9to5Mac has once again scoured the App Store for all the latest app launches, price drops, noteworthy news, and updates, and we have compiled everything in a roundup below. Check it out, but keep coming back as we continually refresh the list throughout the day.
1. DataMan Pro | $4.99 (usual $9.99)
Version 7.2 of this overage-tracking app hit the App Store with support for more data plan types. It also includes monthly, 30-days, weekly, and the newly-added daily plan that allows users to track their data usage everyday with app and location statistics. The app is currently 50-percent off for Easter.
2. Grokr: Intelligent Search | Free
Version 1.2 of this search-and-discovery app that provides a Google Now-like experience to iOS users launched with a total redesign today. The update includes a new sports tile, recommended title, events tile, and news sources and sports teams. The app also now sports personalized notifications and Beta-tile for new features.
More apps and updates below.
- Dropbox, Pageonce, War of Words, Skype video messages, Vendetta Online preview, and huge price drops
- Apple CEO Tim Cook on tablet market share
- HBO comes to Apple TV via AirPlay on the updated HBO Go App
- Apple CEO Tim Cook calls Greenlight Capital suit a ‘silly sideshow’
- Apple’s iPads are the hardest tablets to fix, but also need repairs the least
3. RetailMeNot Coupons | Free
Version 2.1 of this coupon and deal app now allows users to search for savings at nearby malls and browse recommended merchants. The update also boasts AirPrint support for in-store coupons and bug fixes to help users get coupons faster.
4. Block Fortress | $1.99
Version 1.0.1 of this build-and-fight game features various big fixes and optimizations, but it also added an option to play survival on an easier difficulty, game options to the pause window, iCloud support to sync character’s data, and a tutorial button info prompt. The update also increased up/down look angle, the hp of terrain blocks significantly, and the firing arcs for most turrets, as well as repositioned the attack button on widescreen devices and changed the way data is stored.
1. Adobe Premiere Elements 11 Editor ($79.99) and Premiere Elements 11 Quick Editor ($29.99)
Adobe just launched Premiere Elements 11 Editor and Premiere Elements 11 Quick Editor in the Mac App Store. Check out 9to5Mac’s full review on Premiere Elements 11 for all the core features, impressions, and details.
Jan Koum, WhatsApp’s CEO, says that the company is planning this year to shift its iOS app to one where new users would pay annually to keep using, taking it away from a one-off download fee and bringing it in line with how it is distributed on the Android, BlackBerry, Nokia and Windows Phone platforms.
The new subscription model would apply to new users, Koum said, and would likely follow the same pricing structure as its other apps, which are free for the first year and then cost $1/year, compared to the single, for-life $0.99 purchase that users make on iOS today. “We’re relaxed on dates, but definitely this year. It’s on the road map,” Koum said.
Television network ABC is allegedly developing tablet and smartphone apps that will allow cable or satellite subscription-viewers to stream its programming. The New York Times reported on Monday that the apps are reminiscent of WatchESPN and Watch Disney that ABC’s parent company Disney launched last year, although those apps also allow non-subscribers to watch a limited collection of episodes, and they will further Disney’s TV Everywhere initiative.
3. XBMC 12.1
XBMC 12.1 now brings full-resolution support on the iPhone 5, Raspberry Pi player optimization, and iOS 6 support for Apple TV 2. The full list of changes includes:
- XBMC now supports using OSX’s default output device for audio as well as hardware decoding with Intel GPUs in OSX
- XBMC for Linux no longer hogs audio and audio on resume will continue to work in Linux
- Full resolution is now enabled iPhone 5
- Volume buttons on Android devices Android now control volume, rather than XBMC volume
- Volume buttons on OSX OSX volume control devices once again, rather than XBMC volume
- Player optimization on the Raspberry Pi, Including more December efficient playback, better subtitle support, and many crash fixes
- iOS 6 support on the AppleTV 2.
- XBMC does not crash When listed on the top shelf AppleTV
- Added support for additional Xbox 360 controller types
- Broader and more intelligent support for CEC devices
- Fixed problems with several addons to two broken binary read / write in our python interface
- Language fixes, Including 7 new languages: Albanian, Burmese, Malay, Persian (Iran), Tamil (India), Uzbek, Vietnamese
- AirPlay fixes, Including making discovery of more December reliable XBMC on OSX
- Numerous crashing and stability fixes across all platforms
Disney Classics Sale
- The Jungle Book: Disney Classics | 99 cents (was $1.99)
- Dumbo: Disney Classics | 99 cents (was $1.99)
- Bambi: Disney Classics | 99 cents (was $1.99)
- The Aristocats: Disney Classics | 99 cents (was $1.99)