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10 Most Creative iPhone Apps of 2008 [iPhone]

2008Since the launch of AppStore earlier this year we have seen an incredible amount of apps released for the iPhone. Keeping an eye on all these apps is proving increasingly difficult with about 150 updates/releases/price changes ever day. Appstore now counts around 10,000 apps which is phenomenal for a store only few months old. Besides the ever so popular fart/pull my finger applications and a trillion task management, christmas themed and split the bill apps, we bring you CAN’s choice for the 10 Most Creative iPhone Apps of 2008 (listed by date of release). 

 

 

The following have been selected using the following criteria:

1. Does the app challenge the way we interact with content, offer something totally new?
2. Does the app use iPhone’s interface and controls in a innovative and creative way? 
3. Does the app show great potential for future development and can inspire others? 
4. Is it unique? 

10 Most Creative iPhone Apps of 2008

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BeatMaker ($19.99)
The mobile music creation studio for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Inspired by professional drum machines, samplers and sequencers, BeatMaker combines them into one inspirational instrument. Loaded with amazing number of features, it could be said, Beatmaker is the most feature rich app for the iPhone. It is clear that the development team behind the app had a great vision for the app and they succeeded. Beatmaker remains as one of the most popular iPhone applications ever since it’s release in August. Gorgeous interface, controls and extreme set of features make it one of the most innovative apps for the iPhone platform. A truly full featured app for the iPhone, and a prime example of iPhone development possibilities.
Read Review (arstechnica)
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Released: Aug 27, 2008
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Bloom ($3.99)
Bloom explores uncharted territory in the realm of applications for the iPhone and iPod touch. Part instrument, part composition and part artwork, Bloom’s controls allow anyone to create elaborate patterns and unique melodies by simply tapping the screen. Although we have some reservation about this app, it has generally received good feedback and has been very popular in the AppStore.
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Released: Oct 07, 2008
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Pulsar: Interactive Particle System ($0.99)
Pulsar is a particle generation application allowing you to create some truly wonderful animated compositions. From simple cubes to complex geometry there is something for everyone. We look forward to future updates.
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Released: Oct 18, 2008
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Brightkite (Free)
Brightkite makes it easy to meet people based on the places you go. In real-time, you can browse profiles of people around you, see what your friends are up to, post photos and notes to places. Brightkite, still in beta, is one of the most promising location based social networks. Recent release of the iPhone app together with Brightkite webapp offers a complete location based service with fantastic integration with Facebook, Flickr and Twitter. 2009 is the year when web becomes location aware and Brightkite is leading the way.
Read Review (arstechnica)
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Released: Oct 20, 2008
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For All Seasons (Free)
Created by Nanika, it is their port of Andreas Müller aka Hahakid’s piece For All Seasons released back in 2005 for the Mac and PC. Mostly done as an attempt to explore iPhone’s platform, it’s a wonderful example of iPhone’s development possibilities, beyond the predictable but a world of it’s own. Think of it as a work of art by itself and we hope to see more apps like this in the appstore in 2009.
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Released: Oct 30, 2008
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AirPaint ($0.99)
AirPaint allows you to paint in air with your iPhone. It uses the built-in accelerometer to estimate how you move the iPhone when painting a stroke in air and the stroke is then displayed on screen. App is still in it’s early days but does show great promise. Read more about in our review, link below.
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Released: Oct 30, 2008
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Camera Art ($2.99)
“Camera Toss” is a term used when you throw your camera into the air using long exposure to generate imagery, a form of Kinetic Photography if you like. Simple in it’s concept, the images generated can at times be quite incredible. If we can hope for better camera in the new versions of the iPhone with additional support for exposure, focus and ISO in the SDK, Camera Art could develop in to a true art photography tool, just have a look at what can be achieved with other cameras by visiting this group on flickr. 
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Released: Dec 02, 2008
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TiltShift ($1.99)
TiltShift is an application for the iPhone that lets you turn photo scenes into a miniature world by simulating a tilt-shift lens that tricks your mind into viewing a photo as a miniature scene like a model. More than just an effect, the app lets you improve depth of your photos by simply and quickly faking depth of field. Great use of touch capabilities of the iPhone to make the process of selecting the area you want in focus very intuitive. 
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Released: Dec 16, 2008 
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Rotorumpus ($0.99)
Rotorumpus is a 3D puzzler where you navigate a three dimensional environment to join a “package” with “dispenser port” box. You can only move objects in straight lines, ie horizontally and vertically, repositioning your package box to finally reach the dispenser. An innovative introduction into 3D environments on the iPhone, Rotorumpus makes great use of the 3D to create a truly immersive puzzle environment.
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Released: Dec 17, 2008
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Rolando ($9.99)
Probably the most awaited game for the iPhone since it’s announcement back in June. Now that the wait is over, the reviews have been fantastic. What differentiates Rolando from other games on the iPhone is that the app is extremely polished and utilises innovative tilt, tap and Multi-Touch controls well beyond the gimmick but a true addition to the platformer style games. It could easily be said that no platformer will ever feel the same knowing how Rolando has changed the way we can interact with games.
Read Review (148Apps)
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Released: Dec 18, 2008
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These are not necessarily all popular apps but those that may offer an insight into future creative development we could see in the AppStore in 2009. iPhone has created a whole new development platform at an incredible speed. With future updates to the iPhone, new touch gestures and improved camera support (video included) we hope that 2009 will bring more creative opportunities for developers, artists and us, the users.

Posted on: 30/12/2008

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