All The VERY BEST iPhone Apps For 2016

Bests Michael Grothaus 19:29, 19 Jul 2016

All the best iPhone apps in one place - what more could you ask for?

Apple’s App Store boasts one of the most extensive collections of apps this side of the sun. Inside you can pretty much find anything – and we mean anything. But what are the best and, more importantly, which are worth having on your iPhone? In a bid to locate, download and test the best apps for iPhone we’ve been tinkering with applications all year to bring you a list of the best apps currently available. We’ll be adding 10 new applications to this list every month, so check back regularly as there'll always be something new.

To keep things tidy we’ve decided not to include the big apps that every man and his dog knows about –– Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google Mail and the like. Instead, we’re focusing on useful applications that might have slipped under your radar. These apps are all designed to be either informative, useful, fun or quirky –– you'll find no dross in here. Just solid gold hits all the way through. 

So, without further ado, here's our pick of the best.

BBC+ (free)

BBC+ is an app first from BBC. The broadcaster has long made individual apps spanning News, iPlayer, Sport, Weather, and more, but BBC+ aims to put the best of those apps into one and only deliver the content you are interested in. With the app you can set your topics of interest and the app will scour BBC’s resources to combine all the relevant information and put it at your fingertips. This also means that if you don’t care about sport or entertainment, you won’t see news headlines or iPlayer shows based on those subjects taking up your feeds.

Batman: Arkham Underworld (free)

Batman: Arkham Underworld is an RPG/world-builder take on the popular Batman Arkham franchise. Only in this mobile version of the game you don’t play the Dark Knight—you play his enemies. Select to play as the Riddler, Scarecrow, Killer Croc, Harley Quinn and more as you build your evil lair and try to crush Batman and Gotham City through brute force and your criminal activities.

HMRC (free)

Yeah, no one likes paying taxes, but it’s the price of living in a fair society that provides public services that you rely on daily. And truth be told, HMRC and the rest of Gov UK has lead the way in embracing new technology to make finding information about government services as easy as possible. Hence, the new HMRC app from HMRC. The app gives you instant access to your HMRC account so you can check your tax credits and payments and even allows you to track all the forms you’ve sent to HMRC.

Pokémon GO (free)

This is only Nintendo’s second game for iOS and it’s already shot to the top of the charts. Pokémon GO is an augmented reality app that lets you go searching for Pokémon in the real world. Find them, capture them, and see them evolve before your eyes. What’s really cool is Pokémon appear near their natural habitats, so if you want to find water Pokémon go to a local lake or seaside in your area.

Welshmoji (£0.79)

Are you a Euro 2016 fan? Hope Wales wins? Well now you can show your support with the Welshmoji app. As its name suggests Welshmoji allows your to add Walsh-styled emoji to your texts and emails. This keyboard app integrates directly with iOS so you can access Welshmoji whatever app you are in.

Letterboxd (free)

Are you a film buff? Ever wish there was a social network dedicated just to films? Well now there is! Enter Letterboxd – the social network for film lovers. Use Letterboxd to track the films you've watched and create lists of the films you want to. You can browse other people’s lists as well as see lists of the top rated films, follow friends, get film news, and write reviews of the movies you’ve watched to give your feedback to the world.

Memrise (free)

If you’re looking to learn a language, there’s no better app than the Memrise app. The app now supports over 100 different languages and allows you to progress at a speed suitable to you. A really nice feature is the app uses fun game and even memes to help you remember a word. A few months with this app and you’ll have a conversational-level ability to speak in the language of your choosing.

Sea Hero Quest (free)

Okay, this app is a fun game where you navigate around the seas collecting treasures, but the real reason this game made the best of list is because it's actually a science experiment that can help fight dementia. The game was created by researchers at the University College London and the University of East Anglia and it anonymously tracks a user's spatial navigation skills while they play it. The researchers will use this data to see how those spatial navigation skills change over time, giving them an important dataset to understanding one of the main symptoms of dementia.

PeakFinder Earth (£2.99)

PeakFinder is a brilliant app that allows you to explore more than 250,000 peaks in the world, from tiny hills to Mount Everest. The app renders mountains in your location in real time so you can see their elevation and more. You can also explore the world’s mountains virtually by navigating to their location in the app.

