App Watch: Transport Tycoon for iOS lands, Netflix adds iOS 7 AirPlay and Twitterriffic gains 64-bit support

It’s Thursday, which means one thing in iOS lands: Tons of new apps and updates went live over night. Three of the most prominent updates worth mentioning involve one of my favorite 90s PC games, my daily Twitter client and Netflix.

1. Transport Tycoon lands on the App Store

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Back in the 90s, strategy games were a massively popular genre. Games like Lemonade Tycoon, The Sims, Age of Empires and others were what everyone was playing. One of my own personal favorites – I didn’t actually discover until 2002 – was Transport Tycoon. Your role was to build up your city’s wealth by developing transport routes between various places. You’d grow your economy be delivering oil, timber and water as well as developing bus routes for residents. It is a fantastically addictive game, and has made its way to iOS.

Transport Tycoon contains everything that made the original PC game an all-time classic, plus a whole host of brilliant new features – bigger, richer worlds, deeper simulation and a huge variety of land, sea and air vehicles. The intuitive new touch screen interface makes it easier than ever to build and maintain your transport network.

Whether you’re planning and constructing ambitious engineering projects, or simply exploring the intricately simulated workings of the game’s world, Transport Tycoon is your ticket to many hours of absorbing and rewarding entertainment.

Quite refreshingly, the app is not a Freemium title. Which – given the type of game – is a bold choice by the developers. It would be easy to add in-app purchasing for adding more virtual currency to your town’s budget. If you want to download it, it’ll cost you a one-off fee of $6.99/£4.99. It’s a universal download and works on any iPhone, iPod touch or iPad running iOS 5.1 or later. App Store Link.

2. Netflix 5.0 adds HD streaming and AirPlay support in iOS 7

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Netflix has grown massively since it made its way to the App Store. In fact, in my house, it’s one of the most used apps on any iOS device. We predominantly use it on the Apple TV, but having it available on the iPad and iPhones certainly makes it easier for my kids to keep up with their favorite TV series’. The latest version for iOS has included some much desired features:

What’s New in Version 5.0

* Netflix HD for iOS 7 
* AirPlay streaming for iOS 7 (requires disabling AirPlay mirroring)
* Playback optimizations
* Stability improvements

Netflix 5.0 is compatible with any iPhone or iPad running iOS 6.0 or later and is a free download. App Store Link.

3. Twitterrific gains 64-bit coding

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Ever since installing the iOS 7-optimized version of Twitterrific I’ve felt like it’s been incredibly laggy and inconsistent. Especially on the iPad. Thankfully, version 5.5.1 has been pushed to the App Store and features a number of performance improvements as well as a couple of user interface tweaks. Perhaps more importantly – to iPhone 5s users – it’s now been re-coded to make use of Apple’s 64-bit A7 chip inside the iPhone 5s, which should make it even faster.

What’s New in Version 5.5.1

NEW FEATURES

• Support for devices with Apple’s 64-bit processor

IMPROVEMENTS

• Various performance improvements throughout the application
• Improved responsiveness of sidebar screen edge gesture
• Switching between themes has a smooth fading effect
• Pull actions on tweets now have themed backgrounds
• Various tweaks to theme colors

Version 5.5.1 is available to download now. If you’ve not used it before, it’s quite possibly the best looking as most useful Twitter client available. You should at least consider it. It costs $2.99/£1.99 on the App Store. It’s a universal download and requires iOS 7.0 to run. For those with it already, check the App Store for updates. App Store Link.

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