PDF Expert 5 and Documents 5 updated with iCloud Drive, Touch ID and other enhancements

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 28, 2014

Yesterday, Ukrainian developer Readdle released a pretty big update to its PDF Expert 5 and Documents 5, apps that let you edit, annotate and manage PDFs and other documents on your iPhone and iPad.

I wanted to share a few key improvements with you quickly because the app’s now a showcase example of how iOS 8 enables a whole new level of inter-app integration.

A free update to existing owners, PDF Expert 5.2 features a number of enhancements, including a few iOS 8 exclusives such as support for iCloud Drive document storage and Touch ID authentication to unlock the app instead of a regular passcode. Read More

 

FitPort wants to be your health & fitness dashboard

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 26, 2014

I briefly touched upon FitPort in my article about HealthKit apps. The app debuted today as the App Store’s first HealthKit-enabled application following yesterday’s iOS 8.0.2 software update that fixed a bug in iOS 8.0 which prevented HealthKit apps from functioning properly.

Created by Flask, FitPort isn’t yet another daily activity, health and fitness tracker, but a wannabe replacement for Apple’s stock Health app in iOS 8.

Having spent an hour or so playing with it, I can safely conclude that FitPort deserves your attention so let me discuss it in greater detail. Read More

 

MyFitnessPal brings its data to iOS 8’s Health app in latest update

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 26, 2014

As Apple earlier this morning began approving HealthKit-powered apps following yesterday’s release of the iOS 8.0.2 software update, makers of health and fitness software, life-tracking programs and food intake tracking apps are now releasing updates adding HealthKit compatibility.

Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker, a free of charge iPhone and iPad app by MyFitnessPal, has been bumped to version 5.6.6, for example.

Taking advantage of Apple’s HealthKit in iOS 8 which makes it easy for supported health and fitness apps to work together and share data through the stock Health app, the refreshed MyFitnessPal app now lets you add your meal summaries and sync your weight with HealthKit, as well as add excercices from other HealthKit-enabled apps to your diary. Read More

 

GoodReader updated for iOS 8 with iCloud Drive and Handoff, native iPhone 6 and 6 Plus support

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 26, 2014

GoodReader, a robust PDF reader for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, has received an update Friday bringing out support for a pair of distinct new features in iOS 8: Handoff and iCloud Drive.

Handoff lets you continue reading on an iPad right where you left off on an iPhone or iPod touch, and vice versa. Moreover, if you run iOS 8 and have upgraded to iCloud Drive, GoodReader can now import documents stored in it.

And because the app now uses iOS 8’s standard iCloud Drive picker, you can easily access other online storage services that have advertised their Document Provider extension system-wide, such as Dropbox. Read More

 

Following iOS 8.0.2 release, Apple starts approving HealthKit apps

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 26, 2014

Friday, first HealthKit-enabled applications began appearing on the App Store following the iOS 8.0.2 release which, among other improvements, contains a fix for a bug which has prevented HealthKit apps from being approved in the first place.

As first spotted by 9to5Mac this morning, fitness and health related applications for the iPhone and iPad are now being approved with HealthKit compatibility following yesterday’s iOS 8.0.2 release. Read More

 

Afterlight gains iOS 8 photo extensions, manual camera control, iPhone 6 support and more

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 25, 2014

Afterlight by Afterlight Collective, Inc, an urban iPhone photographer’s dream app, was refreshed Thursday for iOS 8, bringing its set of accessible editing tools and powerful filters to the stock Photos app, while enabling manual camera control and additional perks.

Other new features in this release, which is available as a free update to those who’ve previously purchased the 99-cent iPhone and iPad app, include the ability to share your fusion filters with friends via email, as well as native display support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Read More

 

ProCamera gains iOS 8 manual control, brand new vividHDR feature and more

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 25, 2014

Camera+ isn’t the only iPhone photography app vying for your attention today. ProCamera by Cocologics on Thursday received a major refresh for iOS 8 as well.

ProCamera 8, a free update for existing users, enables swipe exposure control on iOS 8 devices while bringing out the ability to set custom values for exposure time and ISO sensitivity, support for both recording and reproducing high framerate video via the built-in video player and more.

If you really need to boost your snaps with vivid colors and powerful contrasts, an optional vividHDR feature in partnership with Ittiam is available via a one-time $1.99 In-App Purchase.

