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Well, the weather outside is frightful in many parts of the country this week, but we’ve got a selection of paid apps gone free that could rightly be described as delightful. And if you happened to miss yesterday’s list, some of them might still be free, but you’re going to have to act fast if you want to grab them.

These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “get,” it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app, you will be charged.

Kool

kool

Normally $3.99.

Kool is a simple, yet powerful voice to text app that allows you to convert your speech into text in a matter of seconds.

KEY FEATURES

  •  Send emails, texts and WhatsApp messages directly from the app.
  •  Tweet and update your Facebook status.
  •  Copy your text to use in other apps.
  •  Beautiful and minimalistic design.

Download Kool

 

Linia

linia

Normally $3.99.

Linia is a colorful puzzle game that mixes a relaxing atmosphere with brain melting challenges.

In Linia, you create color sequences by tracing a line connecting coloured shapes. Sounds easy enough, right? Not quite. Imagine when colors are running around, revolving, hiding, changing shape and doing everything they can to avoid being caught by your line. It will take skill and sense of rhythm to get the sequence right. Are you up for the challenge?

FEATURES

  •  Original gameplay
  •  More than 80 unique and colorful levels and…
  •  …new levels released with future updates
  •  Game progress saved to the cloud
  •  Achievements!
  •  A little surprise if you complete all levels

Download Linia

Notifer

notifer
Normally $0.99.Create Actionable Notifications Quicker than any other reminders app by using 70+ symbols so you don’t need to type all the info every time you create a reminder.Swipe right & tap view/use 3D touch on the reminder notification to perform actions like opening the SMS composer, safari, etc. directly!

Fiete Choice

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Normally $2.99.Strap your backpack on and off you go! Your mission: “Which picture is the odd one out?” In this hand-drawn logic game, you accompany sailor Fiete on his journey through 99 levels. A fun and exciting logic game for children from 4 years and over as well as the whole family.You see two sheep and a pig. „Which one is out of place?“ – That’s right! The pig is the odd one out and you have to click on it. The levels in this logic game carefully build upon each other and are sure to make you laugh. After all, it’s not every day that you get to see a sheep wearing wellington boots :)Children will have no end of fun training their concentration levels, logical thinking and above all their visual perception with the help of Fiete in this logic game. This is fundamental for noting, processing and storing information and is also very closely linked with learning to read and write. The app was developed in collaboration with teachers and parents.We wish you loads of fun wondering, puzzling, and thinking in this logic game!

 

PDF Conversion

pdf-conversion

Normally $0.99.Simple and easy to use!
Convert your images to a single PDF file with this app.Straight foward.– Support for iPhone, Ipad, optimization iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus.
– Press on the Camera icon on your Home screen and get access to Scan with Camera.
– Press on the “+” icon on your Home screen and get photos to pdf.
– Photo editor with features (filter, crop, focus, …)
– Pdf viewer gridview
– Export your scans to iMessages, Email, Google Driver, Dropbox, … (under Other Apps).

Spectrum 6

spectrum-6

Normally $1.99.Mixing colors and assigning it to a certain place made the Spectrum6 a challenging yet fun experience.From combining 2 primary colors such as Red, Yellow and Blue, you can create any secondary colors like Orange, Green or Violet. A neutral color Black can also be created by combining all the primary colors.Features:
* Color-mixing!
* Different puzzle mechanics
* 60+ Hand-crafted puzzles by experts
* Pay once & Play! No more In-App Purchase
* Supports Game Center

Weather Now

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Normally $3.99.Amazingly beautiful 3D images of our planet draws your attention for so long that you may forget that the application has other useful features that allows you easy access to precise, global weather information.Features:
  •  Easily select different cities using the city carousel with national flags
  •  Chic 3D “home screen” with high-quality real-time image of the earth, atmosphere, the stars and the sun
  • 15-day forecast chart with detailed daily weather conditions, independent day and night temperature charts
  • 48-hour hourly forecast with detailed information with real-time changing of chart step
  • Database of 80 000 cities with weather information, quick look-up and automatic detection of location
  • Temperature on the icon badge
  • Customized Weather Widget
  • Weather MapsThe main features of “Weather Now” are the “home screen” and the
forecast page with a unique way of scaling the charts. On the “home screen”, you can get information on the selected location such as local time and current weather with detailed weather conditions, and, of course, an incredibly beautiful three-dimensional image of the globe with realistic-looking atmosphere, the sun and the stars. You can manually turn it, increase and decrease its size, run the slow spinning animation or stop it. Installed in a cradle or dock station, the application can run as a screensaver, attracting your friends and fellows.The weather forecast is provided by CustomWeather, Inc, an American weather provider of global weather information for over 15 years.

 

CustomWeather is a leader in technology and meteorological innovation, providing local weather information to companies and application developers around the world.The current weather data is gathered from thousands of professionally installed and maintained weather stations installed mostly at airports. WeatherNow only shows current weather from stations that have reported local weather conditions within the past hour. Current weather data is refreshed every 30 minutes; that is twice as frequent as most other weather providers can offer. Unique 48-hour forecasts from over 80,000 locations around the world provide a level of coverage and detail that simply cannot be found elsewhere.Current weather information includes: description, air temperature, wind direction and force, humidity, dew point, pressure, visibility, as well as comfort index with reference to current weather conditions.

Detailed weather forecast information includes: description, day and night air temperature, wind direction and force, humidity, UV index, probability of precipitation, and comfort index with reference to current weather conditions.

Noogra Nuts

noogra-nuts

Normally $2.99.Noogra Nuts is a cool arcade game, where you control a cute little squirrel with a unique ability!

