Thursday, January 1, 2015

34 Essential Must Have Apps To Install On A New iPhone or iPad

Got a new iPhone or iPad recently? If you're looking for some awesome apps to install on your new device, then check out my ultimate list for the must have apps for iOS devices. These are, in my opinion the essential third party apps that are either crucial to our lives, help get us through the day, make life a little easier, or are just for fun. This list includes apps for social interaction, productivity, business, entertainment, and just for fun.

For this list, I did not include any Apple apps that come pre-installed on iOS, or is made by Apple and suggested to download after you activate your new device. But, some mentions for the must-have Apple apps are; Find My iPhone, iMovie, Remote, Pages, iTunes U, and Apple Store.  

Instagram is the one of worlds most popular photo sharing social networks. Made popular with their photo filters, these days Instagram can do more than add effects. You can adjust your photos with enhancement tools, upload 15 second videos, and send photos privately to your friends. [FREE]

If you don't know what Facebook is, congrats! You've managed to stay away from the Internet for like the last 10 years. Facebook is a popular social network where people add their friends, write status updates, share photos and videos, send messages, live chat, and more... If you have an account, you'll probably want access on your iOS device. [FREE]

Facebook Messenger
If you use Facebook and get a lot of messages, thanks to Facebook, you'll also need to install the Messenger app as well. [FREE]

The favorite 140 characters at a time social network. Twitter is like a place for only status updates and photos, or quick short chats with other users. It's also a great place to check news, and whats trending around the world with its hashtags. Twitter also has been a favorite social network for celebrities - who use it to interact with fans, or advertise their latest projects. [FREE]

YouTube is the most popular place for uploading videos to hopefully make you the next internet star! With vloggers, music videos, movie trailers, people playing games, cat videos, people injuring themselves doing stupid stunts, and just about any how-to video, YouTube is the go to place for videos on the net. [FREE]

Flipboard combines all your favorite news and social media sources into one. Set it up with the feeds from social networks like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, ect... and your favorite topics or websites, to read articles from, and you have your very own personalized digital newspaper. [FREE] 

The worlds most popular pin-board. With Pinterest, users share visually by 'pinning' images or videos to their own or other peoples boards. [FREE]  

Google Maps
Apple Maps has improved since it's first release, however it's still isn't Google Maps. Google Maps is still the best mapping service. With accurate maps in 220 countries and territories, satellite view, street view, live traffic, Voice-guided GPS navigation... Google Maps is still a must have app. [FREE]

In my opinion, the best note taking app. Evernote stores your notes online, so you can access them from any device. [FREE / Paid features] 

Dropbox is a great way to store and access any file on a range of devices, stored in the cloud. It also makes sharing with with friends, family, or work members a lot easier. You get 2 GB of storage for free, and if you need more space, individuals can upgrade to Dropbox Pro for $9.99USD a month and receive 1 TB of space. [FREE]

If you've browsed more then one website on the Internet, you'll find that you've probably ended up making a lot of login accounts. With hackers exposing information everywhere, it's not a good idea to reuse passwords. It's also not smart to make easy to guess passwords. That's where a password manager comes in. You can make complex passwords and only ever need to remember just one password. 1Password is an amazingly awesome password manager, and recently released a free version. So no-one has an excuse to not use one now. Only set back, 1Password is sold separately on a desktop. So if you want everything in sync between mobile and desktop, you'll need to buy the desktop version too. [FREE / $9.99 for PRO version]

Another great password manager. I recommend you use either 1Password or LastPass. Like 1Password, with LastPass you can make complex passwords and store them all under one complex master password, making it the only one you'll need to remember. The main difference I see is LastPass is more online based. Pay a $1 per month subscription fee and you can have access to the mobile version. The desktop version is free and accessible through web-browsers. Another great feature of LastPass is their security challenge, which will test your password strengths and also check for you if any of your passwords or email addresses have been exposed in a recent hack. [FREE / Requires premium LastPass account ($1 a month subscription fee)]

Convert Any Unit - Units & Currency Converter & Calculator
Convert Any Unit is in my opinion the best units converter for iOS. It's also fast with the ability to search for the unit categories you are looking for. [FREE / Paid Version

Wondering what that song playing is? Shazam will most likely know. Just launch the app, let it listen, and Shazam identifies what you're listening too. It works like magic! [FREE / In-app purchases available]