ProCamera has always been a tremendously useful and capable mobile photography software. The new features released today have reinforced my long-held belief that ProCamera should be part of every photographer’s arsenal. Read More

 

Sunrise Calendar adds Trello support, RSVP to invitation by swiping on the notification and more

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 24, 2014

Wednesday morning, Sunrise Calendar received its iOS 8 focused update bringing out new capabilities to the already feature-packed cross-platform app.

These include support for the free web-based project management service Trello and the ability to RSVP to invitation notifications by swiping on the notification directly (requires iOS 8).

With support for Trello, Sunrise now lets you see all the cards with a due date and introduces a new option to filter for cards that are assigned to you. Read More

 

Poll: has iOS 8.0.1 update broken Cellular + Touch ID for you?

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 24, 2014

If you have just updated your trusty iPhone to the just-released iOS 8.0.1, chances are you may have ended up with a device that can’t connect to the cellular network (shows No Service in the status bar) or read fingerprint data through the Touch ID sensor on the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. As you could imagine, social media is awash with complaints from disgruntled users who are venting their frustration over the cellular and Touch ID issues.

At any rate, your best bet is to steer away from this update until Apple address the situation and releases a fix. Not everyone is affected, of course, but keep in mind we have no real indication as to how widespread those issues are because Apple, at the moment, isn’t talking much.

That’s why we’re asking you, our readers, to tell us whether iOS 8.0.1 has broken cellular connectivity and Touch ID for you. Read More

 

How iOS 8 Time-lapse video capture works

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 23, 2014

iOS 8s new Time-lapse video capture mode is a lot smarter than it sounds on first blush. Instead of taking individual images at predetermined intervals, it instead snaps photos at “dynamically selected intervals,” according to Apple’s website.

But what exactly does this mean?

As discovered by Dan Provost of Studio Neat, this under appreciated iOS 8 feature doubles the speed of the Time-lapse and takes half as many pictures per second as the recording duration doubles.

This ensures that any Time-lapse you capture ends up being between 20 and 40 seconds long, “an ideal shareable length,” Provost writes. It’s just one of the many ways the power of iOS 8 software makes you a better photographer. Read More

 

Microsoft updates Bing Search app with translation widget in Safari and Notification Center

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 23, 2014

First demoed at WWDC 2014 back in June, Microsoft’s Bing translation widget and custom actions for Safari and the Notification Center in iOS 8 is now available by way of an update to the free Bing Search app for the iPhone and iPod touch devices. Available free of charge in the App Store, the new Bing Search 5.0.1 also contains bug fixes.

As shown on the screenshots top of post, enabling the Bing Search Translation action in Safari requires that you bring up the Share sheet in Safari. Read More

 

Nearly half of iOS devices in the wild run iOS 8

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 23, 2014

Less than a week following its September 17 release, Apple’s new iOS 8 mobile software is installed on 46 percent of all active iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices in the wild that have accessed the App Store recently, reveals a dashboard on the Apple Developers website.

At the same time, the number of devices running the iOS 7 software has dropped to 49 percent as of September 21, with older iOS versions grabbing a meager five percent share. Read More

 

Google updates Chrome for iOS with support for App Extensions in Share menu

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 22, 2014

The Internet giant Google on Monday issued a minor update to its Chrome browser for the iPhone and iPad adding support for the new third-party App Extensions in iOS 8 using the multi-purpose Share sheet.

This allows you to download apps which advertise their own extensions and actions to the system, making them available in any app that makes use of the standard Share menu, Chrome included.

This edition of Google’s web browser also includes iOS 8 compatibility as well as stability improvements and bug fixes. Read More

 

Awesome Screenshot now available as Safari extension on iOS 8

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 22, 2014

As our own Jeff told you back in November 2013, Awesome Screenshot, a desktop web app for Google Chrome, Firefox and Safari, is arguably the best way to capture an entire web page as an image on OS X.

Thanks to the various extensibility features introduced in iOS 8, this nifty little utility is now available as a screenshot extension for Safari on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices running iOS 8.

Upon downloading the free app from the App Store, Awesome Screenshot will allow you to capture a screenshot of any webpage simply by choosing it in Safari’s Share menu.

Not only can you capture images of web pages on mobile devices with ease, but also annotate and share them with others using Apple’s stock sharing choices or a number of third-party Share extensions available in the App Store. Read More

 

Where did your iOS 8 Camera Roll go?

