Apps of the Week: Hyperlapse, BioShock, Asphalt 8 1.5 + more
Google Slides (free) — Google debuted its Slides app this week. The presentation-creating app joins Google Docs and Google Sheets as yet another Google Drive-based app. Slides allows users to open, edit, and save Microsoft PowerPoint files; the autosaving app can also work without an Internet connection.
Hyperlapse from Instagram (free) — Instagram’s Hyperlapse is a new app that seems like it could become a sensation. Users can quickly create time lapse videos with the app. It works amazingly well — you can shoot while stationary or in motion — and the app clearly shows users how much time an accelerated video will actually take to watch once the time lapse is complete. A hyperlapse video can go up to 12 times normal speed, enabling users to show a lot of action in a short amount of time. The effect is very impressive for a free app. It’s simple to use, and no sign up or account is required, so we highly recommend downloading Hyperlapse to see what the fuss is all about. Next month, iOS 8 will introduce an integrated time lapse video recording feature with comparatively limited settings.
Mobile Passport (free) — Airside Mobile’s new Mobile Passport app, which is officially approved by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, allows users to enter the U.S. faster. You’ll be able to skip the regular line upon returning from abroad, as the app “effectively replaces” the traditional declaration form required of all travelers entering the U.S. by air. Both U.S. and Canadian citizens are eligible to use the app. Currently, the service is only available at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, with more supported locations to follow in the future. Keep in mind that the app is not a replacement for your passport.
Poppy Cat and the Bubble Volcano ($3) — The prolific StoryToys returns with another storybook app, Poppy Cat and the Bubble Volcano. Featuring the popular Poppy Cat, the app features a variety of games and activities. It’s similar to other StoryToys apps, but it’s definitely worth a look if your kid is into Poppy Cat — the app features sound effects and music from the show, and illustrations are based on the TV show’s animation.
BioShock ($15) — As announced earlier this month, 2K has brought BioShock to iOS. The acclaimed first-person shooter was first released in 2007, and it’s one of the bigger iOS ports in recent memory. As with all iOS first-person shooters, we recommend that you have some comfort level with the touchscreen controls, especially at this price level. It’s likely that many longtime BioShock fans could find this version disappointing — but if you’re new to the game, this could be worth your while, and it’s always nice to see another big-name title make its way to the App Store.
Epic Eric ($1) — Epic Eric is a new game from independent developer 232 Studios. It’s a one-touch puzzler based on sending Eric the knight — or Erica the princess — flying through the air by way of rotating cogs. The game comes with 45 levels, with more promised in the future. There can be a bit of a frustration factor on some of the more involved levels, but the game lets you restart without waiting, letting players get right back to it. There are already a number of solid, inexpensive physics-based puzzlers in the App Store, and Epic Eric is the newest addition to that mix.
Asphalt 8: Airborne (free) — Gameloft’s Asphalt 8 has upgraded to version 1.5. With the update comes five new cars, including the Mercedes-Benz Biome concept car and Nissan GT-R NISMO. A new location, Dubai, has also been added to the game, and a new season features 74 events. Asphalt 8 is also now available with the Twitch video service.
Ridge Racer Slipstream (free) — Asphalt 8 isn’t the only iOS racing game with new tracks and cars this week. Bandai Namco’s Ridge Racer Slipstream has added a number of new features in version 2.2, include four Class 1 machines, and two courses. The game also now supports MFi controllers with the new update.
- Beta testing for Pokémon GO begins in the U.S.
- Nintendo’s next two smartphone games will be free-to-play
- Report: iOS 10 likely to include standalone HomeKit app
- Nintendo bringing Fire Emblem, Animal Crossing to iOS
- Apple requiring all new Apple Watch apps to be native apps
- Web previews popping up for some Apple TV apps
- Report: Apple’s Siri-based Amazon Echo competitor will be a new Apple TV
- Report: Apple SVP Eddy Cue proposed bid to buy Time Warner
- Beta testing for Pokémon GO begins in the U.S.
- Apple’s plan to open stores in India hits a snag (Update: India’s finance minister ratifies ruling)
- Apple looking into charging stations for electric cars
- Apple hires hint at improvements in encryption, health monitoring
- Hyundai adds CarPlay support to more vehicles
- Plaintiffs file new motion to keep ‘Error 53’ Touch ID lawsuit alive
- Report: Apple developing Siri home speaker to rival Amazon’s Echo; will release Siri SDK at WWDC
- iOS Spotlight search now offers relevant results for some emoji
- OtterBox Symmetry Series Hybrid Case for 12.9” iPad Pro
- Logitech Logi BASE Charging Stand for iPad Pro
- Twelve South TimePorter for Apple Watch
- August Doorbell Cam
- August Smart Lock HomeKit enabled + Smart Keypad
- ecobee3 HomeKit-enabled smart Wi-Fi thermostat
- Zagg Now Cam
- Yantouch EyE Portable Wireless Speaker
- Netatmo Wind Gauge
- Incipio Stashback for iPhone 6/6s
- Filling the Gap: A look at third-party HomeKit apps
- Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of tvOS 9.2
- Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iOS 9.3
- Opinion: Why Apple needs a dedicated HomeKit app
- Inside the betas: What’s new in iOS 9.3 and tvOS 9.2 (Updated)
- Life with HomeKit: Our experiences with Apple’s home automation system
- Under the Radar: 10 ‘hidden’ details about the new Apple TV
- Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iOS 9.0
- Under the Radar: A closer look at smaller iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus changes
- A First Look at iOS 9’s Transit in Apple Maps (Updated for watchOS 2)