Now that your shiny new iPhone 11 is here, the first thing you’ll want to do is load it up with apps. And here, you’re truly spoiled for choice. The App Store and hundreds of thousands of amazing apps to choose from. But of course, you don’t have time to go through all of them. Here are the best app for iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max.
20 Best Apps for iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro
1. Try Apple Arcade
Your new iPhone ships with iOS 13 and a new feature in the App Store is Apple Arcade. This is Apple’s new gaming service which gives you access to more than 50 games (more to be added later) for one flat fee of $4.99/month. And the first month is free. So you should go to the Arcade tab in App Store to sign up for a trial. Then explore and download games that you like. There are a variety of games. Ranging from puzzle games, racing games to complex roleplaying games.
If you plan on using your iPhone 11 for tracking your bike rides, walks or runs, Strava is the best app for you. Strava has great tracking engine. But what’s great about Strava is that the app has a community built around runners and cyclists. You can take part in groups, challenges and lot more.
1Password is hands down the best password manager for iPhone, iPad and the Mac. It’s the most secure and versatile option for saving passwords. You can choose to save your 1Password vault locally, in Dropbox or in 1Password’s own cloud service.
If you’ve never tried 1Password, now is the right time. iOS 13 has support for third-party apps for password autofill. Once enabled, you’ll be able to autofill username and passwords in Safari and in apps directly from 1Password.
Overcast is the best free podcast app for iPhone. You get access to a clean interface and features like Smart Speed and Volume Boost. Overcast’s Smart Playlist feature is also feature-rich.
iPhone 11 comes with a new feature that lets you edit the depth effect after you’ve taken the picture. If you liked this feature, you’ll live the Focos app which is a pro version of the app.
The app gives you precise control over front and back bokeh, and the range of depth control is also higher. You can go all the way from f/1.4 to f/20 (Photos app only goes till f/16).
VSCO is the best free third-party camera app on the iPhone. You can shoot images in RAW, and you get access to all the usual image controls – exposure, focus, brightness and more.
Where VSCO truly stands out are the filters. They’re now years old but still legendary. Pick a preset and just edit the images.
iPhone 11 has an amazing camera and the Smart HDR feature automatically creates awesome pictures for you. But what if you want manual control over the process? Use Halide to shoot photos in RAW. The app’s UI in intuitive and you quickly adjust the focus, brightness, exposure, shutter speed and more.
Download: Halide ($4.99)
8. Pcalc Lite
Pcalc Lite is the best calculator app on the iPhone. Now in iOS 12, it supports Siri Shortcuts as well. So you can create a Siri shortcut to quickly convert the amount that’s already in your clipboard.
Download: Pcalc Lite
Apollo is a thoughtfully designed Reddit client for iPhone. The true black theme looks amazing on the OLED display on the iPhone 11 Pro. The app is filled with gestures and has a customizable interface.
Snapseed is the best and easiest way to edit photos. Not every shot you capture on the iPhone 11 is going to be amazing. Some of them can use a bit of touch up. Using Snapseed’s intuitive UI, you can use swipe gestures to change brightness, contrast, highlights, vibrancy and more.
Spotify is the best third-party music streaming service. If you don’t like Apple Music, you should be using Spotify. The app has an amazing music discovery engine. It uses crowd-sourced data, algorithms, and curators to bring you new awesome playlists that are personalized just for you.
You’ll come across a lot of interesting stuff to read on your iPhone 11. But you don’t always have the time to read a longform piece right that second. Add it to Pocket and the article will be downloaded to your device. Pocket will strip all formatting from the article. Only text and images will remain. And they’ll be presented in a beautiful, easy to read format. The black theme looks killer on the big new iPhone 11 Pro Max display.
Reeder is the best RSS reader on the iPhone. If you use an RSS service of any kind, you should be using Reeder. The app’s gesture-based UI in intuitive to use. The reading experience is awesome as well. The Black theme is a standout.
Download: Reeder ($4.99)
14. Google Maps
Apple Maps still doesn’t have the turn-by-turn navigation feature in many countries around the world. Plus, it just doesn’t have enough data. For most users around the world, Google Maps is a much better, and a more reliable maps and navigation app.
Download: Google Maps
15. Bear Notes
If you’re going to ditch the Apple Notes app, do it for Bear Notes. The app is gorgeous to look and is choke full of text editing features. You can write in Markdown and export to HTML or PDF. The formatting bar over the keyboard makes text manipulation a breeze. Plus, you get support for drag and drop as well.
Download: Bear Notes
There’s a document scanning feature in Notes app but it’s quite basic. If you want to supercharge your scanning workflow, check out Scanbot. With the Scanbot app you can quite literally make automate your scanning and sharing process by creating a workflow. Scan a couple of pages and with a tap of a button, upload it to a specific folder in Dropbox, or share it with a group of people.
17. Just Press Record
The Voice Memos app in iOS 12 gets a new redesign but I still think Just Press Record app is better. At least, it’s simpler. Just open the app and tap on the button to start recording. You can even start recording from the widget, or using your Apple Watch.
Download: Just Press Record ($4.99)
iCloud Drive is not the best option for storing and syncing your files. That honor still goes to Dropbox. And the iPhone app is clean and a joy to use. You can quickly create folders, upload photos or documents, and share files with other users. You can also make files available for offline use.
19. Dropbox Paper
Dropbox Paper is a better alternative to Google Docs. It brings the document collaboration feature to the smartphone world. The app is thoughtfully designed and makes it easy to embed media and tables. Plus, you can tag your collaborators, leave comments and even track todos from all documents in one single view.
Download: Dropbox Paper
TickTick is one of the best to do managers for iPhone. The app is free and packed with features. You can use Siri to add tasks, and you get all the standard features for free – multiple projects, natural language processing, notes, due dates, reminders, smart lists, and more.
Your Favorite iPhone Apps?
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