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Best new apps for iPhone and iPad

What are the hottest new apps on the App Store right now? These!

There are over a million and a half apps for iPhone and iPad and the number just keeps growing. Every day new and newly updated apps hit the App Store, and it's impossible to keep up with all of them. Luckily, you don't have to. All you have to do is bookmark this page and come back every day. When you do, we'll have the best of the best new apps waiting for you!

And don't forget to check out our list of this week's best games for your iPhone.

Best new and updated apps

This week, create fun works of augmented reality art, get help finding scholarships large and small, and get and share decorating advice with a dedicated online community.

  • Mirage World - This augmented reality app lets you create interactive pieces on top of the real world. You can put virtual objects, GIFs, text, and drawings on top of anything and share your creations with friends. The Mirages you create are ephemeral and will disappear after they're viewed by your friends, unless they get upvoted, in which case they'll stick around longer. You can also create Mirages for a specific location and leave them for people to find. - Free - Download Now
  • RaiseMe - RaiseMe helps you earn college scholarships both large and small based on your high school achievements. When it comes to paying for college, every little bit can help, and RaiseMe has partnered with more than 250 colleges and universities to offer rewards for everything from good grades to participating in school activities. - Free - Download Now
  • Decorator - Find and share home decorating ideas with fellow design enthusiasts with Decorator. The app provides a network that you can connect with, along with powerful tools to help you better share your decorating vision. Decorator features powerful visualization software that lets you drag and drop furniture, check out paint colors, and more in a virtual room. You can even make purchases right in the app, and share your ideas in an Instagram-like feed. - Free - Download Now
  • It's Cool - You deserve from good news, and It's Cool is all about delivering good news about the weather. While other apps will notify you for events such as when a storm is about to start, It's Cool will alert you for nice weather. This has a side benefit of letting you know when you can, for instance, turn off the air conditioning to save energy. You can set custom comfortable temperature ranges so that the app can alert you when outdoor conditions are within your comfort zone. - $1.99 - Download Now
  • Packr - Let Packr help you get ready for your next trip by creating your custom packing list. Packr looks at your destination, travel dates, and itinerary for your stay to create a list of things that you need to pack. The app will examine weather forecasts, the length of your stay, and more. Based on these factors, Packr can automatically adjust the quantities of certain items to fit your exact needs. While Packr is free to download, you can also pay $2.99 for Packr Premium. - Free - Download Now

Featured apps

This week, Apple has a collection of apps to help you experience the upcoming solar eclipse. Find out what the event will look like to you, explore the path of totality, and more.

  • Eclipse2017 - This app will help you plan your solar eclipse viewing experience, showing if you'll be in the path of totality, as well as when you can expect the eclipse to start for you. You'll also get information about when you'll see how long maximum totality will last for your viewing area. - Free - Download Now
  • Total Solar Eclipse - Where Eclipse 2017 offers easily-accessible, basic information on the eclipse, Total Solar Eclipse wants to be your only stop for everything you need to know about the event. Check out an interactive map that shows you the level of total eclipse you can expect, watch and share live streamed videos, and connect with people on Twitter with the built-in Twitter viewer. - Free - Download Now
  • Sky Guide - This is a great app for anyone interested in astronomy. Using your iPhone's accelerometer and location data, Sky Guide can offer a real-time view of activity in areas of space that you can see from your location. With its latest update, Sky Guide is ready for the solar eclipse, with a new menu option in Search that offers some tips for preparing for the eclipse. - Free - Download Now

Free app of the week

Tsuro - Place your tiles and slide your stone along the path that you create. Avoid the paths created by other players that could take you in the wrong direction.

Here's what the developer has to say about Tsuro - The Game of the Path:

Create your own journey with Tsuro: The Game of the Path. Place a tile and slide your stone along the path created, but take care! Other players' paths can lead you in the wrong direction - or off the board entirely! Paths will cross and connect, and the choices you make affect all the journeys across the board.

You can get Tsuro for free from the App Store until August 24.

How to quickly disable Touch ID when you need extra security

Can you rapidly turn off Touch ID and require your passcode or password to unlock your iPhone? Absolutely — with iOS 11.

Touch ID is an incredible convenience that lets you unlock your iPhone with your fingerprint. But there will come times when you need security more than convenience. For example, when you're traveling through a sketchy area, crossing a border into a region you don't trust, or approached by people or agencies that may not respect your right to privacy. Previously, you had to reboot your iPhone to quickly force it to require your passcode or password for unlock. With iOS 11, though, there's an even quicker way. Here's how!

Note: This feature is currently iPhone only. Hopefully Apple will bring it to iPad as well.

Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac (sadly, no public beta for the Apple Watch). While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Mac, and are not intended for everyday use on a primary device. That's why we strongly recommend staying away from developer previews unless you need them for software development, and using the public betas with caution. If you depend on your devices, wait for the final release.

How to quickly turn off Touch ID on your iPhone

When Apple brought the SOS feature from Apple Watch to iOS, the company added a "bonus" feature: immediately, though temporarily, disabling Touch ID and forcing a passcode or password to unlock.

