Christmas is upon us, and the festivities are now underway. If you’re going to have your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad or iPad mini with you (and why wouldn’t you), why not make merry with it instead of just sending texts and checking Facebook? As with years past, we’ll round up all of the holiday apps for sharing photos, tracking gift purchases, sending cards and just enjoying the season. Many are free, and all are festive, so head in now to see what you can find under the app tree.
- New – komorka technology has published Version 1.1 of Tannenbaum – Illustrated Caroling Companion, to the App Store. Tannenbaum is an illustrated Christmas caroling app. It combines fourteen popular carols with vintage holiday illustrations. If you’ve ever forgotten the fourth verse of ‘Deck the Halls’, then this is the app for you. Take it caroling with friends and family, or read it front-to-back for a dose of holiday cheer.
- New – Thomas Waterfall is delighted to announce the release of the innovative new lifestyle application, Giftwrapp. Giftwrapp is free of charge to users who wish to unwrap a digital gift they have received via the application, while those wishing to send a gift via ‘Giftwrapp’ can do so through a simple in-app purchase.
- Xmas Camera is a themed mobile camera app. User can choose photo from photo library, or take new one within the app and than add Christmas and winter themed graphic elements. User can choose frame for the card and share it with friends by twitter/facebook or mail. The app is free but you can buy more Christmas decorations using in app purchase.
- Vito Technology has announced Star Walk – 5 Stars Astronomy Guide 6.1 for iOS, a major update to its popular augmented reality app for spotting over 200,000 stars, planets, constellations, satellites and galaxies in the night sky. Easily rewind or fast-forward time to see how celestial bodies move. Version 6.1 has been released for the holiday season and includes new amazing visual effects, optimization for iPad mini, new objects and a holiday special Santa tracking feature.
- Would you like to sing all your favorite Christmas songs whenever you want? Would it be nice to have the lyrics right in front of you, and the music playing to back you up? Well, with Christmas Karaoke you can sing some of the most loved and well known Christmas songs Karaoke style—all in the comfort of your own home.
- Karmatech Mediaworks has introduced Christmas PicFx 1.0, its new holiday-themed greeting app developed for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. With over 35 spectacular photo effects, Christmas PicFx is packed with holiday themed frames, beautiful picture effects, stickers, labels and symbols which make creating and sharing festive greeting sheer joy. Featuring an easy-to-use interface and numerous design possibilities, anyone can create beautiful picture messages.
- ilical apps has introduced Text Santa 1.0.1, a great way of letting Santa know what is on your list this Christmas. Easy to use, this iOS App simply allows anyone to send a wish list/personal message to then send over to Santa in time for Christmas. Santa will then reply with a message to you either via a text message to your mobile/cell phone, or by an email to your personal email address. The app also includes a countdown to Christmas, so you’ll always know how long till Santa arrives.
- Are you on Santa’s nice list this year or do you need to pull your socks up? Shh…don’t tell Santa, but with Rudolph Knows, Rudolph is able to secretly check. All he needs is your name and fingerprint. A quick press of Rudolph’s nose gets you the answer and some wise words on how to behave between now and the 25th. Ignore his advice at your peril.
- Hompimplay’s iPhone, iPod touch Christmas songs app, Jolly Jingle, is a fresh, exciting and educational new game for children to get them into the Christmas spirit. It helps parents teach their children timeless Christmas classics. As children gleefully sing along, they can click on magical icons that reveal hidden surprises and explore a winter wonderland of Christmas magic!
- Ellie Saffron has teamed up with Santa to help him create an easy and effective way for you and the children to contact the north pole. Contact Santa 1.0 allows you to contact the North Pole and hear Santa, Mrs Claus and Rudolph. There is also Santa’s personalized gold star reward chart that allows children to earn gold stars for good behavior, complete with cheers, and a function to send a drawing to the North Pole.
- This will be the 4th holiday season that Zen of Snow has been in the App Store. It seems to really touch people in a way that most apps don’t. People love it!
- Millions of photo lovers around the world can now express their festive holiday spirit by adding gorgeous Christmas corners to their favorite photos. No more dull holidays shots. Select from an array of beautifully themed holiday photo corners, and share a unique creation with family and friends. Corner My Photos – Christmas Edition is the only app which helps users create stunning holiday photos brought to life by adding art-house quality photo corners designed by creative artists.
- Hado Labs has introduced Snowflakes 1.0, an elegant new entertainment app developed for iPad. Independently engineered and artistically designed, Snowflakes generates more than 9,000 unique and beautifully realistic snowflakes, with intricate ice-like structural details. Easily create single snowflakes with three levels of detail or layer multiple snowflakes to build rich textural effects. Save your compositions to your iPad or share instantly via Facebook, Twitter or email.
- Tell Me Santa is a new Christmas app for iPhone, iPad, and Android. This app allow your little ones to record a video message asking for their presents to Santa Claus. When you first launch Tell Me Santa, it says that has to be configured by an adult. This step will require you to enter the name of the kid, his/her age, behaviour and beloved ones. All of this information will be used to create a personalized speech in Ask presents! menu. Next, you will have to take a photo of your living room to prepare the Surprise! content, which will be available on Christmas day. This application makes a magical feeling for your kids, surprisingly Santa knows everything about them!
- Turn into the coolest santa on Christmas! Make Me Santa decorates your camera or local photos with more than one hundred amazing Christmas effects! Christmas hats, santa beards, funny glasses and fantastic frames produce you the most colorful Christmas in memory.
