Happy 5th Birthday, iPad!


Five years ago Steve Jobs stood on the stage of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco to introduce Apple's latest offering to the masses; the iPad. Launching on April 3 of that year in six configurations -- 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB with 3G or Wi-Fi internet -- some people weren't immediately sold. The numbers spoke for themselves; in just its first year 14.8 million iPads were sold by Apple. It was just the beginning for the tablet that would revolutionize the market.

It all kicked off that day in San Francisco, so now would be a great time to relive the magic of the iPad's initial reveal. You can watch Jobs' announcement presentation right here for a look back iPad's first public moments. Enjoy and happy birthday.

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iFixit gives you thousands of repair manuals in your pocket

The iFixit app (free) is a handy little app that gives your Do-It-Yourself repairs a big boost. This app comes from the teardown experts at iFixit, who delight in exploring the inner secrets of your favorite tech (or not-so-techie) hardware. The iFixit app helps you repair just about anything from toilets to garage door openers, cameras, cars, and of course, PCs and Macs.

iFixit is divided by categories, or you can search by type of repair or brand name. When you get to Mac, for example, there's a choice of desktops, laptops, or other Mac hardware. You work your way down the list for a specific model, and then the repair options appear. The app tells you what parts you may need and any tools required. Repair steps are in short sections that you swipe to go to the next step and the instructions are usually accompanied by photos.

The app reaches out to the internet for much of the information it needs, otherwise iFixit would be an unwieldy and huge app.

If you like to do repairs yourself, saving money and extending the life of what you own, the iFixit app is a must. In addition to repair instructions, you can often download a PDF product manual. Any repair can be marked as a favorite for future reference. If you need to order parts, the app tells you where they can be purchased. You can even order tools from iFixit if you don't have them on hand.



iFixit works well, and covers thousands of brands and repairs. The app requires iOS 6.1 or later, and it is optimized for the iPhone 5. The app is universal.

Free is always good, and iFixit is a really worthwhile app to have.

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RAVPower 15W Solar Charger, Savior battery pack keep your gadgets going

RAVPower Solar Charger with iPhone 6 Plus

We're in the midst of winter in the Northern Hemisphere right now, but that doesn't mean that you can't start making plans for summer fun in the great outdoors. Today I'm reviewing two products that will keep your gizmos going. The first is designed to let you charge up anywhere, as long as the sun's out: the RAVPower 15W Dual-Port Solar Charger (List price US$99.99, available for $56.99). The second is targeted more for day-to-day use: the RAVPower RP-PB18 Savior External Battery Pack ($99.99, available for $49.99).

RAVPower 15W Dual-Port Solar Charger

I'm a fan of photovoltaic solar energy, so much so that my house here in sunny Colorado has a 9 kilowatt array on the roof. The RAVPower 15W Dual-Port Solar Charger is a lot smaller, both in size and capacity, but you don't need all that much power to charge your devices. The design is wonderful. You have a 24 ounce fabric folio covered with polyester canvas on the exterior that folds out revealing three separate panels. Located at four locations around the folio are metal-line eyeholes; these are used with carabiners (four are included) to attach the array to your backpack or a tent, or hang it from tree branches. There are two USB ports available, one with a 2A output, the other with a 1A output. Both, of course, send out that current at the USB standard 5 volts. RAVPower uses what they call "iSmart Technology" to match the maximum charging current with the device so that it is charged in the least amount of time.
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RAVPower RP-PB18 Savior External Battery Pack
 RAVPower RP-PB18 Savior External Battery Pack
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Pencil by FiftyThree stylus shows up in Apple online and retail stores

Pencil by FiftyThree

FiftyThree, the company that developed the wonderful Paper drawing/painting app (free with in-app purchases), also created a companion stylus that they naturally gave the name Pencil to. The stylus, which looks like a carpenter's pencil but has some amazing technology built into it, sells for US$49.95 for a graphite version and $59.95 in a beautiful walnut version. Up until now, Pencil was only available through the FiftyThree website and on Amazon, but the company has announced that the stylish and versatile Pencil is now available at the brick-and-mortar and online Apple Stores.

