Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Solitaire Whizz Version 1.3 Released

The latest update to the Solitaire Whizz compendium for iPad has just been released. The update features 4 new games (Baker's Dozen, Nestor, Osmosis and Windmill), bringing the current total to 24 games in a single app.

Interestingly for developers, this was the first time that I have seen an app reviewed and approved within a few hours submission, and suggests that Apple may be pulling out all the stops with app reviews in order to get updates with iOS 7 fixes into the App Store as soon as possible. (The update to Solitaire Whizz does not specifically include any iOS 7 changes.)

Play Pyramid 13 on line.
Get Pyramid 13 free for iPad.
Download Solitaire Whizz from the App Store.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

iOS 7 Released Today

After much anticipation, the first public release of iOS 7 was rolled out to iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches today. After a little perhaps unsurprising overloading of Apple's servers during the day (I received reports of people being told it would take 12-24 hours to download!), things appear to have smoothed out.

A notable number of updates to apps in the App Store over the last few days have included compatibility fixes as publishers stepped up for the imminent iOS 7 release. Developers have, as usual, had access to beta versions of iOS 7 over the last couple of months in order to root out and resolve any such issues. On the surface, Apple in the meantime appear to have ironed out instability issues that were present in the initial beta releases.

From this point of view, I don't have too many fears that the iOS 7 release will cause too many issues, and don't share other commentators' views that users should be too anxious about upgrading.

One aspect that will be interesting to watch is how flawlessly iOS 7 behaves on the iPhone 5S, Apple's new 64 bit device, given that public beta testing has been on 32 bit devices.