Excuse us for the long break. For those of you who were waiting for our weekly roundup of best iOS apps, it’s back, and back for good. Thankfully, the break makes it double-easy for us to choose the best iPhone and iPad apps released this month, and there are aplenty of them.
This week we’ve a couple of cool to-do apps, a couple of nice iPhone photography apps, a couple of interesting music apps, a podcast manager, a fitness app which doesn’t need you to have any gym equipments and many more.
There’s no dearth of to-do-list apps on the App store, but Recur is approaching the game in a different way. It helps you track the things you’ve done, showing how long it’s been since you completed a task, as well as a counter to show how many times it has reoccurred. It’s iOS 7 ready, so do check out the app for it’s unique approach and experience.
HideMyAss has been a popular free vpn service providing you access to a fast, secure internet connection wherever you are in the world. Now, they’ve come out with a dedicated iOS app which makes it easier to unblock websites and access geo-restricted services from your iOS device. Though the app is free to download, it requires you to cough up $11.99 (£7.99 /€10.99) for a monthly subscription.
“Earbits is a free online radio app makes it dead simple for artists and music lovers to find each other, and create meaningful connections” reads the description of this new music app, and it’s as accurate as it can get. The service isn’t new, but it took them a couple of years to come out with a dedicated app. The app analyses the music from your phone and recommends channels you’ll like from over 400 genre-based selections, then it intelligently blends your own music into those channels. Must try app if you’re a music junkie.
We deliberately left out the default iPhone 5c in our list of best iPhone 5c cases, but if you went ahead and got one of those polka dots cases, there’s a neat way to minimize the embarrassment. CaseCollage lets you import images from Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, and Picasa and arrange them in any design you like. You can then print it out and insert between the phone and the case.
Runtastic Six Pack (Freemium)
As the name suggests, this app promises to help you develop a six pack body with a dedicated training program that features a course of pre-defined workouts and a pair of animated avatars to guide you through it. The workouts are typically about 15 minutes and the app tells you which days to work and which days to take off. Upgrade to full version to get more than 50+ HD quality workout videos, 60+ unique “Tip of the Day” messages and more.
Logacal is a new calendar app which doesn’t split your time equally into traditional month, week or day-based calendar, but instead depending on how far in the future it is. The scale is split into sections like today, tomorrow, upcoming days, upcoming weeks and upcoming months so the further in time you go, the less granular the scale is. If you like the traditional calendar setup, this app isn’t for you.
The US only app – MyTime, promises to be the most convenient way to book appointments with over 2 million local businesses in the US. Schedule appointments for haircuts, massages, oil changes, and 70+ more services. In addition, save up to 60% off the business’s normal price by booking off-peak times offered exclusively through MyTime. Millions of business can be searched, filtered and booked with MyTime.
This one will make right into our list of must have airport apps. LoungeBuddy does just one thing and does it the right way. It displays all airport lounges in the busiest airports around the world. With LoungeBuddy in your hand, we take the guesswork out of finding the right lounge for your needs. Highly recommended from our side.
Pod Wrangler (Freemium)
Pod Wrangler is a simple podcast manager app which helps you subscribe to the right podcasts, download them, stream them and listen to them. Pod Wrangler will perform background sync and download ensuring all the latest episodes are always ready for you, wherever you are. And if you’re looking for the best tech podcasts, we’ve got you covered.
It’s been a while since we came across a cool photography app for iPhone. And Groopic fills that void now. If you always end up being the photographer when you go out in a group, and hence miss out in the photos, this is a must-have app for you. It lets you capture two photos, both with different people behind the lens, and then combines the two photos automatically, giving the impression that every one posed for the picture at once.
Tick is the second to-do list in our weekly roundup and it deserves a place thanks to the fantastic design. It lets you create lists and add multiple items to those lists. That’s pretty straight-forward, but the key is its user experience. Watch as icons come to life as you start using it, how it responds as you move from a bright to a dark environment.
Hack Later ($1.99)
If you’re a fan of Hacker News, this new client is a must have app. Hack Later is a light-weight Hacker News client for iOS, built for speed in reading hot news. It’s integrated with Pocket, and hence saving to read the articles later is a breeze. $2 might be a considered to be bit high as it still doesn’t support comments which is pretty essential for power users, but its elegant design should appeal many users.
Nifti is a Google Ventures backed web service which recently debuted its iOS app. The basic premise is to be a one stop shop to store and track products from your favorite websites. Once you add a product to your wishlist, you can then track the historical price changes over time, and be notified when the price drops below a price point you designate yourself. A great addition to our tools for price alerts.
Fotor HDR ($1.99)
The second iPhone photography app in this week’s roundup is Fotor HDR, which adds some sophisticated processing options after you take the multiple images required for an HDR image. Yes, iOS 7 comes with pretty good HDR mode, but Fotor adds some useful preset styles like Backlit, Darken, Cloudy, Portrait and many more.
Brightstone Mysteries: Paranormal Hotel (Freemium)
The sole game in our weekly roundup is the puzzle game, Brightstone Mysteries: Paranormal Hotel which has got mixed reviews so far. It’s an adventure game with a decent storyline and interesting gameplay, but lacks that unique factor one looks for in a puzzle game.