TUAW will be reviewing Pencil by FiftyThree in the near future; in the meanwhile you can check out the details of the cool piece of hardware here. What I want to try the most is the adaptive palm rejection, which allows your palm or other bits of your hand to be resting on the screen while drawing or writing. Other stylus manufacturers have tried -- and most have failed -- to produce workable palm rejection, so we'll be sure to put it to the test.

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Volkswagen replaces booth babes with iPad-controlled robot at 2015 Detroit Auto Show

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At the 2015 North American International Auto Show, Volkswagen replaced its female booth babes with an iPad-powered droid that was used to interact with show attendees, reports psfk. The robot replacement moved like a Segway and had an iPad that communicated with those who approached it. The remote-controlled droid roamed the show floor around the German car maker's exhibit and had the ability to both see and talk to people. The iPad also provided a touchscreen interface that allowed visitors to learn more about Volkswagen automobiles. You can check out the Volkswagen droid and the crowd's curious reaction in the Vimeo video below.

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Booqpad gains iPad Air 2 compatibility, still has a magnetic personality

Booqpad for iPad Air 2

Last April, TUAW reviews a very unique iPad Air case - the Booq Booqpad - that melded a magnetically-attached agenda case with a paper notepad. At the time it garnered a 4-star rating thanks to its flexibility and that paper notepad. Today I'm looking at the BooqPad for iPad Air 2 (US$60.00) and we'll see if that changed. Specifications
  • Exterior dimensions: 7 x 9.5 x 0.9 inches (178 x 242 x 24 mm)
  • Weight: 0.88 lbs (0.4 kg)
  • Compatible with: iPad Air 2 only
  • Color: Gray only
  • Comes with removable/replaceable 50-sheet paper notepad
Design Like the previous iteration of the Booqpad, the new version consists of a slim folio that, when opened, features a paper notepad on the left side and a magnetically-attached tray for the iPad on the right side. A slender magnetic catch keeps the cover closed while you're in transit. Around the outside of the paper notepad side are slots for business cards, and you can get refills for your notepad in blank, lined, or graph paper formats ($10 for 3 pads).
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Test driving the ClamCase Pro keyboard case for iPad Air 2 (Updated)

ClamCase Pro for iPad Air 2

With the arrival of the iPad Air 2 last fall, many case manufacturers went back to the drawing board to produce new products that would accommodate the slightly thinner tablet. One of the favorite keyboard cases for those of us here at TUAW has always been the ClamCase Pro (US$169.00), and that case has recently been updated for the latest member of the iPad family. Specifications
  • Dimensions: 9.74 x 7.30 x 0.74 inches (247.4 x 185.4 x 18.8 mm)
  • Weight: 1.2 lbs (.544 kg)
  • Battery life: 100 hours uninterrupted use time, 6 months standby time, recharges in 120 minutes
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Mountie: An inexpensive and innovative way to attach iPhone or iPad to your Mac

Ten One Design Mountie
One new product that will certainly be making a fun splash at CES this week is from Ten One Design, the same company that brought Apple fans such fun things as the Magnus Air and Magnus mini iPad stands, the Pogo and Pogo Connect styluses. Next month they'll be shipping a new item that you can pre-order now, the US$24.95 Mountie. What's the idea behind Mountie? It uses a strong rubberized grip and swappable inserts that provide a way for you to attach any iPhone after the iPhone 4, the iPad Air 1/2 or the iPad mini to any MacBook or post-2012 iMac. It comes in two colors, neither of which you'll actually see while using the device - blue and green.

Ten One Design Mountie, back view You can then use your "second screen" to do a lot of different things. Use Mountie to take a break from work by watching a movie or your favorite show on an attached iPad, have your iPhone cranking out music while you're blogging, or even use an app like Duet Display to turn your iPhone or iPad into a second Mac display. Mountie looks like a useful product and the price is right on the money. Rather than taking up valuable desk space with a traditional stand for your iPhone or iPad, you can just stick it to the side of your MacBook or iMac in seconds. We will be reviewing Mountie within the next week or two, so stay tuned to TUAW. Oh, and if you happen to be in Las Vegas for the CES craziness, visit the Ten One Design folks at North Hall 6523.

