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Haze

Just because an app sports a clean interface doesn't mean it can't offer a lot of depth. Haze ($1) is a deceptively simple, gesture-driven weather app that uses colors and animation to give you an at-a-glance look at the weather. While it's easy to see the current temperature and warming/cooling trends, a few swipes can reveal a wealth of information, including a five-day forecast, sunrise and sunset times, cloud coverage, high and low temperatures for the day, windchill, wind speed, wind direction, precipitation chances and amounts, humidity levels, and even atmospheric pressure. All from an app that only displays a single number at startup — not too shabby. [Scouted by Freddy]

  • Rise

    In case you haven't noticed, gestures are starting to replace buttons in simple apps. Rise ($2) is a perfect example. This replacement for Apple's serviceable built-in alarm replaces the bland aesthetic of the stock app with a clean, inviting interface that has you swipe up and down to set the alarm time, swipe right to turn it on, and swipe upwards to choose things like your wakeup sound or playlist. No, it doesn't really do anything else, but that's the point — only by stripping away unnecessary features can you make an app this good looking.

  • THX Tune-Up

    You could hire a professional to come in and tweak your home theater setup for a couple hundred bucks. Or you could just download THX Tune-Up ($Free). This simple app can help you get the aspect ratio, brightness, contrast, color, and tint of your display set correctly by taking control of your Apple TV and using the camera on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to display a special color filter. It can also help ensure that your speaker assignment and speaker phase connections are correct. Oh, and did we mention it's free?