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!
Best new and updated apps
This week, we've going to look at apps that have been updated to take advantage of the new capabilities in iOS 12 and watchOS 5. From Siri Shortcuts to password autofill, these apps all stand out with Apple's latest software updates.
Overcast - An excellent third-party podcast app (and my personal podcast app of choice), Overcast has received not only support for features like Shortcuts, but also a new design. The Now Playing screen has been completely redesigned, making it easier to find show notes, chapters, and advance controls. There's also a new sleep timer with more granular controls. When it comes to Siri Shortcuts, Overcast's support is extensive, allowing you to set voice commands for playback controls, playlists, and even individual shows. So if I want to listen to the latest episode of Vector, I just have to say "Vector," and Rene's voice starts speaking in my ear. On the Apple Watch, you can now transfer podcasts to the watch itself, so you don't need to have your iPhone around to listen to those episodes. You can also now control the volume directly in Overcast for Apple Watch. Free - Download Now
1Password - The latest update to the popular password manager can put your login information right above your keyboard thanks to new features in iOS 12. If you prefer 1Password to the built-in iOS Keychain, you can now elect to use it instead of Keychain for login information autofill. These abilities even extend to creating new login information, and you can create strong, unique passwords using 1Password without having to open the main app. 1Password can now keep itself up to date if you sync data using a 1Password.com account even when the app isn't running, so your information will always be current. . Free - Download Now
Things 3 - This excellent task manager has been updated for both iOS 12 and watchOS 5 with support for Shortcuts, dynamic notifications, password autofill, and the Siri watch face. With Shortcuts, you can build your own custom Quick Entries, which basically serve as custom task templates that automatically populate things like tags, the list they belong to, and more when they are invoked via your custom Siri command. On the Apple Watch, a card for Things will also now appear on the Siri watch face when you have a task due. $9.99 - Download Now
Enlight Pixaloop - The latest entry into the Enlight creative suite wants to help you put more life into your photos through animation. You can take one or more elements of a still image, everything from a strand of hair to clouds in the sky, then animated, creating something unique with every photo. Add more basic effects for just a small touchup, or construct creative loops full of interesting animations using machine learning-powered tools. You can even completely redo the skies in your photos, adding sunsets, clouds, and more. You can get unlimited access to Pixaloop through Pixaloop Pro, which costs $3.99 per month, $19.99 per year, or $59.99 for a one-time purchase. Free - Download Now
Palette Republic - With Palette Republic, you can add color palettes to your photos. The app analyzes your photos, and will then place the color palette of the image in question directly on it, putting a unique touch on your photos. You can select from different palette styles, including square and circular. If you elect to pay for Palette Republic Pro, you'll get access to more styles, including both current and future packs. You can sign up for Palette Republic Pro for $4.99 per month, $23.49 per year, or $29.99 if you want lifetime access for a one-time payment. Free - Download Now
It's iOS 12 launch week, and Apple is focusing specifically on apps that have implemented Siri Shortcuts, which let users create customized commands for tasks within specific apps, as well as more complicated workflows for getting things done.
Day One - When it comes to Siri Shortcuts, Day One offers ways for you to start different types of journal entries with your voice. In the Shortcuts section within the app's settings, you'll find a series of three buttons for each journal that you have: one each for a photo, audio, and text entries in a given journal. Tap one of the buttons to be taken to the setup screen for a new Siri Shortcut command phrase and record your phrase, creating a custom entry command. For instance, when I say "travel log," Day One will automatically launch into a new audio entry in my Travel journal. Free- Download Now
Drafts - Drafts has added major Shortcuts support with version 5.4, starting with the Run Shortcut action step, which lets you pass text to the Shortcuts app and trigger a named shortcut with just a tap. With the new "Capture clipboard" Shortcut, you can copy your device's clipboard and automatically past it into a new draft without launching Drafts itself. You can also add shortcuts for Drafts functions to Siri, like opening a specific draft in the detail view, loading a workspace in the Workspace edit screen, or running an action without input text from the action edit screen. Free - Download Now
Carrot Weather - The foul-mouthed weather app now lets you get weather reports using Siri. When you execute your custom Siri command for your Carrot Weather report, it will pop up in the Siri screen, just like the built-in weather app. There are 18 pre-made shortcuts available in Carrot Weather. On the Apple Watch side of things, Carrot Weather can now appear in a card on the Siri watch face in watchOS 5. You'll get your current conditions right from a trusted source without having to open the watch app. Free- Download Now
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