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, play with virtual LEGO sets, create fun loops and short songs with a variety of musical creatures, put together a unique keepsake that your family will treasure forever, and more.

  • 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
  • Grandma's Gift - Create your very own custom keepsake printed book for your grandchild this holiday season. Use your own photos to create a storybook starring you and your grandchild as you go on a winter adventure. After you create your book digitally, you can order a physical copy so that your grandchild has a keepsake that they'll hold on to long into the future. - Free - Download Now
  • Focus - Use Focus to better manage your time. Create timed Focus Sessions during which you focus on work. Each session lasts 25 minutes with a five minute break in between each session. The app is designed to give you a 15-20 minute break after four sessions to stave off stress. Focus Pro, the app's subscription service also has its own light task manager, which lets you organize your tasks in the way you want to work on them. Focus Pro also lets you check out your Focus stats with detailed performance breakdowns, as well as sync via iCloud. Focus Pro costs $3.99 a month, or $29.99 per year. - Free - Download Now
  • Paper by FiftyThree - The popular sketching and productivity app has received a major update with version 4.0. Paper now sports an interface that we'll call "new-ish," with a return of the original journal carousel layout that the app sported before version 3.0. You can choose between organizing each of your notebooks in either a journal or grid view. iPad users will be happy to know that Paper now supports Split View, with version 4.0 (finally) introducing proper portrait orientation support as well. Paper Patron has also been renamed Paper Pro, and now unlocks unlimited color swatches, premium covers for your notebooks, and the ability to paste between pages, while content sync and drawing tutorials are coming to Paper Pro soon. You can subscribe to Paper Pro for $5.99 for six months. - Free - Download Now

Featured apps

Featured Apps

This week, Apple has a great collection of STEM-related apps for those that want to expand their intellectual horizons into the sciences.

  • The Elements - Take an interactive tour of the periodic table of elements. The app features a visual representation of every element, all laid out as you'd expect from the periodic table. Tap on an element to get expanded information, and move its model around to get a thorough look at its structure. - $8.99 - Download Now
  • Star Walk Kids - This kids version of the popular astronomy app offers a fresh and engaging approach to teaching children about universe. The app covers the basics of astronomy with beautiful visuals that illustrate the different planets, constellations, and more. Star Walk Kids also features quizzes to let kids show off what they've learned. - $2.99 - Download Now
  • Simple Machines - Get a hold of the basics of simple machines with this fun and colorful app. You can build different levels using the six simple machines in the app: levers pulleys, inclined planes, wedges, wheel and axels, and screws. The app also teaches you about forces and motion, conservation of energy, actions and reactions, and more physical concepts, offering simulations of real-world physics. - $2.99 - Download Now