Apple has two advantages when it comes to receiving exclusive access to certain mobile apps.
First, the company has the biggest app store in the world with considerably more downloads than the Google Play store.
Second, Apple users are known to be far more engaged with their internet connected apps. That means app developers are more likely to lure in customers and keep them coming back to their apps while earning more money than they typically do with an Android app.
Some apps are released to Apple’s iOS platform and then later released on Google Android. Other apps find their home comfortably on iPhone and iPad devices and never expand beyond their iOS platform.
Hitlist is an amazing trip optimization app. The platform helps users book trips by telling them when the best time to travel is. The app even gives travelers several different destinations.
“A leisure trip is inherently flexible,” CEO Gillian Morris told TechCrunch.
Hitlist doesn’t ask users to put in certain times and places, instead it works by presenting you with a bunch of different places and times, maximized to save you money.
Ummo is a great app if you are attempting to become a better public speaker for work or pleasure. The app tracks every single time you say “filler” words such as “um” and “like.”
By paying close attention to how you speak, the app says it will make you a better speaker.
If you want to be public when talking in front of groups of people you need this iOS-only app.
Workflow is basically a multitasking app for various tasks you need to complete throughout the day. Using this platform, you can combine various tasks and combine them into one action.
Once you have created a combined action you can turn that action into an app on your home screen or add it to your iPhone’s lock screen so you always have quick access and know what needs to be done.
Fresh Air is the best looking weather app we have ever tested. The app features a minimalist weather graph, choosing to emphasize its UI over a ton of features.
Users can scroll forward in time to see how the weather will be in the future.
This app also connects to your calendar app to give you forecasts on upcoming appointments and events — a very clever feature that everyone should have access to at all times.
The New York Times features one of the best news apps on the market via NYT Now.
The NYT hired an entire team of editors and writers to make sure this app is updated with breaking news, features, and highlights from other news outlets.
The Times has made sure users of this app can grab the news of the day in an easy to digest format.
The app is currently 100% free which is also amazing.
Enlight is the editing tools you didn’t even realize you needed.
If you are obsessed with filters you’ll love this app. But Enlight is about more than just filters. It also offers presets, sketching tools, and a ton of effects that can help you fine-tune your photos in some really amazing ways.
Overcast is the podcast app that I launched at least several times each day.
The app recently went free which gives all users equal access to “smart speed” — which takes away pauses to speed up the podcast — voice boost, and downloading on the cellular network.
Photoshop Fix is a standalone app from Adobe that provides everyday users with many of Photoshop’s retouching capabilities and gives that access for free. You can do things like smooth or sharpen “objects” or use the “liquefy” tool to reshape any area as if it were liquid.
Product Hunt is the ultimate app if you want to follow rising startups and apps.
Among some of the platforms categories are games, books, and podcasts, among others.
The app allows you to follow startup founders, view curated collections, post new products on the fly, and download apps directly while browsing.
This is the go to app for Silicon Valley followers to download and launch daily.
Manual is the camera app we have been waiting for.
This app gives users under the hood access to their iPhone’s camera.
How would you like full control of advanced settings like shutter, ISO, white balance, focus, and exposure compensation. That’s all possible with this photographer-friendly app.
Vesper is a note-taking app with a unique setup. Users can take each entry so they can search for specific keywords at a later time.
The app costs $9.99 but all of a user’s notes sync to their Vesper account for safekeeping.
It’s a simple app but well worth the cost.
Paper for iPhone is an app that changes the notion of taking notes.
You can use it to make everything from lists to presentations that include charts and graphs.
As its name suggests, this app takes the concept of writing on paper and brings it to the iPhone.
Price: Free (iOS)
Keep track of what you need to do by easily dragging and reordering your to-do lists.
Users can also add a new item is as easy as pulling down a list and typing it in.
When you’re done with a task, just swipe right. The user experience in this app is what makes it an envious option that Android users are missing out on.
Tweetbot 4 is the Twitter app used by power users.
What’s so great about this iOS app is that is allows users to easily monitor all of the stats on individual tweets, and an account in general.
TweetBot 4 also cuts out all of the ads you would normally see in your timeline.
Giphy Cam is what happens when you combine your Macs Photo Booth app with the ability to create GIFs.
Choose filters and backgrounds, and let Giphy do what they do best after you hit the record button.
You can save the photo to your phone and share it directly to your social media accounts.
This is a very simple app yet oddly addicting.
“Mr. Jump” is fun, addicting, and frustrating — often all at the same time.
In this mobile game you control Mr. Jump as he hops his way across canyon chasms and leaps over spikes.
The game’s most recent update introduces new levels and a new jetpack capability.
