Smartphones aren't cheap these days, and that's especially true of Apple's devices — the new iPhone X starts at $999. Even if you've picked up an iPhone SE on the cheap, you're still out $349. If you're looking for ways to save on your mobile budget. Why not start with apps? With the launch of iOS 11, we've dug through the App Store for 40 free apps that deserve a place on your iPhone. (Photo Credit: Jeremy Lips/Tom's Guide)
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.
Open Whisper Systems' Signal is a fantastic messaging solution for security-conscious mobile users. It is a free all-in-one messaging and voice-call solution that uses end-to-end encryption. You can send text messages, voice calls, group messages, media and attachments to your phone contacts, all without having to mess with PIN codes or special login credentials. Messages can also be set to self-destruct after a certain amount of time. Ease of use and strong, open-source, regularly audited encryption makes Signal a favorite of the security-conscious, with accolades from Edward Snowden and other privacy advocates.
Using a combination of neural networks and artificial intelligence, Prisma takes images from your smartphone's camera roll and then transforms them into works of art in the style of famous artists like Munk or Picasso. It also applies a variety of special effects and visual transformations with a simple slider interface. You can then save your photos and easily share them across a variety of social media apps. It's a great way to transform your tired old holiday snaps into striking images worthy of using as wallpapers, digital postcards and more.
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, and 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.
Busy people often forget daily tasks and chores, but Any.do is there to keep your schedule on track with to-do list, reminders, notes and the ability to share lists with and assign tasks to others. The app lets you sync between phone, desktop, web, and tablet to keep your lists up to the minute. A voice-entry feature lets you add items to your task list just by speaking. Calendar integration is available for better task list management. Further enhance your productivity with cross-platform support for sub-tasks, notes, and file attachments. Choose either a free or premium version with advanced features.
AccuWeather provides users with timely and detailed weather forecasts, from 15-day outlooks to the hyperlocal MinuteCasts. Forecasts come with animated weather info, radar maps, and detailed forecast summaries. Extra features include AccUcast, a system for crowd-sourced warnings on hazardous weather and road conditions, as well as customizable forecast details, weather-related videos, and Apple Watch support so that you can get forecast info at a glance.