iPhone and iPad owners have easy access to thousands upon thousands of apps. The iOS app store is pretty comprehensive, with over 2 million apps and games to choose from. And that’s where the problem lies – there are far too many to go through to find decent apps. Sure, you can spend hours trying out free apps to see if they do what you want, but we guarantee you’ll spend even more time deleting them than you will be looking at them. That isn’t to say that there are no decent apps in the iOS app store; on the contrary, there are a lot. It’s just that it’s more likely you will call it a day before you find what you are looking for.
And what about the paid apps? You don’t really want to lay out good money on an app only to find that it isn’t what you want, that it just doesn’t do what you expect it to. And some of them are over-priced anyway, for what they offer, while some of the free apps are fantastic. What we’re going to do is tell you about just ten cool apps from the iOS app store that you should consider downloading onto your iOS device.
We’ll do that shortly. First, it’s worth bearing in mind that the iPhone and iPad have undergone some serious improvements in the last decade. Year on year, new features are given to us, and each new device brings new capabilities. That means those devices are capable of running more powerful apps than ever before. The processors are super-speedy, we’ve got far more storage space and RAM than ever before, the screens are out of this world, and the firmware continues to improve.
And, let’s be honest here, with all those cool hardware and firmware at our disposal, there really isn’t anything our devices cannot do these days. And you don’t even have to leave home anymore – your dinner can be delivered to your door, you can meet people, stream your favorite anime and music, order an Uber to pick you up, and much more. That’s why we’ve carefully chosen these ten apps to help you make the most out of your iPhone or iPad.
Top Ten iPhone Apps for 2020
Given how many apps are in the app store, it did take us some time to find these, but the ten apps below are just ten of the very best apps that you should be using on your device right now.
Instagram has to be one of the most popular and fun social media sites ever invented. It is now owned by Facebook, and it offers users a fantastic video and photo-sharing platform. You can set up an account easily and share your holiday snaps and videos, or you can just choose to follow others and get some cool ideas. Instagram helps you find great holiday destinations, cool ideas for decorating your home, for doing your garden, DIY projects, and much more. And many business owners use Instagram as a platform for showcasing their goods and services, and now you can purchase those from within the app. There are also loads of in-app features, such as adding filters to your photos and videos and so much more – and it’s free. You can download a modded version of the app from the AppCake AppStore.
Apple TV has been in existence for a couple of years, providing iOS users with a way of watching TV shows and movies. In 2019, Apple overhauled the app and dragged it into the mainstream. At $5 per month, it offers great value for money, offering access to lots of original shows, movies, and more. And you can even access all your paid media subscription apps via Apple TV, giving you a one-stop-shop for everything.
Craigslist is not new, not by a long shot. First released in 1995, it took 24 years to provide an iOS app, but it’s here, and it’s already proving incredibly popular. An online classified ads site, Craigslist offers easy access to a whole heap of jobs, items for sale, cars, pretty much anything you can think of. The app is user-friendly, with a clean interface that looks much like the website, and it’s free to use.
Great sleep is necessary for a healthy, happy life, and Sleep Cycle is one of the best apps to help you monitor your sleep. Unlike an alarm clock, where you set a specific time to wake up, with Sleep Cycle, you set a time frame – 6 am to 7 am, for example. Leave your phone beside your bed, and the app will measure your sleep cycle, looking at how well-rested you are and your REM cycle. When it thinks you are ready to be woken up, the alarm will sound. You should be able to wake up feeling well-rested and ready to start the day. The app is not free, but at $1.99, it’s well worth a shot. You can download apps like these and more from the TweakBox AppStore
There are hundreds of fitness apps in the store, but none of them quite match up to what MyFitnessPal offers for free. The app allows you to set fitness goals, track your meals and calories, track the calories you burn off, and the app gives you boundaries to work within. It has a huge food database, so you can easily add your meals. This is one app that will truly help you to get in shape and stay there, as well as helping you to track bad eating habits and knock them on the head.
These days, it’s rare to find an unlimited data plan unless you are prepared to pay through the nose for it. With most people limited in data, one of the biggest worries is staying within limits. With Onavo, your user data is extended, and you can easily track the apps and services that are quickly draining your limited data. It’s a great app for when you are traveling because that’s when you might be just a bit more reckless with the data you use. And it’s free to use.
Most people think of Spotify or SoundCloud when they think of music streaming apps, but Shazam is fast climbing the popularity stakes. With Shazam, you can easily identify a song title, who is singing it, where you can purchase the track, and you can even get the lyrics to it. It’s a great app for music discovery so, the next time you hear a catchy tune and want to know what it is, let Shazam listen to it and tell you all you need to know.
The app store offers loads of camera apps, many of them free, but if you want a truly great app, Camera+ is the best, and it costs just $1.99. The app offers just about any feature you can think of for taking and editing photos on your iPhone. It has a built-in stabilizer that won’t take a photo until your iPhone is still, so no more blurry shots. And with tons of other features on offer, it’s a small price to pay. You can download this app for free from the AltStore appstore.
Marco Polo is a video chatting app with a difference. Aimed at busy people, you no longer have to wait until you and your friends are available at the same time for a chat. Simply record your video message and send it at a time that suits you. In effect, it’s more of a video letter than a chat, but it means you can still catch up with your friends whenever you want. The video recipients simply open your video when they are ready and can reply in the same way. It offers a great choice for when texting doesn’t cut it but getting everyone together for a live chat is difficult to do.
At $4, this is a mid-price range food app, offering over 100 different vegan and vegetarian dishes from around the world. The app is based on global vegetarian and vegan cookbooks and offers a choice of some old familiar favorites and some tempting new dishes too. Even better, once the app is downloaded, you don’t need an internet connection to use it. There are filters included, such as ingredients, so it’s easy to find a great meal option whenever you want.
So, there you have it, ten of the very best apps in the official iOS app store. We tried to cover a range of activities, and while this is nothing compared to what the store offers, they are a good point to start from. Each of these apps offers good value, great features, and there is something to suit everyone.
A couple of them do require payment but, at the end of the day, while there are loads of free apps, sometimes you do have to pay to get what you want. Be aware that most will have in-app purchases, so you need to consider whether you should disable that facility on your iPhone or iPad – particularly if yours is a shared device.
Try these apps and see what you think of them. If nothing else, they will give you some great ideas on other apps.
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