Apple's big media event is almost upon us, but before you get distracted by shiny new toys, we've got another great roundup of new and updated apps that started touching down in the App Store over the last week. There's a little something for everyone including a few search and travel apps, plus a great new way to make photo collages from any iOS device. It's all ahead in this week's New App Recap!
We're still groggy from Labor Day weekend, but that hasn't stopped us from lining up a spectacular recap of all the cool new apps that hit the App Store last week. In just a few clicks, you can be creating cooler time-lapse videos than ever before, making presentations on the go, and even sending or receiving money within seconds. Without further ado, let's dive into this week's New App Recap!
This week's app gallery assembles a number of promising newcomers along with return of a Bitcoin payments app and significant new updates to a pair of popular productivity apps. Most of these new arrivals are free to install, but most of the paid titles are currently discounted for a limited time, so don't hesitate to get downloading before those prices go back up!
Back in March, United Airlines announced that it would be updating both its iOS app and fleet to allow travelers to view free movies and television shows while connected to its Wi-Fi network. Today, the app update went through to complete that process. Using United’s app, passengers will be able to view more than 150 movies and nearly 200 TV shows in the air when on planes that offer Wi-Fi access.
The travel bug can strike when you least expect it, burrowing deep into your psyche until you’re desperate to shoot off to a popular destination Rome or Paris—or somewhere more obscure, like Swaziland capital Mbabane. Taking in the sights and sounds of a different culture in a new place is a great way to recharge and unwind (or draw some fresh inspiration), and it’s easier than ever now to sort out the where, what, and how of doing so. If you’ve been thinking about jet-setting off to a faraway land or planning a round-the-world trip, these 10 apps will both help with inspiration and make the logistics easier to manage.
Last year, the main news surrounding in-flight entertainment for the Apple faithful focused on the practice of handing out iPads for travelers, but now United Airlines has some good news for everyone who displays the Apple logo on the backs of their devices. Come April, if you own an iPhone or iPad, you can start streaming a large selection of movies and TV shows on your devices during flights free of charge.
Apple has heard all of the complaints about Apple Maps, and it wants to make it better. It's so keen on this, in fact, that 9to5Mac reports that the Cupertino company's allegedly beefing it up in time for iOS 8 to such a point that it should handily rival Google Maps for data supremacy. And thanks to its recent acquisitions of smaller companies like BroadMap, Embark, and HopStop, it might be able to pull it off.
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.
First there were iBeacons; now there's a service that may allow you to use your iPhone as a replacement for the key to your hotel room. As The Wall Street Journal reports, you can currently only find them at two Aloft hotels owned by Starwood Hotels and Resorts in Manhattan and in Apple's own Cupertino, but it's possible other chains will pick it up if the trial proves successful.
We'd like to simply associate the holidays with the good times we have with our family members. Unfortunately, we all know the hassle that comes before you ever walk in the door and get greeted by your loved ones. Traveling during this time of the year is more painful than any of the awkward moments you may experience gathered around long-unseen relatives, but you can cut out some of the stressful parts of making it home for the holidays with the help of these eight apps. Sure, they can’t quite teleport you to your destination, but at least the trip there will be a little smoother.