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Premium Apps from iMessage App Store

Premium Apps from iMessage App Store

Not everything is free. These are the best premium apps from the iMessage App Store. You'll never guess what will show up on this list next.

Fantastical 2 for iPhone

One of the best calendars for your iPhone

Fantastical 2 for iPhone

Anyone who wants a gorgeous and intuitive calendar app with natural language input should use this.

Fantastical has quickly become the gold standard of calendar apps. This app has been overhauled for iOS 8 and brings with it some new tricks. Fantastical still has its innovative split view where you see the month and your list of appointments on a single screen. It still supports natural language input. It still looks amazing. Fantastical 2 integrates reminders. Just use the same plain English approach to create reminders that save right into iCloud. Some great enhancements include: a map on events with an address, a new light theme, the ability to open locations in Google Maps, and even Google Chrome support for URLs. There are more features and amazing parts to Fantastical 2 than anyone can say in a single blurb, so check it out for yourself and see what the hype is all about.

Why we love it

Fantastical 2 continues to be one of the most beautiful calendar apps around and the natural language support is superb. It is also intuitive to use and packs in plenty of features.

Inspire Pro

Love your paintings with this app

Inspire Pro

Inspire Pro

For anyone who needs a serious app for painting and blending unique masterpieces.

Inspire Pro is a little bit different from the previous apps … this app is an oil painting app. The app includes five different brushes each of which you can load up with different amounts of paint. The app features an impressive 1,000 layers of undo/redo support. The app can send photos to Flickr and directly to your photos app. There is a Mac and Windows app available to do some of the larger exports. The app can be used to create some pretty fantastic looking paintings. Inspire Pro is in a class on its own and worth a look.

Why we love it

Whether you dabble in painting or are a full-fledged artist, Inspire will truly inspire. Even though it’s loaded with features, its customizable interface allows you to simply jump right in and start creating without having to go through a massive tutorial.

Drafts: Quick Capture

When all you need is a digital notepad for quick notes and text drafts, nothing beats this

Drafts: Quick Capture

Drafts: Quick Capture

For anyone who needs a quick-access notepad for jotting down notes or other text.

Drafts 4 is a great little app for those moments when you need to jot down a quick note or want to start on a draft for a longer piece. Drafts launches quickly and is ready to capture your text the moment it launches, and there is a keyboard extension that packs in a lot of Markdown shortcuts and features to make it easy to write. Once your text is in Drafts, you can then take further action with it by sending it off to another app for editing, or you can share it with others, or even just use it for rapidly saving event information for your calendar — the possibilities are endless with Drafts. Plus, you can customize the appearance of Drafts to how you like it, and there are a ton of settings that can be changed to make the app yours. It’s a great way to get notes down quickly or just start writing when the right moment hits you. All of your notes are saved through iCloud as well, so you can access them even if you took no action yet.

Why we love it

Drafts 4 is a great app for quickly grabbing notes or starting drafts for longer think-pieces. It's fast, highly customizable, and has a ton of useful features and action shortcuts.

Disney Stickers: Mickey & Friends

Mickey Loves Stickers

Disney Stickers: Mickey & Friends

Even the more casual of Disney fans will love this.

This iMessage pack offers dynamic and animated stickers from the world of Walt Disney. You can scale, rotate, and layer labels, even on photos you send and receive. Discover all our sticker packs in the iMessage App Store including Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Pixar's Finding Dory, and more. ​

Why we love it

When iMessage stickers were first announced, we couldn't help but wonder just how fast it would be before Disney would get involved. Mere seconds, perhaps?

Airmail - Your Mail With You

A great email app that's even better on an iOS 11-based iPad

Airmail - Your Mail With You

Airmail - Your Mail With You

For those who want a powerful and comprehensive email app.

