One of the most annoying things users report about iOS 7 is the way it handles the placement and positioning of wallpapers. No matter how hard you try to pinch and drag your picture, which you were able to do in iOS 6 (the way you were able to do in iOS 6), iOS 7 zooms back out and creates often dissatisfying backgrounds. This is because there is only one way to position the background image and you can not influence that. These frustrating times are over thanks to the Wallpaper Fix app.
The Wallpaper Fix app lets you freely resize, rotate and position your picture in order to use it as your custom iOS 7 wallpaper in seconds. iOS 7 needs wallpapers to be of specific dimensions in order to work properly with the parallax effect. In Wallpaper Fix you just position your picture the way you want to and Wallpaper Fix automatically does the rest for you. It is as simple as that!
Check out the YouTube video outlining how the app works
The Wallpaper Fix app is a universal app and it is .99 Cents in the App Store. There are no additional in-app purchases so this is the true price of this handy little utility. It does require that you be running iOS 7 on your iPhone or iPad.
Think Code Release today has announced the release and immediate availability of their brand-new Simply Contacts app for iPhone and iPod touch. The Simply Contacts app is a whole new experience for everyone who needs to get the most out of their contacts. Its simple and clean user interface makes it the fastest, user-friendly contacts manager.
In just one screen you are able to search and sort your contacts, as well as phone, chat, FaceTime, email, message, share, and so much more.
Key App Features:
* Powerful and smart contacts manager
* Quick access to all supported actions
* Easily recognize contacts by their photos
* Advanced search and sorting capabilities
* View, edit and add new contacts
* Favorite contacts for easy access
* Customizable double tap action
* Shake to switch between styles
* Short name and nicknames support
* Sharing using vCard or AirDrop
* Simple and clean user interface
* Optimized for iOS 7
There was a point no so long ago that the native Contacts app was all anyone needed. Now, with every more ways that your contacts want to be reached, apps like Simply Contacts makes managing them easier and faster than the native iOS app can do.
The Simply Contacts app is $1.99 and is available now in the App Store. It does require that you be running iOS 7 or later.
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.
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 Facebook Messenger App has been completely updated today, reflecting the iOS 7 look and feel that we have become accustom to now on iPhone. The app, for those not familiar with it, allows you to chat with Facebook friends in a SMS-like way. It is great for having quick, private conversations with friends instead of email or even SMS.
The Facebook Messenger App shows your contacts either as being on Messenger or on Facebook next to their Avatar while
greatly cleaning up the user interface to a more simplistic and less cluttered look.
A new and important edition is the importing of phone numbers into the Facebook Messenger app. If you or your contacts have a phone number associated with their Facebook profile, the app can now message them on that number as well as you being able to find contacts via their phone number. The syncing of these numbers is optional and you will be prompted when you start the app if you want to do this sync with your contacts.
In many ways the new Facebook Messenger app looks like many other messaging apps out there like WhatsApp. But with your social network already on Facebook, this app makes it easier to stay connected.
Facebook Messenger is a free app and available now in the App Store. It is designed for iPhone only at this point but hopefully we will see an iPad version soon.