Nike+, Chrome, Pocket receive makeovers for Apple's just-released iOS 7The wave of iOS 7 redesigns continued apace Wednesday afternoon, as Pocket, Nike+, and Google's Chrome browser were all updated with tweaked interfaces in line with Apple's fresh new mobile operating system.
Version 4.6 of popular web-clipping solution Pocket brings both a new design and new features. On the design end, Pocket has seen changes to every screen in the app, as well as a new icon to complement the new, flat look of iOS 7. Pocket also now has a new layout and typography for reading articles, with auto-fullscreen when a reader starts scrolling in Article View. That layout also adjusts automatically when adjusting text size, and it justifies text with real hyphenation to give a better reading view.
The update also includes instant background sync, allowing it to stay refreshed on a user's saved items even when the app is closed. Additionally, version 4.6 has a number of improvements to make the app feel speedier and more fluid.
Version4.6 of Pocket is available as a free download in the App Store. The 16.3MB download requires a device running iOS 6.0 or later.
Chrome gets a new look, more Google integration
Google has updated Chrome for iOS to version 30.0.1599.12 along with the launch of iOS 7, giving the app and its icon a look to match the new flat norm on Apple's platform. The update also brings improvements to the way Chrome behaves in Fullscreen mode on the iPad, but this improvement is limited to devices running iOS 7 only.
In addition to the new look, Google has tweaked the Settings user interface in its browser, and it has further tied Chrome in to Google's own micro-ecosystem on iOS. Now, Maps and email links will launch in Google Maps and Gmail apps if they are installed on a device. Users will have the option to change those settings should they choose to do so.
The new version of Chrome is a free, 24.7MB download in the App Store. It requires an iPhone, iPad, or iPod running iOS 6.0 or later.
Nike+ gets refined to work with iOS 7
Nike has issued an update for its Nike+ Running app. The update brings Nike+ Running to version 4.3.1 and Nike describes it as having been "refined to work with Apple's new iOS 7 operating system.
Nike has also improved the locking mechanism of the app. Users can now hold down the lock button on the bottom of the screen in order to quickly lock and unlock a phone while running.
The new version of Nike+ Running is a 49.2MB download in the App Store. The free download requires a device running iOS 6.1 or later.