8 Must Have Useful Free Apps for Your iPhone
The iPhone is taking over the world, well, kind of. From a social and technological perspective it seems like everyone will have an iOS device at some point. That makes it pretty reasonable that the iOS application marketplace is going to be booming too. In order to help new iOS owners out we decided to curate 8 of the most useful apps around, so check ’em out!
At some point in time you probably had the daydream of being multilingual and impressing all of your friends, right? No? Well, we did… And that’s where Duolingo comes into play. As we are no longer in school anymore we really can’t rely on taking a ton of Spanish or French classes in order to impress anyone anymore. Duolingo is a great solution that helps you learn a new language (from a list of 10 options!) in just your spare time. With easy to perform quizzes, real life applicable sentence education, and a point system that keeps you yearning to learn more there is no better and faster way to become proficient! Duolingo is a fun app that is great for people of all ages that want to become bilingual.
Whether you are in a big city or just a suburb that is slightly out of the way, this Uber app could be just the pick me up that you need — literally! Uber has become increasingly popular thanks to its affordable offering as an alternative to traditional taxi services. Merely install the app onto your iPhone and turn on your GPS. From there you can schedule a pick up within minutes from a nearby Uber approved driver. You can pay with your linked PayPal or credit card accounts with the app, making this a perfect response to those drunken nights where you don’t want to deal with cash or driving your car. The Uber service is offered in over 50 countries and growing every single day. What sounds more appealing: hailing a cab at rush hour or pressing a few buttons and having your ride glide to a stop in front of you? That’s what we thought.
Maybe we thank piracy for the evolution in online music streaming or maybe it’s just a part of the evolution in technology. No matter who you want to thank, make sure you get your hands on the Spotify iOS application. Ever since Spotify hit the marketplace this music streaming application has been killing it. With all of the music you could possibly want to listen to available at the click of a button, what’s not to like? There are two different versions of Spotify available on the iOS marketplace. There is the free version which as advertisements and also prevents users from downloading songs for offline use. If you opt instead to pay for the other version of Spotify you will have no ads during your experience and you will be able to download songs for consumption even when you are offline or have your mobile data off. Either way, there is no other music app like this out there that is even worth mentioning. So get Spotify soon!
The iPhone has been consistently lauding its technology for years and the camera functionality is part of that praise. For some reason, however, iOS software has never a default camera app that was worth your time or worth the quality of the camera. That is where Snapseed comes into play. Snapseed is a photo editor that was designed by Google intentionally for touchscreen devices. The interface is simple and easy to manipulate using just your fingers, which is a big problem in other applications. There is also a ton of content within the application to. You can do timely tweaks and artistic adjustments or you can go over the top and play around with the various filters available. When you are done you can download the picture onto your phone and share it through any other means necessary: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and so on. Utilize your camera to its fullest extent by getting your hands on the Snapseed app!
Getting healthy is so much more than just going to the gym and sweating for an hour or so. If you want to see real, tangible, changes in both your lifestyle and your body’s appearance then you need to add an app like Fitocracy to your iOS library. Fitocracy is a free app that helps users plan their workouts, stick to a goal, and push ever onward as they try to become the best version of themselves possible. Track your reps, weights, times, and caloric intake all with the tapping of a few buttons. There are in app purchases that allow you to work with expert trainers as you guide your body toward your destination. There are Fitocracy communities all over the web that serve as powerful motivators for people who struggle to keep up with their programs. There are also free workout routines that come with the initial app download that can get you kickstarted. Fitocracy is the answer to Fitnotes on the Android and it is a wonderfully sleek application.
In movies you see people go on spontaneous adventures all of the time and they just happen to end up wherever they are supposed to. Real life is a little bit more difficult so consider adding the iOS app TripIt to your phone. TripIt serves as an itinerary planner that helps you plan a trip, book the hotels and vehicles, and even pick places to go visit once you get into town. After planning your itinerary you can comb through it and even pack in more stuff. To add even more depth, TripIt also works as a weather app for the locations that you are going which makes it one completely useful piece of technology. As steadfast planners we couldn’t help but love how organized this made our trip planning and how effective it made our decision making. If you are a visual person then you cannot miss this application!
If you have owned your iPhone for any length of time then you understand just how absurdly unusable the built in maps app actually is. You can’t easily plan a route or rely on the voice navigator to get you where you are going without some intense levels of frustration. So go straight for the Google Maps app in the iOS store and add it to your library. With updated maps, turn by turn navigation, and even public transport directions you cannot go wrong. The app is a must have for anyone who plans to use their phone as a traveling aid and it transports perfectly over to the iOS system. This is a completely free app and one of the few true must owns that are out there.
At home technology and the allure of the internet has made the world a much more connected and educational place. Podcasts are one of the hottest new things for on-the-go travelers to partake in. Podcasts are just pre-recorded radio shows that can cover any number of topics: from sports to relationship advice and everything in between. With this Podcasts app you’ll be able to seamlessly find great new Podcasts to add to your iPhone. This is a free app that connects to the iCloud in order to always keep your playlists up to date with the latest episodes. There are paid apps that do the same thing in better ways, like Instacast, but once you start handing over cash fo useful apps it becomes pretty difficult to stop. So in that way we chose Podcasts the app over any of the other paid contributors thanks to its balance between simplicity and functionality.