March 31, 2012
Living Earth HD just got more HD with the release of its latest update, which upgrades its image assets for the new iPad's Retina display. Living Earth HD is one of those iOS apps for which a Retina iPad update is actually necessary. The app works almost entirely on a visual level, with the occasional tactile inputs needed to take advantage of all its functions. The center of attention in the app is the glorious 3D simulation of our very own home planet. The globe displays real-time daytime or nighttime shading as well as cloud data updated every three hours. You can then freely rotate the app and explore every visible point on the globe. And in the new version of Living Earth HD, this magnificent blue sphere looks more gorgeous than ever. The update also benefits users of the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4S in that it enhances the details on the live clouds and on the globe itself. It also makes the app's power consumption proportional to the current activity, so that it uses much less power when the Earth is idle compared to when it is in rotation. Furthermore, the app's dimmed display mode now adjusts the backlight brightness of your device. A couple of fixes concerning a crash issue that occurs upon pressing the location button and a landscape startup issue on the iPad 2 are also included in the latest update for Living Earth HD. A world clock and a weather app in one, Living Earth HD is available in the App Store for $0.99.