He can crack nuts using its head!Control its movement by tilting the device and press anywhere on the screen to make him jump.Use the hats shop to purchase hats for the squirrel, some of them have special powers!While playing the game, nuts will start falling from the sky. Each nut that the squirrel head-butts will start cracking and give you points. Once you crack a nut open, you can eat it and get more points.The game has 3 playing modes:
  • Classic – You have 120 seconds to eat as many nuts as you can, choose them wisely as some will give you more points and you cannot eat them all.
  • Survival – Eat nuts and try to avoid the rocks. There is no time limit here, but you can die if you get hit 3 times. Watch out from the tumbleweed!
  • Jungle – You have 120 seconds, but in the jungle you need to avoid eating rotten nuts and make sure to jump over the rolling stones, otherwise the squirrel will die!Download Noogra Nuts

Awesome Lists

awesome-lists

Normally $3.99.Awesome Lists a designed as a simple and elegant solution to all the lists you make. It’s uses are only limited by your imagination. With an emphasis on quick entry, a clean interface, as well as data that syncs to all your devices in real time, the app is simple but very powerful.

Features:

  •  Create colorful and fun lists
  •  Cloud syncing to all your devices
  •  A simple and clean interface
  •  Fast data entryWhat could you use Awesome Lists for? Well here’s a list:• To do Lists
  •  Shopping Lists
  •  Packing Lists
  •  Inventories
  •  Bucket Lists
  •  Wish Lists
  •  Needed Items
  •  Projects
  •  Checklists
  •  Goals
  •  Outlines and Points to cover
  •  Places to visit
  •  Your Favorite Things
  •  And Much More!Download Awesome Lists

Hexaphone

hexaphone

Normally $2.99.Hexaphone is a musical keyboard for iOS designed for real-time performance and improvisation. It provides a simplified musical scale, background drum loops, a unique Motion Filter, song recording and sharing, and audio export via AudioCopy or WAV file.Hexaphone was created to give musicians a flexible tool that’s small enough to fit in your pocket, but powerful enough to deliver big, expressive musical performances.Most iPhone instruments are hindered by the small screen size.
The keys are too small, which means it’s easy to play a wrong note. Hexaphone embraces the small screen size, solving the space problem by providing a simplified, six-note keyboard. The six notes are selected based on the type of music you want to play. The “wrong notes” are removed from the screen entirely, freeing up room for bigger keys across more octaves.Choose a six-note scale based on the type of music you want to play (Blues, Dance, Trance, and many more), fire up a beat, and off you go!Using samples from a Nord Lead 3, Hexaphone produces a wide range of sounds, including funky 70’s tones, overdriven synth sounds, and modern pads.Hexaphone’s one-of-a-kind Motion Filter is a 24db resonant lowpass filter that you control by tilting the device – producing an effect similar to a wah-wah pedal.Hexaphone allows you to record your melodies, synchronized to the beat.

 

You can lay down a quick bassline, record it, and then play along with it as you add a melody, chords, etc.Play along with 16+ included drum loops – or play your iPod in the background. (Double-tap home button for iPod Controls)Hexaphone allows you to share your recordings with other users via small data files, or export WAV audio via AudioCopy or iTunes Document Sharing.
 
Auhtor : Jacob Siegal
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With over 1 million apps in the Apple App Store, finding useful, must-have iPhone apps can be a difficult process.

The following is a list that showcases 21 of the best, must-have iPhone apps that you may not be familiar with, and includes iPhone applications for news, weather, productivity, games, photography, and finance.

If your favorite iPhone app isn’t on the list, tell us in the comments below!

News/Weather

#1: Umano

Too busy to read? With Umano, you can listen to articles from the world’s best publishers and bloggers narrated by professional voice-actors. Whether commuting, working out at the gym, or cooking at home, let Umano accompany you and enrich your day.

umano

#2: Prismatic

Prismatic is the home for all your interests. You select your interests and topics and Prismatic will curate and find stories based on the popularity of the post. You can comment on stories, talk with friends, and share the articles via Twitter and Facebook.

prismatic

#3: Feedly

Without Google Reader, Feedly has taken over as the de facto king of RSS news readers. You can import your Google RSS feeds into Feedly and easily share content on Twitter, Facebook and Google+, either directly or using Buffer. The app also integrates with Pocket, Instapaper and Evernote.

feedly

#4: theCHIVE

theCHIVE is the world’s largest photo blog showcasing original galleries of funny photos & videos, epic fails, beautiful girls, groundbreaking photography, and art from all over the world.

theCHIVE

#5: Effing Weather

Tired of the same old weather app? Well, download the Effing Weather app and get over 100+ funny phrases that tell you the current weather such as:

– Are you Effing kidding me?
– Why don’t you tell your friends on Facebook how Effing hot it is
– For today’s Effing forecast, look outside

 

Productivity

#6: TalkTo

With TalkTo, you can text message with millions of local business in the US and Canada. You can see answers to other shoppers’ questions, and can ask your own.

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#7: Glympse

Don’t text and drive. Glympse is the easiest way to safely share your location with someone in real time. Recipients receive a link allowing them to view your location in real-time.

glympse

#8: Sunrise Calendar

Sunrise Calendar is by far my favorite calendar app. Some of my favorite features include the ability to see faces and profiles of people you are meeting with using LinkedIn, the weather forecast based on your location, and smart icons based on the topic of your meeting.

sunrise

#9: Clarity

Are you struggling with a certain part of your business? Clarity makes it easy for you to find, schedule and pay for expert advice over the phone to grow your business. Experts are categorized based on their specialties and you can see reviews for each expert before booking a call.

Games

#10: Fun Run

I don’t play too many games on the iPhone, but Fun Run is one that both my 5-year-old son and I enjoy. Fun Run is an online, real-time multi-player game where you can play with up to four players simultaneously. Play with your friends or get matched with random players from around the world!

