Selecting apps from the Apple App Store is one of the most daunting tasks, especially if you have no idea what you need. With poor app choices, most people don’t experience the true power of Apple’s superior product quality. As we prepare for 2018, we aim to look back and cover the best iOS apps for 2017. Hopefully, we can help you save precious time that you would have spent looking through many choices on the App Store.
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After numerous malicious cyber attacks on multiple organizations and individuals, there’s a lot of focus on cybersecurity. It is only fitting that the top app on this list is one that guarantees internet privacy and security. ExpressVPN is one of the leading VPN services for iOS. The service uses a highly encrypted tunnelling protocol to shield your network information, such as the IP address from unauthorized access. More so, you get unlimited bandwidth and access to over 94 different server location to choose from. This allows you to access your data with no lags, circumvent network restrictions and many other benefits.
There are times when due to circumstances, you find yourself in need of an audio recording device. Your phone’s native audio recorder could do just fine but why stop there when you can experience more? Just Press Record features a powerful audio recorder, transcription software and a brilliant interface for improved user experience. The app can transcribe your recording in more than 30 languages for when you need to preview a recording without listening to it. You can also share the audio and the transcript through the app. All recordings are time stamped for search simplicity. More so, there is no limit on the recording time and you can sync the app with an Apple Watch and use it for recording.
Still on security, a password manager is one of the most important security firmware to install on your Apple devices. Having to remember all your passwords for multiple accounts is tough. To maintain the integrity of your security system, you shouldn’t have a written or easily accessible list of your password. At the same time, you shouldn’t use a single password across all your accounts. 1Password solves all your password problems at once. This app manages all your passwords, allows you to audit and strengthen weak passwords, provides you with alerts when an account is compromised, etc. But it is more than just a password manager. 1Password goes the extra mile and allows you to store sensitive information such as your financial details, has vault functionality for files and much more.
If you’re an astronomy buff, Sky Guide AR will completely blow your mind. The app allows you to monitor the night sky. You can now identify stars, differentiate stars from planets, figure out the constellations and more. All you need to do is point your camera at the night sky and the app automatically configures and identifies your target. This app works well both online and offline, which is greatly convenient.
Messaging apps have completely revolutionized the social networking experience. However, even with their benefits, security is always an issue of contention. Most apps promise end-to-end encryption but there are numerous claims of violations. Signal is intent on making the difference. The app allows instant messaging for individual and group chats with tested and secure end-to-end encryption. That means that your chats are all secure from prying eyes. The app is open-source and there is much promise for its future.
Photo editors have becomes the new craze in town. However, because of their increasing demand, the market is flooded with photo editors. The problem is that they tend to share similar features and finding the app with the best quality and a difference is difficult. Nevertheless, Snapseed meets the criteria. The app features a very stable build, an interesting and easy-to-use interface and 29 photo editing tools. This app allows you to produce professional quality photos quickly and with ease. If you’re a photo enthusiast, this is the perfect app for you.
Much as we love Apple and their products, we have to admit that the Apple Maps app is terrible. It just doesn’t meet the high standards that have been set by other similar products in the market. One of these products, and quite possibly the best is Google Maps. If you want superior quality maps, different views, higher accuracy and other awesome functions, then you should totally install Google Maps.
Air Video HD is a video viewing app that offers more than the conventional viewers. For starters, it offers a high-definition video viewing experience, playback, subtitle integration and more. Beyond that, it allows you to stream videos seamlessly in HD. If you happen to be in a region with poor network connectivity, the app also offers a download option. The coolest feature about Air Video HD is the full synchronization. With this sync, you can play videos on all your devices easily. For instance, you can pause a video on your iPad and resume watching it on your iPhone. The app supports multiple video formats and allows for transcoding of unsupported file formats.
