It’s time again for our weekly roundup of new, notable and noteworthy apps for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. For the week ending 28th April, the best apps list is a mixture of games based on movie series, continuation of popular game titles, some brand new utility apps and more.
Please note that some of the free apps mentioned below are freemium, in the sense that they have in-app purchases to unlock full functionality. We have included the video trailers wherever possible, which should help you understand and decide if the app is indeed worth your money.
Drippler has been around on Android for a while and is quite popular amongst droid fans, and has now made it into the Apple world. Drippler automatically curates content relevant to an iPhone user based on their device model, carrier, software version and app preferences. Besides suggesting software updates and personalized tech advice related to your phone model, or a new service from your carrier, it can also send you recommendations for iPhone apps and accessories you might like.
Crayons and a sheet of paper were what we used to draw stuff as kids. In this age of touchscreen devices, they are replaced by iPad and apps like Drawnimal. Though there have been several drawing apps for iPad, the new Drawnimal app is a cool way to help kids get creative or develop their writing skills by interacting with them. It animates the drawing and motivates the children to draw around the device and encourages them to think outside of the box.
With Toy Story: Story Theater, kids can let their imagination run wild as they create their own short movies using characters from the Toy Story movie universe. Kids can use Buzz, Woody and Jessie throughout a number of backgrounds to create mini-movies all their own. You’re sure to have lots of fun when playing with your kid.
Coloc is a beautifully designed minimalistic RGB clock in which the main screen shifts its color field according to the hour, minutes, and seconds of each day. It is pretty similar to the Solar: weather app which made it into our best apps of the week list earlier. The overall effect is both mesmerizing, peaceful and informative. Sadly, Coloc is iPad only for now.
FocusTwist is a cool new app that allows iPhone users to take pictures with variable focus points, aka Lytro. It creates refocusable photos by taking several different images of an object at once, each with a different focal point. With multiple images captured, users can click through images to choose different focus points after an image has been taken. At $1.99 it’s much cheaper than a Lytro, but much less effective as well.
LinkedIn’s new standalone iOS app mimics its LinkedIn Contacts feature that aims to help you handle your professional relationships with ease. It aggregates all your address books, emails and calendars into one place, and lets you access it from this standalone iPhone app. For now, app usage is by invite-only.
Are you a fan of endless runner games? If so, rejoice! The unicorn is back with Robot Unicorn Attack 2. The unicorn runs automatically while you control the jump and a dash attack. The graphics and gameplay have improved drastically since the first version which was released back in 2010. The new time-waster has arrived.
Tempo is a smart calendar app from SRI (the creators of Siri) and was recommended by one of our readers last week. Tempo is a service that will replace the iCal app on iOS devices. It will not only take your meetings and appointments, but add in any relevant information it curates from attached services. It learns about your appointments through your email. Currently, Tempo AI supports Gmail, Yahoo and Exchange. It was in ‘invite-only’ mode for a couple of months and has now opened up for everyone.
Iron Man 3, the movie was released last week and so did the official game. Become billionaire Tony Stark as Iron Man in this fast-paced, endless runner, superhero game. As per the reviews, this is a visually stunning game with amazing graphics, the gameplay is addictive and time consuming. The game is quite heavy and you will require about 644 MB of free space. It’s available for free on both Android and iOS. Update: Read our own review of Iron Man 3 game.
Circles is a new multiplayer memory game for iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch. It’s similar to the popular memory game Simon Says, but the multiplayer option provides a fresh take on the whole thing. The app costs $1.99, but the good thing is that the developers, Snowman, will be donating a percentage of each sale to help fund Alzheimer’s research and support programs.
LEGO Batman: DC Super Heroes is the brand new release in the popular LEGO video game series from Warner Bros. Entertainment and TT Games. The game teams Batman and Robin with superhero allies including Wonder Woman, Superman, Green Lantern and Hawkman as they fight to save Gotham City from the Joker, Lex Luthor, Penguin and Harley Quinn. This is an universal app available on the App store for $4.99
Zynga has launched the sequel to the smash-hit drawing game Draw Something. The latest version brings new ways to play, a number of new drawing tools, as well as patterns and textures that can be incorporated into drawings. The latest version adds a live social feed where players can follow friends, celebrities or artists.
There is no dearth of fitness and health related apps on the App store, but there is a gap when it comes to nutrition based apps. Enter Nutrino, your personal virtual nutritionist. It asks for your dietary goals, then suggests healthy recipes and restaurant recommendations. In future, the developer plans to integrate data from health-tracking gadgets like Fitbit into Nutrino. It’s available for free to download for a limited time.
Safe Lock is a beautiful app for saving securely all passwords, credit card data, important notes, combination locks and much more. Your passwords and important data are stored encrypted with a high security standard (AES 256) and saved on the device as well as on iCloud. The data can only be decrypted with your master password.
Fotopedia Reporter is a gorgeous new app which unleashes your creativity, letting you create your own photo stories to share the things you love with whoever you want. Whether it’s a gallery from your last vacation, your kid’s birthday party, a review of your favorite restaurant, there’s a place for your photo creativity on Fotopedia. In addition to sharing your own stories, you can also browse stories posted by other people.
So there you have it. The best new and notable apps we found this week for iOS. What you think of the collection? Did you come across any noteworthy app over the past week? Do let us know via the comments section.