The summer is heating up, and so are the new releases in the App Store. This week's helping of new and updated apps includes looks at a new way to compose emails, a big update for Perfect Weather, Disney GIFs, a virtual Theremin, protection for your Wi-Fi hotspot, a cool presentation app from Microsoft, how to make your built-in iOS mic sound bigger, and a clutter-free timer for exercise junkies. But don't take our word for it — read on!
The folks in Cupertino appear to be trolling those who criticize them for leaving the rumored iWatch out of this year's WWDC keynote, with a new commercial focusing on how the iPhone 5s works with fitness and health apps.
The origins of yoga date back to ancient India, but the craft is still widely practiced today. There's a reason it has stuck around for so long: it's one of the most flexible disciplines you can take part in. If your goal is to stretch your body, lose weight, or rest a worried mind, you can find a routine that suits your needs. One of the great things about yoga is it uses your entire body and no additional equipment, so it's easy to practice just about anywhere. You can sneak in a quick session no matter where you are with the help of these eight apps designed to make your practice fully portable.
While you're waiting around for the iWatch, the fitness buffs among you might be interested in picking up the new Fitbit Force wristband. As AllThingsD reports, it includes all the features from last year's popular Fitbit Flex, while adding actual watch functionality, a larger screen, an altimeter for measuring how many stairs you've climbed, and a system for measuring how long you've really been exercising.
Human, a fitness tracker for iPhone and iPod touch, aims to help you lead a more productive and healthy life by letting you know how active you are throughout the day. Unlike other more robust trackers currently available, Human simply tracks your daily activity levels in minutes and not calories. All you need to worry about is staying active with your device in tow. Though its ease of use makes it great for those seeking an uncomplicated way to manage their fitness levels, Human’s sparse features and inaccurate sensors may make it more trouble than it’s worth.
Your iPhone can’t make you exercise more or change your diet. But it can help you make your life more social, more creative, and way more fun. With so many health and fitness apps aimed at helping you take care of yourself, your Mac and iOS device can be sources of support and inspiration — and all the nerdy statistics you’d ever want. No matter what your initial fitness level or your own goals (maybe you just want to sleep better, feel less stressed, or find a new trail to walk your dog), we hope something here speaks to you.
Yoga apps dominate the health and fitness scene in the App Store, but gaming giant Electronic Arts – best known for action-packed titles like Battlefield and Madden NFL – is something of an unexpected contender in this space. Despite the surprise launch, however, Yogify is an excellent option that makes it easy to pick a target and focus your workout, with various class bundles allowing users to customize the experience to fit their needs.
Hohoho, appy holidays from Mac|Life to you. Here it is, the final slab of free and discounted apps available just for you, dear readers, before the Christmas holiday is well and truly upon us. We've got you on our Nice list, so we grabbed these apps for your stocking.
Maybe you’re a serious athlete, and already keep track of your workouts in some form or other. But if you’re a beginner or a casual runner, you might want to think about doing so, because knowledge is power, and having a good record of what you’re already achieving could help you improve your performance. Just seeing your progress can be hugely motivating -- keeping track of where you’ve already been might help you get out the door again tomorrow morning. As ever, your Mac and iPhone are fine companions as you pull on those trainers and get ready to run.
All the ergonomics in the world aren’t going to magically make a person athletic (trust us, we checked). If you want to lose weight and get fit, you’ll need to take it outdoors. We hate working out as much as anyone else, but with the right tech, tracking your progress can be a fun and addicting way to see all that you’ve accomplished. From the colorful charts to challenging our friends to races, these high-tech gadgets have the geeks in us addicted to fitness.