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Once in a while, an app comes along that’s so good at what it does that it’s hard to believe its low price. These apps become essentials, favourites, apps we use nearly every day to document the things that matter. For me, Day One is one of those apps. It’s an iPhone app that’s as important to me as the built-in camera, one that changes the way I live and gives me some much-needed time for reflection every day. It’s an app that has changed the way I live my life.

I was so excited to give the iOS 7 update to Day One a shot and see what the team has brought to the app. I wasn’t disappointed. Read on to find out what makes Day One such a winner, and how it changes the way we look at making journals.

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When Apple announced turn-by-turn direction support in the all-new Apple Maps at the launch of iOS 6, many wondered where this would leave existing satellite navigation apps that had, at the time, been riding high in the top grossing charts of the App Store. In addition to Apple’s own service, Waze sprung out of nowhere with its more social way of providing directional navigation, live traffic and speed trap information to iOS users in a completely free package. More recently, Google released their all-new Google Maps for iOS that also includes full turn-by-turn directions that’s powered by the software company’s extensive mapping service.

With Apple, Google and Waze offering free functionality to what you would have previously payed upwards of $50 for similar functionality, some companies have had to radically change their approach towards pricing. One such company is CoPilot, which has moved its CoPilot GPS app towards a freemium-based pricing policy by providing the foundations of a complete navigation app that you can tailor to suit.

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iOS 7 changed the way we interact with our iPhones overnight. It made a lot of apps extremely irrelevant — also overnight. It means that a lot of developers are releasing separate new versions of their original apps, like Clear and, in the case of Twitter, Tweetbot 3.

The move to iOS 7 gives some of us new changes to reevaluate the apps we use every day, though. I’m on Twitter all the time and I’m always looking out for apps that defy convention and make me think differently about the service. If an app makes me want to use Twitter, it’s worth buying. Recently, I thought I’d try out a minimalist iOS 7 exclusive Twitter app called (what else?) Tweet7. Read on to find out if the app is for you.

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I’ve written a couple times about how much I rely on my RSS feed. After the demise of Google Reader, I switched to Feed Wrangler and didn’t look back. The service is fast and consistently reliable, and I love that its open API integrates with a ton of other apps for iOS.

I’m always on the look for new RSS experiences. Turbine Reader offers exactly that: it’s designed from the ground up for iOS 7, tries to put a focus on content, and integrates with Feed Wrangler and NewsBlur (with the developer promising to work with more services soon). But is it worth displacing your favourite RSS app from your home screen? Read on to find out.

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Maybe I’m old school, but I depend on my RSS feed every day. It’s partially about work — I keep track of which articles are mine are published on various web publications with RSS — but it’s also about relaxing. My long morning coffee is spent catching up with my RSS feed. I usually read long form articles on my iPad, but for quick skims and shorter articles, I’m the first person to pull my iPhone out of my pocket.

I’ve been using Reeder 2 since it came out, and while it’s certainly no slouch of an RSS app, I get the occasional hankering for something new. That’s why I thought I’d give NewsFeeds a spin. NewsFeeds is an RSS Reader built for iOS 7. It supports FeedBin and FeedWrangler. Read on to find out whether or not it’s worth making NewsFeeds an important part of your reading habits.

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If there’s one genre of app that takes advantage of almost every sensor that the iPhone contains, it’s fitness apps. By monitoring and tracking our progress, they can be a key motivational tool to power through and keep up the exercise regime, and I see more people than ever with an iPhone strapped to their arm.

Nike has long been at the forefront of blurring the lines between fitness and technology, having started with their Nike+iPod sensor over seven years ago and continues to do so with Nike+ Running. It’s been some time since we initially published our Nike+ GPS review (over two and a half years ago, to be precise) and, since then, both the app and the Nike+ running service have undergone some fundamental changes.
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Tapbots has enjoyed much success with their third-party Twitter client–Tweetbot. Though Twitter’s own app has the bulk of iOS users, Tweetbot is widely regarded by many as the best iOS Twitter app (The Iconfactory’s Twitterrific 5 being a second contender for the title). Such accolades are certainly warranted, as Tweetbot provides users with a slew of fantastic features (e.g. timeline syncing, muting) that are nowhere to be found in Twitter’s own offering.

When iOS 7 was first introduced at WWDC in June, the stark new design lead many to wonder what Tapbots would do with Tweetbot. After all, the app’s dark and heavy textured design doesn’t lend itself to iOS 7’s focus on simplicity. After months of hard work, Tapbot’s dynamic duo—Paul Haddad and Mark Jardine—put those question to bed with the release of Tweetbot 3. (more…)

Apple’s Podcasts app for iOS has had a somewhat rocky history, first launching in 2012 with an app that was widely criticised for its unreliable functionality and hideous skeuomorphic-heavy interface. A second update, likely started whilst Scott Forstall was still at Apple, was released earlier this year that attempted to resolve many of the original issues and tone down the skeuomorphism, but it was still was far from perfect.

Amongst the huge number of app updates from Apple after their October 2013 event, Podcasts was updated with an all-new iOS 7 look and feel that removes every last trace of tape decks and push-buttons that made Podcasts the eye-sore it was. With some further functionality and refinements, is Podcasts finally an app Apple can be proud of?

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I like listening to podcasts on occasion, but I am by no means an avid listener like some people. And while I appreciate stunning design and I love a powerful app with tons of great functionality (think Pocket Casts), I start to fall asleep once somebody starts yammering on about the amazing things their favourite podcast app do. I get it — I’m the same way with my RSS apps. But my podcast needs are pretty simple: I just want to quickly find what I want to listen to, hit play, and enjoy.

This is why I was really intrigued by David Smith’s Pod Wrangler. It’s a podcast app that uses David Smith’s Feed Wrangler API as a backend sync. (If you don’t know, Feed Wrangler is an RSS service David built with its own vibrant and open API. It’s what I’ve been using in the wake of Google Reader’s demise.) Pod Wrangler is incredibly simple and straightforward. Instead of being loaded with functionality that makes the experience feel convoluted, its barebones nature helps me get in and out of the app as quickly as possible. It’s a perfect fit for the way I listen to podcasts. Read on to find out if Pod Wrangler is perfect for you too. (more…)

Like many people, I’ve been saying for a while that iOS 7 really opens up the floodgates for old app categories to be reinvigorated with smartly-designed new contenders. That being said, I hadn’t really thought about the diary app. I’m a huge fan of Day One, but see opportunities for other apps to do something really unique.

This is one of the reasons I immediately signed up for the queue to get access to Memoir, a really unique diary and memories app that’s at once private and incredibly social. This is a diary app built on social networks you already use, and it’s got some cool tricks up its sleeves. Read on to find out whether or not Memoir is worth investing in. (more…)

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