Wildfulness (£1.49)

Spending time in nature has been shown to have real benefits for your health and overall wellbeing. But not all of us have time to head into the mountains. That’s where Wildfulness comes in. The app features six hand drawn landscapes all of which feature high quality psychoacoustic 3D sounds from thunderstorms to rustling leaves. Open the app, set the timer, and then close your eyes and you’ll swear you were in the middle of your perfect nature spot.

UEFA EURO 2016 Official App (free)

UEFA EURO 2016 is almost here and this is the official app of the tournament to follow every game from 10 June to the final on 10 July. The app features sections on all the teams, players, matches, fixtures, and standings and acts as the ultimate second-screen companion during the games.

Walter - Your Smart Travel Compass (free)

Walter is a unique travel app from Triposo. It acts as a smart travel compass but instead of pointing you north, south, east or west, it points you towards sights, restaurants, shops and bars. Holding you phone in the direction you want to go Walter shows you the hotspots listed above that are nearby. The app doesn’t show you the actual shop names, but gives you a general idea on which way to head to go to an area that has the things you want. In this way, Walter still allows for the spontaneity and exploration that the best traveling brings.

Bumble (free)

Bumble was made by a former executive from Tinder. Much of the app has the same functionality: swipe right to like someone, swipe left to not. If both people swipe right it’s a match. But there’s a catch with Bumble: only the girl can initiate the conversation. This drastically eliminates pointless “‘sup babe?” conversations lads always seem to start things off with on Tinder.

Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector (free)

The Japanese game that’s taken the world by storm. Your job is to do up your garden to attract cats….and that’s about it. The more cats you attract, the more pictures of them you can collect. There’s not really a goal to the game save trying to attract all the rare cats.

Mr Crab 2 (free)

The followup to the hit twisting level game, Mr Crab 2 brings more adventures for the crab and his baby followers. Jump over obstacles in dozens of new levels as they twist around you. Along the way you can collect accessories to dress up your crab, like hats and such…because all crabs need hats.

Moves (free)

Moves is probably the best activity tracker I've found for the iPhone. It works with the iphone’s built-in motion coprocessor to easily show you how many steps or miles or minutes you've walked, run, or cycled each day. Activities are color coded in big circles. The bigger the circle gets the more you’ve moved. Moves also records your routes and keeps track of the places you go. The app has actually been around for years, but it's recently gotten a ton of updates after languishing for a while.

The Rock Clock (free)

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson would wake you up in the morning? Me neither. But still, the Rock Clock is a great alarm clock app for those that have trouble getting out of bed in the morning. The app allows you to create alarms for different events and the alarm sounds are all picked by the Rock himself. Plus it includes videos of the Rock to keep you motivated. Oh, and the Rock Clock doesn’t have a snooze button…because the Rock doesn’t like to snooze.

Hungry Shark World (free)

Hungry Shark has been one of the go-to games for a while whenever I have some free time to kill. Hungry Shark World is the sequel to Hungry Shark Evolution and it ups the ante by sporting console quality, 3D graphics and offering over 17 different kinds of sharks to choose from as you eat your way through the seas. It offers “three beautiful, huge free-roaming worlds to explore: Pacific Island, a lush, sun-drenched tourist hot spot. Arctic Ocean, a frozen wasteland, home to a secret military base and heavily guarded testing facility. And the Arabian Sea, a rich and vibrant, if not, industrial landscape.”

Giphy (free)

Need a gif to send to someone in a hurry? Look no further than Giphy. The app allows you to search for gifs for any occasion or browse through the world's largest library of animated gifs at your leisure. Gifs you like can easily be copied and pasted into iMessages, Facebook chats, and more.

Fear the Walking Dead: Dead Run (free)

This is the official mobile game of AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead, which is now on its second season. The game is a tactical runner that puts you in the shoes of one of the main characters of your choosing. The goal is to survive as long as you can before being eaten by the undead. Along the way you’ll be able to stock up on over 40 weapons that will give you an edge against the walkers.

