Sunlit, HomeCourt, SynthDrum Kick, and other amazing apps of the week


Awesome Apps
'Appy weekend.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

This week we kick back with a kick drum synth, post some selfies on Sunlit, and shoot some hoops (or whatever the kids call it) with HomeCourt.


Sunlit, like Instagram used to be.
Sunlit, like Instagram used to be.

If you’re looking to replace Instagram, you should look at the new version of Sunlit, the photo app. Version 2.2 adds a new timeline view that works like Instagram used to, before they screwed it up. Any photos you post are hosted on your own website, and you can follow anyone’s photo blog, right there in the app.

Price: Free

Download: Sunlit from the App Store (iOS)

SynthDrum Kick

SynthDrum Kick is an audio unit drum app. You load it onto your favorite music app — GarageBand, AUM, etc. — and it lets you create some awesome drum sounds. Instead of relying on samples, you can tweak the synth to create your own noises. And because it’s an AU, you can load as many instances as you want, to make a full kit.

Price: $5.99

Download: SynthDrum Kick from the App Store (iOS)

Due 3

Due 3 looks great in dark mode.
Due 3 looks great in dark mode.
Photo: DueApp

Due has been around for a long long time, and for a while was the only decent way to set reminders on the iPhone. Now it has been updated to v3.0, and it adds… a few new features. You now get a black theme, custom snooze ties, and haptic feedback. Existing users can upgrade to the black theme and custom snoozes for $2.99

Price: $4.99

Download: Due from the App Store (iOS)


Analyze this.

In the iPhone keynote this week, Apple showed us the amazing HomeCourt, and app that tracks all your basketball shots using just the camera. It uses AI to spot the court, the hoop, and the player, and tracks the ball’s trajectory as it flies. Just set it up on a tripod beside the court, and it’ll track and analyze you game, with “deep stats analysis.” It’s pretty wild stuff, and it’s free to try.

Price: Free with in-app purchases

Download: HomeCourt from the App Store (iOS)



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