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Staff Picks: iOS apps you should check out now

Serenity Caldwell | Feb. 10, 2014
It's no surprise that the App Store has gotten a wee bit crowded over the last few years. With millions of iOS devices activated every year, and tens of thousands of app developers itching to make software for those devices, there's new and cool stuff (along with new and not-so-cool stuff) arriving on the Store every day. Trying to keep up with it all is a fool's errand, as we at Macworld know all too well.

It's no surprise that the App Store has gotten a wee bit crowded over the last few years. With millions of iOS devices activated every year, and tens of thousands of app developers itching to make software for those devices, there's new and cool stuff (along with new and not-so-cool stuff) arriving on the Store every day. Trying to keep up with it all is a fool's errand, as we at Macworld know all too well.

So instead of reporting on every new app out there, we've decided to focus instead on the just the ones that have recently captured our imaginations (and perhaps a spot on our homescreens), whether they're tiny apps from budding developers or the top-grossing apps that everyone is using. Our hope is that, while you might recognize some of these apps, others may be ones you might never have run across. All of them, we think, are worth a look.

Chris Breen: Yahoo Weather
Look, I know that it's cool to dig up little-known apps in the hope of exposing them to the wide world, but I'd like to sing the praises of one that you may (or should) already have: Yahoo Weather. It beats the hell out of me why Apple doesn't include a Weather app on the iPad but the fact is, it doesn't. And given how great Yahoo Weather is, maybe that's a good thing. It's free, you get a beautiful interface, the weather and forecast information you really need, some details about the day and night's conditions, lovely interpretations of precipitation and wind data, and a live weather map. Even if you currently rely on Apple's Weather app on an iPhone or iPod touch, it's worth your while to check out Yahoo's version. Odds are, you'll switch.

Serenity Caldwell: Beats Music
I didn't think I was going to take Beats Music for a spin, but Chris's hands-on and MacStories' Federico Viticci's strong support of the service convinced me to give it a listen. And you know what? They were both right. I gave Beats a rather eclectic range of music to pick from, and the app has surprised and delighted me at every turn. Thanks to its discovery engine, I'm jamming out to a whole range of artists I would have never stumbled across otherwise. And while a tad gimmicky, Beats' "The Sentence" can fill an oddly satisfying music void. The app itself is super-slick, and though there are a couple of weird UI decisions, I'm rather pleased with this strange little music app. I just signed up for a subscription, and I hope it sticks around.

Dan Frakes: Habit List
Like many people, I keep to-do lists. But many of my tasks are things I do regularly — every day, several times each week, weekly, and so on — and I don't want to clutter my lists with them.

 

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