Happy holiday! If the new iPhone, iPad or iPod touch you found under your tree is your first iOS device, this will be a particularly exciting day for you. You also have the option to start customizing your new phone, tablet or media player
Each of these devices comes with a large collection of pre-installed apps, all developed by Apple – meaning they have been thoughtfully designed not to waste much space, and there is no inflation in the gang. Many of these apps provide important functionality, but others are optional and can be deleted if you want to get the most out of limited storage on a device.
Having been a daily user of each of Apple's iOS devices, I have come up with a list of 10 "must-have" apps that are seriously worth installing. In some cases, I also have flag related or alternative options that may be better for your personal needs. Enjoy!
1. Google Photos (and other Google services)
As crazy as this can be heard from an Apple user for a long time, it's time to get past the rivalry between Apple and Google to embrace a single fact : Your iOS device is better with some of Google's services. The original iPhone comes with YouTube and Google Maps, both of which are worth more than 11 years later.
Apple's iCloud is an expensive way to sync your photo library on multiple Apple devices – and unfortunately incompatible with Android and Amazon products. My advice is to use the Google Photos app instead, as it allows you to sync photos and videos across iOS, Android, MacOS, and Windows devices for free. Once the app is opened, the app automatically uploads your latest photos to Google's servers, where they are scanned for faces, key objects, text, and other details that make them easy for you to search anywhere. Consider taking Google's free and useful image editing software, Snapseed, as well.
Streaming video subscription services have become extremely popular over the past five years, allowing users to "cut the wire" with cable packages. There are half a dozen options out there, but if I had to choose one as "must-have", it would be Netflix, which has a fantastic catalog of TV shows and movies, as well as its own original content. A basic subscription is $ 8 per month and worth it.
My wife is also a fan of Hulu, who largely focuses on newly released TV programs for $ 8 per month with advertising, or $ 12 per month without advertising. Amazon Prime subscribers can also get a collection of free videos with the Amazon Prime Video app.
3. Movies anywhere
This is the rare "must have" app that you can hide in a folder and just go back as needed. As a free download, movies anywhere connect your digital movie collections from iTunes, Disney movies anywhere, Amazon Prime Video, Walmart's Vudu, Google Play, Microsoft Movies and TV, Fandango Now and Comcast's Xfinity together so that You can share most of your purchased movies across multiple apps.
You may be wondering why this means something. One reason: From press time, the link accounts will have three free movies ( Happy Feet The Martian and F8: The Furious of Destiny ]. Another reason: Many movies you've bought on other devices, becomes available in Apple's free iOS app TV.
It may be the best reason: Visit Vudu.com/disc from an iOS device's Safari browser and you can scan them old DVD and Blu-Ray box barcodes, and then pay a small per-disk fee to make them available as digital downloads, if the videos are covered by the partner's movie anywhere – most studios participate – they appear in the iTunes collection at much lower prices than buying movies from Apple.
Most people use at least one social network. Since Facebook and Instagram are in our iOS app hall of shame (see below), I do not recommend installing their apps, even if they are absolutely popular. If you are a fan of Twitter, go straight to the Tapbots app Tweetbot 5, which is totally worth the price of $ 5 as a better, better feel client for Twitter's service. On the iPad, where Twitter's official app is worthless, Tweetbot is a necessity; It's less so on the iPhone, but still prefer the ad-laden mess that the Twitter app has become.
One of the most important things I personally do with iPhone and iPad is to find news and other articles published on multiple websites. Apple offers a free iOS app called Apple News, but I prefer to have an unfiltered view of content. Silvio Rizzi's amazing Reeder has been the best news aggregator on iOS for many years, but it's due to move from current version 3 to a brand new version 4. You can get Reeder free before the transition and buy the new version whenever it is. published. Expect the right support for the new 11-inch iPad Pro and iPhone XR / XS Max screen sizes when Reeder 4 arrives.
