Celebrate Star Wars Day with discounted games, featured books, TV shows & movies, Disney events and more

By Christian Zibreg on May 4, 2015

Today is Star Wars Day, an unofficial annual celebration of everything Star Wars, and Apple is joining festivities with limited-time discounts on select Star Wars-themed games and In-App Purchases for the iPhone and iPad on the App Store.

In addition, the iBooks Store is running a dedicated Star Wars section highlighting books, comics, graphic novels and other Star Wars content.

But we’re only getting started.

The iTunes Store has joined the big push by featuring Star Wars music, related television shows and additional iOS apps at standard prices, while Disney is pulling out all the stops with special events at its studios and resorts. Read More


App Watch: the day after Christmas

By Timothy Reavis on May 3, 2015

If you have kids, or if you were a kid at some point, you probably remember opening your presents each Christmas, using them to no end for the rest of the day, and forgetting about most of them the day after. That never happened to me, actually, but it’s a long-standing stereotype, so go with it.

The difference between your RC car and your Apple Watch is that your car began collecting dust after a day or two, and your Apple Watch is becoming an integral part of your life. The initial novelty of the Digital Crown has become a natural scrolling mechanism, and the urge to constantly try a new watch face turned into changing the color to match today’s shirt, or switching from an informative to a simple face from a work day to the weekend. Apple Watch has become a background track in your day-to-day life, and that’s a good thing.

However, there is always more room for great apps to expand horizons and streamline workflows, which is why App Watch exists. So let’s see what Santa (bearded app developers) has for us this week. Read More


Singularity review: a singularly enjoyable puzzler

By Josh Gallagher on Apr 29, 2015

The core concept behind many iOS puzzle games is something we’ve seen before. Whether it’s a match three or a word jumble, there is a lot of familiar ideas out there. Truly great games are able to take these ideas and expand on them. They mix in brand new concepts and create a game that is unique and exciting. The newest game from unexpected3rd, Singularity, is a tried and true concept that I think we’ve all seen in other games. The question is; does Singularity expand upon its premise enough to be considered great? Read More


Unsurprisingly, Apple says ‘no’ to custom faces, fart apps and time-telling Watch apps

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 28, 2015

Apple on Tuesday updated the official App Store Review Guidelines, officially taking a stance against third-party applications for the Apple Watch whose sole purpose is to tell the time, as first discovered by developer David Smith.

A newly added clause of the agreement guiding third-party development now explicitly states that Watch applications which simply tell the time will be flatly rejected.

“Watch Apps whose primary function is telling time will be rejected,” reads the document. Moreover, the same principles appear to apply to custom watch faces and flatulence apps.

It’s worth mentioning that these rules have been enforced since the onset as there has never been a single time-telling Apple Watch app, or a fart app, (or a custom face for that matter) available on the App Store. Read More


App Watch: the first wave

By Timothy Reavis on Apr 26, 2015

You’ve received your Apple Watch in the mail, unboxed it, tried it on, and now the months of anticipation and waiting have finally come to an end. It’s surreal, really, and you can’t help but glance at your wrist every few minutes, even after wearing it for a couple days, to play with your new toy.

Or you haven’t received your Apple Watch yet and must sit alone and forsaken, watching all your friends talk to their wrists, wishing you could’ve gotten that pre-order in just a little bit earlier, or chosen a more plentiful model.

Or perhaps you simply couldn’t justify the price of the Apple Watch for its functionality, at least in the first generation. But you are interesting in its potential, particularly in how third-party developers will be putting its unique skillsets to use.

If you fall into one of those categories, it is for you that I’m excited to introduce App Watch, a new weekly article series by iDownloadBlog. In these posts, I’ll be covering a small handful of Apple Watch apps that stand out to me in terms of design, ease of use, convenience, and real-world usage. The point is not to cover every WatchKit app, but to highlight those that bring something significant, beautiful, or practical to wrists around the world. Apple Watch has an incredible amount of potential, and I want to help you tap into that. So, let us begin. Read More


Review: Forgotten Memories remembers what it means to be a survival horror game

By Josh Gallagher on Apr 26, 2015

For years, the survival horror genre has suffered from a bit of an identity crisis, with genre mainstays straying into everything from action adventures to point and click romps. With Forgotten Memories: Alternate Realities, developer Psychose Interactive seeks to resurrect the ideals that made survival horror great and prove that the early games in the genre got it right the first time. Read More


‘Offers Apple Watch App’ label added to App Store

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 23, 2015

In order to better distinguish between regular iPhone applications and those with added Apple Watch functionality, a new ‘Offers Apple Watch App’ label is now available in the App Store across the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. It’s also found when browsing Watch-compatible iOS apps in the App Store section of iTunes for Mac/Windows PCs.

