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 the latest iPhones coming soon to an Apple Store near you, 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)
A winner from this year's Apple Design Awards, iTranslate Converse is a more nimble version of iTranslate's mobile app, focused entirely on two-way voice translation for 38 different languages, with automatic language detection. Speak into your iPhone's mic, and the app quickly translates your speech into your selected language, complete with text and audio. Then, it's ready to listen for an answer and translate to the first language you used, providing text transcripts. Converse's main virtue is its ease of use, with a simple interface and few extras to get in the way. The app subscriptions start at $4.99 per month, with a free 7-day trial.
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.
Stylebook turns your iPhone into a handy wardrobe assistant, allowing you to quickly take photographs of your outfits and cut out the background. By doing so, you can see your clothes in a clean and sparse freeform canvas, letting you mix and match items of clothing to plan out your next outfit. You can tag your clothing into various categories, save favorite outfits, and organize your collection by brand, color, size, fabric, and other criteria. The app comes with a ton of extras, such as a packing list assistant, a calendar for planning outfits, shopping links, inspiration libraries, and the option to sync your collection across devices through iCloud or to share them through social media.
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.
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.
Cinder - Clean Your Contacts is a brutally efficient way to sort through your contacts to remove old, unwanted contacts. Taking a page from Tinder and similar apps, Cinder shows your contacts as a series of cards that you then swipe right to keep or swipe left to flag for possible deletion. Once you're done, you can then review all of the contacts that you've flagged before permanently removing them from your list. While there are more advanced contact manager apps out there, Cinder's simplicity makes it a great way to blitz through your address book.