It's not hard to find great lists of the best apps to load into your iPhone and iPad, if you want to load up on crowd favorites such as Facebook, Instagram or Spotify. But the App Store conceals a wealth of apps that might not have gotten any widespread accolades. We searched through the App Store to bring you more hidden gems — apps that don't always get a lot of attention or headlines, but deliver great utility, interesting new features or fantastic experiences to your iPhone or iPad. Whether you've got a new iPhone or just want to freshen up your current model, give some of these overlooked iOS apps a try. (Image Credit: Tom's Guide)
Portrait mode on dual-lens iPhones like the iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X lets you take striking photos, but if you want more customizable effects and the ability to refocus images, consider Focos, which lets you adjust Bokeh effects 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 Focos 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.
Rather than throw in a whole mess of features you might not even use, note-taking app Jot focuses on the bare essentials: the quick creation of notes and to-do lists, presented in a simple feed style with swipe menus for pinning, archiving or sharing your notes. Don't come in expecting stickers, elaborate tagging, sketching or other bling; Jot's specialty is quick, distraction-free note taking.
Whose food reviews would you trust? A rando commenter, or a pro chef with a reputation to protect? Chefsfeed gives you the lowdown on the best dining spots and dishes in town courtesy of professional and celebrity chefs. Users can check out curated guides, restaurant reviews (and dish recommendations), view restaurant details and book reservations, making the app a handy companion to planning an evening out on town.
Deliveries is one of the best all-in-one package tracking apps available online, with support for a variety of services, including UPS, USPS, FedEx and DHL. A simple system allows you to enter package information through tracking numbers or via iCloud syncing that pulls delivery information from your emails and receipts to automatically populate your incoming deliveries list. You can then view a quick timeline summary of incoming and delivered packages and ETAs; you can even find the location of your packages on a map where available, or through the provider's online tracking portal. A Today widget keeps you informed of incoming packages and notifies you of package arrivals.
Clarity Money is a free personal finance app that helps you manage your budget and save money through a variety of methods. Link your bank and card accounts to the app, and Clarity then analyzes your spending behavior, identifying opportunities to save money, such as discounts and coupons for your bills. The app also points out subscriptions that you might not be using and helps you build a budget to track your spending. You can also set a savings goal, with Clarity Money taking a set amount from your bank account periodically to deposit in a savings account.
1Blocker takes advantage of iOS's content blocking features to provide powerful and highly configurable ad and content blocking. The app comes preloaded with an array of ad blocking presets while also providing users with the freedom to create their own content blocking rules. Users can easily block unsightly ads and social widgets with a flick of a switch; they can also whitelist specific pages if they want to let content through. Previously a paid app, 1Blocker is now free to try, with free users able to block one kind of content (ads, social widgets, and so forth). A premium upgrade provides unlimited blocking.
Nerial's Reigns was a surprise hit, combining royal intrigue, quirky humor, and the swiping simplicity of Tinder. Reigns: Her Majesty continues the fun, only this time, you’re the queen who's looking to outwit the kingdom's powerful factions that are scheming to depose you and the king. Every new year brings new problems, as you pick your response by swiping left and right. Her Majesty has the familiar simplicity and quick chuckles and gutbusters of Reigns, but tells the tale from a new perspective with different challenges. A new inventory system in this version adds expanded options to your choices.