It’s been both an incredibly energizing and an incredibly soul-sucking week for us here at the iPhone App Review: We’re simultaneous overwhelmed by the release of the iPhone 4S, and undeniably devastated by the loss of Steve Jobs, a man we’ve always considered our own, personal Big Brother.
Tragedy and joy aside, though, we have your Top 5 iPhone and iPad Apps of the week lined up and ready to go, the same as usual. No frivolous chatter today, guys—nothing but tasty apps, and a lingering sense of change.
Before diving into the entree, though, we’ve prepared this sneak peek at some of the cool iPhone apps we covered on the site this week. Eat up, and stay tuned for the weekly roundup!
This Week’s Stand-Out Apps
First off the bat, we showed you how to find fresh, farm-produced produce in your area with Foodtree. Then, we took you on a puzzling journey through iCube before diving into the jigsaw action of Transport Jigsaw Puzzles 123. Finally, we helped you make your friendships stronger with Pinky Promise for the iPhone.
That’s it for our sneak peek, but don’t touch that dial! We’ve got our Top 5 iPhone and iPad Apps of the Week lined up and ready to roll just after the break!
Top 5 iPhone and iPad Apps of the Week
iMaschine – $4.99
Music creation on the iPhone just got a serious kick in the pants, thanks to a nifty application called iMaschine. The title makes it unbelievably intuitive to create digital music with nothing but your favorite iDevice, a little bit of creativity, and a few loose fingers.
The app combines the best elements of all the other iOS music tools to come before it, bringing a MIDI-style keyboard, a loop station, a drum pad, and a simple recorder under the same roof. The price is about right, and with so many features, if you need a quick way to make music from your iPhone, iMaschine sets a new gold standard.
Back in Time– $7.99
Do you have a hard time judging just how small humans are in the grand scale of things? Are you concerned about your view of the universe in a macro sense? Even if you aren’t, download Back in Time for the eight bucks it costs, and let this incredible iPad app give you a sudden education.
The app takes users all the way back to the creation of the Universe itself, starting with the Big Bang and working its way back up to the modern age. With mountains of photographs, hundreds of excellent informative points, and enough visual demonstration of how small humanity is to make any man fatigued, the app is a genuine science winner.
Journey to the Exoplanets– $9.99
We’ve been saying it for a while now, but some of the coolest damn apps you’ve ever seen combine the best elements of a ye olden coffee table book with the modern convenience of a digital screen. Journey to the Exoplanets is just such an app, bringing yet another educational awesome experience to the iPad.
The app takes users to those planets just outside of our own solar system, offering hundreds of beautifully illustrated images to get the point across, as well as a utility that lets the user create their own, unique exoplanet. The app is certainly a heavy weight in price—ten bucks is a lot for any app—but considering how much cheaper it is than a traditional hardcover book, we aren’t complaining.
Untappd – Free
We’re suckers for a good beer, and we have a feeling you are, too. If you aren’t, Untappd may just be the app you need to change your mind. In essence, the title acts like Foursquare for drinkers, though it shirks all the badges, extra points, and buzzwords for a simple, clock-in and drink style experience.
Untappd offers a simple concept: Every time you drink a beer, clock it in-app, and Untappd will track where you drank the brew, how much you drank, and how many times you’d been there before. It’s like a beer log on-the-go, and we can’t get enough of the app’s excellent stat-tracking fun. If you aren’t sold, you might want to check the price-tag again: This one’s free as in beer.
Siri – Free, With An iPhone 4S
We know, this isn’t exactly an app: But as a new release, the total integration of Siri and the upcoming iPhone 4S is worth a look. It’s totally cool, and if you remember how handy (or handless) Siri was as an application, you should see what Apple has done with the service in the next iPhone iteration. It’s sleek, powerful, and displayed in full HD glory here for your convenience.