THERE ARE ALMOST A MILLION APPS ON THE IOS APP STORE. SORTING THROUGH THEM CAN BE AN INCREDIBLE PAIN. THAT’S WHY WE’VE DONE IT FOR YOU. THESE ARE THE VERY BEST, MOST MUST-HAVE APPS FOR NEW IPHONE 5S AND IPHONE 5C OWNERS. DOWNLOAD THEM NOW!
Just get a brand new iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c, or a new iPhone or iPod touch of any kind? iOS 7 comes with a ton of fantastic built-in apps, from iMessage to Camera,Mail to Safari, and prompts you to download not only a bunch of Apple apps, likeiBooks and Podcasts, but integrated apps like Twitter and Facebook as well. It’s enough to get anyone off to a great start, but only a start. Among the almost million App Store apps are a bunch of other really good apps that even casual users can get a ton of benefit from. Here are some of our favorites!
Note: We’re not duplicating any of the built-in or suggested-by-Apple apps in this list; we’ll do separate articles on best replacement apps! This is for different and additional stuff. The extras! We’ll also be updating and adding to this list often, whenever new or just plain better apps come along. So, bookmark and share it, and come back often!
Dropbox online storage
Dropbox is a cloud storage and sync service that, on the Mac, can make sure anything in its special folder is kept safe online and mirrored on any other Mac you install it on. On iOS, the Dropbox app gives you near-line access to all the same files. What’s more, Dropbox provides a powerful integration for developers that allow many other apps to tie into their service and use them for cloud storage and sync as well. The apps are free, as is a small amount of storage. More storage is available via promotions and, of course, for a price.
Shazam music identification
If you’ve ever been walking through a store, or watching a TV show, or enjoying a tasty beverage when a great song started to play, you’ve likely had the urge to identify the song and maybe even buy it immediately. Well, with Shazam you can! Simply launch Shazam, tap the screen, and a long as the music is loud and clear enough, and well known enough to be identifiable, Shazam will find it. You’ll get not only the name, but the ability to share your discovery, and even find it in the iTunes Music store if you so wish. It really is like magic!
Air Video HD streaming
There are a ton of options to watch video on your iPhone, including buying or streaming directly on your device. But what about all those old, legacy format videos on your Mac or Windows PC hard drives? All those home movies you’ve made or DVDs you’ve – legally in your jurisdiction – ripped and stored for safe keeping? Air Video HD is for those. Run the small Air Video Server app on your desktop, and then not only can you stream any video, in any format, transcoded on-the-fly to your iPhone, but you can re-stream it to your Apple TV via AirPlay as well. Air Video is a video junkies best friend.
Launch Center Pro quick actions
iOS is great at launching apps, not so good at launching actions. That’s where Launch Center Pro comes in. Drop it on your Home screen or Dock, and every time you tap it it presents you with an array of quick actions, from going to websites, performing searches, contacting specific people, tweet out a message, create a todo, and much, much more. If you like how easy iOS is to use, but wish you could do more with it, Launch Center Pro is for you.
Screens 3 VNC
Screens lets you use your iPhone to remotely view and interact with your Mac or Windows PC. Using such a tiny screen to control such a big screen might seem difficult if not impossible, and indeed it does work better on the iPad, but Screens does a great job making it as usable as possible even on the iPhone. It’s long been the dream of every IT professional to run their server room from poolside, and every home technologist to run their desktop from the sofa. Screens makes that a reality.
1Password login management
While Apple teased iCloud keychain for iOS 7, they haven’t yet deployed it. Luckily the folks at 1Password have a much more robust app you can use for that, and even more. It can’t access Safari the way Apple can, but it does have a built in browser and support for all your logins, credit cards, licenses, accounts, and more. And 1Password can sync them across devices and platforms. Plus, with its own master password, you can unlock your phone without worrying about unlocking everything else.
Kahn Academy educational archive
Kahn Academy is one of the best products of education and the internet, and with the Khan Academy app for the iPhone, you have free access videos on topics ranging from kindergarten, advanced science, humanities, history, and more. You can even download the videos to watch offline. If you’re in school or you have kids in school, get Kahn Academy.
Tripit travel planner
Pair Tripit for iPhone with a Tripit account and the iPhone becomes your virtual travel assistant. Simply email any flight or hotel confirmations to TripIt and they’ll automagically get logged and displayed on your iPhone, along with helpful maps and additional information to make your travel safer and easier. Basic accounts are free, but if you’re a frequent traveler and faster, more meaningful alerts would be beneficial to you, a paid account is more than worthwhile.
Reeder 2 RSS reader
Reeder lets you save and organize RSS feeds from all your favorite websites in one convenient app. Since Apple dropped RSS support from Safari, and Google dropped Google Reader, it’s been a challenging year for news junkies. Luckily Reeder has rebooted with support for a ton of new sync services, and has once again regained its spot at the top or feed mountain.
Google Search (with Google Now predictive results)
Google Search not only provides text and voice-based search, as the name implies, but also incorporates Google Now technology. That means it uses your location, calendar, and the information Google knows about you and your contacts to provide predictive information for you, presented on easy to use, easy to dismiss cards. Weather, travel, and more shuffle up, and can be shuffled away. It’s not the same, native experience you get on Google’s own Android, and it’s not the same as Apple’s Siri, but if you’re willing to trust it with your data, it’s a useful feature to have around.