Following up on its May announcement of the AmpliTube iRig adapter, IK Multimedia has released the iPad version of its AmpliTube for iPad companion software. Designed to be used with the iRig adapter, the AmpliTube app provides a portable multi-touch tone-modeling solution for guitar and bass players. The app provides the same 23 amps and effects as the iPhone version, accessible from a single-pane touchscreen control interface and four simultaneous stompbox effects—one more than the iPhone version. The app provides five amp models with full tonal and drive controls, 11 stompbox effects, five cabinet layouts and two microphones. Users can easily organize and recall configurations on the fly with 36 available presets. Additional functions in the iPad version include a tuner, metronome and backing track player that can be used to improve playing skills. AmpliTube for iPad is available from the App Store for $20. A free version is also available with only three effects and a single amp and cabinet; additional gear from the full version can be added to the free version via in-app purchase. An iPhone version is also available. The AmpliTube iRig adapter is sold separately for $40.
Foursquare has released an update to its location-based social networking app adding support for in-app SMS and e-mail messaging and a number of other enhancements. Foursquare users can now send SMS and e-mail messages from directly within the Foursquare app rather than having to exit the application. The update also adds further high-resolution content for iPhone 4 devices, improves support for Fast App Switching and adds a current position indicator to in-app map views. Foursquare is available from the App Store as a free download.
Readdle has released an update to its ReaddleDocs document viewer for the iPad, adding support for annotating PDF files. ReaddleDocs users can now add notes and highlights to PDF files which are saved within the document and can be accessed from a Mac or Windows PC. Users can also specify a color for PDF highlights, download files in the built-in browser by tapping on a link and open plain text files in a text editor. The update also improves WebDAV client compatibility with cookie-based sessions and resolves issues with unzipping certain types of ZIP files. ReaddleDocs for iPad is available from the App Store for $5 and is a free update for current users.
Bulkypix has released an update to Babel Rising adding additional content and new powers and in-game bonuses. In Babel Rising, players take on the role of a deity who must prevent its followers from successfully completing a tower to the heavens. Players use god-like powers to smite followers as they attempt to build and climb the tower, however each divine ability requires energy that must be recharged between uses. Babel Rising 1.3 adds two new powers in Divine mode including red lightning and a burning bush and now allows players to control time, increase bonus scores and quickly reload powers. Babel Rising is available from the App Store for $1 and is a free update for current users.
Gameloft has released an update to its popular game N.O.V.A. adding support for iOS 4 and the iPhone 4. N.O.V.A. 1.2.1 adds a gyroscopic control mode for iPhone 4 users with a complete 3D range of movement and provides enhanced high-resolution graphics to take advantage of the iPhone 4 Retina Display. The update also adds Fast App Switching for users of multitasking-capable iOS 4 devices. N.O.V.A. is a first-person shooter that puts the player in the role of a futuristic Marine hero who must battle unknown forces to prevent mankind’s annihilation. Users can choose to play through a single-player campaign with 13 levels across five different environments or participate in a multiplayer game over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. N.O.V.A. - Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance is available from the App Store for $5 and is a free update for current users. An iPad version is also available separately for $7.
Remember The Milk has released an update to its iPhone and iPod touch app for access its cloud-based task management service. Remember The Milk 1.4 adds support for iOS 4, allowing users of multitasking-capable devices to take advantage of Fast App Switching and background syncing with the web service. The update also adds Retina Display support for the iPhone 4, accessibility and VoiceOver support and various bug fixes and enhancements. Remember The Milk is available from the App Store as a free download; a $25/year Remember The Milk Pro subscription is required to use the app with the Remember The Milk service.
KainosAgora has released an update to TweetAgora, its advanced filtering client for Twitter. TweetAgora 1.2 adds support for photo posting via TwitPic, Instapaper and Read It Later integration, native retweets, the ability to resize tweet fonts and iPhone 4 Retina Display support. Users of mulittasking-capable iOS 4 devices can now continue image uploads after closing the app and the update also allows users to configure their own Bit.ly account for URL shortening via the Bit.ly API. The Premium version also adds the ability to mute tweets from 12seconds, Blip.FM and Plancast, in addition to Foursquare, Gowalla and Formspring. TweetAgora is available from the App Store as a free download. The free version allows users to filter up to three keywords and three people, create up to three Agoras and load up to 150 tweets in a timeline. Users can upgrade to the paid version for $5 via in-app purchase to remove these limitations and add support for multiple accounts and filtering of tweets from third-party services such as Foursquare and Blip.FM.
