The holidays are over and depending on how generous some of your relatives are, chances are, you received a brand-new iPhone. Now, what do you do?
Regardless if it's an iPhone XS, XS Max, or XR, you're going to need apps for that shiny new device. Beyond the basic stuff such as Instagram or Twitter, here's a list of apps Tech Times recommends so you can get the most out of your new premium flagship.
Apple Maps has gotten a lot better since the 3D fiasco of 2012 that secured Apple a spot in the hall of fame of tech industry failures. That being said, Apple's geographical smarts still doesn't a candle to Google Maps, undoubtedly the king of mapping apps with over 220 countries and territories mapped and hundreds of millions of businesses available at your fingertips. Seriously, download this and you'll likely never get lost.
We're seeing a resurgence in podcasts of late particularly, as creators find new ways to turn it into a medium for storytelling, long-form journalism, or general wiseacre shooting-the-breeze type of conversations. Pocket Casts is one of the best podcast apps on iOS, bar none. The app is filled to the brim with features and yet still easy to use, highly customizable, and works with CarPlay, AirPlay, Chromecast, and Sonos.
Google makes killer apps around exploring and navigating different places and cultures, and if you have its maps app already installed, Google Translate should be next. Not only does it work with lots of languages but Google's translations powers have gotten a lot better over the years, taking into account the little quirks and syntax anomalies a certain language might have.
Of course, you can't just hightail to Morocco and expect Google Translate to do all your communicating for you, but it'll be a massive help along your journey.
Speaking of languages, Duolingo is an amazing app for the polyglots-in-making out there. It streamlines lessons into bite-sized pieces you can complete them for roughly 10 minutes each day, and it gamifies the experience so the whole thing doesn't feel like a chore.
Lots of people swear by Microsoft Outlook as the best email app on iOS, and it's easy to see why. Microsoft's email client is a lot faster, cleaner, and feature-rich than Apple's stock Mail app, and it works with virtually all email companies you can think of.
Perhaps the most common new year's resolution is eating better and switching over to a healthier lifestyle. MyFitnessPal — which helps track all the food you eat, the progress you make as you commit to a new diet or a workout regimen, and all sorts of other things related to fitness — will help you stick to this new year's resolution once and for all.
Don't ever book a flight without consulting Hopper first. The app monitors flights and gives you the best deals but not only that. It also tells you if the price of a certain flight is likely to drop in the coming weeks or if it's the lowest it's ever been, at which point it nudges you to book immediately.
It's unfortunate that despite the insane technology packed into smartphone these days, most people still settle for skewed, blurry, and crappy shots of receipts, invoices, and all sorts of different documentation. If you're guilty of this, stop it immediately. Download Scanner Pro and take photocopy-quality shots of your documents. It'll cost you a bit, but it gets the job done and you'll never have to look at pixelated receipts ever again.
Password security is an incredibly crucial aspect of modern digital life. That's why you should consider protecting your password with a password manager like 1Password, which generates a strong password for each site, and you don't even have to remember because it logs you in automatically.
Price: Free, subscription-based
Waze is an absolute lifesaver. No other app even comes close to Waze when it comes to monitoring traffic and getting where you need to go. Get real-time data from drivers on the road to avoid traffic jams, and receive turn-by-turn navigation as you roam around unfamiliar places. The best part? You don't have to pay anything.
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