This week’s edition of our Apps of the Week roundup features a new podcast player with a sharp interface and solid feature set, an app for discovering and reading short stories, and a photo editor with 35mm-like filters. And as always, we’ve picked two great new games for you to check out.
Agora is a podcast player that allows you to manage your content easily and expand your catalogue by discovering new content. I know, there are already tons of podcast apps out there—including one from Apple—but this one has an interface and feature set that make it worth checking out. Some of those features include sleep timer, playback speed control, iCloud sync support, custom themes, rich notifications, 3D Touch support and more. Agora is available for free.
Would you like to read more, but feel like you never have the time to dig into a lengthy novel? Check out Shortly. Just tell the app how long you want to read and it will give you a top-rated, gripping short story plucked from the halls of the popular subreddit r/writingprompts. There, writers create short works of fiction based on a given prompt, and other redditors upvote their favorites. Then, this app picks popular stories from the subreddit based on how much time you have, and voila! Shortly is available for free.
RNI Films is the ideal mobile companion for any photographer looking to bring the authentic character and colour of 35mm film stock to their digital photos. Yes, I’ve selected another photo app. What sets RNI apart from the rest of the pack is its photo-like filters—they’re born from real film stocks and split into categories that include negative, slide, instant, black & white and vintage. The developers say the filters are more true-to-film than those of its competitors. Unfortunately, most of those filters are hidden behind in-app purchases. But I still think this app is worth checking out. RNI Films is available for free (with some IAPs).
Sky Gamblers – Infinite Jets
Sky Gamblers – Infinite Jets is the latest entry in the hit pilot simulation franchise. In it, you must untangle the story of great bravery and despicable treason in the all-new single player campaign. You’ll get the opportunity to unlock, upgrade and customize more than 100 planes, experience huge open world areas, and take the skies to fight off heavily armed enemy jet fighters and battleships. Game requires devices capable of running Metal. Sky Gamblers – Infinite Jets is available for free (with some IAPs).
Run, side, shoot and setback your way through dangerous terrains in Crashbots. This endless runner from Appsolute Games tasks players with making their way through challenging levels to unlock new content and get high score on the leaderboard. There are 2 different game modes, 3 worlds and over 75 levels to play, as well as 5 robots to unlock. If you’re looking for a fun (and free) new game to check out this weekend, this is a good one. Crashbots is available for free (with some IAPs).
More apps to check out
- Patch allows you to create a Portrait Mode effect on any iPhone
- YouTube Kids gets new parental controls, profiles & adaptive UI
- Darkroom photo editor now supports wide color, HEIF, Metal 2, metadata, iPhone X & more
- 1Password 7 for iOS: iPhone X/Face ID support, iPad keyboard shortcuts, Quick Copy & more
- Use the “golden hours” to improve your iPhone photography
- Amazon updates iOS app with augmented reality shopping experience