Apple’s iOS App store is buzzing with several new apps and major updates to existing ones. In fact, Apple is waiting for 50 billionth app download and is ready with a mighty $10,000 gift card to be given away to a lucky customer. We know that itself is enticing enough for many of you to go on a download spree, but why not sit back and see our recommendation of best iPhone and iPad apps this week.
As always, we have taken utmost care in selecting the new and noteworthy apps released/updated this week! They include utility apps and some addictive games as well. If you own an android device, be sure to check our weekly roundup of the best android apps as well.
Onavo Protect gives you peace of mind when you browse and share information on the mobile web. This powerful app safeguards you, your passwords and private information from malicious, phishing and unsecure mobile websites that can see and share your private information. It secures your website logins and personal information, such as bank accounts and credit card numbers, so that you and your data are safe no matter where you are.
Popular on-demand movie streaming service, Blockbuster is now available on iPhone & iPad. The movie rental retail chain has jumped into mobile bandwagon with a free app supported by in-app purchases. The universal app lets you rent any movie you want to watch on your iDevice via streaming. It costs between $2.99 to $4.99 for watching the entire movie.
Native Instruments is a well known software developer, specially known for their TRAKTOR pro DJ software. A month after releasing the Traktor DJ app for iPad, they have now released the iPhone app as well. Unlike most other DJ apps on the app store, Traktor DJ is no gimmick. It is incredibly well designed and packed with great features. It requires iOS 6+ to function, and works for iPod Touch as well.
Ever since we started with our weekly roundup of new and noteworthy iOS apps, we have covered quite a few email client apps like Mailbox, Mail Pilot and BirdsEye Mail. Evomail is the new kid in the block and brings along a simple, slick and beautiful interface. For now, it supports Gmail only, but plans to support other email services as well in the future. This might well replace the default mail app on your iPad.
There is no dearth of diary apps on the App store, but Days scores big with its no-nonsense simple approach. It aims to be your visual diary and lets you take photos through the day capturing the important moments and share it with your friends and family. You can easily create animated GIFs if you like, and comes with tons of social sharing options.
The world’s most popular mobile game franchise is back with their latest spin to the birds and frogs game. Rovio is offering a Facebook-powered social twist through Angry Birds Friends. The game lets you connect with your Facebook account and compete against your family and friends.The gameplay is pretty much the same, but social twist should entice many users to go back and play it again.
Songza has been around for a while and is extremely popular, so much so it was named among “App Store Best of 2012”. The latest update to Songza tries to get to know you better than ever and help find the perfect music for your mood or activity. If you have not been using Songza (for whatever reasons), make sure you give it a try again.
SquiggleFish is by far one of the most innovative kids apps we’ve seen in recent times. Let your kids draw a fish on white paper using a thick black pen for its outline, then scan it in using your iPad’s camera to watch an animated version swim around a virtual fish-tank. Kids will love to see their drawing come to life.
There are not many worthy party games out there in the App store. Heads up! was created for “The Ellen Show” and is a cool, fun charades-like party game.
From naming celebrities, to singing, to silly accents — guess the word on the card on that’s on your head from your friends’ clues before the timer runs out!
Toy Defense 2 is a new action-strategy game by Melsoft that combines the fun of toy soldiers with the drama and heroism of World War II. The premium version boasts three unique campaigns with 24 levels each, for a total of 72 missions across various theaters of war and 18 levels in free version. The sequel has all the ingredients to enthrall its fans.
Kontacts is a new way of interacting with your address book. It integrates with your Facebook & Twitter, and lets you have all your contacts under one place. See the latest social networks posts from your contacts, update your address book with their photos and information from Facebook profiles, send them Twitter messages or post to their Facebook walls.
Mind Blitz ($0.99)
Are you a fan of matching games? If yes, then you must try Mind Blitz. It is your childhood matching game meets action puzzler. Flip over cards to match pairs. Matching pairs fills up the power meter to give you points to purchase power up cards in later levels. Currently under 50% discount offer. Grab it if you like it. Here is a video trailer for your reference.
Turnado is a multi-effect app designed for complex real-time audio manipulation using simple controls. There are 24 different effects to choose from, with the ability to load and control 8 at a time. At $14.99, it doesn’t come cheap. We suggest you to take a look at the trailer below and decide if it’s worth your money.
Stunt Biker was one of my favorite flash browser games for a long time. Stick Stunt Biker brought that fun on to the mobile phones. The sequel, Stick Stunt Biker 2 brings more fun and challenges, while testing your skills to avoid the obstacles while you master the tricky tracks, perform insane stunts and wheelies or relax while riding the chopper through spectacular landscapes.
OSnap! is not new, but makes it to our list because it’s available for Free for a limited time (normally $2.99). It’s a cool app known for simple, intuitive, powerful time-lapse and stop motion photography. Both beginners and professionals will find OSnap to be fun and attractive.