The New Yorker Today (free)

The New Yorker Today is a great app for fans of the magazine. It aggregates the editor's’ picks from across the magazine, website, blog, and cartoons giving you a constant feed of content from one of the most respected publications in the world.

YO-KAI WATCH Wibble Wobble (free)


Yeah, I have trouble pronouncing the name too. But this Japanese import is as fun and addictive as it is cute. You collect, swipe and pop cat heads through this matching game. The game play takes a bit of getting used to at first, but once you do, it’s hard to put down. As the game’s description says: “Once you catch the fever, you’ll feel wibbly wobbly, too!”

Miitomo (free)


Miitomo has the distinction of being the first Nintendo app to ever come to iOS. Sure, it’s not Super Mario Bros, but it’s a start. The app allows users to make a Mii (a virtual avatar) of themselves which will then interact with your friend’s Mii’s via virtual chats and questionings. Nintendo says Mii’s act as social go-betweens. “Your Mii and their Mii characters tell each other about these details, so you and your friends learn fun things about each other that you'd never find out without your Mii characters!” the company says. The app also allows you to fully customize the look of your Mii and win in-game prizes. Hey, it’s a start. At least Nintendo is showing iOS some love—finally.

Muscle Trigger Points (£2.29)

Trigger points are taut bands of seized muscle that send referred pain to other areas of the body. They’ve been heavily researched for years, unfortunately most of the literature is too complex for the layperson. This app hows to change all that. Tap on an area of the body where you feel pain and the app will show you the location of the likely offending trigger point. You can then work out the trigger point with a foam roller or ball against the wall and you’ll soon be feeling better than you have in months.

Super Sharp (£1.49)

Super Sharp is the first of two addictive games I’ve been playing on my tube commute this week. It’s a minimalistic physics puzzler in which you need to swipe at object to cut them in half (or pair them down entirely) in order to get them to fall onto specific marks they are supposed to hit. It’s a deceptively fun game—and entirely addictive.

Stack (free)

Stack is the other addictive game I’ve been playing this week. Stack again takes a minimalist design cue and has very simple gameplay: slabs float on screen, tap the screen to drop a slab in place. But if the next glad isn’t dropped perfectly on the previous one, whatever overlaps the edges will get cut off. See how high you can stack the slabs until there no room left.

BBC Music (free)

BBC Music is the company’s free music app that serves up a curated stream of exclusive live sessions, interviews and playlists from your favourite presenters, programmes and events based on what you tell the app you’re into. The app also offers videos of live performances and allows you to follow BBC playlists from your favourite shows, presenters and events.

Assassin's Creed Identity (£3.99)

Assassin's Creed Identity is the first action RPG from the hit franchise. In it you play your own customizable assassin. You can choose between four classes: Berserker, Shadow Blade, Trickster and Thief. As you might expect you can spend you loot to upgrade outfits and weapons. As you explore renaissance Italy complete dozens of missions to become the world’s best assassin.

DC All Access (free)

DC All Access is the new app from Warner Brothers that acts as a one stop shop for all of DC’s media properties. Check out the app daily for the latest news about DC comics, TV shows and movies and use the built in emoji keyboard to send DC emojis, animated gifs and stickers of your favorite characters to your friends. In addition to news you can also preview DC comics and earn rewards from polls and quizzes that are redeemable for digital DC merchandise.

Stack (free)

If you’re looking for a new minimalist time waster, look no further than Stack. The object of the game is to stack blocks as high as you can before your stacks fall over. It’s addictive and beautiful at the same time.

The Food Assembly (free)

The Food Assembly is a great app for those of you who like to buy food that has been locally farmed, raised, or sourced including items such as fruit, vegetables, bread, cheese, meat, beer, jams and more. The app allows you to find your closest food assembly and place an order. Then over the weekend you go to the assembly, meet the local farmers growing your food, and pick up your order. The fact that it helps you meet and get to know your food growers is a community bonus.

Samosa : Runner Gunner (free)

The premise for this runner is simple, says the game’s description: “Sam is an auto driver who lives happily with his pet chicken. Osa is an evil scientist who wants to conquer the whole world for his own experiments. When they both come face to face, it is going to be one epic showdown.” The game play is fun enough, but what I really love about this runner is the amazing art direction and the fact that you have over 50 different kinds of enemies to fight so the gameplay never feels repetitive.