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#11: Your Extra Life

YourExtraLife is a real-life game. You can progress by completing challenges in cooking, nightlife, romance, culture, altruism.

The app comes with pre-crafted challenges. To complete a challenge, you must submit a picture to prove it and judges within the community verify that your picture does match with the challenge.

yourextralife

#12: Revel

Revel is a real-time, multiplayer, photo scavenger game. It combines game elements of bingo and a scavenger hunt where you hunt for and photograph people, scenarios and objects. Once you get 5 in a row – you win!

revel

#13: Lumosity

Designed by neuroscientists, Lumosity trains your memory and attention. Used by over 50 million people worldwide, Lumosity creates a Personalized Training Program that challenges your brain.

lumosity

#14: Find a Way, José

Find a Way, José is a great puzzle game where you attempt to move blocks in an effort to get the main character, José, to his bottle of tequila.

find_a_way_jose

Photos

#15: Cut Me In

Cut Me In is an easy to use app that allows you to crop yourself out of your original photo and superimpose yourself on a funny or unique background.

cut_me_in

#16: Momentage

With Momentage, you can craft and experience moments through combining photos, videos and SoundImages into a single post to create a vivid storytelling moment on your iPhone. Share your moments with the world or with just your friends.

momentage

#17: Frontback

Frontback takes a unique spin on the photo taking experience. Take a photo with the front camera, another with the back camera, and share them both in a single image.

frontback

#18: POP – Prototyping on Paper

Do you have an idea for an iPhone app? POP is one of the easiest way to quickly make a prototype. Draw your idea on paper, take a picture of your drawings, and finally link each screen in POP. You will have a working prototype within minutes.

pop

#19: 4 Snaps

Created by 16 year old teen, Michael Sayman, 4 Snaps is a social picture snapping and guessing game where you pick a word and take four pictures that best represent your chosen word. Then it’s your friend’s turn to guess the word based on your pictures.

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Finance

 

#20: Toshl

Toshl is a simple to use personal finance manager. It easily tracks income and expenses, organizes your bills, and allows you to manage your budget. New York Times says “of all the apps for monitoring spending, one of the hardest to beat is Toshl Finance.”

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#21: Level Money

While a lot of finance apps show you a myriad of information (mostly meaningless), Level Money shows you exactly how much money you have left to spend given your budget. All you have to do is connect your bank account

Author:  Steve Young

Source:  http://www.lifehack.org/

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Which are the best free iPhone apps?

Looking for the best free iPhone apps? We're here to help, with our guide to the best free apps for iPhone, covering the best news, photography, entertainment, work and social apps.

Nobody likes spending money if they can avoid it - even those who've just spent a fortune on an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6s. In fact, you've probably got less cash to spare than the rest of us after settling up with Apple. Luckily there are masses of free apps on the App Store, many of which are just as good as the paid-for alternatives, enabling you to expand your device's capabilities in a myriad of exciting ways.

In this feature we're focusing on non-gaming apps, but if you're interested in gaming, take a look at our dedicated roundup of the best free iPhone games. (We also have an article listing the best free iPad games.) On the other hand, if you're interested in the dark side of the free app business model, check out Freemium is the worst thing in the history of gaming: a rant and Why apps need to be more expensive.

 

Reddit

The newest entry to our round-up of the best free iPhone apps is Reddit. It replaces the old Alien Blue Reddit app, which until April 2016 was the closest to an official Reddit app we'd seen so far after Reddit's acquisition of the company in 2014.

 

But now, Reddit has used what it learned from Alien Blue to come up with its own app built from the ground up. You'll see the latest news, trends and memes available to browse, search and discover within the app's clean, easy-to-use interface.

You'll also be able to access your inbox to stay up to date with messages, comment replies, post replies and mentions.

Buffer

Buffer is a neat tool that lets you easily post - or share pages you've found - to multiple social media accounts (although only a single account per social network, unless you upgrade to the paid-for version) at scheduled times.

It's fantastic for media and business types who've used analytics to find out the optimal time to send out tweets and Facebook updates; you can set up a series of strong posting times, and updates will automatically be queued up for the next window. 

Best free iPhone apps: Buffer

 

Facebook

If you're on Facebook - and if we're honest, most of us are - then this is probably the first app to download on a new iPhone. It's free, it looks good (and fits in with the design aesthetic of iOS 9) and does a good job of getting out of the way and letting you find out where your ex-girlfriend has been on holiday.

Find My Friends

Find My Friends had a pleasant make-over following the release of iOS 7, and those still interested in stalking their friends, checking up on their wife's whereabouts and making sure they don't end up in the same pub as their dad will find it as useful as ever. For those that haven't tried it, it's free to download and well worth exploring.

Gmail

If you're reliant on Google's mail service the Gmail is an obvious one to try. It's free, it looks good, and it's tightly integrated with other Google services.

Gmail for iPhone iOS 7

Messenger

Facebook introduced Messenger to the world in 2011, when they enabled the functionality of sending and receiving messages by an app, rather than via a browser. In order to use the app, you are required to sign into your Facebook account. Read next: Best iPhone Keyboards.

Periscope

This is one of those super-hot ideas that threatens to upend an entire industry. It remains to be seen whether 2016 will see all news reports delivered via live Periscope broadcast, but either way, this app has made waves.

It's a little like Snapchat, but for live video: you start a broadcast, which any of your followers can view as it happens, and the video remains viewable for 24 hours after you finish - and then is erased from existence. Thrillingly immediate, utterly nerve-wracking for journalists who used to have the best part of a month between filing an article and seeing it on the shelves, and lots of fun to try out. 

