While Android boasts of incredible technical customization, Apple's iOS has a well-deserved reputation for interface design and aesthetics. The small number of devices and screen sizes makes iOS an easier environment to develop for, which leads many apps to debut on the Apple platform first. From news readers to photography, utilities to games, here are 15 of the best iOS exclusive apps in the App Store right now.
Moleskine may be better known for its notebooks than its mobile apps, but the company's Timepage calendar app for iOS does a good job at being stylish and feature-packed. A smart calendar and day planner, Timepage works with existing calendar providers like iCloud, Facebook and Google, while providing some nifty calendar views and easy event creation. The base view provides a simple timeline of the day's coming appointments, with a date tab on the side for selecting specific days of the week. A month "heatmap" view quickly shows which days are free or busy, with filters surfacing particular events or calendars. Natural language parsing for event creation, maps and weather info, and natural language support are among the other additions. The iPad app provides expanded view modes and split-screen support.
Accompany brings together calendar and contact management features to your iPhone to up your meeting prep A-game. Sign up for the service with your work email account, and Accompany turns itself into your mobile chief of staff, assembling detailed profiles for people and companies in your upcoming events and meetings, all of which you can look up on the fly or consult in an Executive Briefing emailed to you the night before the event. You can look up your last communications with contacts, their social media posts, or news stories featuring them, as well as company profiles, financial reports, and news, meaning you'll never come unprepared. Users can sign up for the open beta in Accompany's site, and the app is available on iOS or through a web interface.
Just Press Record is a versatile one-tap recording app for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch that comes with built-in transcription features for easy note taking. Users can record from a long press on the app icon, from a lockscreen or notification widget. (There's also an Apple Watch Complication for Just Press Record if you've got one of Apple's smartwatches.) The app can transcribe speech with support for a number of languages and spoken punctuation commands. Recordings are sorted by date and time, and can be manually renamed. The transcription also allows you to search through recordings for specific terms. Recordings and transcriptions sync to iCloud, and you can share them to a variety of apps.
Tinytouchtales returns with a sequel to its solitaire-dungeon crawl crossover Card Crawl. This time, things take a sneakier turn with Card Thief, which scored a well-deserved slot in the App Store's tribute to the best indie games. As an ingenious sneak thief, players evade guards, traps and torches while trying to steal as much treasure as possible. Players sneak through a 3 x 3 grid, each move potentially draining your thief's stealth value. Players must balance risk and reward, nabbing treasure, eliminating guards, and looking for places to hide, while trying to make their way out of each castle. While it's not as beginner-friendly as Card Crawl, Card Thief's more involved mechanics, daily challenges, and quick play time makes it a mobile puzzle winner.
Fresh Air is a minimalist weather app that shows you a seven-day scrollable, minute-by-minute weather forecast graphed out on a line showing data points like temperature, chance of precipitation and additional meteorological data sourced from Forecast.io. In addition, users can get severe weather warnings, weather forecasts for their scheduled calendar events, notifications and a Today widget. An in-app purchase unlocks NOAA radar maps and gets rid of ads.
Ummo is designed to be your personal speech coach, tracking down the times that you use filler words and phrases like "umm," "you know," and the like, while also recording your pace, word power, and clarity. Tap on the mic to start and stop recording, and once you're done, the app outputs the number of words spoken, pace and clarity, while also allowing you to dive deeper with a recorded transcript, with a record of specific filler words used, and a graph of your speaking pace. Users can configure their list of recorded fillers and add their own, and the app supports US and UK English.
iOS's clean, fiddle-free design experience has always made it a favorite for lifestyle apps. A fine example is Day One, a slick digital journal app for the mobile age, allowing users to easily create journal entries that can be as simple or as complex as you want. You can stick with the clean, minimal editing mode or plug in images, location and weather data, or even the music you're playing. Users can go back through their entries chronologically, or search by map data, tags or keywords, as well as share their creations to friends and family.