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Apps of the Week: three great apps from September 13, 2019

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Thousands of apps and games are added to the App Store each week, and trawling through them to find the good ones can be difficult. That’s where we come in! We’ve found two new titles in particular that we think are worthy of your attention, as well as a golden oldie that we reckon deserves another mention.

App of the Week

Piano by Yousician [$29.99/£25.99 per month]

True to its name, Piano lets you learn to play the piano with more than 1,500 lessons and exercises designed by real piano teachers. All skill levels are covered, from absolute beginners making their first tentative plinks to advanced musicians seeking to polish up their skills. The app listens along and provides instant feedback on your accuracy and timing, as well as laying on step by step video tutorials. You can choose to play with your own piano or the app’s built-in keyboard.

Piano by Yousician

Game of the Week

Sugar Blast [Free]

Any new game from Angry Birds developer Rovio is always worth taking notice of, as you know it’s going to be instant fun, polished to within an inch of its life, and shot through with playful physics. Sugar Blast is a bright colour-matching game that sees you tapping to pop clusters of coloured balls, which roll and tumble around the screen convincingly. It’s nothing remotely original, but it’s hard to stop fiddling with, like digital bubble wrap.

Sugar Blast

App Store Classic

Geekbench 5 [$0.99/£0.99]

This week’s App Store Classic also serves as a bonus new app. Geekbench has long been the go-to benchmark tool for measuring precisely how fast your iOS device (or any other computer device) is, and then comparing the results against others. Geekbench 5 doesn’t fix what wasn’t broken, but it does add new benchmark tests that better reflect modern tasks. These include machine learning, augmented reality, and computational photography. It also adds different threading models in order to better capture the performance of different multi-threaded applications.

Geekbench 5