USEFUL Apps Needed

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by LiveForever, Aug 9, 2008.

  1. LiveForever macrumors 6502

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    I love my iphone, its incredible, but sorry I am increasingly dissapointed by the apps.

    OK they are fun, yea a ligh sabre and look a virtual glass of beer- yay. But where are the USEFUL meaty apps I can't live with out and which will turn my iphone into the killer machine it should be.

    I'm fed up with spirit levels and fart makers.

    I want

    A real office suite (yes I'm serious I can type as fast as my laptop with iphone now)-It needs this badly to be taken seriously as I'm sure the iphone deserves more than to be used to say 'More Cowbell"

    Turn by Turn GPS-there is no problem with the accuracy of this thing-If you get some of the speed or the app which shows your position you'll see how sensiive it is. The problem at the moment is the google maps can't load fast enough to keep up (how can we seriously expect them to be either).

    What it needs is a built in database of maps so I can up it up Scarfell Pike where there is no 3G coverage.


    COME ON DEVELOPERS, ENOUGH TORCHES AND FART MAKERS-SOME REAL APPS NOW PLEASE.
     
  2. hexonxonx macrumors 601

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    Apple is preventing developers from releasing any real GPS apps for now. It is thought that Apple wants to be the first to offer such a program but when this is to happen is anyones guess.
     
  3. LiveForever thread starter macrumors 6502

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    They need a real GPS app as most of the other smart phones from Nokia, LG etc have this already.

    Come on apple you need to approve some useful apps now, no more bubble wrap burst simulators.
     
  4. hexonxonx macrumors 601

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    Well it is an app store and the bubble wrap app deserves to be in it as much as a GPS app. Some people actually want the bubble wrap thing.
     
  5. fastbite macrumors 6502a

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    The few good apps are being taken out! i want that knife thingy again!
     
  6. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    I am sure that as the app store matures, we will see more complex apps offered such as some sort of office type suite.
     
  7. jsgreen macrumors 6502

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    Give the developers a break - the way Apple implemented the app store prevents developers from doing any real beta testing...so you won't see complex applications at first.

    Apple dropped the ball on this one, in their need to tightly control everything they are hampering and real serious application development.
     
  8. Ntombi macrumors 68030

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    Why does it have to be either/or? People are such binary thinkers sometimes. :rolleyes: It's not as if there is finite room in the App Store, and the bubble app is taking the space of a Word app.

    I fully agree that we need more useful apps, but what does that have to do with the fun apps that are there? Nothing.

    We'll get those useful apps, but it's been less than a month. Give it a little time.
     
  9. needthephone macrumors 6502a

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    Yes the apps are excellent and fun. But I am also becoming a bit impatient for some apps with more 'gravitas' if only to stop the snide remarks from Black Berry users that all the iphone is good for is making fart sounds!!

    I would like a word processor which can open and edit word docs-

    To me the biggest revelation about the iphone is how great and fast it is to type on.

    I have huge sausage fingers and still it copes admirably,

    So I'll add my comment to the developers and apple "Keep up the bubble wrap bursters but lets have a real office suite"

    GPS yes its a given and MUST Come!

    Otherwise the iphone will be seen just as a novelty one trick pony.
     
  10. yoman macrumors 6502a

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    I too am hopeful for future productivity apps which will add functionality and not be removed by Apple(ie Netshare)
     
  11. whosyourtator macrumors member

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    Wait, is there an actual app that makes fart sounds? Its my understanding that those are being denied?
     
  12. t0mat0 macrumors 603

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    From a standing start, it hasn't been too shoddy. If you look at Beatmaker, the Apple card app, Band, Twitterific, Shazam, Omnifocus - if the developers and ideas are they they can make them.

    My hunch is that the September TechCrunch 50 etc, where new companies/ideas/products are demoed, is holding some back. The incentives are there - we've seen that the market can make money for a decently done app.

    I think that a lot of the developer teams that'd do these apps weren't ready - see iD for example. It is annoying to see a lack of amazing apps, now the infratstructure is there to make it possible- it's up to the companies to get out the apps. Hopefully companies will realise to roll out a basic app, then build on it:

    An example of how apps aren't at full capacity is that the paucity of multiplayer games, or apps. Nothing much taking advantage of the iPhone networking capabilities. I guess Apple can launch some more SDK related work for developers soon enough (GPS wise for example). Till then, it seems web apps are being underlooked.

    As stated, give the developers a break - many were looking to see how it went, and whether it would be worth while developing for the iPhone - whether there was money to be made. One big thing available, is a large market to lock iPhone users to a brand, or app, if someone gets in early enough - it's an open market in many areas currently.
     
  13. Daiden macrumors 6502a

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    I've been disappointed since Day One at the lack of useful apps on the App Store. Sure, there are a few good ones but the majority of them are just little plain useless. I figured since developers got their hands on the SDK months before release, we'd be seeing some truly great applications on launch day. Let's just say I was disappointed with the initial offerings.