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Limefuel Dual Port USB 4.8A Wall Charger: Tiny and powerful

Limefuel Dual Port USB 4.8A Wall Charger

Another day, another great product from Limefuel. Yesterday we took a look at the company's big-capacity Blast L240X Pro external battery pack, and today we're looking at something that's quite a bit smaller, yet still packs a lot of power - the Dual Port USB 4.8A Wall Charger (US$16.99). The idea behind this little powerhouse is to give you not one, but two 2.4A USB ports in one easily transportable little box. Instead of filling up your house or hotel room with multiple single port Apple power cubes, all with their nasty pointy prongs sticking out, you can hook two of your favorite Apple toys up per wall outlet. When you're done, the prongs fold away to avoid scratching your other electronic gear.

Limefuel Dual Port USB 4.8A Wall Charger

With 24W of power and 2.4A of current per port, your devices will charge quickly. You can use your existing charging cables with the device, which measures just 2 x 2 x 1.1 inches (50.8 x 50.8 x 27.9 mm) and weighs a featherweight 2.7 ounces (76.
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Best last minute holiday deals on Apple gear

Hardware Review Roundup It's the last weekend before the Christmas holiday, which means it is crunch time for shoppers who still have people left on their list. If you have an Apple fan or two among your friends or family, here are the best remaining deals on Apple gear that you can still get now in time for Christmas. iPad mini 2 - starting at $249 . Target, Best Buy and Walmart are taking $50 off the 16GB WiFi model of the iPad mini 2, bringing the price down to $249 for the 2013 tablet. Best Buy and Target sweeten the deal by extending the $50 discount to all iPad mini 2 WiFi models. iPad mini 2 WiFi + Cellular - Starting at $379 - Best Buy is taking $100 off the WiFi + Cellular models, while Target is offering the cellular-enabled tablet with a $50 discount. iPad Air - starting at $249 - Best Buy us taking $50 off the iPad Air WiFi models and $100 off WiFi + Cellular versions. Target also is discounting the iPad Air, taking $50 off the price of the tablet and offering an additional $25 gift card with the purchase of select versions. MacBook Air - $855 - Best Buy is taking up to $200 off select MacBook Air models. The best deal is on the 11.6-inch MacBook Air with 4GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage, which is available for $899. MacBook Pro with Retina Display - $855 - Best Buy is taking up to $200 off select Retina MacBook Pro models. The best deal is on the 13.3-inch MacBook Air with 8GB of RAM and 512GB of flash storage, which is available for $1,599.
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FlowVella: The presentation app formerly known as Flowboard

FlowVella

What's the difference between Flowboard and Flipboard? If you're the creators of Flowboard - a presentation creation app -apparently the app name isn't different enough from Flipboard, the story aggregation app. A trademark court found Flowboard to be just a wee bit too close to the name of Flipboard, so the former is now being rebranded as FlowVella. Let's hope they don't get into a trademark dispute with the makers of Nutella... There's more news from the FlowVella front as part of the rebranding. The company is launching an App Builder for packaging your Flows as iPad apps - that will cost you as little as US$99/month per app. The apps are also getting new pricing to go along with the new name. The iPad version of FlowVella is now available for free, while the Mac version - formerly available for $19.99 - is now only $4.99. Should FlowVella become your presentation go-to tool, there are optional premium subscriptions available.

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Jimmy Fallon gifts his audience with iPads

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Everybody in the studio audience last night for NBC's Tonight Show got a little something last night from host Jimmy Fallon: a sparkling new iPad Air 2. Fallon is a huge fan of Apple products, with a MacBook on his set desk and iPad doo-wop duets with Robert Plant and Billy Joel to his credit. What a lot of people may not know is that he and Justin Timberlake are the voices for those iPhone 6/6 Plus ads that you've been watching the past few months. We don't know the specs of the iPads given away, like how much storage or whether or not they're Wi-Fi + Cellular models, but each iPad Air 2 at a minimum cost Mr. Fallon or NBC US$499... unless he got 'em as payment for the ads. Fallon does refer to them as "iPad 2s" during the giveaway hoopla, but he wouldn't be playing The Grinch by giving away an old iPad now, would he? Enjoy the video over on the NBC site, since their video embed didn't want to play nice with TUAW.

