This week we control our AirPods from our Macs, listen to podcasts on our Apple Watches, and listen to our inner selves with our iPhones.
Castro Podcast Player
The excellent Castro podcast player now lets you download podcasts to your Apple Watch, and listen to them from there, without the iPhone acting as a go-between.
The new feature builds on Castro’s queue, which is a clever triaging system for people who subscribe to too many podcasts. The Apple Watch sync mirrors this queue, so you alway have the podcasts you want most.
Price: Free with in-app purchases
Download: Castro Podcast Player from the App Store (iOS)
Sponsored: NeuraBoot is an iPhone app that aims to improve your mental well-being. First, you log your moods using a dual slider. Then the app trains you to reduce stress, using “gamified emotional support and self-care.” Instead of firing up Instagram and feeling bad, you can open up NeuraBoot and feel better.
Combine the app with meditation and a support network, and you’re on your way to better times.
Download: NeuraBoot from the App Store (iOS)
Filmic Firstlight – Photo App
Filmic Firstlight is a still photography app from the folks behind the best video app on iOS. The idea of the app is that you make adjustments while you’re taking the shot, to get it right “in-camera.”
To this end, you get some neat features normally seen only in video apps, like live, on-screen analytics.
Price: Free with in-app subscription
Download: Filmic Firstlight – Photo App from the App Store (iOS)
NoiseBuddy is a Mac app that lets you control your AirPods Pro from the Touch Bar or menu bar. It puts an icon in either spot, and when you tap/click on it, you toggle between the various noise-cancellation modes: Normal, off and Transparency mode.
It’s a simple app, that does one thing. If you need it, then it will probably be perfect for you. Plus, it’s free.
Download: NoiseBuddy from GitHub (macOS)