If you are lucky enough to unlock a new iPhone as a holiday gift this year, you might want to install some new apps on it. Thankfully, we’re here to help with some suggestions. We have included great apps that are generally fun or useful on your phone, and apps that you should download to replace the default apps that Apple ships.
We have gathered your favorite and most used games, apps, and entertainment. Check out our app picks for IphoneAnd the Android phonesAnd the Windows computersAnd and Mac computers equipped with M1; Our favorite mobile games from Apple Arcade And the Google Play Pass; Our top picks for Gaming computers, The PS5And the Xbox One and Series X / SAnd the Nintendo SwitchAnd and VR. We have also listed our favorite streaming programs on Disney Plus, Hulu, ESPN PlusAnd and Netflix; Some Fantastic science fiction books; And the Exciting new podcasts. (Note: Pricing is accurate at time of publication but may change.)
With iOS 14, Apple made it easy to customize the way your iPhone looks, introducing new widgets and easier methods for setting custom app icons. Widgetsmith is one of the biggest names when it comes to iPhone gadgets, which allows users to add images, text, quotes, and more. Combine it with some clever symbol swaps (now easier than ever In the latest iOS update) And the right wallpaper, and you’ll have the iPhone of your dreams.
It’s hard to get to libraries right now, but if you have a smartphone, you can get to the next best thing: Libby, which lets you borrow eBooks and audiobooks from your local library for free directly from your phone. Plus, the app itself is a great digital reading app in its own right, so you can enjoy books even without a dedicated device like Kindle.
TikTok has spread in popularity in 2020 to become one of the largest social media networks on the planet, with everything from memes and comics to complete. Ratatouille Music. In other words, it’s the most fun place on the Internet right now. Add an algorithm that appears to magically display you videos tailored exactly to your interests, and you have nearly endless content to watch.
Twitter is a mysteriously dreadful way to spend your time these days, but if you (like me) can’t stay away from a social media service / get into hell, you will need Tweetbot, which makes using Twitter less painful. Tweetbot shows you the tweets of people you follow, in the order in which they tweeted. There are no promotional ads or tweets, powerful mute filters to block out unwanted noise, and (thanks to Twitter’s unfriendly API changes) no notifications to constantly call you back in the app.
Paprika Recipe Manager
The internet is basically the best cookbook ever made, with recipes for any dish, dessert or drink you want to prepare with just one click. Paprika lets you stick links to those recipes, pulling important information (ingredients, directions, and meals) from the stories and the sometimes endless history that food blogs insist on including, and saves the information in your digital cookbook for pulling it whenever you need it.
The cameras on the new iPhones are better than ever, thanks in large part to the useful AI algorithms that optimize shots. If you have more photography experience then you might want an app like Halide, which is designed to allow you to push your cameras to the limit. It also supports the latest features of Apple’s new iPhones, including the iPhone 12 Pro’s ProRAW format, ideal for taking photography to the next level. With an annual subscription, it’s not free, but if you’re big on iPhone photography, it’s well worth the cost.
Of course, photography is only half the equation. Editing is just as important (if not more than that), and Darkroom is one of the best apps out there, with support for RAW and ProRAW images, along with the option to edit photos in batches. Best of all, it’s free, although there’s a monthly subscription option for additional features.
Safety time! Do your internet accounts secure two-factor authentication? If so, great; Authy is the app you want to use for Authenticode codes. if not, Go set up two-factor authentication now! And when you do, use Authy, which does a better job at storing and tracking all of these authentication codes than other apps like Google Authenticator.
Lastpass / 1 password
Speaking of internet security, you’ll probably start using a password manager instead of just entering the same password for all of your accounts. LastPass and 1Password are the two best options, and they each have different pros, cons, and costs. Setting up a new phone is the ideal time to set up extra security.
Apple’s default email app for email is still quite bad. The user interface is impractical, and Gmail support is still weak enough that you have to install a different email app instead. Outlook for iOS is still one of the best options out there, With useful features, a fast UI, and Microsoft support which means it will be around for years to come. Additionally, with iOS 14, you can set it to replace the Apple app as default.
Apple Maps isn’t that bad these days, truth be told. But this does not matter. Chances are, you’ll move it to a folder and use Google Maps anyway, because you’re the type who doesn’t like getting lost on your way wherever you go. Sometimes, you just just can’t get over the original.
Whether you’re splitting an internet bill with your roommates or splitting a tab on a bar (when the bars open again), everyone has to pay someone else’s bill at some point. Venmo makes it simple, easy, and secure – and unlike Apple Pay, it works on things that aren’t iPhones too.
Apple Photos is the default photos app, and you’ll likely never replace it, as all the photos you take are automatically transferred. Google Photos is ending its unlimited storage starting June 1, 2021, so it will not be backed up All Your photos and videos for free anymore. But it will still offer 15GB (on top of any photos and videos you’ve already uploaded). That’s much more than Apple’s default 5GB iCloud storage, so it’s better than no backup at all. And when it comes to all of your favorite photos, why take the risk?
Apple’s default calendar is good for basic tasks, but if you want something a little more powerful, get Fantastical. Now for free (with additional features available for the new subscription), you’ll get a more useful on-screen UI than Apple’s, along with excellent Fantastical contextual signals that can automatically add details like dates or locations when new events are added. It also has a really excellent tool that’s much better than the default calendar app – which is especially useful with iOS 14.
This is a somewhat niche category, but if you record a lot of audio notes on your iPhone (maybe you’re a student who wants to replay lectures or a tech reporter who needs to meet people from time to time), then you’ll want Otter.ai. It is an AI-powered voice recording app that transcribes everything while speaking and stores it in the cloud to access it from anywhere. There are some limitations to the free version – you can only record 40 minutes at a time and up to 600 minutes a month – but it’s still a useful tool.
Correction Dec 28 at 9:55 am: Fantastical 2 (the previous paid calendar app) has been replaced by Fantastical (a free, subscription-based service.) This article originally referred to the new app as Fantastical 2.
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