It’s February, which means it’s time to take a look at more of the best apps for iOS and macOS.
This month I made a point of choosing apps that are relevant to the world at large. After all, it’s not very often that retail traders lead a revolution against Wall Street.
As always, these are all apps that I have used or at the very least trying out for myself. I’ve also tried mixing popular apps with apps you haven’t heard of before to get the best selection possible.
The best iOS apps of February 2021
1. Learn: Start Your Investment Journey
I’m sure you don’t need me to remind you that just a few weeks ago a group on Reddit decided to take on Wall Street with a bold (and questionable) investment in GameStop stocks. .
If you’re like me, you probably had no idea what we were talking about when the story broke. This is because the vast majority of people have never had any stock market education. So, as thrilling as the story to follow, a lot of us have been scratching our heads.
Lucky for you, you live in an age when a library of financial information is in your pocket. That’s why I’m so happy to share Learn with you.
Learn is an educational app that teaches you everything there is to know about the stock market. It starts with lessons such as “Why should you invest?” and gradually evolves into more complex lessons. And the whole experience is jargon-free, so you’ll learn how the stock market works without needing to learn a second language.
The developer of this app has been investing for over 25 years and has achieved a 30% return on their stocks over the past 10 years. For those who don’t know, that’s a crazy average! Take a look at this app if you want to learn how to invest.
2. SongShift: Sync your music library to Spotify, Apple Music, etc.
Next up on our list of the best apps for iOS is a much less political app which I think many of you will enjoy. SongShift is an app that I wanted to exist for so long, that I almost passed out when I found out it didn’t exist.
SongShift is very simple – If you have a playlist on Spotify that you also want on Apple Music, you can copy it from one app to another within seconds. You can even configure it to monitor a playlist on one platform so that it is updated on your other music platforms as well.
At the time of writing this article, SongShift supports playlist transfers between:
- Apple Music
This app is pretty straightforward, so there isn’t much to say about it. If you want to sync your playlists across all devices or are trying to switch between services, SongShift is a godsend.
3. Airtime: watch shows with your partner – from a distance
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, which means it’s time to prepare to get tough.
For most of us, this is the first time that a pandemic has prevented us from seeing our loved one on vacation of love. Fortunately, app developers have already found ways to reduce distance and make long-distance relationships more bearable.
Airtime is an app that lets you watch videos together while you are apart from each other. It doesn’t work with more movie-centric apps like Netflix yet. However, it works with YouTube, Twitch, SoundCloud, Photos, and a few other options. This means you can rent a movie from YouTube and have a movie night wherever you are.
If you’re feeling sick, want to hang out with your friends, or want a fun night out with the family while also socially distancing yourself, Airtime can help you stay connected.
4. Daily Budget: The Ultimate Budgeting App
Closing today’s list of the best iOS apps is one of my all-time favorite apps, Daily Budget.
Last on our list of the best apps for iOS is one of my favorites. Daily Budget is a budgeting app for someone (like me) who wants to keep track of every penny that goes into their bank account. Unlike other budgeting apps, like Mint, Daily Budget does very little budgeting for you. There is no automated tracking, no synchronization between banking apps, etc.
Instead, you use the app by entering your monthly income and monthly bills. The app then divides your income by the number of days in the current month, does the same for your monthly bills, and subtracts the daily bill amount from your daily income.
You can then enter any additional income and enter the transactions manually. So every time you go to the store, you enter a new transaction. Every time you find a $ 20 bill, you add it as well.
Although it may seem complicated, it gives you a very precise view of your finances. No app does this for you either, which is not only more secure, but forces you to keep tabs on your spending.
It’s not for everyone, but if you’re someone obsessively managing your budget like me, this is one tool you’ll fall in love with.
The best macOS apps of February 2021
1. Purpose: instantly convert between photo types
Whether you are a writer, graphic designer, artist, student, teacher, or casual computer user, you definitely need to convert images to different formats on a semi-regular basis. And, if you ever need to convert more than a few images from JPG to PNG, the process can be quite tedious.
This is where Lens comes in! Lens is a brand new application for Mac that lets you convert images from one file type to another in bulk. This is drag and drop, so you just need to highlight the images you want to convert, drop them into the converter and wait for them to be converted.
It’s another app that looks simple and disposable at first glance, but of course there will be a day when you wish you had it on your desktop. It’s free, so feel free to install it!
2. Cycles: a simple application to keep multiple timers
Cycles is one of the most unique apps featured on our monthly bests because it was created by a student! This is a project by an 8th grader named Tony, and I had to share it both for the awesome of the build and for the usefulness of the app.
Cycles is a stylish application that allows you to have multiple timers on your Mac. Natively, the Mac doesn’t offer any kind of timer functionality. So having an app that not only offers a free timer but allows you to have multiple labeled timers at once is really helpful.
Besides being a great help, this app is also very pretty to look at. It looks like it integrates perfectly with the rest of the apps on macOS. You can coordinate the colors of your timers, set them to repeat at the end, and turn off / on their alarms.
3. Typora: Cleanest Markdown Editor on Mac
Typora is one of those apps that I love so much, I feel like I have to keep it a secret. Which doesn’t even make sense – it’s not like there’s a limited supply of Typora downloads.
I downloaded Typora within the first week of owning my first Mac after trying to find a simple writing tool. I couldn’t afford Microsoft Word back then and wanted something that I could format a lot faster than Pages.
Typora was my first foray into markdown writing and I don’t think I’ll ever go back. It is a beautiful, simple and elegant tool for markdown writing. All formatting options are linked to keyboard shortcuts, there are many stylish themes to choose from, and there is no unnecessary bulk. I’ve tried several other markdown apps and honestly nothing comes close.
You can export to different document formats, copy with or without a theme style, and even copy your text as HTML code (perfect for posting to WordPress).
I’m not exaggerating when I say that I built my career with Typora. Along with Scrivener, it’s my favorite writing app and probably my favorite app on my Mac. If you write at all, take a look.
4. Spaceman: keep track of your virtual desktops
Last on our list of apps is Spaceman, another menu bar app in our long tradition of menu bar app suggestions. Like all great menu bar apps, Spaceman sits in the background, inconspicuously, but is always there when you need it.
Spaceman is an application that displays all of your virtual desktops in your menu bar, highlighting the one you are currently using. If you have multiple screens, it will show you separate visualizations for each of those screens.
There is no way to interact with the app other than naming the spaces you have configured. However, it can be very useful for organizing and understanding your desks if you regularly work with multiple desks. It’s free, so check it out!
Tune in next month to check out the best apps for iOS and macOS!
Thanks for checking out this month’s app suggestions! We try to bring you new apps every month, so be sure to come back in March for more suggestions.
Click here to see our suggestions from January!