For all of you AlliOSNews readers in the United States, Target stores has updated their app for iPhone that brings a lot of improvements and changes just in time for the holiday shopping seasons. The Target app for iPhone has been redesigned for iOS 7 and brings the familiar look and feel to the app that we have come to expect from these redesigns.
New features in this release include a Shopping List where you can build your lists faster that supports swipes to take
something off your list once you have picked it up. The Shopping List will also show you which items are on sale on your list. There is also a What’s in Store which will show you trending products and deals across the store you happen to be shopping in at the time. It will also offer you Cartwheel offers (a separate app from Target for exclusive deals – also free) and recipes. You can also add things to your Cartwheel app from the Target app with a single tap.
Interestingly the Target app for iPhone also includes some beta features that are only available in select stores. This includes a Find feature that allows you to find a particular product you are looking for within a store. This is very handy when you are trying to find that baby shampoo on the 2nd floor of a massive Target store. There is also a Decide function that allows you to tap on an item on your Shopping List and see if that product is available in your nearest Target store.
These new beta features are only available in select stores in Minneapolis and Seattle as well as all City Target locations.
The Target app for iPhone is free and available now in the App Store.
Anon Arts LLC today released an enhanced version of their popular animation app FlipBook HD for iPad, with significant stability and performance improvements and support for more active styli, including the Pogo Connect, JaJa, and Jot Touch. FlipBook HD continues to provide the best content-creation tools for animators of all levels.
“Millions of people have downloaded our FlipBook apps, and we’ve gotten some amazing feedback about how much people
love animating on the go. FlipBook HD really pushes what the iPad is capable of, and we’ve focused this entire release on improving customer satisfaction by making FlipBook more robust than ever before” said Josh Anon, Founder of Anon Arts.
FlipBook HD for iPad makes it easy for anyone to bring their drawings to life, even if their stick figures are a bit lopsided. The program offers innovative and intuitive features that appeal to aspiring and advanced animators alike, such as pressure-sensitive touchscreen drawing without a special stylus, importing photos and videos, multiple foreground and background tracks, a keyframe-based timeline, and more. Use keyframes to create scrolling backgrounds, walk cycles, and other animation staples, navigate the tools with simple Multi-Touch gestures, and when your animation is complete, email it to your friends or upload it to flipbook.tv to share it with the world.
Flipbook HD for iPad is $4.99 and available now in the App Store
It has taken what seems like ages but Apple has finally released the Apple Store app for iPad. And based on first impressions, it is worth the wait. It is, as you would expect, done exceptionally well.
The Apple Store app for iPad works in many ways like the iPhone version. Apple has however simply not done a port over
but rather has really focused on using the larger canvas of the iPad to give large, high resolution images of their product lineup. The great thing about the app though is it has the simplicity of the Apple website so buying through the app and configuring your new MacBook Air or iPad Air the way you want is simple and easy – and dare I say fun? The app also supports pinch gestures so you can zoom in on products.
All of the great services that you expect from Apple can be obtained through the new Apple Store app for iPad. This includes things like engraving on your new iPad or iPod Touch, store locator, Personalised Pickup of products and the ability to mark which stores near you are your favourite – or your favourite worldwide.
The Apple Store app for iPad is free to download and is available now in the App Store. Note that this is a separate download from the iPhone version.
Gormaya, the developer of the cooking substitutions app Substitutions, has released an updated version with iCloud and an iOS 7 look. Substitutions is a simple list of substitution tables that are very handy when cooking. Easily view tables of Alcohol, Allergy, Baking & Cooking, Dairy, Gluten-Free, Herbs & Spices, Low Fat, Low Sodium, Migraine, Seafood & Meat, Utensil, and Vegan substitutions.
Substitutions has been enhanced with the ability to add your own substitutions via iCloud. Each substitution you add will automatically appear on your other devices that have Substitutions installed and are logged into the same iCloud account.
Allergy and Utensil categories have been added in this new version.
