When Steve Jobs took the podium at the Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday, consumers eagerly awaited the news from on high about how much simpler their lives were about to become. Conversely, all the developers following along (either in physical attendance or breathlessly waiting for the liveblog to auto-update) knew to be scared for their beloved apps. After all, Apple has been known to adapt ideas from third-party markets into its evolution with each new iOS update. It turned out, of course, that the fears were justified. In fact, it seems as though Apple has done more than play catch-up with Android and third party developers — they've captured the flag. In the same way that having Windows' Internet browser built into its OS killed off Netscape and the like eons ago, with the unveiling of the feature-rich iOS 5, a lot of developers' fates seem uncertain. Here are 11 third-party apps that are staring into the abyss after Monday's coming out party.
DVICE is starting to feel the need, dear readers: the need for speed. We just released a shiny new version of the DVICE mobile app that's loads faster than the old one. What's more, at long last the DVICE app is calling Android home, too. Get it now for your Android device or iPhone, iPod and iPad.
It's handy to check the traffic before you head off to work in the morning, but most people don't get all of the relevant info they need in time to do anything about it. IBM has developed a predictive traffic app that learns your commute and can tell you whether to make a break for it, take the train instead, or just go back to bed until things clear up.
Next time you find yourself stranded out in the middle of suburbia with a low battery in your electric car, you can just whip out the PlugShare app and find a total stranger to hit up for a charge.
Universal translators embedded in our brains may still be a long way off, but in the meantime instantaneous translation via your iPhone is now as simple as point and shoot.
By seamlessly translating spoken audio into another language in near real-time, Google's Translate app for the iPhone comes close to giving you a pocket-sized universal translation device. And it's free.
Most of us aren't willing to go through eating tons of ramen and enduring the hazing of 400-pound stablemates just to become a sumo wrestler, but one app offers a virtual experience that may be the next best thing.
So you're a Trekkie who's always dreamed of owning a communicator. Well, they still don't exist. Sorry! But you can turn your iPhone into one, sort of, using an app.
If you like sorting your iPhone apps so that they're all neat and color coordinated, you can probably relate to this creation from Spanish artist Oriol Fernandez Tur. He sorted the 540 apps on his iPhone so that each page would look like a letter of the alphabet.
Are you one of the brave fools planning to stand outside in the freezing cold for hours and hours in Times Square on New Year's Eve? Well, power to you. Now, there's an official iPhone/Android app to supplement your craziness.