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10 Best iOS Apps Of 2013

Get the most from your iPhone or iPad with these App Store gems.
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Google Maps
What a long, strange trip it's been. The original Maps app in iOS was powered by Google Maps until Apple switched to its own homegrown mapping system in mid-2012. Google Maps returned to the iOS App Store a year ago, albeit as a third-party alternative to Apple's Maps app.  
So why did Google Maps make our Top 10 list? Because it delivers an excellent set of mapping tools for iPhone and iPad users. The latest version, in addition to being optimized for iOS 7, has plenty of cool tools, including voice-guided GPS navigation, 360-degree Street View tours, and public transit, biking, and walking directions. Alas, if only Apple would let iOS users choose their default mapping app. Ha! Dream on.

Google Maps
What a long, strange trip it's been. The original Maps app in iOS was powered by Google Maps until Apple switched to its own homegrown mapping system in mid-2012. Google Maps returned to the iOS App Store a year ago, albeit as a third-party alternative to Apple's Maps app.

So why did Google Maps make our Top 10 list? Because it delivers an excellent set of mapping tools for iPhone and iPad users. The latest version, in addition to being optimized for iOS 7, has plenty of cool tools, including voice-guided GPS navigation, 360-degree Street View tours, and public transit, biking, and walking directions. Alas, if only Apple would let iOS users choose their default mapping app. Ha! Dream on.

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Thomas Claburn
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12/13/2013 | 10:32:04 PM
Re: Duolingo and Uber get my vote
I'll second Uber and Duolingo. Great apps.
D. Henschen
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12/13/2013 | 5:06:00 PM
Duolingo and Uber get my vote
Out of all of these, I think I'll download Duolingo -- for Spanish and German translation -- and Uber, for hailing cabs and private drivers. Last time I was in San Francisco it started raining and the cab lines at hotels were out the door. Could have used a private driver to get to the airport ontime.
Kristin Burnham
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12/13/2013 | 4:43:20 PM
Re: What's your favorite iOS app?
I love the Pocket app -- great for those in-between moments like when you're at the doctor's office and want to catch up on articles you've saved for later.
Laurianne
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12/13/2013 | 2:15:37 PM
What's your favorite iOS app?
Did we mention your favorite iOS app? If not, please share.
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