The past week has been amazing if you are an Apple fan or an iOS lover. The Cupertino giant announced the much awaited iOS 7 at the WWDC 2013, which now boasts of a grand redesign and several new features, carefully cherry-picked from multiple platforms. The redesign of iOS hasn’t restricted the developers to go ahead and release their new apps and games.
For the week ending 16th June, we have curated an impressive list of new and noteworthy apps which includes a couple of Gameloft games, a couple of email productivity apps and a handy travel app. For a change, we have more games than usual this week, and that wasn’t intentional to be clear.
Microsoft Office finally made its way into the iPhone with the Office 365 app. Though it’s a great news for some, it comes with a list of limitations. The app is free to use only if you hold an an Office 365 subscription. Moreover it comes with a basic set of features and not optimized for the iPad yet. A Office 365 Home Premium subscription will cost you $99.99 per year or $9.99 per month.
Evomail was introduced exclusively for iPad and even made it into our earlier weekly roundup of best iOS apps. It’s designed with three guiding philosophies of being beautiful, frictionless and simple. It currently supports Gmail only, but IMAP support is coming early next month. If you’re bored with the default Mail app, Evomail is worth a try.
Pet Rescue Saga has been quite popular on Facebook and is now ported on to the iOS platform by its developer King, who is more popular for creating the hit game, Candy Crush. Pet Rescue Saga is about saving animals from two evil snatchers by eliminating colored blocks from the board. We have very less doubts that this will be yet another hit game for King.
Do you travel a lot? And do you love beer? If yes, the Pivo is a must-have travel app for you. Pivo teaches you how to order a beer in 59 different languages, each with the correct spelling, phonetic pronunciations and supporting videos from native speakers to help you along the way.
Here comes yet another third party email client for iOS. Mail Ninja aims to make mail processing super efficient, easy and fun. Unlike other similar mail apps, it supports Yahoo! mail, AOL and iCloud mail in addition to Gmail. Unlike Mailbox, Mail Ninja does not store your emails on its servers. Check their video demo for more details.
Much like other games from Gameloft’s Gangstar series, Gangstar Vegas too looks similar to the GTA series. This new game is based in Las Vegas, and comes with lots of cars and weapons at your disposal. At $6.99, the game doesn’t come cheap, but the graphics and gameplay should make up for the steep price, specially for GTA fans.
I’ve a subscriber to Jason Calacanis’ LAUNCH Ticker email for a while now, and thankfully, he has now come out with an iOS app. It’s a great place for curated tech news. If you are tech news junkie like me, you ought to download and try this app yourself. You can thank me later.
The name of the app should tell you who’s behind it. “Hell bent on revenge, America comes to the Temple to train with Snoop Dogg”, says the official description of the game. The game has 14 levels, and you are required to battle through them while listening to some of Snoop Dogg’s hit songs.
Voice recording apps are available aplenty on the App store, but Dictonic scores big with simplicity and usefulness. “Snap a picture, record audio, pick one of amazing voice changing effects and post it to Facebook and Twitter – as simple as this!”
Another Gameloft game which makes into our list this week is Despicable Me: Minion Rush. The official game for the Despicable Me movie is an endless runner like the Temple Run games. Leap, slide and dodge the obstacles & enemies while earning power-ups and costumes.