Best free iPhone apps: Periscope

Skype

Superb and versatile alternative to FaceTime for when you want to video-call friends and relatives who aren't on Apple devices. Features a slick, user-friendly interface and the ability to make calls over 3G, although call quality issues and data limits mean we'd recommend this as an occasional indulgence only. 

Skype for iPhone iOS 7

 

Twitter

Like Facebook, Twitter's free native iOS app is simple and effective. It's intuitive to use and ideal for the more basic aspects of using the service - which is what you want from the iPhone app.

WhatsApp Messenger

WhatsApp is one of those apps that divides people into camps: the ones who haven't heard of it, and the ones who won't shut up about it. (See also: The best apps for messaging on iPhone)

It's superb for keeping in touch with groups of friends without spending a groat, allowing you to send text messages, videos, pictures and audio to your friends or family at no cost. The app is easy to use and in our experience totally habit-altering. It has also recently been announced that the app will now be completely free, removing its previous 69p subscription fee. 

WhatsApp Messenger for iPhone

Adobe Photoshop Express

Originally called Adobe Photoshop Mobile, Photoshop Express for iOS was first launched in 2009 as a cut-down, free version of Adobe's dominant image-editing software. Its limited palette of features was expanded with the second and third versions, adding packs of effects and camera effects which can be purchased from within the app, private online albums for ease of sharing and, of course, iOS 7 optimisation. 

Dubsmash

Want to have fun creating voice-overs or miming popular internet videos/sounds? Then Dubsmash is the perfect app for you! We find this app a lot of fun and is a nice way to pass-by time with your family and friends. You will need a login to use the app, but it’s free and easy to do so.

Flickr

If you’re a photographer and often upload your photos to Flickr, then this app is a must-have. If however you’re just a passer-by, and just like looking at beautiful and often professionally taken photographs, Flickr is a fantastic app that will make you stare at your screen for just that little bit longer. In order to use the app, you’ll need to have a Flickr account created. If you’ve not got one already, you can do so straight from the app.

Instagram

There are two main areas of Instagram: the photo editing and the social side to it. Editing photos is very simple: existing photos can be selected from your photo roll, or you can capture a new image within the app itself. Once you've chosen a photo, the Filter panel enables you to tweak the look of your photos using different effects.

 

 

But it's the social side of Instagram that really sets it apart. You can share your photos on your Facebook, Flickr and Tumblr accounts as well as with Foursquare, which enables you to tag a photo with its location. Instagram also works as a social network in its own right.

Musical.ly

A lot of people use this app to ‘Do it for the Vine’ – in other words, they lip sync a famous song whilst making fun, yet utterly pointless hand gestures to give their songs some flavour. It’s a fun app and who knows you might just end up as the next Beyoncé…at least that’s what the app will make you feel like.

Pinterest

Best free photo & video apps for iPhone: Pinterest: Often used to view the latest fashion and inspiring artists, Pinterest is a fun way to pin your favourite interests in one place. The app is well designed and fun to use. To use the app, you’ll need to sign in using a Pinterest or Facebook account.

Snapchat

Want to send a quick picture to your friends or family? Well Snapchat took the world by storm when it released back in 2011, and ever since it has grown from strength to strength. With various different functionalities and filters to choose from it’s a fun way of sharing your life moments with those close to you, without it actually being a stored photo – rather a quick photo that you set a timer on, once the timer is expired your contacts aren’t able to view it any more (unless you send it to your ‘Story’, where it is available for replay for 24 hours). Be warned though – Snaps, like other photos can be saved by those that receive it – so make sure you don’t send any sensitive material.

Snapseed

Snapseed might be free, but its tools and enhancements rival those of many paid-for photo apps on the iPhone.

From single tap Auto Correct and tools for cropping and straightening to more creative options such as Retrolux, Grunge and Tilt-Shift, Snapseed is packed with features and worthy of a place on your home screen.

Tumblr

This fantastic microblogging platform app is used by numerous users to procrastinate and share stories with each other. The app is simple to use and you’ll need a login in order to use it.

 

VSCO Cam

A must-have iPhone photography app, even in its free form.

Offers a solid choice of everyday editing tools along with striking, evocative photo presets. VSCO Cam also includes a social aspect in the form of VSCO Grid, a photo-publishing platform that allows users to submit work, find and follow photographers and view a curated selection of appealing images.

Best free iPhone apps: VSCO Cam

Best free work/office/business/productivity apps for iPhone

Adobe Acrobat Reader

On your iPhone you'll already be able to view and synchronise PDF documents via Safari and iBooks, but if you're looking for that extra bit of functionality, Adobe Acrobat Reader adds that zing - in other words, allows you to edit and annotate PDF Files.

Any.DO

Any.do is a free productivity app for iPhone that delivers in just about every way. It's great to look at, easy to use, and effective at helping users get stuff done. In either the category or schedule view, the task list is presented in a clean, spare format, and Any.Do has many layers of organisation. It's both easier to use and more pleasing to look at than the native Reminders app in iOS.

Any.do for iPhone

Dictionary.com

Sometimes we forget how to spell a word and other times we want to know the meaning or origin of a word. Dictionary.com’s app enables you to find any word you desire and has a fantastic user-friendly interface that makes it easy to navigate on your iPhone.

Documents 5

Documents 5 is, as the name suggests, an app for keeping your documents in one convenient place, particularly when on the move. Those documents include text, audio, music files and web and email content. It's been awarded 'Editors' Choice' by Apple in more than 70 countries, which is a fair reflection of the app's quality and usefulness.

