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8 Amazing Things You Can Do With an iPhone

Nancy Messieh 04-12-2015

Over the years, we’ve taken a look at several creative 8 Unique and Creative Potential Uses for the iPhone Read More and unique uses for the iPhone 7 More Unique & Creative Uses for the iPhone Read More . With each new iteration of Apple’s best-selling product, there appears to be no limit to what we are able to do with a small touchscreen device that exists mostly in our pockets.


You can now use your iPhone to pay for public transport, replace your credit card How To Use Apple Pay To Buy Things With Your iPhone Your iPhone may some day be the only device you need to purchase products and services, but first you need to start using Apple Pay. Read More  and even buy things while travelling at altitude. Far more importantly, it has become a key accessibility device 10 iPhone and iPad Apps That Take Accessibility to the Next Level In the past, accessibility has been seen as optional or a nice "bonus" feature, but that view is outdated. Here are 10 apps that make life easier for a wide variety of iPhone users. Read More  for people with vision loss, hearing impairments, developmental challenges, and more.

The iPhone has also become a solid companion for professional photographers, filmmakers, musicians, and podcasters. With a robust developer ecosystem, we are seeing people come up with ways to turn the humble phone into a digital scale, a 3D scanner, and more.

So let’s take a look at some of the most impressive feats you can accomplish with an iPhone.

Music Production

Given the larger screens available on the latest iPhone models, it’s easier than ever to turn your mobile phone into a musical instrument.

The smaller iPhones of 2010 didn’t stop Atomic Tom from using nothing more than their iPhones and a few simple apps to perform one of their songs on the New York City subway, in what was later revealed to be a publicity stunt — and a genius one at that.


The filming of the video went on to garner 1.2 million views on YouTube, and will probably always be cited in lists just like this one on the ways your iPhone is so much more than just a phone.

This was by no means the first example of songs performed using the iPhone as an instrument, and hasn’t been the last. This list of ten songs performed using the iPhone, or iPad Top 10 Songs Played On Apple iDevices - Music Videos Made With iPad, iPhone, & iPod Touch If one company has benefited from the emergence of apps and the app economy more than any other it is Apple. It delivers the hardware, everyone else delivers the software. And Apple takes a cut... Read More , in lieu of instruments proves that.

Five years later and the quality music creation apps has exploded. Apple’s Garageband is available as a $4.99 app for the iPhone (and iPad), and we think it’s worth the cash 5 Reasons to Spend $5 on GarageBand for iOS [iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch] Apple’s popular home music production suite GarageBand has been iOS-friendly on the iPad for a while now, and thanks to last month’s update iPhone and iPod Touch users can finally jam along too. This article... Read More . If you’ve bought an iPhone anytime since September 2013 to the present, or upgraded to iOS 8 on a qualifying device, you get Garageband for free.

Besides the Apple app, you’ll find a wide variety of great drum apps Got Rhythm? 6 Banging iOS Drum Machines Suddenly in need of some drums? The iPhone in your pocket has you covered. Read More , piano apps Echo Piano - An iPhone Musical Instrument Done Right [iOS, Free For A Limited Time] When the App Store first launched, one of the first kinds of apps that seemed to make sense was musical instruments. Playing piano and strumming a guitar on a touch screen just seemed like a... Read More , or even something like AudioBus, which brings all these apps together AudioBus for iOS: The Future of Music Creation Has Arrived The iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch are no longer toys when it comes to serious music production. No more will your "crippled" iOS devices be restricted to GarageBand when it comes to laying down a... Read More . And it really doesn’t take much to create an impressive piece of music using your iPhone as this video proves:


If you’re in the mood for something more elaborate, check out behind the scenes in how an iPhone 6 was used, almost exclusively, to record a far more involved song:

Shooting a Film

With the iPhone 6s shooting glorious 4K video, production quality is even more impressive than before. Impressive, cinematic video has been shot using the iPhone as far as back as the iPhone 4 or 4s (check out this list of six short movies 6 Short Movies Shot With an iPhone [Stuff to Watch] In addition to being a communication, entertainment and organisational god-send, the iPhone 4 and 4S are fairly capable video recorders. The iPhone Film Festival (IFF), a bi-annual celebration of handheld motion picture goodness, has taken... Read More shot with the iPhone 4 and 4s).

