Philip MichaelsEditor, Macworld

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Philip has covered the Mac market since 1999, with a focus on the iPhone, iPad and iOS in recent years. In all that time, he has never tested a fart app.

SlideShark for iPad

If you're a business traveler whose road show hinges heavily on PowerPoint presentations, this app -- which translates PowerPoint files into an iPad-friendly format -- is a must-have.

iBomber Defense Pacific for iPhone and iPad

This solid tower-defense game puts an emphasis on strategy, and players reap the rewards.

World Atlas HD and The World by National Geographic for iPad

Both World Atlas HD and The World by National Geographic are decent atlas offerings for the iPad. But there are some missed opportunities with both apps to fully take advantage of the iOS platform.

Monster Flip for iPhone and iPad

It may not break new ground for iOS gaming, but Monster Flip gets all the details of the match-three-style puzzle game right and puts its own unique stamp on the genre.

Cinderella for iPhone and iPad

Thanks to gorgeous illustrations and interactive elements, the oft-told tale of Cinderella gets some new life in this iOS ebook from Nosy Crow.

Pokertini and Fairway Solitaire for iPhone and iPad

It's hard to come up with a new way to present an old, familiar card game for iOS devices, but Smappsoft and Big Fish Games try their best with Pokertini and Fairway Solitaire, respectively. But one game does a better job of it than the other.

TCM for iPhone and iPad

Fans of classic movies should steer clear of these companion apps for the cable channel the same way they'd avoid a cinematic stinker.

Trenches II for iPhone and iPad

This solid blend of the tower defense and real-time strategy games will impress hardcore fans of both genres. However, casual gamers may find less to love about the iPad and iPhone versions of this app.

Mad Chef for iPhone and iPad

The gameplay in this frenetic food-assembly game is every bit as sharp as the knives tossed by the titular chef.

Numberlys and The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore for iOS

Moonbot Studios builds iOS apps that draw on elements of books, movies, and games for a unique interactive experience that represents the best of what the iOS platform has to offer.

Strike Knight for iPhone and iPad

Neither the iPhone or the iPad version of this arcade bowling game push the envelope for iOS gaming. But both versions offer up a decent degree of fun, if you're either willing to put up with a lot of ads or pay for the privilege of making those ads go away.

Apple Expected to Hold Press Event Late January, Report Says

Two days into 2012, we already have a potential Apple event to talk about.

Battle by Ships -- PirateFleet for iPhone

Take the classic Battleship board game, move it to the iPhone and iPod touch, and add pirates and turn-based gameplay, and you'd wind up with this app. It's a solid game, though the asynchronous gameplay may turn off some users.

Cars 2 AppMates iPad toys stuck in neutral

There's a clever idea behind the Cars 2 AppMates -- toys that interact with a dedicated iPad app. But some kids will find the toys difficult to use, and the current version of the app is prone to crashes of the non-vehicular kind.

Another Monster at the End of This Book for iPhone and iPad

This kids' book for the iPad and iPhone is a decent follow-up to the delightful Monster at the End of This Book, but it needs to work out some performance lags before it can measure up to its predecessor.