Dropbox

Dropbox's cloud service lets you store and sync files online, so they’re accessible from multiple computers. And with the company’s free iPhone app, you can access your Dropbox files on the go. (See also: iCloud vs Dropbox comparison review)

It’s a reliable and user-friendly offering. But Dropbox has an ace up its sleeve in the form of Photo Uploads. Install the Dropbox iOS app and switch this on and any pictures snapped in your iPhone will be copied to your Dropbox cloud storage, making it easy to quickly view the files and share them with other people.

Dropbox free app for iPhone

Evernote

This note and snippet managing service lets you type text notes and take photo notes with your iPhone's camera. After you capture a note, Evernote automatically uploads everything that you put into it to the company's servers, where your notes are indexed for easy search and retrieval, and become available for syncing to all your devices. Fast, smooth and extremely functional.

Google Translate

Having a translator at hand can be expensive. Thankfully Google created Google Translate, a free app which provides you a basic translation to almost every language imaginable. It’s a useful app to have on your phone, especially if you like travelling abroad and need to quickly and roughly know what something says.

Microsoft Excel

Excel is used all over the world to view and edit spreadsheets, it’s available on your iPhone too – a worthy recommendation. However, you’ll only be able to view spreadsheets via the app, as if you want to edit or create them you’ll need an Office 365 subscription. Read next: Best iPhone Keyboards.

Microsoft PowerPoint

PowerPoint is used all over the world to view and edit presentations, it’s available on your iPhone too – a worthy recommendation. However, you’ll only be able to view presentations via the app, as if you want to edit or create them you’ll need an Office 365 subscription. Read next: Best iPhone Keyboards.

Microsoft Word

Word is used all over the world to view and edit documents, it’s available on your iPhone too – a worthy recommendation. However, you’ll only be able to view documents via the app, as if you want to edit or create them you’ll need an Office 365 subscription. Read next: Best iPhone Keyboards.

XE Currency

Having the ability to convert money on the fly, using the latest exchange rate (provided you’ve connected to the internet at some point) is extremely handy. The app is useful especially when you’re abroad and want to know the conversion rate or even how much the currency exchange booth is ripping you off by.

Amazon Mobile

Amazon's iPhone app lets you do exactly what you'd expect: search for products, read user reviews, compare prices, track packages, view and cancel orders, and actually buy stuff.

Brilliantly, however, the app takes things further into the realm of future-shopping . You can scan barcodes using your iPhone, or take photos of things you like while out in other retail establishments, and Amazon will do its best to provide you with price comparisons of the same or similar products on its own books. Clever stuff.

eBay

The first rule of online auctions is that you need to be constantly connected - if not, how will you be able to bid on a desired item last minute if you’re away from your computer?

Thanks to eBay's iOS app, you don't have to worry about ever missing an auction. This fully fledged app allows you to do just about anything eBay's full website does.

Groupon

If you’re looking for an app that provides you with discounts and coupons to events, restaurants among other places, the Groupon app is a must have on your iPhone. The beauty of this app is that it’s free and can save you up to 70% off the retail price of a product or service – it’s a win-win!

Gumtree

Selling that present that you never wanted and the shirt that you haven’t worn in a decade couldn’t be easier with Gumtree. The local-shoppingapp is fantastic as it connect you with local sellers or buyers. With Gumtree’s re-branding in early 2016, it has refreshed its complete look and made it even sleeker to look for used (or even new) goods. You’ll need a Gumtree account to sell and buy gear – but can still browse the app without an account.

JUST EAT

Everyone is hungry at some point during the day, and often we’re quite lazy, be it for genuine reasons that involve work and family versus you not willing to get off the sofa and cook a meal for yourself in the kitchen. No matter the reason, JUST EAT, as per its name allows you to…well you guessed it: EAT! This app gives you the power to order takeaway food from a choice of over 20,000 restaurants. The convenience of the app is its design based on location. It’s nifty and if you’re hungry whilst reading this, give the free app a go.

Tastecard

We can’t think of anyone that doesn’t like a deal, especially if it’s a restaurant and you’re strapped for cash. The tastecard app presents you with many 2 for 1 deals and 50% coupons at popular restaurants all over the UK. This includes fan favourites, such as Prezzo, Zizzi, Strada and even Pizza Express. This app is extremely useful for getting a cheaper meal on-the-go and better still not having to print out any vouchers – it’s all done straight from the phone.

Audiobooks from Audible

A lot of us now don't have time to read all the books that we want, and Audiobooks have grown in popularity. Audiobooks from Audible is a fantastic little app that allows you to listen to your books on the go, an extremely useful app if you commute a lot.

Chromecast

If you don’t have Apple TV, you'll know one of the many, a cheaper alternative is the Chromecast. If you happen to have a Chromecast or Chromecast 2 dongle at home, then this app will be extremely useful if you want to stream content from your iPad to a TV.

Netflix

If you have a Netflix account, this is a no-brainer. The app is useful to watch your favourite on-demand TV shows and films. You will of course need a Netflix account to use the app.

GarageBand

If you're a serious musician you might find the iOS version of GarageBand a bit gimmicky (although it's much more likely that you'll appreciate it as a handy portable notebook). However, for those who can hear it all in their heads, but have no training whatsoever, and never felt confident enough to try and lay it down, the interface of GarageBand for iOS is nothing short of a miracle.

 

It's free, but only for download to certain new models of iPhone - if you view its listing in the App Store in the browser on your Mac, for example, you'll see a price of £3.99.

Instapaper

Macworld is funded by advertising, and it's therefore debatable whether I should be recommending Instapaper, which offers a charmingly user-friendly way of consuming advertising-funded content without having to look at the adverts. Still, at least Instapaper users briefly glimpse the adverts when they visit the page they're interested in, unlike adblockers.