Live Wallpapers for Lock Screen (free)

With the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus Apple introduced Live Photos—pictures that move when you force touch them. Live Photos can be set as lock screen wallpapers on your compatible iPhone and iOS 9 includes some default ones built in. If you want more professionally shot Live photos, however, download this app. It gives you over 40 additionally Live Photos you can set as your lock screen background.

Lifeline (free)

Lifeline is one of the most engrossing games I’ve played in a long time. That’s amazing too since the game is entirely text based. It harkens back to those wonderful DOS computer games of the 80s where story and words mattered more than graphics. In Lifeline you play a person who started getting texts from a stranded starship passenger who is marooned. How you choose to communicate with that passenger affects the gameplay and plot line. It’s a great mystery and a refreshing respite from the world of graphics-intensive games.

Movesum (free)

Movesum is a unique take on step trackers in that it shows you how many steps you need to take to burn off different kinds of foods—a hamburger for example. Its clean interface and no-nonsense real world information we can relate to will find many who normally see step trackers as boring or tiresome using this app.

Laundry Day - Care Symbol Reader (£0.79)

Laundry Day is probably the most unlikely app I’ve ever come across, but it’s also one of the best from a utilitarian point of view. You use the app to scan the laundry tags in your clothing. It reads the symbols and words on the tag and then tells you how to exactly was that item of clothing. Great for people who are used to having mom there to do your laundry.

Cut the Rope: Magic (£0.79)

The original Cut the Rope is one of my favorite iPhone games of all time. It’s a great physics puzzler that is perfect for killing time on that long commute. I’m happy to say the latest sequel, Cut the Rope: Magic, is even better. The new game sees new abilities added to Om Nom, allowing him to transform into magical forms to help him complete the levels and get all his candy back. The form transformation aspect adds a whole new level of complexity and fun to the game. Plus the graphics are better than ever.

Change4Life Sugar Smart (free)

This is one of my favorite apps for the iPhone. There’s no doubt about it: refined sugar is horrible for you—we all know it. The problem is sugar is hidden so well in so many foods it’s almost impossible to know exactly how much we’re eating. This app, by Public Health England, hopes to make finding out a food’s sugar content easier by allowing you to scan the barcode of a food’s package to see exactly how much sugar is in it. Use this for a day and you’ll be amazed at just how much sugar you’re eating.

Spendee (free)

If your 2016 new year’s resolution is to get your finances in order, give Spendee a download. The app used to cost money but now it’s available for free. It features a beautiful design that allows you to get a quick overview of all your finances in a snap. Features include the ability to set budget to track your spending, easily editable categories to reflect your preferences, and the ability to work with multiple currencies—great for traveling.

iCal Widget (£1.49)

iCal Widget is a handy app that puts your entire day or week timeline from the iPhone’s Calendar app on your Notification Center widget screen. The week view is particularly handy as you no longer have to open your calendar app to see a week at a glance. Instead, simply activate this widget in Notification Center and you’ll see every event you have coming up for the next five or seven days. Then, just tap on any event in the widget to open it in the Calendar app.

Cortana (free)

Cortana is Microsoft’s personal digital assistant available on Windows phones and PCs – and now it's available on iPhone. This Siri competitor allows you to ask questions about numerous topics to find answers on the web; set location and time reminders; track packages, flights, scores, stocks, and other important info; and it even tells you jokes. While Cortana isn’t as powerful as Siri (due to iOS developer limitations) it is nice for those of you who use iOS devices and Windows PCs as it syncs your Cortana preferences across devices.

UEFA EURO 2016 Official App (free)

The UEFA EURO 2016 takes place in France from June 10 – July 10 next year and this app will help you track all the action from match scores to player stats. Of course, the games don’t begin for a while, but until then the app will bring you the latest news, player info, lineups and more as they become available. It's a must for any UEFA fan.

