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11 Must-Have iPhone Apps

Cut through the app clutter. Don't miss these 11 iPhone apps, most of which have been retooled to capitalize on iOS 7.

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Apple sees iOS 7 as a way to distinguish its products from the competition. The company has been encouraging developers to redesign their apps to take advantage of the new features and new look. Craig Federighi, Apple's senior VP of software engineering, has suggested that installing iOS 7 software makes old iPhones seem like new devices.

Third-party apps help sustain that illusion, which is becoming more and more important to Apple as each generation of mobile hardware fights harder to distinguish itself from the preceding generation. The most noted hardware change in the iPhone 5s is the addition of the Touch ID fingerprint sensor. While this year's iPhone is substantially similar to last year's iPhone, the software delivers the functional difference.

What follows are 11 apps that matter, most of which have been retooled to take advantage of iOS 7. It's not an exhaustive list, by any means. There are simply too many apps for that. But the apps that follow are worth looking at.

1. Kindle
Updated to version 4.0 in September, the Kindle app for iOS adopts the flat design of iOS 7 without the ebullient color. It includes a new feature called Collections that simplifies the organization of libraries. Though it lacks the page-turning animation of Apple's iBooks app, it's nonetheless nice to have as an alternative reading application.

2. Yahoo Mail
Yahoo Mail received a significant redesign in October and version 2.0 looks great. It makes effective use of transparency, supports group conversations and large attachments, and provides optional user-selected themes. The search and scroll functions have also been improved.

[ These apps not fitting the bill? See 13 Favorite iOS, Android Apps. ]

3. Reeder 2
An elegantly designed app for reading RSS feeds, Reeder 2 received a design overhaul in September. Though not much changed in terms of capabilities, it's still a worthwhile app, even for $5. Though some users who paid for the first version complained about having to pay again for version 2, the blame for that should fall on Apple for not implementing a paid upgrade mechanism for apps, and on app makers for pricing apps too low to support fractional upgrade pricing.

4. Yahoo Weather
Like Yahoo Mail, Yahoo Weather is one sharp-looking app. Apple itself recognized Yahoo Weather, overhauled in April, with a design award at its developer conference this year. So you know it isn't shabby. It conveys the necessary weather data, but its vivid images, culled from Flickr, invite an emotional response that other weather apps can't quite match.

5. Pocket
For people who tend to browse a lot without reading articles or watching videos all the way through, Pocket can help. The app provides a way to bookmark online content for later consumption. The current version adds iOS 7 design sensibility and support for background syncing even when the app is closed.

6. TiltShiftGen2
Though not the most full-featured photography app, TiltShiftGen2 does a great job of simulating a tilt-shift lens, which can be used to selectively blur portions of an image. As happened with HDR photography a few years ago, this effect has become quite trendy as a way to make real-life objects look like toys. Revised for iOS 7, it's a tool that does what it was designed to do.

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Ariella
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Ariella,
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11/20/2013 | 9:26:51 AM
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I could see my daughter going for the Yahoo weather app, though I'm pretty sure Weather.com offers some of its own. I just looked up what weather apps are available and foudn there are more than I thought there would be listed here: http://appadvice.com/appguides/show/best-iphone-weather-apps They range in price from free to $3.99. Some are heavy on the social component, connecting to FB, etc.
majenkins
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majenkins,
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11/20/2013 | 3:41:41 PM
Kindle
Just FYI the Kindle app does have page turn animations you just have to go turn in on in the settings.

 

Ariella, sorry I couldn't get the site to let me comment expect by replying ot someone.
Ariella
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Ariella,
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11/20/2013 | 3:44:52 PM
Re: Kindle
@majenkins yes, it's fine. the convention is just to write @ [person's name] a the beginning of the comment to alert them that you are replying to them.
Alex Kane Rudansky
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Alex Kane Rudansky,
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11/20/2013 | 10:28:17 AM
Yahoo Weather
I was recently introduced to the Yahoo weather app and I must say it is beautiful! So much better than the Apple weather app. I'm a convert.
shamika
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11/20/2013 | 10:30:13 AM
Re: Yahoo Weather
Well I think having the "Google Translator" will add more value to iPhone apps. 
samicksha
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11/20/2013 | 11:06:34 AM
Re: Yahoo Weather
I bet more than half of iphone users dont know about these application (atleast in India) the very first application they download is whts app and viber rest all misslaneous applications. One of the application i see in every android/ windows/ ios is angry birds and temple run...Kindle seems good in above list although its new device and application for us in India.
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Thomas Claburn,
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11/20/2013 | 4:01:44 PM
Re: Yahoo Weather
One that didn't make the final list that I like is Uber. It's really useful to be able to summon a cab to any location on a map, even when you're not there.
Kristin Burnham
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11/20/2013 | 11:36:10 AM
Thumbs up for Pocket
Pocket has been one of my favorite apps for a while. I love that it syncs with all my devices (including my browser) and is perfect for bookmarking those articles you don't have time to read fully or want to revisit later.
jgherbert
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11/20/2013 | 10:26:31 PM
My Critical Apps
Interesting lack of social networking apps in the list ;-) I was a little surprised that TiltShiftGen was considered a "must-have" app - it's kind of specialized, I think, not a daily workhorse app - especially compared to apps like Instagram.

Much of the list is about right though. My own "daily use" apps are Kindle, BBC News, Reeder, Google+, Facebook, Twitterific, The Weather Channel app, and Casts (a podcast app). I don't use a specific photo app any more - I'm a bit boring and just use the built-in camera these days :)

 

 
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Shepy,
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11/21/2013 | 9:01:25 AM
Ever userful
"IFTTT stands for "if this, then that," which describes a common conditional operation in computer programs. As a service, IFTTT allows users to program the Internet services they rely on. For example, IFTTT can be set up to automatically save all the Instagram pictures you take to Dropbox. Though IFTTT's mobile app debuted in July, its spare graphic sensibility fits iOS 7 design conventions fairly well. Really, it's just a cool app."

IFTTT is definitely one of my favourite services ever, I have so much automated through it. Wapwolf is a more powerful alternative too for some things that IFTTT just cant do 
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