Airmail is a powerful and comprehensive email app that originated on the Mac and has made its way to iOS. The iOS version contains all of the powerful features of the Mac app in a much more portable package. Users can have multiple email accounts from a variety of email services, a unified inbox with color-coded mailboxes for each account, complete support for folders and labels, thread viewing, PDF creation, HTML signatures, aliases, email tracking and much more. On top of that, if you use Airmail on your Mac, then you can go for the iCloud syncing that will sync all of your accounts and preferences without any effort from you. With iOS 11 on your iPad, Airmail fully supports Drag and Drop, so you can easily get new attachments into your emails.

Why we love it

Airmail has a nice interface that is easy to use and it has a ton of powerful features that make it easy to manage your email inboxes. Plus the iCloud sync means you can have all of your accounts and preferences synced from the Mac version without any extra effort. When you receive an email attachment, Airmail quickly shows you a preview so you don't have to open it up in another app right away. When you're ready to open the attachment for editing or commenting, just tap the Share button in the top right corner. The app also supports email tracking, so you'll know right away when your recipient opens your message. The only drawback is I can't find a way to have Airmail track emails by default.

Disney Stickers: Frozen

Don't Let It Go

Disney Stickers: Frozen

For anyone who loves Disney's "Frozen."

Disney Stickers: Frozen offer dynamic and animated creations that you can put anywhere in your chat. Scale, rotate ​and layer these stickers whenever you want.

Why we love it

It's exactly what you'd expect from a "Frozen" sticker pack.

Disney Stickers: Finding Dory

Stick with Dory

Disney Stickers: Finding Dory

For anyone who loves "Finding Dory."

Disney Stickers: Finding Dory offers dynamic and animated creations that you can put anywhere in your chat. Scale, rotate and layer these stickers whenever you want.

Why we love it

What's not to love about little Dory?

Disney Stickers: The Lion King

Take Pride in Your iMessages

Disney Stickers: The Lion King

For anyone who loves Simba and his story.

Disney Stickers: The Lion King offers dynamic and animated creations that you can put anywhere in your chat. Scale, rotate and layer these stickers whenever you want.

Why we love it

"The Lion King" is one of the best animated films in the history of cinema.

CARROT Weather

Get the forecast with a side of snark

CARROT Weather

For anyone who wants a fun weather app.

CARROT Weather is a sleek app that combines a snarky, sarcastic AI with detailed weather forecasts. Every time you launch the app, you'll be greeted with a hilarious, usually threatening or otherwise snide and sarcastic, comment from CARROT herself, while she gives you the day's forecast. CARROT's comments often involve the threat of the Robapocalypse, when CARROT and other AI rise up to dominate humans instead of vice versa. One relatively new feature to CARROT Weather is a radar map, allowing you to view incoming precipitation systems as well as other information. With a premium subscription to the app, you'll even get additional map layers like cloud cover and more. In the main interface, you can swipe to view the weekly or hourly forecast, view comprehensive details about a bunch of weather data like humidity, precipitation, and more. You'll also see ever-changing views of the "micro-cosmos" CARROT has created within the weather app, presumably to help you feel like a god and let down your defenses while she plots your destruction. CARROT Weather includes a time travel feature, allowing you to go back in time to see what the weather was like in the past. CARROT can even try to predict the future weather too. You can choose CARROT Weather's source of information in the Settings gear. The default is Dark Sky, but a premium subscription unlocks additional sources like Weather Underground. The premium subscription also gets you half-hourly updates on your Apple Watch, precipitation notifications, and the ability to customize how the app appears on your iPhone. You'll also get custom complications for your Apple Watch and more.

Why we love it

CARROT Weather provides you with an excellent weather forecast, but that's just where the fun begins. You can also enjoy the anticipation of seeing what havoc the weather robot can wreak after you free her from the two-dimensional constraints of your iPhone. In AR mode, you can see CARROT in your own space, landing on any flat surface you choose. Swiping to the right or left changes the weather details, but you won't get quite as much information in this mode. Of course, have the fun of CARROT is poking her ocular sensor. The weather robot responds slightly differently in the three-dimensional AR world when you do that, and it's just as funny. It's slightly gimmicky, maybe, but it's definitely fun to drag CARROT around to different places. You can also just tap on a new spot that you want the CARROT interface to move to.