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35 best iPhone apps

Posted on 14 Feb 2014 at 15:18

We've rounded up 35 of the best iPhone apps in the App Store, including games, utilities and much more

Whether you have the latest iPhone 5s or an older Apple handset, we've picked the best iPhone apps on the App Store.

From social-networking clients, to fantastic games, to alternative browsers for your iPhone, we have them all - and links to download them directly from the App Store.

Click here to read our review of the iPhone 5s.

Over

iPhone app

Overlaying text on photographs with generic photo-editing apps tends to be crude and unconvincing. Over, as the name suggests, is designed specifically for that task, and includes a selection of attractive fonts to make the typography look stunning across your photos.
It’s great for designing high impact, poster-style motifs, and there’s a full range of control over the size, colour and positioning of the text, which is smoothly dragged and dropped into the desired position. A limited selection of photo editing tools allow you to tint the photo to make the text really stand out.

As ever with these apps, there’s an additional range of font packs to acquire as in-app purchases for modest fees, but the 20 or so fonts included for the admission price provide plenty of range to get you started with. There’s even an option to create printed postcards of your work and have them sent anywhere in the world. For a fee, of course.

Click here to download Over - £1.49

Fantastical 2

Fantastical

No, we don’t get why you’d call a calendar app Fantastical either, but if you can forgive the hyperbolic name, this is a cracking little organiser. The app not only pulls together your various calendars (Google, Exchange and Apple’s own), but merges to-do lists and calendar events to give you a clear breakdown of the days ahead.

With the iPhone in portrait orientation, Fantastical shows a list of upcoming events, with the option to flick between daily and monthly calendar views; flip the phone into landscape orientation, and you’ll find the weekly view, with appointments plotted in the diary.

Best of all, however, is the ease with which you can enter appointments using natural language commands. Type "lunch with Tim at 2pm on Friday" and it’s popped straight into your diary. You can even speak the diary entries, provided you’ve got a data connection.

Click here to download Fantastical 2 - £1.99

Nimble Quest

Nimble Quest

A halfway house between Snake and Gauntlet, Nimble Quest is another of those 8-bit parodies for the iPhone, but it’s a dangerously addictive one. Your task is to guide a "conga line" of mini-warriors around various stages, attempting to avoid collisions with a variety of harmful critters and making sure you don’t run into the walls.

Each of your little fighters has different weapons and skills, and it takes some time to work out how to best deploy these against the various foes that cross your path.

While the game itself is free, you’ll need to pay £1.49 to open the online arena section of the game, which you can only access after completing at least four levels of the game. It aggressively pushes in-app purchases for weapons and warrior upgrades too, so be careful if you’re handing this one to the kids.

Click here to download Nimble Quest - Free

Launch Center Pro

Launch Center Pro

Launch Center Pro is described as a "speed dial for anything you do with your iPhone", which might be pushing it a touch. Instead, it’s a handy shortcut creator for various tasks, such as adding the last photo taken with your phone’s camera to Facebook, or sending a text message to a particular contact.

Its greatest strength is that it’s not only capable of working with the default iPhone apps, but a decent range of third-party apps too, so you can create a one-click button to call a certain contact in Skype, for instance, or search Spotify for a particular artist. It’s one of those apps that you’ll quickly find indispensable.

Click here to download Launch Center Pro - £2.99

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User comments

PC Pro gone???

Has someone router the PCPro domain to applepro as a joke?

By kingct on 27 Dec 2012

PC Pro really should find another home for its Apple fanboy authors... Really am getting fed up of seeing Apple and products unshamingly plugged and promoted - not matter what their shortcomings.

Apple could release a iTurd and PC Pro would still A-List it.

By kingct on 27 Dec 2012

Wonderful Apps

Thanks for sharing this wonderful apps. Among many of them I have used certain and really enjoyed a lot. I would like to recommend you all one more App that is Hands Game. Its a nice iPhone & iPad app. Harry Hands is the star of his soccer team. Help him to get to the stadium before he misses the important match!
This app is absolutely for FREE...!!!

