Notable apps and app updates for November 20, 2015

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks for iOS and Mac OS X:

iOS Apps/Updates

The future of TV is being able to order what you want to watch, when you want to watch it, without paying for a thousand cable channels you never even look at. One of the subscription services that you can get today is HBO NOW, available with a 30-day free trial, then a $14.99 monthly subscription fee that you can cancel at any time. Whether it's Game of Thrones, new movies, or classic HBO series like The Sopranos, it's all available for one set fee. 

For even more streaming TV fun, take a look at Hulu if you're not already a subscriber. The app is free to download, you can get Hulu with ads for $7.99 or ad-free for $13.99 per month. Lots of latest episodes or previous seasons of most popular TV series. 

Finally, to complete your iOS binge TV watching, be sure to take a look at Netflix both for classic movies and new original series. While the app is free, your in-app purchases are dependent on how many screens you'll be watching Netflix on. One screen is just $7.99 a month, 2 screens is $8.99/$9.99 per month, and a 4 screen plan is $11.99 a month. 

OS X Apps/Updates

Bored with the selection of Apple Watch faces that you have to choose from? Why not design your own? Watch faces for OS X lets you grab photos from your Photos library, zoom in, add effects, and add a darker background for the time and date info. Watchfaces ($1.99) is rather new, but a great way to start playing around with designing your custom Watch face.

Are you a developer? You probably know that sending out free copies of your app to bloggers and others is the best way to get publicity for your work. But how do you keep track of who has use your promo codes and who hasn’t? That’s where Tokens for Mac comes in handy. This $29 app is a must for the serious Apple developer, and makes generation, sharing, and tracking of promo codes a cinch.


Pilots and sailors often need to know the straight line distance between two points on a map, but that’s not always easy. Map Distances ($2.99) lets you set pins on a map and automatically calculates the distances for display in an easily readable format. Latitude, longitude, and location of any map pin are available with a click.