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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 September 21

‘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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Apps Stories March 24

‘Crash Bandicoot: On the Run!’ launches on iPhone and iPad

If you are a Crash Bandicoot fan, you’re in luck. A new game called Crash Bandicoot: On the Run! is available to download on the iPhone and iPad now. The game was available to pre-add in March, as the developer, who is also the creator of Candy Crush Saga, announced.

Apps Stories March 10

Celebrate Mario Day with these apps and stickers on your iPhone

For those not familiar, March 10 is known as Mario Day, because of MAR10, and it’s officially here for 2021. This year, the franchise is also celebrating its 36th anniversary with the Super Nintendo World set to open at Universal Studios in Japan next week.

If you love the most famous plumber in the world, there are a few ways to celebrate Mario Day on your iPhone.

Apps Stories March 2

Apple has announced that it is discontinuing its Music Memos application. As such, it has rolled out an update to the app today to allow users to export their recordings to the Voice Memos app. This is the first update to Music Memos in over a year, and it’s sole purpose to sunset the app altogether.

Update March 2, 2021: Apple has officially discontinued the Music Memos application and removed it from the App Store completely. This was first spotted by The 8-Bit.

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Apps Stories February 15

In this latest edition of What’s on my iPhone, I take a look at some of the apps that I use on a regular basis. Some of these apps have been around for years, while others are relatively new to the first page of my iPhone’s home screen. Inside you’ll find details on my favorite Reddit client, my go-to app for securing cryptocurrency, an app that helps put the kibosh on annoying robocallers, and more. Watch our hands-on What’s on My iPhone episode, and subscribe to 9to5Mac on YouTube for more videos like this.

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Apps Stories February 11

Nudget is a popular budgeting app for iPhone that launched last July, giving users a way to easily track expenses and insights. The app has received a major update this week, bringing it to version 2.0 with new features such as Face ID and Touch ID support, iCloud syncing, and an iPad app.

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Apple is sending a new round of invitations to developers for online sessions focused on bringing iPad apps to the Mac. The email invites developers to sign up for the “Bring Your iPad App to Mac” online workshops throughout the rest of February and the first half of March.

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Apps Stories February 8

Today, a team of designers and developers unveiled an incredible new Mac app dubbed “Freezeframe” that lets you save different workspaces for later. The app essentially takes a snapshot in time of your windows and tabs and lets you return to them through a handy menu bar icon. It’s like Mission Control on steroids.

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Mark Cuban is planning to enter the podcasting industry as soon as this year. According to a new report from the Verge, Cuban is planning to launch a new podcast app that allows hosts to “talk to fans live and monetize their conversations.”

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Apps Stories January 27

Over the last week, the Reddit forum WallStreetBets has helped push stocks like GME (GameStop), AMC, and BB (BlackBerry) to new highs. New data from Appfigures today indicates how this viral retail investing trend has sent apps like Reddit and Robinhood to the top of Apple’s App Store charts.

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Apps Stories January 18

Two weeks ago, a report from Fast Company highlighted that Google had suspiciously not updated the vast majority of its iOS apps since December 7, a day before Apple required developers to provide a privacy report for every app available on the App Store. Following that report, Google quickly fired back and said it would start updating its iOS apps with the privacy labels as soon as that same week, the week of January 4.

Two weeks later, Google still hasn’t updated the vast majority of its iOS applications with these privacy labels, including its popular apps such as Gmail and YouTube. Even if Google has no mal-intent, this scattershot approach is leaving users puzzled and concerned.

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Apps Stories January 13

App Annie’s annual State of Mobile report reveals that Americans now spend more time using apps than watching live TV.

The report also shows that consumer spending on apps grew by 20% last year, in large part driven by the pandemic boosting demand for home-based entertainment …

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Apps Stories January 11

The Parler app is non-functional, and parler.com has gone offline, as Amazon Web Services discontinued service to the company. Both the website and the app relied on AWS for content distribution.

The social network was set up after Twitter started clamping down on disinformation and hate speech. However, both Apple and Google dropped the apps after it was revealed that Parler was used to help plan the attempted coup at the Capitol, and was being used to plan a second armed attack in DC ahead of the inauguration …

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Apps Stories January 9

After giving Parler 24 hours to introduce new content moderation policies, Apple announced today that Parler has officially been kicked off the App Store. This means the app has been removed from the App Store for new downloads.

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Apps Stories January 6

As students and teachers continue to work from home amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Overviewer has hit the scene as a new iOS app for turning your iPhone into a document camera on Zoom and other video conferencing applications. The app is meant to be a replacement or substitute for traditional document cameras, which are common in education but costly and cumbersome to use.

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Apps Stories December 28, 2020

If you unwrapped a new Apple Watch this holiday season, we’ve already rounded up some of our top tips for getting started. There are also a variety of third-party Apple Watch apps you can install to take your experience to the next level. Here are some of the best Apple Watch apps to try.

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