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What is SmartFriends?

We have already established that SmartFriends is a puzzle game. However, there is a different side to it. SmartFriends is a daily IQ test game. You get to solve one IQ challenge every day. The results will be published the next day alongside an explanation.

The puzzles include a mix of analogies, pattern-based puzzles, and visual and spatial type questions. SmartFriends doesn’t impose a time limit or any other time-based restrictions. That said, you get only one chance to solve the problem.

I couldn’t help but draw some parallels between Wordle and SmartFriends. Both offer one challenge every day, a scorestreak, and social options. However, the similarities end there.

SmartFriends – Socialzing with a twist

I have spent a couple of days with SmartFriends. The user interface is minimal and functional to the core. The experience is seamless with no laggy bits or bugs. You can share your score with friends on social media.

SmartFriends developers have added a new Genius Challenge feature and this, according to me, is the most exciting bit. Let us take a closer look at every aspect of the game.

1. Individual challenge mode

This is the default mode. You get to solve one challenge every day. Everyone around the world gets the same challenge. In other words, you directly compete with hundreds of players across the globe. Better buckle up and put on that thinking cap.

Here’s how it works. Work on solving the question. And simply enter the answer. SmartFriends will instantly tell whether the answer is right or wrong. Meanwhile, an answer explanation will only be available the next day. Download SmartFriends from the App Store.

2. Keep the streak going

A game is fun only when you can keep scores! SmartFriends shows scores along with a streak meter. The feature will document it if you are recently on a winning streak. A higher streak score gives you a boasting right amid friends! Or even better, you can share your streak on social media and invite your friend for an IQ duel.

3. Unlock Genius challenges

Genius challenges is SmartFriend’s latest addition. You can invite your friends for a series of challenges. The questions include brain-teasing verbal analogies and much more. The challenges are hard to crack and more difficult than the other mode.

The best part about Genius Mode is the rewards. You get a whopping 50 points for winning a Genius Challenge instead of 10 points in normal mode. Genius Mode is a good way to crank up your score instantly. Genius challenge gets unlocked after you invite a friend for a challenge, and they accept the same.

4. Set Reminders

Time taken to solve challenges is reflected in your daily score. In other words, if you forget to take on the IQ challenge, your score will get affected. That’s not all; you will lose your streak as well. Here’s how you can set: Reminder → Set time → choose the reminder type.

Once done, you will get a reminder whenever new challenges are available.

Why should you get SmartFriends?

1. Enhances Spatial visual intelligence

2. Lower stress levels

Puzzle games are proven to decrease stress levels. While solving a puzzle, our brain switches to the Alpha state or flow state. Apart from decreasing stress, it also increases our self-confidence.

3. Boost your productivity

SmartFriends and similar games help boost productivity. It helps take our minds off another task. After the break, our mind is refreshed and more attentive to the task.

4. Delay Dementia and Alzheimers

Alzheimer’s is a neurological disorder caused by brain cell atrophy. Meanwhile, Dementia is a disorder that causes impairment in memory and cognitive functions. A decline in thinking is one of the main causes. Puzzle games are proven to delay the onset of Dementia.

Should you go for SmartFriends?


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Difficulty modes missing

Price: Free


Author Profile


Mahit is an engineer by Education with a corporate stint to his name. He ditched the corporate boardroom wars in favor of the technology battleground. For the better part of a decade, he has worked for popular publishing outlets, including Dennis Publishing, BGR India, AppStorm, MakeUseOf, and iPhonehacks.

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Minecraft Legends Review: Fun Strategy Spin

Minecraft Legends is a game that piqued my interest at its original reveal last year. But, I will admit that I did not actively follow the game well until we got closer to its official release. After all, my love of Minecraft is limited to the many hours I have spent with a good friend of mine on multiplayer servers; roleplaying. Judge me if you want, but that definitely makes me enjoy the game, but not actively play it. So it came as a surprise that the third game in Mojang Studios’ attempt to expand the Minecraft universe is a niche genre. But fortunately, they pulled it off, albeit with some minor drawbacks.

The Tale of Protector in Minecraft Legends

The story of Minecraft Legends takes place in an alternate overworld where everyone happily co-existed. All the villagers and animals did their things, and the mobs did theirs. Until one fateful day, when the forces of the Nether decided to overtake the world and invade it with ulterior motives. With the army of Piglins ready to destroy the overworld and corrupt everything, things look dire.

Until Knowledge, Action, and Foresight – the guardian spirits of the Overworld – recruit you, the player, to save the world from catastrophe. Armed with the knowledge of crafting and with the leadership quality of rallying mobs, the player aims to send the forces of Piglins back to where they came from and save the Overworld.

