Apps & Updates September 10

Following through with a long-requested feature from users, Facebook-owned WhatsApp is going to make cloud backups end-to-end encrypted to go along with the end-to-end encryption of the messages sent with the service. The app will offer the feature in “the coming weeks” to iOS and Android users with two ways to fully encrypt their backups.

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Apps & Updates September 2

Apple Design Award winner Pok Pok Playroom iOS app for kids launches new ‘Forest’ toy

The phenomenal kids’ app Pok Pok Playroom sees its latest update today with the nature-focused “Forest.” This new toy is great for open-ended play that builds memory, spatial awareness, creative thinking, understanding cause and effect, and more.

Readdle’s Documents X app for iOS gets major update with UI changes, Smart Actions, more

Readdle is out with a big update for its popular Documents iOS app, now called Documents X. The major release offers new Smart Actions to speed up your workflows, a fresh UI more consistent with iOS, and faster access to your cloud storage.

Apps & Updates August 31

Strava iOS fitness app brings ‘Beacon’ location sharing feature to all users

Strava first launched its premium location sharing feature called Beacon back in 2016 with standalone Apple Watch support arriving in 2019. Now the feature is available to all users, not just paid subscribers.

Apps & Updates August 26

App Store Connect for iOS now supports multiple TestFlight groups and build access

Apple has released a nice update for developers today with App Store Connect on iOS now allowing the creation of multiple TestFlight groups including the ability to configure build access for each group.

Apps & Updates August 23

Apple Watch support coming soon for Apple Health-enabled Lumen metabolic analyzer

Lumen arrived last year as an affordable and convenient way to regularly measure your metabolism to help achieve your health and fitness goals. Now the iOS-supported device that fully integrates with Apple Health will gain Apple Watch support for a more seamless experience.

Apps & Updates August 12

Following a day after the macOS Monterey beta 5 for developers, the latest release has been made available to public beta testers. Unfortunately, the anticipated Universal Control feature still isn’t available to try out.

Update 10:52 am PT: Apple has also made the HomePod 15 beta 5 available today.

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Apps & Updates August 11

With macOS Monterey beta 4, Apple said in the release notes that Universal Control had been enabled before the mention was quickly pulled. macOS Monterey beta 5 is now available for developers and hopefully, the anticipated new feature is live for the first time.

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Following macOS 11.5.1 arriving at the end of July for all users with important security fixes, Apple has made macOS 11.5.2 available today with bug fixes and possibly more.

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Popular iOS and Mac photo and video editor Darkroom is out today with a nice update that includes lots of performance upgrades and bug fixes. Headlining the release is a number of improvements to image loading and generation, the ability to set a default format for loading images, crop and transform enhancements, UI improvements, and more.

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Apps & Updates August 3

Squash 3 for Mac is a powerful batch image editing app, now available in beta [U: Officially launched]

Realmac is out today with early access for its major update coming to Squash. Version 3 was totally rewritten with Swift and includes a beautiful new UI to quickly batch resize, compress, watermark, rename images, apply effects, and much more.

Update 8/3: Squash 3 for Mac has now left beta and has officially launched.

Apps & Updates August 2

Fitness data can be a tremendous motivational tool for creating healthy habits when clearly visualizing buckets of information captured with the Apple Watch. That’s what Fitness Totals for iOS is all about, and the first major update to the iPhone app that launched last year is taking it even further.

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Apps & Updates July 29

Doppler for iPhone has become a popular choice for those who prefer to own their music and want support for almost any format including hi-res options like FLAC. Now after teasing a dedicated Mac release back in June, Doppler for Mac is now available.

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Wonderful kids’ app Pok Pok Playroom launches Silly Blocks: Summer with latest update

The beautiful kids’ app Pok Pok Playroom has received a new update today with summer-themed Silly Blocks. This specific toy is great for open-ended play that builds sequencing and ordering, experimentation, storytelling skills, and more. Check out all the details below for a closer look at this fun summer update.

Apps & Updates July 28

Just one day after seeding the fourth macOS Monterey beta to developers, the latest build is now available for public beta testers. Apple at first said Universal Control was enabled in the release notes but then removed it. However, Apple has turned on Live Text support for Intel Macs in the new Monterey beta.

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Starting today, Snapchat for iOS is rolling out a new feature that builds on its popular Snap Map location-sharing platform. The company says the new “My Places” feature will allow users to explore and save their favorite businesses and locations in the Snapchat application.

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Sofa for iOS is a beautiful and powerful app to organize all the media and other things that you want to check out with rich artwork, widgets, and a great UI for not only keeping things tidy but also keeping track of what you’re consuming. Now Sofa is out with its big 3.0 update that comes with advanced features like sticky notes, more powerful stats/filters, The Shelf to prioritize content across different lists, more.

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Apps & Updates July 26

Shortly after launching macOS 11.5 last week with Podcasts app improvements and a lot of security fixes, Apple has made macOS 11.5.1 available today with additional “important security updates.”

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Apps & Updates July 22

Continuing the trend of impressive, regular updates, the hit app Carrot Weather is out with its latest release today. The new version comes with the ability to automatically switch between custom UI layouts, includes a fun new feature to film your own weather reports to share with friends and family, and more.

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Apps & Updates July 21

Apple has officially released macOS 11.5 to the public today. The release comes after iOS 14.7 launched earlier this week. macOS 11.5 comes with a range of security and bug fixes as well as a fix for the Music app and an update for the Podcasts app.

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Evernote launches Tasks feature on iOS and Mac to help boost your productivity [U: Available to all]

Evernote has been a leader in the notes organization space for over a decade and today the software – including the iOS and Mac apps – is making the long-awaited jump into task management. Starting to roll out today in beta, the new Tasks integration features due dates, reminders, alerts, flags, and more.

Update 7/21: Tasks has officially left the early access phase and is now available to all users subscribed to an Evernote Personal or higher plan. Google Calendar accounts are also now supported.

Apps & Updates July 20

Popular HTML and text editor BBEdit from Bare Bones is getting a big update with version 14 for Mac. The new release includes over 40 additions including integrated notes, enhanced developer features like LSP support, new built-in languages, Anaconda virtual environments, and much more.

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Apple Arcade’s Skate City adding Tokyo expansion to celebrate the Olympics

The Olympics are set to kick off this Friday, July 23 in Tokyo, and very notably, this year is the first time that skateboarding will be included in the games. To celebrate the occasion, Snowman’s popular Skate City will launch its biggest update yet.

Apps & Updates July 16

Today’s the day! The exciting new release from Team Alto has launched on Apple Arcade. Alto’s Odyssey: The Lost City brings all the award-winning goodness from the original release and has evolved with a new biome to explore along with fresh challenges and content.

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