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, start the new year off right with these iOS apps. (Image Credit: Sam Rutherford/Tom's Guide)
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.
Gorogoa is a visually striking iOS puzzle game that has players manipulating a series of lavishly illustrated panels. You use objects in the environment or overlay panel elements on others in surprising combinations, as you go on a surreal journey to stop or placate a strange magical beast. Think of this game as Framed if it had a love affair with esoterica and quiet mysticism. Gorogoa is a surprise that makes for a wonderful, if short experience.
Lake is a freemium coloring book app that's great for relaxing and winding down after a stressful day, and is great with kids and adults alike. The app comes with a selection of free illustrations, and each day, users can unlock and color a single new illustration, using coloring tools such as an acrylic or watercolor brush, spray paint, or a fill tool, with a gradient color wheel and custom palettes. In-app purchases can unlock new coloring books, and a subscription unlocks all content.
MyScript's Nebo is a feature-rich note-taking app built with the iPad and the Apple Pencil in mind. Featuring MyScript's Interactive Ink technology, Nebo automatically parses your handwritten notes into text, while allowing you to easily format your text, add extras like emphasis, underlining, bullet points, diagrams, mathematical notations, and picture annotation. Users can write equations and calculate or export to LaTeX, export text into Microsoft Office documents or text files, and search through your notes to quickly find something you've scribbled down. If you're more about jotting down notes as opposed to typing them down, MyScript Nebo is an incredibly versatile note-taking tool.