And thankfully, the story is sweet and fun. Of course, there is minimal voice acting in the game, and most characters retain their original sounds from Minecraft. However, their demeanor and character exude a bit more personality, making them distinct. Minecraft Legends brings another distinctive experience like Minecraft: Story Mode by Telltale Games and Minecraft Dungeons.

A Small, But Sweet Map

Before we jump into the gameplay portion of Minecraft Legends, we have to specifically mention the map. The original Minecraft is known for featuring a procedurally generated map with various map seeds. These map seeds make sure that every run is different. And the same is true for Minecraft Legends. At every new startup, the world map is randomly generated, so that each playthrough of the game feels fresh.

“The Map for my playthrough”

As for the map as a whole, it is smaller than the original Minecraft, but it is a necessity to accommodate the game’s strategy playstyle. The map is still divided based on Minecraft biomes such as Tundra, Swamp, Snowy areas, etc. The regions also house region-specific resources and materials. Furthermore, since the map can be a large area to traverse, the villages on the map act as fast-travel points.

Build and Gather to Protect Minecraft Legends Overworld

The main goal of Minecraft Legends is to defeat the Piglin invasion. For that, players are required to take down large Piglin structures, which contain spawners and portals for Piglins to come to the overworld. These Piglin spawners are a headache as they pop up throughout various portions of the map, and the army from these compounds raid and pillage overworld villages at night.

Allays are flying mobs that accompany you in your journey of protecting the land. First introduced in the Minecraft 1.19 update, these are builder fairies that create every single structure in this game at instruction. They can create protection walls, ramps, arrow towers, and so much more in villages. As the game progresses, players can instruct them to build support structures to upgrade their creations. However, to build, you first require materials. That is where Allays again come in for help.

Like the original Minecraft game, materials are necessary to build. Players have to instruct the Allays to gather the materials for them, as the game does not allow direct mining of materials. This feature plays a vital role during intense moments. Strategically placing resource gatherers can make a playthrough perfect, and ensures you don’t scramble for extra resources.

You start with stone and wood, and as the game progresses, you unlock minerals like iron, Redstone, and even diamonds. Furthermore, while some materials are found in different biomes like wood is found in biomes like swamps and jungles and coal is found in rocky areas, other materials can only be obtained by destroying Piglin bases.

While the passive building is certainly a welcome design choice for the game, I found it a bit cumbersome and annoying. The reason – is the camera and controls on the keyboard and mouse. Minecraft Legends’ camera angle did not make me happy. The camera in many instances made building structures an annoyance. Especially during intense moments.

Another thing I have a little gripe about is the building restrictions. Sure, you can build structures anywhere on the map, as long as you are not extremely near a Piglin outpost. However, there is not much depth to this mechanic. For example, out of curiosity, I was trying to build an overhead bridge. The current restrictions do not allow that.

At the same time, I tried building walls with arrow towers in the middle, and the game allowed me to do that. The game is inconsistent in what it wants you to build. I hope the developers address these small issues, which may seem non-existent for many but are issued for me.

Rally Your Troops and Fight!

After you wall up and set up defenses around the structures, it is time to take down the Piglin invasion. Allays can also build spawners that spawn different golems for players to control and rally. Each golem has different characteristics. For example, the stone golems are strong and useful in taking down large structures. Similarly, wood golems are archers, capable of ranged combat.

As the game progresses, players unlock more golems to help them in the fight, like moss golems, which remove debuff from your unit, Iron Golems, which charge at your enemies, and more. In the beginning, players can only build a combined total of twenty golems. However, as the game progresses, this number increases. But you need to install improvements at the “Well of Fate” for the same. The game also allows players to rally classic Minecraft mobs like skeleton archers, farmer zombies, and even creepers. And at a later stage, even set up their own spawners.

I’d reckon they went with this design to accommodate the console development and streamline the versions. However, much like Diablo 3 on consoles, control disparity is not wrong and should be a thing for a strategy game like this. Don’t get me wrong, I love what they did in Minecraft Legends, but it is the little details and features that make the games more fun to play.

Battle Or Co-Op With Your Friends

No strategy game is complete without some multiplayer action. And Minecraft Legends does have one. The multiplayer portion is divided into two sections. The first is the co-op section, which allows you to play through the single-player with friends of yours. The numbers of players vary depending on what platform you and your friends are on.

The other section of multiplayer is the classic affair — PvP. Players can open up a public lobby to play 4 vs 4 against randoms around the world, 4 vs 4 in a private lobby against each other, and train in the training mode to learn strategy.

During the PvP playthrough, the game is balanced toward competitive play. Each player has access to 40 total units and needs to protect their bases. The building still applies, and just like in Age of Empires, players need to upgrade their bases to get access to better materials to farm, more units to use, and reinforce their base with better items. The goal of PvP is to stop the Piglins from attacking your base, and also protect it from the opponent.

