by Joe White
November 1, 2013
The popular apps for stargazers, Star Walk and its companion iPad application, have received an update for iOS 7. Now, both applications offer an updated interface for the seventh iteration of Apple's mobile OS, along with a handful of further changes. As a reminder, Star Walk and Star Walk HD use augmented reality (AR) to provide users with a comprehensive, easy-to-understand diagram of the night sky. Users may simply point their iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch upwards, and Star Walk will offer a visual representation of the stars and constellations in that particular section of the sky. It's a clever application, and one that has received useful and, at times, fun updates over the course of its several years in the App Store. The next time you go for a night walk, load Star Walk up on your handset or tablet, and you won't be disappointed. Now, however, both Star Walk and Star Walk HD have received a minor makeover for iOS 7. As you can see in the above image, the changes aren't major; a few minor alterations to the apps' user interface means both fit in with the new mobile OS much better than before, and we're pleased that optimization has been added. But that's not all. As outlined in the apps' release notes, a number of further changes have also been made to both Star Walk and Star Walk HD, including:
Star Walk and Star Walk HD can be downloaded in the App Store for $2.99 each (unfortunately there's no universal app). Check out the updated applications now, or for more of our recent news, see: What Does The Apple iPad Air Teardown Reveal?, Anomaly 2 Is A Console Quality Tower Defense Game For Your iPhone, and How To Spend A $25 iTunes Gift Card For Nov. 1, 2013.
- Impressive blur effect for all translucent elements and windows.
- New more readable fonts.
- Flat and simple icons to simplify UI.
- The color of UI elements was slightly changed to make it more comfortable and easy to read.
- Comet ISON tracking.