The essential apps to install on your new iPhone or iPad

When you buy an iPad or iPhone, you’ll find an overwhelming number of apps in the App Store, both from Apple itself and from a multitude of third-party developers.

Elsewhere we’ve rounded up some of the best free apps for the iPhone and iPad, but here we’ve picked out our favourites, both paid and free, that are essential for an iPhone or iPad user.

TV catchup and streaming

TV catchup and streamingWe’d recommend downloading the main TV catchup apps for your iPad or iPhone. We’re talking BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4 and My5, which pretty much covers mainstream TV in the UK.

We particularly like BBC iPlayer, as it offers a huge range of content that you can stream or even download for offline viewing, and most TV shows are available for 30 days or more.

If you’ve got a subscription, you might also want to download Netflix or Amazon Prime Instant Video, and there’s also the likes of Sky Go, Virgin TV Anywhere, and NowTV, which offers most of Sky’s content, including the sports and movies.

Travel and weather

Travel and weatherFeature rich and visually attractive, Citymapper offers detailed information to get you around a growing number of big city destinations, including London, Paris, Barcelona, Berlin and New York.

Street savvy urban dweller and tourist alike, the app does a great job of collating lots of information, including travel and weather news, into one app that gets you from A to B safely and efficiently.

We’d also recommend downloading a really good weather app such as Accuweather or Met Office, as you’ll find much more detailed and accurate information than that provided by Apple’s default weather app.

Read about more weather apps for your iPhone or iPad here

Photography

PhotographyWhile Apple’s native Camera app has been significantly improved in the most recent versions of iOS, Camera+consistently sets the standard for camera apps.

Camera+ offers a range of manual shooting modes and controls to take your iPhone photography to the next level, including those for adjusting the focus, exposure, white balance and shutter speed.

You’ll also find macro-style close-ups, artistic filters and borders for extra creativity options too.

It’s Lab feature offers access to even more editing tools, including the opportunity to adjust the clarity and refine detail in your image.

Other good camera and photography apps include Snapseed and Enlight, and you’ll find even more in our best photography apps round-up.

Social media

Social mediaYou’ll also want to download all of your social media apps. Our picks are Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest, but you might want to install messaging apps like Whatsapp too.

Take a look at our picks for the best messaging apps for iPhone for more inspiration.

Banking

BankingMost major banks in the UK have companion apps that let you manage your finances online. We find it incredibly useful to be able to log in and move money around, pay bills and repay friends wherever we are using an online banking app. Follow the links below to find the app designed for your bank.

Barclays Mobile Banking
Lloyds Banks Mobile Banking
Royal Bank of Scotland
HSBC Mobile Banking
NatWest
Tesco Bank
Halifax Mobile Banking
Santander Personal Banking
TSB

Voucher codes

Voucher codesFor you bargain hunters out there, we’d recommend the Voucher Codes app. There you’ll find vouchers for restaurants, shops and more so it’s always worth a check before you get the bill or reach the checkout in your favourite store.

We’ve seen it include vouchers like 25% off Dorothy Perkins, 30% off Body Shop, 25% off La Tasca, and £15 off for new Uber customers.

Games

GamesWe love using our iPad and iPhone for gaming, too. It’s particularly great for staying entertained on the commute, for example.

Our favourites right now include brain training game Peak, Plants vs Zombies 2 and puzzler Rop.

Let’s not forget the all-conquering Mario though – Super Mario Run is only £7.99 and is a full game with no in-app purchases necessary. Here’s our review.

If you want more gaming inspiration, check out our round-ups of the best iPad & iPhone games, best free iPad games, and best free iPhone games.

What are your favourite essential iOS apps? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Logitech Slim Combo Protective Case With Apple Pencil Holder Launched for New iPad Pro

Logitech Slim Combo Protective Case With Apple Pencil Holder Launched for New iPad Pro

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Logitech has just unveiled new Slim Combo cases for new iPad Pro models
  • It comes with detachable keypad and Apple Pencil holder
  • It is available at $129.99 for 10.5-inch & $149.99 for 12.9-inch versions

Apple, at its WWDC 2017 conference for developers on Monday, announced a slew of new devices along with a refreshed lineup of some old ones. It launched two new iPads – 10.5-inch iPad Pro and 12.9-inch iPad Pro at the keynote event. Following the launches, Logitech has announced new Slim Combo case that includes a protective cover and a detachable keyboard for the newly introduced iPads.

