No Killer Apps?!

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by austinguy23, Nov 12, 2011.

  1. austinguy23 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 8, 2008
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    Has anyone else noticed the absence of any new killer apps (third party) for the iPhone in the past year or so? I've almost given up on browsing the AppStore.

    Games don't count. I'm not a kid/teen.
  2. Moe UK macrumors regular

    Apr 28, 2009
    Yep been a while now I think ios 6 needs some APIs that let third parties integrate with the native apss but I would guess Apple will never allow that.
  3. austinguy23 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 8, 2008
    True. IOS 5 came with over 1,500 new APIs so perhaps it's just a matter of waiting for developers to begin leveraging them in creative ways.
  4. urkel macrumors 68030

    Nov 3, 2008

    I don't disagree but what 3rd party killer apps are you referring to prior to "the last year or so"?

    IMO, even 1st party "killer apps" are overrated because things like iMovie or garage band may be amazing for a handheld device, but theyre novelties since almost nobody actually creates on it after that first week of showing it off. Even things like FaceTime or iWork don't get used as much as we thought we would when we first imagined how cool it would be to have it on a phone.

    the main "killer apps" on ANY mobile device remains to be mail, messaging, Internet, Facebook, camera and photo sharing. So to me then people dont "need" as much as they think they do And the biggest legitimate differentistor between iOS and the others is the gaming library (even if you don't play them)
  5. Peruvian macrumors regular


    Jun 10, 2006
    Exactly... couldn't agree with you more...
  6. solarguy17 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 10, 2007
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    The killer apps are games. The most downloaded apps that aren't games are prob twitter and Facebook. Everything else is a game. Why disclude games?
  7. rwwest7 macrumors regular

    Sep 24, 2011
    regular joe home users won't see any "killer" apps. Professional users see "killer" apps all the time. VMWare View client is a killer app. It let's our staff work from anywhere in the world with little lag. Splashtop remote desktop lets us control Smart Boards in conferance rooms via the iPad with zero lag.

    I guess it depends what your definition of killer is, but there are lots of great, cheap apps.
  8. SurferMan macrumors 65816

    May 14, 2010
    South FL
    I don't know about it being a killer app, but I can tell you one game I downloaded last year and still love playing... Gun Bros... f'n addicting lol
  9. gentlefury macrumors 68030

    Jul 21, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    I disagree completely. People that create music will use garageband...I didn't buy it because I wouldn't use it. A friend of mine that's an editor uses iMovie for vacation videos all the time. I used the mobile numbers for every single job invoice for years...its great to be able to do that on your phone or iPad. FaceTime would be extremely useful if it worked over 3G...but being wifi only is what makes it useless. I've used Siri so much I almost get annoyed when the network is down and I have to do something the old fashioned manual way.
  10. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

    Jan 16, 2008
    Bristol, UK
    If you think that the only people playing games (let alone people playing games on mobile devices) are kids, then you're deluded.
  11. gentlefury macrumors 68030

    Jul 21, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    I'm 32, I don't consider myself a kid...I like games.
  12. dwd3885 macrumors 68020

    Dec 10, 2004
    being a Windows Phone user, I'd say the reason why there have been no 'killer' apps in the past year is because the iPhone already has all the killer apps. Us on Windows Phone are still waiting for the killer apps. Once the platform matures like iOS and Android, there are very little 'killer' apps left.
  13. Thetonyk123 macrumors 68000


    Aug 14, 2011
    Games are ok, I like playing them once in awhile.
  14. kas23 macrumors 603


    Oct 28, 2007
    I used to shun games, because I'm an adult. Then I got really board with the phone. So, I got into games. I'm a 33 year-old doctor, btw.
  15. Pooshka macrumors 65816

    Jun 28, 2008
    It's actually unclude.
  16. braddick macrumors 68040


    Jun 28, 2009
    Encinitas, CA
    That would make a neat game. Words that are used incorrectly vs words used correctly.
  17. Pete the Geek macrumors regular

    Mar 5, 2011
    Sioux Lookout
    I think it's really preclude. :D
  18. gentlefury macrumors 68030

    Jul 21, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    Sorry, disclude and unclude are not words and preclude means to prevent from happening. I think the word you are looking for is exclude.
  19. WordMasterRice macrumors 6502a

    Aug 3, 2010
    Upstate NY
    Thank you, I haven't laughed so much at a post in... a long time.
  20. urkel macrumors 68030

    Nov 3, 2008
    In no way am I trying to dismiss how incredible the apps you mentioned are, but everything you pointed out shows that these are made for niche and VERY specific users.

    Maybe I'm wrong, but that is why I question what exactly a "Killer App" is. Because, IMO, a true killer app is something that changes the way the mass market does things rather than an app that only brings mobility to a small/niche group of people.
  21. Don Kosak macrumors 6502a

    Don Kosak

    Mar 12, 2010
    Hilo, Hawaii
    Achievement Unlocked: WORD MASTER


    There are a lot of good business Apps out. VMware View is pretty outstanding, the keyboard/mouse interface is actually usable. Evernote got a major update too with (partial) support for rich text notes.

    Facebook's new client is actually really good on both iPhone and iPad.

    iOS 5 has a ton of new functionality for developers -- I think you'll see a new wave of impressive Apps in the coming months.
  22. Pooshka macrumors 65816

    Jun 28, 2008
    Seriously, man, jokes aside. Preclude is incorrect. I bet he meant to say anticlude or counterclude.
  23. kappaknight macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2009
    I'm curious what the OP thinks are killer apps.

    There are honestly a ton of apps I can delete from my phone. 90% of my time is on Twitter, Facebook or iMessage. I actually think those Flashlight apps are killer - they sure saved my butt a few times.

    The phone is not meant to distract you from your life, but to make it better, easier. While not all new apps are going to be killer, I think what the OP is looking for are more original ideas that aren't clones of something else. That part will be hard since there are limitations to what you can do with the device.
  24. Mr.C macrumors 601

    Apr 3, 2011
    London, UK.
    My thoughts too.

    Regards killer apps it depends on one's definition of such. I disagree that there haven't been any. There have been loads of great useful apps. The idea that only Apple can make killer apps is not true.
  25. ericg301 macrumors 65816

    Jun 15, 2010

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