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 19, 2014

Following Wednesday’s public release of iOS 8 and today’s launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the Apple Support Forums are already buzzing with disgruntled users who are venting their frustration with iOS 8 presumably removing some of their photos, a point driven home by the company’s inexplicable removal of the Camera Roll album in iOS 8.

Indeed, it looks like Apple has introduced a major customer pain point by not elaborating whether the missing Camera Roll has anything to do with iOS 8’s newly gained ability to access large photo libraries in iCloud within the Photos app.

So, where did your Camera Roll go and is there anything sensible to be done about it? Read More

 

TeeVee 3 updated with iOS 8 Today widget, interactive alerts and now free

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 19, 2014

TeeVee 3, a TV show-tracking app that I reviewed in May by Tomas Perzl of the Czech Republic and Slovakia-based CrazyApps Team, now lets you tweet out upcoming episodes or mark the ones you’ve seen as watched, directly from the notification itself, and also see which shows are coming next in the Today view of the iOS Notification Center, thanks to its iOS 8-focused update released yesterday.

Other new features available in this excellent iPhone and iPad app include new sorting options (Alphabetically, Reverse, AirDate and Unwatched), the ability to delete a show by long-pressing it in the list and several bug fixes.

As a cherry on top, the team has decided to discount the $2.99 app to zero bucks, for a limited time, in an effort to bring in new customers. If you’re going to grab the latest TeeVee 3.1 update, please keep in mind that the app now requires iOS 8. Read More

 

Twitter’s iPhone app gains interactive notifications on iOS 8, revamps profile pages

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 18, 2014

Twitter, the popular micro-blogging service, is rolling out a brand new profile experience on Twitter for iPhone, in addition to another cool new feature — support for interactive notifications for incoming tweets on iOS 8 devices — the startup announced in a blog post Thursday.

While the new profiles will be available for everyone using iOS 7 or above, the ability to interact with alerts on the Lock and Home screen is not because this capability is part of the great new features available only in iOS 8. Read More

 

Gameloft updates Modern Combat and Asphalt with iOS 8 Metal-powered graphics

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 18, 2014

Following up on yesterday’s public release of the free iOS 8 software update for Apple’s iPhone, iPad and iPod touch mobile devices, French games maker Gameloft on Thursday unleashed a pair of updates for its two highly-successful titles: Modern Combat 5: Blackout, a first-person shooter, and Asphalt 8: Airborne, a crazy racing game driven by a powerful physics engine which has you performing dynamic, high-speed aerial stunts.

Both games are now powered by iOS 8’s new Metal framework which provides low-level access to the GPU inside the Apple-designed A7 chip (the iPhone 5s, iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display) and its A8 counterpart (the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus). When played on these devices, both of these games benefit from close-to-the-metal access to graphics cores, without the overhead of the OpenGL graphics run-time. Read More

 

Epic releases Metal-powered ‘Zen Garden’ demo free on App Store

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 18, 2014

Demoed at WWDC back in June to show off the power of Apple’s new low-level graphics framework, Metal, Epic Games’ Zen Garden is now available to download on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices running iOS 8 and powered by the Apple-deigned A7 or A8 processor.

Built on the recently-unveiled Unreal Engine 4, the first game engine with built-in support for the Metal API, Zen Garden classes as a technological showcase.

The latest iPhone 6, for example, renders the demo in a whopping 1,440-by-1,080 resolution at a smooth thirty frames per second. Read More

 

The best new features of iOS 8

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 17, 2014

Admittedly, the myriad of new and useful capabilities that Apple’s just-released iOS 8 brings to your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad are going to prove hugely popular with mainstream users, to say the least. With iOS 8, Apple is appeasing harsh critics who’d frequently point out that Android is capable of things iOS cannot do, and then some more.

iOS 8 opens up Apple’s mobile operating system to third-party development to a much greater extent than ever before. And stemming from relaxed policies, iOS 8 boosts on-the-go productivity with deeper inter-app sharing while implementing some of the features our Android friends have grown accustomed to, but in a typical hassle-free Apple fashion, things like third-party keyboards, custom actions, photo editing extensions within the context of Photos and Camera apps and way more.

And though evolutionary rather than revolutionary, we have no doubt in our minds that iOS 8 is going to significantly improve the functionality of Apple’s mobile platform, and perhaps even give some folks less reasons to jailbreak.

To celebrate today’s release of the free iOS 8 software update, we proudly present you this detailed overview of more than two dozen iOS 8 features we think you’re going to fall in love with at first sight. Read More