When Steve Jobs unveiled the original iPhone 5 years ago, many downplayed the device’s significance to the industry but still assumed it’d sell good thanks to Apple’s Mac fanbase. The iPhone quickly proved it could hold its own in the world, and thanks to the App Store and iCloud, you could easily use an iPhone today even if you didn’t own any other computer at all. Many iPhone users have never owned a Mac, and despite most Mac users love of all things Apple, there’s still many Mac users that have never owned an iPhone.
I’m one of those. I’ve owned an iPod Touch, and loved it, but continued using my old phone for voice calls and txts since iPhones are only sold unlocked in Thailand and cost more than an iPad upfront. Even with Apple’s upcoming launch of the next iPhone, I’ll be paying more attention to details about the next iPod Touch unless they seriously cut the unlocked iPhone’s price.
Whether for cost or just because you don’t use the phone that much, there’s still many of us who don’t have an iPhone. Are you in that number, or are you more devoted to your iPhone today than your Mac? We’d love to hear your thoughts in this week’s poll on the eve of Apple’s next major iPhone launch.
We’ve collected the top four reviews, roundups and how-to articles from across the AppStorm network in August. Whether you’re interested in Mac, iPhone, Web, Android, Windows, or iPad apps, there’s bound to be something you didn’t spot over the course of the month. Now would be a good time to explore a part of the AppStorm Network you’ve never seen before!
Thanks for reading AppStorm, and I hope you enjoy looking over some of our favourite posts from last month!
Our sponsor this week is Get Dealy’s Summer Bundle, one of the best deals on Mac apps you’ll find this summer. You’ll get $500 worth of great Mac apps for just $49, and can even get one app for free!
The Get Dealy Summer Bundle includes 10 apps, including award winning Mac and web apps that can help you be more productive and make it easier to work on your Mac. You’ll get Crossover XI to run Windows apps on your Mac, GaragePay to keep up with your PayPal payments easier, Snippets to help you quickly reuse code snippets, Espionage to encrypt folders and keep your data safe, Ronin to track time and make invoices, and more.
Best of all, the Get Dealy Summer Bundle is the exclusive way to preorder a license for Archy, the Mac app for getting the most out of Google Drive. We called it a Must-Have app in our recent review, and if you’re using Google Drive all the time, it’s sure to be a handy app to have around.
Then, if you’re ever looking for deals on software in the future, be sure to check Get Dealy, as they’re always running great discounts on apps you’ll love.
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If you’ve been looking for a great bundle of Mac apps this summer, your search is over. Head over to Get Dealy’s site to get your copy of the Summer Bundle before the deal’s over a week from today. Best of all, you can get a free copy of Speedy, an app to help you launch favorite apps, sites, and more quickly, just for entering your email. That’s a deal you really shouldn’t pass up!
This week has, again, been a fairly quiet one in terms of app news but I’m sure we’ll have plenty to report on come next Wednesday (we may even see some Mac-related gear being announced) after Apple’s announcement! We will of course bring you a full roundup of all the new products just after the announcement but in the meantime, feel free to sink your teeth into this week’s news findings. (more…)
MacTuts+ is the superb new site dedicated to teaching people how to use their Mac, and OS X, more effectively. We’ve got you covered for apps, but combine that with an in-depth knowledge of OS X and you’ll be unstoppable, limitless!
Image editing can be fun, but it can also be tedious and frustrating, especially if you want to make changes that require either professional apps that cost a lot or skills that only come from years of experience.
Removing unwanted objects from photos – people, power lines, trash, you name it – can be either very easy, depending on the background and general composition of the image, or a huge a pain. Snapheal can make this a breeze for you. The editing app has received a major update and we’ll take a look at what has changed and how it will affect your workflow.
Half-Life. To this day the series stands as an iconic and fairly revolutionary gaming release that’s legacy commands all the attention of the industry press whenever there’s a whisper of its third iteration. The original Half-Life was released to much critical acclaim and remains a classic in the eyes of gaming history, albeit not one that was ever released for OS X.
While the 1998 game was indeed never introduced on the Mac, the 2004 sequel, Half-Life 2, was released alongside Steam’s debut on the platform. Half-Life 2 and its subsequent episode takes a familiar gameplay setup and key characters while throwing them into a significantly developed storyline and new environment. As we begin to wrap up our coverage of the state of OS X gaming, its time to dedicate some time to one of gaming’s most iconic products and take a history lesson in the Half-Life universe. (more…)
There’s a lot of music all over the internet, which is great, except that it’s in a lot of different places. If you want to listen to something on YouTube, something on SoundCloud, and something in your iTunes library, you’re going to need at least two browser tabs open along with iTunes. And if you want to create a playlist, you’re going to have a job of work getting all those tracks in one place.
Enter CloudPlay, a menubar app for streaming music from all over. Currently in beta, CloudPlay lets you search for music from lots of different sources and then pop it all into one playlist. We’ll take a look at how the app works and find out if it’s really that easy. (more…)
Welcome to our (slightly) overhauled app deals for this week! We have decided that, from now on, we will no longer exclusively feature apps and deals available on the App Store, as we all know that not every single Mac app is on the Store and we don’t want you missing out on any great deals!
So, without further ado, here’s our pick of this week’s best Mac app deals. Enjoy! (more…)
Our sponsor this week is Logoist, an app that makes it simple to design high quality vector logos. You can use it to make everything from logos to book covers, photo collages to website banners, you can design anything you want with Logoist.
Designing high-quality vector graphics doesn’t have to be difficult, but it often can be with most graphics apps. Logoist is designed to make it simple to make exactly the logo you want. It includes the features you need to be productive and creative, with advanced layer and blending support, a sophisticated path editing tool, and touchpad gestures. You can easily use any font and transform the text shape, then apply effects, gradients, and shades to make the text your own. Then, with over 3,000 vector clipart images and 150 patterns, as well as over 200 preset effects, there’s enough features in Logoist to help you design a logo from scratch or quickly make a unique one with predesigned elements.
When you’re done making your logo, you can easily use however you want. Logoist lets you export up to 600 dpi in a variety of formats, or you can even export in Photoshop PSD format and keep your layers intact.
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If you’ve been looking for a great way to make logos, banners, and more without spending hours in Photoshop, Logoist might be just what you’ve been looking for. You can download a free trial from their site, or purchase it directly from the App Store for just $19.99, as it’s currently on a 50% sell off it’s normal price of $39.99. It’s a great time to pick up a copy of Logoist if you’ve been looking for a way to make logos easier!