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Elizabeth Renstrom for TIME

It seems like hundreds of new iPhone apps pop up every week, but which ones should you bother trying? We explored the App Store and found some apps actually worth downloading.


HBO NOW is HBO’s new standalone streaming service, offering all of the network’s programming for $15 a month sans a cable subscription. You can watch shows like Game of Thrones, Veep, and Silicon Valley as they air, or dive deep into HBO’s back catalog to catch up on Sex and the City or The Sopranos.

HBO NOW is free in the App Store


Highball is less of a cocktail recipe app and more of a cocktail diary app, helping you remember exactly how you prefer certain drinks. For example, I like twice as much gin in my Negroni than the normal recipe calls for. Highball allows you to doctor and alter drink recipes, adding measurements as small as a “Pinch” (which will come in extremely handy for the eccentrics who like to add a drop of bitters into everything).

Highball is free in the App Store


Ticket-buying app Dingo is perfect for anyone looking for more reliable options than Craigslist or scalping outside the stadium. U.K.-only at the moment, Dingo combines the efficiency of StubHub with the chat function of Tinder to bring you a pretty solid way to buy tickets directly from other fans.

Dingo is free in the App Store


Dialr makes life easier by putting your most-dialed contacts right in the Notification Center so you can reach them with minimal effort. Basically, it makes your iPhone way more useful without overcomplicating the device. While there are other similar apps out there, Dialr is simple and doesn’t require launching the app every time you want to use it.

Dialr is $0.99 in the App Store

CARROT Weather

If ever you’ve wanted to feel like Tony Stark jabbing with his sarcastic artificial intelligence J.A.R.V.I.S., then CARROT Weather is the app for you. It’s an adorably designed weather app that talks to you, or, more accurately, talks back to you. It puts up new images on your screen for different weather scenarios, and makes checking the weather actually sort of fun as opposed to tedious.

CARROT Weather is $2.99 in the App Store

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