The story mode equips players with the knowledge of PvP pretty well, and it is fun in short sessions. Matches do drag on for a long time. My match with Anmol (who wrote the impressions for Minecraft Legends), lasted for well around 20 minutes, which is a standard playthrough session for multiplayer. But I completely annihilated his base with my AOE skills and knowledge. As for connectivity, we tested this during the embargo period. There were practically zero lags or issues with it.

It is pretty clear that the longevity of the game comes from the multiplayer section, and it will be interesting to see all the matches in it.

Minecraft Legends: Performance

CPU: AMD Ryzen 2600, running at base clocks


RAM: 16GB @ 3000mhz

Installed on an SSD

Before people come running at me screaming about the requirement, yes, I am aware. And this was intentional to see the optimization. As for performance, the game ran at fixed 75 frames when V-Sync was turned on. There are practically zero graphical adjustment settings in our game build, so we chose ultra by default. The visuals looked sharp and had the distinct blocky art style of Minecraft.

When we turned V-Sync off, the framerate immediately jumped well above 120 frames without any issues. Unfortunately, this game doesn’t come with a photo mode, so it will be quite difficult to take beauty shots of an otherwise beautiful game.

There was parity in the performance when playing multiplayer, with the frame rate never dropping below 60 frames, which is great for RTS gamers. We, unfortunately, could not test the game on my Steam Deck, as we received the Microsoft Store copy of the game from Xbox. We will surely update you on it once we try the title on a Steam Deck with Windows installed. Overall, on PC, Minecraft Legends comes through as a well-optimized game, a rarity in today’s day and age.


The game is not without flaws, and some might even call me a prune for nitpicking on them. However, the experience is certainly one that I might get back to now and then. It is a complete package of fun, and I hope Xbox supports the title for a few years with new content, which is not in the form of just costumes and skins for characters.


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Logitech Mx Mechanical Review: Clicky Fun In A Grown


Tiny and super-thin

High-quality switches

Intelligent layout

Professional looks



Short battery life

Little customization

Our Verdict

The MX Mechanical and its Mini variant split the difference between Logitech’s high-end keyboards and mechanical boards. It hits the high points of both, but comes at a hefty price.

Best Prices Today: MX Mechanical Mini

Logitech’s MX Master Series is now seven years old, beginning with the MX Master line in 2023. In that context it’s almost surprising that it took the company this long to release a mechanical keyboard in the series, considering the category had exploded in that same time. The MX Mechanical brings along the understated elegance and power-user features you’d expect from the brand, with a variety of sizes and switch options from the mechanical keyboard world. 

It also brings along a pretty high price tag: a full $150 for the MX Mechanical Mini in this review, and $170 for the full-sized version. This is, frankly, a little ridiculous, even given the tools on offer. If your pockets are deep, you won’t find much to complain about with the MX Mechanical keyboard. But if you’re on even a slightly constrained budget, there are better options both in the wireless and mechanical categories. 

This review is part of our ongoing roundup of the best wireless keyboards. Go there for information on competing products and how we tested them. 

This thing looks familiar

The MX Mechanical comes in Logitech’s standard, sleek gray-and-darker-gray palette, first seen on the mouse series and more recently on the Craft and MX Keys boards. You also get an aesthetically pleasing backlight, which is especially handy as there are so many functions bound to the function row and the extra keys on the right side. While there’s an aluminum plate beneath the key switches, the rest of the body is skinny plastic with only single-stage feet, a USB-C charging port, and a power switch breaking its soft planes. 

Logitech MX Keys Mini

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A smart layout

Using the MX Mechanical Mini feels extremely similar to the MX Keys Mini, albeit with the very welcome addition of full-sized arrow keys (since you can’t do half-sized mechanical switches). The extra column of keys on the right side is just enough to add a little extra functionality for power users. The function row up top gives you all those little tools you need on a semi-regular basis, notably Print Screen, a dedicated emoji button, media controls, and a quick microphone mute. You can switch between F keys and the function icons via Fn+Esc, laptop-style. 

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The layout isn’t unique, but it’s functional and compact, making the Mini variant of the keyboard easy to throw into a bag. And like most of Logitech’s higher-end keyboards it allows pairing with up to three devices, over Bluetooth or the company’s Bolt USB wireless receiver, and is compatible with the multi-device Flow software. If you need even more customization (at the price of matching your key icons) you can download Logi Options+. 

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Only the right-most keys (not counting the right arrow key) and F4-F12 can be rebound to preserve the keyboard’s core functionality. That makes sense given the target audience, but more flexible binding options for power users would have been appreciated. The keyboard borrows multiple backlighting modes from gaming-style boards, but there’s no RGB, and they take a serious hit on battery life. I was able to run the keyboard down in just a couple of weeks, which is paltry for a modern wireless board. 