Fictionwise has released a universal update to its venerable eReader app providing native iPad and iOS 4 support. Although primarily designed for reading e-books purchased from the Fictionwise.com and eReader.com stores, eReader also allows users to transfer their own content or download unprotected eReader-format books from many other web sites in addition to their own library of purchased titles. eReader for the iPad provides the same features as the iPhone and iPod touch version including cover flow view, dictionary support, notes, highlights and bookmarks, eight different reading fonts and customizable day/night reading themes. eReader supports the well-established eReader format but is not compatible with Kindle or iBooks e-books and does not currently provide support for transferring books via USB through iTunes. eReader is available from the App Store as a free download.
Skype Software has released an update to its Skype iPhone application that brings multitasking support to iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS units running iOS 4.0. The update allows users to receive Skype calls and IMs while other apps are running or even when the phone is locked, and also allows users to continue current calls when switching to another application. Curiously, the update is listed in the App Store as version 2.0.1, but the release notes refer to it as version 2.1. Skype for iPhone is available now as a free download from the App Store.
Apple subsidiary FileMaker has released its new FileMaker Go apps for the iPhone/iPod touch and iPad. FileMaker Go allows users to access FileMaker Pro databases over a local network or remotely via Wi-Fi or 3G. Users can add, modify, or delete data, find, sort, and navigate records, open windows, and switch layouts, and FileMaker GO offers support for tab controls, Quick Find, web viewers, external SQL data sources, containers, portals and many scripts. FileMaker Go for iPhone and iPod touch is $20 and requires iOS 4, while FileMaker Go for iPad sells for $40.
Apple has released iBooks 1.1.1, the latest version of its e-book reading application for the iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad. According to Apple, the new version includes the ability to double-tap images to view more detail, support for audio and video within books, performance improvements for PDF reading, fixes for an issue that caused some book downloads not to complete, and other stability and performance improvements. iBooks 1.1.1 is available now from the App Store.
iHandySoft has released an update to its popular Alarm Clock Pro app adding the ability for users of multitasking-capable iOS 4 devices to receive alarms from the app in the background. Alarm Clock Pro 1.1 provides support for local notifications allowing users to receive sound notifications even when the app is not actively running. The update also fixes a bug where the date picker may not display correct AM/PM status when editing alarms on iOS 4 devices. Alarm Clock Pro continues to support all of the features from prior versions, including an on-screen digital clock, flashlight feature, sleep timer, snooze mode, vibrate mode and multiple clock themes. Users can choose from one of seven built-in alarm sounds or choose a song or playlist to use as an alarm. Alarm Clock Pro is available from the App Store for $1 and is a free update for current users. A free version is also available that provides only built-in alarm sounds, limited themes and does not include flashlight mode or background alarm support.
Good.iWare has released an update to its popular GoodReader document reader for iPhone and iPod touch devices adding iOS 4 compatibility. GoodReader 2.8.2 adds support for new features found in iOS 4 including USB file transfer, video output and Fast App Switching. The update additionally provides the ability to open documents in GoodReader from other supported apps such as Mail and Safari as well as sending documents from GoodReader into other applications that support Document Interchange. Other new features include the ability to crop margins for PDF files to save screen space, horizontal or vertical swiping of PDF pages and pre-caching of PDF pages for improved page turning performance. Users can now also import recorded videos from the iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4 photo library. GoodReader for iPhone is available from the App Store for $1 and is a free update for current users. A free GoodReader Lite version is also available providing all of the features of the full version with a five-document storage limit.
Mozilla has released its Firefox Home app providing iOS device users with the ability to sync information from Firefox on their desktop computer. Announced earlier this month, Firefox Home provides users of Firefox with the ability to sync and access their desktop history, bookmarks and currently open tabs on their iPhone, iPod touch or iPad, enabling easy access to this information while on the go. The app uses the Firefox Sync browser plug-in to securely synchronize data from Firefox on a desktop computer to Firefox Home on the iOS device. From the app, users can browse and search through their history, bookmarks and tabs and open them in Mobile Safari or share them via e-mail. Firefox Home is available from the App Store as a free download.
