Among millions of apps, there are some worth your attention. No matter what you do in life, what you like or how you spend your time, these ones are meant for more or less everyone, as they concern the most common activities. Many of these apps are free; others are quite affordable. None of them is completely new, but all have been tested and approved by real usage. So, let’s take a tour.
Of course, iPhone has a good built-in calculator (forget the famous bug when it couldn’t calculate 1+2+3), but if you are into more complex calculations, you’ll need an advanced tool. PCalc has been around for years, and its audience of scientists, engineers, students or programmers has been rating it the highest all of the time.
Its paid version is $9.99, that’s quite a price for an app, but what you get is a powerful tool capable of complicated math, converting units, calculating formulae, and use various notations. There is an iPad version, an Apple Watch companion app, and an iMessage integration.
While the weather is something no one can ignore, it’s better to be aware of it, with the best tools we have now to predict it and to deliver these forecasts to everyone. Weather Pro is probably the most accurate tool so far, perfectly fit for iOS on any device, with widgets, notifications, and great design. It only takes a glance to be aware of the most important conditions, and there is a detailed report if you dig a bit deeper.
It delivers you the forecast for the upcoming week, split into 3-hour periods, for almost any corner of the world you can mark as favorite. The reports cover real and feel-like temperature, wind, air pressure, humidity, UV index and more. In addition, it alerts you about upcoming extreme conditions and shows an animated radar in real time. And all this treasury is just $0.99.
It doesn’t have the “VPN” in its name, but look at it beyond all those “Loud name VPN” apps, and realize that it’s even greater than all these. It’s also been around for years, and it has proven its greatness by practice.
Not that it offers something other VPN services lack, but it does its job on the highest level. If you need to visit a site unavailable in your country (no matter if it’s restricted by its owners or by local authorities), you’ll need a stable VPN service with high bandwidth and high reliability, and that’s where F-SECURE EREEDOME is great. VPN also protects your data when connecting through networks of doubtable security.
Of course, it requires $5.99/mo subscription to enjoy its full specter of benefits, but your security and unrestricted access are worth this.
Despite all contradiction between Apple and Google on market, Google offers numerous services for iOS, and Google Authenticator is arguably the most versatile. It’s enough when you need to protect your Google accounts you use on iOS devices, able to handle multiple accounts and setting up with QR codes. With it, your account is much harder to hack and abuse.
It can be used even when your phone is offline. Its standalone engine, once authorized to access your account, generates verification codes with no necessity to access the Internet. And, like most Google services, it’s free.
LASTPASS PASSWORD MANAGER
Though Apple moved ahead in its password handling in iOS 13, third-party apps are still ahead of Apple. LastPass is one of the best examples. It requires access to all your apps on the system level, so it can store, save, and fill your logins and passwords for other apps. It runs in the background constantly, so there’s no need to launch it manually.
Your passwords are encrypted with AES 256-bit algorithms, and, keeping an eye on them constantly, LastPass requires no data from other apps. So there’s no more need to remember all of these passwords, or trust numerous apps, each with its credentials. The only password you need to remember is your LastPass master password. Last but not least: it’s a cross-platform service, so you can use your account on multiple devices. It will require a premium version for $35.99/yr, though.
188.8.131.52: FASTER INTERNET
Who would refuse this? Every Internet user wishes it was faster, and with 1:1:1:1 the dream comes true. The app is powered by CloudFlare, a company responsible for more Internet security achievements than one could count in this article.
Oh, this company can afford to provide its DNS service for free, letting all the users experience how fast the Internet works with CloudFlare. It also brings improved security features and easy setup. It does feature a paid WARP+ service ($4.99/mo), but it’s not necessary.
JUST PRESS RECORD
Sound recording is where Apple falls short with its native apps, but here comes Just Press Record. Despite its name, it offers much more than just a recorder. It works with built-in or external mics, including, of course, AirPods. Its recording time is unlimited, and your records can be synced via iCloud. You can control it with your Apple Watch or by Siri commands.
No subscription! This one only requires a single payment of $4.99, and it’s yours for life. Of course, your syncing is limited by your current iCloud plan.
Who needs those bulky stationary scanners in our iEra? With this app by Microsoft, you can use your iPhone or iPad for scanning documents and digitizing it in most advanced ways. While the camera takes a photo, the app processes these shots and converts them into usable documents.
Not only is it capable of recognizing texts and images. It lets you sign your digital documents, sync them with OneDrive, save as PowerPoint or Word documents or PDF files, or export to OneNote. Of course, those with Office 365 subscription will make more use from Office Lens. But again, it’s just an option.
MANUAL CAMERA 2
While the built-in iOS camera got even better with iOS 13 release, there’s always a place for progress, and Manual Camera 2 is the perfect example. How about RAW images made with your camera? Or precise manual control over everything that can be adjusted, including flash level, shutter speed, and, of course, exposure, white balance, focus and ISO? Manual Camera 2 makes your mobile camera a pro tool.
It’s stuffed with tools like cinematic camera stabilization, audiometer, histogram, and so on. For those who want it quick, there are filters. And it’s all worth just $2.99.
It’s rather a service than just an app, and it’s meant for automating everything. Connect your apps to IFTTT, and you will do anything you want under certain conditions. For example, it can send a tweet every time the weather conditions are hard, or create an email when you make an audio record, or respond to Telegram message with your latest pictures. It also takes integration with smart devices to a new level.
Of course, it takes some time to figure it out. But once you master it, you’ll be enchanted with its powers. The greatest about IFTTT is that it’s completely free.
The Apps We Dropped
Well, we didn’t enter areas like social media, or photo and video editing, or email clients, and so on. In fact, we completely ignored the games. The reason is simple: we only listed the apps that everyone can benefit from, no matter what exactly they are into. Hope you do.