    What bothers me most is that 5-6 applications will come out that do essentially the same thing, each with one or two good ideas that, if combined together, would make an app worth buying. Thing is, I don't want to buy all 5 applications just to get the functionality that should be in a single app. I haven't purchased a single application on the App Store primarily for this reason, and because I can't try out the application before I buy it.

    I will say though that I have high hopes for the future. I think in the next few months we'll start seeing some great stuff coming out of the App Store.
     
  14. Trajectory macrumors 6502a

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    Give it a bit more time and you'll start seeing some awesome apps for the iPhone.
     
  15. whosyourtator macrumors member

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    Right on. People are making it out to be that Apple has a 10GB hard disk and that it is almost full.

    Just remember, one mans "crap" app IS another mans treasure.
     
  16. varchar macrumors member

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    I think we will start seeing many more business apps available on the iphone. I agree all these games and such on the iphone are good, but hey we want some useful things... Some people use the iphone for things other than games :)

    Wouldn't it be a good idea to create a version of word, excel, etc.. on the iphone.. that'll be pretty cool.... (then again maybe its out there already...)
     
  17. rKunda macrumors 65816

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    The OP is a little sensationalistic. There are no useful apps? C'mon.

    Also, the Z0MG GET TO WORK DEVELOPERS line is worn rather thin. Do it yourself.
     
  18. megfilmworks macrumors 68020

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    The OP needs a reality check.
    There are plenty of useful apps, some extremely useful.
     
  19. superstrikertwo macrumors 65816

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    For example one useful app is the iProcrastinate app no more having to carry a stupid planner around school just whip out my handy dandy notebook iPhone and type away.
     
  20. Flhusky macrumors 6502a

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    You bought a device that failed to meet your needs out of the box and your blaming the app makers? You must be from California.

    If office App editing/creation and TbT GPS service is what you want you should have got a BlackJack II or a Crackberry.

    TomTom or whoever is a few months away from releasing their TbT GPS package.
    Document management (View/Edit/create) would be nice, not seeing much effort there YET.
     
  21. mdragoni1 macrumors newbie

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    Well, I think many previous posters have made the point already but I'm bored so I guess I'll explain my own 'needs'. I'm a university student, so I need a to do list. Thus, I bought Things. Not because out of box it offers more than other to do's but because, like the iPhone, I think its potential is enormous. I need a PDF viewer with bookmark capabilities, so I have Annotater which will probably be replaced by a Papers version if one comes out. For now, that's what I really need. Yet, I check the App store frequently to see if maybe I could improve my workflow with a new app.

    The term 'useful' is kind of relative don't you think? If I have a fixation for bubble wrap, I may find the bubble wrap application useful. I think the App store has a lot of potential in coming months and many file managers have shown up, which means that developers are at least recognizing the potential. Like others have said, September (and maybe even August) will probably be the true month for bigger applications.

    I do hope that in September we can avoid threads complaining about price when said apps do come out.
     
  22. superstrikertwo macrumors 65816

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    What the heck does being from California have to do with anything? I'm from California and DO NOT complain like that nor do any people I know. I hope you were joking otherwise you are terribly terribly wrong.
     
  23. DipDog3 macrumors 65816

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    The developers have one hand tied behind their back because of Apple. They have been very slow with everything and they are so concerned about control that the current SDK won't allow for some of the most useful apps.

    An Office app would be great but there is no easy way to get the docs off your phone or how about printing them, that would be helpful.
     
  24. okrelayer macrumors 6502a

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    I have made an effort to make use out of my iPhone as i would my mac. Untop of the standerd apps with the phone mail, safari, phone, sms, stocks, weather, youtube, calender i have got these apps to turn my iPhone into my Mac in my pocket

    Magicpad: Pages/Word Light
    WeDict: Mac Dictionary
    NetNewsWire- RSS FEEDS, just as I would on my Mac
    AIM/PALRINGO: AIM,YAHOO,MSN, ADIUM,iChat
    Beatmaker- Garage band, logic light!
    Picoli- Aperture light!
    Ecconote- good sound recorder,free to!
    Scribble- if i NEED to use a paint app


    and other useful apps:

    Seeqpod: Its a webapp, but google it, such an amazing "app" Any song pretty much!
    Pandora- good radio stations
    aol radio- 1000's of radio stations in your pocket
    Netshare- teathering ftw
    cube runner- fun game to waste time
    crashcart- well its fun, i play cube runner more! lol
    myspace,twitter, ebay, nytimes apps are all very useful.

    see not everything on the iPhone app store is stupid! I do keep certain dumb apps on my phone because when showing people RSS feeds dont keep their interest, but if i show them the beer drinking app it usually gets their attention.
     
  25. lindsayanng macrumors 68000

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    you also have apps like
    Pageonce, password holders, budget calculators, billing managers, and event reminders in every form.

    there are DEFINITELY usefull apps out there. The more complex apps probably have not come out yet because only select devs were able to submit early, and those who did not get to are probably still creating, OR they are in limbo waiting for apple. More complex apps=more stuff to go through with a fine tooth comb.

    Just be patient.. and dont say theres NO usefull apps. Instead just ask for a specific app - because usefull is all relative.

    I am more organized now than i have EVER been in my entire life!! so that has to say something
     

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