Ian Fuchs, author at Cult of Mac

Looking back on our top apps of 2022

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After careful consideration and a lengthy review of all the apps we use on a regular basis, these are some of our favorites from the year.
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With 2022 officially and fully in the rear-view, we’re all looking at how 2023 will be different. But some things don’t need to change. With that, it seemed only fair that we look back at some of the apps that made the biggest difference this past year. With so many apps to choose from, knowing the ones we (the Cult of Mac team) actually used and loved this last year may even help you nail that New Year’s resolution.

A road-trip companion, a new kind of shopping and a tribute to Apple Stores [Awesome Apps]

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The never-ending stream of apps truly never ends. And we’ve found a few more that might be worth your time.
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With Thanksgiving right around the corner, there’s a good chance you’ll have some down time on the way. Whether you’re planning a trip to see family, doing some shopping, or just want to flex your Apple knowledge, this week we have some Awesome Apps to infuse some tech into your holiday week.

Apps to simplify music discovery, baby care and journaling your life [Awesome Apps]

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Regardless of what you’re trying to do, apps can help make it easier, faster, or more fun.
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Apps can be useful for a a countless number of things. From making a new parents life easier to finding new music, there’s are apps fit to help make things nearly effortless. This week, we have a couple great new (to me, at least) apps, and a really solid update to one of my favorites. As usual, I’ll put out the call for other suggestions as well. If you have something you want us to check out for a future Awesome Apps post, be sure to email your suggestion or tweet them over!

Awesome apps for work and a great game for play

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Showcasing some of the best, coolest, most interesting new apps and app updates.
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I rely on my devices for everything. Whether it’s my recipe book, my alarm clock, to help me get work done, or entertain me during my downtime, my devices are a critical piece of life. Having apps that help me in those situations (or just make them a little more fun) is key.

This week, an app that makes short work of dealing with obscure files, a way to manage your favorite color collections, and a delightful game to enjoy. As usual, if you have something you want us to check out for a future Awesome Apps post, be sure to email your suggestion or tweet them over!

Awesome Apps for every kind of moment in life

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Your iPhone goes nearly everywhere you go, so why not let it help you with life’s biggest moments?
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Life is all about what you make of it. Or at least that’s how the saying goes, I guess. This week, we have an app that helps you make the most of your time, an app to help document it, and an app for the times in between. As usual, if you have something you want us to check out for a future Awesome Apps post, be sure to email your suggestion or tweet them over!

An awesome app to simplify your day or secure your data [Awesome Apps of the Week]

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With over a billion apps in the app store, we’ve found a few that we think you should know about.
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There really are apps for everything at this point. Whether you’re a coffee snob aiming to simplify your brewing experience, or simply looking for a tool to ease the frustration of your digital life, there is an app here for you. If you have other awesome apps to suggest for future installments, email your suggestion or tweet them over!

Apps to make you more creative and productive [Awesome Apps of the week]

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With roughly 2 millions apps available in the App Store, sometimes all you need is something to tell you what’s good.
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While we anxiously await a flurry of new and updated apps coming for iOS 16, a few great new apps and updates have hit the scene recently.

From being more productive to being more creative, this week’s Awesome Apps are sure to help you feel accomplished. And if you have something you want us to check out for a future Awesome Apps post, be sure to email your suggestion or tweet them over!

3 great apps to make your life a little bit easier [Awesome Apps]

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Awesome apps to try All starting with letter P This haiku ends here
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Another week has passed, and even more of you have come through with your app recommendations and suggestions! This week, a bit of a grab bag of new apps, new features, and new discoveries. From a shopping app to simplify your life to an excellent replacement to Apple’s infuriating TV app, we’ve got some awesome apps for you. And as always, if you have an awesome app to share, email your suggestion or tweet them to me!

Continuity Camera brings iPhone optics to macOS

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It might look a little silly, but Camera Continuity could be a huge win for video calls AND video streaming
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Continuity Camera, a new feature coming in iOS 16 and macOS Ventura, will upgrade video calls by bringing the iPhone’s pristine camera to the Mac.

“With Continuity Camera, you can use iPhone as your webcam,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s SVP of software engineering, during Monday’s live-streamed WWDC22 keynote. “It’s powered by the advanced capabilities of the iPhone camera system, letting you do things that were never before possible with a webcam.”

iMessage gets competitive new features in iOS 16

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In iOS 16, you'll be able to edit your iMessages to ensure you don't accidentally call your boss Babe... again.
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Apple’s Messages app is getting great new features in iOS 16 that will give users greater control over the way they communicate with friends, family and co-workers.

iMessage is already arguably one of the biggest chat services, thanks to its deep integration with iPhone and the rest of the Apple ecosystem. The new features, including the ability to tweak or delete messages that have already been sent, should make it even more competitive — and potentially less embarrassing.