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While many big-name apps are available on both Android and iOS, there are still quite a few that you’ll only find on your iPhone or iPad. Sometimes it’s for technical reasons, like audio latency. Sometimes it’s for Retina-level graphics How Does The Apple Retina Display Work? [MakeUseOf Explains] How Does The Apple Retina Display Work? [MakeUseOf Explains] These days, people are crazy about the Apple Retina Display. Supposedly, it does wonders! A completely non-pixelated screen? Who would have ever thought?! However, many questions loom the supposedly revolutionary technological advancement. Is it really... Read More . And, of course, there are times when it just seems like platform exclusivity for its own sake.

Regardless of the reasons, here are 13 awesome iOS apps you won’t find on Android.

1. Camera+ ($2.99)

There are a lot of great camera apps Tested: Can The Right Camera App Make Your Phone's Camera Work Better? Tested: Can The Right Camera App Make Your Phone's Camera Work Better? Did you ever stop to think that the right camera app may improve your phone's innate abilities? Is that even possible? Read More out there for both platforms, but Camera+ is one of the most popular — and it’s only available on iOS. Lots of shooting modes, exposure and focus controls, alignment grids, and a variety of great editing features make this a solid deal for $2.99 (or $4.99 on the iPad). It also includes Clarity, a nice feature for making the most out of any light conditions.

2. Enlight ($3.99)

iOS App Enlight

Another great all-in-one photo app, Enlight is built around making edits as easy as possible Top 11 iOS Photo Editing Apps for Tweaks, Filters & Artwork Top 11 iOS Photo Editing Apps for Tweaks, Filters & Artwork There are plenty of free and paid iPhone apps to edit your photos, turn them into artwork, and make you looking stunning — here are our favorites. Read More . You can add text, tweak filters, even apply masking and blend multiple photos together. With features made specifically for sharing on Instagram, you can be sure you’ll get tons of followers and likes. $3.99 is a pretty good price, but you won’t find that deal on Android.

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3. Paper by FiftyThree (Free, IAPs)

iOS App Paper by FiftyThree

When it comes to drawing apps, Paper reigns supreme. Its wide variety of sketching tools, photo annotation abilities, and note-taking functions combined with a simple, pleasing interface to create a fantastic all-around app. Using the dedicated (but expensive) stylus makes it an even better experience. You can start using it for free, but only on an iOS device.

4. Hyperlapse (Free)

Time-lapse videos Hyper-Lapse Photography is Like Time-Lapse Photography On Speed [Stuff to Watch] Hyper-Lapse Photography is Like Time-Lapse Photography On Speed [Stuff to Watch] Time-lapse photography is a method of showing the passing of time from what is usually a fixed viewpoint, sometimes incorporating a pan, zoom or sweep. The technique uses still photos shot at regular intervals which... Read More are really cool, but they’re hard to make with your phone. Keeping your device stable over more than a few seconds can prove to be a big challenge, and that can have drastic effects on your video. Instagram’s free Hyperlapse app uses stabilization technology to keep everything looking smooth for iOS time-lapse videos without a ton of camera shake.

5. Adobe Photoshop Fix (Free)

iOS App Adobe Photoshop Fix

While they’ve released some apps for Android, Adobe seems to focus on iOS for their more popular creative tools, like Photoshop Fix. This app helps you smooth out skin tones, removes blemishes, and fixes up anything else you might want in your photos. Professional-level retouching and finishing tools make this a must-have for serious mobile photographers (those with iPhones, anyway).

6. Dark Sky ($3.99)

iOS App Dark Sky

People are really particular about their weather apps, The Weather Doesn't Have to be Dull With These iPhone Apps The Weather Doesn't Have to be Dull With These iPhone Apps I know it's going to rain — but isn't there a more engaging way of breaking the news? Read More  and a lot of people who have high standards use Dark Sky. Its focus on “hyperlocal” weather gives you a really accurate idea of when precipitation is coming, and its useful radar animations help you see what’s going on nearby. Whether you think the added functionality is worth paying $3.99 for, there’s no denying it’s a nice-looking app. And it’s only on iOS.

7. Overcast (Free)

iOS App Overcast

It sounds like another weather app, but Overcast is a podcast player. Its biggest draw is that it compresses the silences in podcasts so you can listen to the whole show faster without sacrificing listening quality. It also normalizes volume across different shows so you can always hear clearly. And it’s now free! If you’re still using iTunes to listen to your podcasts, you’re missing out. And you’ll continue missing out if you use Android.

8. Figure (Free)

While other platforms have been trying to woo creatives away from iOS, there are some apps that keep them coming back. Figure is one of them; this easy-to-use music-making app lets you craft your own beats with a few taps. Combine drums, bass, and lead synth, then tweak the rhythm, range, and scale step to get the exact sound you’re looking for. More advanced users will appreciate other features like an arpeggiator, adjustable shuffle, and Pump mode.