Logitech MX Keys

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Maybe wait for a sale?

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In short, there are better deals to be had, even if you’re looking in such a specific niche as premium low-profile mechanical boards with a compact build and wireless powers. Wait for a sale if you’re frugal; go ahead and buy it now if you aren’t. 

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The Ultimate Ios App Development Guide 2023

How to Start Your App Development Project?

Xcode is a free integrated development environment (IDE) from Apple that’s used to create iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS apps. It’s a powerful tool for developers of all skill levels and can be used to create amazing mobile and desktop applications. In this tutorial, we’ll go over how to set up a project in Xcode for iOS app development.

Step 1: Install Xcode

Before you can start developing iOS apps, you’ll need to install Xcode. You can download Xcode from the App Store or directly from Apple’s Developer website. Once you’ve downloaded and installed Xcode, you’re ready to begin your project.

Step 2: Create Your Project

Once Xcode is installed, it’s time to create your project. To do this, open Xcode and select “Create a new Xcode project.” On the next screen, select “iOS App” as the template for your project.

Step 3: Choose Your Project Options

Next, you’ll need to choose the options for your project. Select the language you want to use (Swift or Objective-C), the type of device you’re developing for (iPhone or iPad), and the user interface you want to use (Storyboard or Code).

Step 4: Design Your App

Now it’s time to design your app. If you chose Storyboards as your user interface option, then you’ll be able to drag and drop elements onto the canvas to create your app. If you chose Code as your user interface option, then you’ll need to write the code for your app in either Swift or Objective-C.

Programming the App with Swift

Create the ViewController class: Open the ViewController.swift file and create a new class called ViewController that inherits from the UIViewController class.

Set up the view: Inside the ViewController class, override the viewDidLoad() method and add any necessary subviews.

Connect the outlets: Connect any necessary IBOutlets to the storyboard or nib file so that they can be accessed in code.

Set up Actions: Connect any necessary IBActions to the storyboard or nib file so that they can be triggered by user interaction.

Customize the ViewController: Add any additional methods or properties that are necessary for customizing the behavior of your ViewController.

Implement data source methods: Implement any necessary data source methods for loading or displaying data in your ViewController.

Finalize initialization: Call any additional setup methods that need to be called before the ViewController is displayed to the user.

Step 5: Add Resources and Assets

Once you have your app designed, it’s time to add any resources and assets that you may need for your app. This could include images, audio files, videos, etc. You can add these resources either by dragging and dropping them into Xcode or by adding them manually via code.

Step 6: Test Your App

Now that you have all the pieces of your app in place, it’s time to test it out. You can use the built-in simulator in Xcode to test out your app on different devices and operating systems. You can also use real devices to test out your app if you have them available.

Step 7: Debug Your App

If there are any bugs or issues with your app, now is the time to debug it. Xcode has a powerful debugger that allows you to step through your code line by line and identify any issues with your code. You can also use breakpoints and logs to help identify any issues with your code.

Step 8: Publish Your App

Once all of the bugs have been fixed and your app is ready for release, it’s time to publish it! If you want to distribute your app on the App Store, then you will need an Apple Developer account in order to do so. Once you have an Apple Developer account set up, then you can submit your app for review on the App Store.

Setting up a project in Xcode for iOS app development is a straightforward process that requires some planning and organization but isn’t overly difficult. With this tutorial as a guide, you should be able to easily create a project in Xcode and begin developing amazing iOS apps in no time!

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Ios 7: The Ultimate App Store Guide

The App Store app is the hub used to download additional apps on an iOS device. Out of the box, the iPhone only comes bundled with a handful of stock apps. The App Store app allows you to choose from hundreds of thousands of apps to download on to your device.

Apps can be anything from productivity tools, to games, to periodicals. There is a wealth of apps available to download in the App Store, and while some may come at a price, many of them are free.

It’s good to become familiar with the App Store’s features, because this is the only place where you can download additional software on a stock iOS device. Check inside as we journey through a detailed explanation of the App Store.

Table of contents

Basics What is the App Store app?

The App Store app is a default app that appears on all iOS installations. It allows you to browse, search, and download digital applications from a large library.  Apps can be downloaded directly to your iOS device via the App Store with no syncing required. Outside of the occasional firmware refresh, the App Store is the only way to add new software to your iOS device.

New apps appear on the App Store each day. Developers can select which day they would like an app to be released. New apps are released at 12AM internationally.

Each Thursday, Apple refreshes the App Store to highlight its new and noteworthy releases. You’ll find Editors Choice picks, the App of the Week, and more.

Viewing an app in the App Store

When you open the App Store, you’ll be brought to the Featured tab by default. The Featured tab contains a panel at the top of the interface that constantly scrolls to display promoted apps. You can tap on one of these apps, or you can tap on any of the apps or sections listed on the Featured tab. You can also use the remaining four buttons at the bottom of the interface—Top Charts, Near Me, Search, or Updates—to discover new apps.

