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New and updated iPhone and iPad apps for Thursday, June 30

Every day, TiPb gets flooded with announcements for new and updated iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad apps and games. So every day we pick just a few of the most interesting, the most notable, and simply the most awesome to share with you!

  • Rhythm Guitar: Play guitar with your iPad! [$2.99 for iPad - iTunes link]

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iOS 5 features: Swipe away keyboard in Messages

iOS 5 brings the much heralded iMessage service to the Messages app, beta 2 has added a small but long-requested feature all its own -- the ability to swipe away the keyboard. In current versions of iOS, one you tap into the text entry box it's a bit of a chore to get rid of it again, which is annoying if you want to see the full screen view of your messages.

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Wedding photo and video shoot done entirely with an iPhone 4 camera [video]

A couple’s wedding day is said to be the most important day of their lives. One particular couple decided to risk their special day’s memories by only shooting the photographs and video using an iPhone 4. Sure the iPhone 4 has a very good quality camera but is this taking it a little too far?

Well it is not quite as risky as it seems, the couple brought in professional photographers and videographers for the big day and the results are quite impressive. Of course more than one iPhone 4 was used in gathering all the footage and the final editing we assume wasn’t done on the iPhone either. Either way it is apparently the first time that this has been done.

Take a look at the video after the break. Let us know what you think of the final result. Would you risk an important occasion such as a wedding solely to the iPhone 4’s camera?

[YouTube]

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iPad makes a huge difference to visually impaired schoolgirl's life, gives her back the cool factor

Australian schoolgirl Holly Bligh has started using an iPad to assist her learning in her school, and it is reaping huge rewards. Holly has albinism, which has badly affected her vision to the point that she needed a large magnifying glass to see textbooks and papers. Now, with the use of an iPad, all it requires is a simple tap or pinch gesture to blow up the area of interest and she can join in with the rest of her class. The iPad has also brought about a cool factor for Holly compared with having to use a chunky magnifying glass.

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UPDATED: Facebook for iPhone sneaks in UI changes in recent update

Facebook for iPhone received an update today, and despite being absent from the release notes, profile pages have received a UI change. The change brings uniformity to the app in that you will find Share Photo and Write Post buttons across the top of profile pages. These are similar to the Photo, Status, and Check-in buttons on the news feed.

Here are the traditionally cryptic release notes that Facebook did include with the update:

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HP TouchPad review

PreCentral.net reviews the latest iPad competitor -- the HP TouchPad

PreCentral.net's Derek Kessler, who's rapidly become one of my favorite voices in mobile, has just released the his HP TouchPad review. Widely anticipated due to its super smart, incredibly elegant webOS 3.0 operating system, but uncertain due to Palm's recent history of middling hardware and tepid launches, it's been simultaneously heralded as the first real iPad competitor and decried as a me-too device, both before it even hit the shelves. Which is it?

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iOS 5 features: Photo album management

While not specifically called out as part of Apple's iOS 5 "cutting the (iTunes) cord" initiative, the ability to finally create and manage photo albums directly on-device for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch is part of just that. No longer are you stuck with what you sync over via USB. Now you can add a new album and move photos between albums and from Camera Roll and Photo Stream (for iCloud) to albums.

Only Photo Stream pictures appear to be synced stored and pushed to all your devices, however, not the folder structure. That's a little disappointing. It would be great if whatever folder system you set up on your iPhone -- family, friends, dogs, hawaii trip, etc. -- would automagically be replicated on your iPad or iPod touch, but... baby steps.

Along with the photo editing features, on device album management is a great addition to iOS.

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Happy birthday: Original iPhone turns 4!


Tumblr for iPhone updated with new look

Tumblr, the popular blogging platform, has updated its iPhone app with a new look and new features. You can easily manage multiple blogs, read and reply to messages, and more.

  • A beautifully simple new interface for managing multiple blogs.
  • Improvements to Dashboard browsing.
  • Improvements to posting, including landscape editing.
  • Read and reply to Messages.
  • Find followers via your address book.
  • Sign up on your iPhone.

If you pick this one up, let us know what you think! Screenshots after the break.

[Free - iTunes link]

Have an app you'd love to see featured on TiPb? Email us at iosapps@tipb.com, tell us about your app (include an iTunes link), and we'll take a look.

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Former Apple design guru crafted Google+, will that get iOS users use it?

Wondering why Google+ looks, well, uncharacteristically good for a Google product? Turn out Andy Hertzfeld, an former Apple design guru going back to the days of the original Mac, has been given the freedom to exercise his creative genius on the new Google+ project. No wonder it has such a simple, useful -- dare we say elegant -- look and feel to it.

Hertzfeld credits some of his work done on the project to Apple, saying that Apple's reign on the mobile industry may have had "A little bit to do" with his creative design into the project of Google+.

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