A slew of popular apps updated, launched, or cut their price tags on the App Store today, and 9to5Mac gathered the most noteworthy ones in our usual round-up below. Today’s crop includes FIFA Soccer 12 getting optimized for the new iPad, Disney Film Pulse bringing interactive gaming to cinemas, Modern Combat 3 dropping to 99 cents, details on Gabi—the new Facebook-integrated service, and much more.
Check them out:
- Apps & updates: Sparrow update/sale, Spotify radio, Bento 4 for iPad, Square reward cards, more
- Apps & updates: Adobe Photoshop Express, Growl, SketchBook Express, Angry Birds Space, and more
- Apps and updates: LinkedIn passwords leak, Angry Birds Space hits 100M, and Sparrow teases iPad app
The official FIFA app for the iPad is now Retina-optimized. The $9.99 app updated to version 1.1.14 last night, and it added the ability to use the EA Sports Gamepad in single player mode, with access to the club’s budget and options to buy the best players in the world. The FIFA Soccer 12 app also supports Brazilian Portuguese. It rates 4.5-stars, based on more than 7,600 user reviews, as of press time.
Another day, another Disney app. This one released today to enhance in-theatre experiences. Users simply need to check-in to a theatre, mark their Disney movie showtime, and then the app will “unlock surprises.” The interactive features include games and bonus content before movies and special offers after the credits. The Disney FilmPulse app is free and compatible with just the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, Calif. It does not boast any user reviews as of press time.
No update to report—just one “incredible” deal. This $6.99 app is going for 99 cents during a limited-time only sale. Modern Combat 3’s description on the App Store said the app is “the best, most realistic smartphone FPS series returns with even higher intensity and an apocalyptic battle for the freedom of the United States, for one or more players.” It rates 4.5-stars, based on more than 1,900 user reviews, as of press time.
Another day, another…social networking app? The blogosphere is abuzz with this newly launched 99-cent Facebook-integrated service. Gabi touts “a beautiful new way to visualize and interact with Facebook. It filters your content according to what’s popular, controversial, and relevant to you. Instead of displaying everything in your news feed, it only shows you what’s best: the best pictures, videos, statuses, groups, links, interests, etc.” It rates 3-stars, based on more than 25 user reviews, as of press time.
Sure, Apple CEO Tim Cook serves on Nike’s board of directors, but this free app is noteworthy due to its heavy user-interface revamp. The app updated to version 4.0 yesterday, and the upgrade includes the ability to now tap the Run button from anywhere in the app. Users can also see how their last run compares to their previous seven with insights on latest activity. Swiping options are now featured for the Home Screen as a gesture-navigation tool, including added visuals for progress in landscape history view. The new Run summary also tracks routes and weather. The summary even highlights shoe tagging to discover when it is time to buy a new pair of kicks. It rates 3.5-stars, based on more than 5,500 user reviews, as of press time.
We did a full review of this app last night, but the folks at The Omni Group decided to push out an update today that fixes a bunch of bugs, including: improved calendar scheduling, corrected task duplication, better rendering, and a solution to the date caching error. Even more bugs were addressed in the update, but almost all of them were small and barely noticeable. At least users know the developer is listening to their needs, wants, and issues—especially because this powerful app costs $49.99. Read more about it in our hands-on at 9to5Mac.
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