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Apple profiles the musicians behind its new ‘The Song’ holiday advertisement

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Apple this weekend released a new holiday advertisement called "The Song" that told the story of a young woman who remastered a love song sung by her grandmother to her husband before he left for military service. To promote its commercial, Apple yesterday released a follow-up video that profiles the musicians in the clip and details how the video was created. The ad is the product of a collaboration between musician Dana Williams, vocalist Rhiannon Giddens and Third Man Records. Sung by Giddens, the grandmother's song was recorded using a vintage voice-o-graph booth supplied by Third Man Records. The song then was edited by Williams using GarageBand, a tool that she uses to record "basically all of her music." "The Song" isn't Apple's first sentimental holiday advertisement. Last year, the company received industry accolades for its touching iPhone-focused video, "Misunderstood."

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Apple releases new holiday advertisement, ‘The Song’

The Song
Apple today released a tear jerker of an advertisement that features a young woman and her grandmother. In "The Song," a musician granddaughter stumbles upon a holiday love song that her grandmother sent to her husband, the young woman's grandfather, when they were apart for the holiday season in the early years of their marriage. Captured by the emotion of the tune, the granddaughter adds her vocals and accompanying music to the song, which she leaves on an iPad mini for her grandmother to hear.

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No Comment: CBS iPad app just needs you to sign right here

CBS iPad app terms and conditions

Really, CBS app? We understand the pride that comes with being "America's Most Watched Network," but one set of terms and conditions is plenty for most network applications that let you watch full episodes -- two at the most. Not for you! Four separate user agreements that nobody will bother to read? That level of attention to detail and user experience merits this weekend's No Comment.

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Microsoft’s MSN News: A solid, usable news app for iOS


The times, they are a-changin' over in Redmond. Microsoft spent the last couple of months embracing iOS users instead of shunning them. In the old days, Microsoft kept a lot of apps for the sole use of Windows Phone users, but with that platform faltering they are reaching out to iOS and Android users. Office for the iPad was the first big give to the iOS community, although over the years Microsoft had sprinkled a few minor apps on us.

Another result was the release just this week of several new iOS apps from the Bing team, and we'll consider one of those today -- MSN News (free) -- in light of the competition.

MSN News has a clean and useable user interface. If you have a Microsoft login, you can keep the app synced between devices. Just about any subject I typed into the search engine resulted in hits, even if they were obscure. Local news is supported, along with alerts if you wish to receive them.

Like most news apps, stories can be shared with others via Twitter, Facebook, text or email. Lots of news sources are included, including TUAW in the technology section.



Text size and spacing is adjustable, which is a worthwhile feature, and you even have a choice of two fonts. I think the only thing missing is the ability to learn from your reading preferences, something that Zite, Flipboard and some other news apps do very well. MSN News seems similar to News Republic, which also does a lovely presentation of news stories.

MSN News is a solid entry in the news race. It has a very agreeable look, and you can see the news source even in the headline view. I've added it to my favorite news app folder, and you might want to do the same.

MSN News requires iOS 7.1 or later and its been optimized for the latest iPhones and iPads.