And make no mistake, Instapaper is really charming, and really user-friendly. You set up a Read Later button in your desktop browser, then whenever someone on Twitter links to an article that you want to read, but it's too long and you're at work, you just hit that button and then load it up - laid out beautifully and cleanly, with (most of the time) the images from the article in the correct places, or near enough, but none of the adverts - on your iPhone while you're commuting home.

It's perhaps the single biggest change that smartphones have made to the way I read, and a neatly designed app. Just a shame about that ad revenue.

Best free iPhone apps: Instapaper

iPlayer

With its large catalogue of television programs and radio shows, all streamed without commercials, the BBC iPlayer app enables you to watch any show broadcast in the last seven days on the move.

 

The BBC iPlayer app should be a stock download for all iOS device owners in the UK. The ability to cache shows for 30 days - added in version 2 - will make it a vital component for anybody going on long journeys without reliable connection, and also make it less data intensive for watching television shows.

iPlayer free app for iPhone

iPlayer Radio

BBC iPlayer Radio brings together the corporation's vast and varied radio output into one dedicated, convenient app for computers and iOS devices. It's a sensible approach, complementing the BBC's popular iPlayer while emphasising audio over visual content. The BBC has a lot of audio content to offer - both live and archived via catch-up and podcasts - which clearly can get overlooked in the search for the latest episodes of popular TV shows like EastEnders, Top Gear and Doctor Who.

BBC iPlayer Radio

Kindle

How do you judge a reading app? We demand an app with a pleasant reading experience; benefits like a built-in dictionary, easy and fast navigation and search, and customisation options; and a store with a massive ebook selection, and one that's easy to browse from an iOS device. Amazon's Kindle app shines on all those fronts. That's why - despite competition from no less a giant than Apple and its iBooks offering - it's still the best e-reading option in the App Store. 

Kindle free app for iPad and iPhone

Podcasts

Apple's first stab at its Podcasts app didn't support playlists, didn't sync podcasts between devices, and its Now Playing screen was split into two pieces. But since version 1.2 - Podcasts is on version 2.2 - it's been a different matter. Playlists (called Stations) have been added, iCloud syncing has been implemented to ensure synchronisation between devices (and with iTunes on your computer), and the Now Playing screen is a single unit that blessedly lacks the old tape-deck interface.

Podcasts free app for iPhone

Radioplayer

Founded by various broadcasting heavyweights, including the BBC, Global Radio, Guardian Media Group, Absolute Radio and RadioCentre, Radioplayer bills itself as a not-for-profit company with a single purpose: 'to serve radio and its audiences by making listening easy'. The app delivers on that promise.

If your musical map doesn't extend beyond the UK, then Radioplayer really is an excellent choice, with plenty of favourite channels available despite the geographical limitations. Its 'Recommended' option, much improved by logging into Facebook, also helps discover new channels and broadcasters for when you want to broaden your horizons a little.

Radioplayer

Shazam

Shazam started life before the advent of smartphones and tablets but has essentially been refining one idea, the ability to identify the music all around you, over the last 10 plus years. Users simply tap the Shazam button to identify tracks they like the sound of - or indeed want to avoid ever hearing again.

For music fans, Shazam really is an essential app, one that should also appeal to casual users who simply want to identify which song is being used to soundtrack a new ad or drama, without resorting to a trawl through the internet. Its ability to identify even the most obscure of tracks is very impressive.

Sky+

Sky's free Sky+ app puts you in full control of your Sky+HD box from the sofa in front of it to the other side of the world.

Most useful is the ability to set your Sky+ box to remote-record your favourite TV programmes away from home and on the move. Forgotten to set the final episode of Games of Thrones to record? Getting round Sky's bug of recording that second back-to-back episode via series link? The free Sky+ app sorts all that out for you from the comfort of your smartphone or tablet.

Sky+ free app for iPhone

SongKick Concerts

Another neat and ingenious free app, SongKick noses through the artists in your music library, then creates a calendar of upcoming concerts in your area. Simple but radically convenient.

SongKick Concerts free iPhone app

SoundCloud

Finding the latest music trends or even some of the best DJs around the world can be sometimes hard to listen to. SoundCloud brings music lovers together to enjoy and listen to songs for free. Sometimes you're even able to legally download the songs you listen to. Via the app you'll be able to follow friends and artists, discover podcasts, comedy and even listen to the news. You aren't required to sign into a SoundCloud account to use the app, but in order to fully benefit from the functionalities, we recommend creating or signing into your SoundCloud account.

Spotify

Arguably one of the most popular music streaming services, Spotify allows users to listen to 20 million tracks for free (although peppered with ads) or ad-free via the £12.99-per-month Spotify Premium service.

A neat trick is that tracks can be stored locally on the iPhone. This means you can listen to tracks even when you haven't got a data connection, or when you're out and about and don't want to waste your 3G data contract. In this sense, Spotify becomes an almost complete replacement for (or at least an effective addition to) the Music app built into the iPhone.

TuneIn Radio

Possibly the best app to listen to radio from across the world; provided you have an internet connection, TuneIn Radio provides an easy way of listening to music no matter where you are. There are pop-up adverts through the app, which can be annoying after a while, but you are able to get rid of them if you purchase the Pro version of the app for £7.99.

Twitch

Games are always fun to play, but sometimes we like to watch others play it too. Twitch is the go-to app for watching streams or people ramble on about games (or even technology streams). You won’t need an account to watch the streams, but can create an account to mark your favourites. Read next: Best iPhone Games.

Google Maps

It's time to take sides: are you Apple Maps or Google Maps?

Actually, the joy of free apps is that you can hedge your bets and try both as much as you like. Apple Maps is now used by far more iPhone users, but this is obviously influenced by Apple's own app getting preferential treatment - location links from the Mail app, Safari and so on will always default to Apple Maps. And Google Maps has a lot to recommend it.

