Best iPhone Apps: Utilities and customization
Translate Website Extension for Safari
Apple’s Safari browser, although still very good, hasn’t quite caught up to Google’s Chrome in a few key areas. Translating web pages is one of them. Fortunately, Safari now accepts third-party extensions, so other apps can share some of the heavy lifting. Translate Website Extension is a free download that pretty much does exactly what it says through a button in the Share panel — just press it and read. The app works through Google Translate and currently supports 104 languages.
Better by Ind.ie
There are plenty of ad blockers on the App Store that aim to streamline your web-browsing experience, but Better goes a step further with encyclopedia-like entries educating users on how unscrupulous advertisers and sites compromise your privacy. The app also encourages and permits responsible advertising practices — meaning you can still support the sites you love that play fair, while shutting out the rest.
It’s 2018, so you’d expect it would have gotten easier by now to record phone calls. While a wide majority of devices lack a built-in solution, there are apps like TapeACall to help. TapeACall streamlines the process, so all you need to do is open the app or dial the associated number before or during a call. The app creates a second line, which records your conversation once you go to conference mode. Afterward, you’re provided a visual voicemail-type list that’s easy to navigate through. If you pay a little extra, the app will even transcribe the audio for you.
Who doesn’t need to switch up the wallpaper every once in a while? While there is an abundance of apps to customize your iPhone’s home screen and lock screen backgrounds, our favorite is WLPPR for its expertly curated library and elegant interface. You can browse high-quality photography sourced from all over the world, and even outer space. A couple of stock collections are available with the free download, but you can unlock the rest and all future additions with a $3 in-app purchase.
With Files, you can keep all your documents easily accessible on all your devices whether you’re on your iPhone, iPad, or MacBook. The app includes a variety of features that allow you to clearly organize all of your different files and photos. It’s also compatible with third-party cloud storage services such as Dropbox, Google Drive, and Box.
Best iPhone Apps: Blogging and word processing
The app version of Weebly is just as easy to use as its web-based counterpart. You can post content to your blog or website, monitor activity, and save all your work offline, which will then sync across all devices on desktop or mobile.
While not an exact mirror of its web-based version, this app instead chooses to focus on quickness. It lets you quickly publish posts while also giving you the ability to moderate comments, view stats, and upload media on the go.
So you want to record a podcast. Rather than spending hundreds on the proper equipment and desktop software, why not start with an app like Bumpers? Bumpers has been called “Soundcloud for podcasts” precisely because it makes the process of recording and hosting remarkably simple. The app provides editing tools, allows you to publish on iTunes, and supports linking up with other users to produce shows with multiple hosts. If you’re new to the trade, it’s worth a try — especially because it’s completely free.
New iPhone owners can download it for free, but even at $10, Apple’s flagship word processor is tough to beat. Packed with templates, editing tools, and change tracking, there isn’t much it can’t do.
With Google Docs, you can create, collaborate, and edit documents with others on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod. Those on the document can also work on it at the same time, with real-time updates as content is added. You can work on documents offline as well.