Not the obvious ones. These are iPhone apps that will actually make a difference to your life. Trust us.

Want a game to pass the time between meetings? An app to order lunch? Or do you need something to track your sleep pattern? Whatever you need, the App Store’s a veritable gold mine.

Whether you’re still rocking an iPhone 7 or have splashed out on an iPhone 11 Pro Max, there are apps for everyone.

Here’s a round-up of some essential iPhone apps that will make your life so much easier. From the informative and useful, to the fun and quirky – check ’em out:

Uber & UberEATS – Free

Uber’s revolutionised every night out we’ve ever had since 2015. And UberEATS just makes life even more convenient. Order from over 100 local restaurant menus and get your favourite takeaway meals delivered to your door.

Hopper – Free

Hopper is the essential airline flight checker. As well as searching billions of flight options, it predicts how prices will change. And it can also tell you the best time to buy your ticket.  There’s a handy calendar view that colour-codes the best days of the month to fly to any destination. The price prediction advice explains the chances of the ticket going up or down in simple terms.

Dark Sky – £3.99

Dark Sky is definitely one of the best weather apps out there. Using your GPS location, it gives you forecasts for the coming hour. It can tell you exactly when the weather will change and gives you minute-by-minute forecasts. So, you know if you’ve got time to walk the dog or go for a run before it starts pouring.

Strava – Free  

If you’re serious about running or cycling, then Strava is the iPhone app for you. Use it to track your performance, set goals, and see daily progress updates. If you need a competitive edge, there are leader boards and challenges too. And with plenty of user-created routes, you can change up your usual run or cycle.

FIFA – Free

Footy fans will be especially keen to download this iPhone-only app. It’s a digital magazine featuring news, interviews, and scores. Every Friday, a new issue will download to the app automatically, giving you all the info you need for the weekend fixtures.

Sleep Better – Free

Sleep Better is a smart alarm clock and sleep cycle tracker from Runtastic. Before you go to sleep, open the app and place your phone on your bed. It’ll react to your movement during the night and collect the data. In the morning, you’ll see graphs showing your sleeping patter. Sleep Better’s also compatible with HealthKit, so you can view all your sleep data in the Health app.

Super Mario Run – Free

Everyone’s favourite Italian plumber is back! Collect gold coins and battle Bowser like you did in the 90s – this time with clever one-handed taps and swipes.

Google Photos – Free

There are loads of photo apps around, but Google Photos is a winner. You get unlimited storage for photos and videos, all for free. On top of that, it gives you basic editing tools and the option to make collages and albums. Check out Snapped, too – Google’s own photo editor, designed to make tweaking your snaps on a touchscreen easier.


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