Hopefully you guys are gearing up for a fun-filled Halloween, but we wouldn't let October slip by without rounding up the very best games and best apps for iPhone and iPad that have been released in the last 30 days. We've got a ton of running and racing games this month, plus one of the best RPGs we've seen in the App Store in awhile. There are also lots of high quality creative apps to check out, whether your into music, art, or videography.
We're always eager to hear what you guys have installed, so be sure to hit up the comments with your favorite new apps. With that, let's dig into our top ten new iOS apps that were released in October.
Zip files—that is, single-file bundles that contain multiple items—are incredibly useful tools. On my Mac, I use zip files for all sorts of tasks: shrinking document sizes, transferring data from one place to another, and collecting various files together into a single bundle.
On the iPhone and iPad, zip files are a bit less convenient, due to iOS's lack of central file system. You can't currently open downloaded files in iCloud Drive, so you're left to rely mostly on third-party apps for viewing, unzipping, and compressing your own zip files. Here are a few of my favorite ways to handle zip files on iOS.
With Apple Pay you can conveniently and securely make payments online, and for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users, at many merchants that accept NFC payments. Simply add your cards and your on your way. But what if you cancel a card or it's no longer valid? Luckily, removing them from Apple Pay is easy enough!
Craving more data for your money? Verizon has just announced that it is upping data allotment on its midrange More Everything plans for a limited time. $80 will now score you 10GB of data per month, while $100 will net you 15GB. Perhaps even better, the deal isn't limited to new customers; existing More Everything customers can get in on the action too.
Debug is a casual, conversational interview show featuring the best developers in the business about the amazing apps they make and why and how they make them. On this episode — Fresh from his review of OS X Yosemite, John Siracusa returns to talk interface, vibrancy, and a whole lot of Swift.
Nine Inch Nails frontman and Trent Reznor has spoken a bit about his new role at Apple. Reznor acted as the chief creative officer of Beats Music until it was purchased by Apple earlier this year, and the company asked him to come on board for a special project. What that is exactly isn't clear, but Reznor said that it's an evolution of his role at Beats, and in the realm of music delivery, according to an interview with Billboard:
Spider-Man Unlimited arrived on mobile back in September. The game instantly webbed me with its great graphics, a huge array of collectible characters, and overall excellent use of the Spider-Man license. But I also caught many bugs in my review that I hoped would be fixed before long.
Handoff is part of iOS 8's new Continuity feature and lets you start a task on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac and pick up right where you left off on another device. Aside from a lot of Apple's own apps, developers have the ability to integrate Handoff support right into their own apps. Currently these are the best apps we could find for iPhone, iPad, and Mac that already offer great support for Handoff!
HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!! We have had a fantastic time with our Halloween Contest the last several years, and we can't wait to see how you guys top it this year! While you're out getting spooky, be sure to snap a photo with your iPhone or iPad (you can include other mobile gadgets too, but you know... we love Apple best). Then Instagram it using hashtag #iFright. We'll put together all the photos received into a sweet video for the blogs. And beyond that, you can win some awesome prizes for taking part. Full details below!
We've gathered together some great discounts on iPhone, iPad, and Mac apps, accessories, and devices for you today.
We'll keep showing sales that are ongoing after double-checking that they're still active and the price is the same, as well as updating the list with anything new that we find. Of course, if you spot any great deals, don't be shy - drop a tip in the comments!
Apple design head Jony Ive has given some insight into how Apple approached the design of the Apple Watch. Ive spoke about designing the Watch at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art this week. He said that the project was more challenging than the iPhone, in part due to the societal views on watches, according to the Wall Street Journal:
Instant Hotspot is part of Continuity in iOS 8 and can be used to tether your wifi only iPad. That basically means that as long as your iPhone meets the requirements for Instant Hotspot and has an active cellular connection, you can share that connection with your iPad. Here's how!