The App Store’s Featured tab makes it easy to discover new apps

Once you settle on an app, you can find more information about the app by tapping on it. Tapping on an app brings you to the app detail view. This view allows you to learn more about the application. Keep in mind that not all apps include all of the following pieces of information. A lot of what you see here is dependent on whether or not a developer wishes to provide the necessary information.

In the app detail view, you’ll find the following:

App name


Developer name

In-App Purchases

User rating


Details tab



What’s New



In-App Purchases

Version History

Developer Apps

Developer Website

Privacy Policy

Reviews tab


App Store Ratings

Write a Review

App Support


Related tab

That’s quite a bit of information stuffed into one place. Let’s break down each of these sections and find out what you should expect.

App name

Sometimes an app’s name will be shortened in the discovery section of the App Store, or even when the app icon is present on the Home screen. The app detail view will provide you with the full name of the app.

Lots of information pertaining to the app is listed here


Next to the name of the app lies its rating. This is useful for determining if content is appropriate. The available ratings are as follows:

4+ – akin to a G-rated movie

9+ – akin to a PG-rated movie

12+ – akin to a PG-13-rated movie

17+ – akin to an R-rated movie

Developer name

Beneath the name of the app, you’ll find the name of its developer. The developer name is linked, so that when you tap on it, it will take you to a page containing all of the other apps on the App Store created by that developer.

In-App Purchases

If an app offers in-app purchases, you will see a sentence stating so under the name of the developer.

User rating

You will see five star glyphs that signify the user rating of the app. A lot of times, especially if an app is new or unpopular, it will not be rated at all. User ratings have been the source of a lot of controversy over the years, because there have been rumblings that the ratings can be easily influenced by sly, and perhaps unethical, marketing tactics. User ratings are graded on a five-star scale. Only users that have actually downloaded the app are eligible to provide a user rating.


To the right of the user rating lies the current price of the app. For the US store, the price can be free, $0.99, and increase thereafter by $1.00 i.e. $1.99, $2.99…$9.99, etc. If you see a little plus ‘+’ sign in the upper left-hand corner of the price box, this means that the app is universal and works on both the iPhone form-factor and the larger iPad form-factor.

If you’ve already purchased an app under the Apple ID currently logged in to the iOS device, the price button will be replaced by a download button. If you’ve already purchased and have downloaded the app, the download button will be replaced by an Open button.

Details tab


Every app submitted to the App Store is required to include at least one screenshot to showcase how the app looks. If you tap on a screenshot, you can enlarge it for easier viewing.

Scrolling through multiple app screenshots

If an app features multiple screenshots, you can scroll through each screenshot while in the enlarged view. Tap the Done button in the upper right-hand corner to get back to the app detail view.


A brief description of the app will automatically display under the Description heading, however, you can view the full description by tapping the blue “…more” button beneath the abridged text.

Quite the lengthy app description

What’s New

The What’s New heading contains the new features added to an app’s latest update. To the right of the What’s New heading lies the date when the app was last updated.

The What’s New section shows details about the latest update


If an app supports additional special features, i.e. Game Center, you’ll find details explaining how deep the support goes.

This app supports Game Center


Detailed information about the app

The information heading contains a wealth of metadata regarding the app. Under information, you’ll find data like the following:

Seller – The company selling the product

Category – The genre of app

Updated – Date of last update

Version – Release version

Size – How big the file is in MB/GB

Rating – i.e. 4+, 9+, 12+, etc.

Compatibility – The iOS version requirement, i.e. Requires iOS 6.0 or later, and the device compatibility, i.e. Compatible with iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, etc.

In-App Purchases

If an app offers in-app purchases, which are micro-transactions that occur within an app, you’ll see a list of available in-app purchases if you tap on the In-App Purchases panel. The In-App Purchases panel contains a list of each in-app purchase, included its description and price.

The In-App Purchase details

Version History

There was a time when users were not privileged to see the version history of App Store releases. That all changed with iOS 7.

Detailed information pertaining to different versions of the app

The Version History panel contains a list of previous updates released for an individual app. Each version listing contains the date it was released, features added, and version number.

Developer Apps

The Developer Apps panel contains a list of every application released by the developer of the app you’re viewing. If the developer is prominent, the Developer Apps panel may included a stylized heading and background.

Other apps developed by the same developer

Developer Website

The Developer Website panel links directly to the website of the developer in question. A lot of times developers will link to a support page for a particular title. When submitting apps to the App Store, the developer can choose what to link to. Links open using the stock Safari browser.

Most developers have a website to facilitate communication with customers

Privacy Policy

Like the Developer Website panel, the Privacy Policy panel links to a developer’s external website.