Fast forward a few years, and as groundbreaking as those videos seemed, we have come a very long way in such a short period of time. This video was shot entirely using an iPhone 6:

With the arrival of 4K video, the difference is even more significant, as seen in the very first short film shot entirely on the iPhone 6s:


A significant feature that only the iPhone 6s plus brings to the table is optical image stabilization for video. See it in action, compared to the iPhone 6s, here:

Professional Photography

Staying in line with what the iPhone camera has to offer, mobile photography has also come a long way. Mobile photography is now a recognized category in the profession, regardless of what purists may say. As Time magazine points out, professional photographers were impressed with the iPhone 6s’ 12 megapixel camera.

In the hands of a professional photographer, the sky is the limit. It’s been used by a professional sportsNational Geographic, and fashion photographers, to great results.

And that doesn’t mean older versions of the iPhone aren’t just as good. This year’s winner of the iPhone Photography Awards, Michael Koralewski came in first place with this photo, taken using his iPhone 5s:



The iPhone As A Scale

With the iPhone 6s’ new 3D touch feature (which might just make you jump ship from Android to Apple Why 3D Touch Might Make You Switch to an iPhone Android fans: we can no longer claim we have the best smartphone. Read More ), the capabilities of the smartphone are really opening up. One example is the potential to use your phone as a scale.

While the app itself, created by Simon Gladman, is not yet available, you can see the concept in action here:

Another attempt at creating a similar app made it as far as the review process in the iTunes store, but as developer Ryan McLeod points out in a Medium post, it was turned down.

See McLeod’s app in action below:

Track Your Climate Footprint

What if you wanted to use your iPhone to help solve climate change. Oroeco, an app available both for iOS and Android, allows you to track your actual carbon footprint with its automated calculator.

In their own words, the app will:

  • See how every aspect of your life connects to climate change, from your home energy and transportation decisions, to your diet, shopping and entertainment choices.
  • Automatically track the climate impacts of how you spend your money with the world’s most powerful carbon footprint calculator.
  • Save money and the planet with personalized tips and actions on how you can lower your impact for the environment.
  • View your carbon offsets from award-winning clean cookstove projects.

Generate More Accurate Weather Reports

With the iPhone 6’s barometric sensor and a little bit of crowdsourcing, all iPhones can be used to generate more accurate weather reports. Yes, really.


The $3.99 app Dark Sky allows iPhone 6 users to share barometric pressure data. They explain in a blog post what this all means for users:

If you opt-in, your phone will periodically submit pressure readings which will provide us with extremely useful meteorological data.

That is not the only way in which the iPhone is being used to crowdsource important information. Apple’s ResearchKit offers the opportunity to crowdsource medical data. ResearchKit projects currently focus on five conditions: Parkinson’s, breast cancer, cardiovascular disease, asthma, and diabetes.

Scan a 3D Model

The iPhone could soon become an essential 3D printing tool. Microsoft has created an app that uses the basic phone camera to create a 3D scan. The quality of those scans are good enough to create 3D printed models, which according to Cult of Mac, could potentially be used to create augmented reality video games.

See the concept in action here:

Create, Edit & Publish Podcasts

We’ve previously shown you how to create a podcast How To Make Podcast On The Go With Your Mobile Phone Read More , from A to Z, using nothing but your iPhone. With the right set of apps you can record and broadcast directly from your phone.

There’s a huge variety of new apps available to users now made just for podcasting. Opinion [Broken URL Removed] is available as a free download, with a limit of 10 minutes per recording. You can unlock unlimited recording for just $3.99.

With Opinion, you can do just about everything with the one app. You can record, edit, and share your podcasts to the iTunes podcast directory, Soundcloud, and more, with just the one app.

See how the app works below:

If you need a more robust app, iPhone app Bossjock has far more features built into it, but it comes with a price tag of $9.99. You can record while triggering intros, background music, and more. You can also share your final recording directly from the app to iTunes, Soundcloud, and Audioboo, among others. If you’re not ready to fork over $9.99, you can try Bossjock Jr. for free first.

See it in action here:

Now it’s your turn: What amazing things have you accomplished with your iPhone?

Related topics: 3D Modeling, Filmmaking, Podcasts, Smartphone Photography, Weather.

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