or perhaps you’ve designed a couple of apps, but are looking to boost your skills with some fundamental knowledge of why we make certain design decisions for mobile? This series is for both novice and intermediate-level designers who want to make a big splash in the mobile design space!”
The topics you can look forward to in this series include both hands-on techniques and examples as well as mobile related design theory. The following is a line-up of what we will cover over the course of this series:
- Designing for the iPhone Audience and the App Store
- How to Use iPhone and iPad Design Templates
- Designing Apps that Use All Available iPhone Functionality
- How to Design for the Different Types of iPhone Apps
- The Mobile Design Process
- The Pros and Cons of Using Apple Default vs. Custom Graphics
- Understanding Your App’s Target Audience
- Icon Design Tips for iPhone and iPad
- iPhone Mockup Tools and the Wireframing Process
- Creating Screenshots and Icons for iTunes
So jump on over to MobileTuts and get started the road to becoming a rockstar iPhone designer!
Though it’s still officially in the rumor stage (no announcement from Verizon or Apple), the idea that Verizon will start offering the iPhone early next year is seen as a fact by many sources.
What we want to know is, do you care? Have you had enough problems with AT&T to immediately go running to another carrier as soon as it becomes possible? Or perhaps you’re one of the thousands already using Verizon, waiting patiently for the iPhone to arrive.
Cast your vote and leave a comment below telling us what you think of AT&T and Verizon and where you’d like to see the iPhone go next!
Today we bring you the first post in a new series of free wallpaper packs for your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
These photographic backgrounds are exclusive to iPhone.Appstorm and have in fact been captured by yours truly. They look beautiful on both the lock screen and home screen and have been sized to the appropriate resolution for your device.