In the age of the smartphone, “there’s an app for that” has never been more true.
Mobile applications are quickly replacing common household items, services and even occupations. You don’t need the bulky dictionary when there’s an app for it, bookmarks when there’s Kindle and iBooks or pens when there are word processing apps.
But while some apps are immensely helpful in navigating a big city or looking up information quickly, there are others with more questionable functionality — apps that may not yet be the perfect replacement for the actual product or service.
Without further ado, here are 5 iPhone apps you didn’t expect to be apps.
Confession: A Roman Catholic App – $1.99
The app, published by Little i Apps in 2011, was not intended to be a full replacement for confessionals, the founders said. The app examines a user’s conscience based on age, sex and vocation and allows users to perform the Catholic Rite of Penance on their phones. A user’s private list and confessions are password protected.
This isn’t the first sign of technology in faith practices. A hotel in England last month replaced the room’s hardcover Bible with Kindles that had the Bible downloaded.
2. Vision Test – Free
Vision Test offers tests for visual acuity, astigmatism, duochrome, color and far field vision — tests typically performed at an eye doctor’s office. It does, however, come with a disclaimer that it is not meant to replace a full eye examination by a registered optician.
After the tests are completed, it shows users test results, evaluations and nearby opticians.
3. iStethoscope Pro – $0.99
iStethoscope Pro allows users to use their iPhones to listen to their heartbeat. Users must press the iPhone microphone to their chests and listen with headphones.
The app developers claim that the app is not intended to diagnose any sort of diseases, but rather it is intended as entertainment.
4. iVooDoo – $2.99
This app is everything it seems: virtual voodoo dolls. You can have 5 different dolls at one time and a choice of seven different pins. You are allowed to choose a face and name your doll before you stick in the pin.
Before sticking the doll, a pop-up message says, “Meditate upon your desire until it manifests itself clearly. Once you are ready, stick the pin into the doll.”
5. Auto Will – $6.99
In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, this app will produce a valid Last Will and Testament. The app is laid out in easy to understand sections and allows users to easily fill out the executors, trustees and guardians sections.
The app does not currently work in the United States.
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