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15 Apps for Your New iPhone

Dan Price 26-12-2016

Have you been lucky enough to get a new iPhone 7 Everything You Need to Know About the iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus No headphone port, water and dust resistance, and Apple's best camera yet -- this is the iPhone 7. Read More recently? Perhaps you’ve found one in your stocking on Christmas morning or treated yourself to a new bit of kit after a grueling year?


Once you’ve finished admiring your new gadget, you’ll need to install some apps. But which ones should you download?

In this piece, I’m going to give you 15 recommendations. Some of them are the “must-haves” These iOS Apps Will Make You Want an iPhone Over an Android 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. Read More , some of them highlight the iPhone’s impressive hardware, and some make use of the iPhone 7’s latest features.

Be sure to add your own recommendations in the comments.

The Essentials

Install these apps to instantly supercharge your iPhone experience.

1. Evernote or OneNote

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If you stick with Evernote or OneNote, you’ll be on solid ground. Evernote hasn’t enjoyed a great year after the revised price plans were released over the summer, but it’s still unrivaled in terms of features.

OneNote is an excellent free alternative. It’s not great on OS X, but on an iPhone it’ll do everything you need to keep your life organized.

DownloadEvernote (Free), OneNote (Free)

iphone onenote


2. Google Maps

Apple’s Maps app has improved considerably since it’s early days, but it’s still no rival for Google Maps. It leads the way on turn-by-turn navigation and boasts route options for walking, driving, public transport, and cycling.

DownloadGoogle Maps (Free)

3. VLC

If you’re a Windows user and want to avoid iTunes, VLC is the best ways to get video content onto your device Ditch iTunes & Use VLC For iPhone & iPad Media VLC for iOS does rather a lot that Apple would probably rather it didn't. It's also better than iTunes for media on the go. Here's why. Read More . Use the “Sharing Via Wi-Fi” feature (Menu > Sharing Via Wi-Fi) and you can drag-and-drop TV shows, movies, music and more directly from your desktop.

DownloadVLC (Free)


4. SwiftKey

The SwiftKey keyboard has been popular with Android users for many years. Since Apple started allowing third-party keyboards in 2014, it’s become just as popular with iOS users. It’s the leading swipe-based typing app.

DownloadSwiftKey (Free)

5. Signal

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DownloadSignal (Free)


iPhone 7 Specials

If you’re coming from a pre-iPhone 6S device, you’re in for a treat: the devices now offer 3D touch Everything You Can Do With 3D Touch on Your iPhone 3D touch is really just a fancy name for a pressure-sensitive screen, but adds a whole array of extra input options to iOS. Read More . The technology lets you press firmly on your screen to launch actions instead of apps.

The phone also boasts better speakers and a much-improved 12 MP camera. Here are some of the best apps that utilize the newest features.

6. Shazam

Shazam was already a must-have app for any music lover. It lets you identify the title of a song by listening to it for a few seconds.

Thanks to 3D Touch, you can now identify songs faster than ever. Just press firmly on its Home Screen icon to get the ball rolling.

DownloadShazam (Free)

shazam 3d touch

7. AFAR Travel Guide

Covering most of North America, Central America, and Europe, the AFAR Travel Guide is a handy app to keep on your phone.

3D Touch enables you to instantly see what’s nearby. You’ll never be left searching for a decent restaurant again.

Download — AFAR Travel Guide (Free)

8. Magic Piano

Not all apps use 3D Touch to launch quick actions. Magic Piano applies it to the volume control. The harder you press, the louder the note will be.

The app itself lets you learn to play the piano by using beams of light to guide your fingers.

DownloadMagic Piano (Free)

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9. Spotify

Spotify needs no introduction. But thanks to the iPhone 7’s two stereo speakers, which can provide twice the volume of the iPhone 6S, the music sounds better than ever.

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DownloadSpotify (Free)

10. Camera+

Considering its size, the iPhone 7’s camera is a joy to behold. It’s got phase detection autofocus, a quad-LED flash, simultaneous 4K video and 8 MP image recording, face/smile detection, and HDR.

But the camera app is still not everything it could be. Camera+ addresses some of the shortcomings. It’s got the best digital zoom on the market, lots of scene modes, a horizon level, a way to separately set exposure and focus, and even a front-facing flash.

DownloadCamera+ ($2.99)

Prepare to be Amazed

The iPhone 7’s new A10 Fusion chip is incredible. It makes the iPhone 7 the most powerful smartphone on the market by some distance.

Install some of these resource-heavy games and prepare to be amazed. If you’ve got an old iPhone laying around, a side-by-side will really highlight the difference.

11. CSR Racing 2

CSR Racing is the most successful drag racing franchise of all time. The game itself is fun to play, letting you build your garage of cars and customize them accordingly. But the in-game graphics are where it really comes into its own.

DownloadCSR Racing 2 (Free)

12. F1 2016

Formula 1 is already sexy. What’s not to love about some of the finest machines in the world flying around a track at well over 200 mph?

Thanks to the A10 Fusion chip, it just got a whole lot sexier. Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of marketing, promised “console-level performance” when running the Codemasters title. He wasn’t wrong; the line between console and mobile is becoming increasingly blurred.

DownloadF1 2016 ($9.99)

f1 2016

13. Deus Ex GO

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If you’re more into puzzle games, you’ve got to install Deus Ex GO on your new phone. Considering its genre, the graphics are stunning. You play the role of a secret agent who needs to unravel a mystery by solving grid-based problems.

DownloadDeus Ex GO ($1.99)

deus ex go

14. Samorost 3

Samorost 3 is another puzzle game. Honestly, it’s possibly the most beautiful game in the entire App Store. The artwork is stunning, the soundtrack is hauntingly beautiful, and the gameplay is engaging.

DownloadSamorost 3 ($3.99)

samorost 3

15. Geometry Wars 3

Geometry Wars 3 is an arcade shooter that sees you battle against hordes of baddies on 3D grids.

Doesn’t sound like it’s going to showcase the iPhone’s hardware to its fullest? Think again. There are objects flying around everywhere, the color palette is intense, and the music is thumping.

Download — Geometry Wars 3 ($7.99)

geo wars 3

Leave Your Recommendations

If you download these 15 apps, you’ll have a great start to your life with your new phone. You’ll have the basics covered and learn about the awesome power of the latest Apple device.

Of course, there are hundreds more apps that can simultaneously help you stay productive and showcase the newest features.

What apps would you recommend to someone who’s just unboxed a new iPhone 7? Let us know in the comments below.

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Related topics: 3D Touch, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone Game, Note-Taking Apps.

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  1. Richard
    December 31, 2016 at 10:05 am

    I still don't understand why people bother with Shazam. Just ask Siri what's playing, or even Google, and it works just as well. So why include it? And why Spotify over Pandora? For keyboards: Microsoft's WordFlow or Google's GBoard are the best. As for Evernote, since they now can read any of your notes, there is zero reason to use them. Bear or OneNote for full fledged, Google Keep or SimpleNote for simpler ones.

  2. Jack Dawson
    December 28, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    AND......... the number one app to install is Android. Got sucked in to the iOS trap by my former employer. I have never used such an obfuscated operating system in my life. Ended up changing jobs just so I could get away from that crap. In Apples quest to make things simple they have created a huge mess.

    I used to be a huge Apple fan but got tired of over paying for my computers. Now I use Linux. Free, and far superior.

    • Mark Davies
      December 30, 2016 at 5:35 am

      I disagree iOS is much easier to use.