TouchMyApps Forums now open. Register, be part of the community and win daily giveaways!

Ladies and gentlemen, fellow app touchers and TMA readers, we’re proud to finally announce the official launch of the TouchMyApps forums. As we had mentioned previously, after hearing your feedback on numerous occasions and the subsequent brainstorming sessions on ways to improve the site, we felt that it was a great time to take the plunge. The forums will give our readers a home to discuss all things iPhone, iPod Touch and soon to be released iPad, as well as help build upon the TMA community. Some of you may already be seasoned forum vets, or perhaps you’ve never even been part of one. Regardless, we invite all to sign up and participate in the latest (and greatest) addition to our site. More info after the gap!

TMA Forums Giveaway O’ the Day: WinX DVD Ripper Platinum (10 Copies)

iSkin Giveaway O’ the Day: CERULEAN X1 Earphones

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TouchMyApps Forums set to launch. Get ready for more giveaways

Over the past 2 months, there was an increasing number of TMA readers who felt that it was time for to have its own Forums – a place where app lovers can come together and discuss all things iPhone, iPod and now the iPad (among other things). Well, we couldn’t agree more and it is indeed time. After having spent considerable time consulting with the App Fairy and TMA staff, we’re proud to announce that the TouchMyApps Forums will go live on Feb 1st, 2010. To celebrate the occasion, there will be plenty of daily prizes to be won, including an iPod Touch 2G, iTunes Gift Certificates and a bundle of apps and games from a number of generous Developers and Publishers. For the most part, we will have about 5 codes for each title to hand out, so there should be loads to go around.

Rules for winning the different prizes may differ slightly, but they all involve signing up to our forums and making use of the discussion boards. Since we’ll be featuring different apps/prizes to be given away everyday for the next two weeks, be sure to come back often for the freebies and continue to support us. We’re all extremely excited about the launch and we strongly feel that the forums will be great tool to help bring the TMA community together and make it a better place. In the meantime, have a look at the apps/games we have lined up for you and be sure to show these awesome devs some love by supporting their work. See you on Monday and stay tuned for more details!

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ChiffaN’s Comment of the Month (January 2010) – Yes, it’s that time of the month again when I’m giving away a $10 iTunes Gift Card!

Hey there, TMA fans! It’s the end of January and you know what this means? This means it’s time to announce the winner of ChiffaN’s Comment of the Month contest! Boy, how time flies! It seems only yesterday I sent out the Gift Card for the first contest.

This has been quite a thrilling month for all of us. With such major titles arriving on the store like GTA Chinatown Wars and Broken Sword Director’s Cut the Apple iPad went almost unnoticed. Yeah, right! I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to save up already!

But enough chit-chat! It’s time to announce the winner of my one-and-only Comment of the Month contest for January 2010 and reward him with a $10 iTunes Gift Card.

The winner of the contest and a recap of the rules after the gap. And remember – TMA is the only place where you are rewarded for being honest and forthright.

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Apple’s ‘Come see our latest creation’ Event

I assume that most of you will not be at Apple’s “Come see our latest creation” event in San Fran @ 10 AM PST (1PM EST) – neither will we. But, we will be here to greedily discuss new items, apologise for the reality, and sympathise with those who want just ‘one more thing’ after the show.

Remember that the event most likely includes the unveiling of the following:

Keep an eye here for TMA’s take of the event, but if you want to enjoy an up-to-the-minute show check out AppleInsider’s live coverage of the event.

Apple’s “Latest Creation” Event Coverage by AppleInsider

iForesee iPhone 4G…



Some say rumours travel faster than light. While there is no actual way to prove this, the whole Apple community lives and thrives on them. It even seems to have found a way to actually harness the power of rumours to stay afloat. And now, following the recent appearance of the possibly hi-res iPhone 4G (iPhone 3,1) in Apple’s firmware, the future versions of the OS have been spotted in the wild as well. All of this may also point to the iSlate.

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The JBnator Diaries – Upgrading your jailbroken phone WITHOUT losing app information and savegames! (Updated for iOS 4.x)


Hey you, happy jailbreakers! Your favourite iPhone blogger ChiffaN here! I have decided that there is regrettable lack of comprehensive information on iPhone Jailbreaking. Well, not really. There is actually loads of such info on the web. But there are a number of issues, still left untouched by the general community, some of which were even deemed impossible! And here’s where I come in. In our new section, The JBnator Diaries, I will tackle such and try to put them in layman’s terms! Yeah, so even YOU can understand!