  • Click the Sleep/Wake (On/Off) button five times in succession.

That's it. The Power Off/SOS screen will appear, and you'll have to enter your password or passcode to get back into your iPhone.

Why you might want to quickly kill Touch ID on your iPhone

Most of the time Touch ID is the easiest and most convenient way to unlock your iPhone and get access to all your apps and data. But it can also make it easy and convenient for someone else, ranging from friends, family, and roommates to criminals to government agents to get into your phone as well.

If you fall asleep, get drunk or drugged, or are otherwise rendered incapacitated or unconscious, anyone in the same room with you could touch your iPhone to your finger to unlock it. That includes roommates or dates you don't trust.

If you're arrested, detained, held captive, or otherwise forcibly confined, anyone near you can force your finger onto the Touch ID sensor and unlock your iPhone.

Most of the time none of us have to worry about those kinds of ""nightmare" scenarios, but we should all still be aware of them.

When you might want to quickly kill Touch ID on your iPhone

Just because you can quickly disable Touch ID on your iPhone now doesn't mean you should. The vast majority of the time, in fact, you're going to want to keep Touch ID up and running.

You only want to consider disabling Touch ID when you're going into an area where you're not sure about your personal privacy rights or safety being respected.

For example, if you're crossing a border into a country or region where you think your device or data might be subject to search or seizure, when you're traveling alone in an area where you think you might be accosted, or when you're going to fall asleep with people you don't entirely trust.

In other words, if you think there's a chance someone will try to put your finger on the Touch ID sensor without your permission and approval, hit the kill switch and remove that possibility.

Any Touch ID questions?

If you have any questions about Touch ID, drop them in the comments below!

How to access iCloud Photo Sharing on iPhone and iPad

Here is how you can access shared items in your iCloud Photo Library.

iCloud Photo Sharing lets you create shared photo albums with other iCloud users. It lets you quickly share photos by just dropping them into an album. You can find these albums in the Photos app after you set up iCloud Photo Sharing.

How to set up and use iCloud Photo Sharing

Here's how you can access your shared photo albums with iCloud Photo Sharing on iPhone and iPad.

How to view shared photo albums on iPhone and iPad

Note that by default, when you open the Shared section in Photos for iPhone and iPad, you'll be taken to your activity feed for shared albums, which shows things that have been added or comments made.

  1. Open Photos on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on the Shared tab.

  3. Tap the Shared button in the upper left corner.
  4. Tap on a shared album to view it.


If you have any questions about accessing iCloud Photo Sharing on your iPhone or iPad, let us know in the comments.

How to replace a tempered glass screen protector

Tempered glass screen protector cracked or lifting? Replace it!

If you have a crack in your tempered glass screen protector, then it's done its job. It's taken the lumps so that your iPhone or iPad's screen didn't have to. Once a tempered glass screen protector has a crack in it, it's exponentially less effective – you should replace it.

Here's how to replace yours so that your iPhone or iPad's screen remains soundly protected.

Looking for a great tempered glass screen protector? Check out our picks by device:

Removing your old tempered glass screen protector

There are a few ways to remove your busted tempered glass screen protector and the one you use will depend on just how well-attached the protector is to your screen.

Before you start, use a hair dryer on low on your screen for about 15 seconds. This should slightly heat up and loosen the adhesive on the screen protector. Do not overdo this part.

Method 1

Before getting out your toolkit and working on your iPhone or iPad like it's one of Frankenstein's creations, try removing the screen protector with your fingernail.

  1. Start by trying to lift the screen protector up from each corner. One of them's gotta give!
  2. Once it starts coming up, stop pulling from just the corner and move further along the protector as it starts to peel off. This will help prevent it from falling to pieces before you can get it all the way off.
  3. Pull slowly and evenly; otherwise, you'll have a jigsaw puzzle of tempered glass pieces to clean up.

Method 2

  1. Try using a toothpick to pry up one of the corners. Make sure you point the sharp end up toward the screen protector as you do this and not down toward the screen.
  2. Once you can get a corner up, pull with your fingers, once again pulling slowly and evenly.
  3. If you can, slide a credit card into the gap and slowly push it along so as to lift the screen protector.

Method 3

Try some duct tape!

  1. Roll a piece of duct tape around two of your fingers with the sticky side out.
  2. Start in a corner and press the duct tape onto it, rolling away from corner slowly. Hopefully, the duct tape will adhere to the screen protector and you'll be able to pull it up and off.

Installing your new tempered glass screen protector screen protector

It's hopefully been a long time since you've had to install a tempered glass screen protector, so we'll forgive you forgetting. Just like removal, there are a couple installation methods, which will differ based on brand and style.

Either way, make sure you hands are clean so as not to leave residue, dust, or dirt on your iPhone or iPad's screen. This can cause bubbles under your screen protector.

Dry mounting

This method is for tempered glass screen protectors that did not come with a bottle of solution.

