The Season 6 finale of NBC’s “The Office” doesn’t air until May 20, but regardless of what goes down at Dunder-Mifflin (now a division of Sabre) before its summer break, these iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad apps were made for Michael Scott’s “family” of workers.
Last we knew, Erin and Andy were on the rocks. If this cute couple makes it through the finale -- or even if Andy needs to win her back, he’ll do well to pick up Great Dates – Fun Date Idea Manager (99 cents). Great Dates comes preloaded with 114 ideas and features date customization, so users can modify existing dates, create new dates or add reminder notes. Shake the device for a random date, and even if the suggestion is lame, it’s still guaranteed to turn out better than Andy’s “Twelve Days of Christmas” idea and Secretary’s Day offering. Hopefully, the duo will be smart enough to avoid double dating with Kelly and Ryan (are they or aren’t they this week?) -- and to definitely avoid Phyllis and Bob Vance’s bathroom trysts.
Even though Jim and Pam are both back at work now, new baby Cecelia is going to be a handful this summer. The happy parents can use Total Baby ($4.99) to track Cece’s every move—from how much she ate during a feeding to the amount of time between each diapering. Total Baby features 13 timing, tracking and logging functions, and even lets new moms and dads notate milestones with photos and keep track of shot dates, growth spurts or allergies. Total Baby can also help Pam ensure she’s far, far away from Kevin when it’s time for a feeding.
Now that Daryl has moved upstairs and has quit pranking, maybe he can spend more time on his music. Gabe probably won’t let him use his keyboard in the office, so Daryl can rely on Virtuoso Piano Free 2 HD (free) to practice his compositions. The free app features six octaves of surprisingly rich grand piano sound. Tap and roll your fingers across the screen to play, using the slider bar or upper arrows to move through the octaves. You can’t record your works with the free version, but the Pro version is just 99 cents. The piano keys can also be labeled for true beginners.
With Dah Dit – Morse Code Tutor ($1.99) Meredith, Creed, Angela and Oscar can join in the fun of talking about Dwight right in front of him. With this Morse code trainer, you can listen to the code against spoken character names and practice your tutorials by tapping out messages on your phone. Once you’ve mastered letters, move on to creating full messages with the included 1,000-word list.
Relaxation is a must in an office as crazy as Michael’s, so it’s no wonder Stanley always seeks solace in his book of crossword puzzles. Perhaps this summer he can go digital with Crosswords ($9.99), which is now available for iPad, too. The app is on the pricey side, but features new puzzles every day from sources including The New York Times Classic, Wall Street Journal, People magazine and The Onion A.V. Club, which makes the amount of puzzles available almost unlimited.
Then there’s Michael. Now that he’s Donna’s other man, will the affair make it through a steamy Scranton summer? No telling yet, but you know Michael will have Haven Interactive’s That’s What She Said (free) app loaded into his iPhone. Tap the button to play the classic phrase in a variety of voices when you’re just too lazy to say it yourself. Just don’t let Toby hear.
Of course, even though you may not be a paper/printer salesman, a quirky receptionist or a foreman turned exec, that doesn’t mean that you can’t take part in some Dunder-Mifflin culture, too. Relive classic “Office” moments like ping-pong and flonkerton through NBC’s The Office Challenge (99 cents), in which you become an “Office” character to complete 36 micro-games. The Office Golf ($1.99) features four nine-hole courses with "Office"-style obstacles—but Andy doesn’t drive a golf cart into any of them.
If you’re sported out, you can always wow your friends with your vast knowledge of all things Scranton, Pa. with Inside the Office (99 cents). Compete against other “Office” addicts around the world for the high score in this trivia test, which boasts 1,000 questions.