- Cartoonatic Christmas is a fun, free photo/video app that lets users shoot animated stories with cartoon effects, soundtracks and customized speed. The Christmas edition brings holiday soundtracks, special button that turns on snowflakes during recording and some performance improvements. Plus it’s enhanced for iPhone 5 and latest iOS.
- JustKidsApps has released a lite version of its nostalgic Advent calendar for iPad with illustrations by Swiss illustrator Viviane Dommann. The lite version contains the first four windows of the full version, which can be obtained via In-App-Purchase. With Christmas short stories, poems, little games, recipes and ideas for handicraft behind each window, the Advent calendar has something in store for everyone in the family to count down the days until Christmas.
- BCNmultimedia has introduced Christmas Advent Calendar for Christian Kids and Schools by Children’s Bible 1.0, a free Advent Calendar app for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. People looking for a Christian Advent calendar will find a Bible faithful Advent calendar for children of all ages. Starting on the 1st of December, kids will be able to open the corresponding window every day until Christmas day, and will find an illustration and a quotation from the Bible.
Christmas Cards and Messages
- New – Hot Chili Apps GmbH has announced the release of Christmas Movie C@rds 1.0 for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices. The app allows anyone to design unique videos with personal Christmas greetings. Beautifully designed templates and creative options that can be easily implemented with typical iPhone features will provide the innovative framework. The moving greetings can be loaded up to facebook, directly from within the app.
- Miivies has announced a product line of 3D animation applications for mobile devices. The first application is Greetings3D, an iPad and iPhone app for creating personalized Santa Claus videos. The users can share their Christmas videos with their Facebook friends.
- Bright Newt Apps has introduced Christmas Pictures – Mustache Bash Holiday Edition 1.0, a brand new iPhone app. Christmas Pictures, which is the Holiday Edition of Mustache Bash, lets users turn any picture into a holiday greeting, complete with Santa hat, beard, glasses, and other festive designs, and share it to friends via Facebook, Twitter, or email. You can even have the picture printed as a postcard and mailed anywhere in the world.
- Vipos Apps published a new app for Christmas 2012. The app lets users create Christmas card messages and include cute Christmas emoji of Santa, reeindeer, snowman or cookies. The Christmas messages can be texted, emailed or shared to social networks. A second part of the app lets users download a huge number of Christmas ringtones from a collection of international Christmas songs for free. Users get to customize their messages by selecting fonts, font sizes and text colors.
- With this new Quick Invitations app for iPhone, iPad, iPad mini and iPod touch, from Appnology Ltd, it is easy to produce and send beautiful invitation designs in only a few minutes and at a fraction of the cost of shop bought invitation packs. With the ability to print invitations on your own printer or send invitations via e-mail it is the ideal app for anyone organising an event on a slim budget and perfect at this time of year to get your festive party off to a great start!
- Thanksgiving is over and it is time to start sending holiday cards. Boston AppWorks has announced the release of its brand new iPhone and iPod Touch app: Christmas Cards. With this app, the user can select an existing photo or take a new one with their device’s camera, add some holiday art, write a custom caption and then share their electronic card with friends and family via email, text, Facebook and Twitter.
- Christmas is one of the special days in the year to which everyone is looking forward. It is a well known fact that many people start preparing for Christmas celebrations long before the 24th to make sure everything is perfect. Applistar wants to help you celebrate by giving you an opportunity to create an excellent Christmas and new years greeting card. This is one of the best ways to get the spirits of Christmas with your friends, family and loved ones. With Sewing Christmas Card, you can spend Christmas by telling your story in special way.
- Switchback Media LLC has introduced Gift It – A Christmas Shopping List App 1.0, its new holiday themed productivity app for iOS. Gift It – A Christmas Shopping List App introduces simplicity and a cartoon-like feel into the Christmas shopping list genre. Users can quickly and easily organize and manage all of their Christmas shopping lists this Holiday Season. The user can create and name as many separate lists as they want.
- Ever wish you could remember what your children said they wanted for Christmas? The Radio Santa App is here to help! The fun begins when your little one speaks into your phone and records their wish list, which is passed from one of five different elves, directly to Santa. Your children will be thrilled to have told Santa their wish lists, and you will have a nice recording of what to put under the tree this year.
- Gifts.com, renowned for offering inspired gift suggestions and expert advice, has introduced the brand’s first free iPad application. The Gifts.com 1.1 app offers a unique combination of thousands of expertly curated gift ideas with simple to use tools that enable people to become exceptional gift givers. Special features include Gift Lists which let users create multiple, sharable Gift Lists and provide pop-up reminders for special gifting days so that no important gifts are missed.
- The Gamma Project team has announced a major update for GiftShopper for iOS. With GiftShopper you can easily record your gift ideas and track your holiday spending. Shop around, take photos of potential gifts and save your ideas within the app for reference later. GiftShopper automatically tracks your purchases and ensures that you stay within your gift giving budget. Perfect for setting out to do some serious Christmas shopping. Version 2.0.1 includes many new features.
- AQC, LLC—maker of the FoneStand (an iPhone and Smartphone Holder/stand that provides users with hands-free use of devices)—has announced the release of a Christmas Themed version of the FoneStand. The new Christmas FoneStand includes a festive design ideal for this time of year. The Christmas FoneStand is a great gift for those looking for something outside the norm of Santa’s Grotto. The FoneStand is suitable for hands-free conferencing, watching videos or sending texts.