To download this app you can click the link given below..https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hands-hd/id
562210198?ls=1&mt=8

By handsgame on 7 Jan 2013

Good article

For the people moaning? Why are you opening the article if you don't care about it. There are plenty of articles that aren't about Apple. In fact I believe that Microsoft articles outnumber Apple ones by many times. I have no urge to read about the Nokia Lumia 620 so I used my brain and didn't click on the link, not opened it and then moaned that they didn't warn me I wouldn't be interested. Get a grip

By TimoGunt on 28 Feb 2013

Only the best apps

Guys I have been going to www.mevvy.com to find apps... their selection is not too big but they relaly only have stuff that works for iphone and web based too

By MichaelaHerz on 30 Mar 2013

Swift Shopper Best Free App I Use

Checkout www.swiftshopperapp.com This app works in any store (today) with a handheld scanner.
Checkout in seconds.
With Swift Shopper scan all your items into your phone as you put them into your cart. Checkout with your smartphone and scan the barcodes right off the screen! No need to take any items out of your cart, just hand the cashier your cell phone and a few swipes of the screen later you're checked out!

By LivingtheDream1288 on 17 Apr 2013

The iTurd...

The only Apple app designed to run on Windows 8. The iTurd, making your Start screen looker even sh!11er than it is!

By BliksemPiet on 22 Apr 2013

At last a App Game of addictive simplicity

So many games for these devices are long and over complicated. I want just simple games that you can play for a few minutes to relax during a busy day. Joker Shuffle 2 is just such a game and its so simple and addictive. Highly Recommend.

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/joker-shuffle-2/id
625715096?ls=1&mt=8

By prosonman on 22 Apr 2013

Evernote?

I still think this is one of the best apps available on any platform, including the iPhone

By Chatan on 23 Apr 2013

Location Fix for Google Latitude

Coolest navigation app for iphone.. love it

By udihamudi on 9 May 2013

Bloom.fm & Voice Appeal

Bloom.fm is really cool. Great for discovering new bands and easy to use.
Also came across this fun little app :
Voice Appeal
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/voice-appeal/id643
448945?mt=8

totally free and unlike similar apps that pretend to analyse the voice this one seems to be doing be based on some sort of analysis...

By clopinclopan on 18 May 2013

10 iPhones that you cant miss

great post man
also check out 10 iPhones that you cant miss

http://www.technostop.net/10-iphone-apps-you-dont-
want-to-miss/

By technostop on 5 Jun 2013

There are plenty of articles that aren't about Apple

Fewer and fewer it seems.

Maybe there's less PC related stuff about these days so PC Pro have to include articles about phones and cameras. Maybe a name change is in order?

By Alfresco on 6 Nov 2013

5 minutes of my life I'll never get back!

It takes 8 clicks and a load of scrolling to realise how extremely useless this list is.
I don't know why everbody is moaning about PCpro be an apple fanboi, if this the best the iPhone has to offer I'll never be inclined to buy one.

By milliganp on 6 Nov 2013

paysafecard app

I think the paysafecard app is one of the most brilliant apps of the year - super helpful for gamers and all users of the card! Really something to check out if you havent already!

By seepro on 8 Nov 2013

All your links are broken

The tradedoubler links you're using to link to iTunes are all broken. May be a better idea to link directly instead>

By JuliaLewis on 12 Nov 2013

iAMDEFENDER GPS Tracking App

Pretty neat free service. Can trigger your alarm by just pulling the headphone jack out.

By ProApps on 20 Nov 2013

Best apps for iOS Android & WP8

YOLO!! Guys you gotta check out the best and the latest apps for iOS, Android and WP8!! http://goo.gl/I90xuc

By newandroidfan on 5 Dec 2013

Flipsquare is the Best game in the world!!!!

I totally love this game because you can technically play it anywhere, whether it be 1 minute or an hour. Makes you smart too.

By er25682 on 6 Dec 2013

Interesting list

Interesting list, thank you for sharing. Meetings app themeetingsapp.com should be on the list.

By ninaparker on 19 Feb 2014

Best apps

Good list, i liked Over, also another cool app for photos is pixies fun with photos, its fun and we always use it in the office for pranks

By zackrobinson on 26 Feb 2014

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