Smartphones aren't cheap these days, and that's especially true of Apple's devices — the iPhone X starts at $999. Even if you've picked up an iPhone SE, you're still out $349. If you're looking for ways to save on your mobile budget, why not start with apps? The App Store is loaded up with free options ready to fill up your new iPhone. Here are 40 free iOS apps that we think have earned a spot on your mobile device. (Photo Credit: Tom's Guide)
Google Trips turns your smartphone into an all-in-one travel assistant, consolidating travel itineraries and reservations from your emails into automatically sorted trips. Google automatically collates your flight details, hotel and car reservations, tour itineraries and other information available in your emails. The app then augments that with recommendations, suggested day plans, and related local sights based on your tastes, interests and local travel tips. Users can save their trip details locally to their iPhone, allowing for offline use away from local Wi-Fi or pricey roaming rates.
Apple's new Clips video app is an all-in-one package for quickly taking video clips, editing them and sharing them with friends, family, or over your social media networks. Easy video controls let you make short videos without having to mess with timelines, tracks, or more complex editing tools, for better or worse. Live Titles make it easy to insert captions or subtitles to your videos using just your voice, and users can apply a variety of filters, effects, and extras like animated speech bubbles and emoji. Smart sharing features recommend people to share your creation with based on who's in the video, or you can send the video directly to Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and other social media services.
For more video assembly wizardry, check out GoPro's Quik, an AI-assisted video editing app that intelligently splices together your footage into short and snazzy videos. You select up to 200 photos and video clips from your internal memory or cloud storage, and Quik intelligently selects highlight moments and photos. You can then tweak visual effects, text overlays and titles. Users choose from 80 free songs to sync with the video, or add their own music; the app will sync slide transitions to match the music's beat. You can save your videos in 1080p or 720p resolution at 60fps, sharing the finished product across a variety of social media services.
Uptime is an interesting project from Area 120, Google's incubator for weird fun ideas. The app lets you set up YouTube "video parties," in which you invite friends into a live video chat session where you can all watch sync'd videos together. Thanks to the group setting, you can all share in the banter, laughter, and everyone's reactions to each video in queue. Invite codes keep your viewing party private, with more features being added, such as photo sharing on video chat. It's a fun, social way to watch the latest viral video.
Business news app Quartz doesn't inundate you with voluminous long reads that will wind up in the land of "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.
Up your selfie game with Facetune 2, a new freemium version of the photo-editing app. Focused on making you and your friends look like your absolute best in your mobile photos, Facetune 2 comes with tools to brighten teeth, smooth out skin blemishes, and blot away shine. Users can tweak saturation, lighting, shadows, and glare. A Compare tool lets you take a look at before and after views of your photos. In addition, Facetune 2 includes a "magic camera" that can apply live feature tweaks and filters that you can see on screen as you shoot. The app comes with free tools, with more available through a subscription or via in-app purchases.
Dropbox is a cloud storage pioneer, helping popularize the online storage of your files, photos, music and documents for easy access on any device wherever you go. Users get at least 2GB of cloud storage for their files and photos, with syncing and offline access settings allowing you to always access your most important files. File sharing lets you send files to others (including people without Dropbox accounts), and shared folders let you work collaboratively on your files. There's even a handy photo scanner mode that lets you take snapshots of everything from receipts to whiteboards in order to save them as PDFs.