Time management is an important aspect of our daily lives. Each day, we try to make it more efficient by planning ahead. But the issue with most organizers and planners is that they emphasize flow over efficiency. In fact, the interface of most planners revolves around tables and charts. Proud fixes all that by eliminating the clutter and focusing on efficiency. The app allows you to break down tasks into smaller and more manageable tasks for simplicity and easier completion. The app also factors in time for breaks because you have greater chances of succeeding in a task when you take a break to calm your mind. The app also has cool superpowers, which are features that you can activate to get better use of your time. More so, the app learns your habits and configures them for greater efficiency. The best thing about this app is that the interface is very aesthetic simple to use. You don’t need to waste valuable time learning all the ins and outs of the app.
If music production is your thing, then Korg Gadget is one of the best iOS apps for the job. The app offers a simple and fully integrated interface for quality music production. You can design your tracks from scratch or build them on preset tracks from the app. The features are comprehensive allowing the user a brilliant collection of gadgets to choose from during the production process. You can then easily share your songs on different platforms once you are done with production. Sound quality and the extensive production features are what make this app one of the best in the industry.
Managing finances is increasingly difficult, especially since you have to consolidate information from different sources. Mint simplifies the process, allowing you to track your finances and budget better. The app allows you to monitor your bills and expenditure, notifies you of upcoming and late bills and allows you to schedule payments. This way, you get to avoid late fees, manage your expenditure, consolidate your savings and gain complete control over your accounts.
Your native camera app might be functional but you can do so much better. The ProCam 5 app provides the user with more features and allows for greater control and customization of the camera. This greatly influences and improves your photo taking experience. ProCam 5 allows you to adjust the resolutions, focus, time-lapse and more. Aside from all that and the basic editing features, you get to choose from 60 filters. This app basically turns your camera into a professional one and your phone into a photo studio for the production of quality imaging. The video editing capabilities are also very exquisite, complete with the ability to include background music and review a video frame by frame.
Spotify is a revolutionary music streaming app. It allows users to search for music by artists, albums, genres or specific songs. The app is essentially free but the basic version is ad-supported. This means that you get ad interruptions during streaming. The premium version allows you a completely ad-free streaming experience for $9.99. Aside from streaming, the app allows you to listen to music offline, and the premium version allows for an enhanced sound quality for a better listening experience. The app provides the user with access to a music library with over 30 million songs.
Essentially, Evernote is an organizer. Nevertheless, it offers far more functionality than your average organizer. Aside from the notes, to-do lists and reminders, the app allows you to capture your thoughts in writing. This feature is extensive and it provides you with a way to express yourself as best as you can. The note-taking features are extensive, allowing different formats such as PDFs, photos, audio and even sketches, among others. You can also use your camera to scan and create digital records of paper documents. The list of features is extensive and with an elegant design, this app is revolutionary.
If you’re a podcast enthusiast, then you definitely need Overcast. The app provides the user with the best podcast listening experience. The app features Voice Boost, Smart Speed and Smart Playlists features, which are all aimed at making the experience greater. Through the app, you can customize your playlists, search for and try new shows, download podcasts and listen to them online and more. This app allows you to fully control your podcast listening experience.
Initially, Apple did not allow users to change their keypad. Now that Apple has removed that restriction, you don’t have to continue using the boring native keypad. Instead, you should install the fully customizable SwiftKey. This app allows you to completely change the appearance of your keypad by selecting themes, color schemes and more customizable features. The app is made even better by algorithms that learn from you and improve your writing extensively. Such include Autocomplete and Autocorrect and an A.I that improves the predictive writing experience. The keypad integrates over 90 languages. SwiftKey also provides the user with a very comprehensive emoji keyboard that goes above and beyond what normal users have.
Learning a new language is tough, but Lingvist can make it easier. The app basically dredges up the most commonly used vocabulary and then continuously drills that into you. The aim is that the repeated learning will not only improve your learning ability but also speed. However, the focus is not just on vocabulary. The app also takes you through sentence structure, grammar and just about everything else you would learn in a class. Algorithms monitor and track your progress and determine what you should learn and when you should learn it. The algorithms are also adaptive. This means that they configure the learning experience to your ability after learning your habits, monitoring your recall and so on. The app features Spanish, German, French, English, Russian and more.