This week’s Apps of the Week roundup features some great selections, including a new app for holding private conversations in public, a black & white photography app, and a strange countdown timer aimed at helping you get things done. And as always, we’ve picked two cool games for you to check out.
Here is an interesting app called Rushline. The tagline is “private group messaging in public,” and it’s kind of tough to explain, but try to follow me. So you sign up for Rushline and pick topics to follow such as #sports or #startup. Then say another user who is working on a startup opens a Rushline with 1 or more of their colleagues. You’ll get a notification, access to the conversation, and maybe even have the chance to offer input. I know, it sounds like another discussion app destined to fail (see TalkShow), but you’ll never know if you like it unless you try it. Rushline is available for free.
This app is much easier to figure out. Feelca B&W is the latest entry is a string of successful Feelca-branded photo apps. As the name suggests, the focus this time is on black and white photography. There is no editing or post-filters/effects—just choose between 24 or 36 exposure film, tilt the manual focus dial and take your picture. There is a timer, a function for adding a title, and of course you can share your photos. This app is available for $0.99.
Steve Jobs famously said “Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.” Delphi is kind of built on this notion. The app is, at a high-level, a countdown timer for your life. It sounds morbid, but the goal here is to help you put things in perspective, reduce procrastination/time-wasting, and focus on accomplishing things you want to get done. It’s not going to be for everyone, but again, you won’t know if you like it until you try it. This app is available for free.
The hit game that has won hearts on other platforms is now available on iOS. In SteamWorld Heist you command a steam-driven pirate crew in a series of epic tactical shootouts. It’s turn-based strategy with an action twist: You manually aim the guns of your robots, allowing for insane skill shots and bullet-bouncing action. As the captain you will board, loot and shoot your way through enemy spaceships. This game is available for $6.99.
Looking for a simpler arcade/platformer-type game? Check out Mike Jumps. In this game you’ll run, jump, swing, and fly your way through 200 challenging levels. There are 6 characters, 250 items to wear, and you can share your favorites via iMessage stickers in iOS 10.Other features include Game Center leaderboards and iCloud support. This game is available for free (with in-app purchases).
More apps to check out
- For those who serve: Veterans Day specials crop up on App Store & Apple Music
- Apple launches new ‘iBooks StoryTime’ app on tvOS
- Apple’s free app of the week: Perchang
- This app lets you try out Touch Bar on Macs that lack a physical Touch Bar
- The Trail is a beautiful jaunt in the palm of your hand
Apps updated this week
- 1Password now supports Touch ID and Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pro
- Instagram update brings Boomerang features, mentions and links in Stories
- YouTube for iOS gains Dreamy filter, better search & interactive timestamp links in comments
- “Hey Siri, send Sébastien $100 using PayPal”
- Viber launches Public Accounts for brands, overhauls media menus in iPhone app
- WhatsApp for iPhone gains GIF search feature
- Snapchat update enables new gestures for sharing Snaps and using Lenses
- Google overhauls Gmail for iOS, adds swipe to archive/delete, Undo Send & more