Substitutions is now a Universal app, designed for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Easily share a substitution to Mail, Message, Twitter, Facebook, Print and Copy. “Now that Substitutions is a Universal iOS 7 app with iCloud support, we are truly using the newest iOS technology for a great experience.” said Duane Fahey, co-founder of Gormaya, LLC.
Gormaya is also launching a brand new responsive web site with touch features. Please visit Gormaya online.
- iOS 7 user interface with new icons and overall “clean” look
- Add your own Substitution to a category via iCloud
- Universal app – enjoy on your iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.
- Optimized for iPhone 5S and iPad Air (64-bit)
- Share a Substitution to Mail, Message, Twitter, Facebook, Print and Copy
- Measurements in US and Metric
Substitutions is a universal app and available now in the App Store. It is .99 Cents and there are no in-app purchases.
One of the great new features of iOS 7 is Control Center. Control Center in iOS 7 gives you the ability to quickly access features that are commonly needed while using your iPhone or iPad. This includes things such as being able to turn your WiFi and Bluetooth functionality on or off, put your device in Airplane Mode, accessing your camera or the calculator just the name a few. It is a handy feature – yes Android users I know you’ve had this a while already – and is one of the things we really like about this new iOS.
Just for a point of clarity, Control Center is accessed by sliding from the bottom of the display on your iPhone or iPad up to
the top. It brings up a translucent panel – that is Control Center.
By default Control Center in iOS 7 is enabled by default and it is enabled to be accessible from the Lock Screen and from within Apps. It is that last part that can be tricky as some apps you need to be able to swipe from the bottom or near the bottom but you don’t want to accidentally open up Control Center. Think Infinity Blade III for example when you are in a fight. One move is to swipe up to upper-cut your opponent. It has been frustrating a few times when I’ve done this and gotten Control Center instead.
While you cannot completely disable Control Center in iOS 7 you can limit it to only being accessible via the Home screen and not anywhere else. In this How To we show you exactly how to do that to help prevent those accidental openings.
Like iBooks for iOS, the iTunes U for iOS app has also been updated today from Apple. As you would expect, the educational app has been updated with an all new look and feel for iOS 7 and like iBooks, doesn’t seem to stick out against the flattened, bright iOS backdrop with its wooden shelves.
This is one of those short posts folks and really aimed at just making sure you know that the update is out there and
available. Like the new iBooks and Newsstand apps, iTunes U for iOS has a white shelf-like background where your educational courses reside and tapping them gets you into the detail of each course – just like it was in the previous release. Functionally there is nothing new to see here but the look of the app to match iOS 7 is a welcome edition in my mind.
iTunes U for iOS is a free app and a very large percentage of courses offered are also free. If you have not checked out iTunes U and are wanting to expand your knowledge, this is an excellent resource. Top universities globally contribute to iTunes U such as Open University, Oxford University, Yale, Stanford and Ohio State just to name a few. I’m convinced – although I’ve never seen this in writing – that you could complete an undergraduate degree solely on using iTunes U.
One of the few remaining apps from Apple that has not received the iOS 7 look-and-feel update has been iBooks. That changed this afternoon with the update released for iBooks for iOS. The universal book app has an all new look that brings it up to the new iOS 7 layout, menus and general feel and does away with the wooden shelves that we’ve had for a few years now.
The new look of iBooks for iOS actually looks a lot like the new Newsstand in iOS 7. Books are layer out against a white
shelve-like background. Like Newsstand, you have to tap your Home button to get back to your home screen on your iPhone or your iPad.
Functionally iBooks works the same as before and there really isn’t much of a change so don’t expect much from that perspective. However now iBooks doesn’t look out of place frankly. It looks like it belongs in iOS 7 and that is really what we all wanted anyway, right?
Pricing controversies aside, I’m personally a big fan of iBooks and have found I do far more reading with this app than I ever did with Kindle. It is a personal choice and clearly depends on how much you have investing in a particular book ecosystem as to if moving to iBooks make sense for you. For me, I found the app to be much more stable and generally easier to work with than Kindle thus my decision.
iBooks, like all the Apple apps, are free and it is a universal app for all of your iOS devices. Remember that if you are running OS X Mavericks, all your books and bookmarks sync now between your devices and your desktop.
