Let's not kid ourselves. We might like to say we bought our beloved iPhones and iPads for productivity purposes--calling grandma, catching up on email, collaborating on documents using Google Drive. Hey, I'm writing this on an iPad right now.
But if we take a good, long look at ourselves in that reflective screen, let's be honest. We shelled out the hundreds of dollars (or our mothers did) for our Apple devices because they're cool and fun. As soon as we can admit that we can get back to playing Angry Birds while we wait for the train.
Macworld/iWorld featured a hefty section of the Expo Hall called Appalooza. As you can probably guess from the "wacky" title, it showcased lots of apps for the iPhone, iPad and MacBooks (a couple were even available on Google Play, but don't tell anyone).
Of course, plenty of them were utilitarian. There were apps for counting calories, apps for creating budgets, apps for storing your stuff in the cloud. I'm sure they're all great and useful and make people say, "I'm so glad I bought this–my life is so improved." However, there were also loads of apps at Appalooza that spoke to the 12-year-old in all of us. Now, let's take a look at the Best ‘Stupid’ Apps of Macworld.
Everyone loves magic. Rostami Magic produces apps that turn your iPhone into a magician's assistant. The easy-to-learn tricks are actually pretty amazing. Supposedly, users will never have to pay for a drink again–I guess that counts as productivity.
Rails is produced by BeLight software and gives you the job of controlling a rail yard–except this isn't Amtrak. You must control and direct multiple trains, including ones rigged to explode.
This app, developed by Boinx software, makes stop motion animation (think Gumby) super easy. Clay isn't included, but besides that, it gives you everything you need to be a master director.
Like iStopMotion can turn your kitchen into an animation studio, Jam can turn your bedroom into recording booth. Pick from a library of music genres (G-funk and dubstep were my favorites) and the app produces a custom song to go along with your vocals. Fortunately, it also autotunes less than pitch perfect singing.
Now, this one could be useful if you make your living gambling. It's basically a virtual Rain Man in your pocket. This simple app provides a blackjack tutorial, instructing you when to hit, stay and double down. Check it out before heading to Reno if you're a card-guppy wanting to grow.
For more of Allvoices' coverage of Macworld/iWorld 2013, the Ultimate iFan Event, check out allvoices.com/macworld.