The best app releases you might have missed this week

The best new apps you might have missed this week

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The App Store is a busy place, and it’s easy to miss an awesome new release, much less an update to an old app that makes it worthy of re-downloading.

That’s why we’ve done the work for you and collected the very best new app releases from the past week.

One of the most popular third-party podcast apps released its Apple Watch app this week. Instacast now lets you control playback from your wrist, and its implementation is pretty slick. If you’re itching for a good podcast listening experience on the Watch, it’s definitely worth checking out.

Available on: iPhone/iPad/Apple Watch

Price: Free

Download: App Store

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The official Apple Store app added Touch ID verification for viewing orders, accessing EasyPay receipts, and making Genius Bar reservations this week.

Two-step verification support was also added, which makes it nearly impossible for your Apple ID to get hacked. The Apple Store app is now available in several more countries too, including Turkey, Brazil, Mexico, Singapore, New Zealand, Taiwan, Malaysia and Philippines.

Available on: iPhone/iPad

Price: Free

Download: App Store

Currencies 2 is a completely rethought take on currency conversion, and it’s optimized for the Apple Watch.

If you’re an international jet-setter who deals with different kinds of money frequently, you may find the new Today View widget helpful. The app tracks your location and shows the local currency as an added connivence, and the Watch app uses dictation to convert values quickly.

Available on: iPhone/Apple Watch

Price: $4.59

Download: App Store

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