While you may be enjoying apps that can help solve the tasks for the day ahead, or scratches your daily itch in the latest game on Apple Arcade, for example, there are a few different apps that serve an important purpose.
The Hmong people are one of the most marginalized Asian American groups in the US, and its language is in danger of being relegated to the history books.
This is where Hmong Phrases comes in. Its developer, Annie Vang, wants to preserve the Hmong language that has been in her family for generations. Alongside this, Vang also hosts a YouTube channel to showcase foods in the Hmong culture, as well as her other favorite foods.
It's available for iPhone and iPad devices running iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 or later for $ 0.99 / £0.69 / AU$ 1.09, and it can also work on a Mac with Apple Silicon. You can scroll through the different conversations and hear back from Vang herself on how to pronounce various words.
It feels personal and yet educational – you know that Vang has put everything into this app, and it looks as though she isn't done, having recently spoken to her.
What could be next for the app?
The app has an elegant layout with a colorful scheme throughout its menus. The list of phrases may seem overwhelming to some at first, but you get used to it. You can use the search bar to find what you want.
Practicing phrases and words in Hmong on your wrist could appeal to many, especially as later Apple Watch models can use the speaker with some apps.
Vang was enthusiastic about these two ideas, and there's potentially a chance we could see them later in the year.
But whatever occurs in a future update, it's a great effort already to revive a language, and a culture, that should be preserved for future generations.