One of the most interesting App of the Year recipients is BeReal, a social app that takes a new spin on photo and video sharing. At different times each day, you and any friends you connect with have just two minutes to share what’s going on in your life. It’s a more intimate approach than something like Instagram because photos are only shared among your tight circle of friends. But its namesake is inspired by the fact that you must take a photo using the BeReal app within the allotted time, so you’re urged to share whether you’re having a lazy bad hair day or enjoying an exotic vacation.
On iPad, GoodNotes 5 is getting recognition due to its deep Apple Pencil support, as well as being a comprehensive note-taking solution in general. It offers much deeper functionality than something like Apple’s built-in Notes app by supporting rich multimedia, knowledge mapping using external links, a dynamic cataloging system, and a wealth of templates inspired by real life notation and manuscript paper.