MileBug, the popular iPhone mileage log app for tracking business miles, now supports iOS 6 and the larger iPhone 5 screen! This means a greater viewing area for both maps and reports, as well as data entry forms. Additionally, MileBug now sports a new color scheme of green and black. Due to the needed upgrade, the minimum iOS supported is now 4.3, requiring an iPhone 3Gs or later model iPhone, but still supporting all models of iPad, including the new iPad Mini, through the 2x magnifier feature.
With just 2 weeks in the App Store, MileBug 2.5 has already received 243 ratings with an average of 4.5 stars.
Back in 2008, just 2 weeks after the iPhone SDK was announced, plans were started for the development of MileBug. It eventually went live in the App Store on August 25th, 2008 as one of only 2600 apps then available in the store. As with many of the early apps, MileBug was priced at $7.99. Over 40 copies were sold that first day. Over time the price has fluctuated, a free version became available, and MileBug continues to be a popular Finance app, consistently appearing in the Finance Top 20 for the past 3 1/2 years, and achieving over 215,000 downloads between the full and lite versions.
With the 2.0 release last year, MileBug now incorporates GPS tracking with full map display. Pins are dropped approximately every 100 meters and can dragged and dropped to edit the trip interactively on the map at any time.
Over the past 4 years, MileBug has enjoyed some recognition:
- In March 2012, MileBug rose to be the #5 Finance app and #540 overall in the U.S. App Store
- In January 2011, MileBug rose to be the #4 Finance app in the U.S. and #6 in Canada
- In January 2010, MileBug was highlighted in the What's Hot section of 57 App Stores worldwide
- Also in January 2010, MileBug rose to be the #1 Finance app in Ecuador and #2 Finance app in the United States
- Featured in the Apple's WorldWide Developers' Conference (WWDC) banners both in 2009 and 2010
- The MileBug logo appeared in the front window display of the Apple stores in San Francisco and Salt Lake City
Popular on the iPhone and iPod touch, MileBug was released for the Android platform Summer of 2010, and Windows Phone 7 January 2012.
To make next year's taxes that much easier, and the tax returns that much larger, MileBug helps those driving their own vehicles for business, or other reasons receive their reimbursement and/or tax deduction. From small to big business, from realtors to direct sales consultants, MileBug continues to serve those needing a mileage tax break.
"I love this app. I've used it every day for a year and it is just the best...On the first of each month I email a report, print it and get reimbursed. No problems, it just works. Thanks." - customer review, Oct. 2012
"I've used MileBug for several years for business and charity work. It's easy to enter data and generate reports at year end. A good, trouble-free app." - customer review, Oct. 2012
"Overall, I highly recommend [MileBug] because it does exactly what it is intended to do. The ease of use and generated reports make filing taxes less of a headache this year." - Advance IT Solutions, Sep. 2012
"Best Mileage Tracker App: MileBug" - AppChasers, Sep. 2011
In the U.S., the IRS business rate for 2012 is 55.5 cents/mile. MileBug for the iPhone/iPod touch helps people track their miles and provides emailed reports for easy submission to employers, accountants, and the IRS. It only takes tracking 6 miles for MileBug to pay for itself.
Inside the MileBug app is an option to select kilometers instead of miles. From within the Presets, users can define custom rates for business, charity, medical, and other categories. If you get one rate from your employer for reimbursement, and another rate from the IRS for your side business, you simply create two different business rates.
MileBug 2.5 for iOS is $2.99 (USD) available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Finance category.