It took a week but Facebook has finally updated the Facebook for iOS app that cause a massive amount of grief for users of the social networking app last week. For those of you who were not impacted, Facebook released an update last week that effectively killed the app for many users – to the point that the only fix was to completely uninstall the app and reinstall it but not do the update that was listed in the App Store.
That’s all well and good but remember that by default, iOS 7 turns on app updates so these updates are applied automatically. That caught a lot of people out. Fortunately about 24 hours after the release of the update last week, the broken update would not download from the App Store.
Fast forward to today. Facebook has released an update that specifically addresses this crash issue and having updated both my iPhone and my iPad with the update, I see no issues or performance problems. Seems they got it fixed.
Equally as important in this update – and what was the big deal last week until the crash issues – is the fact you can edit your posts on your iPad now. This has been on the iPhone build for some time.
Facebook for iOS is a free, universal app. A Facebook account is required in order to use the app – but I’m sure you are one of the 7 billion people who have one.
Electronic Arts has released a significant new update to Real Racing 3 for iOS that brings a host of changes including the Enzo Ferrari to the car line up. The update, which is available now in the App Store, is just over 1GB in size so it is something you will have to update to over WiFi.
The Enzo Ferrari joins the ranks of the extreme performance cars in Real Racing 3 for iOS and joins with the 458 Spider and 599 GTO for all you Tifosi out there. In addition to the cars there are now Weekly Time Trial Tournaments in the game. This allows you to test your best lap against others around the world to win R$ (the “cash” of the game) and Gold
(The “special cash” of the game).
For those who like to view your race dominating wins, there is now a Race Replays option for you. Here you can view your race with camera and playback controls so you can see just how out-of-shape you were going through Eau Rouge at Spa. Finally there are four new Events series in Real Racing 3 for iOS which brings you over 100 new individual events for you to compete in with your cars.
If you have read AlliOSNews for any amount of time you know that I’m a huge fan of Real Racing 3. This is by far the best racing simulator out there for iOS and when you combine this game with the likes of the new iPad Air, it is all-singing-all-dancing. It is better than a console based racing game in many ways and graphically it is nothing short of impressive.
Real Racing 3 for iOS is a Freemium game so the initial download is free. You can make in-app purchases for R$ or Gold to speed up your car development, hire mechanics and so forth. Those in-app purchases range from $1.99 to $19.99. Note however that I’m up to level 20 in the game and I’ve yet to make an in-app purchase so the game can absolutely be played without making purchases to a large extent.
The BBC has released an update to their BBC Weather App that brings native support for iPad thanks to it being a universal app in the app store. The update now gives users one download to have the app on both their iPhone and iPad with the iPad version supporting both landscape and portrait viewing in a iOS 7 styled UI.
The BBC Weather App provides local weather throughout the United Kingdom along with cities throughout the world and is powered by information from the Met Office (Meteorological Office) here in the UK. It is location aware but you can also
add cities via the menu city search option. The app is not the most comprehensive weather app in the App Store but it is one of the simplest and the big, chunky numbers and figures along with the backgrounds indicating rain, wind, sunshine or snow give you a quick glance as to what is happening at the minute but also what will be happening over the course of the next five days. There is no radar functionality in the BBC Weather App but any warnings from the Met Office will be displayed in the app.
If there is one serious knock on the BBC Weather app it is the fact it is not available globally. If you are in the United States using the US App Store, you will not find the app. The irony of course is that an app like this would be useful for US citizens as they travel to the UK – and UK citizens traveling abroad as they can see the weather of major destinations throughout the world. Why they have limited this to essentially Commonwealth countries is beyond me frankly. This is especially true in light of the BBC News app being available globally.
The BBC Weather app is a free app and available in the App Store but only in certain locations like the UK and Canada.