Notable apps and app updates for January 29, 2016

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

Some people send or receive a lot of packages, so it's nice to know where they are and when to expect them to arrive. Deliveries ($1.99)is a popular package tracking app for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch that supports services like UPS, FedEx, the US Postal Service, DHL, TNT, Canada Post, Royal Mail, and more. The newly updated version 7.0 adds peek, pop and Quick Actions for the iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, the ability to use Slide Over and Split View on an iPad, and about a thousand more changes! Definitely one to get if you don't already own it.

Lately we've seen a number of cool design apps for iPhone and iPad, and the latest is LetterGlow ($2.99), a way to do surprisingly sophisticated graphic design and photo editing on an iPhone. It's useful for creating social media graphics, promotional images, cards and invitations, blog images, and watermarked photos just to name a few ideas. 

Sure, you may not think you need another weather app, but when you take a look at Wild Weather ($1.99) you'll think twice. The app takes accurate current weather and forecasts and then applies an appropriate hand-drawn illustration to give your peek at the weather some excitement. It's universal for iPad and iPhone, and features dozens of those cool hand-drawn pictures. 

OS X Apps/Updates

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it's probably a good time to start thinking about doing your taxes. Probably the easiest way is to use TurboTax (free with in-app purchases). Those in-app purchases can be a little bit pricy -- $109.99 for Home & Business Federal and State returns, for example -- but from personal experience I can tell you that's much less expensive than what you'll pay an accountant to do the returns for you. 


Since it's a Friday, you might want to sit down at your Mac and immerse yourself in a good game. One of the latest for OS X is SOMA 2015 ($29.99), described as "an unsettling story about identity, consciousness and what it means to be human." It all takes place in an underwater facility called PATHOS-II and you need to find a way to deal with "corrupted humans, twisted creatures, insane robots, and even an inscrutable omnipresent A.I.". Sounds like fun!