The best iPhone 13 apps to install right now

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If you just got an iPhone 13, then you want the best iPhone apps. But given the sheer multitude of apps at your disposal, where do you start?

Whether you're an iOS newbie or just looking to expand or upgrade your arsenal, we've rounded up 13 of the best iPhone 13 apps out there.

Note: Prices, ratings and compatibility details were current at the time this article was published but may change over time.

1. Widgetsmith (iOS, watchOS, iPadOS, macOS)

Best for: Top-notch widget customization

With Widgetsmith, you can personalize your home screen like never before. The app has become a fan favorite ever since Apple's iOS 14 release, unleashing customizable home screen widgets for iPhone.

Widgetsmith allows you to dynamically schedule your favorite widgets to appear on your home screen based on your own set of rules. The app starts with a wide collection of widgets ranging in function from date to weather to astronomy, and each can be adjusted precisely to best fit your desired function and appearance. This set of widgets can then be dynamically scheduled to appear on your home screen following the rules you've defined.

◽ Average Rating: 4.6/5 ★★★★☆

◽ Price: Free, in-app purchases, $19.99 premium upgrade (annual)

◽ Category: Utilities, Productivity

2. Yahoo Mail (iOS, iPadOS, macOS)

Best for: Taking control of your inbox

Whether you need the ability to see all your mail from all your accounts at once, a clutter-free mailbox, more storage, added customization, or different views for receipts and attachments, Yahoo Mail has you covered. The app also offers nifty features like push notifications, formatting and integrated Yahoo Messenger, and is more engaging than other email apps when it comes to viewing graphic-rich emails.

◽ Average Rating: 4.7/5 ★★★★☆

◽ Price: Free, in-app purchases, $9.99 premium upgrade (annual)

◽ Category: Productivity

3. Fantastical (iOS, watchOS, iPadOS, macOS)

Best for: Planning your day

Fantastical remains the most preferred calendar app for iOS users.

With its versatility and intuitiveness, it's no surprise Fantastical was named Apple's 2020 Mac app of the year. It's quick and convenient, with talk-to-text, natural-language event creation, advanced integrations and support for multiple languages. It's also easy to use while keeping you in control of all your event details.

If you're looking for a feature-rich calendar app that will make scheduling your life easier, Fantastical is it.

◽ Average Rating: 3.6/5 ★★★☆☆

◽ Price: Free, in-app purchases, $39.99 premium upgrade (annual)

◽ Category: Productivity

4. Carrot Weather (iOS, watchOS, iPadOS, macOS)

Best for: Crazy-powerful weather forecasting and monitoring

The stock iOS weather app got a great update this year, but Carrot Weather is still better.

Carrot Weather is a weather app, but with personality — a lot of personality. It's well-designed and makes it very easy to see how the weather is going to change throughout the day. It also has a widget that adjusts its content based on upcoming weather and time of day.

◽ Average Rating: 4.7/5 ★★★★☆

◽ Price: Free, in-app purchases, $19.99 premium upgrade (annual)

◽ Category: Weather

5. Things 3 (iOS, watchOS, macOS)

Best for: Organizing your life

Things 3 is an award-winning app for a reason. The stylish yet simple app features a minimalist interface that's perfect for the busiest among us, allowing you to create distinct reminders for different projects and organize reminders into categories. It also allows for multimedia alert creation, allowing you to add audio, images, videos and notes to your alerts.

The latest version of Things doesn't actually require an iPhone 13. Still, if you're looking for a beautifully designed tool to help keep you organized, this app is for you.

◽ Average Rating: 4.8/5 ★★★★☆

◽ Price: $9.99

◽ Category: Productivity

6. 1Password (iOS, watchOS, iPadOS)

Best for: Seamless password management

Managing passwords isn't fun. In fact, it's a huge pain. And most of us are really bad at it. That's why we choose easy-to-remember passwords and then use them for every account and website — but that's a problem because it means that once your information is compromised, bad guys have access to everything. 1Password solves our password-security woes by making it easy to create secure passwords, while only having to remember one.

◽ Average Rating: 4.4/5 ★★★★☆

◽ Price: Free, in-app purchases, $35.99 premium upgrade (annual)

◽ Category: Utilities

7. Halide Mark II (iOS, watchOS, iPadOS)

Best for: Taking seriously incredible photos

The biggest advancement of the iPhone 13 is inarguably the new camera system — and of course, apps that are able to take advantage of the work Apple put into the cameras will be right at home on your new phone.

