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Waiting for iOS 7? These iOS 6 apps aren’t, as developers eye unique opportunity

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The debut of iOS 7 (s aapl) will likely bring with it a lot of changes to your favorite apps. Not only are the standard apps from Apple being updated, but also apps from your favorite third-party developers. With average app prices dropping, many developers are looking for ways to recoup the time they will need to spend on updating their apps for iOS 7.

Since Apple does not currently offer a way to charge for app updates, one technique for companies that hope to recover their development costs is to pull the existing app from the store and create a new app entry. This will create a unique opportunity for a brand new mix of app developers to step in with some interesting alternatives. App store customers will either choose to stay with their previous app choices, or look for a new app experience.

These new developers have a chance to get out in front of established teams that are scrambling by adopting the new look and feel of iOS 7 in the app store ahead of the iOS 7 launch. Here are some already in the App Store:

Examples of Flat Apps

Flipboard (Free, Universal) helps you create a personal magazine on your smart device based on topics and information streams that you control and set up. It is even a contender in the race to be a Google Reader replacement app. Introduced on July 21st, 2010

SpellTower ($1.99, Universal) is a word game where you drag your finger across a screen full of random letters attempting to string together words. The goal is to make as many words as possible, removing all of the letters from the screen. Introduced on November 17th, 2011

Clear ($1.99, iPhone) is a task management app that allows you to create lists of tasks that you need to remember. There is a Mac app as well which will allow you to use iCloud to sync all of your tasks across all of your devices. Introduced on February 14th, 2012

Examples of Flat Apps

Pix (Free, Universal) is a photo editing app that has many different filters, film layers and frames to choose from. There is even a random function that will modify your photo with one of the featured effect. Introduced on March 16th, 2012

Fitocracy (Free, iPhone) is a fitness app that helps make working out fun. Turning your workouts into a sort of PRG game, you can compete with others or find their workout achievements as inspirations for your own workouts. Introduced on March 29th, 2012

Figure ($0.99, Universal) is a sound app that helps you establish a beat. You have drums, bass and lead synthesizers at your disposal as you use an intuitive user interface to mix them all together and share your mixes on SoundCloud. Introduced on April 4th, 2012

Examples of Flat Apps

Weathercube ($0.99, Universal) is a gesture based weather app that has a unique way of organizing todays forecast. Similar to a Rubik’s Cube, you swipe up, down, left and right to move informational squares to reveal different aspects of the weather. Introduced on September 6th, 2012

Letterpress (Free, Universal) is a word game where you look for letter patterns to form words. You play against your friends online, each taking a turn to claim the letter on the board by defining new words you find. Introduced on October 24th, 2012

Sunrise Calendar (Free, iPhone) is a calendar app that hooks up with your google calendar and Facebook events to help organize your day. It even manages location-based event and uses Google maps to help you get directions to where you need to be. Introduced on February 18th, 2013

Examples of Flat Apps

good?weather (Free, iPhone) is a weather app that allows you to quickly switch between different cities. The information is displayed in a simple easy-to-read format and there are thirty different mini games to play in the app. Introduced on February 26th, 2013

VSCO Cam (Free, iPhone) is a camera app where you can organize and edit your photos, comparing a before and after image of each photo you take. It even allows you to easily see the location information from where the photo was taken. Introduced on June 6th, 2013

Beatronome ($0.99, Universal) is a music app where you take control of a traditional metronome. You can easily see the beats per minute, change the sound of the beat, and add some interesting effects to the repetitive tick-tock of a metronomes. Introduced on July 18th, 2012

5 Responses to “Waiting for iOS 7? These iOS 6 apps aren’t, as developers eye unique opportunity”

  1. Jon Plummer

    Clear, Fitocracy, Filter, and Letterpress (perhaps others) looked like that BEFORE the iOS7 announcement. They have their own distinct flattish looks more than they have an iOS7-influenced look.

    If there’s a story here about developers launching iOS7-influenced work prior to iOS7’s launch, these apps are not examples of that story.