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BEST
APPS
of the
YEAR
2018

Affinity Designer
Agenda.
Obscura 2
Adobe Premiere Rush
Enlight Pixaloop - Move Photos
OmniFocus 3
Linea Go
Toca Life: World

Another year is almost in the books, so it's time to take a look at the best new apps that landed on the App Store. Our Top 20 Apps of 2018 feature a little something for everyone with children's educational apps, a powerful photography app, and a graphic design app made for iPad.

Affinity Designer
Affinity Designer

Affinity Designer

Serif Labs

AppAdvice's 2018 App of the Year: Affinity Designer

The iPad app takes cues from the popular desktop version and offers full support for the Apple Pencil and much more. If you’re looking for a vector illustration app for your iPad, Affinity Designer should definitely be your first stop.

Agenda.

Agenda

Momenta B.V.

AppAdvice's Runner-Up App of the Year: Agenda

Agenda is a full-featured note-taking app that takes a unique twist being focused on the calendar. Thanks to the timeline, you can take a complete look at the past, present and future. Notes can be organized with tags, lists, and links. They can even be connected to an event in the built-in calendar. The information can sync with the companion macOS app.

Obscura 2

Obscura 2

Ben McCarthy

A More Professional Take on the Stock Camera App

For anyone looking to take their iPhone photography to level should check out the camera app featuring a number of great filters and much more.

Adobe Premiere Rush

Adobe Premiere Rush

Adobe Inc.

Video Editing for the Social Media Generation

The app from Adobe allows users to edit video on iOS devices and the desktop while featuring a number of social media optimizations.

Enlight Pixaloop - Move Photos

Enlight Pixaloop

Lightricks Ltd.

Animate Your Photography

The app from developer Lightricks allows you to animate one or many elements of an image with precise control of the animation.

OmniFocus 3

OmniFocus 3

The Omni Group

Get Stuff Done

One of the best to-do apps on the App Store, the brand new OmniFocus 3 brings a stable of new features to the table including tags, batch editing, and many more. Along with being designed for both the iPhone and iPad, you can even use an Apple Watch to view your most important items.

Linea Go

Linea Go

The Iconfactory

Creation on the Small Screen

The great iPad drawing app is making the move to the smaller screen with controls and an interface designed specifically for iPhone.

Toca Life: World

Toca Life

Toca Boca AB

The World of Toca Boca

The popular series of Toca Boca kids app is now under one roof in Toca Life: World. The first eight locations and 39 different characters are included in the app. You can also keep playing with apps in the Toca Life series you’ve already purchased to create even more fun.

ChillScape - Sonic Meditation

ChillScape

Studio Amplify

A Calming Experience

Using the power of music and graphics, ChillScape is designed to slow heart rate, reduce blood pressure, and lower stress.

321 LAUNCH

321 LAUNCH

USA TODAY

Take Off

With 321 Launch, you get to experience AR and live rocket liftoffs from Florida. Along the way, you’ll learn more about the rockets that take off. It's a great app that shows the potential of augmented reality.

Cosmicast

Cosmicast

Shihab Mehboob

Podcasts Made Simple

Listening to podcasts is quick and simple with Cosmicast. Just pick it and start using, there are no user accounts or settings that need to be configured. It even features Siri Shortcuts and more.

Khan Academy Kids

Khan Academy Kids

Khan Academy

A Completely Free Education App for Young Children

The app from the non-profit organization features thousands of activities, books, videos, and learning lessons for children.

Berry Dark Browser

Berry Dark Browser

Puppy Ventures LLC

Turn the Web Dark

If you're tired of waiting for Apple to finally bring a true dark mode to iOS, this great third-party browser can fill the void.

Sorted³

Sorted³

StaySorted Limited

Tackling a Timeline

The well-designed app allows users to view all of their important information into a timeline view.

DoNotPay

DoNotPay

joshua browder

Court is in Session

Using the app, anyone can file a suit in small claims court for up to $25,000 without the need of a lawyer.

1.1.1.1: Faster Internet

1.1.1.1: Faster Internet

Cloudflare

Connect to the Internet Securely

1.1.1.1 uses a secure connection so no one will ever be able to snoop on your DNS queries. And if that wasn’t good enough, the app makes your Internet connection even faster by using Cloudfare’s global network. And it’s completely free.

Sago Mini Big City

Sago Mini Big City

Sago Mini

Find Some Fun Downtown

Kids can take on the big city in the great app from prolific developer Sago Mini. Featuring dozens of interactive characters, children can visit a museum, post office, and many other great places. There are also a number of learning opportunities throughout the app.

FilmLab, for Analog Film

FilmLab

Abe Fettig

Bring Old Images Into the Modern Age

You’ll just need a light table or other back light, and the app will bring old images to an iPhone or iPad.

Wonderscope

Wonderscope

Within Unlimited, Inc.

Bringing AR to Fun Kids Stories

The AR app brings the fun stories to life wherever your kids want. They can even engage with characters and help them solve problems along the way.

Cappuccino

Cappuccino

Nebula SRL

A Dose of News

Cappuccino is a new news reader that focuses on elegance and simplicity.