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YouTube Find: Cheer on this iPad robot as it escapes from its conference room confinement

Double Double Robotics had a clever idea to market Double, its iPad-equipped telepresence robot -- instead of a plain jane demonstration video, the company setup a robot in a conference room and allowed the public to control it over the Internet. Users could move the Seqway-style robot using a web-based interface, but they were limited to the confines of the room, until one day when all h*!! broke loose. On that fateful day, a user discovered that the door to the robot's conference room prison was left slightly ajar. After a painstaking series of gentle nudges, the robot managed to open the door and break free from his captivity. He took a night-time tour of the entire office and returned safely home without detection. You can't help but cheer him on as makes his prison escape in the YouTube video below. [Via Hackaday and Laughing Squid]

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Apple rejected one of the best games of the year over pixelated nudity

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If you've ever played the fantastic Windows or Mac versions of Papers, Please you already know how fantastic of a fit it will be on iPad when it launches on Friday. The game -- referred to as a "dystopian document thriller" by its creator -- tasks you with screening immigrants at the border of a war-torn country. Its debut on iOS is nearly upon us, but the game's developer, Lucas Pope, revealed today that it was initially rejected by Apple due to "pornographic content." Yikes.

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In the game, it's up to you to check identifications, verify permits, and in some cases put suspicious individuals through an x-ray scanning device. The resulting images often reveal bombs, weapons, or other prohibited items, but they also show a good bit of nudity. This might already seem like a bit of a sketchy reason to reject an iOS game -- there's really nothing explicit or suggestive about the images -- but it's even more questionable once you actually see the game's super low-res, pixelated graphical style.

A bare breast is essentially a semicircle with a dot on it, and good luck identifying anything in the mess of pixels that resides down below. To call such a thing "pornographic" is a massive stretch, but rather than fight the decision (which you can't really do anyway), Pope decided to remove the nudity from the game entirely.

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Apple announces imminent launch of iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 in China

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Apple on Wednesday announced that it is bringing the cellular models of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 to China starting this week. The iPad models will be equipped to connect to all of China's 3G and 4G networks with support for TD-LTE and FDD-LTE standards, in addition to TD-SCDMA, DC-HSDPA, and HSPA+. Previously only the WiFi models were available in the Asian country.

With the release of the iPad in China, the tablet device is now available in 110 countries worldwide. The new Chinese cellular models are available with a starting price of 4,488 (RMB) for the 16 GB iPad Air 2 and 3,788 (RMB) for the 16 GB iPad mini 3. Apple also reduced the price on older iPad models with new entry level prices of 2,888 (RMB) for the 16 GB iPad Air with WLAN model, 2,198 (RMB) for the 16 GB iPad mini 2 with WLAN model, and 1,798 (RMB) for the 16 GB iPad mini with WLAN model.

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iPad Air 2 & iPad mini 3 Models with Cellular Networking Available in China Starting This Week
BEIJING―December 11, 2014―Apple(R) today announced that models of iPad Air[TM] 2 and iPad mini[TM] 3 with cellular networking will be available in China starting this week. TD-LTE and FDD-LTE standards, as well as TD-SCDMA, DC-HSDPA, HSPA+ and other fast networks, are all available in a single model, giving iPad Air 2 customers in China the ability to stay connected on advanced cellular data networks in China and around the world so they can go more places and do more things.

iPad Air 2 is the thinnest and most powerful iPad(R) ever. Just 6.1 mm thin and weighing less than a pound, iPad Air 2 is packed with amazing new innovations-an improved Retina(R) display with a new anti-reflective coating that reduces glare by 56 percent* for enhanced viewing in the office, the classroom or outdoors; all new iSight(R) and FaceTime(R) cameras for capturing stunning photos and videos; second generation 64-bit A8X chip that delivers improved CPU and graphics performance while playing games or working; and the revolutionary Touch ID[TM], a simple and secure way to unlock iPad with just the touch of a finger and authenticate within apps to better protect logins and data. Thin and light enough that you can comfortably hold it all day, iPad Air 2 still delivers the up to 10-hour battery life** users expect from iPad. iPad Air 2 with WLAN + Cellular delivers faster WLAN and FDD-LTE for up to 50 percent faster cellular connections*** so users can easily get and stay connected wherever they go.

The new iPad mini 3 joins iPad Air 2 in offering users the simplicity and security of Touch ID; both run more than 675,000 apps specifically designed for iPad and come in three gorgeous metallic finishes-gold, silver and space gray.

