12 best apps you can only find on iPhone

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These days, your iPhone is capable of just about anything, from looking up recipes to managing your dating life. What's more, Apple's App Store offers one of the largest app collections in the world.

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 12 of the best iOS apps out there.

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

1. 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.

Average Rating: 4.6/5 ★★★★☆

Price: Free, in-app purchases

Compatibility: Requires iOS 13.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Category: Utilities

2. Alarmed (iOS)

Best for: Never forgetting anything again

In today's fast-paced world, you're constantly busy with countless tasks competing for your attention. And unless you've got an incredible memory, it's easy to become overwhelmed.

Enter Alarmed, an all-in-one time app that's packed with useful features — pop-up reminders, wakeup alarms and sleep timers, to name just a few.

Average Rating: 4.7/5 ★★★★☆

Price: Free, in-app purchases

Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Category: Productivity

3. Apollo for Reddit (iOS)

Best for: Navigating Reddit

Reddit is one of the most popular web content resources on the planet, but exploring Reddit on your phone can be a bit of a chore.

Custom built for iOS, Apollo offers a better, more streamlined and digestible Reddit reading experience that remains unparalleled in the app universe. Apollo reigns supreme.

Average Rating: 4.8/5 ★★★★☆

Price: Free, in-app purchases

Compatibility: Requires iOS 12.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Category: News

4. Bear (iOS, watchOS, iPadOS, macOS)

Best for: Championing note-taking

Taking notes can sometimes be a Bear, and by that we mean fun and simple.

With a range of features that provide flexibility and focus, Bear is the perfect tool for creating modernized to-do lists, jotting down notes and crafting sketches — and it's beautifully designed for the iPhone.

There are myriad note-taking apps out there, but Bear is simply our favorite.

Average Rating: 4.7/5 ★★★★☆

Price: Free, in-app purchases

Compatibility: Requires iOS 11.0 and watchOS 4.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Category: Productivity

5. Bingie (iOS)

Best for: Streaming recommendations and debates

If you've ever been overwhelmed trying to choose the next TV show or movie to watch on HBO Max, Netflix, Hulu or any other streaming service, Bingie may be just the app for you.

Bingie provides a riveting space for discovery and discussion within the world of content streaming.

Average Rating: 3.4/5 ★★★☆☆

Price: Free

Compatibility: Requires iOS 13.2 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Category: Entertainment

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

Best for: Planning your day

In a year when so many moments of human connection and comfort were made possible by apps, Apple's Best of 2020 winners did more than impress users with their technical features and award-winning designs — they made a deep personal imprint. They helped us connect, and they reminded us to take care of ourselves.

With its versatility and intuitiveness, it's no surprise Fantastical was named Apple's 2020 Mac app of the year. It's quick, convenient and feature-rich, with talk-to-text and natural-language event creation, advanced integration with the rest of your system 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 an app that will make scheduling your life easier, Fantastical is it.

Average Rating: 3.3/5 ★★★☆☆

Price: Free, in-app purchases; $5 premium upgrade

Compatibility: Requires iOS 13.2 and watchOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Category: Productivity

7. Gemini Photos (iOS)

Best for: Cleaning up your camera roll

Remember the 85 photos you took to get that one perfect shot? They're still sitting on your iPhone, eating up all your storage.

Buying more storage when you have too many photos is like getting a new closet when you have too much stuff. You could do that — or you could stop spending money on things you don't need and clean up your library with Gemini Photos.

Average Rating: 4.2/5 ★★★★☆

Price: Free, in-app purchases

Compatibility: Requires iOS 12.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Category: Utilities

8. Overcast (iOS, watchOS)

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.

Average Rating: 4.7/5 ★★★★☆

Price: Free, in-app purchases

Compatibility: Requires iOS 12.1 and watchOS 5.2 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Category: News

9. Things (iOS, watchOS, macOS)

Best for: Organizing your life

Things, now on version 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.

Things doesn't require an iPhone 12, but you'll want to upgrade to iOS 14 to take advantage of widgets.

Average Rating: 4.8/5 ★★★★☆

Price: $9.99

Compatibility: Requires iOS 12.1 and watchOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Category: Productivity

10. Tweetbot (iOS, iPadOS)

Best for: Tweeting on your own terms

If you're looking for a turbo-charged version of the standard Twitter app, look no further than Tweetbot, our favorite Twitter client for iOS.

Now on version 4, Tweetbot will help you take your tweeting to the next level, providing detailed control of your Twitter account and granular levels of control over feeds, notifications and keywords.

Average Rating: 4.7/5 ★★★★☆

Price: $4.99, in-app purchases

Compatibility: Requires iOS 12.4 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Category: Social Networking

11. Wakeout (iOS, watchOS)

Best for: Making exercise manageable

Whether you're on the couch watching your favorite show, working from home or in bed, there's a Wakeout routine at the ready designed to get you moving and break the sedentary pattern.

Named Apple's 2020 iPhone app of the year, Wakeout is described as "exercise for busy people."

The app features more than 1,000 exercises designed for a variety of settings.

Average Rating: 4.4/5 ★★★★☆

Price: Free, in-app purchases

Compatibility: Requires iOS 13.0 and watchOS 6.2 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Category: Health & Fitness

12. Weather Line (iOS)

Best for: Real-time weather forecasting and monitoring

You can't control the weather, but Weather Line can help you prepare for Mother Nature's plans.

Weather Line's Super Forecast feature sets it apart from other weather apps on the market, combining the top weather data — rain: Dark Sky, forecasting: Weather Channel and radar: WeatherOps by WDT — into a single view.

Average Rating: 4.5/5 ★★★★☆

Price: Free, in-app purchases

Compatibility: Requires iOS 13.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Category: Weather

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By Jackie Nash

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