Time Out (free)

Time Out is a great app that has been around a long time, but we’re mentioning it now because it’s gotten some great updates recently. Now in addition to being able to switch cities in the app and add favorites, the app supports 3D Touch quick actions so you can quickly access those favorites or see what’s right around you. The app has also overhauled its home screen allowing you to tailor it to your interests by selecting what topics are important to you. The new tiled layout is also a major improvement.

LinkedIn (free)

Another long standing app that just got a major makeover is LinkedIn. The app has gotten a completely new, easier to navigate UI with clearly labeled sections for your news feed, profile, messages, and contacts. It also has a much more powerful and relevant search. This is the LinkedIn app users have been wanting for years.

Snowboard Party 2 (£1.49)

I’ve been hoping EA ports SSX 3 – the best snowboarding game ever – to iOS for years. That’s still to happen, but in the meantime I’ve found a new awesome snowboarding game. Snowboard Party 2 improves on the original by adding 150 new levels for your to slide and grind through. You have access to 16 different characters you can design and build up and can even customize the game controls so you can choose a layout that best suites you.

Dojo - Best stuff to do in London (free)

Dojo is a great “things to do in” London app. It’s got a beautiful layout and differs from most tourist apps in that it has an awesome selection of niche events and little known bars and cafes. If you’re in London, you’re sure to find something to do on Dojo. Think of it as kind of like Time Out London without the generic listings.

Buried Town (£0.79)

Buried Town is a fun mostly light graphics and text-based game in which you play a survivor who washes up on an island in a canoe. As you look for other survivors on the mysterious island you soon realize it's overrun by zombies and every minute will be a fight for survival. You’ll need to avoid not only zombies, but disease, gather supplies, build shelters, and work together with other characters to survive. It’s a great little horror title.

CleanSpace (free)

CleanSpace is an app that allows you to see the air quality of the air you are breathing. But not only does it alert you to the air quality around you, it tells you what the air quality will be like on an upcoming journey and can even offer alternative routes with better air quality. CleanSpace also offers physical rewards for making clean travel choices and connects you to the growing community of people also helping to improve the air we breathe.

Boomerang from Instagram (free)

Boomerang is a new app from Instagram that is kind of trying to take on Vine. But instead of recording six-second videos Boomerang takes 10 photos in rapid succession of each other and the plays them back as a very short video. You can then post your short clips to Facebook or Instagram.

Live GIF (£1.49)

Live GIF is a great app if you love the iPhone 6s’ Live Photos feature. What Live GIF does is take those Live Photos and instantly turn them into a GIF you can share online. The app also allows you to save your Live Photos as short videos. You can then share your GIFs or videos via Facebook, iMessage, Twitter, Email, Instagram, and more.

Moonlight Mahjong (£0.79)

Moonlight Mahjong is one of the games I’ve had on my iPhone for years. Seriously, it’s probably been on my iPhone for at least five years now. It’s my go-to time-waster/brain-teaser when I just need a little release. The game is Mahjong Solitaire in beautiful virtual reality 3D. You can pinch, zoom, and rotate around the Mahjong pieces to get a better idea of which pieces you have, where they are, and how to connect them. There’s also a wide variety of modes including scramble, challenge, puzzle, and even relaxation. If you’ve never played Mahjong, this game is a great place to start. It’s also the most beautiful Mahjong game on iOS.

LuckyTrip (free)

LuckyTrip is a really cool app for those that like to travel. It also has a unique premise. Simply enter in how much you have to spend on a trip and LuckyTrip will show you where you can go–whether it’s taking a flight, finding a place to stay, or finding a destination. The app searches SkyScanner for flights and has a database of other destinations built-in. When it matches a place with your budget it will tell you where to head off to.

PAUSE (£1.49)

Pause is a relaxation app based on Tai Chi and mindfulness practice. The app’s creators say “by slowly and continuously moving your fingertip across the screen, PAUSE triggers the body’s ‘rest and digest’ response, quickly helping you regain focus and release stress within minutes” and they say their claims are backed up by EEG studies. When I tried it I did indeed find it relaxing. Besides the cool visuals it’s got a calming audio score which could put you to sleep if you are not careful.

