With all the chatter in the blogosphere, about new products soon to be released, and patent battles being fought on all fronts in the courts of law, I think it's important to keep in mind the old expression: "You ain't seen nuthin' yet!" Truly, hasn't this week been a great example of that.
With the court cases bringing out details Apple would just as likely have preferred to keep private, we have been granted a rare insight into the evolution of products in the Apple iDevice chain, as well as having been given glimpses into what Apple had in mind, in prototype form, two years ago.
That said, can you imagine what Cupertino has in store for us in say, 5 years? That's not that long. Think about it. Within 5 years, devices and functions that are now, only in prototype/patent form, may very well be seeing the light of day. It's not for nothing that Johny Ive says that the products Apple is working on now, are some of the best, most exciting products Apple has ever invented!
I like cars. Guilty as charged. We have a couple of convertibles (an Alfa Romeo Spyder, a Fiat 2000) and now, even a Vespa. When we get a new vehicle, I try to buy a small diecast toy of that particular model. Just something to look at while the vehicles are in storage during the winter.
PSOFT MOBILE, maker of the hit iOS app Zen Brush, announces the release of its latest artistic app “Sand Art - Simulation Based Drawing” for the iPad and iPhone. Sand Art is an app which simulates sand art or sand animation: a performance art form where the artist draws a story using sand scattered on a sheet of glass. It can be used to freely draw images or text using virtual sand.
Amazon released a new free app today, Amazon Instant Video, that gives U.S. iPad users access to Amazon's catalog of over 120,000 videos. It's great to see yet another rich source for movies coming to the iPad. If you're an Amazon Prime member ($79/year), you have access to thousands of free videos — a subset of their catalog, just as with Netflix. Of course, anyone, whether or not they're a member of Amazon Prime, can also purchase or rent videos (48 hours) for watching on their iPad.
Play Creatividad today announces the price drop to Free on Wallpapers Inspiration Dormant 2.2 for iPhone, iPod and iPad users, for a limited time. The application provides fifty high resolution illustrations and inspiring messages based on the book, Inspiration Dormant. Users can select a daily uplifting wallpaper, or let the App recommend one for them. This universally developed product adds colorful inspiration to life and is the perfect companion to the book, giving users motivation on the go.
The interactive Edgar Allan Poe stories App gets new updated graphics, high-res- olution terror for your Retina Display iPad. The most awaited upgrade for the acclaimed app is here, ready to boost users’ reading pleasure and keep the high ratings received around the world.
Play Creatividad, creator of the popular app iPoe Collection for iPad and iP- hone, announced today the optimization of its software’s graphics to support the new Retina Display on Apple’s new iPad.
DEAD TRIGGER, the newest game release from MADFINGER games (makers of the other App Store smash hit, SHADOWGUN) is one of the best First Person Shooters available right now. This game is freakishly scary, and has been a very hard game for me to put down, partly due to its killer graphics, and partly due to its excellent gameplay. The post-apocalyptic environment you find yourself in is desolate with lethal danger around every corner. Abandoned buildings and deserted alleyways will become your tomb, if you are lucky. If not so lucky, well then I reckon you end up like them.
What I played this week includes a mix of apps for both work and play, and warn you this will be a lengthy column, as also have a bit of game news to share at the end. So, let's jump in--play before work, as the saying goes: Bounty Racer (beta) is an exquisite crash cart-esque 3D racing menagerie (should be released next week). Second, Kingdom Rush for iPhone is engaging, if tiny, Tower Defense fun with rousing vocals and clashing swords to keep you alert through endless enemy waves. Pearltrees is a "web curation" app (web-content mind mapping/sharing) with an interesting way to find/share online content. Stitcher is to news radio and podcasts what Slacker or Pandora are to music. Lot's to look at, so let the WIPTW madness commence forthwith!