Best new apps for iPhone and iPad

There are over a million and a half apps for iPhone and iPad and the number just keeps growing. Every day new and newly updated apps hit the App Store, and it's impossible to keep up with all of them. Luckily, you don't have to. All you have to do is bookmark this page and come back every day. When you do, we'll have the best of the best new apps waiting for you!

And don't forget to check out our list of this week's best games for your iPhone.

Best new and updated apps

Best apps

This week, check out what the Weather Gods have in store for your area, keep your events organized, create color swatches from the real world, and much more.

  • Weather Gods - Weather Gods combines beautiful art with premium weather data to create a weather app with a unique look and feel. While you'll find the same capabilities in many other weather apps, including current conditions, forecasts, a widget, and customizable weather alerts, you won't find any apps with quite the same style. You'll get animated, real-time weather background when viewing condition summaries, advanced notifications, phases of the moon, and more. - $2.99 - Download Now
  • Newton Calendar - A companion app to Newton Mail, this app automatically imports calendars attached to your Newton Mail email accounts. The app supports Google Calendars, Exchange, iCloud, and more, and offers a variety of options for viewing your schedule. Get quick glances at upcoming events and free time with the Schedule View. Just tap on a date to start creating a new event. Tap on event participants and organizers to get in touch with them if you need to. As it's a companion app to Newton Mail, you'll need a Newton Mail account to get started, which means you'll need to be subscribed to that service, though if you're a new user on Newton's free trial, know that Newton Calendar offers its full functionality during the trial period. - Free - Download Now
  • Swatches - Swatches is a color picker for the real world. Create color swatches on the fly using your iPhone's camera to capture colors from the physical world. Not only can you view your swatches in RGB and Hex colors, as you might expect from this sort of app, but you can also get the closest paint color, as well as the nearest Pantone color. You can also use a captured color as a visual reference by placing it in full screen mode. Group your swatches into palettes to quickly access groups of swatches. - Free - Download Now
  • LEGO AR Studio - You know what's great about virtual LEGO's? You're not going get stabbed in the foot by any errant pieces that have been left on the ground. That's the sort of experience that LEGO AR Studio offers. You can play with a number of virtual LEGO sets in the real world by using your iPhone or iPad. You can set up the placement of different set pieces and watch as the minifigs perform little animations. The virtual sets can even interact with your physical sets to expand the fun. - Free - Download Now
  • SoundForest - A unique electronic music creator for iPhone and iPad, SoundForest helps you build your songs using a collection of odd musical instruments. Each one takes the form of a plant, animal, or other wilderness feature and has a unique sound. The pitch of the instrument is determined by its placement on the musical environment, and you can place multiple instruments on the same beat. You can create loops or even miniature songs. Creating your first song is free, but you'll need to pay $1.99 to unlock everything SoundForest has to offer. - Free - Download Now

Featured apps

Featured apps

This week, Apple has a new collection of holiday-themed apps. In particular, these apps are great for planning a Secret Santa party for you and your friends.

  • Elfster - Elfster is a Secret Santa generator app, making starting a gift exchange with friends and family simple. You can browse items that you might want in the app itself, and create and upload a wishlist to Elfster at any time. Your wishlist can include items from different websites, and you can add photos, bar code scans, and more. Then you just need to create your gift exchange, invite friends, and shop. - Free - Download Now
  • Paperless Post - This app isn't just for sending invitations, its an event planning platform. Use any of the free or premium invitations for you event, with templates themed around holidays, birthdays, and more ready to go when you open Paperless Post. Add photos to your invitations, and customize the information that you send out. Continue your planning with online tools that let you track RSVPs and manage your guest lists. The app also lets you send messages to your guests through private and group messaging tools so that everything for your event goes smoothly. - Free - Download Now
  • Pinterest - Create a holiday or Secret Santa wishlist with Pinterest. Covering products from dozens of categories, Pinterest lets you easily find and save ideas that you can share with others in a more visually dynamic way than your standard wish list. And it's not just products. You'll find different recipes and craft ideas on Pinterests that you can try for yourself, maybe even spicing up your holiday party with a special treat that you found on someone's board. - Free - Download Now

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