So you've snagged a new iPhone — or received one as a present this holiday season —and you're looking for apps to load into your shiny new device. Even if you've exhausted your budget on your shiny new device, you can still download a host of great free apps that add more functionality to an already well-built mobile device. Here are 20 free iPhone apps that new users will appreciate.
While you could access Facebook from the Safari browser there's nothing like the slick experience offered by a dedicated app. The official Facebook app for iPhone gives you all the functionality of the mobile version with an interface designed for smartphone displays. Keep in touch with friends and family, send chat messages and share your status updates and photos with the world. The experience wouldn't be complete without the Facebook Messenger app, which now handles the instant messaging features formerly built into the core Facebook mobile app.
Paper by Fifty Three may have started life as a drawing and notebook app, but it's since expanded its functions to include checklists, photo annotations and general note-taking, all while retaining the app's expressive drawing engine and analogue feel. Users can easily bring together checklists, notes, and annotated photographs into a notebook system for easy organizing. Once you're done, your work can be exported into PDF, Keynote or Powerpoint formats for easy use. Whether you're looking for a quick sketchpad or a useful notetaking and organizing app, Paper is a quick and handy tool.
Custom keyboards can add a lot of useful features doing a lot of email, messaging and document editing on their phones and tablets. SwiftKey is among the best third-party options, with silky-smooth responsiveness, swipe typing and a creepily accurate predictive typing system that quickly learns your typing and vocabulary quirks. Highly configurable settings allow you to set the keyboard just how you like it (with provision for variant keyboard layouts), and SwiftKey Cloud allows you to sync your personal typing habits and dictionary quirks between iOS and Android.
While Apple offers cloud photo storage as part of its iCloud services, Google Photos is also another great option worth considering for your iPhone, primarily for its unlimited photo storage. Users can store an unlimited number high quality cloud-sync'd photos in their Google account, as well as up to 15gb of original resolution photos in your Google Drive space. In addition to the generous storage terms, Google Photos features a smart search tool for finding familiar objects, places and event photos — features so good that the iOS 10 version of Apple's own Photos app is adopting a similar approach. Google Photos also offers a smart album assistant and basic photo editing tools.
Snapseed's an old mobile photo-editing favorite, and Google incorporated many of its editing features into the Photos app, but development isn't dead on this old reliable. Snapseed 2 revamps the UI, and combines the old selective area edits with new one-touch edit tools and filters, transform and brush editing tools and layers for working on your image edits.
For something a bit more playful, check out Prisma, a photo-editing app that earned App of the Year accolade from the App Store's editors in 2016. Using a combination of neural networks and artificial intelligence, Prisma takes images from your iPhone's camera roll and then transforms them into works of art in the style of famous artists like Munk or Picasso. It also applies a variety of special effects and visual transformations with a simple slider interface. You can then save your photos and easily share them across a variety of social media apps. It's a great way to transform your tired old holiday snaps into striking images worthy of using as wallpapers, digital postcards and more.
A standout password manager on desktop, LastPass also features excellent mobile support. The LastPass app is a password vault, strong password generator and browser all rolled into a single mobile app. Users can sync their password vaults, and then have LastPass automatically fill in forms and login details when surfing the Web and accessing sites. The service lets you use a master password, or TouchID to access your vault and login. Users can also generate new passwords, as well as add or update their list of Form Fills, Sites and Secure Notes. LastPass recently made cross-platform syncing free to all users, so you can now sync your password vaults between your iPhone and other devices such as your Mac, PC, or Android phone.