Apps for iPhone that will wow your friends
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have a new air of amazement. The apps on your iPhone should be no different. The next time you want to really show off what your iPhone can do, be sure you have these apps ready to go.
Fantastical 2 for iPhone - Calendar and Reminders
If you're looking for a quick way to input events into your calendar, be sure to have Fantastical 2 for iPhone. Fantastical 2 takes natural language input to easily add items to your schedule. By using the voice dictation feature of iOS, you can say "Mow the lawn every other Saturday" and Fantastical will know exactly what that means, then schedule it. Its innovative horizontal timeline keeps a minimal interface for the days while a list of events neatly scrolls underneath. It also has a powerful search and a companion Mac client if you want the full experience.
Looking for a weather app that is more than just a forecast and map? Look no further than Yahoo Weather. This app makes the forecast look stunning and brings conditions such as rain or snow to life. Be prepared with hourly or daily forecasts that get as detailed as can be. The current forecast can also be accessed from your notifications tab with the new iOS 8 Today extension.
Looking for a pro level Instagram? Camera+ is more than just a camera app. Created by photography lovers, Camera+ boasts incredible features such as: grids, separate white balance locking, a self-timer, stabilizer, and tons more. You can store snaps in Camera+'s lightbox or have them copy to the camera roll. Once you snap that photo, Camera+ has a wealth of editing options. Scene modes correct the lighting and then you flip or rotate your image. Once it's cropped you then have 27 different filters with another 18 available as in-app purchases. Once you're done you can share to all the major social networks. Sharing also exists for Flickr, Email, SMS, or just upload it to their servers and share the direct link.
The iPhone can do more than just edit photos. Why not show off your iPhone with Apple's one and only iMovie. This app will allow you to create amazing HD movies and Hollywood-style trailers all in the palm of your hands. And with the new iMovie extension, it's faster to make any video memorable within the Photos app.
Take 'Name That Tune' into the 21st century with Shazam and its magical listening prowess. This app takes just a snippet of a song playing anywhere and will identify it in moments. It supplies direct links to purchase, sharing options, and if the label allows it, lyrics will display that are synced to where you are in the song. Shazam has been around since the App Store's inception and continues to amaze at every turn, offering more than Siri's song identification feature.
Urbanspoon - Restaurant & Food Reviews
If you're not sure where to get a bite to eat, be sure to have Urbanspoon on your phone. This apps makes finding a place to eat easy as pie. You can shake to get a random recommendation, search nearby based on your GPS location, manually search for a place, or browse restaurants accordingly based on pricing or cuisine type. When viewing a restaurant, you can see the percentage of users that approve, photos of the food, the restaurant's menu (if available), reviews, and more. All in all, this is the perfect app to make a decision for dinner.
Breeze - Pedometer, walk tracker, activity log and movement coach made simple
Are you looking for the motivation to stay moving and keep healthy? You don't have to have a fancy wristband or pedometer to do so. Breeze is a stunning app that keeps an eye on your daily movement and celebrates you getting healthier bit by bit each day. Learn about your progress and get a deeper understanding of your routines, which in turn helps you improve your health by making the necessary changes. Best of all, don't do it alone: share your progress with friends on Facebook, Twitter, and Runkeeper.
Another brilliant way to get information into your phone is to turn it into a scanner. Many apps perform the miracle of taking a picture of a document at an angle, auto-detecting its corners, and enhancing it before exporting it in a variety of ways. CamScanner Pro makes it easier to enhance your documents just right. Plus, You can send your scans as faxes and even turn your pictures into a searchable PDF with decent OCR.
An interpreter on the go, Word Lens is an innovative use of the iPhone's camera. This app takes any written word in a foreign language and replaces it with english letters in seconds. The app uses the surrounding sign's colors to make it look like the sign is actually written in your native language! The effect is impressive even when using the demo packs included where words are reversed. The in-app purchases run $4.99 each and let you translate Spanish, English, French, or Italian.
Sky Guide: View Stars Night or Day
Is that the Big Dipper you're looking at? Is that a star or Mars? Are you lost when you look up at the night sky? Download Sky Guide and never be lost again. This app is by far one of the easiest to use of its kind. Hold your phone up to the sky and let the app tell you what you're looking at. With the addition of the new iOS 8 widget, you can now quickly access the rise and set times of the sun, moon, and planets in your notification center.
One great way to mix things up is to use your iPhone to play party games. Heads Up stands above the rest by taking advantage of the phone's small size and accelerometer to create great gameplay. Just pick a category, place your iPhone on your forehead, then get ready to play. Other people must describe the item shown on screen so you can guess it. Get it right? Flip the phone down to show the next card. Time running out? Flip your phone up to pass. Heads Up records video as you play, making for a funny recap of what your opponents look like. Simple to learn, Heads Up is hours of fun for kids and adults alike.
Apple used this app to show off the iPhone's gyroscope; the stack of Jenga blocks rotate as you physically rotate. The effect is quite amazing and it's like that tower of blocks is really in front of you. This app is well done and plays a lot like the wooden version, without the hassle of re-stacking all of those pieces. Jenga is a prime example of a game that translates perfectly to iOS and adds some killer features.