On apps

Allow me to oversimplify.

I am an iPhone user since 2009. Back then, when Apple wasn’t a watch company, the App Store was a fairly easy place to traverse. It may not had curated lists and bundles by Apple, in-app purchases, and Health Kit integraded apps, but its amount of available apps to download was miniscule compared to today (150,000 v 1.2 million.)

Fast forward to 2014, newcomers in the the iOS world (many friends of mine included) are overwhelmed by the App Store’s vastness and its inadequacy to expose the great apps.1 So without further ado, here is the list that you can impress your friends with.

The Apps

  • Tweetbot
  • Dropbox (along with Carousel; its sister-app that handles camera uploads)
  • Music.app with iTunes Match
  • Mail.app (many people like Mailbox as well)
  • Slack
  • Breaking News
  • Bloomberg
  • Asana
  • Shazam
  • Overcast
  • Spotify
  • Remote
  • Pause
  • Digg
  • Flipboard
  • Washington Post
  • The New York Times
  • 1Password
  • PopKey (I’m fairly against third-party keyboards but this one is darn funny—a huge GIF collection literally at your fingertips)
  • TunnelBear
  • Acorns
  • Youtube Capture
  • VSCOcam
  • Pris
  • Hyperlapse
  • TwoByTwo
  • Manual
  • Flickr
  • iMovi
  • Tripit
  • KAYAK
  • Google Maps
  • Uber
  • Hipmunk
  • Airbnb
  • Taxibeat
  • Aegean
  • iA Writer
  • Vesper
  • Evernote
  • Keynote / Pages/ Numbers
  • Google Authenticator
  • WordPress
  • Yo
  • Snapchat
  • WhatsApp
  • Instagram
  • Messenger
  • Swarm
  • Foursquare
  • Facebook / Paper
  • Secret
  • Togethera
  • Strava
  • Sleep Cycle
  • Lift
  • 7 Minutes
  • Nike Running
  • Canabalt
  • PunchQuest
  • Dumb ways to die
  • Dots
  • Threes
  • Adrift
  • Plex
  • Svpply
  • NFL (Go Pack!), MLB
  • Spring
  • TeeVee
  • Super

Notable mentions:

  • Clear
  • Dispatch
  • Pushpin
  • Superduper
  • Unbread
  • Dark Sky
  • Cloak VPN
  • Nuzzel

  1. Something something, The Choice Paradox and the current iPad line. 

posted: November 23, 2014
under: Mobile, Software

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