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Best iPhone Apps

You now own an iPhone? You sure really want to enjoy your new Smartphone, despite the ugly headphone situation. It's really not so bad once you get used to it. Thankfully, no matter how Apple changes the hardware, the iPhone still has beautiful, useful apps, many of which are available on no other platform. I have selected a few of my favorites. It won't be time-wasting, trust me.


Roli launched this weird modular "Block" music hardware this year, but it's all powered by your iOS device... and the app is free! Thanks to 3D Touch, you can do everything you'd do on the blocks hardware for 0% of the price. Congrats, you're musical now.


I spend a lot of time on Reddit, and the recently released official iPhone app is just excellent. It's small, fast, and in my opinion preferable to the desktop web experience.


I know, you will definitely download this without my persuasion. I guess you are not aware that Netflix now has offline playback. You just need to search up whatever you want to watch, tap a bunch of episodes for download, and enjoy them at your leisure. Though, not everything is available for offline.

Khan Academy

Wanna have a heads-up about math and science and stuff? Khan Academy has been very useful for years, but recently the iPhone app has gotten a lot better. You can watch lessons and even take quizzes offline. And there is so much to learn, all for free.


There are at least one million ways to take notes on an iPhone. You'll probably want to pick whichever one blends the best with the other tools you like to use. Dropbox? Outlook? iCloud? Evernote? There are apps for all of those. I like to use Simplenote. It syncs everything I write to the cloud as I write it (to Simplenote's own servers), and I've found it to be stable, trustworthy, and non-note-destroying over the many years I've used it.


Audio books is really interesting. Audible makes audio books easily accessible. It's a little annoying on iOS (and completely Apple's fault) that you have to do all your book shopping in the web browser, then pop back to the Audible app to download the book. But it's fine, whatever. Books! I have lots of them.


Though I don't really have interest in comics, but I've been reading a few classics lately and comiXology is the best way I've found to do it. Unfortunately, buying comics (in your web browser, just like Audible) is an expensive habit. But on an iPhone screen, comiXology's method of zooming and panning on comic panels is indispensable.

Motion Stills

I'm not really a photo taking kind of person, but everyone I knows the trends about Motion Still so I thought I'd include it here in case you are a photo taking kind of person. Apple's default Live Photos are confusing and kind of useless (you typically need to press hard on a photo to see it animate), but Google's Motion Stills app takes those Live Photos and turns them into cool, easy to share GIFs.

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