Need a few apps to keep you occupied this weekend? You’ll definitely want to check out the latest edition of Friday 5. Inside you’ll find a stylish new Pinball game, a writing app that’s great for putting together long-form projects, and a multi-platform podcast app that helps keep you up to date with all of your favorite shows.


I don’t play many games on my iPhone, but every now and then I stumble upon a title that keeps me coming back again and again. PinOut is one such game. It’s a modern take on pinball that’s stylish, easy to pickup and play, but difficult to master. It’s made by a company called mediocre, but there’s nothing mediocre about this nod to an old-school arcade staple. Everything, from the graphics to the 80’s synth-pop sound effects, make PinOut worth looking into.

  • iPhone & iPad
  • Free (w/ in-app purchases)

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Writing long-form articles on the iPhone or iPad is super-easy with Ulysseses. This writing app allows you to output text in short bursts, and combine those bursts into a complete composition with the touch of a few buttons. iCloud syncs all of your content across the iPhone, iPad or Mac, and Markdown and publishing support provides an end-to-end writing workflow.

Power 2

We already went hands-on with Power 2, but I thought it deserved another mention in this week’s Friday 5. Power 2 makes it easy to see your paired iPhone’s current battery life right from an Apple Watch complication. The app contains several other features, such as the ability to predict future iPhone power levels, using the device’s Time Travel feature.

  • iPhone & Apple Watch
  • $0.99


Have you ever wanted to see details like shutter speed, focal length, or the lens used to take a certain iPhone photo? With Metapho’s free Photos app extension, such details are just a few taps away.

  • iPhone & iPad
  • Free (w/ in-app purchases)

Pocket Casts

Shifty Jelly’s Pocket Casts is my go-to podcast app for iOS. It’s full-featured, with tools like trim silence and volume boost, and does pretty much everything one would expect from a modern podcast app. But it’s the multi-platform support, which allows me to sync my favorite podcasts between my iPhone and Android devices, that keeps me locked in.

Also, be sure to check out 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast for an entertaining take on all of the latest Apple news.

  • iPhone & iPad (also available on Android)
  • $3.99

What apps do you recommend?

Do you have an app that you’d like to recommend for future Friday 5 installments? Feel free to share down below in the comment section.

And if you weren’t able to catch our previous Friday 5 post, you can view it here and/or watch its video below.

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