With November now firmly behind us and December rapidly passing by, it’s time to take a look at the best new and updated apps for iPhone and iPad from last month.
From emoji-fying keyboards, to new ways to record a podcast, to ‘Tinder for new music'; we’ve got a lot of ground to cover.
Rinbw is a new iOS app that lets you record and upload a five-second video to set as your incoming call alert for other users of the app. Of course, seeing other users’ video clips, or other people seeing yours, relies on them also having uploaded a clip, so you’ll likely need to get your friends on board if you like this app.
Will it catch on? That remains to be seen. Will constantly recording your ‘status’ videos as an incoming call alert get annoying quickly? Perhaps, but it’s worth trying out if you’ve always wanted a video contact list instead of static images.
If you’d rather send a message using emojis than regular, boring old useless words, then Emojimo is the iOS app to check out.
While there’s now no shortage of new keyboard apps for iOS, there’s not too many like this one. It allows you to either automatically translate each word as you type or tap away normally and then hit “the giant poop button”, as TNW’s Owen Williams put it. It’s also free.
The second keyboard in our monthly iOS app roundup is Crimson, which takes a more sensible, word-based approach than Emojimo above.
In fact, it doesn’t try to revolutionize the typing experience at all. Instead, it focuses on being familiar, but with extra efficiency by suggesting words in-line above each letter, exactly like the BlackBerry 10 keyboard does.
In order to train you in proper use of Crimson, errors are not autocorrected – you need to swipe up on the suggested correction instead. It might take some getting used to, but if you’re looking for something different but still familiar, it’s worth checking out.
While Android users got a new live broadcast podcasting app in the form of Spreaker Studio last month, iOS users also got a new podcasting app, if not quite the same thing.
Opinion is a super-simple way for you to record and edit podcasts using your iPhone, and uses a vertical waveform approach to keep things nice and easy to reorder by dragging your finger around. Once you’ve created a clip, you can share it via SoundCloud, email, Airdrop or iMessage.
It’s free to use for recordings of up to 10 minutes, but you’ll need to pay $3.99 to unlock unlimited recording.
If, however, you quite like the idea of being able to quickly share an image overlaid with some stylized text as an expression of your thoughts, then you might want to check it out. It’s also available on Android.