Apps have become the foundation to everything I do. From creating stories to enjoying movies, from reading books to being productive throughout the day, it’s all because of these apps. Here’s a list of all the ones I use. I’ll keep this list updated, adding new ones that I love, and removing the ones that I don’t.
(Last updated 01/11/17)
These are some key apps that are already built on iOS that I use daily. Camera is how I capture the world like never before. Photos organizes all of those pictures and videos for me, Messages is my number one way to communicate, Safari is my browser and my window into the internet.
These are the apps that are downloaded before anything else. These are the apps that I couldn’t imagine not having in my life. Ulysses for writing, Simple for banking, Omnifocus for task management, Tweetbot for gathering information, 1Password for logins and passwords, Overcast for podcasts, Fantastical for my calendar, Dropbox for all of my files, PCalc for dealing with numbers, Marvin for reading books, Weather Line for weather, and NeuBible for reading verses.
I consider studio apps my hardcore tools that freed me from the computer. Cubasis for recording music, iMovie for editing videos, Pixelmator for editing pictures, Analytics for tracking my audience, and Editorial to edit code.
I’ve tried more photo apps than I’m proud to admit. But I’m happy to know that I’ve narrowed my list down to just a handful. Pixelmator for professional editing, Darkroom for quick editing, Over for adding text to photos, and Cleanz for cleaning up my photo library.
I don’t need a TV anymore. I don’t even need cable. These apps allow me to watch anything I want, from just my iPhone and iPad. Plex is my home-base for every movie and show that I’ve added to my movie server, Netflix is Netflix (which I love), YouTube is my source for almost every video I come across online, HBO Go is for the few premium shows that only HBO provides, Snapseat is for movies playing at a theatre, giving the show times, ratings and trailers, and Trailers is my favorite app for movie trailers.
I don’t listen to music as much as I used to. When I do though, it’s through either Apple Music, Noon Pacific, or CloudBeats. Apple Music is a monthly subscription like Netflix, Noon Pacific is my recent favorite, where they release a new mixtape in the app (and on their site) every Monday, with a curated selection of songs. CloudBeats is usually my go to though. It uses Dropbox and whatever music you have stored in a particular folder. Genius is my go to for lyrics and annotation, breaking down what the artist is saying, as well as a deep into what they’re talking about. Pandora is still the best though for a beginner wanting to jump right into streaming music.
I rarely play games on iOS, but when I do, I play these. Oceanhorn is like Zelda, Mini Metro is a minimalist and a strategist’s dream game, Monument Valley is like nothing before, Mikey Hooks is Mario and Spider-Man, and Limbo is eery, but fun.
These apps don’t need an explanation, but they are key parts to a smartphone. Tweetbot is the most used app on my phone, easily. I use Facebook and Messenger more and more each day, mainly because it’s the quickest and easiest way to keep in touch.
These are apps that serve a specific purpose. Soulver had become critical for me: I make a list of the things I’m budgeting for this week, with an amount on side of it, and Soulver does the math for me and shows how much money is remaining. Words and numbers together, brilliant. 1Blocker saves me from all the ads online, cleaning up all the websites I visit. Screens is a VNC (My Mac mini is plugged into the wall and to the Internet at home without a screen. The Screens app lets me log in to the Mac from my iPhone and iPad. Workflow has become a very important part of my daily use, with a bunch of little workflows that help run my site. Rewind helps me with locations, marking the time when I leave and arrive at my locations, and how long I’ve been there. Deliveries is the best way to stay updated with packaged that are being shipped to you, using the tracking numbers on the box. Archives is an app that I rarely use, but critical when I need it. It has one job: unzip a zip file. Pinner is my Pinboard manager for all of my bookmarks.