Indeed, while Apple Maps has done a good job of catching up over the past few years, adding public transport directions when iOS 9 launched, for example (Google Maps had that features before Apple Maps existed), most users reckon Google is still ahead, and we'd strongly recommend that you download Google Maps and test it out for yourself. What people need from a navigation app is accuracy, and we still feel that Google is more reliable.

London Bus Live Countdown - FREE Bus Stop Checker

Bus checker apps, such as this free example for Londoners, fit into the category of apps that quietly improve your life. Stuck at a Barnet bus stop late at night with no idea if it's worth waiting for the next 184? Hook yourself into the TfL mainframe and see a ticker of approaching buses and their approximate times. (With the emphasis on approximate - look out for the crushing disappointment of the very occasional 'phantom bus'. But that's down to glitches in the system, rather than the fault of the app builders.)

There are adverts - such is the price of free. You can remove them for £2.29, which incidentally is the same price you'd pay for the rival bus checker app we tend to favour, London Bus Checker.

London Bus Live Countdown

National Rail Enquiries

Having the ability to know when and where your next train is can be extremely useful. Whereby using the National Rail app allows you to plan your journey and even check for delays. As we all know there are always delays on public transport…so this app comes in very handy!

Navmii GPS UK & ROI

Navmii is a free satnav app available for the UK, Ireland, USA and other countries from the App Store. It operates just as a TomTom or Garmin satnav would: you enter a postcode or an address, and it provides a quick and effective route to get you where you need to be. Additionally, you can also carry out a Google search for a business name then navigate to that business based on the results fed back to the app. It may be free, but it gets the job done.

Trainline

This extremely useful app allows you to arrange your travel plans with greater ease. You can check live train times (including delays and cancellations), check the platform as you rush out of the taxi or bus and event buy UK rail tickets on the fly. What more could you ask for? An app that produces coffee? This free app is fantastic for? travellingby train around the UK.

TripAdvisor

This app provides fantastic information for those that like travelling, by providing users with the chance to view and read reviews, find photos of iconic places and restaurants and even see the map of a city. The app is a must-have when you want to go on holiday and have access to an internet connection.

Tube Map London Underground

As someone who commutes and works in London, having a map handy with service information is really useful. The Tube Map for the London Underground does just that and gives you the vital information at a touch of a button. Furthermore, if you happen to get lost on the Tube or unable to find a map, the app will allow you to see the London Tube map even when you’re offline.

Wheely

Wheely is a free app that adds convenience to the cab-booking process, and may even save you money. Because the journey fee is agreed before you step in to the vehicle, you know exactly how much you're going to pay regardless of how long the journey will take. Given London's notorious traffic, that can only be a good thing.

And if you do get stuck in a jam, all of Wheely's vehicles offer free onboard Wi-Fi so you can keep working as you wait. Or, let's face it, you can send emails, surf the web, tweet about your predicament and generally faff about as only the internet allows you to faff about.

Wheely free app for iPhone

Yelp

Apple's Maps service features built-in Yelp reviews of Local business, but if you don't like Maps - or just want to get straight to the reviews - the company's own app is free. The information available (especially on restaurants and bars) is pretty detailed. As well as reviews, you get pricing, nearest transport options, photographs, opening hours, and even information on ambience, noise level and expected attire.

Yelp is certainly worth downloading. It's a good way to find local listings, and a good tool for business owners too.

Yelp free app for iPhone

BBC News

BBC's News app provides the latest news from around the world, and offers push notifications to alert you to breaking news as it happens. You can tailor the news categories to your preferences, and there are video reports on most of the top stories.

BBC Weather

BBC Weather is a useful, attractive addition to the wealth of weather-related apps, and while there are more detailed and varied alternatives available, the BBC's offering wins out for ease of use and clarity.

BBC Weather

Flipboard

We've popped the mighty Flipboard in our news and reference section, but it could have easily appeared with the other social apps - because social networks are where it sources its articles. According to the team behind the app, Flipboard "is on a quest to transform how people discover, view and share content by combining the beauty and ease of print with the power of social media".

Flipboard is a must-have app. Beautifully tactile and responsive, it makes reading anything on your iPhone an absolute pleasure, one ideal for exploring both favourite news sources and discovering new and inspirational content, including wonderful user curated personalised magazines.

Flipboard: Your Social News Magazine

Yahoo Weather

After BBC Weather, here's another brilliant and free alternative to Apple's own Weather app for the iPhone - is Apple doomed?

Well obviously not, but armchair meteorologists have plenty to enjoy on the App Store. 

Yahoo Weather is a vast improvement on Apple's (Yahoo-powered) preinstalled Weather iPhone app, combining plenty of weather-junkie data with attractive views of the UK and beyond. Apple was impressed enough to award Yahoo Weather an 'Apple Design Award 2013' award, proclaiming that the app "stands apart with its simple, uncluttered, and beautiful visual design". High praise indeed for what amounts to a direct rival.

Yahoo Weather stands out amongst the crowd thanks to accurate forecasts, good balance of information and an attractive yet simple design.

Yahoo! Weather for iPhone

BBC Sport

When it first launched, we criticised the BBC Sport app for its bugs and lack of ambition, but the offering has been polished and improved in the intervening years. And the vital simplicity and ease of use remains.

They've also added a feature called My Sport, which allows you to create a personalised page that will supply the latest scores for the teams you support (or strongly dislike, if you're into the whole schadenfreude thing) as well as news that involves them.

Best free iPhone apps: BBC Sport

ESPNcricinfo Cricket

Obviously this one's a bit more niche than the BBC's general-sports offering, but when your niche is the world's greatest sport - "battle and service and sport and art" - then you're probably doing okay.

