Faced with literally more than a million apps and games on the App Store to choose from, however, how can you possibly pick the best things to add to your luscious new slab of technology?
The apps below are some of the very best that exist for the iPhone and iPod touch, whether thats because they do something better than the built-in apps, really help show of your devices abilities, or are just flat-out awesome.
Sky Guide ($2.99) is a reasonably simple idea—using your iPhone’s sensors to allow you to hold it up to the night sky to identify the stars, planets, constellations and more using augmented reality—but the effect is remarkable.
Fantastical :An app so much better than Apple’s equivalent it’s downright embarrassing. In part we love Fantastical ($4.99) for how it makes such better use of the screen space to fit more—and more useful—information into the same rectangle, but the real draw for many is its natural language input of events.
We all carry around a weird little mix of information snippets: Wi-Fi passwords, access codes for doors, the correct dimensions of images we prepare for websites, and so on. Stop carrying them around in your head or festooning your Mac with scribbled Post-it notes, and get them into Cheatsheet (free, with in-app purchase) instead.
The filters in Camera+ ($2.99) are no more than OK—though the fact that you can stack and adjust the strength of them can result in some spectacular shots—but it gets included here especially the editing tools in the Lab for tweaking temperature, exposure and so on—in particular the dramatic effect you get with Clarity Pro—all of which are easy to use and produce good results.
VSCO (free, with in-app purchases) manages to set itself apart. Yes, it has some truly excellent tools for editing your pictures manually, but where it really shines is in its beautiful, elegant filters.
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