Best iPhone Apps: News
The New York Times
The biggest newspaper in the world comes to the small screen, offering breaking news alerts, morning briefings compiled by Times journalists, and the ability to save articles for offline access.
For those looking to get their news on a global scale, Al Jazeera English brings a curated collection of top news stories and video from across the world, as well as 24-hour access to live video and background audio streaming.
We know what you’re asking: Why bother paying for a third-party podcast app when iPhones already have one built-in? More features, that’s why! Podcast lovers are sure to appreciate some of Pocket Casts advantages over Apple’s software, such as customizable skip intervals, Chromecast and Sonos support, the ability to boost voices over background noise, and even a selection of themes.
Apple News is already available on all iOS devices, and reduces the need for a variety of news apps. The “For You” tab allows you to pick and choose specific apps you’d like to receive notifications from. You can also search for specific subjects or publications and save articles to view offline later. All of the stories are also saved across all your iOS devices.
Use the NPR News app to stay up to date on both local and world events. The app provides written articles, NPR’s famous radio programs, and podcasts. Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Fresh Air are just a few of the choice offerings on the NPR News app.
Best iPhone Apps: Payment and money management
Use PayPal to check up on the transactions in your account, send or request money, and photograph checks or credit cards to add them to your account without messing with the details.
Venmo is the payment app for the people. Connecting directly with your debit card, Venmo offers free person-to-person money transfers. Credit transfers require a percentage fee. It’s compatible with many shopping apps for easy checkout.
It takes some time to set up, but Mint can track all of your spending and create a sensible budget for you. You can monitor all of your credit card purchases and banking through Mint, created by Intuit (of TurboTax fame).
Zelle is a payment service app that allows you to send money directly between U.S. banks within a few minutes. Depending on which bank you use, you might have already seen it integrated into your own banking app, but now it is available as a stand-alone app. Instead of having to enter your account and routing number, all you need to attach is your Visa or MasterCard debit card. Within the app, you can send money, request it, or split a specific amount between a group and receive the money instantly.
Designed with college students in mind, Splitwise helps you keep track of debts owed between friends and connects seamlessly with Paypal and Venmo so you can settle up at any time.
Best iPhone Apps: Photography
Enlight was developed to harness the full power of the CPU and GPU in Apple’s devices, delivering one of the most powerful photo-editing tools on iOS. If you own an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, the app takes advantage of the wide color gamut of the displays in those phones, and features an extensive roster of customizable filters and special effects, allowing you to create even more amazing things with that already capable camera.
Snapseed is a must-have if you have an iPhone. This app has more advanced features than the standard Photos app on your iPhone. It lets you enhance your photos with a vast amount of filters and tools that are very intuitive to use. Select the tool or filter you want and simply drag your finger left and right to make the changes. You can even choose to take a picture in RAW with a more advanced camera app and open the RAW files with Snapseed to make all your edits. It’s almost like having Lightroom for a small touchscreen device.
VSCO is like a super-professional version of Instagram, allowing users to shoot high-quality stills with advanced camera controls and post them to their VSCO profile. The community features original content from VSCO, as well as a curated collection of user work.
Boomerang From Instagram
While it’s available through Instagram, Boomerang is also available as a stand-alone app. Using both the front- and rear-facing cameras, you can create mini-videos that loop back and forth. You’re then able to save them to your camera roll or share them on Instagram and Facebook.
As a sequel to the original Facetune app, Facetune 2 provides a new collection of retouching features. Not only can you whiten teeth and erase blemishes, but you can also change the light source and replace backgrounds.