The most necessary iOS – applications for the new user iPhone

Even in 2017, one of the reasons to buy iPhone is the extensive application library. The apps released for iOS are of high quality and detailed. If you are a beginner user iPhone and want to get started with random applications for iOS, this article is for you.


Applications for sending and receiving emails

Gmail: If you have previously used the OS Android and are looking for a familiar application for sending and receiving emails, we recommend downloading the Gmail application. The application interface is almost the same on different operating systems.

Outlook: The Gmail app only offers basic functionality. Outlook combines mail and calendar, and it also has an applet that gets the emails that are really important to you.

Spark: If you're looking for a free and easy-to-use, yet all-inclusive, email receiving and sending app available on iPhone, iPad and Mac devices, this is Spark.


2GIS: One of the best apps in the Maps category, it contains a large number of offline maps, as well as other useful functions.

Yandex.Transport: Track the location of public transport.

Google Maps: In America and Europe, the Maps app from Apple works great, which is not the case in Asia. So it's better to download and install the Google Maps app.

Synchronizing files

Dropbox commenting feature

Dropbox: File system iOS hidden: there is no file management app in iOS. If you are a novice user, we recommend using the Dropbox file system. Download all your important documents and photos to Dropbox. All files will automatically become available on all connected devices. App Store There are also alternative services such as OneDrive and Box.

Social networking apps

Download from App Store the four main applications for communication in social networks – VK, Facebook, Instagram, Odnoklassniki. If you like, add to this list Twitter. The Tweetbot app ($ 9.99) is a third party client for the service Twitter and is arguably superior to all other apps in terms of quality and communication (no ads).

Instant messaging apps


App Store introduces basic apps for communicating with friends, family, and work colleagues. WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, WeChat, Line, Telegram are suitable for personal communication, Slack and Skype for professional.

Applications for watching movies

VLC Media Player: Don't use the stock Video app. The functionality of the application is limited, it is difficult to sync with iTunes. The VLC Media Player app is free and plays all video file formats. In addition, the app allows you to transfer video files to the app via Bluetooth or AirDrop from any device.

YouTube, Netflix and Hulu are suitable for watching videos.

Music listening applications

We recommend the built-in Music app. The interface isn't perfect, but you can get used to it. The app integrates well with operating system services such as Siri and Spotlight search.

Spotify: The best alternative to the stock Music app is the Spotify app.

Yandex.Music: Another great alternative to the standard Music app.

Vox ($ 4.99): One of the best third-party interfaces with support for high quality music files. In the app, you will also be able to play streaming music services such as SoundClound and YouTube music.

Apps for listening to podcasts

The built-in Podcasts app is fine for beginners, but if you intend to listen to a large number of podcasts, we recommend downloading third-party apps.

Overcast: Overcast is the easiest and most widely used application. The playlist function has more than enough capabilities: it can automatically increase the volume and remove pauses. The Overcast app is free but has ads built in.

Pocket Casts ($ 3.99): The Pocket Casts app is an alternative to Overcast and offers the same quality. Has a more complex interface compared to the Overcast application. Price $ 4.99.

Apps for viewing and reading news

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Reeder 3 ($ 4.99): If news feeds are your everything, then this app is the undisputed leader in the universe where it rules iOS. Fast, easy and fun to use.

Quartz: The Quartz app is a fun way to quickly satisfy your news hunger at the end of the day. The app uses an innovative and practical discussion type approach.

Flipboard: Magazine-style apps are still one of the best ways to open and read articles.

Nuzzel: With the Nuzzel app, you can retrieve and read articles shared by friends in Twitter or Facebook. The app only shows links to articles that have been linked, so you get featured content.

Kindle: If the iBooks store app is not supported in your country, download the Kindle.

Fitness Apps

MyFitnessPal: If you want to keep track of what you eat and how it affects your weight, do it with the MyFitnessPal app.

Pedometer ++: The simplest app designed to measure the distance traveled per day. Has a useful built-in widget.

Strava: If you are passionate about bicycles, then the Strava app is your best bet. Community advice can be really valuable.

Gyroscope: This app can be described as a 'dashboard' for your lifestyle. It integrates with the built-in Health app and millions of other tracker apps to visually represent your current health and performance.

Sleepcycle: If you want to improve your sleep quality and wake up at the most suitable time for your body, install the Sleepcycle app and put your smartphone next to your bed while you sleep.

City Mobility Apps

Uber: Uber city taxi service.

Yelp: The Yelp app helps you decide where to eat next.

Camera Applications

Manual ($ 3.99): iPhone features a high quality camera, and iOS 10 you can shoot and edit photos in RAW format. The Manual app lets you adjust settings such as ISO (light sensitivity) and shutter speed.

VSCO: The VSCO app is an alternative to the built-in Camera app. You can take photos and edit images directly in the app. With the latest interface, applications have been overly clever, but the image processing quality is still excellent.

Photo processing applications

Prisma: Be sure to install this app to use Art Filters for your photos.

MSQRD: The app offers a large collection of filters, grimaces and facial expressions.

Enlight: A professional-grade photo manipulation app and offers an interesting collection of filters.

Pixelmator ($ 4.99): Use this app to work with professional on-device imaging tools iPhone. The application has a simple interface and is easy to use.

Lightroom: The application Lightroom for iPhone has limited functionality compared to the version for MacBook, but still allows you to process photos in a professional way. The functionality of the application has been adapted to work on a touch screen. The app is easy to use if the same app is already installed on MacBook.

Task Manager application

Todoist: If you don't want to use the built-in Reminders app, install Todoist. The free version of the app includes basic features. The app works on all devices.

Trello: Project management app.

Automation apps

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Workflow ($ 3.99): Although iOS is a closed system, there are ways to automate some of the work. The Workflow application does an excellent job with the task.

Drafts ($ 4.99): If you're working with text, use the Drafts app. Drafts integrates with many other applications and services: you can send text by email or add to notes.

IFTTT: The IFTTT app is a great tool for working with network services and applications. You will receive various 'recipes' for process automation.

Apps for working with widgets


Launcher: The Launcher app creates shortcuts for making calls, sending text messages and other in-app actions directly in the built-in Today View widget. This way, you can set a shortcut to send someone a text message directly from the lock screen (using a swipe to the right).

Pcalc Lite: Built-in calculator in the Today View widget.

Widget Calendar ($ 0.99): Embeds the calendar widget and reminder widget directly into the Today widget area.

Learn more: More information about widgets in the iOS 10 list of '25 best widgets for iOS 10.

Various utilities

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Scanbot: One of the best apps that allows you to quickly scan a photo and send it to storage anywhere. The latest update contains an automated process for the entire action.

Spendee: A handy and feature-rich expense tracking app.

Annotable: Our choice of app to create captions on photos or screenshots in iOS.

Stacks: Simple and beautifully implemented currency converter solution.

1Password: Powerful password vault (and an alternative to the LastPass app).

Motion Stills: Turns blurry 'live' photos into crisp gifs.

Day One ($ 4.99): A great way to keep a diary on your device iPhone. The app lets you import photos and supports professional-grade text formatting.

Editorial ($ 4.99): If you need to create Markdown markup text on a iOS device, Editorial is your best bet.

Your favorite apps?

What are your favorite apps? Maybe we missed something when compiling the list of current applications? Share your opinion in the comments.

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