Congratulations! You made it to the weekend again, which means it’s time for another Apps of the Week roundup. This week we have some fantastic picks, including a new fitness-focused social network, the ultimate ski companion, and a surprisingly powerful Lock Screen widget. And as always, we’ve selected a fun new game for you to check out.
I’m sure this app isn’t going to be for everyone, but if you’re really into fitness, or maybe made it your New Year’s resolution to start, this app may be of some help. It’s essentially BeReal for gym-goers, built with a goal of inspiration and motivation. Once a day, you take a pre and post-workout photo to share with your friends, who can encourage you with “pump” emojis, and you can use these photos to track your progress over time.
iSlope – Ski Tracker
I’m not really a “ski guy,” but it being the middle of winter, I imagine it’s a good time for skiing. And if you happen to be a ski person, who is going skiing, you might want to check out iSlope. It bills itself as the ultimate ski companion, with features like 2D and 3D maps, speed, distance and altitude tracking, friend spotters, and even a leaderboard feature to compete against others.
Any Text – Lock Screen Widgets
Any Text is a widget that allows you to put—any text—on your Lock Screen. Think reminders, affirmations, goals, todo lists, etc. Now at first glance, you might be thinking, ok well that’s not impressive at all, you mean I have to manually input new text in there every time? Nope. Secretly, this app is super powerful, as it is completely scriptable via the Shortcuts app. This means you can program it to grab text from other apps, change text based on the time of day, or your location, and it can even grab scores from your favorite sports team. The sky is the limit.
How fast can you tap? Simple Circle is a simple, yet challenging, game in which you must tap as many circles as you can before they explode. The more circles you tap, the higher your score will be. Think of it like the classic whack-a-mole game, but with exploding circles instead of disappearing moles. I love fast reflex games like this that are quick to start and play, and have a leaderboard to track your new highs.