While Android boasts of incredible technical customization, Apple's iOS has a well-deserved reputation for interface design and aesthetics. The limited number of devices and screen sizes makes iOS an easier environment to develop for, which leads many apps to debut on the Apple platform first. With Apple enjoying strong sales of its latest phones, it's time to look at some of the best iOS exclusive apps that the App Store has to offer. From fantastic image editors, clever games, journaling apps, and all-around utilities, here are 15 of the best iOS exclusive apps in the App Store right now. (Image Credit: Tom's Guide)
Enlight Photofox is the latest edition of the award-winning photo editing app, allowing users to create stunning double exposures and other artfully manipulated effects. The app comes with a wealth of tools to affect color and tone, with filters, masks and layer effects making it easy to stitch together photos using a variety of blending modes and tools to keep everything seamless. The app offers some effects free, with an unlimited subscription unlocking all features.
Focos takes advantage of the dual lens cameras on the iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X to let users tinker around with and refocus images after the fact. The result is 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.
Apollo is an excellent iOS Reddit browser, with a ton of features such as markdown editing for comments, a jump bar for quick navigation, and an excellent media viewer for everything from photos, videos, and GIFs. The collapsible comment viewer makes navigating a comment thread a breeze, a GIF time scrubber lets you fast forward or rewind, and configurable gesture controls make navigation easy.
Its time as an iOS exclusive is nearing an end, but until Alto's Odyssey hits Android next month, your iPhone is still the play to enjoy this endless runner game. And that's good beacuse the same magic that made the original Alto's Adventure a hit returns in this wonderful sequel. As in the first game, players guide Alto and friends through an ethereally beautiful landscape, this time trading snow and highlands for impossible dunes and desert vistas, as you pull off tricks and jumps to avoid rocks, cliffs, and other hazards while trying to catch 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, expanding on the original's gameplay without tacking on too much.
Airmail is a powerhouse email client for macOS that has since made the jump to iPhones and iPads. It delivers a rich set of features as well as interface elements designed with the latest version of iOS in mind. The app provides support for Gmail, Exchange EWS, IMAP and POP3 systems, with gesture controls, single or threaded message views, labels, filtered search and more, all synced between your Mac and iPhone. Airmail also plays well with other services, supporting document import from OneDrive, Google Drive or Dropbox and letting you open links in many different browsers. It also features “send to” support for apps and services such as Trello, Evernote, and Pocket.
Another app that comes to iOS after winning over fans on the Mac, Agenda is an app that takes a date-oriented approach to organization. Your notes get timestamps, which allows to easily view your progress as you projects evolve. Agenda lets you organize notes by project or category. You can also highlight specific items, making them easier to find. Sync your notes over iCloud or share them in a variety of formats. Everything's easy to use, with a $9.99 in-app purchase unlocking the premium features available in this iOS version.
Astropad turns your iPad into a mobile graphics tablet for your favorite Mac apps such as Photoshop, Illustrator, or Pixelmator. Simply connect your iPad to your Mac through USB or through WiFi, and Astropad allows you to draw on your touchscreen right into your graphics apps, turning your iPad into an alternative to a pricey graphics tablet. The app supports a variety of active stylus brands, such as Apple Pencil, Adobe Ink and others. It also includes customizable shortcuts. Professional users looking for even more features might also want to try out the subscription-based Astropad Studio, which requires an iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil.