We don’t know what kind of iPhone app you’re looking for, but we’re hoping you’ll find it here. We’ve got more than a hundred of our favorite apps spanning a bunch of different categories, all of which you can find in the Key. Click on any category or subcategory to jump right to it, and click on the name of any app to link directly to the iPhone App Store.
Below are our app picks for Entertainment, Work and Organizing, Security and Utility, What’s Around Town, Social and Chat, Fitness and Health, Travel and Maps, and The Dark Arts. We’ll add new categories in the coming weeks and months. We hope you enjoy and please give us app suggestions or feedback in the comments.
Update on 12-15-2015 by Malarie Gokey: Removed Zite, Circa, Paper, Atomic, Suberb, Tweetbot, Camoji, Silent text, and Mimi hearing test. Added all the new apps you see below.
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- Work and Organizing
- Security and Utilities
- What’s Around Town
- Social and Chat
- Fitness and Health
- Travel and Maps
- Photos and Creativity
- The Dark Arts
New App Additions
Our list is being updated all the time with the newest and best apps we come across. Here are the latest additions to our collection of favorite iPhone apps.
HBO finally caved and created a subscription-based streaming app, no cable subscription required. HBO Now offers Game of Thrones, and many of the other great shows on the channel. It now works with Chromecast, too, so you can stream it on the big screen. Be prepared to spend $15 a month for it, though.
Microsoft’s voice assistant Cortana is finally available on iOS, and she’ll soon be competing with Siri for your questions. Calling out, “Hey Cortana,” will activate her and then you can ask any question, schedule alerts, track packages, and much more. Your activities will sync across all your devices, even if they’re Windows 10 machines.
If you like to travel, look no further than Hitlist. You start by telling the app where you want to go and where you’ve been. With that info, Hitlist will start sending you flight fares to your favorite destinations and even suggest trips to you. You can plan trips with friends in the app, and check out all the places they’ve been.
Donde is a visual shopping app that helps you find exactly what you’re looking for based on visual cues, colors, and pricing. Instead of having to know what a sweetheart neckline looks like to search for a dress with one, you simply tap on the picture of the neckline and other factors you want in your perfect dress.
Avid readers will love Scribd, a Netflix-like subscription app that puts millions of ebooks, comic books, and audiobooks at your fingertips for just $9 a month. It has all the big titles, including the entire Game of Thrones series and scores of bestsellers. Scribd gives you recommendations based on your library, too.
New York Times Now
The New York Times has one of the best news apps around in NYT Now. The app not only has a cool icon, it also offers free access to the most important news stories of the day from the newspaper and other sources. A simple refresh will bring up new stories throughout the day, and you can read briefings for different times of day.
BuzzFeed took the world by storm with its viral listicals and other fun content. The app puts everything in one place and you can customize the types of articles you see to suit your liking. You can also check out the menu to see only quizzes, what’s trending, or news if you want to hone your search. BuzzFeed also has a hard news app, which you can get here.
Hopper helps you find cheap flights easily and tells you when you should book the tickets or wait for the price togo down. It’s helpful if you don’t have hard and fast travel dates, or if you’re just casually browsing for a weekend getaway. The app will notify you when your tickets get cheapest, so be ready to book!
Booking.com is like Airbnb but a little more classy. You can find real hotels, hostels, apartment rentals, and more on the app. You simply search where you want to go, and you can specify certain criteria like amenities, neighborhood, star rating, and more. The app also includes travel guides, so you know what to check out on your trip.
SmartNews brings you trending stories and categorizes them based on subject. It’s clutter-free, easy to browse through, and god at digging up fresh content that you’ll actually want to read. Partners include NBC News, Medium, USA Today, TIME, Bleacher Report, Quartz, VICE, Reuters, AP, Perez Hilton, and more.
Storing photos takes up a lot of space on your phone. Google Photos is the answer. Privacy concerns aside, the app offers unlimited photo storage at lower resolutions, categorizes them in different ways, and lets you create fun photo story collages that you can share on social networks.It’s also very smart at sorting pics.
Amazon Prime Now
Amazon Prime Now is a hot deal for Prime subscribers who live in select cities. Two-hour delivery is free, one-hour delivery costs $8, and you can get things shipped from early morning to late night, seven days a week. Gifts, essentials, groceries, adn otehr things are available in the app — just check if it’s in your city first.
Splitwise makes it easy to share bills and IOUs, as well as track expenses like apartment bills, group trips, and so on. You can see balances and track expenses together, as well as get notifications when bills are due. Best of all, PayPal and Venmo are supported. The interface is simple, too.