Yahoo! has released an update to its official Flickr app adding support for iOS 4 multitasking and several other new features. Flickr 1.2 now supports background task completion allowing in-progress photo uploads to complete after closing the app. The update now also provides support for posting uploaded photos to Twitter using a flic.kr short URL and uploading HD video. Other new features include iOS 4 Fast App Switching, enhanced full-screen browsing and the ability to clear recent searches. Flickr is available from the App Store as a free download.
Apple has posted its iOS Software Development Kit (SDK) 4.0.1, bringing with it compatibility with the latest iOS software releases. Notably, Apple is warning developers that if they have updated their iPhones to iOS 4.0.1 or their iPads to iOS 3.2.1 they will need to download and install the new SDK to continue development. Unlike the iOS 4.1 beta and accompanying SDK released yesterday, iOS SDK 4.0.1 is available to all registered developers, and not just those who have paid Apple’s $99 annual fee to enroll in the iPhone Developer Program. Apple’s iOS SDK 4.0.1 is available now as a free download from the iPhone Dev Center.
Apple has released its first beta version of iOS 4.1, along with an accompanying software development kit (SDK), to registered iPhone developers. Notably, there is no version of the beta operating system available for the iPad, suggesting that contrary to prior reports, iOS 4.1 will not be a platform-unifying release, but will instead cater to Apple’s pocketable devices exclusively. It is currently unknown what, if any, new features or APIs may be included in the update; it is also unknown whether it is meant to help alleviate initial problems with the iPhone 4, or whether those fixes will come in an incremental 4.0.1 update. Both the new iOS 4.1 SDK and pre-release builds are available now for download by registered iPhone developers from the iPhone Dev Center.
Tapbots, developer of the popular Convertbot and Pastebot apps, has released a new universal calculator app for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Calcbot is a simple and intelligent calculator that includes advanced functions and calculation history features. The application sports the same general design aesthetic as Tapbots’ other apps with an elegant yet simple user interface that includes animation and sound. Calcbot provides a live as-you-type expression history presented as a calculator tape view that shows all figures and expressions; users can also e-mail their calculation history as text or select values and expressions to send back to the calculator. The iPhone 4 Retina Display and iOS 4 Fast App Switching are also supported. Calcbot is currently available from the App Store for $1.
Audible has released a native iOS application for downloading and listening to audiobooks from Audible.com on an iPhone or iPod touch. The Audible application allows users to browse through and download audiobooks from their Audible.com library over a Wi-Fi connection and listen to any downloaded titles directly from within the app. Users can begin listening to an audiobook while it is downloading and iOS 4 multitasking support allows users of multitasking-capable devices to continue downloading and listening to an audiobook even while the Audible app is not actively running. The application also supports chapter navigation, bookmarking and a sleep timer and provides Facebook and Twitter integration and access to the Audible Newsfeed. The Audible app maintains its own library on the device rather than integrating with the built-in iPod app—Audible titles still need to be synced separately via iTunes in order to appear in the normal iPod Audiobooks section. The app also does not provide direct purchasing capabilites although users can visit Audible.com using the Safari browser to purchase titles and add them to their library, at which point they can be downloaded by the Audible app. Only Audible.com accounts are supported at this time, with Audible.co.uk, Audible.de and Audible.fr said to be coming soon. Audible is available from the App Store as a free download; an Audible.com account is required and users can sign up for a new account directly from the app.
Nimbuzz has released an update to its instant messaging and voice-over-IP application adding support for background Internet calling on multitasking-capable iOS 4 devices. With Nimbuzz 2.0.1 users of the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and third-generation iPod touch can now receive and answer VoIP calls even when the Nimbuzz app is not actively running in the foreground. Users can also continue to carry on a conversation via Nimbuzz while accessing other apps on their iPhone or iPod touch or access other Nimbuzz features such as IM chat while within the app. Nimbuzz also works seamlessly with background audio applications such as the built-in iPod app, Spotify or Pandroa, automatically muting playback on an incoming call. In addition to its own VoIP network, Nimbuzz also supports Skype and SIP-based VoIP providers. Nimbuzz 2.0.1 is available from the App Store as a free download, however VoIP calls may incur additional charges depending on the network being used.