The iPhone 13 Pro's best new camera feature is its macro mode, which lets you focus on subjects from as little as 2 centimeters away — and Halide now brings a simulated version of those close-up features to older iPhone models. The app's new "neural macro" feature is available on all models that have a neural engine — that means anything dating back to the iPhone 8. Simply put, Halide is designed to get the most out of your iPhone camera.

While Halide Mark II is free to download, an upgrade is required to unlock most of its features.

◽ Average Rating: 4.5/5 ★★★★☆

◽ Price: Free, in-app purchases, $11.99 premium upgrade (annual)

◽ Category: Photo & Video

8. 1Blocker (iOS, iPadOS, macOS)

Best for: Blocking ads, trackers and pop-ups

We get it, ads can be really annoying — especially when you're hard at work writing an important email to your boss or researching a difficult topic that requires your unrelenting focus.

Get rid of pesky ads, protect yourself against tracking and speed up your web browsing experience with 1Blocker, a nifty app that allows you to enjoy sites free of distraction.f/mo

Average Rating: 4.6/5 ★★★★☆

Price: Free, in-app purchases, $14.99 premium upgrade (annual)

Category: Utilities

9. Apollo (iOS, macOS)

Best for: Navigating Reddit like a pro

If you're one of those folks who just can't seem seem to get enough of Reddit, it won't take much time for Apollo to become your favorite Reddit client.

Custom built for iOS, Apollo offers a better, more streamlined and digestible Reddit reading experience that remains unparalleled in the app universe, with features like the intuitive tabbed interface, inline Imgur uploading and support for multiple accounts. When it comes to tools for browsing Reddit, Apollo reigns supreme.

Average Rating: 4.8/5 ★★★★☆

Price: Free, in-app purchases, $9.99 premium upgrade (annual)

Category: News, Social Networking

10. Khan Academy (iOS, iPadOS)

Best for: Learning almost anything — for free

Khan Academy is a free learning app for students of every age with lessons covering math, science, history and more. Course materials include more than 4,200 instructional videos and various interactive components, sequenced from beginner to advanced. The app's layout is also incredibly simple to navigate, providing a revolutionary way to utilize mobile instruction for anyone with a hunger to learn.

◽ Average Rating: 4.4/5 ★★★★☆

◽ Price: Free

◽ Category: Education

11. Headspace (iOS, watchOS, iPadOS)

Best for: Busting stress at your own pace

Co-founded by a former Buddhist monk who narrates a majority of the guided meditations, Headspace is a mindfulness app with an easy-to-use interface that takes the seriousness and intimidation out of meditation.

The app includes meditations for winding down before bed, falling back to sleep in the middle of the night, and helping you stay mindful and resilient during tough times, from coping with sadness and anger to managing and adapting to change.

◽ Average Rating: 4.9/5 ★★★★☆

◽ Price: Free, in-app purchases, $69.99 premium upgrade (annual)

◽ Category: Health & Fitness

12. Overcast (iOS, watchOS, iPadOS, macOS)

Best for: Powerful yet simple podcast listening

So many podcasts, so little time.

We're living in a podcast renaissance, and you need the right tools if you want to listen with gusto.

Overcast makes finding new podcasts and organizing your playlists easy. Among the app's most notable features are integrations with CarPlay, Apple Watch and Twitter, allowing you to pull recommendations from Twitter users you follow.

A premium subscription removes ads from the app.

Average Rating: 4.7/5 ★★★★☆

Price: Free, in-app purchases, $9.99 premium upgrade

Category: News

13. Alarmy (iOS, iPadOS)

Best for: Heavy sleepers

Dubbed as "the world's most annoying alarm clock," Alarmy will ensure you never sleep through your alarm again. Seriously.

The app turns your iPhone into a motivational alarm clock that forces you to get out of bed, with crazy-loud alarm tones and various challenges including math problems, memory games and visual puzzles. Until you solve the challenge, the app won't turn off the alarm — and it won't let you shut it off, either.

Average Rating: 4.9/5 ★★★★☆

Price: Free, in-app purchases, $9.99 premium upgrade

Category: Utilities, Productivity

By Jackie Nash

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