Unlike other flashy apps that do nothing more than flattering you or helping you kill your time, utility apps pack some serious stuff on your iPhone. The apps make your iPhone usable anywhere, anytime. A smartphone is one that saves you from all troubles and tribulations. And therefore, utility apps are essential for smart users to download first on their iPhones and iPads.
You can always browse Google.com on your Safari browser integrated on iPhone/iPad, but a standalone Google app is quite handy to search for anything quickly. Invoke “OK Google” and speak your search keyword or if you want to give your fingers some toil, just type in the search query. One of the glaring features of the app is Google Now, which supplies you weather, news, and traffic details in the morning. Moreover, you can get updates on sports, events, and movies.
2. SwiftKey Keyboard
SwiftKey Keyboard allows you to customize your iPhone keyboard, provided you should be running your device on iOS 8 or later. The app lets you type with swiping gestures; just drag your finger around to or near the key you want; the key will figure out what you want to type. It will speed up your typing skill and make it easier for you to express yourself quickly. The downside of the app is that you won’t be able to use the dictation microphone.
3. Dark Sky
Name of the app resembles any Hollywood flick, but it’s an excellent weather app. Though there is a stock weather app on your iPhone, Dark Sky can easily beat that with its precision. The app uses your iPhone’s GPS to decide your exact location; based on this information, Dark Sky sends you precise weather alerts. For example, you have to attend an important meeting, and you receive an alert that it might rain after 30 minutes, you can quickly reschedule the meeting.
You can automate your digital life with IFTTT, which means “If This Then That.” And this formula was there before the rise of the Internet of Things. The app offers you simple recipes to automate your online life. For example, if you want to save all your tweets to Evernote, create a recipe accordingly, and all your favorite tweets will be saved there. Other popular recipes are: post all your Instagrams as Twitter photos, message roommates when you are at the local grocery, share FB status updates on Tumblr or Twitter, upload videos you like on YouTube or Vimeo to a blog and countless other recipes.
Your digital life is highly insecure if you are careless about memorizing important passwords. If you can’t remember strong passwords, you should immediately download 1Password on your iPhone or iPad. The app remembers all your passwords and other valuable data. Apart from passwords, 1Password also helps you secure addresses, credit/debit card numbers, locker combinations, and one-time passwords. In a word, it is your digital vault, where all your sensitive information is protected.
Price: Free trial of 30 days, $3.99/monthly subscription
Do you want to make your presentation more appealing or convincing? AnyFont can make your presentation look more dynamic.
With this app, you can install any additional font on your iOS device in OpenTypeFont (OTF) TrueTypeFont (TTF) or TrueTypeCollection. Better still, it lets you install multiple fonts at one go to make the task a lot easier. You can use these fonts in several apps like Keynote, Pages, Word or PowerPoint.
Evernote finds a place on almost all lists of really “useful” apps on the iPhone and iPad. The app doesn’t need much description as almost all iOS users must be using it day in, day out. The app is also compatible with Apple Watch, which can be synced between other devices. Evernote on your iPhone or iPad lets you be productive anywhere; write notes, checklists, and research.
SignNow allows you to sign important documents anywhere, or you can take anyone’s signature. The app is made especially for business persons, who are supposed to sign documents while they are traveling. All you need to do is to upload a PDF, Word, or rich text document from your iPhone or iPad’s email, Dropbox, Camera and more. You can sign realistically using your finger; people won’t come to know that your signature is signed electronically.
9. Google Authenticator
Two-step verification is Google’s security stamp. If somebody wants to access your Gmail id from any other IP address, you will receive a verification code on your connected mobile phone. So even if someone knows your Google ID’s password, s/he cannot access any of your Google property as you only know the verification code. You will receive verification code even when your smartphone is not connected to data or Wi-Fi network.
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Before the launch of the iPhone, browsing the Internet on a smartphone was not a good experience for users. Once Steve Jobs asserted his contempt for this in a famous phrase “baby Internet.” Safari is developed by Apple, and therefore, it fully supports all iOS devices and OS X. Users can explore all the features of Safari web browsers while using it on iPhone or iPad. Though Apple facilitates other web browsers for iPhone, the brand doesn’t allow any other engine except for Safari.
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