Today's iPhone apps include Pangea Software's Enigmo 2, Occipital RedLaser, Snapture, and Texas Instrument's BA II Plus Financial Calculator. Enigmo 2 enhances the original, award-winning puzzle game with 3D graphics, new gameplay elements and levels, and increased performance. RedLaser turns any iPhone with a camera into a handheld barcode scanner; the newest version offers faster and more accurate scanning and improved price-comparison research. Snapture, the feature-rich (and previously jailbroken-phones-only!) photography app, is now available for a lower price, but only for a limited time, so you can't dawdle. And speaking of discounts, TI puts all the power of their US$35.00 fincancial calculator into your iPhone for less than half the price.
by Pangea Software
We loved version 1 of Enigmo (Apple's "Best iPhone Game of 2008!"), so it's no surprise we're gaga over version 2. While still compatible with older iPhones/iPod Touches, the newest Enigmo takes full advantage of the 3GS' greater horsepower. New gameplay elements like lasers, plasma, gravetoids, teleporters, and gravity inverters — all rendered in vivid 3D — make this puzzle game a visual and intellectual treat.
It's not enough that Occipital's technology is becoming the industry standard for iPhone-based UPC code scanning apps (see our review of Foodscanner, elsewhere in this fine bloggeroo), but RedLaser's own harnessing of said scanning is a comparison-shopper's wet dream. Take a photo of a bar code (with any-generation iPhone, regardless of autofocus), and RedLaser not only parses the code, but grinds it through Google Product Search and (with this latest release) Amazon to find the lowest possible price. Those in charge of inventory departments can even send bar codes as email attachments. At two bucks American, you'd be a fool not to grab a copy for yourself.
by Snapture Labs LLC
Formerly an outlaw app for the Jailbreak Crowd, Snapture was recently rewarded with the "Good iPhone Seal of Approval" by the House of Jobs. To celebrate, Snapture Labs is offering its now-legit offspring at a whopping 75% off its expected US$7.99 MSRP. For that price, you get three-frame multishot capability, instant thumbnail preview of the picture you just shot, automatic auto-focus, and a whole lot more. As they brag, "500,000 customers can't be wrong."
BA II Plus Financial Calculator
by Texas Instruments Inc.
The priciest app here is still on a par with similar iDevice financial calculators; in fact, TI clearly has Hewlett-Packard's HP12C in their sights when they trumpet the BA II's standalone second function button. It's aimed at business professionals and college students alike, with a ton of both financial and scientific functionality. Whether your job — or major — involves accounting, mathematics, science, or even real estate, the BA II Plus may be your iPhone's most useful tool.