Before the internet and websites, encyclopedias mostly meant going to the library, picking up a hefty volume, and leafing through a colossal amount of information. That’s no longer the case today. With the availability of these best encyclopedia apps for iPhone and iPad, everything you want to explore is right at your fingertip.
So, if you search for a trusted source for your research or to enhance your knowledge, these encyclopedic apps for iOS can be beneficial. Depending on what you are after, you can pick the suitable option to give your quest the right direction. Let’s find out!
As everyone knows, Wikipedia is by far the most popular encyclopedia app. Featuring more than 39 million articles in 300 different languages, it’s made to be the top source for your quest.
The explore feed lets you access gazillion of highly researched articles and original photos. As the feed regularly updated, you always have something new to read. Better still, it also recommends articles for you based on your interest.
With WikiArt, you have the easy access to vast repositories of top art available online. It features more than 110, 000 artworks covering 13-21 centuries timespan from 73 countries. Over 2000 artists have contributed to enriching its quality and making it one of the most trusted sources. It consists of both public domain art pieces as well as those protected by copyright law.
3. Solar Walk 2 – Spacecraft 3D
If you want to explore the solar system out of curiosity, I would recommend you to check out Solar Walk 2. The app features a detailed solar system model with eye-catching representations of the important components including planets, satellites, planetary atmospheres, moon, and sun.
With the fully interactive space encyclopedia, you will enjoy learning the essential aspects of the solar system. Features like the astronomy calendar along with several celestial events as well as the beautiful 3D models of spacecraft make exploring the solar system fun.
Not just that, the app has also got a lot of 360° images of the space objects to help you have a better understanding. Another feature that has caught my attention is the latest news from the world of space and astronomy that keeps you updated.
4. Encyclopedia by Farlex
Should you wish to get an all-in-one platform where you can learn science, art, business, technology, world history, and more, “Encyclopedia by Farlex” is the one I would recommend you to try out. What gives it an edge over many other counterparts is an ever-growing library of over 33, 000 articles from major sources including McGraw-Hill, Harper-Collins, Columbia University Press, Cambridge University Press, and more.
So, irrespective of what drives your interest, you can explore the library to read the encyclopedia articles that appeal to you. To make learning even easier, the app has got a massive library of over 24000 images including diagrams and illustrations. Plus, it also features more than 70, 000 audio pronunciations for both American and British speakers.
Featuring multiple smart filters like “Starts with” “Contains”, and “Ends with”, it lets you quickly track down specific articles. Besides, there is also a voice search to let you look up a specific word or article with ease.
Wikipedia is the one that comes to our mind when we think of a good encyclopedia. And Minipedia – Offline Wiki is definitely the one that is scaling the heights when it comes to offline versions of Wikipedia.
Minipedia lets you access 10, 000 articles free. You also get the option to install multiple languages. A great interface along with some good customization options make searching and reading easier.
6. Geography of the World
For boosting the geography knowledge, you can count on “Geography of the World”. What sets this encyclopedia app apart is the incorporation of more than 250 countries and territories grouped into 6 continents. As each country consists of ISO codes, capital, official name, flag, and political status, you can get a fair amount of knowledge about a specific country.
That’s not all, it also comes with a mini-map so that you can check its location on the continent. Besides, the app offers a better insight into the GDP, unemployment, and urbanization as well to ensure you get in-depth knowledge about a country. One of my favorite features of this app is the ability to sort and compare all countries based on several pivotal parameters like GDP, area, and population.
Wikipanion has been designed to let you search, navigate and use Wikipedia more conveniently. It features several search methods including Google search, Wikipedia search, and Smart completion entry preview.
You have the option to bookmark not just any topic but also a particular section to access it a bit easier. As history is grouped by last visit date, you will be able to access the previously read contents instantly. The table-based category browsing brings more convenience into the play.
8. Encyclopaedia Britannica
“Encyclopaedia Britannica” is readied to be a great asset for learners. It features more than 80, 000 articles written by well-known authors. Its contributors consist of more than 100 Nobel Laureates along with subject guides like Bill Clinton, Tony Hawk, Desmond Tutu and more.
The various charts and diagrams provide detailed information about any topic. With the use of LinkMap, you can easily explore each article. It also features quizzes which will not just test your knowledge of literature, pop-culture, science but also enhance it.
These are my favorite encyclopedia apps for iOS simply because of the quality they offer. Whether you are writing comprehensive research or looking to improve your knowledge, they can be very helpful in enlightening you.
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Is there any app you want to see on this list? Do let us know that in the comments below.
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