Photo Editor by Aviary 
If you love taking photos, this photo editor is a must have. Aviary, has a bunch of editing tools to touch up your photos. Also features filters, frames, stickers, overlays, meme creator, and more... [FREE / In-app purchases available]  

Diptic is a great app for turning your photos into collages. Diptic features 179 layouts with even more layouts available as an in-app purchase. Diptic also features image adjustment tools, different border options, and more... [$0.99]   

There's Apple's FaceTime and Google Hangouts among it's competition, but Skype is still a popular service - great for video calling family and friends - all around the world. [FREE]

Apple finally allowed third party keyboards in iOS 8. One of the best is Swype. It's a keyboard where you can swipe across the keys to quickly type - instead of having to press every key. It's accuracy is impressive and if you know your way around the keyboard, typing can be a lot faster. [$0.99]

With no need to store big music files that'll take up a lot of space on your iOS device, Spotify is a massive online music library. You can save your favorite songs, albums, build playlist and so on... For free on iPhone you can listen to songs using the shuffle feature - if you pay for the premium version you can play anything whenever you want from their catalog. [FREE / In-App Purchases for Spotify Premium service]

Document 5
View and store all sorts of files. Copy documents from Mac or PC. Sync files through iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive and more. Password protect the app and your files. Document 5 is an awesome file manager. [FREE]

Clear – Tasks, Reminders & To-Do Lists
If you like making to-do list, check out Clear – Tasks, Reminders & To-Do Lists. It's interface is amazing with useful gestures. You can make lists and set reminders. Checking an item off a list is as easy as a swipe to the left. [$4.99] 

Google Chrome 
A great alternative to Apple's Safari web browser. If you use Google Chrome on your desktop computer and want everything like your bookmarks and open tabs to sync across platforms, then maybe you should try using Google Chrome on your iOS device as well. [FREE]

IMDb is the worlds best database for information about movies, TV shows, and celebrities. [FREE]

Want to find places around you, like a restaurant, shops, gas stations, bars, etc.. Yelp can help. With user reviews, you can find the best place - for what your looking for. [FREE] 

Pocket: Save Articles and Videos to View Later
Pocket allows you to save articles, videos, images and more, from the web and to view at a later time. [FREE]
Love shopping online? Then you probably have an account. Shopping on your iOS device is as simple as on a desktop. [FREE]

Another online store. eBay is best known for it's bidding auction style sales and buying off third party sellers. [FREE]

PayPal is a great way to send money securely online. If you use sites like eBay, then you'd also use PayPal. Send money, check your account balance, transfer funds... the mobile app gives you access to the tools you need - to use the service. [FREE]

TuneIn Radio
With TuneIn Radio, you can listen to over 100,000 real radio stations from all around the world on your iPhone or iPad. [FREE]. Get the Pro version to get rid of the ads and record what you are listening to. [$9.99]

LinkedIn is the business-oriented social network for building your personal brand, creating meaningful connections, and engaging with professionals. You can search, update your profile, apply to recommended jobs, and more - all right from the app. [FREE / In-app purchases available]

QR Code Reader and Scanner
See one of those square pixeled barcodes around? They're called QR codes. QR Code Reader and Scanner uses your camera to read the codes and show you what they link to.  You can also generate and store your own codes. [FREE] 

SkyView® - Explore the Universe
If you love stargazing, download SkyView. Point your iOS device to the skies and SkyView will show you what you're looking at. SkyView shows you where are; stars, constellations, satellites, and more... [FREE / Paid Version $1.99

Flickr is a great photo sharing site, but thanks to it's 1 Terabyte of free storage, it's also a great place to back up all your precious photos in the cloud. [FREE]

Google Translate
Need to translate different languages? Google Translate features 80 languages. Play translations aloud. You can translate writing, speech, and handwriting. [FREE]

Your Favorite Game Here
I think everyone would have that game that they play to help pass the time or to relax a little. Whether it's Angry Birds, Dots, Candy Crush, Minecraft, Clash of Clans, or whatever it is, you need a little something fun to help you get by. 

Use any other apps that you think are a must-have for new iPhone and iPad users? Then, post them below in the comments! Like this list? Then make sure to share it with your family and friends! 


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