Guardian Soulmates (free)

If you’re tired of the shallowness of Tinder or the confusion of dating apps like Match, you might want to check out Guardian Soulmates. Created by The Guardian newspaper, they’ve just released their first iOS app of their long-running dating site. The app allows you to create a free account, search your matches, and like and message potential dates. Of course, you’ll need to subscribe if you want to send them messages back.

Money Dashboard (free)

Money Dashboard is the UK budgeting app I’ve been waiting for for a while. In the US the king of the budgeting apps is Mint–but that isn’t available in the UK, and now it’s no longer needed. Money Dashboard has been around for a while and their app has always kind of sucked. But they just released a completely redesigned, overhauled version 2.0 and it is amazing. Track your spending across accounts, see your money spend organized on beautiful charts, and set budgets to keep you in control. Money Dashboard is the best budgeting app on the UK App Store.

Seashine (free)

Seashine is one of the most beautiful iOS games I’ve played in a while. You play a small bioluminescent jellyfish that needs to keep consuming things to keep its lights on. Make you way through dark undersea worlds and encounter fascinating creatures and objects along the way. But don’t let your light fade! Or else you might get eaten by a bigger fish.

moo-Q (free)

moo-Q is an app for those that want to take part in scientific research from the comfort of their phone. The app helps you track and measure your mood and then asks you to take numerical puzzle tests, which help the researchers on the other end see how mood affects your cognitive abilities. The tests can be frustrating, but it's really interesting looking at the graphs of your results and see how your brain functions depending on the mood you are in.

iTranslate (free)


We’ve written about iTranslate before. It’s the app that allows you to type or speak phrases you want translated so you can communicate with foreign speakers. The company has just released a new update to the app with an awesome iOS keyboard extension. Now users can use the iTranslate keyboard in any app in iOS to translate in real time. Yes, that’s right: you can write in english and have a text conversation with someone who is writing in German and both your words will be translated in real time.

Knocker (free)


If RightMove had a baby with Tinder it would be Knocker. This property finder app allows you to swipe through property listings until you find one you like. It allows you to search by current location or close to a favourite place and displays results in a Tinder-esque card view. It’s also got a map view so you can see right where the property you want to rent or buy is at.

Two Dots (free)


Two Dots is the follow up to the original hit Dots game. But in the sequel users can now play across 385 beautifully designed levels and unlike in the first game where you aim was to just connect dots, in Two Dots you can sink anchors, make a line, create bombs, extinguish flames, and much more. The game also has some beautiful minimalistic design–and it's free.

Microsoft Translator (free)

Microsoft has been really getting into the translation game. First it previewed some cutting edge real-time translation software for Skype, now it’s released the Translator app for iPhone. With this app you can speak or type your words and phrases in and get them automatically translated into dozens of languages. The app can also speak the translations for you–handy if you’re not sure how to say them. Another really handy feature is the ability to save favorite translations for quick access.

Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon (£3.99)

Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon is the sequel to Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor–one of the best puzzlers ever made. In the game you play a spider spinning webs through a mysterious abandoned mansion. Though your goal is to keep progressing through the levels–doing your spider thing: spinning webs, eating bugs–you’ll notice a story starts to appear about the history of the mansion and its occupants. One really cool feature about this game is that it works in real time and real weather. That means if it's dark and rainy by you, it will be dark and rainy in the game. Trust me, it sounds like an odd game, but it is highly addictive.

Pacifica (free)

Pacifica is an excellent app for anyone struggling with depression or anxiety. Using proven Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness, relaxation, and other health techniques, the app allows you to track your moods and other habit metrics and offers exercises to reduce your stress or anxiety when things feels like they are getting a bit out of control.

Race The Sun (£3.99)

Race The Sun is one of the most beautiful racing games I’ve seen on iOS in a long time. In it you pilot a solar craft that gets its energy from the sun. The object of the game is to get as far as you can–evading obstacles–until the sun goes down and you run out of solar energy. It’s makers say the game was “inspired by arcade games of the past with a focus on highscores, short game sessions, and pure fun mingled with a nerve-wracking tension”–and based on the gameplay, no description has ever been more accurate.

