Best iPhone Apps 2015: Free and paid apps for iPhone
Whether you’re after the latest free iPhone apps or the App Store essentials, T3’s app experts pick the best iPhone apps to grab in 2015
The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus is the latest extension of the Apple smartphone family, and comes with an ever-growing library of available apps. Each month T3’s specialist iPhone team storm the App Store in search of the very best iPhone apps available right now, so if you’re looking to furnish your phone with some top quality, free and paid for app delight, look no further.
Whether you scroll aimlessly through the App Store, or have just grabbed an Apple smartphone, here’s our monthly updated list of what the T3 app experts have uncovered.
While thereâ€™s nothing wrong with the official YouTube app from Google, this version is a bit slicker, lets you set your streaming quality even when youâ€™re off wi-fi and, for us, the performance is a bit more reliable, especially on the iPad. The overall layout is very picture based, so you can scroll through a visual list of videos and thereâ€™s some sweet animations thrown in for good measure.
Want a dual monitor set-up, but just spent all your money on the iPad Air 2? Duet is the answer. Once youâ€™ve downloaded the companion app to your Mac, you simply connect your iPad (iPad 2 and up) with a Lightning cable and voila, your tablet is now an extension of your computer. Performance is great, mainly because it uses a wired connection rather than wireless, and thereâ€™s a couple of resolution options. Choose â€˜Retinaâ€™ and youâ€™ll get a better picture, but select one of the lower-res choices and performance will be improved.
Â£11.99 | Download Duet
Ridiculously simple. Wordltime lets you add multiple timezone clocks to your notification center as a handy widget. Thatâ€™s basically it. Itâ€™s great if you travel a lot and you can add plenty of different countries.
79p | Download Worldtime
If youâ€™ve got some, erm, â€˜sensitiveâ€™ pictures or content on your phone that youâ€™d rather keep away from prying eyes, this handy app creates a safe (everything is stored on the phone, not in the cloud) that only you can access. You can use a pin-code, or enable TouchID and have your finger protect everything.
Free | Download Keeply
Podcasts have exploded in the last few months, notably with the fantastic Serial series. There are plenty of great podcast apps out, but if youâ€™re new to the whole thing, it might be worth checking out Acast. The best part here is how it brings up great suggestions for new things to listen too, along with all the latest episodes. Thereâ€™s a web client as well, so you can continue listening when you get home.
Free | Download Acast
Googleâ€™s reimagining of the email inbox is a great example of taking something we use everyday and making it much more useful. Instead of just giving you a list of emails, Inbox automatically groups similar messages together so you easily know what youâ€™ve got to deal with. You can save messages for later, snooze them or remove them completely and thereâ€™s even an option to send you a reminder on a particular day. The look is full on Material Design and itâ€™s slick, fast, but you’ll need an invite.
Free | Download Google Inbox
While we all love a good, juicy burger, it can sometimes be a pain to track down the best places to grab the ultimate pig-out food. You wonâ€™t have that problem though if you have Burgerapp installed, as it collects all the places to pick up a burger in London and plots them on a handy map. Thereâ€™s loads of reviews too, and even tips on whipping up a batch of your own at home.
Â£2.49 | Download Burgerapp
A great alternative to scanning, Scanbot lets you snap a picture of a document and itâ€™ll automatically crop and trim it, saving just the important bits. Itâ€™ll upload to iCloud so itâ€™s available on all your devices and if you upgrade to the Pro version you get some extra nifty features like automatic tagging and full text search.
Free | Download Scanbot
Utilising a custom keyboard and notification panel widget, Clips is the best way to save everything you read on the internet. Easily clip words or picture and save them to your roll, then you can quickly paste them into an email or just create a scrapbook for yourself. If youâ€™ve got both an iPad and iPhone you can sync your cips between the two devices, which is a nice addition.
Free | Downloads Clips
We all take a load of photos on our phones, some great, but a lot that are pretty terrible. The problem is that the act of deleting all these awful snaps can be quite arduous. Not if youâ€™ve got Flic installed. This clever apps loads all of your photos and then lets you quickly flick away the bads one, without having a manually select them all.
