Severed, Upthere Home and other awesome apps of the week


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In a week in which Apple sold its billionth iPhone, and a strong showing from the App Store was partially credited as the reason behind Apple’s better-than-expected Q3 earnings, we’ve combed the latest apps to bring you the cream of the crop.

Whether you’re looking for a smart camera app which uses AI to improve your pictures, or a tremendous action-RPG game, we think you’ll find something to entertain you…

Microsoft Pix

Microsoft launched its new camera app for iOS this week, with its main selling point being the artificial intelligence it builds into its software.

As my colleague Killian Bell noted earlier this week, “Every time you press the shutter button when using Pix, the app quickly captures ten frames. It then selects three of the best before deleting those that don’t make the cut. Finally, the remaining frames are then combined for the best photo.”

On top this neat feature, the app also brightens the faces of the people in the shot, “beautifies” their skin, and adjusts the photo’s color and tone. It even mimics the effects of Apple’s Live Photos iPhone 6s feature with its own “Live Image” feature — which will bring moving photographs to even customers with older iPhones.

Available for: iPhone, iPad
Cost: Free
Get it from: App Store

Adobe Lightroom

Lightroom for Apple TV
The Lightroom app for Apple TV will sync to Lightroom CC on desktop and Lightroom mobile for slideshow viewing.
Photo: Adobe

It was clearly the week for photography apps, because having already discussed Microsoft’s attempts to transform our cameras, Adobe also announced on Tuesday that it was bringing Lightroom — its popular photo processing software — to Apple TV.

The TV app syncs with your most recent edits on Lightroom CC on desktop, Lightroom on Mobile or Lightroom on web. While you won’t be doing super in-depth photo editing on your Apple TV, this app does allow you to get up close and personal with your images, as well as sharing photos in slideshows.

It’s free to download for fourth-gen Apple TV customers, but you’ll need a Creative Cloud subscription login to do so.

Available for: Apple TV
Cost: Free
Get it from: Apple TV App Store


A fun action-RPG which puts you in control of a one-armed warrior named Sasha, Severed is an intense experience offering gorgeous graphics, a tremendous metal soundtrack, and hyper-responsive controls.

If you fancy spending the rest of your Sunday solving puzzles and hacking up H.P. Lovecraft-inspired monsters, I really cannot recommend this game enough!

Available for: iPhone
Cost: $5.99
Get it from: App Store

Upthere Home

A neat alternative to iCloud.
Photo: Upthere

Bertrand Serlet, former senior VP of software engineering at Apple, this week launched a new app designed to offer an alternative to services like iCloud.

“We think of [iCloud] as antiquated technology,” Serlet told Fortune in an interview. “It’s not really solving the capacity and storage fragmentation problems of many people owning many devices, and we think there’s a lot of improvement we can make across the board for users who use iCloud. We’ve talked to lots of people and universally they don’t understand iCloud. That to us is a sign.”

The idea of Upthere is to automatically store everything on the cloud — complete with neat features like automatic categorization of your content, and one of the easiest sharing methods I’ve seen for sharing with friends and family. It comes with a three-month free trial, while after that you’ll be paying $4.99 per month for up to 200GB of storage — with each additional 100GB costing an extra $1.99.

Available for: iPhone, iPad
Cost: Free (with in-app purchases)
Get it from: App Store

Nest for iOS

You can now control your Nest devices with your Apple Watch.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

In the quest to make our smart homes even smarter, Nest’s iOS app got a big update this week — allowing Apple Watch customers to control Learning Thermostat, Nest Protect, Nest Cam and Dropcam from their wrist for the first time.

As I noted earlier this week, while it doesn’t necessary save an enormous amount of time compared to taking your iPhone out of your pocket and opening the Nest app, changes like this do make controlling smart homes easier than ever — and, hey, who doesn’t love a useful new Apple Watch app?

Available for: iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch
Cost: Free
Get it from: App Store


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