Apps Overview Updated August 10, 2022


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Apps for iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS power our modern world. 9to5Mac will update you on the latest news, review, and updates for all types of apps. “There’s an App for that”.

The term came became part of our vocabulary when Steve Jobs announced The App Store as part of the iPhone 2.0 software update in 2008.

Over the years, the term has become as common as kleenex for describing applications on all of our devices. Apple’s platforms have apps for just about anything from finance, banking, sports, social media, podcasting, music, and more. We have a guide for helping you discover the best ones as well. Apps are now on everything from our TV, to our smartphones, on our laptops, and all the way down to our wrists.

As new ones are released or existing ones have major updates, the team here at 9to5Mac will bring you the latest news and reviews. If you want to follow along with video footage, be sure to follow 9to5Mac on YouTube. Scroll down below our latest updates on all things relating to applications on iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV, and Apple Watch.

Apps Stories August 10

Guardian, the popular firewall and VPN app for iPhone and iPad, has a new owner. As first reported by TechCrunch, the app has been acquired by DNSFilter, a company focused on web content filtering and threat protection.

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Apps Stories August 9

1Password for iPhone and iPad is getting a big update today. With a focus on speed, a new home screen, customization options, and more, 1Password 8 is touted as a “brand-new experience” for iPhone and iPad users.

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Apps Stories August 1

Indie developer Michael Tigas is out today with a major update to his popular Focused Work application for iPhone, iPad, and Mac. The app is designed to help you be more productive with so-called Focus Sessions, timers, and more. Focused Work 3 enhances the app with a new design, gestures, a new picture-in-picture feature, and more.

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Apps Stories July 7

BeReal – a social media app that launched in 2020 – is quickly gaining popularity among users and generations. Touting an opportunity for people to “be real,” I downloaded the app to see if it was worth the hype, and, spoiler – it isn’t.

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Apps Stories June 14

Fantastical, the powerful calendar app from Flexibits, added an all-new “Fantastical Scheduling” feature earlier this year. This feature allows users to easily manage their meeting schedules with things like “Openings” and “Proposals.”

A new update to Fantastical this week enhances that Scheduling feature with deeper video conferencing app integration, support for “Break Time,” and more.

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Apps Stories April 13

1Password 8 is now available as a public beta for iPhone and iPad, and it brings a number of major changes to the popular password manager. The update comes after 1Password 8 debuted for the Mac last year, with a controversial transition to a cross-platform electron core.

1Password 8 brings an all-new design, new features and customization options, and much more. Head below for the details.

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Apps Stories April 12

We’ve covered the cord-cutting-friendly live TV app “Channels” a few times over the years, and it continues to get even more powerful. A new update to the app this week adds support for offline downloads on iPhone and iPad, allowing you to download movies and TV shows straight to your device.

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Apps Stories March 3

Independent developer Casey Liss is out with his newest app for iOS today, focused on letting you quickly and easily add emoji to images. Dubbed “MaserAid,” this app helps you protect your privacy when you post images online — or just add a bit of a fun to an image.

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Apps Stories February 2

Duolingo is one of the world’s most popular apps, consistently ranking in the top two or three educational apps, and a hugely popular way to learn a language.

All of which had, until very recently, been completely irrelevant to me. I’m generally a fast learner, and have picked up a diverse range of skills over the years, but have always been completely hopeless when it comes to learning languages …

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Apps Stories February 1

There are a variety of different apps for iPhone, iPad, and Mac that aim to make you more productive and focused. Today, indie developer Michael Tigas is out with a new app called Ochi, which takes this a step further by blocking distracting apps and websites in an effort to “help you stay focused and spend your time wisely” across iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

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Apps Stories January 21

Indie developer Will Bishop is out with a new entrant in the recipe and cooking category of apps for iPhone and iPad. Dubbed Pestle, this app allows you to import recipes from anywhere and turn them into a step-by-step process, aiming to “make every recipe easily achievable.”

