If you’re lucky enough to have unpacked a new iPhone as a holiday gift this year, you’ll probably install some new apps on it. Fortunately, we are here to help you with any suggestions. We’ve included great apps that are just fun or useful to have on your phone, and apps you should download to replace the standard apps that Apple sends.
We have rounded up favorite and most used games, apps and entertainment. Check out our app choices for iPhones, Android phones, Windows PCs, and M1-equipped Macs; our favorite mobile games from Apple Arcade and Google Play Pass; and our best choices for game PCs, den PS5, Xbox One and Series X / S, Nintendo Switch, and VR. We have also listed our favorite streaming shows Disney Plus, Hulu, ESPN Plus, and Netflix; some great sci-fi books; and exciting new podcasts. (Note: The price was exact at the time of publication, but subject to change.)
With iOS 14, Apple made it easier to customize the look of the iPhone, offering new widgets and simpler methods for setting custom application icons. One of the biggest names around when it comes to iPhone widgets is Widgetsmith, which allows users to add photos, text, quotes and more. Combine that with some smart icon changer (now easier than ever in the latest iOS update) and the right background, and you have the custom iPhone of your dreams.
It’s hard to turn it into 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. In addition, the app itself is a great digital reading app in itself, so you can enjoy books even without a dedicated device like a Kindle.
TikTok has exploded in popularity in 2020 to become one of the largest social media networks on the planet, with everything from internet memes, comedy sketches and even a full-fledged Ratatouille musical. In other words, it’s the funniest place on the internet right now. Add an algorithm that seems to show you videos that are perfectly tailored to your interests, and you have almost infinite content to watch.
Twitter is a vague awful way to spend your time these days, but if you (like me) can not tear yourself away from the social media service / entrance to hell, you want Tweetbot, which actually makes using Twitter far less painful . . Tweetbot shows tweets to the people you follow, in the order they tweeted them. There are no ads or promoted tweets, powerful mute filters to block unwanted noise, and (thanks to Twitter’s unfriendly API changes) no alerts that constantly ping you to get back to the app.
Paprika Recipe Leader
The Internet is basically the best cookbook ever made, with recipes for which dish, dessert or drink you want to make, just a click away. Paprika lets you paste links to these recipes, extract important information (ingredients, directions, portions) from the sometimes endless stories and stories that food blogs insist on including, and store the information in your own digital cookbook to retrieve when you need it. the.
The cameras on the new iPhones are better than ever before, and much of it is thanks to the useful AI-powered algorithms that work to perfect your photos. If you have a little more photographic knowledge, you may want an app like Halide, which is designed to let you push the cameras to the limit. It also supports all the latest features of Apple’s new iPhones, including the iPhone 12 Pro’s ProRAW format, perfect for taking photography to the next level. With an annual subscription, it’s not free, but if you’ve big on iPhone photography, it’s worth the price.
Of course, photography is only half the equation. Editing is just as important (if not more so), and Darkroom is one of the best apps around, with support for RAW and ProRAW images, along with the ability to edit images in groups. Best of all, it’s free, though there’s also a monthly subscription option for additional features.
Safety time! Do you secure Internet accounts with two-factor authentication? If so, great; Authy is the app you want to use for authentication codes. If not, go and set up two-factor authentication now! And when you do, use Authy, which makes it better to store and keep track of all these authentication codes than other apps like Google Authenticator.
Lastpass / 1Passord
When talking about Internet security, you should probably start using a password manager instead of just entering the same password for all your accounts. LastPass and 1Password are the two best options around, each with different advantages, disadvantages and costs. Setting up a new phone is the perfect time to set up a little more security.
Apple’s standard Mail app for email is still just bad. The user interface is unmanageable, and Gmail support is still poor enough for you to install another email app instead. Outlook for iOS is still one of the best options around, with useful features, a fast user interface and Microsoft support which means it will exist for years to come. In addition to iOS 14, you can even set it to replace Apple’s app as the default option.
Apple Maps is not bad these days, the truth is told. But it does not matter. The odds are that you will move it to a folder and use Google Maps anyway, because you are the type of person who does not like to get lost on the way to where you go. Sometimes you just can not beat the original.
Whether you share your internet bill with roommates or share a tab in a bar (when bars are open again), everyone has to pay someone else back at some point. Venmo makes it simple, easy and secure – and unlike Apple Pay, it also works on things that are not iPhones.
Apple Photos is the default photo app, and you’ll probably never want to replace it, since this’s where all the photos you take automatically go. Google Photos closes its unlimited storage from June 1, 2021, so it will not back up everyone your photos and videos for free anymore. But it will still offer 15 GB (on top of the photos and videos you have already uploaded). It’s much more than Apple’s standard 5GB of iCloud storage, so it’s better than no backup at all. And when it comes to all your favorite photos, why take the risk?
Apple’s standard calendar is good for basic tasks, but if you want something a little more powerful, you can be amazing. Now for free (with additional features available for a new subscription), you get a much more useful user interface on a phone screen than Apple’s, along with Fantastical’s excellent contextual cues that can automatically add details such as dates or locations when adding new events. It also has a really excellent widget that is far better than standard calendar apps – which is especially useful with iOS 14.
This is a bit of a niche category, but if you record a lot of voice remarks on the iPhone (maybe you’re a student who wants to play lectures or a technology reporter who needs to interview people from time to time), then you want Otter.ai. It’s an AI – powered voice recording app that transcribes while you talk and stores everything in the cloud for access from anywhere. There are a few limits to the free version – you can only record 40 minutes at a time and up to 600 minutes per month – but it is still a useful tool to have.