The update to iOS 7 is huge. I feel like I’ve read a few thousand articles about each of the new features — from the new multi-tasking to Notification Centre — but very few articles about the new apps in iOS 7. That needs to change. After all, these are the very first stock iOS apps to be designed from the get-go with the big screen in mind. Let’s not forget that the iPad wasn’t around until iOS 4.
Over the years, a lot of us have replaced the stock iOS apps on our iPads with apps that were more aesthetically beautiful or functional. iOS 7 is such a significant change that it’s time to revisit those stock apps and see if they’re worth keeping around. Without further ado, read on for our thoughts on the iPad’s stock apps.
The month-long series challenging you to cook dinner at home five nights a week is coming to an end. At this point you’re probably feeling pretty confident about getting supper on the table. You’ve learned how to turn inspiration into organization, narrowing down recipes and using favorites lists to plan a week’s worth of meals. Now you know how to scan an app for recipes conducive to weeknight cooking — quick and easy or slow and hands-off. You’ve built a repertoire of dishes and mastered basic cooking techniques. After conquering the recipes from The Photo Cookbook – Simple and Delicious, BBC Good Food Quick Recipes and Jamie Oliver’s Recipes, I think you’re ready for the epic Must-Have Recipes from Better Homes and Gardens.
The challenge with this app is that it’s got a ton of recipes to choose from. Now that you know how to set yourself up for success in the planning stage, you’re ready to manage an app with 1,000 recipes without being overwhelmed. Must-Have Recipes from Better Homes and Gardens is an endless source of inspiration for your weeknight suppers.
Keep reading to find out how this app can help you maintain your routine of cooking dinner at home all year long.
iOS 7’s bold new design convention gave many developers the chance to completely reinvent their apps, free from the shackles the previous constraints of iOS’ stylings. Vemedio seized this opportunity and have recently released Instacast 4, the latest update to their flagship podcast app, which has been completely redesigned with a new look and feel, as well as looking to the future of iOS by making iOS 7 a requirement.
Let me get this out of the way: iOS 7 is great. I love it. But it’s not perfect. There’s a million fantastic improvements, but there’s also a few things that Apple still hasn’t gotten around to improving. I’m not talking about design problems (although there are a couple of those), but rather about some of the little quirks that still drive me crazy.
With that in mind, this is my attempt to keep a small log of the things that really bother me. Consider this is a wish list of tiny things I wish Apple would get around to in iOS 7.1.
As an fan of Apple, I’m sometimes bestowed the label of “fanboy” by some individuals. I often find these incidents to be humorous, as most of the individuals bestowing me the title could in fact be labeled fanboys as well — but for another tech company. I have zero qualms being called an Apple fanboy, as I’m proud to support a company that creates stellar software and hardware. Likewise, I’ve often touted my love for Pocket Casts over all other podcast apps, and could very well be branded a Pockets Casts fanboy.
Since my initial review of Pockets Casts for the iPhone way back in August 2011, I’ve continued to utilize it for all my podcasting needs. During that time I’d hear rumors of a iPad version in development, and eventually learned it would finally make its way with the release of Pocket Casts 4. So, when Pocket Casts 4 was initially released for Android over iOS, I was disappointed. When the new app was delayed after the announcement of iOS 7 at WWDC, I was disappointed even more so. With the arrival of iOS 7, Pockets Casts 4 has finally found its way to my iPad. The question is, was it worth the wait? (more…)
With so much focus on getting kids educated in math and technology early, it can be hard for more humanities-focused parents to know where to start. Those of us with degrees in Art History, French, and French Art History may not be the best equipped to get the younger generation ready for all that tough science-y stuff ahead.
I know I need some help, and The Human Body is just the thing. It’s a great way to learn all about the body, and while it’s definitely for the little ones, I managed to learn a thing or two, as well. (more…)
I’m a sucker for a great iPad game. I like games I can pick up and play really quickly, since my time is often short and since I’ve got a bit of a short attention span. (Coincidentally, we can probably blame the iPad itself for that.) A great game, though, needs to reward me enough to make me keep coming back. It needs to surprise me. It needs to make me serious.
These days, I’m fortunate to be living in an era where great games like that are often found on the App Store. Pivvot is one of those games that rewards me for coming back. It surprises me. It makes me jump. I feel like it exercises my brain. But at the same time, it’s also an insanely cool concept. Let me tell you what there is to love about this.
I’m always looking for a better weather app — something that gives me the best information in the most attractive interface. Weathertron is one of the slickest weather apps I’ve seen, creating personalized weather infographics every day.
While looks are always nice, what really matters in a weather app is quality of information and whether you can find what you need when you need it. I’ll take a look at Weathertron and find out if it’s more than just a pretty face. (more…)