The Logitech Slim Combo is currently available in Black and Blue colour at Apple retail stores and online stores of both Logitech and Apple. The price for the 10.5-inch version is $129.99 (roughly Rs. 8,400) while the 12.9-inch variant costs $149.99 (roughly Rs. 9,700).

The Logitech Slim Combo is claimed to be a versatile case that will enable four use modes for the iPad Pro models – typing, viewing, FaceTime, and reading. This will be handy when you are on a go and want to send an email, draw a graph using Apple Pencil, and video call using FaceTime.

The backlit keyboard of the Slim Combo case is detachable, which means you can easily pull it off your iPad, and it connects to the iPad Pro through its Smart Connector while getting the juice from the iPad itself. This will save you from requiring to charge the case externally.

In addition, the Slim Combo case can be rotated within a 50-degree range that gives good viewing angles while also offering a 360-degree protection. The case also comes with an Apple Pencil holder so that you don’t lose it while carrying it in transit.

“In the past, you were bound to a workspace with a PC, and used your tablet for quick messages or entertainment when you weren’t in the office; that’s not the case anymore,” said Michele Hermann, vice president of mobility at Logitech, in the company’s release. He added, “To be a pro today, you need the power of the PC, but more easily available whether you’re on a train, at the park, in a meeting or wherever you need to be. The Slim Combo unleashes the power of iPad Pro to bring you the future of personal computing; a future that’s easier, faster and more fun.”

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Microsoft Will Introduce Office for iPad

microsoft office for ipad

If you’re both a Microsoft fan and an iPad user, this could be good news. Microsoft apparently plans to introduce Microsoft Office for iPad by developing a version of Office specifically for use with the device.

We should mention some clarifications here. Technically you can already use existing Office Web Apps on the iPad. The apps are available to users without a Windows operating system through Microsoft’s Skydrive cloud service.

See the video below for more details:


 



The company also has a “mobile” version of Office for iPhone, but it is only available to subscribers of Office 365, Microsoft’s virtual office software.

A New Microsoft Office for iPad

A new Microsoft Office for iPad app would apparently entail touch interface, reports The Verge. Microsoft is apparently working on touch interface for the Windows version of Office first. The company may then expand it to other devices. But there are no specifics on when the new version could be introduced.

It’s not clear whether a new Microsoft Office for iPad app would be available only to Office 365 subscribers as is the case with the Office version for iPhone.

But Microsoft is clearly trying to get people to use its products even on devices that don’t use Windows. For example, the company has announced it will roll out Remote Desktop apps for Apple and Android mobile operating systems soon.

The software giant is also pushing hard to make its operating system available on more mobile devices. The company’s presence in the mobile market remains weak. Microsoft recently approached HTC about beginning to run Windows Phone as an alternative on the company’s Android devices.

Under what circumstances would you use the Microsoft Office for iPad app in your business?

iPad Photo via Shutterstock

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Apple Will Introduce New iPad, iPad Mini by Holidays

iPad

A new Apple iPad may be on the market before the holiday shopping season. The story is that Apple suppliers have begun production on a new line of iPad devices. The long-rumored iPhone 6 as well as a possible smartwatch from Apple may be unveiled soon and available by the end of the year, too.

It was in November 2013 that Apple sold its last new iPad device, the iPad Air. A new, full-sized iPad hasn’t been released since late 2012.

The new 9.7-inch iPad is under mass production right now, Bloomberg reports. Expect an official unveiling either at the end of this quarter or the beginning of the next. Production could be delayed, however, because of troubles with an anti-reflective coating on the display of the tablets.

This would be the fifth generation of the full-sized iPad. The last was released in November 2012.

Production is underway on the next new iPad mini, too. It will reportedly have a 7.9-inch display and be available by the end of the year. Apple released its first iPad mini in 2012.

Sales of Apple tablet products have gone stale and started to decline, presumably prompting the push to release these new devices before the holiday shopping season. In fact, iPad sales are the company’s second-largest source of revenue but it’s a segment that’s been scuffling lately. Sales of iPad devices have dropped from 26 million over the last holiday shopping season to just more than 13 million in the last quarter, reports PC Magazine.

It appears that the new iPhone 6 will be unveiled in September, sources tell Bloomberg. These new phones will feature bigger screens and be sold in two sizes, a 5.5- and 4.7-inch model, according to Bloomberg sources.

Apple released two follow-ups to its iPhone 5 in the last year, the 5s and its first entry into the economy smartphone class, the 5c. A so-called “iWatch” could be released before the end of this year, too. It could have up to a 2.5-inch display and be running some form of iOS, MacRumors reports.

iPad Mini Photo via Shutterstock

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