Pricing & Availability
iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 are currently available in more than 110 countries worldwide including China, the US, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Russia, Singapore and the UK. iPad Air 2 with WLAN models are available in China for a suggested retail price of 3,588 (RMB) for the 16GB model, 4,288 (RMB) for the 64GB model and 4,988 (RMB) for the 128GB model. iPad Air 2 with WLAN + Cellular models which support both TD-LTE and FDD-LTE are available for a suggested retail price of 4,488 (RMB) for the 16GB model, 5,188 (RMB) for the 64GB model and 5,888 (RMB) for the 128GB model. iPad mini 3 with WLAN models are available for a suggested retail price of 2,888 (RMB) for the 16GB model, 3,588 (RMB) for the 64GB model and 4,288 (RMB) for the 128GB model. iPad mini 3 with WLAN + Cellular models which support TD-LTE and FDD-LTE are available for a suggested retail price of 3,788 (RMB) for the 16GB model, 4,488 (RMB) for the 64GB model and 5,188 (RMB) for the 128GB model.

iPad Air, iPad mini 2 and iPad mini, available in silver or space gray, are now offered at more affordable prices. iPad Air starts at 2,888 (RMB) for the 16GB with WLAN model, iPad mini 2 starts at 2,198 (RMB) for the 16GB with WLAN model, and iPad mini starts at 1,798 (RMB) for the 16GB with WLAN model. iPad Air with WLAN models are available for a suggested retail price of 2,888 (RMB) for the 16GB model and 3,288 (RMB) for the 32GB model. iPad Air with WLAN + Cellular models which support both TD-LTE and FDD-LTE are available for a suggested retail price of 3,788 (RMB) for the 16GB model and 4,188 (RMB) for the 32GB model. iPad mini 2 with WLAN models are available for a suggested retail price of 2,198 (RMB) for the 16GB model and 2,588 (RMB) for the 32GB model. iPad mini 2 with WLAN + Cellular models which support both TD-LTE and FDD-LTE are available for a suggested retail price of 3,088 (RMB) for the 16GB model and 3,488 (RMB) for the 32GB model. Additionally, the original iPad mini is offered at 1,798 (RMB) for the 16GB WLAN model and 2,688 (RMB) for the 16GB WLAN + Cellular model. iPads are available through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple's retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers.

Apple announces imminent launch of iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 in China originally appeared on TUAW: Apple news, reviews and how-tos since 2004 on Thu, 11 Dec 2014 09:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Exposure for iOS lets you selectively edit and color a photo

Exposure (US$1.99) is a slick iOS app that lets you selective apply effects to your photos. Of course the app also lets you globally apply an effect too, like sepia tint or black and white effects, but the nice feature here is the ability to use your finger to paint out an overlay and substitute a color or effect. The app is smart so it can pretty easily separate objects. For example, you can paint a building in color while the background remains black and white. In general, the effect stays in the proper place and doesn't splash out of the selected area, although you may need to do a bit of touch up, which is easy.

There are numerous effects in the app, like intense colors, a Picasso effect, glows, pencil sketch, watercolor and more. I thought the tilt-shift effect was well implemented, allowing objects in your photo to look like miniatures.

An undo command lets you step back and rework part of the photo, and you can completely clear an effect and start again.

You can zoom in or out of your photo to make it easier to define the area you are working on. There is also the ability to open your photo directly in another photo editor for any finishing touches, cropping, or adding text or frames.



You won't want to use this app on every photo, but when you need the effects it offers, it can make for a stunning presentation.

I found no glitches using the app. It was responsive and easy to use. Tutorials are built in, plus links to video examples.

Exposure requires iOS 7. It's a universal app, and I found it particularly easy to work on using my iPad, but it's just fine on an iPhone too. The app is optimized for the iPhone 5 and 6 series.

Exposure for iOS lets you selectively edit and color a photo originally appeared on TUAW: Apple news, reviews and how-tos since 2004 on Wed, 10 Dec 2014 16:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

TUAW: Apple news, reviews and how-tos since 2004Exposure for iOS lets you selectively edit and color a photo originally appeared on TUAW: Apple news, reviews and how-tos since 2004 on Wed, 10 Dec 2014 16:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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