The privacy policy link should point to the developer’s privacy policy page

Reviews tab


If you have your Facebook account connected to your iOS installation, you can Like an app on Facebook by tapping on the blue Like button.

If you have your Facebook account linked, you can Like apps directly from the App Store

App Store Ratings

Users are allowed to provide reviews—both star ratings and detailed reviews—for apps that they download. The App Store Ratings section is a culmination of all of the star ratings and detailed reviews received.

You’ll see two tabs beneath the App Store Rating section—one for Current Version, which is for the currently released version of the app, and one for All Versions.

App Store ratings for current and all versions

Beneath the two versions tabs, you’ll find a ratings graph for the app. The graph accounts for all one, two, three, four, and five star reviews.

Write a Review

Below the review graph, you’ll find a button to submit a review of your own. You must have purchased or downloaded the app before you are allowed to submit a review.

Creating a simple review

The Write a Review interface is simple; it looks like an email. There are three sections to fill out when composing a review, and all but one of them is optional. The first section, the star rating, is mandatory. The Title and Review body is optional. You can choose to provide just a star rating, or provide a detailed review.

Creating a detailed review

Once you’ve finished your review, tap the Send button in the upper right-hand corner to submit it. If you change you mind, and would instead like to cancel the review, you can tap the Cancel button in the upper left-hand corner. If you wish to change your review, you can tap the Write a Review button again, and update your review.

App Support

The App Support button, which resides to the right of the Write a Review button, takes you directly to a page designated by the developer for support issues.

The app support button links users to the developer’s support page

Detailed reviews

Below the Write a Review and App Support buttons, lie the detailed reviews. These reviews appear when a user reviews and app and decides to write a detailed review.

 An example of the many detailed reviews available

The detailed reviews are accompanied by the star rating provided at the time of the review. If a review is lengthy, you will find a blue “…more” button in the bottom right-hand corner of the review. This button allows you to expand to view the full review.

Related tab

The Related tab contains each app submitted by the same developer, as well as a “Customers Also Bought” section for app discovery. If a developer only has one app submitted, then the “More by developer” section will be omitted.

Apps related to NBA Game Time

What is a universal app?

A universal app is an app that runs on both the iPad and the iPhone. Universal apps are beneficial because it means that you only need to purchase one copy of the app and it will work on both devices. Of course, you can run any iPhone app on the iPad, even iPhone-only apps that have not been created with larger assets needed to look good on iPad. You cannot, however, run iPad-only apps on the iPhone.

Universal apps take the guesswork out of the equation. You simply know that the app will work perfectly fine regardless of screen size. Some developers, though, choose to create designated iPad apps and iPhone apps for whatever reason.

Although the label isn’t exactly fair depending on the circumstances, developers who use this practice are often labeled as “double-dippers.” Keep in mind that creating a universal app isn’t always financially feasible, or even reasonable from a development standpoint. Some iPhone apps are so different from their iPad counterparts, that it wouldn’t make sense to make it a universal app.

Notice the ‘+’ sign on the buy button. This denotes it as being a universal app

The bottom line is that universal apps are generally a good thing. You can tell if an app is universal by the ‘+’ sign that appears in the upper left-hand corner of its buy/free/download button.

How to download apps

Find the app that you want to download and visit its detail view. Tap the blue buy button near the upper right corner of the detail view interface. The buy button may contain a price, like $0.99, or it may say FREE. Either way, you will be asked to submit your Apple ID or Password. You will need a valid credit or debit card connected to your account to make purchases.

Downloading an app using Touch ID

If you have a Touch ID enabled device and you have iTunes Purchases enabled for Touch ID, you will receive a pop-up asking you to verify your fingerprint. You can verify your fingerprint or choose to tap the Enter Password button to enter the Apple ID password manually. You may also tap cancel to cancel the purchase.

If you’ve recently made a purchase via the App Store, there is a small grace period for purchasing additional apps without needing to re-verify your Apple ID credentials. If you’ve already purchased an app, and wish to re-download, you won’t be asked for your Apple ID credentials at all, regardless of whether or not you fall within a purchase grace period.


Once you purchase an app and begin the download process, you’ll see a cylindrical progress meter appear next to the app. The app in question will also appear on your iOS device’s Home screen, and you’ll see a cylindrical progress meter appear on top of the app icon until the download and install process is completed.

You can cancel a download by tapping on the progress meter to stop the download. You can cancel a download and delete the app by going to the Home screen, placing the device into wiggle mode by tapping and holding on an app icon, and tapping the ‘x’ button that resides in the upper left-hand corner of the app icon in question.

Canceling and restarting a download

A download can be paused via the app icon on the Home screen. Tap the progress meter that resides on the app icon once to pause, and again to un-pause. Pausing can only be performed during the download process. Once an app gets to the install process, it cannot be paused.

