The iPhone 5C shifted Apple’s smartphone line away from glass and aluminium, towards a design the company optimistically described as “beautifully, unapologetically plastic”.
Whatever your thoughts about plastic fantastic, the advent of the iPhone 5C means that alongside white, gold and black (sorry, space grey) Apple smartphones, you can now grab green, blue, yellow and pink ones.
But iOS 7 has mutated Apple’s mobile OS from rich, textured and colourful to minimal and stark, with flat blocks of colour. If you’re hankering for something more visually vibrant to match your new iPhone 5C, check out these apps and games…
1. Clear ($5.98)
Clear is a to-do list that’s all about beauty, elegance and efficiency. Minimal in an entirely different way to iOS 7, Clear embraces colour. The urgency of list items is denoted by their order and hue – red at the top, fading to orange/yellow further down. Intuitive gestural controls ensure the app feels as good as it looks.
2. 30/30 ($Free)
Task managers and timers can be complex, and you can spend as much time setting things up as working. 30/30 is different, making it fast to create and trigger timers (that can also loop, Pomodoro fans). Colours for each item can be chosen from a selection of ten.
3. Photo Editor by Aviary ($Free)
We like Photo Editor by Aviary for two reasons. First, it’s already updated for iOS 7, and the sleek interface looks fantastic. Secondly, it embraces colour, with the app’s background being drawn from what you’re editing. It beats stark white or black and makes the process of editing more immersive.
4. PUK ($2.58)
PUK’s razor-sharp graphics perfectly complement its knife-edge gameplay. It’s a minimal but breakneck Angry Birds, where you catapult discs to hit targets, with barely a moment’s notice of each new arrangement, always wary of the strict, deadly timer.
5. Super Hexagon ($3.98)
Minimal avoid ’em up Super Hexagon started a trend of brutally hard games on iOS, lacing them with absurdly addictive gameplay. All you have to do is move left and right to avoid the walls. You’ll die — within seconds — again and again, but you won’t give up, as the colours swirl and hypnotise.
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6. Haze ($3.98)
Haze is a weather app with a difference. Instead of countless facts and figures, you get an animated, colourful screen that displays sun hours, temperature or rainfall for the day. Multiple themes are available to adjust the colours, and tap/pull gestures can be used to display additional information.
7. Rise Alarm Clock ($2.58)
Rise is a minimal alarm, where you drag the timer down the screen to set it. As you do so, the hour updates and the background references the time of day, slowly changing from a deep midnight blue to a cyan-and-yellow midday, moving through pinks and oranges as it does so.
8. Blur ($1.28)
This app only does one thing, but it does it well: blur a picture. You can use the camera or choose from your library, and you then drag the slider to define the blur level. The resulting images make for gorgeous, colourful iOS 7 backgrounds on an iPhone 5C.
9. They Need To Be Fed 2 ($2.58)
We’re unsure whether They Need To Be Fed 2 involves an endless supply of amazingly selfless little characters or one hardy masochist, but the aim is to bound to the end of each level and feed yourself to a giant, hungry plant. Each level comprises a number of bouncy mini planets atop simple, colourful backgrounds. Beware the sadistic Epic mode.
10. Figure ($1.28)
Propellerhead Software’s Figure compresses all of the company’s dance-music smarts into a handful of colourful, vibrant screens. You can set up drum, bass and lead loops in seconds, mixing sounds on-the-fly. Audio masterpieces can be exported via iTunes, copied to AudioCopy or sent to SoundCloud.
[iPhone 5C renders via Pixeden]