The lastest iOS update – version 6.1.3 – is now available for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. This primarily fixes the security hole that was found in 6.1, one that allowed access to the phone module right from the locked screen without entering the correct passcode. The update also brings improvements to Maps for users in Japan. As for jailbreakers, you may want to stay away from 6.1.3 for the time being, as David Wang (one of the devs for the evasi0n and their untethered iOS 6.x jailbreak) told Forbes several weeks ago that the 6.1.3 beta 2 update patched one of the bugs that the Jailbreak exploits. This means that 6.1.3 isn’t likely to work with the only untethered jailbreak solution at this time. For the rest of you though, you can grab the latest iOS update right from within Settings –> General –> Software Update or on your desktop via iTunes.
An app called Awesome Baby Names has made it through Apple’s approval process and it’s not what you think. Through a series of taps in just the right spots, a hidden Game Boy Advance emulator will be revealed, thus allowing you to play all your favorite GBA roms you might have kept somewhere on an external hard drive. The app costs $1.99 and likely won’t last much longer on the App Store, so if your phone’s not jailbroken and you’d like to play some Mario on your iPhone, you may want to grab it before it’s pulled. Screenshots on how to unlock the emulator from within the app after the break.
Update: It appears the app’s been pulled from the App Store.
Darsoft specializes in productivity/business apps for iOS (PDF PROvider, Print Utility) and chief among them is PDF Forms, which has dropped in price to Free for the very first time. Previously priced at $8.99, PDF Forms is stacked with features like fillable forms, annotations, multiple signature support, stamps, Dropbox/Google Drive and documents management (split/duplicate/re-order/zip forms). While its interface may not be as attractive as apps like PDF Expert or even PDF Cabinet, PDF Forms is a more than capable PDF reader and annotator that doubles as a form filler and more. For the price of free, this is certainly worth checking out on your iPad.
So you’re thinking about buying a Mac app or two for your iMac/Macbook in the coming days. But before you do, you could potentially save yourself some money by checking out some of the Mac Bundles being offered at this time. For instance, with the MacUpdate Bundle, you get Parallels 8 Desktop ($79.99 on its own) and 9 other great Mac apps for just $49.99. Or the MacLegion Bundle for the same price and number of apps, which includes Roxio Toast 11 Titanium, Launcher and others. Then there’s the Pick a Bundle (choose 10 apps you want) we covered previously. There are several more featured in this roundup we’ve put together, so take a look within and see if there’s a bundle that tickles your fancy.
Flexbit’s bestselling Fantastical for iPhone has received its first major update after 3 months of release on the App Store and some of the most requested features by its users have been implemented. Chief among them include the ability to set multiple alerts when creating events, support for Time zones and my personal favorite, going to a specific date by tapping and holding the red title bar at the top. The app is also on sale now, dropping a buck to $3.99 for a limited time. Besides being a great companion to Fantastical for the Mac, the interface on the iPhone makes it a snap to navigate around your schedule and its natural language engine for entering events is simply, well, fantastic. The full log of what’s new after the break.
Looking for the latest app sales and deals for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad? Here’s our roundup today for the most recent freebies and price drops that are worth checking out. As always, they’re only good for a very limited time.
AppFridays, the site that brings us great deals for Mac apps every Friday (and also where I discovered the indispensible PopClip and was able to grab it for $0.99), has just launched their March Madness promotion. Starting today and for the rest of March, various Mac apps will be offered completely free for the entire weekend. The first set of freebies being offered are: iHDClip (convert camcorder videos for OS X and iOS device playback), Lost Photos (discover all photos you’ve ever sent/received in an email account) and Tab Launcher (easily find and launch apps by way of icons in Tabs). More info and screenshots for these 3 Macs after the gap, and don’t forget to head over to AppyFridays over the next few weeks for more free apps.
Google’s Field Trip app is now available for the iPhone. First released on Android several months ago, this location discovery tool runs in the background of your phone. As soon as you get close to “something interesting”, an iOS notification will let you know of the POI in question. Select from a local feed of things you’d like to see, and Field Trip taps into numerous publications (Zagat, Cool Hunting, Atlas Obscura etc) to help you discover places/experiences under categories like Architecture, Food & Drinks, Offers & Deals, Movie locations and more.
If you’ve always wondered how much it costs to drive to work each day, this is one freebie you need on your iPhone. Fuel Monitor has dropped to free (down from $1.99) and it not only shows you the cost of a trip based on the latest gas price and car model, but also speed, gas used, average consumption, distance and duration.
Unlike other apps that calculate gas prices, this is the only app that uses your GPS to calculate the exact amount, rather than you having to guess the trip’s distance. Fuel Monitor identifies your location and gives you accurate information. Fuel Monitor bases its calculations on consumption data provided by manufacturers, and enhances this data by integrating additional information such as your driving style, traffic jams, accelerations, braking and more.
Google Maps, hands down the best maps app for iOS, has received its first update and users now have better integration with their Google contacts. Upon signing in with v1.1 of the Maps app, any saved addresses on your Google account will show up when you look up the name of a friend of family member. This makes it easier to find driving directions to your contact’s address, of course provided that you’ve already entered their details beforehand. To help distinguish between search results of names you’ve typed in, your saved contacts will show up with a person icon to the left, while general results with a similar names will have a magnifying glass icon beside it. Currently, Google Contacts search only works with regular Google email accounts, and is not available for Enterprise Apps accounts.