The 2013 Wimbledon tennis tournament is upon us, and naturally a lot of you folks will be glued to the action. Not everyone can make it to Wimbledon, or to a television set, so that means following anyway you can. Thankfully, with your iOS devices in hand, you need never be more than a few taps away from all the latest, if only without the strawberries and cream. Lets take a look at some of the best.
All good sporting events need an official iOS application, and Wimbledon is no exception. As you may expect from an official application, this one is jam packed with just about everything you need to keep up with every match, every day, as it happens. One criticism is that text is quite small, so not the easiest to read on an iPhone. But, it's designed with the tournaments colors of green and purple in mind, and the live scores are all dressed up like actual Wimbledon scoreboards.
The iPad app is even better looking, but still features the same important content. It makes full use of the extra screen real estate and offers maps of the grounds, with pins dropped on each court there's currently something happening on. Perhaps the best feature of all is the included live video and radio, which is available to users in the UK, USA, Canada, South America (excluding Brazil), Netherlands, Belgium, Cyprus and New Zealand.
The BBC Sport app is one of, if not the best, general sports news app available for UK iOS users. It mimics the BBC website extremely well, and provides the same high level of quality content. Specifically for Wimbledon, since the BBC is the official UK coverage provider, the BBC Sport app is packed full of tennis related goodies. This includes live streaming of the matches currently being shown on TV, which should take care of everything on the two feature courts.
Live Score Tennis is a third-party tennis specific application, and it looks fantastic. A simple, yet striking interface available in a dark or a light theme, Live Score takes away all the bloat, and gives you exactly the information you want. You can either have it all, or you can choose specific combinations of players and tournaments that you want to keep up to date with.
Live Score also promises the "fastest push notifications in tennis" in getting you what you want to see on your lockscreen as it happens. Perfect for those breaking moments. Push notifications can also be set per player, or per tournament, and can cover a wide range of items from live scores and results through to draw information and when the final is due to begin. Extremely useful to have on your iPhone throughout Wimbledon, but definitely one for the tennis fans out there to keep year round.
Not to be confused with the previous app at all, SofaScore is from a different developer and as with BBC Sport is an all round sports news app. But it deserves a mention here because it's a very good looking application, that also provides a good level of information on all the goings on at Wimbledon. You can turn on live scores for all the current matches, look at what's happening in each of them individually, and even see the current odds if you happen to like a little bet or two. And, since it covers so many different sports, it's well worth a look as a source of your beyond-Wimbledon sporting news fix.
So, those are a few of our picks that'll be helping us get through Wimbledon 2013. If you've got any that we haven't talked about, be sure to drop into the comments and let us know what you'll be using!