When Jony Ives took over as the lead UI designer for iOS last year after Scott Forstall got the boot, most people were automatically thinking of a massive graphical overhaul for the next version of iOS, and it sounds like that’s the case. The launch of iOS 7 is being pushed back until September as Ives replaces the familiar pseudo-realistic page tears and stitches with a more modern, minimal and flat, almost Windows Metro-like design.
In Cards Against Humanity, the game is to try and submit the funniest answer to a question posed to the players. It’s a hilariously awesome game, but sadly there’s no mobile version. Enter Snap Snap Go, which is kinda like Cards Against Humanity, only using photos to answer instead of words.
Right now, it’s iOS only so check it out on the App Store.
While most kids aren’t carrying around little plastic Tamagotchi eggs anymore, there’s still a big virtual pet market on Android and iOS. And that’s exactly where Tamagotchi is going next, with an app/game being launched soon by Bandai.
2012 was a huge, huge year for mobile gaming as more and more and more people picked up iPhones, iPods, iPads and Android devices by the armload. And in 2012, the biggest money-making trend for iOS game developers was making free-to-play games with additional paid content. Every single one of the top 10 grossing iPhone games from last year were free. Free game, then charge people real money for in-game items. Seems to be a winning strategy.
With time quickly running out to get stuff in the mail before Christmas, Apple has just brought back app gifting, which you can now do straight from your iOS device. From the App Store, you can pull up a menu that lets you send any app as a gift to someone else, even letting you schedule it up to 90 days in advance.
As the lines between console and phone begin to blur, you’ll have to start making more hard choices like these… do you want Grand Theft Auto: Vice City for your phone for just $5? Yes, Vice City is a great game, but do I want it on a tiny touchscreen?
With your average weather app for your phone, you get daily or hourly predictions for your location, and that’s cool and all, but if you really want an even more fined-tuned sense of the weather, Dark Sky is an app that will tell when your weather is going to change down to the minute.
Scott Forstall, Senior Vice President of Apple’s iOS and User Interface division, will be leaving the company sometime in 2013. His replacement will be Jony Ive, who is already Senior Vice President of industrial design. Forstall apparently never got along well with the other execs, and he just happened to be the head of the botched Apple Maps project.
It’s been a little later than promised, but the gory racer is finally on iOS. And on its first day on the iOS store, you can pick up Carmageddon for free. Even if you wait until tomorrow, it’s still only going to be $1.99, so that’s still a whole lot of carnage in your pocket for cheap. The Android version is due out by the end of 2012/early 2013.
Ever since Steve Jobs’ return from NEXT put him back in the CEO chair during Apple’s second coming, the company’s unofficial motto has been “It just works”. But Siri didn’t just work and the new Maps app is sort of crappy, especially if you live or travel outside the US, where its directions suddenly become absolutely worthless. So today, Apple CEO Tim Cook released a public letter, apologizing for Maps and suggesting people using something like Bing or Google if they want something that just works.
You may not be as smart as Einstein, but a new iPad app will let you take a peek inside Einstein’s brain, slice by slice. I’m not sure what information you could glean from it, but it’s pretty fucking cool anyway. If Einstein was so smart, why is he dead?
It’s only been a little over 24 hours since iOS 6 dropped, bringing with it Apple’s own Maps program, and people are already getting hopelessly lost and confused by its directions. Sure it’s got Siri giving you turn by turn directions and pretty vectorized 3D graphics, but if it gets you lost, it’s not very good. It’s got one job…