There's a great short article in The Week that goes through a list of Apple's innovative products and how critics panned them when they were announced — and how they turned out to be game-changers. It covers the Macintosh, the Newton (the only one that didn't really succeed), the iMac, the iPod, and the iPhone. My guess is that the iPad will follow in the tradition of making a difference. I think they've done it again.
GameFinder (free) is a new app that helps you find games in a variety of ways. According to the press release, you can check out games that were recently reviewed on Slide To Play, a website that focuses on reviewing games and that has developed the app. You can also explore games by genre, or browse through lists such as STP Games of the Month, zombie-themed games, Match-3 puzzles, first-person shooters, games under a dollar, and more.
I like the idea of App Genie — a single app filled with over 30 functions. It's like having many apps in one. It includes an amazing of useful tools: converters, translator, barcode scanner, country facts, nutritional information, speedometer, and many more. The newly released free version, App Genie Lite, lets you select three of the tools to use for free.
A recent survey done at Stanford University found that many iPhone users are addicted to their iPhones. How bad is it? Perhaps the most telling finding is that 75% of respondents admitted to falling asleep with their iPhone in bed with them. Read more on Yahoo. Interestingly, the author of the study said that it's not necessarily unhealthy to be addicted to one's iPhone and characterized it as an extension of the mind. Still, the survey did reveal that it can interfere with relationships. And me?
Everyday Looper is an app that lets you record bits of audio and then loops it so that you can record on top of it.
Apple announced today that the iPad would be available on April 3. I am so looking forward to the reaction of consumers and hope that it's a game-changer in the same way that the iPhone has been. The version with WiFi only will be available first, with the version that adds 3G later this month. As announced earlier, the WiFii-only models will start at $499, and the 3G models at $629.
If you're a fan of the NCAA basketball tournament, you'll want to take a look at this app. PocketBracket ($1.99) lets youcreate brackets, organize pools, and follow the NCAA men's basketball tournament with game and score updates. In addition, you can compete among thousands of users on the PocketBracket Network as well as your friends and coworkers. PocketBracket comes preloaded with 2009 tournament data so you can test-drive the application before the 2010 tournament. You can create sample brackets and begin organizing your pools.
With 150,000 apps in the App Store, it can be a challenge to find the best ones for your needs and interests. Top Rated Apps (Free) lets you browse 1,000 of the best apps selected by MF Software and all having ratings of at least 3.5 stars. The data is stored on your phone, so you can browse for apps offline. If you're connected, the app updates automatically with the latest data as you browse. The free version lets you identify up to five favorites for later purchase. If you want to be able to track more than that, you'll need to buy the commercial version ($0.99).