There are thousands of iOS shopping programs out there and you can hunt for which ones suit the stores you prefer to patronize. An interesting app I've used recently is the Atom, which allows you to buy pre-movies for most theaters, and choose seats in theaters with reserved seating. Digital tickets can be stored directly in an iPhone Wallet for immediate use at a theater. While Atom is very similar to the well-known rival Fandango and is complemented by Apple's iTunes Movie Trailers app, I've saved money and even earned a free ticket using Atom instead.
The other notable shopping apps you should check out are Skyscanner, which allows you to compare store flights, hotels and car rentals, the Target app, which offers exclusive "Cartwheel" deals to app users and apps for national restaurant chains such as Dairy Queen, which often include app-exclusive coupons.
After Amazon launched Kindle, Apple created an app called Books (formerly iBooks) that comes with every iOS device, and it's a great way to read everything from paperback style to textbooks. cookbooks and cartoons. The only problem is that Apple's books have their own digital bookstore, where the prices of books are often higher than the Amazon – for no apparent reason, as the books are the same from store to store.
If you buy your books instead of the Amazon Kindle store, you can pay less and use them across multiple devices. I don't want to say that either the company's app has an edge on the overall user experience, but my recommendation would be to go with the more unit-compatible store here.
As a sidebar for comic fans with iPads, check out Michael Ferenduros' Chunky app, which has all the features you need to switch to digital comic reading. The $ 4 "Pro" upgrade with Mac / PC file sharing is worth the price.
8. Scanner Pro
One of the best apps I've held in recent years is the Readdle's Scanner Pro, which makes the iPhone or iPad a document scanner and a fax machine – especially useful for managing businesses, utilities, and government agencies as somehow still requires faxes. The $ 4 app allows the camera's device to make color or black-and-white scans, and automatically corrects for distortion and shadows. You can save the photos, share them or pay a small fee to fax them to your chosen phone number. Scanner Pro has been an occasional lifeguard for me, and I would highly recommend it if you want to move away from a standalone home scanner.
9. Apple TV Remote, or your personal "smart device" remotely selected.
If you read this article as a first time iOS user in 2018, there is a pretty good chance that you do not already have an Apple TV – Apple's TV tethered media player that can also mirror iPhone, iPad and iPod touch screen contents. But if you do, take Apple Apple's free Apple TV Remote app right away. It's much more convenient than hunting Siri Remote included in the Apple TV, and has exactly the same functionality, plus the ability to become a virtual keyboard as needed. Once downloaded, it integrates directly with the iOS Control Center so it's always easy to find.
Everyone else, hunt for the app or apps that control your favorite smart devices. Roku's app allows you to control media players and TCL TVs with integrated Roku support. Google Home lets you use its voice assistant to control compatible devices, including home speakers and home theater, as well as interfaces with third-party devices, including Roku systems. The Amazon Alexa app works the same way with the Alexa and Echo ecosystems of devices.
10. Move to iOS
There is only one "use it once, then delete it" app in this collection, but if you're just going to an iPhone or iPad now, you'll probably find it useful: Apple's Move to iOS Android app. Available in the Google Play store, Move to iOS is only for the purpose of collecting your Android photos, messages, contacts, and other data from an old device, and then moving it to your new iPhone or iPad. After running it on Android, you can use the iOS device's "Move data from Android" feature during the initial setup process and transfer everything over the wireless network.
Hall of Shame: Facebook and Instagram
Everyone knows that Facebook had a particularly terrible 2018 when it became abundantly clear that the social network has abused the user's private data and manipulates their streams for financial gain. Earlier this year, Facebook and its related programs (including Messenger) were required for iOS users, but there is good reason for this year's #sharefacebook movement – and I certainly wouldn't suggest using Facebook at this stage if you is & # 39; I'm already hooked on the service.
Facebook-owned Instagram is a slightly different story. The smaller photo-heavy network does not gather the same width or depth of user data as Facebook, and gives users a way to easily share photos or videos with friends, family and successors as desired. But Instagram has stubbornly refused to support the iPad properly with an app, a problem that becomes more annoying with each passing year (and ever larger iPad screens). Using the site is another option.
You're the one with the new iPad or iPhone so you can choose whether to install Facebook apps on your device. But in light of recent revelations – and the prospect of more coming in 2019 – my advice is to think carefully before sharing more personal information with that company.