September 15, 2014

Today we released updates to Guidance for OS X and iOS. In addition to some bug fixes, they have some improvements to the way they calculate prayer times.

  • We updated the Fajr time calculation for Umm Al-Qura to match the times found at http://www.ummulqura.org.sa/.
  • We added a new calculation method called “Gulf”. It is similar to Umm Al-Qura, but the fajr time calculation matches the times at http://www.awqaf.gov.ae/. This method is recommended for all gulf countries except Saudi Arabia (which uses the Umm Al-Qura method).
  • High latitude calculation now uses the seventh of the night method and is applied to locations above 55 degrees latitude instead of 48.5 degrees latitude.
  • The calculation method “Moonsighting Committee” has been added. This is the method developed by Khalid Shaukat of moonsighting.com. This method has been endorsed by the Fiqh Council of North America and is the basis for the “Unified Islamic Prayer Timetable for London”. As such, this method is the new default for the US and the UK. Please note, if you are calculating prayer times in London, the times may differ slightly from the “Unified Islamic Prayer Timetable for London” as Guidance always calculates times based on your precise current location, whereas the timetable has been calculated at a specific location inside of London.

For a more in depth analysis of how Guidance calculates prayer times please see our development blog at batoulapps.github.io.

January 18, 2014

Al-Hisn

Supplications is now Al-Hisn with updated content and a brand new interface!

Featuring the entire content of Hisn Al-Muslim in Arabic, along with English translation and transliteration.

We’ve also added custom audio recordings for each dua! Simply tap on a dua to hear a beautiful recording of the dua.

Al-Hisn is available for free on the App Store, download it now!

September 30, 2013

Guidance 3 - Reimagined for iOS 7

Guidance is the first app we ever wrote for the iPhone. We released it in September of 2008 - only two months after the App Store went live. We also released the first prayer time app for iOS to implement push notifications. Since then, we went on to make many other apps, and, I admit, it has been a while since we’ve updated Guidance. But we are now very happy to give you Guidance 3 - the first prayer time apps designed exclusively for iOS 7.

Beautiful new design

Colors

With Guidance 3, we’ve completely embraced iOS 7 and created awesome themes that change color for each prayer. We also put a lot of effort into making sure that every screen (even settings) is perfectly designed with a fresh new modern look.

Map

Full Arabic support

Arabic mode

For our users in the Middle East, we are happy to add full Arabic support to the entire app. From the prayer times, to the settings and even the notifications.

Completely automated

The new Guidance is easier than ever to use. As soon as you launch the app, Guidance finds your current location and configures your prayer times correctly. No need to even touch preferences. And for those of you who still want to configure your own settings, you can always do that too. With Guidance 3, you can rest assured that it is always providing you with the most accurate prayer times you can get.

It’s the little things

Countdown

With Guidance 3, we’ve really paid attention to every little detail. You can tap the top of the screen and see a countdown until the next prayer (very useful during Ramadan). We’ve also made prayer alerts local notifications, so you’ll still get them even if you aren’t connected to the internet. We also went ahead and put the Qibla compass right at the bottom of the main screen, making it very easy to always know the right direction for prayer. And for the masjid locator, we now combine multiple sources of data to try and have the best results possible.

Free upgrade

So with all these amazing new features and with all the time and effort put into Guidance 3, we could have easily made it a brand new app. Instead we have made it a free update to all of our existing users. And for new users, we have kept it at the same low price as before, only $2.99 on the App Store. So definitely make sure you download Guidance 3 today!