  1. Clean your phone's screen with an alcohol pad if the protector came with one. Otherwise, use a lint-free microfiber cloth.
  2. Hold the screen protector and peel off the film on its sticky side.
  3. Very carefully align the screen protector with your iPhone or iPad's screen, making sure you line up the Home button, earpiece, and camera holes.
  4. Slowly place the screen protector onto your screen, starting from one end and carefully working your way to the other.
    • Use a credit card or any application tools that were included with your protector to ensure that it goes on evenly and without bubbles.
  5. Smooth out any bubbles with a credit card or the installation card that came with your screen protector.
    • Starting in the center, push bubbles out toward the edges of your screen with short movements. If you try long pushes, you'll just spread the bubble out under the screen protector. You can also use a microfiber cloth to do this.
  6. Remove the film from on top of your screen protector. This should reveal a completely clean screen protector.

Wet mounting

This method is for tempered glass screen protectors that come with a bottle of spray solution (usually alcohol) to aid in installation. Some folks prefer applying screen protectors this way, since it cuts down on static and helps prevent dust and hair from sneaking under your screen protector.

  1. Clean your iPhone or iPad's screen using the spray and a soft cleaning cloth.
  2. Spray both the front and back of the screen protector, being generous with the spray. This will prevent it from drying up during installation.
  3. Carefully place the screen protector onto your iPhone or iPad's screen.
    • Balance one end on the screen and slowly apply it from one end to the other, using a credit card or the flat of your hand.
  4. Use the squeegee that comes with wet-mounted tempered glass screen protectors to squeeze the excess solution out from under the screen protector.
    • Start in the center and gently push it out toward the edges, making sure to hold onto the protector so it doesn't shift around.
  5. Leave it to dry for at least half an hour. If you're putting a case on your iPhone or iPad, wait at least a couple hours. This will prevent the screen protector from shifting around and will allow it to fully adhere to your screen.

Keep in mind that during installation, you may have to remoisten the screen protector. It can be rather tedious to line everything up properly and you may have to reapply the spray a few times. Just be patient and careful.

Always remember that if there's any pits or cracks in your tempered glass screen protector, you should replace it, even if they're minor. Glass has a habit of turning minor cracks and pits into major defects.

If you have an iPhone SE and are looking for a great tempered glass screen protector, then check out our favorites. Remember that most brands have screen protectors for other iPhone versions.

How do you do it?

Do you have any secrets for making tempered glass screen protector replacement easy as pie? Share in the comments below!

Updated August 2017: Added links to our roundups of the best screen protectors by device.

How to set up and pair your Apple Watch with your iPhone

Before you can start using your Apple Watch, you're going to need to pair it with your iPhone.

When it comes time to pair your Apple Watch with your iPhone, you'll need to use the Apple Watch app for iOS. Unless you chose to remove it, it should be installed on your iPhone (it, like many other Apple-created apps, comes preinstalled). The Apple Watch app isn't just for pairing; it's also an easy way to manage your Apple Watch apps, settings, and features. You can do some management on the Watch itself, but it's much easier to tap around on your phone than it is to tap around on the tiny Watch screen. Before you can go adjusting settings, though, you've got to get pairing. Follow along to learn how!

How to automatically pair Apple Watch with iPhone

  1. Launch the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap Start Pairing.
  3. Move your phone over your Apple Watch until your Apple Watch is lined up in the center of the yellow rectangle.
    • You'll know you've successfully completed the step when you see a message that says "Your Apple Watch Is Paired".
  4. Tap Set Up as New Apple Watch

  5. Tap either Left or Right to tell Apple Watch on which wrist you plan to wear it.
  6. Tap Agree to agree to the watchOS Terms and Conditions.
  7. Tap Agree to confirm.

  8. Tap OK to indicate you understand Shared Settings for iPhone and Apple Watch.
  9. Tap Create a Passcode to create a passcode for Apple Watch.
    • Tap Add a Long Passcode to add a passcode longer than four digits.
    • Tap Don't Add Passcode if you'd rather not have a passcode on your Apple Watch.
  10. On your Apple Watch, tap to create a four-digit passcode.
  11. Enter your passcode once more to confirm.

  12. On your iPhone, tap Continue to indicate you understand Emergency SOS.
  13. Tap Install All to install all of the available watchOS apps on your iPhone (watchOS apps are included with iOS apps).
    • Tap Choose Later if you'd rather not install all of the available watchOS apps on your iPhone.
  14. Allow your Apple Watch to sync with your iPhone. When it's finished syncing, your Apple Watch is ready to roll!

How to manually pair Apple Watch with iPhone

If you can't get your Apple Watch to start the pairing process automatically, you can manually pair your iPhone and Watch. Instead of using the nifty QR-code-style process, you'll use your Apple Watch's name to start the pairing process. Once you've got the devices paired, setup works exactly the same!

  1. Launch the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap Start Pairing.
  3. Tap Pair Apple Watch Manually
  4. On your Apple Watch, tap i to view the device's name.
  5. On your iPhone, select your Apple Watch from the list.

  6. Complete steps 4 - 14 above.


Run into any issues whilst pairing your iPhone and Watch? Give us a shout in the comments and we'll do our best to help you troubleshoot the issue!

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