056811_largerThe fifth entry in the Grand Theft Auto saga is launching on consoles tomorrow, and as is the trend with many high-profile console releases Rockstar has developed an iOS companion app to flesh out the experience. Grand Theft Auto: iFruit [Free], keeping in line with the entire series, is almost a parody of itself, poking fun at how our lives are transformed by magical apps that turn our devices into "essential tools like a harmonica, disco ball or convincing mustache." It's not all silliness though, as iFruit will legit plug into your Grand Theft Auto V experience in a few very cool ways.

First off you'll be able to create and customize the vehicle of your dreams right from within the iFruit app, and once finished, the sweet new ride will be waiting for you in your garage inside GTA V. You can even create customized license plates to show off in the online portion of the game, but plates are limited so you better hurry up and grab "Sup Bro" before Eli Hodapp does (yes, that is his real-life personalized license plate).

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The other big feature is a virtual pet of sorts called Chop the Dog, who is Franklin's sidekick in GTA V. Taking proper care of Chop inside the iFruit app will directly translate to how he acts in the console game, making him more helpful and responsive to Franklin and giving him the ability to sniff out hidden items. You can even teach him tricks like sitting and shaking in the app, and taking good care of ol' Chop will earn you credits which you can spend on buying unique dog collars.

Aside from those two big features, the iFruit app also allows you to do much more mundane things like read up on the latest GTA V news, hook into the Rockstar Social Club, and hang out on Rockstar's social media parody LifeInvader. I haven't bought a console game in ages, but I'm definitely picking Grand Theft Auto V this week and can't wait to goof around with the iFruit app in tandem.

  • Bliquid

    Was waiting for this.
    My Chop has been a bad bad dog 'till now.
    Sure this app is heavy, though.

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      Does anyone proof read these articles, it's starting to get on my nerves that a professional organization such as touch arcade seems to always have errors in their articles.

  • ImJPaul

    The app is 444 MB?! Whaaaa?

    • zdanee

      Yeah, that's the beauty of iOS games. You download a checkers game (that could fit into 1K in the '80-ies with room to spare) and it will take a whooping 200MB of your non-expandable storage space. Also the installer will take another 200MB on your PC in iTunes and another 200MB in each backup you make. Yay, you just used up 600MB for checkers!

  • https://www.facebook.com/DigitalDistillery Scot Damn

    A console what? For better or worse, I just sold off my consoles. But damn this GTA looks like fun.

    • Tim Schutte

      This game is so sick man i love it finally you can smoke weed and hit the bongs when you like hahaha

  • Derpless

    This is a penis.

  • Captain Cabnasty

    Aw crap, my name has already been taken. Who would have picked 'Cabbage' besides me I don't know. :/

  • phonecats

    wow this is actually creative.

    good for them.

    i hope nintendo does the same, and not just their lame Mii thing...

  • http://ask.fm/MidianGTX MidianGTX

    Tip: Your first order from Los Santos Customs is free, so pick the most expensive upgrades you can.

    • Captain Cabnasty

      Thanks for the heads up!

  • AverageJack

    Does anyone proof read these articles, it's starting to get on my nerves that a professional organization such as touch arcade seems to always have errors in their articles.

    • Jay G

      Pot. Meet kettle. Let he without sin cast the first stone...

      • darkcheetah

        Of course, he's just a comment poster. How does he compare in anyway to someone writing for a website professionally?

      • Jay G

        *Sigh*

  • Salsander

    I wonder what those GTA III and Vice City icons are for. Are they just short cuts to the app or is there additional content specifically for those games?

  • NickyNichols

    Anyone else having trouble logging in?

    • Platyrrhine

      Don't worry, you're not alone.

  • tonyctitan

    I can't login either

  • Bliquid

    This app WOULD be cool, if it didn't reset progress every now and then.
    As it is now, complete fail.
    Oh well, GTA V is still awesome.
    But this app sucks, and the file size is unjustified.

  • xzeldax3

    Damn, "LWYRUP" and "ANUSTART" are both taken. I bet "OUTATIME" was also taken within seconds (8 char max for the plates). I need more plate ideas from movies/tv xD

    • xzeldax3

      Actually "ANUSTART" was deemed "profanity" lol.

      • dariusjr98

        Rockstar doesn't allow profanity on the license plates? On a Grand Theft Auto game nonetheless?

        How $&@"-?^ ironic.

  • Kane

    Is this app a clone of - Fruit Ninja?

    • Tim Schutte

      No it's a clone of apple itself haha apple i fruit get it!!!

  • araczynski

    Looking forward to the PC version, when the goty hits the steam bargain bin in two

    • araczynski

      ...years.

    • Mariosonic2

      I hope they don't put it on PC PC gets all the good games and updates

  • Bayside

    They need to hurry up and release for Android. I guess I can put it on my iPod Touch for now

  • jForsythe

    What's up with never being able to log in it worked for a few hours now my dog is starving. I wonder if to many ppl are trying to log in everyone who brought GTA 5

  • mutts

    This would be a funny addon for GTA V, if they had tested it before release.
    The sporadic times i actually can login are countable on one hand. Missed oppertunity Rockstar.

  • Woodster3008

    can you download it on any Ipod touch such as the 4th gen?