When available, the label appears right below the app icon on individual app pages and in search results, making it easier to discover Apple Watch apps. Read More


The Apple Watch App Store goes live

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 23, 2015

If you’re running iOS 8.2 or iOS 8.3, you can view the Apple Watch App Store right now. Simply open up the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, and tap the App Store tab. If you don’t yet see the App Store interface, you can use our refresh trick to reload the interface to view the Apple Watch App Store. Read More


App Store updated to show Apple Watch screenshots

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 23, 2015

Apple has updated the App Store to showcase Apple Watch screenshots for apps that support the Apple Watch. The screenshots are displayed beneath the traditional screenshots for the app on the iPhone. In addition to these screenshots, there is a notation beneath every app that features an Apple Watch app, making it easier to discover apps thats support Apple’s new wearable device. Read More


Apple Watch App Store is now live, highlighting must-have apps

By Jake Smith on Apr 23, 2015

Apple has shared with BuzzFeed that the App Store for the Apple Watch will be launching on Thursday, one day before the Apple Watch will be on the wrists of Apple fans around the world.

Update: The Watch App Store is now live. Read More


Tiltagon review: a game that’s frustrating, but in all the right ways

By Josh Gallagher on Apr 22, 2015

Games using tilt controls have certainly come a long way since the early days of the iPhone. Advancements in technology and programming have taken what was once difficult and unwieldy and transformed it into a responsive, valid control scheme. Tiltagon seeks to utilize this new-found precision to create a game that is frustrating, but in all the right ways. Read More


Google removes YouTube app support for older versions of iOS, Apple TV

By Jake Smith on Apr 20, 2015

Google announced on Monday in a support document that its YouTube app will no longer work on older versions of iOS and the first and second generation Apple TV “after April”. Read More


Lost Within, LiquidSpace, Tiny Guardians and more hit the App Store this week

By Josh Gallagher on Apr 18, 2015

As the flow of updates geared towards the Apple Watch continues to increase, you may be feeling a little left out as you look down at your iPhone. There’s no need to be quite so despondent though, because a bevy of exciting new iPhone and iPad apps also exploded onto the App Store this week.

Whether you’re in the mood for a thrilling adventure, a perplexing puzzle, or something in-between, this list has you covered. If you somehow still find yourself wanting more after reading through this article, remember to keep checking back. We make lists of App Store releases and updates almost every day. Read More


Touch ID for App Store purchases stops working for many after updating to iOS 8.3

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 9, 2015

A growing number of users are complaining about the inability to use Touch ID fingerprint scanning to authorize purchases in the App Store after updating to iOS 8.3.

As reported on Twitter, Reddit and detailed in a thread on Apple’s Support Communities forums, iOS 8.3 appears to be asking for an Apple ID password for each and every purchase made in the App Store.

This is regardless of whether or not the option to use Touch ID in the App Store is enabled in Settings. What gives? Read More


App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for April 8

By Cody Lee on Apr 8, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the wonderful world of iOS software. Below you’ll find a list of discounts, updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today’s selections include some awesome new games, such as Rayark’s Implosion, that you won’t want to miss. Read More


‘Star Wars: The Digital Movie Collection’ coming to iTunes on April 10

By Jake Smith on Apr 6, 2015

While we’re sure you Star Wars fans have every copy in your man cave, you’ll soon be able to add the George Lucas-made films to your iTunes.

The makers of Star Wars announced on Monday the entire, six movie collection is coming to iTunes on Friday, April 10. The App Store on Twitter promoted the link, containing the ability to purchase each movie separately or as a collection when the content goes live in a few days.  Read More


Apple reportedly acquired search startup Ottocat in 2013 to improve App Store discovery

By Cody Lee on Apr 6, 2015

Apple has quietly acquired Ottocat, reports TechCrunch, a little-known startup with some interesting search tech. The deal went down a few years ago—sometime in 2013—but its impact is still being felt today. The site believes the company’s tech is behind the App Store’s fairly new ‘Explore’ section.

There’s little evidence of the acquisition, except for a patent granted to Apple that lists Ottocat co-founder Edwin Cooper as an inventor. The patent is titled “System and Method for Divisive Textual Clustering by Label Selection Using Variant-Weighted TFIDF,” and clearly incorporates Ottocat’s tech. Read More


Hotel reviews from Trip Advisor, Booking.com come to Apple Maps

By Jake Smith on Apr 5, 2015

Next time you’re driving through Chicago looking for a nice place to stay – Apple has you covered. Over the last several days, the Cupertino company has added more hotel review data to its Apple Maps app on iOS, as it works to continue bolstering Maps to compete with the king, Google Maps.

The new data for hotel reviews isn’t being served up by Apple itself, outsourcing the work courtesy of Trip Advisor and Booking.com, along with reviews from Yelp that have been there for quite sometime.  Read More


Apple launches new App Store section promoting World Autism Awareness Day

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 2, 2015

Apple on Thursday launched a new educational section in the App Store which highlights apps that have been specifically designed for autistic individuals in celebration of the eighth annual World Autism Awareness Day.

More than two dozen paid and free apps for kids and adults are being featured, including two highly specialized apps that cost more than a hundred bucks. Read More


Facebook launches Riff app to make videos with friends

By Jake Smith on Apr 1, 2015

Facebook has launched yet another standalone app, called Riff, that will give you and your friends the chance to go viral.

Riff, available to download on the iTunes App Store and what was born as a side project, is an app that allows you to create videos with friends. The goal is to see how far your video can spread, with your friends’ help.  Read More