Weekly App Store Picks: June 20, 2009


A hand-picked selection of the latest releases for iPhone? Plus, a handy summary of Apple news from the past seven days? We’ve got it all, you lucky person, you.

Despite the deluge of announcements at last week’s WWDC, we’ve had no time to rest this week, either. Indeed, the news hasn’t stopped rolling in, so before we get to the iPhone picks, let’s look at this week’s Apple news.

First up, put on your dancing shoes and shimmy around the room, for it’s time to celebrate: iPhone OS 3.0 has been released. Head on over to iTunes pronto to download and upgrade. Notable new features include copy/paste, Spotlight and shake to undo. For a full feature list, check out this post.

My iPhone Twitter client of choice, Tweetie, met some unexpected competition this week when TweetDeck’s official iPhone app was launched at the App Store. The new app rolls in many of the features from TweetDeck’s big brother on OS X, plus it squeezes in a natty card-swishing interface reminiscent of the Palm Pre (s palm).

Our own Tom Reetsman has been playing rebel fanboy this week: In a bid to secure himself an iPhone 3G S on release day, he ordered not one, but two of Apple’s new devices. But before you go placing multiple pre-orders, check out Charles Jade’s excellent piece on selling your old iPhone. He covers all the details to ensure you quickly sell off your stodgy old iPhone 3G.

Before most folk could even get their iPhone 3G S out of the gorgeous recycled eco-friendly packaging and breath in the sweet scent of freshly unboxed Apple hardware, news has already rolled in about the next iPhone to be released. Rumor has it that the device will have a super zippy dual-core processor, meaning that, by the time it gets released, the S on iPhone 3G S will probably stand for slow.

And finally, Apple fired a major warning shot at the Palm Pre, a device that I feel is the iPhone’s most viable competitor. A new technical note was released this week, implying that Apple will soon disable syncing between iTunes and the Palm Pre. For me, the Pre’s tight integration and communication with iTunes was a major advantage for the device; it’ll be interesting to see how Palm responds when Apple pulls the plug.

Moving on to the picks, this week I’ve been looking at Whole Foods Market Recipes, WikiHow, Speed Racer 1, and Bomberman Touch 2. Read More about Weekly App Store Picks: June 20, 2009