Angry Birds 2 (free)

So there’s been this little game series you may have heard about called Angry Birds…Just kidding. Everyone in the world knows Angry Birds–it is literally the most downloaded mobile game of all time. And now Rovio, the company behind the series, is back with its official sequel: Angry Birds 2. This time the game has gotten a slight visual makeover as well as new multi-stage levels. But the biggest difference is perhaps the new ability to select the order in which you launch your birds in. This adds an entire new element to the game as if you choose the order poorly you might not be able to complete the level.

Pennies (£2.29)

If you’ve ever wished there were a minimalist finance app–well, your dreams have just come true. Meet Pennies. The app turns traditional finance tracking apps on their heads by eschewing complicated charts and tags. Pennies focuses on one thing: how much you spend and how much you have left to spend. It allows you to set a financial budget and then quickly enter every penny you spend thanks to its intuitive interface. Since it doesn’t bother you about categorizing or tagging transactions, this is the perfect app for those that just want to know what their money in and money out is at a glance.

GIF for Messenger (free)

Recently Facebook has started allowing third party app developers to make apps that integrate with its Messenger app. GIF for Messenger is perhaps my favorite. It allows you to insert millions of animated gifs into your Facebook messages. And that app makes sorting for that perfect gif easy because it offers categories like reactions, music, trending and more. Plus you can also save gifs right from Safari and store them in GIF for Messenger for later use.

Spendlytics (free)

Spendlytics is an amazing app that Santander released on the day Apple rolled out Apple Pay in the UK. The app allows Santander customers to get an overview of their spending habits, breaking down transactions into types and sortable by week, month, or year. That app is one of the best spend tracking apps available to UK iPhone users (since Mint isn’t supported in the UK). However, you do need to be a Santander customer to use it. As good as the app is, it could use some improvements, including Touch ID login and the ability to see spending in all categories and not just the ones Santander defines.

Layout from Instagram (free)

Layout from Instagram is a companion app made by Instagram that allows you to do a little more with your photos than the regular Instagram app does. You can “re-mix” up to nine of your snaps into cool layouts, add effects, and then upload those combined shots to your Instagram feed. It’s a cool app that will give hardcore Instagramers a little more stylish control over the number and layouts of the photos they publish.

Pixelmator (£3.99)

For graphic design aficionados, the app of the week that will excite them is Pixelmator. Pixelmator has long been considered the best desktop graphics editor on the Mac outside of Photoshop. Last year Pixelmator brought their app to the iPad and now the team behind it has brought the editing app to the iPhone. Besides numerous effects and retouching tools, the app allows you to work with layers and selections--making it a productivity tool along the lines of its desktop counterpart. And at only £3.99 its a tool that does a lot for very little cost.

Dark Sky (£2.99)

Dark Sky is one of the coolest weather apps I’ve ever seen. That’s because it uses your GPS location to give you hyper-accurate forecasts for the next hour out. It can tell you exactly when it will begin to rain or snow, offering minute-by-minute forecasts so you know if you have enough time to walk the dog or get that jog in before it starts pouring. The app also offers weekly forecasts and features beautiful animations and a Notification Center widget.

Threes! Free (free)

Threes! is the addictive numbers puzzler that has taken the mobile world by storm. In it you mesh numbers together to match them. Once matched, those numbers double. Your goal is to match as many numbers on the board before it fills up. The game has traditionally cost money but now the publisher has released this free ad supported version. Give it a download and I can guarantee you you’ll realize you’ve never played a better time waster. And the little voices the number blocks talk in are just a huge bonus (you’ll see what I mean).

Santander Cycles (free)

If you’re a Londoner, this is one app you’re going to need to download. Santander Cycles allows you to hire cycles from the city’s bike-sharing scheme right from your mobile phone. It takes the place of the old Barclay’s Cycle Hire app. Using the app you can get a hire code sent right to your iPhone, which allows you to completely bypass the docking station terminal. The app also has maps that show you where the closest docking stations are and allow you to plan your route. This app is also officially licensed by Transport for London, so you know it’s accurate.

Eurovision Song Contest (free)

Bloody hell, Eurovision, right? I mean what can you say about the singing contest that is more kitsch than substance. Yet still it’s a popular event that has lasted for decades–and doesn’t appear to be going anywhere any time soon. With the official Eurovision Song Contest app you can get a complete overview of the contest so far including scores, contestant bios, and more. You can also view photos, videos, and even buy the songs in the music shop portion of the app.

