This has been a big week for iOS, with Apple taking the covers off the all-new iOS 8, filled with features we can’t wait to try, like support for third-party keyboard apps. You’ll have to wait until September for the release though, so until then, here are the top new and updated iOS apps and games of the week.
This week, Instagram released a major update, bringing an array of new features. Version 6.0 offers users 10 new editing tools to tweak brightness, contrast, warmth, saturation, vignette and more. The tools can be accessed by tapping the wrench icon in the filters section. There’s also a new filter strength slider, which you can use to adjust the intensity of filters.
A stripped-down version of Camera Fx8, this app lets you apply effects and filters to your photos. You can either edit existing images on your camera roll, or take new ones using the app’s inbuilt camera, which offers tools like an on-screen grid and horizontal level. There are 15 filters available, along with a selection of shapes. You can share your results to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and more.
With the FIFA World Cup just around the corner, Sony-owned Multi-Screen Media has launched the LIV Sports app, to bring users exclusive content from cricket, football, NBA and other sports. A live streaming service lets users stream live matches on their phone by purchasing one of the paid packages available. The app also offers real-time scores, stats, commentary and even a fantasy football league.
Google+ has received a major iOS update, which brings some new features that were launched on its Android app last month. These include a full-fledged photo-editor with filters and tools from Google-acquired Snapseed. The update also includes Google+ Stories, which combines your photos, videos and location history to create visual summaries of your trips. In addition, the app now lets you view the total content views on a profile.
Kids are sure to love the official storybook app of the soon-to-be released How To Train Your Dragon 2. The app features a full storyline with all the characters in the movie, complete with a musical score. Kids can also play the included interactive games, or add their own touch to scenes from the movie with colouring tools and stickers.
Do you have 'joust' what it takes to battle like a real knight? Rival Knights will have you put your jousting skills to the test, as you compete with foes to become the best in the realm. There are over 120 lances, mounts, helms and other armoury items to unlock and upgrade, and multi-player challenges and weekly tournaments to compete in. In true medieval style, you can even customise your own crest.
An adorable endless runner adventure, Firefly Runner will put you in the shoes of Switch the firefly, as he embarks on a quest to rescue his trapped friends. You’ll collect light orbs and magical keys, while watching out for foes like hornets, slugs, spiders and praying mantises. There are flight badges and achievements to unlock, and online leaderboards to compete in too.
From the creators of Candy Crush Saga comes the second installment in the Bubble Witch franchise. In Bubble Witch Saga 2, your goal is to clear the rows of bubbles on your screen by firing similarly coloured bubbles brewing in the pots below them. The game features over 50 levels, with the developer promising to add more every two weeks. There are also special boosters and leaderboards available.
Quadblast is a fast-paced arcade shooter game that employs both tilt and touch controls. Tilting the display to move, you’ll have to fire your laser in one of four directions by swiping on the screen. The goal is to take out as many enemies as you can, while collecting orbs that your foes drop when the die. If you come into contact with any enemy orb, you’ll die immediately, so you’ll need to be careful.
Ten years after Sky Force was first launched on Symbian, the arcade-style vertical shooter game has been remastered for iOS with new touch-optimised controls. The game features a full voiceover and electronic soundtrack, an upgrade system for your weapons, weekly tournaments and epic boss battles.