We’re at a strange crossroads in our always on social lives here. Smart phones are making our lives ever so much better, but could they also cause harm to our personal lives with how much we share? I used Foursquare as the poster child for this post but I’ll be naming more than just Foursquare as culprits.
This is going to be quite the light hearted post. Just wanted to break the rhythm of reviewing apps, demanding this or that from Apple, etc… Today I wanted to talk about one of my favorite things about the iPhone and it’s app store. That of course is App updates.
We all know how important the developers are to the platform, and how awesome they are too! These developers work their magic and they work it often in the app store. Much faster than any other platform out there. Mac OS X updates for it’s software or for itself don’t even come close to coming this fast. This is one thing that is different and that makes the app experience on the iPhone lots of fun.
For us in the jailbreak community software updates are usually late coming for us. We make sure we can preserve our jailbreak status before even touching the newest software from Apple. We all know that upgrading will erase any notion of a jailbreak that you used to enjoy. With that said I’m very tempted to dump jailbreak for this new feature that will be coming along with the iOS 4.2 update.
This may be old new for some of you, but as of recently this is the coolest thing that I’ve stumbled on for the iPhone. The app is called Sleep Cycle and it’s quite a bit more than your traditional alarm clock app. The app will sense your motion and then try to wake you up with soothing sounds when you are in your lightest stage of sleep. This is such a genius idea and a very cool use of the accelerometer in the iPhone. There are other apps apparently that also try to replicate the same idea, but this one is only 0.99 cents so of course I’m trying this one first. On the last row, the only icon there, is what their icon looks like. Am I happy about it…. nope. They could definitely use a new icon!
This is definitely going to be a cool thing to use in the future. The website AppShopper.com has just released their very own iPhone app. A great move on their part, I’m definitely a fan. If you’ve never used AppShopper before their site will help you find apps that have been updated, price changed, etc… It’s a great community to find new apps, it’s also a great place for smaller developers to get some exposure. Just be sure to check out the site to see for yourself what I’m talking about.
Here are two things that I don’t know much about that both relate to the iPhone, they are both two similar takes on a gaming platform for the iPhone and iPod. I’ll come out right now and say that I’m much more in favor of Apple’s take on it, but in all fairness I’ve never used either of them. I have tried to use OpenFeint on a few occasions and sign up through a few great apps I have, but it never worked for me. Pocket God and Mini Squadron are two fantastic games that use OpenFeint to keep track of scores, achievements, etc… This is what Apple is also setting out to do with Game Center.