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Apps Stories December 25, 2021

How to buy crypto on iPhone the easy way

Learning how to buy crypto isn’t easy but has truly arrived stateside and has certainly become a viable option for getting into the cryptocurrency game on iPhone. As the bright red letters adorning the house of LeBron get pulled down and carried away into the annals of sports history, a new moniker is being readied to dawn its new mantle atop the former Staples Center. Tinsel Town will soon have a new set of shining bright lights across its beloved colosseum with the official unveil of sorts ahead of tip-off tonight when LeBron’s Lakers takes on Kevin Durant’s (and very much not Kyrie Irving’s) Brooklyn Nets. Some $700 million dollars later — a bag far larger than the one America’s favorite office supply store had to shell out 10 years prior — virtual currency giant will forcefully take its new place across the skyline in Laker nation. And its Crypto iOS app will be the mobile platform that helps propel it even deeper in to the pockets of Americans.

Christmas is here, and if you’ve been good enough in 2021 for Santa to bring you a new iPhone or iPad, you might be wondering what are some cool apps to try to get the most out of your devices. Look no further as we’ve got you covered.

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Apps Stories December 22, 2021

PSA: Flighty Pro is free for all users of the iOS app tomorrow, the busiest travel day of the year

Our favorite flight tracking app, Flighty, is a must-have app for this time of the year and tomorrow the pro tier will be unlocked free-of-charge for all users. December 23rd is the busiest travel day of the year and all pro features will be available throughout the day for everyone, even users who don’t currently pay for the pro tier.

Apps Stories November 24, 2021

Tasks has become my main app for to-do lists, and I’ve written about it here on 9to5Mac before. Now the app has been updated to its version 2.0, which brings several new features to Tasks. The update comes with folders, smart lists, filters, and more.

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Apps Stories September 21, 2021

‘MoneyCoach’ finance app adds XL widgets, Apple Watch updates, more

MoneyCoach is a universal cash tracker and mindfulness app that aims to help you save money and establish financial goals. Alongside the release of iOS 15, the app received its fall update that will take advantage of everything new that just arrived with Apple’s new operating systems.

Apps Stories September 20, 2021

Weather Line creator Ryan Jones and his team have released a huge update to their popular flight tracking app, Flighty. The app has just been updated to version 2.0, and it includes a ton of quality of life improvements to make traveling more fun and less stressful. The update includes several new visual enhancements like a 3D globe view and easier one-handed use. There are also all-new features like proximity radar, ground radar, and live-streaming.

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Apps Stories August 2, 2021

The New York Times announced today that it is cutting off access to its popular crosswords for third-party apps. Previously, the Times made its crosswords available in .puz files in the Across Lite puzzle format. These could be used in a variety of third-party crossword applications.

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Apps Stories July 15, 2021

Pilot claims Delta stole his app, is suing for a billion dollars

A pilot is claiming that Delta stole his app, and is suing the airline for more than a billion dollars. To make things just a touch more awkward, the pilot concerned actually flies for Delta …

Apps Stories April 7, 2021

WaterMinder app adds support for tracking caffeine intake with Apple Health integration

WaterMinder is one of my favorite iPhone apps, as it easily allows you to track your water intake and integrate with the Apple Health app. A new update rolling to WaterMinder today adds support for tracking your caffeine intake alongside your water intake.

Apps Stories April 6, 2021

If you’re looking to give your Home app a personalized makeover, HomePaper is a new app designed to help. Apple includes a handful of rather boring default wallpapers in the Home app, but HomePaper lets you take things to the next level by combining your own pictures with custom gradients.

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Apps Stories April 5, 2021

Following this morning’s Tim Cook interview with Kara Swisher that focused on privacy, Apple has reminded developers to update their apps with the new AppTrackingTransparency framework before the release of iOS 14.5. AppTrackingTransparency, or ATT, is a new tool Apple is introducing to protect users’ data and prevent unwanted apps from tracking you across other websites and apps.

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Apps Stories April 1, 2021

Earlier today, we shared a report about the record spend on apps during the pandemic, and now a Sensor Tower research shows that iPhone users really have been spending more than ever in the App Store ecosystem. iPhone users in the US spent an average of $138 on apps in 2020, which is 38% more than in 2019.

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The pandemic saw a record spend on apps last year, and App Annie reports that this has continued into the first quarter of this year.

The analytics firm says that demand for entertainment during lockdown saw developers enjoy the biggest quarter since records began…

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