Pausing and resuming a download

Deleting apps

Apps can be deleted by going to the Home screen and tapping and holding on any app icon to place the device into wiggle mode. Once in wiggle mode, tap the ‘x’ button in the upper left-hand corner of the app that you wish to delete.

Deleting apps is super-easy

How to update apps

In iOS 7, updating apps can be done one of two ways. You can update apps manually by visiting the Update tab at the bottom of the App Store interface, or you can enable automatic updates in the iTunes & App Store preferences in the stock Settings app. Updating an app does not require you to verify your Apple ID credentials.

Updating an app—notice the Update All button in the upper right-hand corner

Re-downloading apps

Like updating an app, re-downloading an app does not prompt you for your Apple ID credentials. Purchased apps can be re-downloaded as many time as you desire on any device (up to five devices) associated with your Apple ID.

The cloud icon indicates that an app can be re-downloaded free of charge

Instead of a buy button, you’ll be presented with an iCloud download button, which is indicative that the app is already purchased and lives in the cloud awaiting your download.

App Categories

There are two-dozen app categories available on the App Store, and even more when you consider that some of the categories, like games, are broken up into sub-categories.

There are tons of different App Categories

Here is a list of all of the categories available. Categories in bold have sub-categories.







Food & Drink


Health & Fitness








Photo & Video



Social Networking





The Games, Kids, and Newsstand categories contain sub-categories, which break each section down into an even more granular level. Here are the sub-categories for those three sections:














Role Playing







Kids 5 & Under

Kids 6-8

Kids 9-11

Newsstand (these items are downloaded to the Newsstand app folder)

Arts & Photography


Brides & Weddings

Business & Investing

Children’s Magazines

Computers & Internet

Cooking, Food & Drink

Crafts & Hobbies

Electronics & Audio


Fashion & Style

Health, Mind & Body


Home & Garden

Literary Magazines & Journals

Men’s Interest

Movies & Music

News & Politics

Outdoors & Nature

Parenting & Family


Professional & Trade


Sports & Leisure


Travel & Regional

Women’s Interest

App categories come into play on both the Featured and Top Charts tabs at the bottom of the App Store interface. We will talk more about the tabs in a later section of this guide.

App Collections

Apple places highly curated groups of related apps into collections, and makes them available within the main Featured tab of the App Store, and within individual App Categories.

App Collections are great ways to find new apps

New collections are frequently added and are placed in prominent positions within the App Store. Here is a list of some of the collections now available on the App Store’s Featured tab:


Only on the App Store

Editor’s Choice


New to the App Store?

Get in Shape

As you can see, App Collections can vary and have a wide spectrum. App Collections are even more diversified when you begin digging into different App Categories.

Each Thursday, Apple updates the App Store and frequently includes new App Collections or updates existing App Collections with new titles.

Sharing & Wish List

Each app detail page contains two buttons in the upper right-hand corner of the screen—Sharing & Wish List. The Sharing button allows you to Tweet about an app, post to Facebook about an app, and Mail or Text info about an app. You can also copy the link to a particular app, or share app information via AirDrop.

Adding and removing a Wish List item

Your Wish List can be accessed from anywhere within the App Store app by utilizing the Wish List button in the very upper right-hand corner of the interface. Tapping the Wish List button will display all of the items currently in your list, and you can purchase any of those items directly from that page. You can also use the Edit button in the upper left-hand corner of the Wish List page to delete entries from your Wish List.

Once you are finished viewing the Wish List page, tap the Done button in the upper right-hand corner to go back to the main App Store interface.

The second option available when tapping the Sharing button for a paid app, is the Gift button. The Gift button allows you to gift an app to an email address of your choosing. You can use an email addresses from your Contacts or type a new email address from scratch.

Sending an individual app as a gift

The Send Gift page allows you to attach a small note to the recipient. It also allows you to choose a specific day for sending the gift. Once you have your recipient filled out, tap the next button to select the type of gift card you want to send. There are several styles available for you to choose from, styles appropriate for the type of gift that you wish it to be.

Once you have selected the gift card style, you’ll be asked to confirm the details of your gift. Tap the Buy button in the upper right-hand corner of the Review page, and the purchase will complete.

Redeeming gift cards

At the bottom of the Featured tab, you’ll see a button that says Redeem. Tap the Redeem button and you will be asked to confirm your Apple ID password. Once you confirm your password, you can begin the gift card redemption process.

You can redeem a gift card using the camera or by typing the code in manually

There are actually two ways to redeem a gift card in iOS. You can use the camera to take a picture of your gift card’s code, or you can enter the code manually.

