Last Saturday we visited our local Apple Store in Oklahoma City, and had fun learning about several new applications for the iPhone and iTouch. The video which plays in the store window advertises several new apps, most of which are commercial.
Of the apps we tried on the iPod Touches in the store, the following were our favorites. I searched for each one on my iPhone and took screenshots of each, so we’d have a record of them to download later if desired.
We ended up buying the full version of Balloonimals for $2, my 5 year old really loves this one, though it doesn’t require any skill or creativity to use.
We also bought Bumblebee Touchbook for her, although this may not hold her interest for long as she’s starting to read. Looks like a good preschool-age app, however.
Lonely Planet Mandarin Phrasebook for iPhone looked GREAT, but I hesitated to get it for $10. As I’m going to China in mid-September and possibly back again for a second conference at the end of October, however, I think this could prove to be QUITE useful before and during the trips.
FLOverload is a game similar to Topple, and requires you to swap pipes as water starts flowing through the game’s screen matrix. I haven’t spent a great deal of time playing this one, but it is one I like.
Ocarina is without a doubt one of the most amazing apps I’ve seen, since it turns your iPhone into a playable flute. Woo hoo! You actually do blow air into the iPhone’s microphone to play the flute, and use your fingers to change notes just like a real instrument.
We opted to also purchase Preschool Adventure, although again it may not hold Rachel’s attention long as a kindergartner. It’s great to see so many good apps for preschool-age children.
I’ll try to get Alexander to write a post on learning signs tomorrow about his favorite new iPhone games. He’s found several he really likes not on this list, and I have trouble keeping up with him in that regard. 🙂
Apple receives about 8,500 new apps and app updates per week, and only about 20 percent of them are not approved as originally submitted.
Wow! That’s a LOT of new apps!
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