The New York Times has released an experimental HTML5 web app designed for the iPad. The app is available to those with access to either the tablet-only or all digital offerings from the Times. The New York Times web app provides the same news content as the native app, while at the same time offering some unique features.
The iPhone app for Digg v1 has been updated to be a universal app for both iPhone and iPad. The iPad version offers the same version as the iPhone, just offers a more pleasant reading experience on the iPad's larger screen. Speaking of larger screens, this update also includes support for the iPhone 5's bigger display.
Facebook Messenger for iPhone has gone 2.0 and includes some UI improvements as well as support for the iPhone 5's larger display. The conversation view has a new design and now you can swipe left anywhere in the app to quickly see a list of who's available to send message. At the top of this list you can also mark the friends you message most as favorites. The speed and reliability of Facebook Messenger has also been noticeably improved.
iMovie for iPhone and iPad has been updated for iOS 6 and introduces some new features including three new trailers, the ability to split audio with the iPad, slideshow creation from iPhoto, 1080p upload resolution, and more.
Netflix for iPhone and iPad has been updated with an updated interface and varied improvements on playback, AV sync, and subtitle handling. The new interface isn't a complete overhaul, but very minor. In fact, what I notice most about the interface is that it's actually rather sluggish with horrible scrolling, a bit clunky, and you still can't edit or view your mailing queue or view or leave reviews.
Google has agreed to acquire Nik Software, the developer of the popular iPhone and iPad photo editing app Snapseed. Nik Software develops software for photographers for Mac, Windows, and iOS, but it was Snapseed that caught Google's eye and sparked the acquisition. There is no word on whether there will be continued support for Snapseed or if Google plans to kill the project like they did with Sparrow.
The popular iPad sketching app Paper by fiftythree has been updated with some really great features including faster ink, edge-to-edge drawing, new gestures, an improved Rewind feature, and more. Paper focuses on being able to bring focus to their users and providing a natural creative experience. This upgrade makes that experience even better.
This week, Google pushed out updates to both Gmail and Chrome for iPhone and iPad. Chrome's update was fairly minor, resolving compatibility issues with certain websites including Yahoo! Mail and fixing a few bugs. Gmail's update wasn't too groundbreaking either, but the addition of the option to open web links in Chrome (if installed) is excellent for Chrome users.
Etchings is a fun photography app for iPhone that instantly creates beautiful etched illustrations from any photo. There are eight different styles you can tweek to fit your photo perfectly, converting your photo into a unique piece of art.