Ambrosia announced today they are having a summer sale on all of their iPad apps, marking them down to only $0.99 each. Two of the apps on sale are normally $9.99, so this is a good opportunity to pickup a couple of great apps without dropping a lot of cash. The sale started today and ends at midnight June 18 (EST).
BREAKING NEWS: As demonstrated during today's WWDC iPhone 4 keynote, Guitar Hero for the iPhone is now available in the U.S. based AppStore in iTunes for $2.99. Full review coming later.
Before making any sort of iPhone announcement, Steve Jobs introduced a small but significant update to iBooks for the iPad. The app will now include a much needed notes option, which looks like a yellow sticky note. iBooks will also support PDFs, which is a huge feature upgrade. Jobs says the update to iBooks will be available "later this month."
Update: iBooks will now be available for the iPhone and iPod Touch! Download the same book on all of your devices at no additional charge. Notes and bookmarks sync across all of your devices as well.
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An update to the Skype iPhone/iPod Touch app [App Store, free] has hit the app store, and now supports calling over 3G. With Skype, users can call or text anyone else using Skype for free. However, Skype has announced that they plan to start charging a monthly fee. Their app description simply states, "Call using your 3G connection. Skype-to-Skype calls on 3G are free until at least end of August 2010, after which there will be a small monthly fee (operator charges for data will still apply)."
The app may still be handy for iPod Touch users, but I don't see why iPhone users will pay Skype to make calls if they're already paying their phone provider.
If you are a fan of the iPhone app, 2Do [App Store, $6.99], we have some good news for you: The developer announced via Facebook that 2Do is coming to the iPad as a universal app. That's right, no fee to upgrade. If you haven't checked out this fully featured todo app for your iPhone or iPod Touch, we encourage you to do so. A "Lite" version is available for free [App Store], which offers many of the functionalities of the paid version.
With its introduction yesterday, over 24,000 people downloaded Wired's iPad magazine [App Store, $4.99]. This put almost $84,000 towards its publisher's bottom line in a single day. Numbers like this will likely encourage other magazines and publishers to follow suit. Overall, a success for Wired translates to good news for publishers, developers, and iPad users.
Further legitimizing the iPad as a book reader, Barnes & Noble introduced its reader app [App Store, Free] for the iPad today. While not as flashy as Apple's iBooks, the BN eReader appears to be a step ahead of the Kindle app and offers features not available on either competing apps. The Barnes & Noble app offers the ability to loan out your eBooks to a friend for up to two weeks, and lets you see the books as they were intended, using the publishers formatting suggestion. It also allows you to save formatting themes. The expected features are included as well, such as highlighting, adding notes, and bookmarks (tap the bottom right corner to dog-ear the page). BN eReader also supports syncing between other devices such as the Nook or BN eReader for iPhone.
The new eReader has a few downsides, however.
German-based app developer, Skobbler, has just introduced an interesting way to offer turn by turn directions on your iPhone without charging the user. According to the iTunes page, Skobbler doesn't cost a dime... no trial period, no in-app purchase, no subscription. So how are they able to accomplish this, when most other navigation apps are more than $50? Skobbler relies on the users to keep the map information up to date, wikipedia style. If a user notices an error on the map, they report it directly from Skobbler. Corrections and updates can also be made from various web editors as well. Updates are then pushed to iPhone users in real-time.
We're not sure how this app would compare to some of the higher priced options, but for the non-existing price of admission, it's well worth checking out.
When we posted our comparison of RSS Readers for the iPad, one notable missing entry was Reeder. Being my favorite reader for the iPhone [App Store, $2.99], I've been waiting
impatiently for Reeder to release an iPad version. Unfortunately, the folks over at MacStories seem to be a bit closer with the developers of Reeder because they posted a sneak peak at the upcoming iPad app. I'll admit I'm extremely jealous, but it is great to see that Reeder for the iPad is coming soon.
Blizzard's hit MMORPG World of Warcraft is played by millions of people around the world, and some time ago they released an iPhone app called Mobile Armory to bring all your WoW character and guild information goodness to the iPhone. You could look at all of the data exposed in their web version of the WoW Armory in a native iPhone app, but weren't able to affect your characters or any in-game items. Just this week, Blizzard announced a beta test of their new Remote Auction House features, now available with version 2.0 of the app. These features allow you to interact with the in-game auction house in every way!