GLP - Great Little Place (free)

There are a ton of travel apps on the App Store–some excellent, most not. What I love about GLP is the premise behind it: it’s like Tinder for travel, but only little-known places are shown. Swipe through profiles of restaurants, bars, pubs and coffee shops that are off the beaten path. Profile are submitted by local users, which means you’ll probably swipe upon a hidden gem most tourists don’t know about. If you’re planning trips this summer, download GLP now.

The FIFA Weekly (free)


How doesn’t like football? That’s right: no one. But major footy fans will probably be especially keen to download this new iPhone-only FIFA Weekly app. The app is a digital magazine featuring the latest news, interviews, and scores from the world of FIFA. Each Friday around noon the latest issue will download to the app automatically, so you can always to be sure you have enough football information for the weekend ahead.

Keyboard Sound (free)


You know that tick-tack sound of the iPhone keyboard? It’s annoying right? That’s why most people shut it off. But then there’s this app, which lets you customize the sounds your iPhone keyboard keys make when you tap them. I’m not saying any of these sounds are less annoying, but it’s a cool app for people who want to give their iPhone a unique personality.

DayCost Free (free)


There’s a lot of personal finance managers for the iPhone out there, but the reason I like DayCost so much is because it makes entering transactions as fast as possible–just in three steps. That’s thanks to its iOS widget. Pull down the Notification Center, enter the amount of your transaction and enter the category and you're done. The app automatically generates easy to understand graphs so you can see where all your dough is going.

Dialr (£0.79)

This app is simple but brilliant. Dialr allows you to put quick links to your favorite contacts in Notification Center. Just swipe down from any screen to access Notification Center, tap on their name and the iPhone's dialer will automatically launch and call them. It's a killer feature that really shortens the time it takes to call your contacts if you're a frequent caller. Brilliant.

Organizer (free)

The horrible thing about Apple's new Photos app for Mac is that you can no longer adjust the location metadata in your photos like you could in iPhoto. This iOS app helps fix that. With it you can manipulate the location and time & date metadata of any photo on your iPhone. Change it there and then import your pictures back to Photos on your Mac–or simply use iCloud Photo Library–and now you've got that sorely missing location-editing feature back.

Betfair Predicts (free)

The General Election is less than a month away and if you're a political junkie you're going to want this app. It takes information from Betfair's exchange markets and combines it with latest political polling to show you the likely outcome of the election. Betfair boasts that they've called the last six world elections correctly and well ahead of time. Will their app be right this time? Download it now to find out next month.

Google Calendar (free)

Finally Google has brought its Calendar app to the iPhone. The official Google Calendar app  features a sleek Modern interface with day, week, and month views. A unique view is “Schedule”, which allows you to see all your immediate events along with photos and maps to the place you’re going to. As can be expected, Google Calendar also automatically adds any flights, hotel bookings, concerts, restaurant reservations, and more from your Gmail inbox. It also works with iCloud and Exchange calendars so you can use one app to track all your events no matter which calendar server that event is on.

SubscriptMe (free)

SubscriptMe is a brilliant free app that helps you manage all your paid subscriptions, like Netflix, Pandora, Dropbox, and more. Once you install the app on your iPhone SubscriptMe will look for any apps which might have paid subscriptions and present its findings to you. Swipe right to confirm you subscribe to that service and then enter your cost details. SubscriptMe will then give you a total spending breakdown of how much that subscription will cost you per month, per year, and in your lifetime. It’s a great app with a niche focus that could really help you identify if the subscription you are paying for is worth it to you in the long run.

HERE Maps (free)

Nokia has brought its increasingly excellent HERE maps service to the iPhone. The killer feature of HERE is the ability to save maps for offline use. This is incredibly handy when traveling in a foreign country where you might not have data service--or be willing to pay costly roaming charges. HERE also boasts voice-guided turn-by-turn directions and real-time traffic and incident information for more than 40 countries and public transport maps, directions and information for more than 900 cities.


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