10 iPhone apps you should try + bonus iPhone trick

By now you’ve got your go-to apps on your iPhone. But if you’ve been wondering what to add next to get the most out of that shiny Apple device, take a look through my have to have app list.

The Olympics – Official App for the Olympic Games (free)

o.pngThe official app of the Olympic Game–just in time for the launch of the 2016 Rio Olympics, use the app to get the latest news and schedules for Rio 2016. find Olympic results and records for all sports, athletes and Games. track your favorite Olympic sports and athletes; and  view highlights of the day’s events.

 

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Google Maps (free)

Google-_map.pngGoogle Maps, which was once included with all iPhones, is now an app that you have to download separately—and you should. Google Maps has proven itself more accurate than Apple’s own map app, with turn-by-turn directions by car, foot and public transportation. With Google Maps, you’ll see estimated travel times, integration with your Google account for quick access to your home and work addresses (optional), and the ability to rotate the map by pressing two fingers to the screen and twisting them.

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BusBus NYC  (Free)

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Are you curious about where your MTA bus is in NYC? Now you can see where it is in real-time. Currently, the buses available via this service are limited, but the MTA is rolling this out to more buses soon.

 

Transit App  (Free)

transit.pngReal-Time Tracker & Directions for Bus, Subway and Metro including Offline Schedules Open up the app and boom: upcoming departure times for all nearby transit lines are right there, displayed in big text and bright colors. Plan your trip, set reminders, and get notified about disruptions. Or maybe public transport isn’t cooperating? Don’t fret: you can easily request an Uber, book a car2go, or see where the closest bike-share station is.

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Waze (free)

wazaaaaa.jpegWhether you’re a big driver or just going on a long road trip, you should check out Waze. The app knows how fast users are traveling on the road and redirects you around traffic mid-trip, ultimately shortening your commute. Waze tracks more than just traffic; it also alerts you to construction, accidents, red-light cameras, and even police ahead on your route.

 

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AroundMe (free)

aroundme.pngAroundMe identifies your location and provides you with a list of businesses and services nearby. Whether you’re looking for a gas station or a five star restaurant, AroundMe can find what you’re looking for. Every listing you can choose to see its location on a Map, view the route from where you are, add the information to your contact list or even email the information to a friend.
The Nearby listing allows you to find information using Wikipedia about what is around you.

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Pocket (Free)

unnamed.pngEven in these ultra-modern times there are still instances where we can’t get an internet connection, but this doesn’t have to mean you can’t read websites, thanks to the excellent Pocket app. It allows you to save articles, news stories, blog posts, videos and much more, letting you read and watch them offline. You can also synchronize your saved articles across every device you’ve installed Pocket on, allowing you to pick up where you left off and continue reading or watching.

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Walter – Your Smart Travel Compass (free)

icon175x175.jpegWalter is a unique travel app from Triposo. It acts as a smart travel compass but instead of pointing you north, south, east or west, it points you towards sights, restaurants, shops and bars. Holding you phone in the direction you want to go Walter shows you the hotspots that are nearby. The app doesn’t show you the actual shop names, but gives you a general idea on which way to head to go to an area that has the things you want.

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The Weather Channel  (free)

51541_orig.pngNone of us will be able to bend the weather to our will like Sean Connery in 1998’s The Avengers, or Thor in the other Avengers. Instead, we rely on weather apps like The Weather Channel’s offering to keep us alert to the weather’s whims. This excellently designed iPhone app provides all the weather information you need, and works with apple watch.

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CityMaps2Go (free)

unnamed.pngThe #1 travel app lets you discover exciting new places, beautiful photos and insider tips at the touch of a button. You will receive stories about places you like and can instantly save and find them on your maps and in your lists. No roaming, no hassle. See your location on the map via gps, no internet connection is required. Find streets, addresses or attractions and get pointed in the walking direction.

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Bonus trick

How to enable visual notifications on your iPhone using the LED flash.

  1. Launch Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Tap on General.
  3. Tap on Accessibility.
  4. Toggle LED Flash for Alerts to ON.

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To disable the notification light, repeat the same process and toggle the setting to OFF.

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