Every week, the editors and writers at iMore carefully select some of our favorite, most useful, most extraordinary apps, accessories, gadgets, and websites. This week's selections include a Lightning cable accessory, an app that let's you dive into space exploration, a few games, a photo editor, and a Mac app for Apple developer account holders.
To see what we picked, follow along after the break!
While the default Calendar app for iPhone can get the job done, the interface leaves a lot to be desired. At the end of the day, a calendar app should be powerful, but still allow you to enter and find appointments as quickly and easily as possible. It's a balancing act. But which one is the best balance?
We've taken a look at a lot of the most popular alternative calendar apps for iPhone including, Week Cal, Calvetica, and many more. After testing all of them out, we believe Fantastical by Flexibits is the best choice for most iPhone users. Here's why...
Dolphin, a popular alternative browser for iPhone and iPad has been updated with a slew of new features including Evernote integration that allows you to send web content directly from your clipboard straight to Evernote. Other new features include WiFi broadcast, Dolphin Connect, easier sharing features, and more.
Shows by developer Sam Vermette, the best way to keep track of all the concert dates for the musical artists you love, has just been update with a brand new detail view, as well as support for the iPhone 5 and iPod touch 5 16:9 display, and iOS 6.
Kaleidoscope 2 from Black Pixel lets you take code, text, images, and even folders and quickly, clearly see the differences between multiple versions. While that sounds simple in theory, it's not. Making differential data make sense, doing it in a way that's useful and actionable, and packaging it in an app built for people who build apps, well, that requires some serious kung-fu.
Firemonkeys, the maker of the Real Racing games has been teasing us with Developer Diary videos for its upcoming Real Racing 3 title. This latest video shows us a bit more in game footage which looks stunningly realistic as well as a look behind the scenes at creating a new track from scratch for this huge gaming franchise
If you're in the U.S. or Canada, Facebook Messenger for iPhone now lets you place Skype-like VoIP (voice over IP) audio calls over Wi-Fi to any of your friends who also happen to be in the U.S. or Canada. There's no FaceTime-style video calls yet, and no international calls, and the quality doesn't yet sound as good as Skype, but if you live in Facebook Messenger, it can be a convenient alternative.
The only problem is, Facebook hasn't exactly made the calling process obvious. And in some cases, it's downright cumbersome. Here's how you do it...
Napkin is a brand new take on image annotation crafted for the Mac by Aged & Distilled. Combining intuitive gestures, fluid shape creation, just-type text entry, and a lot of really disciplined, really smart interface choices, it manages to bring the immediacy of iOS to OS X, producing results that are as fast as they are beautiful.
Temple Run 2, the hotly-anticipated sequel to the classic iOS endless runner, is now available in the U.S. App Store, and around the world. It's a universal binary, so it works on both iPhone/iPod touch, and iPad. It's also free to download, though you can in-app purchase a coin doubler if you're into that sort of thing.
I haven't had a chance to try it yet, so if you have, let me know what I'm missing. I'll be firing it up soon, so I need to know -- will I be able to get any sleep tonight?