New and updated apps: Beats Music, Djay, Write, Trainz Simulator and more!

Every day dozens and dozens of new and updated apps and games hit the iOS and Mac App Stores. It's impossible to keep up with them all, but it's not impossible to pick out the very best. Here they are! Today we've got music apps, games, note taking tools and more!

New and updated iOS apps

  • Djay 2.5.2: The popular DJ app for the iPhone makes it easier to switch between iTunes and Spotify libraries, improves key display in the library Match tab and ands the Record button immediately when switching back to your local iTunes library. Free - Download now (opens in new tab)
  • Beats Music 2.1.0: The music service that Apple just acquired as part of a $3 billion deal. The trial period has been extended from 7 to 14 days, the annual subscription price dropped from $119.88 to $99.99, and a whole bunch of bug fixes. Free - Download now (opens in new tab)
  • Write 2.5: The note taking and text editor for iPhone with Markdown support and more adds dozens of new features and makes some bug fixes too. $1.99 - Download now (opens in new tab)
  • Trainz Simulator 2: N3V's realistic train simulation game is now available for download. Compared to the original this new game has new routes and sessions, multiplayer support, online chat and much more. $7.99 - Download now (opens in new tab)
  • Surgeon Simulator 1.0.5: The riotous game that puts the life of patients that need surgery in your hands now sports an alien autopsy mode! $5.99 - Download now (opens in new tab)
  • PDF Expert 5.1: PDF Expert lets you read, annotate, and edit your PDFS and is now a universal app for both iPhone and iPad. Version 5.1 brings with it a much speedier experience, continuous scroll, and more! $9.99 - Download Now (opens in new tab)
  • Inky Mail 0.98: A new alternative mail app for iPhone and iPad. Inky Mail, which is already available for Mac, now makes an appearance on iOS bringing with it smart gestures, one click unsubscribe, and more powerful features than what the native can offer. Free - Download Now (opens in new tab)
  • Real Racing 3 2.3.0: The amazingly realistic auto racing game adds next-gen Le Mans prototypes, "an Epic Le Mans Campaign," Circuit de 24 Heures du Mans, party play (Bluetooth controller and split-screen multiplayer support), Porsche Time Trial Competition, and improvements to multiplayer. Free - Download now (opens in new tab)
  • Total Conquest 1.5.1: Battle online to control the Roman Empire. A new resource: Ambrosia. Summon Mars and Bellona to your province, new Centaur unit, new potions and other changes. Free - Download now (opens in new tab)

New and updated Mac apps

  • Write 1.0.1: The Mac companion app to the iOS app listed above. A full-featured note-taking app with Multimarkdown 4 support, customizable theme and export CSS, drag and drop image URL support and more. $6.99 - Download now (opens in new tab)
  • Reeder 2.0: The popular RSS newsreading app is back, with support for Feedbin, Feedly, Feed Wranger, Fever and Readability, as well as local/standalone RSS. $9.99 - Download now (opens in new tab)
  • Pocket 5.5: Popular read-it-later service for iOS. This version brings a Pocket premium option that gives you permanent libraries, better search, suggested tags, and more. Free - Download Now (opens in new tab)

More apps and updates?

If you try any of the apps or updates, let me know how they work for you. If you got any new or updated apps today that you loved, but don't see here, let us know about them!

Peter Cohen
  • Will Beats Music be available outside the United States? Sent from the iMore App
  • I think that's the 3 billion dollar question. ;) Seems more to be a question of "when" than "if," but in fairness, it's taking a long time for Apple to roll out iTunes Radio internationally, as well. Hopefully Jimmy Iovine's presence at Apple will help guide both along.
  • I'm curious to see how apple might improve beats music. While right now I'm using spotify, I have used, and liked for the most part, beats music.