Â£1.49 | Download Flic
This app is ridiculously powerful, but itâ€™s the time saving features that make it a must have download. Workflow lets you join steps together into automatic actions, for example every time you take a picture itâ€™ll upload to a certain folder in your Dropbox, or when you play a song itâ€™ll tweet it out. You can even add shortcuts to your desktop, a quick call to your mum, perhaps.
Â£1.99 | Download Workflow
Brain surgery? Not exactly rocket science, is it mate? But time to scrub up and don your latex gloves anyway, proving yourself by taking virtual control of the flailing, jelly-arms of a doc given the task of fixing an unfortunate soul named Bob. Bob is your Prometheus, but with even less hope of rescue, remaining chained eternally to your operating table as you attack his open chest with a variety of enthusiasm and metal. When Surgeon Simulator landed on the PCâ€™s Steam Store this time last year, after just two months of development, it was an instant hit and now stands as one of 2013â€™s big indie success stories, having racked up over a million downloads. This tweaked iPad version gives you the opportunity to control Bobâ€™s fate with your bare hands, which is no easier, but still a lot of fun. You can choose to take on a variety of tricky transplant operations, but as youâ€™ll quickly realise, battling with the ragdoll physics means Bob meets a grisly end time and time again. That sounds frustrating, but itâ€™s actually hilarious and central to the fun. Honestly, throwing a manâ€™s vital organs around a room has never been such a lark.
Â£3.99 | Download Surgeon Simulator
Control multiple email accounts in one single, instant messaging-like feed, sharing big files, images, videos and more with seamless ease.
Free | Download Hop
The ultimate whiskey companion. Answer a few questions and a clever algorithm will analyse the appâ€™s top shelf and find you the perfect tipple.
Free | Download Distiller
Our fave footy stats site is now our fave footy app, with instant news, play-by-plays and detailed analytics tailored to you. A World Cup must.
Free | Download Squawka
A curated shortlist of great events in your city. Suggest them to friends and instigate a night out. You can even book tickets from within the app.
Free | Download Explovia
Still the easiest way to send big files, now condensed into a rather excellent app. Save regular recipients and upload up to 10GB of files for transfer.
Free | Download WeTransfer
A simple way to organise all your stuff. Take pictures of your belongings and store them on virtual shelves â€“ to keep record or just for showing off.
Free | Download Snupps
Think Resogun but massively multiplayer, with RPG elements and an in-depth crafting system. Yes! Make friends, forge alliances, explore.
Free | Download Pocket Starships
Cook with M&S
Sometimes (ok, most days) figuring out what to have for dinner is a total headache. Thankfully M&S have brought out a fuss-free app packed with recipes, searchable by difficulty, time, calories and ingredient. It’ll also put together a shopping list for you and has handy built-in timers to help you stay on track. That takeaway looks less appealing now, doesn’t it.
Free | Download Cook with M&S
Us Brits are famously blunt and pessimistic about our weather, and this app brings together weather updates for your location and a dose of straight talking. It’s not one for the kids, but it does provide some welcome humour when the weather’s letting you down.
Moju is the most futuristic photography and video app around. It allows users to create and share stunning 3D moving-images effectively. Take up-to 24 shots of an object at different angles, and then slant your device to get a virtual “3D” effect, much like Microsoft’s.
Free |Â Download Moju
Cinamatic in essence is Vine’s newest competitor. It’s an app that allows users to create beautiful short films, and then transforms them them into amazing short motion pictures, ready to share on all social-networks.
Free |Â Download Cinematic
ReceiptGen does exactly what the title says â€“ it’s a simple app that storesÂ information and from this regenerates any lost or misplaced receipts. So, if you forget your copy of the credit card summary at a local eatery, this app will let you quickly recreate it.
