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 now 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.
Westworld is back, and that means it’s time to re-up your HBO subscription. HBO Now lets you stream shows on your iOS device without signing up for a cable package, and you can easily cancel when your show du jour ends for the year. With its iPhone X-optimized app, HBO looks better on a small screen than ever before.
Focos takes advantage of the iPhone X's dual lens camera and depth recording features to let users tinker around with and refocus images after the fact, delivering a more customizable Bokeh effect with variant shapes, adjustable aperture and diaphragm settings, and added depth filters. You can even tweak your existing Portrait Mode photos after the fact. While it doesn't have the newer customizable lighting features of the stock camera's updated Portrait Mode, it's an excellent addition to your mobile photography bag of tricks.
HQ Trivia brought the television game show format to the iPhone last August and has been delighting players with live daily trivia games ever since. On the iPhone X’s almost bezel-free display, the game feels more immersive as popular host Scott Rogowsky makes jokes to fill the time between questions. It’s not quite the same as watching a rerun of Jeopardy on a big TV screen, but it’s just as fun.
Reeder has long been one of our favorite news reader apps on iOS, with its clean, no-nonsense viewer and its support for a wide variety of services like Feedly and Feedwrangler. It's a great fit on the larger screen real estate that the iPhone X brings, displaying stories in dense, no-nonsense email-style lists, and a clean article viewer strips away ads and other unnecessary extras. Swipe controls let you quickly switch from the article view to the full website or to user-configurable actions in list view. In addition, Reeder supports a variety of sharing services, such as Pocket, Pinboard and Evernote.
Flipboard is another old favorite, turning bland-looking web articles into slick presentations not out of place in some glossy magazine. Users select from a slew of topics and interests, and the app builds a “Smart Magazine” devoted to your selections, feeding you a rich blend of articles from reputable sources all across the web, all of which you can now enjoy on the edge-to-edge screen of the iPhone X.
Snowman taps into the same magic that produced a hit with Alto's Adventure. The follow-up, Alto's Odyssey, once again has you guiding Alto and friends through an ethereally beautiful landscape. In this version, though, you trade snowy highlands for impossible dunes and desert vistas, as you pull off tricks and jumps to avoid rocks, and other hazards catching as many coins as possible. What sets Odyssey apart is the addition of numerous new environmental elements, such as tornadoes, balloons and cliff edges that you can wallride. Put another way, Alto's Odyssey expands on the original's gameplay without tacking on too much to the elegant simplicity that made Alto's Adventure such an appealing and relaxing infinite runner.