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.
iOS 11 introduced us to ARKit, which makes it easier to build augmented reality apps for Apple's phones. The iPhone X is particularly fine-tuned for AR, and that's on display in 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.
Read-it-later app Pocket is a helpful addition to your iPhone X, providing a handy service for users to quickly save links, articles, images, video clips and web pages for easy offline viewing afterwards. Pocket trims things down into a clean, distraction-free format that can be organized with tags and listened to with text to speech, and the expanded screen space on the iPhone X makes for a comfy reading experience.
Ride sharing app Lyft hit the ground running with support for the iPhone X, quickly updating to fill in the all the new screen real estate that Apple's new device provides. Notch-ready and with the horns filled in, Lyft's UI tweaks aren't obtrusive, letting you focus on hailing a ride and getting you where you need to be without any fuss.
Numerical2 is an app without equals, literally. The app speeds up input by doing away with the equals button, as well as automatically applying brackets to operations. It's not just about speed though: Numerical fields scientific calculator functions as well as fraction operations and special numbers such as Pi, E and infinity. The app has been updated to match the new screen dimensions of the iPhone X, eliminating any unsightly black bars and giving you the whole screen to work with.