Metal power comes to iPhone
£3.99 Developer Pixelmator Team, pixelmator.com
Works with iPhone, iPod touch, iPad Version 2.0.2 Pixelmator had a successful launch on the iPad and with this update you can get the same photo-editing power on your iPhone too. It’s now backed by Apple’s Metal technology, which is meant to speed up fancy edits. The list of creative tools is impressive and, particularly with the distortion effect, we would say it’s very fast to render. But when it comes to colour balancing and simple effects we wouldn’t say you really notice the speed over simpler apps such as Snapseed. That aside, Pixelmator’s biggest draw is how it uses layers. It hides them in a panel that’s off-screen until you swipe it in from the left. From here layers can be selected one at a time, merged, blended and adjusted to your needs, just like in a proper desktop photo app. A further boon is syncing to iCloud, enabling you to continue working on an image elsewhere, or you can use Handoff. Christian Hall
Speedy edits thanks to Apple’s Metal technology, but all that power on a phone isn’t that noticable.