Like the best website-to-free-app translations, ESPNcricinfo offers essentially the same content and offering that you'd find on its website, but arranged in an easier-to-consume and mobile-friendly format. You can swipe easily between the most important sections - scores (leading through to deliciously stat-heavy ball-by-ball live commentary), news, and a section called Editor's Picks where the site's best long- or longish form journalism appears.

The only thing that's missing right now is an Apple Watch companion app to give you a wrist tap when a wicket falls, a niche that's currently only filled - to our knowledge - by the English Cricket Board's official app, which is all right but (other than this killer feature) a bit uninspiring.

Best free iPhone apps: Cricinfo

Reuters

Knowing what’s going on in the world is always useful, and Reuters is a well-designed app which allows you to quickly see breaking news, analysis and even market data.

The Weather Channel and weather.co.uk

Arguably one of the best apps to check the weather on the iOS App Store. Its pleasant and easy interface allows you to quickly check the weather. It can also be used within the Notification Centre in the Today view.

Yahoo News Digest

A beautifully designed news app from Yahoo has earned the app several design awards. We really love the app: it's sleek and stylish and provides the information you want to know at a glance. It naturally uses Yahoo's in-house news to offer a digest of the day's big stories.

Chrome

Google's Chrome browser for iOS is well made and a pleasure to use, particularly if you're deeply entrenched in Google's ecosystem. If you use Chrome on the Mac, for instance, you can sign into Chrome on both and sync your tabs.

Like Dolphin (below), Chrome includes a voice-search mechanism, but this time it's bundled with the browser for free; and we all know how good Google is at voice control.

Chrome's tab management is excellent, if currently quite similar to Safari. You can quickly create new tabs, rearrange them and move between them in a 3D manager view; unlike in Safari's equivalent, swiping any tab to the right closes it.

The general interface is strong, too: back in the main view swiping right takes you to the previously viewed tab, and we like the user-friendly 'drag down to refresh' that you get on all web pages.

As with Dolphin, it's easy to invoke 'private browsing', although in this case it's called Incognito Mode. And like Opera Mini, Chrome offers to cut your data usage with a Data Saver optimisation mode. According to Google the reduction may be as much as 50 percent.

Best free iPhone apps: Chrome

Dolphin

Dolphin is a feature-rich alternative to Safari with impressive gesture support.

Dolphin supports tabs (just as Safari does) but we find it easier to navigate between them. Swipe from the righthand edge to bring up the tabs page and pick an option: an approach we prefer to the showier but generally less informative and intuitive '3D view' offered in Safari on the iPhone.

A horizontal swipe from the lefthand edge allows you to access bookmarks and navigation shortcuts.

Dolphin's gestures can be used to navigate to a page or refresh the current one, or open a new tab, among other things. The app lets you draw your own custom gestures directly on the screen, and we've found its gesture recognition consistently accurate.

Dolphin's range of features is hugely impressive, although this can be overwhelming for new users.

Best free iPhone apps: Dolphin

Ghostery

If you don't like advertisers tracking the websites you visit - and this is a widespread practice - then Ghostery is the browser for you.

The app is designed with anonymity as its primary aim. The app collects no user data, and there are no cookies and no signups. And if the web page you're on is using any ad trackers, Ghostery will spot them and warn you with a red icon.

Best free iPhone apps: Ghostery

Opera Coast

Compared to Opera Mini (below), Opera Coast's attitude to data usage is positively profligate, and it's quite happy to slow things down (very slightly) by introducing the odd fancy animation. Whereas Opera Mini is a stripped-down browser for speed freaks, this is a heavily designed browser that's designed to look good. It also likes to recommend online content it thinks you might like, based on the terms you search for.

Opera Coast can be baffling initially: it takes a while to grasp what's going on and even how to access a new web page (there's no conventional URL bar, for instance - you enter the name of the website in the 'search the web' field and it will attempt to autocomplete its address). But that's an inevitable side effect of the app's bold design.

Every aspect of the user experience has been re-evaluated from a mobile point of view; instead of trying to replicate a desktop experience on a smaller screen, Coast starts from scratch. The result is a highly mobile-optimised, beautiful one-thumb browser.

Best free iPhone apps: Opera Coast

Opera Mini

Opera Mini takes the approach that speed is key. By some clever trickery involving proxy browsers returning static pages (don't worry about it), Mini is quicker than the most popular browsers.

In (very unscientific) tests it appeared to return pages in about half the time it took Safari and Chrome (oddly enough, Dolphin was the slowest, although it has the habit of returning a page fairly quickly but then sitting with the progress bar virtually finished for another 10 seconds, so the experience isn't significantly worse). It's also an economical browser, reducing your data usage significantly.

Opera Mini makes compromises to achieve these savings, but you are able at least to choose how extreme you want these compromises to be. There are three settings - Mini, Turbo and Off, of which the fastest, confusingly, is Mini - and you can choose to load or not load images, and at what quality you want them to appear.

The tab manager view is 3D, as is apparently industry-standard now, and like Chrome allows you to simply swipe a tab to close it. The tabs are arranged horizontally, though, and therefore swiped upwards. This horizontal layout also means (in this user's humble opinion) that it's a little easier to see at a glance what's on each page.

Opera Mini's keyboard, meanwhile, is masterly - the best of any browser in this roundup. It includes two handy shortcut buttons: one to input a QR code, and another to switch between default searches in Google, Wikipedia, eBay and Amazon. But its triumph is the central slider/rocker switch that deftly moves the cursor in the URL bar and, if you hold it down for a moment, selects text too. The only thing missing is a '.com' or 'co.uk' autocomplete button.

Author:  David Price

Source:  http://www.macworld.co.uk/

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