Hyperlapse from Instagram
Instagram has removed the expensive equipment you need to create smooth time-lapse videos. Hyperlapse gets rid of tripods and stabilization gear.
Hyperlapse from Instagram uses its image-stabilization techniques to smooth out shaky footage, and the results are impressive.
You will love this app for capturing sports moments, car rides, and much more.
Litely is one of the best photo apps we have encountered for adding subtle filters to your photos while giving them a film-like tone.
The app is also incredibly simple to use. Just tap the screen with two fingers to see what your photo looked like before adding any presets.
The app’s nondestructive editing features mean that you never have to worry about losing your original and that’s great news in case you have editor remorse.
Pedometer++ makes it incredibly simple to check out your daily activity and fitness goals with a quick glance.
You can swipe down and see the Pedometer++ widget in your iPhone’s Notification Center, or you can check the tiny red badge on the app icon, which displays your current steps.
If you are trying to get healthy this is a great app. I sit and work at a desk all day long and this has been a big motivator for me.
“Afterpulse” is a third-person with some amazing graphics you won’t believe are featured on a mobile game.
Think of the fast pace action of “Call of Duty” and “Gears of War” and you will understand this game.
The game also works on Apple TV with a physical controller instead of touch-screen controls.
LoopyHD was featured on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” when he teamed up with Billy Joel to sing “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” with the help of the app.
The interface on this app is one of the best we have seen. You can layer in beat boxing, instruments, and sing into your phone to create songs on the go.
This is basically a one-man band in phone form.
I personally believe Sky Guide is the best science app available for iPhones.
Just aim your phone or tablet at the sky and Sky Guide will highlight the constellations, stars, and planets high above you, displaying details about each.
If you are learning to find star systems on your own you can turn off the auto finder and just use the app’s built-in compass to guide you.
Moleskine’s Timepage calendar app
Moleskine’s Timepage app is beautiful and simple to use.
This app allows users to organize appointments in list form.
This is great for daily use as there is no month view.
The app also brings weather forecasts into the mix so you know if it’s about to rain and you need to get a ride to your next meeting.
GarageBand is Apple’s own music creation software that can turn a phone user into a composer in their own right.
With this app you can plug in an electric guitar or similar instrument directly into your iPad or iPhone (with the right accessories) and record directly into the intelligent app engine.
This is an especially great app if you are a traveling musician who needs somewhere to capture quick instrumentation ideas on the go.
AppleWork: Pages, Keynotes, and Numbers
Not a fan of Microsoft Office? iWork apps include Pages, Keynote and Numbers, all which enable you to create visually stunning documents on your iPhone or iPad.
You can easily edit Pages, Keyboard and Numbers documents on your Mac, or wherever you are via iCloud.
This is a great way to create quick business presentations and share documentation as needed.
Price: Free with new iOS devices
Camera+ makes your iPhone camera even better. The app relies on advanced lens options, editing effects and more.
I have friends who hate taking photos on their iPhone until I introduce them to this amazing app with its incredibly simple to use yet elegant user interface. You don’t need to be an expert photographer to enjoy Camera+
Infinity Blade III
Infinity Blade III is an action role-playing game for iOS, developed by Chair Entertainment and Epic Games.
The graphics for a mobile game are awesome, the story-telling is incredible, and even hardcore gamers have helped rate this mobile game 4.5 out of 5 stars on the Apple App Store.
Creating your podcast with this app is incredibly simple and mobile friendly.
Recording, editing and publishing are all covered. You can publish to apps like Twitter, SoundCloud, Google Drive and Facebook, as well as the iTunes podcast directory.
Like many of our favorite iPhone-exclusive apps, this platform offers an incredibly simple interface that is easy to use even for non-podcast professionals.
This app tacks the weather as close to real time as is technologically possible. The app constantly monitors your location so it can tell you exactly what the weather is like for the day.
If you really don’t want to get caught in a freak storm — Dark Sky even promises to accurately forecast when the clouds will start to gather.
Its interface is simplified by providing an hour by hour forecast straight to your iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch.
The app also features a useful radar feature which allows you to view the physical path of a storm across the skies.
Oceanhorn has been compared to Zelda.
In this adventure game you go in search of your missing father as you explore a graphically intense kingdom.
Plug in headphones to enjoy the soundtrack by some of the folks that worked on Final Fantasy.
With iMovie and an iPhone, you can record, edit, and share your own home movies.
Apple has included a bunch of templates making it easy to add titles, captions and special effects.
While there are not a ton of high-end editing options found in this app, it provides enough features to make quick videos you will be proud to call your own.
Price: Free with new iOS devices