I will not bore you with what jailbreaking is. If you’re reading this, you likely already know about it. If not – google it, you’ll get more than enough results to satisfy your curiosity. And I will not describe the simple out of the box jailbreaking procedure, at least not separately. If you’re interested in that – you can check one of my recent posts on blackra1n, which has that. Rather, I will tackle one issue, any jailbreaker faces at the dreaded time when Apple releases a new OS version – upgrading without losing all the precious data on the phone. Yes, it CAN be done!

15.10.2010: Updated for iOS 4.x

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Since the launch of the app store, hundreds if not thousands of developers have submitted their apps to the App Store.  Ranging from useless apps such as “I am Rich”, to invaluable ones like BeeJiveIM to stay in touch, it is not always easy weeding out the good apps from the bad ones (as well as the great ones from the good ones).

Here at TouchMyApps, our goal is to help our readers decide whether or not an app is worth their time and money. We will review apps ranging from A – Z, and from Business to Weather.  We will continue to create a large database of reviews in all categories ,  giving our readers a wealth of info on iPhone apps.  Besides reviews, the site will be updated up to several times a day. TouchMyApps will bring our readers up-to-date news on all things iPhone and iPad, hands on look at apps, and tips and tricks that users may find helpful.

Review System

At TouchMyApps, we strive to deliver unbiased reviews of iPhone apps.  Our review system is so bold and revolutionary, it could very well change the way products and services are reviewed across the globe (note: TouchMyApps takes no responsibility for any economic turmoil and/or other natural or supernatural calamities in the Reviews and Publications sector should this really occur)

For game reviews, one of the most important areas to be given consideration is gameplay. At it’s core, gameplay defines the interaction between player and game. Good gameplay immerses a player with the game and this interaction is seamless. A game can have the best graphics in the world, but without the gameplay, it would be like going on a hot date with your dream babe and not being able to get to first base.

Other categories that will help determine a rating in a game would be:

  • Graphics – are they well done that it adds value and enjoyability to the game or would you rather stare at the wall?
  • Design – do the levels and overall design feel like they were done by someone who put loads of effect into it or did it seem like 100 monkeys designed the game?
  • Replay Value – does the game make you want to come back for more or is it like a bad date, where you say “wham bam thank you ma’am”
  • Sound – do the sound effects and music work well with the theme of the game and is it well done?

What about for non-game apps? What factors do we look at? The one big question we will be asking ourselves is, “Does this app do what the developers intended for it to do and does it do it well?” A weather app that doesn’t tell weather correctly isn’t going to help a user very much. Other areas of concern will be:

  • Features – does the app offer the user a multitude of options, thus adding value to the product?
  • Interface – more than just looks and aesthetics. Is the app user-friendly and easy to navigate around?
  • Value – considering all things, is the app worth the money?

Without further ado, we give you our rating system.

An app so poorly done you would have thought the developer(s) hired underaged children from some Third World country to work for them. All the basic ingredients that make a good app are missing. Nothing good can be said about the app and there is no hope on the horizon. It should be treated like a virus residing in your iPhone/iPod Touch and purged of without delay.

While not as unforgiving as the “Wipe” category, this is an app that brought a butter knife to a gun fight. Glimpses of potential are shown throughout the user experience, but not nearly enough to really warrant an icon space for it on the iPhone. Borderline frustration caused by the overall poor design of the app. Caveat emptor.

Like any Honda Civic, this is a solid but not flashy kind of app. Many aspects of this app are done at an average or slightly above average level. It just doesn’t do any one thing so well that it stands above the crowd. An app that can certainly do the job, though it is missing bells and whistles that could enhance the overall value of the product.

With a “Grab this app” rating, the app shows considerable amount of promise and high quality work. It misses the golden mark due to the absence of certain features or nagging issues that prevent the app from rising to the top. Overall, this is an app that has nothing to be ashamed about and delivers a quality experience for the most part.

Yes, you want to kiss these apps. It’s that good. Like Yao Ming hanging out with midgets, this app stands above the crowd. User experience is intensified due to impeccable design, features, gameplay, value, interface and the whole nine yards. This app is a must have, especially for those who enjoy the particular genre. They say nothing is ever perfect. Well, this is as close as it gets.