Sending gift cards

To send a gift card, tap the Send Gift button located to the right of the Redeem button at the bottom of the Featured tab. The Send Gift interface is very similar to the interface you see when you want to gift an individual app. You’ll need to provide an email address to send the gift to, and if you wish, you can add a message that’s up to 200 characters in length.

Creating a new gift card to send to someone

You’ll need to select the denomination of your gift card. There are three canned values—$15, $25 and $100—but you can enter a value manually by using the Other button as long as its value is between $15 and $100.

Again, like the individual app gift giving process, you’ll need to select a send date and a gift card style. Confirm your gift before tapping the Buy button in the upper right-hand corner of the Review page.


There are five tabs located at the bottom of the App Store interface, and each tab has a special use case. Check the sections below to glean details on each tab.


The Featured tab is perhaps the most popular tab of the App Store interface. For starters, it’s the tab that you land on when launching the App Store for the first time. It’s also the tab that receives the most prominent changes every Thursday when Apple updates the App Store.

At the top of the Featured tab, you’ll find an eye-catching scrolling featured box that contains links to popular apps and App Collections. At the very bottom of the Featured tab, you’ll see three buttons: Redeem, Send Gift, and Apple ID. We’ve discussed the Redeem and Send Gift Buttons above, but we’ve yet to discuss the Apple ID button.

The Featured tab is the go-to tab in the App Store app

The Apple ID Button will display your current Apple ID (if logged in) and allow you to View your Apple ID, Sign Out, or use iForgot to find your password or ID. If you’re not signed in, the Apple ID button will show “Sign In” instead. When you tap Sign In, you can choose to use an existing Apple ID, or create a new Apple ID.

One last thing. In the upper left-hand corner of the Featured tab lies the Categories button. As mentioned earlier, here is where you can drill down to featured apps found in specific App Categories.

Top Charts

The Top Charts tab can also be broken down into specific App Categories by utilizing the Categories button in the upper left-hand corner.

Paid, Free, and Top Grossing sections in the Top Charts tab

Near Me

If you have location services enabled for the App Store app, then you can use the Near Me tab, which is a new edition to iOS 7. The Near Me tab allows you to see a few of the apps that are popular in your current geographic location.

Location Services for the App Store must be enabled to use Near Me


One of the best ways to go about discovering new apps is to use Search. While searching doesn’t always turn up the best or most appropriate result, it’s pretty good at finding what’s popular. Search uses predictive text to help you complete searches in a timely fashion.

Searching the App Store

Tapping on a search term or performing a search will bring back a grid of search results, starting with what iOS thinks is the most appropriate result. You can view the total number of results from your search on the right-hand side of the search bar.

Search results will display the name of the app, the app icon, the buy button, its rating, and a screenshot from the app. You can tap on the screenshot or on the app icon to load the app’s detail view.


Available updates and recent updates are displayed in the Updates tab. Available updates are updates for apps that have yet to be downloaded, and they feature a button to update the app. Recent app updates display a date when the update took place along with a button to open the app.

All apps appearing under the Update tab contain a What’s New link for showcasing all of the new features added to the latest update. You’ll also find a version number and the size of the update.

The iPhone Updates tab

In the upper right-hand corner of the Update tab lies an Update All button. Tapping this button will cause all available updates to process.

If you’re on an iPhone, you will notice a Purchase button at the top of the Update tab. This Purchased button, which is broken out into its own tab on the iPad version of the App Store, allows you to view all of your previous purchases going back to your very first purchase.

The iPad version of the App Store features dedicate Purchased and Updates tabs

The Purchased interface features two tabs for filtering the information displayed. The first tab shows all purchased apps, and the Not on This device tab shows all purchased apps that haven’t been installed on the device.

You can search through your purchased apps in order to assist with locating a specific app that you downloaded in the past. All purchased apps can be re-downloaded free of charge.

Settings Apple ID

The Apple ID section allows you to Sign In and Sign Out of an Apple ID. It’s the same interface used for the Apple ID button at the bottom of the Featured tab in the App Store. If you need to login with a particular Apple ID, you can use this link, or the link at the bottom of the App Store app itself.

Apple ID settings

If you make a new app purchase on another device, and that app can be used on your current device, then your current device has the ability to automatically download the app in question.

Automatic app download and automatic update toggles


A handy new feature for iOS 7, Automatic Updates makes keeping your apps updated a painless affair. iOS will periodically check to see if updates are available and download them automatically. This is a great option for users who forget to check the App Store.

Use Cellular Data Conclusion

The App Store has been a breakaway success for Apple over the past few years. It is the model that all competitors strive to match. App discovery is assisted by means of well-curated App Collections, and the ability to easily re-download previously purchased apps is a wonderful feature.

The App Store has flourished, but this is no time for Apple to rest on its laurels. Here’s hoping that Apple continues to build on its success and furnish an even better App Store experience in its next version of iOS.

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