Apparatuses

Apparatuses IconApparatuses is now available on the iTunes App Store (USA Only)


Apparatuses is the iPhone / iPad / iPod Touch version of Widgets – a collection of digital gadgets, designed to inform, entertain and assist you.

Audio Player – Quickly and easily play your local music files. Available metadata (album cover, song title, album name and artist) is shown for the song that is being played. Just press the “Play” button to shuffle and play all of the available songs.

Calculator – Make short work of basic arithmetic with this handy widget. 12 Scientific Calculator buttons are available too!

Calendar – Get a quick glance at the days of the month. This widget is helpful to know the upcoming days of the week.

Clock – This widget displays the time in a traditional fashion.

Contacts – This widget displays an alphabetized list of contacts available on your device. Each item can expand to reveal contact data, such as email, phone or postal address.

System Stats – This widget displays information about your device, such as Thermal State (Is your device too hot?), Storage Space and Battery. Press the widget title to reveal other stats.

Text-to-Speech – Are your eyes tired? This widget can read aloud the text for you. Sore throat? Have the computer speak for you instead. Use the foreign language voices to speak text from different languages.

Unit-Converter – Maybe one day the United States will switch to the Metric System. Until then, this widget can be used to quickly translate the values from the American System to the Metric System – or vise-versa!

World Clock – Immediately see the time from major cities across the globe. 2-6 clocks can be displayed, with 46 cities to choose from. (Anchorage, Athens, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Baghdad, Bangkok, Casablanca, Chicago, Christmas, Copenhagen, Denver, Dubai, Dublin, Easter, Edmonton, Fiji, Hong Kong, Honolulu, Iqaluit, Jakarta, Jerusalem, Johannesburg, Kolkata, London, Los Angeles, Manila, Mexico City, Moscow, New York, Paris, Perth, Phoenix, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Rome, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto, Vancouver, Wake, Warsaw, Winnipeg, Zürich)

Weather – Get your local USA weather forecast, with up-to-date information from weather.gov. In addition to customized icons that display the upcoming conditions, textual descriptions of the weather are included too.

GAME: Slide Puzzle – This game was first popular in the 80s… the 1880s… but it’s still fun today.

Press the “A” icon at the top-left to reveal the settings panel. You can change the look of the widgets by adding a border, change the margin or change the radius of the edges. From the settings panel, widgets can be reordered or hidden. (Set width to “None” to hide a widget.)

The app also respects your privacy. Photics does not use the Apparatuses app to collect personal information. See the “Privacy Policy” and the “Code of Honor” at Photics.com for more details.

10 out of the 11 Widgets can work offline. However, the Weather widget will create a connection to api.weather.gov. For more information on their privacy policy, see https://www.weather.gov/privacy. The Weather widget asks for a zip code to get an approximate location, in order to find the nearest weather station. (Photics doesn’t collect this information.)

The app is also ridiculously responsive. The idea is to maximize space. Portrait or Landscape orientation, the app is fine with that. Each widget is designed to fit in a 200×200 square. But if more space is available, many of the widgets will stretch out to maximize the available area. This shapeshifting design makes Apparatuses more versatile.