The iPhone X is unlike any Apple smartphone that's come before it, thanks in large part to that extended edge-to-edge screen and the notch housing the TrueDepth camera and Face ID sensors. As a result, apps that aren't specifically designed for the iPhone X can look a little off, with unsightly black bars at the edges, or user interface elements that disappear behind the notch.
Not to worry, though. Many apps are starting to get optimized for the iPhone X to make the most of the phone's new display. They're also taking advantage of the A11 Bionic processor powering the new iPhone. (It's the same chip inside the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.) And that means more powerful apps that also deliver cutting-edge features like augmented reality. Here are some of our favorite apps that make the most of the iPhone X. (Image Credit: Caitlin McGarry/Tom's Guide)
Halide is among our favorite iPhone photography apps, and it's also leading the way with an interface that doesn't just adapt to the iPhone X screen but also takes advantage of new hardware and software features in the phone. The UI's been redesigned to support the iPhone X's edge-to-edge screen, and even uses the "horns" on either side of the camera and speaker notch to display information like exposure settings. Under the hood, Halide also includes support for depth maps, allowing users to apply portrait effects in iOS 11's Photos app. All of that is on top of Halide's already excellent photographic feature set and uncluttered interface.
Password manager app 1Password hits the ground running with the release of the iPhone X, building in support for Apple's Face ID. The new feature gives you quick access to your password vault and other protected information without having to fumble around and enter clumsy text logins. Even if you're not packing the latest and greatest in Apple hardware, 1Password still has you covered with an encrypted password vault, TouchID, a searchable database with tags and custom datafields, and password sharing.
Spotify is another app that just updated its interface to fit the new dimensions of the iPhone X, removing the unsightly letterboxing effect that had plagued the app till now and providing you all that extra screen space to for displaying the album cover or to help you navigate through your playlists and tracks. Otherwise, it's still the same streaming music player, with an immense library of albums, soundtracks and new releases for you to listen to.
Apple's ARKit augmented reality platform debuted with iOS 11 and this year's iPhones. Holo is among the vanguard of apps taking advantage of augmented reality features for entertainment. With Holo, you can add AR holograms of people, animals, or characters into your camera view, allowing you to take videos or photos of them in close to life situations. These aren't just static photos, but lifelike 3D models that you can move around, resize, rotate, and more. Once you've taken photos or videos, you can save to your gallery or share through a variety of apps and social media services.
Another app that takes advantage of ARKit and the iPhone X's hardware is The Machines, a multiplayer action game that turns your tabletop into a virtual battlefield. Players take command of a force of machines to defeat their enemy, with the iPhone serving as a viewfinder that you have to physically move around to position your forces and aim superweapons. Players can train and learn in the practice mode, and once they're ready, they can battle it out in online multiplayer or in local multiplayer with friends gathered around the same table.
Business news app Quartz doesn't inundate you with voluminous long reads that will make you go "TL;DR." Instead, the app offers you bite-sized digests and summaries, almost in the form of text messages, that you can react to, click through to more detailed writeups, or simply breeze past. Quartz's notifications can come with photos, news digests, charts, GIFs, or even 3D augmented reality objects that you can play around with or learn more about. The app is now iPhone X-ready, and is prepared to bring you the latest from the global economy and the wider world.
Streaming media juggernaut Netflix knows how important its mobile arm is to its business, so it's wasted no time working on an iPhone X-optimized version of its iOS app with an option to watch videos in full edge-to-edge mode (which includes some slight cropping and with the 'notch' in the way), or a more traditional view with black bars on the side. Netflix has also added support for new standards like Dolby HDR video, and subscribers can watch a wealth of TV shows, movies, and Netflix original films and series such as Stranger Things and the Marvel TV universe.