Free |Â Download ReceiptGen
Acompli organises your emails and helps you keep track of your calendar,Â and also supports Microsoft Exchange for email-toting suits. The app allows manage all your email accounts, be it home or work and search quickly, filter efficiently and link file attachments easily. What’s more, you can easily view your calendar, share available meeting times, schedule meetings, get reminders, and more, all tightly integrated with email.
Free |Â Download Acompli
The Hobbit Official Visual Companion
The latest film from Peter â€˜Lords of the Ringsâ€™ Jackson is perhaps his most beautiful journey through Middle Earth to date. This companion app takes you on your own quest, with a 3D map of Tolkienâ€™s world, over 75 in-depth articles on everything from locations to characters and even a quiz to test your Hobbit knowledge.
Jetpac City guides
A new take on the age old â€˜travel guideâ€™, this thoroughly brings it up-to-date by taking recommendations from Instagram. With info from 5,000 cities around the world including guides on finding the coolest places to eat, drink and be merry.
Free | Download Jetpac City guides
Heyday: Journaling reimagined
Itâ€™s a pain writing a journal. Every night youâ€™ve got to remember to find your book and force yourself to write a few words â€“ with no pictures or anything. Heyday makes it so much easier and worthwhile. Along with your text you can add snaps, audio and locations – plus it’ll randomly remind you of some of your favourite destinations.
Free | Download Heyday
Ember is a clever little app that helps you remember all the great stuff from the internet, by sticking it all down in your own personalised scrapbook. By combining with the desktop app, you can keep a track of all your content across iOS and Mac, meaning itâ€™s always to hand. Designed with style and simplicity, itâ€™s what weâ€™ve come to expect from Real Mac Software.
Free | Download Ember
Sonyâ€™s answer to SmartGlass arrives with access to PlayStation Store, social extras and second-screen features for some games. If your system is sitting in standby mode, you use the app to turn it on and navigate around â€“ saving you reaching for that DualShock 4.
Free | Download PlayStation App
Want to go out, but donâ€™t know whatâ€™s on? Fixr finds nightlife near you, from club nights to comedy gigs, helping you buy tickets and get directions, all without you having to worry that youâ€™ve managed to go and choose the worst place in tow.
Free | Download Fixr
Price: Â£1.99 | Download Tweetbot
The official Twitter app is all fine and dandy, but it does lack the high amount of polish and finesse that comes with the latest version of Tweetbot. Rebuilt and all shiny for iOS7, Tweetbot will sync your timeline between all your devices through iCloud, let you set up draft tweets and even block people from appearing on your feeds.
The real winning feature though, is the design, which makes the app is pleasure to use. Blur effects are frequent, as is a lovely white theme that really fits with the aesthetic of Appleâ€™s latest operating system.
If you were a user of the previous version of Tweetbot, youâ€™ll have to re-buy the new edition, but thatâ€™s not something weâ€™re complaining about.
Free | Download Nike+ Move
Exclusively built for the spanking new iPhone 5s, the Nike+ Move app utilises the M7 co processor that Apple so handily included in the device. This nifty â€˜chipâ€™ can track your movements and the app turns these movements into Nike+ fuel, similar to the Nike Fuel Band.
You can track at what times of the day you move the most, how long for and even set yourself goals â€“ for that little bit of competition. Plus, it integrates with Game Centre, so you can see how your friends are doing and, hopefully, beat them.
Price: Â£1.99 | Download Fantastical 2
Apple really blew the native Calendars app in iOS7, making it a pain to use. So, your best bet is to find a replacement, and there is plenty of them knocking around the App Store. Our current favourite is Fantastical 2, a brilliantly designed and super easy to use app that makes that rather tedious task of scheduling appointments almost pain free.
Fantastical 2 supports all the same calendars as the stock version, plus it builds reminders right in, meaning you donâ€™t have to switch between app. The natural language input engine is great as well, just type in what youâ€™re planning to do and when, and itâ€™ll schedules the appointment. Scrolling is smooth and slick, while the day ticker at the top is a great way to glance at upcoming appointments.
