As we inch closer to the launch of the iPhone 6, which is set to be unveiled on September 9, and the public launch of iOS 8, we’re starting to see Apple add iOS 8-based features in the products we’re already using.
Foursquare recently split itself into two apps, the main Foursquare app for discovery and a new Swarm app for check ins. The company today released version 8.0 of the Foursquare app with an all-new design and a focus on personalised recommendations for restaurants and other places.
Scribd for iPhone was updated this afternoon with a new look and other features, including a redesigned book description page, horizontal browsing from book to book in collections, streamlined library management and an all-new color palette and fonts throughout the app. The update pushes the app to version 3.6.0.
Back in May, we had told you about MonkeyParking, an app that let users make money by letting them sell their street parking spot to others when they left. The company behind the app today announced that they’d be shutting down operations in San Francisco.
Paper by FiftyThree is one of the most popular apps in the iOS App Store, thanks to its imaginative design, useful implementation of tools for creation and a slick interface that makes drawing, painting or sketching on an iPad surprisingly easy (and fun). The company’s creation was only limited by the stylus that users use, but also in part of the technology that went into the software of iOS. Thanks to the upcoming release of iOS 8, though, and changes that Apple has made under the hood, creativity and expression is about to get even easier — as long as you’ve got Pencil by FiftyThree.
Apple’s app of the week is a week-long promotion that slashes the price on a popular iOS game or app, offering the title for free. This week the free title is Republique, the debut title from independent game studio Camouflaj. Created by the folks behind Halo 4, Metal Gear Solid and other industry leading games, Republique is a stealth-action game that places you in a totalitarian state with an elaborate nationwide surveillance system that you can access and control.
Apple followed its Monday WWDC 2014 keynote with its Apple Design Award ceremony that recognizes outstanding apps for iOS and OS X. More than just a popularity contest, these apps are set apart by their developers commitment to combining “design and technology in creative, compelling, and powerful ways.”