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, find great educational games to play by yourself or with friends and classmates. Save everything cool that you find in a cool shelf app. Or get some machine learning-powered musical accompaniment whenever you play music on your own.

  • Kahoot! - The games found in Kahoot! are focused on education, offering fun lessons in different areas. The games cover various subjects like geography, math, science, language, civics, and more. You can play against friends online, and teachers can even assign the games in the app to their students instead of pen and paper homework. You can also challenge yourself in single-player mode, solving puzzles and filling out quizzes on your own. - Free - Download Now
  • Anybuffer - When you find something cool, drop it in Anybuffer. This take on the shelf app will take pretty much any kind of content that you want to save for later. Add a link, document, photo, music file, or app right in Anybuffer from your Clipboard, the Photos app, or the Files app, and everything you place can be synced across your devices using iCloud. You can also create new shelves inside Anybuffer to keep your collections organized, and use the app's collections of custom icons to denote each new shelf. While Anybuffer is great on the iPhone, it's really focused on the iPad, where it supports drag and drop for easy placement of interesting items onto your shelves. - Free - Download Now
  • Metronaut - Metronaut is a partner to any musician, even if they choose to practice alone. The app provides orchestral accompaniment for you when you play any instrument, even your own voice. Metronaut listens to you in real time, adding accompaniment based on your speed position in a piece, rhythm, performance, and voice, all thanks to machine learning and listening technology. You can play as freely as you'd like, and Metronaut will help you get more comfortable, becoming a teacher as well as a digital partner. - Free - Download Now
  • Paste 2 - This smart clipboard can keep track of everything that you write, copy, and save on your iPhone. The app recognizes text, images, links, files, and more, and keeps it all in sync across your iPhone and Mac using iCloud. You can organize your clipboard items and snippets into color-coordinated Pinboards, and rearrange your clipboard history the way that you need it. Snippets that you use regularly can be pinned for easy access, and you can always add to a Pinboard using the included Paste extension, letting you take advantage of Paste's utility in almost any other application. - Free - Download Now
  • Overcast - This podcast app has recently received a fairly sizable update with version 4.1. The headline feature of this update is Smart Resume. After pausing an episode, Smart Resume rewinds playback by a few seconds in order remind you of the conversation you were listening to when you paused it. Smart Resume also seeks out silence in those sections of the show so that you don't resume playback in the middle of a word. Overcast 4.1 also has a new option for auto-deleting finished podcast episodes 24 hours after they've been completed. Other updates include bug fixes, improvements to large playlist handling, and the ability to add password-protected podcasts to the app. - Free - Download Now

Featured apps

Featured apps

This week's set of featured apps are all about note taking. Each one of these apps makes it easy to create stacks and stacks of digital notes, from the handwritten to the meticulously typed.

  • Notability - This versatile note-taking app lets you type your notes, hand-write them, sketch out your ideas, annotate and sign PDFs, create checklists, and more. The app is simple enough for quick notes, and robust enough to type up, for instance, a school report, complete with the ability to pick your font or add images and other graphics to your work. On the iPad Pro, Apple Pencil support lets you write completely naturally in Notability, and the app even features tools for the easy creation of straight lines for things like graphs and shapes. Everything, even your handwritten notes, gets synced between your iPhone, iPad, and even your Mac. - Free - Download Now
  • GoodNotes 4 - GoodNotes focuses most of its attention on handwriting and annotation. You can easily handwrite your notes, though the app does support standard text entry for those who'd rather type, and its easy to combine both handwriting and text. You can also quickly mark up and sign PDF documents and send them to whoever needs them. GoodNotes also features character recognition technology that lets you search your handwritten notes to find something that you need. On the iPad, GoodNotes implements one of my favorite instances of drag and drop, which lets you select your handwritten notes, then drop it in another app as typed plaintext. - Free - Download Now
  • Notebook - Notebook is a one-stop note-taking shop. Write out simple notes, or add images, sketches, and other elements if you need something more complex. Add PDFs, Word documents, spreadsheets on the app's dedicated file note card. Notebook also lets you record audio notes that you can listen to later, which, like the rest of your notes across the app, are text-searchable. You can get additional information on your note card and notebooks by swiping on them and you can also lock individual notes behind Touch ID/Face ID and a passcode. - Free - Download Now