December (and 2013) will soon be a distant memory, so we thought we’d take a retrospective look at some of the more notable apps to hit our radar over the past month. So without further ado, here’s a quick snapshot of some of the best iOS apps to launch in recent weeks.
If you want to build an app, you’ll need to learn how to code, right? The Hour of Code app by Codecademy targets total newcomers with the basics of programming.
Its relatively short repertoire covers the absolute basics, such as how programs are written and a few examples of what can be achieved with just a few lines of code.
Originally released for the PlayStation 2 in 2004, the game has now been reworked for touchscreens, with a more forgiving checkpoint system and different control schemes for driving and moving around on foot.
While the setup is perhaps a little reminiscent of Rove, Heyday takes things a step further. Once you grant access, the app groups your photos, videos and locations together by day, images are displayed in grid layouts and you can even have the app automatically apply filters.
Manga Box is a free mobile app that lets users read manga from Japanese publishers. It includes original manga series, spin-offs of existing popular series and some classics. All titles will be updated weekly, with three to five new episodes added each day.
Tydlig is a beautifully designed app that brings a rich array of features to the table. It lets you return to, highlight and edit any number in your sequence – when you change that number, the result updates automatically. Also, with a result selected, you can hit any operation – e.g. divide, subtract or add - and create a linked number beneath it, which lets you kick-off a new sum related to the original one.
It taps Flickr (owned by Yahoo) to bring beautiful, relevant images to its local weather forecasts. Users can also submit their own weather-related snaps to the Project Weather Group and see their handiwork appear in-app next time it’s raining in their locale.
Journeys of Invention for iPad features 81 objects from the museum’s collection, with 14 themed interactive journeys guiding users through the exhibits. It includes Scott’s Antarctic Medical Chest, an Apple I computer, the Apollo 10 Command Module, a Cray supercomputer, Enigma and a 3D-printed gun.
Unfortunately, only one of the journeys is completely free, though a second one (‘New Science’) can be unlocked if you connect your Facebook account or sign-up by email. The remaining 12 require an in-app purchase of $9.99 (£6.99).
The app showcases a different non-profit organization each day, and provides a payment facility for users to donate $1 to the cause. Details of organizations can be shared with friends from inside the app, and there’s an option to match friends’ donations too.
While Instagram has yet to launch an iPad-optimized app, there continues to be a steady stream of third-party clients waiting to fill this void. The latest one is Flow, and it’s pretty sweet.
Feature-wise, there’s nothing revolutionary in there, but it’s all about the browsing experience – Flow does exactly what its name suggests and is slick and fast.
The more you use it, the more you notice the little navigational nuances, such as long-pressing an image to bring up details of the user-profile behind the shared-image. And tapping on an image once to start a gallery-style display that lets you swipe through everything in your feed.