9. Tweetbot ($9.99)

iOS App Tweetbot

Third-party Twitter apps Forget Twitter's Official iPhone App, Use These Instead Forget Twitter's Official iPhone App, Use These Instead Now that we've told you why everyone needs Twitter in their lives, here's one more piece of unsolicited advice: don't use the official Twitter app. Read More are all over the place, but Tweetbot has been around for a very long time and still sits atop the throne. Its scheduling, analytics, mute filters, and other features make it a must-have app for anyone addicted to Twitter. It’s also really useful for anyone running a blog or a website and trying to get social traffic. $9.99 is an awful lot for a social media app, but there’s a reason it’s so popular.

10. Infinity Blade III ($6.99)

The Infinity Blade series has always been one of the most graphically impressive game series available on mobile devices, and it’s only available on iOS. It’s an addictive action RPG that lets players battle it out with swords, axes, hammers, and other handheld weapons against a range of powerful enemies. This is a beautiful game, and it really takes advantage of Apple’s mobile hardware and graphics capabilities.

11. Papers, Please ($7.99)

iOS App Paper Please

While Papers, Please doesn’t have amazing graphics, it’s known as a rather affecting game. And it’s been praised as a good example of video-game-as-art 5 Games That Remind Us That Video Games Are Art 5 Games That Remind Us That Video Games Are Art Art is one of the few things in life that could arguably be considered 100% subjective. One man's art flop is another man's masterpiece. It's strange to think of video games as art, especially since... Read More . You play a border guard stamping passports of visitors into a fictional country, and you’ll watch a story unfold that requires you to decide whether to allow or deny people access. It’s a bit of a sleeper hit, but you’ll only be able to check out the touch-enhanced mobile version on iOS.

12. Bike Baron ($2.99)

iOS App Bike Baron

Physics games can be a lot of fun, and Bike Baron’s physics puzzles are an absolute blast. Guide the Baron and his motorcycle through crazy levels by alternately hitting the gas and the brake, collecting rocket packs, and not hitting any explosive barrels. The graphics are goofy and fun, and levels can be played in a couple minutes. Definitely worth the couple bucks for your iPhone or iPad.

13. Year Walk ($3.99)

If you haven’t heard of Year Walk, you’re behind the mobile-gaming times. This digital version of a Scandinavian tradition sees players moving through a haunting, frozen landscape and meeting mythical creatures. It’s a unique, unnerving 9 Unique Playable Storytelling Experiences on iPhone & iPad 9 Unique Playable Storytelling Experiences on iPhone & iPad From a game that you can literally play with your eyes closed to an entire interactive movie, the App Store has a variety of games with a fresh take on storytelling. Read More , almost literary, experience and absolutely worth downloading. If you don’t have an iPhone, you can get it on Steam; just not for Android.

Your Favorite iOS Exclusives

While many of these apps have Android equivalents, some just absolutely can’t be replicated elsewhere. These certainly aren’t the only iOS-exclusive apps, though — there are even a number of great native iOS apps that are worth using. And there are a lot of other apps that you can only get on an iPhone or iPad. We want to hear about your favorites!

Which apps keep you using your iOS device? What would you have to give up to go to Android? Which iOS exclusives are your favorites? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

  1. spuffler
    November 3, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    Well, the point about keeping apps up to date brings associated problems. First, updated apps usually bring new features. New features always bring troubles; the intentions of the developers are to eliminate problems yet every simple app gets more features to draw larger installed user base. More features include more code to have issues with. I tend to greatly dislike apps that get over-developed, for the complexity of use and for the upward spiral of code issues.
    Next, someone else decides when and how to correct the problems, without asking all the users. Getting development input from users who post in a developer forum is very closed minded. Hence, I use tools to save older versions of Android apps. Fearing being hacked needs to be based on someone knowing my number, my app version, and getting root access - not likely. Keeping apps up to date is a mixed blessing, and is easily used in a manner synonymous with being a scare tactic.

    • Dann Albright
      November 12, 2016 at 11:01 pm

      As far as I'm aware, I didn't make a point about keeping apps up to date . . . did I miss something? Also, updating apps may be a mixed blessing, but it's also the only way you're going to get bugs and vulnerabilities fixed.

  2. Derrick Green
    October 29, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    I use quickbook self employed for millage and business expense tracking. This application is one of the reason I had to switch to IOS from android a few years ago.

    • Doc
      October 30, 2016 at 9:31 pm

      Millage???

  3. Loveliiiii
    October 29, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    I love paper by 53 and its one of the reasons why im hesitant in going to android. Do you suggest any alternative?

    • Doc
      October 30, 2016 at 9:33 pm

      AlternativeTo.net suggests Bamboo Paper by Wacom for Android.

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