App Recap: Views 4, CleanMyMac X, MacTracker and Major App Updates

In this week's App Recap, we've highlighted two new apps that are worth checking out. We've also compiled a list of apps that received major updates this week.

New Apps

  • Views 4 ($4.99) - Views 4 is a news and podcasts app that presents content tailored to the interests of the user. Upon downloading the app, users are presented with a series of screens that allow for the selection of popular interests, fonts for an optimal reading experience, and six color themes that can be used around the app. The app's easy to navigate interface is complemented with the integration of Haptic Touch when tabs and in article arrows are tapped. Aside from the ability to read articles from a personalized feed, Views also allows users to search, favorite, and download podcasts directly. The podcast interface is simple and even allows users to set a sleep timer. Views 4 is one of the latest apps to take advantage of Apple's universal purchases feature, so buying the app once will allow you to have access to it across all of your devices.
  • CleanMyMac X (Free) - Popular desktop cleaner app CleanMyMac X this week made its debut on the Mac App Store. Previously, the only way to use the software was to download it directly from its website. It is worth pointing out that the Mac App Store version of CleanMyMac X does not have all of the features available from the version available directly on its website. The Photo Junk, Shredder, Updater, and Maintenance features are only available from the website version of the app. Although the app is free to download, a yearly subscription fee of $34.99 is required to get access to all of the app's features.

App Updates

  • Apple Support - The Apple Support app was revamped this week with a new customized user interface with support for Dark Mode, guided step-by-step troubleshooting, new and improved chat and call experiences, and more.
  • Mactracker - Mactracker is an app that provides detailed information on every Mac, iPod, iPad, and iPhone ever made. The app also details specific information about each product such as processor speed, memory, graphic cards, price, and more. There's also a tab that allows users to obtain information about every software version issued by Apple for iOS, macOS, tvOS, and more. Mactracker received an update this week with the addition of Apple's new Magic Keyboard, an updated support status for Apple's vintage and obsolete products, new GeekBench 5 performance scores, and general bug fixes.
  • Pandora - Pandora this week updated its Apple Watch app with Siri support. Siri can now be used to play stations, songs, albums, and podcasts. The app also now allows asking Siri to dislike or like a song to help in tailoring songs to the likes of the user. Pandora has also updated its iOS app with a new Shuffle Stations feature, a more personalized discovery for better music recommendations, and more.
  • Ulysses - Popular writing app Ulysses was updated this week to add native support for Apple's iPad trackpad and mouse support which was first introduced in iOS 13.4. Along with the ability to embed external folders from the Files app and edit the contained files with Ulysses 19, the app has introduced several other new features that are worth checking out.

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9 weeks ago


Why is everything going subscription?

Because the vendors love it. Nothing better than a steady income stream. The trouble is, they don't deserve a steady income stream in many cases. The should fix their damned bugs free of charge. If they create something new, an updated version, great, I'll think about whether or not it's worth buying.

I am irked by the bothersome adverts for Apple Arcade, which is subscription only. I'm not even going to try the free trial period because subscriptions annoy me so much. If I like a game I will pay for it. If I *really* like a game, it's not something that could be played in a few days in an 'arcade'. My life is too short to play games all day.

I did take the free year of Apple TV+ courtesy of a newly purchased device, but there's no way I will renew it in a year's time.

I don't subscribe to Apple Music. I've bought plenty of my favourite albums on iTunes. I'll keep it that way.

I don't subscribe to apps.

I don't subscribe to a 'phone plan' that includes a phone. I buy the phone outright and get a SIM separately.

When I look at my bank statement each month, I don't see any annoying subscription charges. That's the way I want to keep things.
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9 weeks ago
Cleanmy bs. Just use onyx.


It's easier for devs to work out our user base and develop new features quicker. Instead of a new feature being bundled up with a dozen more and sold as an upgrade, we can now release things as and when they are ready. New OS releases are now continuously catered for, you don't have to buy a new version just because some API we relied on is missing on your version.

Subscription does not guarantee anything that’s the problem. There are already apps that went belly up. **** value is **** value however you spin it.
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9 weeks ago
CleanMyMac? Seriously MacRumours? How much did they pay you to promote their ********?
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9 weeks ago


Why is everything going subscription?

Because at first, it's less painful. Later on you either get used to it and never think about it again or you find you've slowly died the death of a thousand cuts.
It's probably easier for the dev to guarantee an income.
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9 weeks ago
Bought some pro apps later devs changes to subscription by releasing new app removes pro app I bought from AppStore. I don’t by apps anymore. Devs need to get a real job stop gaming people with subscription. Not all devs are same just some greedy.
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9 weeks ago
Correct me if I’m wrong but wasn’t CleanMyMacX considered Malware/Grayware for a long time? Why are we promoting it’s use? They’re a highly abusive company when it comes to sharing data and charging customers for “essential software repairs” that they had to remove just to be on the App Store. Macrumors promoting Malware. How the mighty have fallen.
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