These are the best apps to download on your new iPhone and iPad
Christmas is here, and if you’ve been good enough in 2021 to have Santa bring you a new iPhone or iPad, you might be wondering what are some great apps to try and get the most out of your devices. Look no further because we have what you need.
In our list of apps, we’ll recommend a few options for you to try and upgrade your iOS device experience. If you’re new to iOS, be sure to check out our guide on how to use iPhone like a pro. Since most apps are now free with optional in-app purchase unlocks or subscriptions, everything should be free to try.
Podcasts are a great way to learn, be entertained and informed on the go. Overcast is my favorite podcast app and works on iPhone, iPad, and Apple Silicon Mac with seamless syncing. It’s a free download, and there’s an optional in-app purchase for additional features. Overcast pioneered features like Smart Speed and Voice Boost. If Apple Podcast didn’t work well for you, then Overcast is the best podcast app you should try.
If you’re looking to customize your iOS home screen, look no further than Widgetsmith. _David Smith has created an application that will allow you to create amazing widgets and make everything about your home screen unique for you. You can add widgets related to date, time, your calendar, your photos, and then change the colors. You can even set timers to adjust widgets during the day so you can see the weather first thing in the morning, but then your calendar takes over.
If Apple’s built-in weather app doesn’t offer enough functionality for you, you should check out Carrot Weather. It uses several weather APIs to offer a robust dataset, but what sets it apart from the rest is its customization. The user interface can be configured to look exactly how you want, and it provides an even better experience on the Apple Watch. Carrot Weather includes a unique “personality” that also makes it fun to use.
Strike is one of the simplest apps out there. It’s integrated with Twitter for the social network’s new tipping service, but it’s also a free way to buy Bitcoin. Strike also makes it easy to send money anywhere in the world via the Bitcoin network and then automatically convert it to local currency once it arrives. Strike also makes it easy to pay your employer Bitcoin.
Strike gives you bank account information (routing and account number) and you set the percentage of your paycheck you want in Bitcoin versus USD. Overall, it’s a handy app to have for quickly sending money or buying bitcoin.
If you sign up using my referral link, you’ll get $5 to get started. Strike also makes it easy to send bitcoins to a hardware wallet.
I also highly recommend Swan Bitcoin for weekly or monthly Bitcoin purchases which you can then offload to your hardware wallet.
It’s no secret that using YouTube in your iPhone or iPad browser is a rather unpleasant experience. And in many ways YouTube’s “native” app isn’t much better. That’s where a new Safari extension called “Vinegar” comes in to save the day. “Vinegar” is a Safari extension for iPhone, iPad and Mac that was released in November with the aim of replacing the YouTube player with a minimal HTML player. I’ve been using it for a few weeks and can’t imagine going back to the default YouTube experience.
Weather en route
Weather on the Way is a great app for tracking the weather when planning a trip. If you haven’t tried the app yet, it can make all the difference in deciding when to go for a business trip, a trip to the beach, and more. By allowing you to see the weather along your route, you can decide to take an alternate route, leave at a different time, etc.
Spike is an all-in-one app for combining email, video calling, audio calling, group chat (similar to Slack) and note taking. It connects to your regular email account but focuses the interface on the content, turning it into a chat app-like experience. One of my favorite features of Spike is how easy it is to reply with a GIF. The priority inbox feature is very handy if you receive a lot of unimportant emails during the day, as it can filter them out of your main inbox. Spike is really rethinking what a messaging app should look like and what the experience of using it is like.
If you want a more traditional email experience with a few more bells and whistles than Apple’s Mail app, check out Spark. Spark is from the same teams behind popular macOS and iOS apps like PDF Expert, Documents, and more. It supports all the next-gen features you’d expect like snooze, scheduled send, and more. One of the things it excels at is flowing through conversations without looking cluttered.
1Password has been a fan favorite for Mac and iOS users for over a decade. I’ve been using it personally since some of the early versions of OS X. Outside of simple password management, 1Password supports a lot of worthwhile features (compared to Safari’s free features). They include support for secure notes with attachments, personal information such as social security numbers, application license information, credit card information, passport information, and more. I also use it for all my two factor authentication code storage.
If you’re looking to take your iOS calendar experience to the next level, you won’t find a better Calendar app replacement than Fantastical. It’s lightning-fast to create new events, lets you quickly join video meetings, includes weather and more. It syncs with calendars from iCloud, Google, Microsoft Exchange, Outlook.com, Office 365, Yahoo!, fruux, Meetup, and any other CalDAV account.
While the Christmas shopping season is over, you’ll likely continue to view Amazon purchases throughout the year. I’m a big fan of the Deliverys app. It makes it easy to track shipments from various carriers with timely push alerts. With an optional subscription, you can forward follow-up emails to a generic email address and it will automatically load into your database.
If mastering your to-do list is on your list of 2022 resolutions, I’m a big fan of Todoist. It makes it easy to organize all your tasks, including media (files, notes, comments, URLs, etc.). If you’re struggling to keep track of your tasks, Todoist makes it easy to add new tasks, add dates, and organize by project.
These are just a few of my favorite iOS apps. Should I add something? Email me, and I’ll keep this list updated throughout the holiday season. Merry Christmas to you and your family.
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