Free | Download dubble
Yeh, we know what youâ€™re saying â€“ do we really need another photo sharing social network? Well, no, but that doesnâ€™t stop dubble being a fun little app to have a play around with. Instead of just taking cue from Instagram or Hipstamatic, dubble actually melds your snaps with them of someone else, so youâ€™ll never be quite sure how your shots are going to turn out.
After youâ€™ve dabbled in a dubble, you can download your images and save them to your device, or go again and create something even more different.
Free | Download Jawbone
A pretty simple app, the Jawbone speaker companion lets your create customised playlists, attach your Spotify account and easily connect up your Jawbone Jambox speaker.
Whatâ€™s great about the app is that you can stay inside and play music from different sources, instead of jumping around multiple apps â€“ perfect for parties.
It works with other Bluetooth wireless too, so youâ€™re not out of luck if you donâ€™t own a Jambox.
Free | Download Kscope
Developed by the Arts University of Bournemouth, this clever app lets you see everything around you through the eyes of a trippy kaleidoscope. Along with this unique feature, the design is tip top and it works great on both the iPhone and the iPad.
Price: Â£2.99 | Download Gneo
With the amount of to-do list apps available for almost every platform known to man, you really shouldnâ€™t be forgetting to pick up that tub of yoghurt on your way back home from work. If you still havenâ€™t been completely won over by any offering so far, then Gneo might just be the one for you.
Really powerful in its set of features, the headliner of Gneo is the forecast view, which helps you keep track of all the things you need to do, along with your calendar appointments. You can also search on grounds of urgency and importance, highlighting the stuff you really ought to get done as soon as possible.
The presentation is crisp and tidy, scrolling is smooth and it really does work. Possibly the new to-do list app king.
Pro Camera 7
Price: 69p | Download Pro Camera
Swish looking camera app that lets you control more aspects of your snaps than the relatively bare bones stock iPhone version. Choose your focus and exposure points, shoot shots rapidly and use the self timer for high quality selfies. Video mode is also fully supported, as is a useful night mode.
Price: 69p | Download FFM
If youâ€™ve got a fantasy football team this season then this handy app will let you alter your team, make transfers and check your progress on the fly. It also plugs into all your leagues, ensuring you always know your position. Perfect for when you fancy a boast.
Price: 69p | Dowload Vert
With a completely iOS 7-ified design, Vert is perhaps the best looking way to work out everything from currency exchanges and fuel consumption, to density and pressure â€“ plus a whole load more options as well. Basically, if you need something converted, this app will have you covered. A load of colour options are available to make the app a touch more personal.
Free | Download Cameo
Create lovely looking short films, complete with great filters all from the comfort of your iPhone. The best thing is that they are not constrained to bursts of six or 15 seconds, so you can let your creativity run wild. Once youâ€™re finished shooting, your clips can easily be uploaded and shared with the world through Cameoâ€™s own service, along with Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.
Free | Download Songdrop
By combining music from services such as YouTube, Vimeo and Soundcloud, Songdrop creates custom playlists of your favourite tunes for free. Add both music and videos to your lists, and then share them throughout all the usual channels.
Free | Download Cobook
The iPhone contacts app is hardly the pinnacle of Appleâ€™s design; Cobook on the other hand is a joy to gaze upon. With a new iOS7 look, contact pictures running down the side and quick access to Facebook and Twitter, this is a great replacement. Our favourite feature though is the customisable business card, which lets you combine your contact details, Facebook and Twitter accounts into one handy, sharable file.
Free | Download Spare Room
Invaluable for property hunters around the country, Spare Room lets you easily search for the perfect house, flat or studio, either if youâ€™re planning on renting alone or looking for someone to share with. With so many options in advanced search, you can really narrow down your search quickly and efficiently.
Free | Download City Mapper
One of, if not the most complete London transport app available and possibly the best looking to boot. City Mapper searches through tube, buses and cycle paths for the quickest route across the capital. It also builds in alerts for tube closures, plus you can set your home and work destinations, so no faffing about with postcodes everyday.