2012 – Apocalypse (Free) by MAQ Software is an iPad only informative app for those who believe that the world will end on December 21, 2012. It is also informative for those who think this is a bunch of hogwash, but want to know what the hype is all about.
This app must have been released as a response to the May 21, 2011 Judgment Day debacle. Harold Camping stole the end of the world spotlight from the Mayans for long enough. Now that his prediction has proven false, the Twenty-Twelvers (I think just made that name up, let’s see if it catches on) can get back on their soap boxes.
As an informational app, there is plenty to read. Under the Predictions tab, you can read up on predictions that come from interpretations of bible verses, New Age gurus and Nostradamus. You can learn about where some of the ideas originated, whether you are a believer or not. Under the Scientific Facts Tab, you can read about planetary anomalies that are being used to support the Twenty-Twelvers’ stance. There is no proper referencing in this section. “Facts” are just dropped in without any citation. With a bit of research, I’m sure a reader could dig up the details.
In addition to the informative aspect of 2012 Apocalypse, there is a news and video section for your entertainment. I say entertainment because it appears that these sections just use a keyword search to compile the lists. The news section ranges from satirical articles from The Washington Post to fanatical diatribes from nut jobs with a blog site. The videos are even funnier. There are music videos, personal statements, training videos, and more. They only seem to be loosely connected by a tag that may or may not read, “apocalypse.”
Unless you really are interested in the theory of the Mayan calendar predicting that the end of the world will take place on December 21, 2012 you don’t want this app. Even if you are a Twenty-Twelver, you probably already have this information sitting on your coffee table, or you could at least find more comprehensive information about it on the Internet.