The iPhone 5s is the latest extension of the Apple smartphone family, and comes with an ever -growing library of available apps. Each month T3's specialist iPhone team storm the App Store in search of the very best iPhone apps available right now, so if you're looking to furnish your phone with some top quality, free and paid for app delight, look no further.
Whether you scroll aimlessly through the App Store, or have just grabbed an Apple smartphone, here's our monthly updated list of what the T3 app experts have uncovered.
The Hobbit Official Visual Companion
The latest film from Peter ‘Lords of the Rings’ Jackson is perhaps his most beautiful journey through Middle Earth to date. This companion app takes you on your own quest, with a 3D map of Tolkien’s world, over 75 in-depth articles on everything from locations to characters and even a quiz to test your Hobbit knowledge.
Jetpac City guides
A new take on the age old ‘travel guide’, this thoroughly brings it up-to-date by taking recommendations from Instagram. With info from 5,000 cities around the world including guides on finding the coolest places to eat, drink and be merry.
Free | Download Jetpac City guides
Heyday: Journaling reimagined
It’s a pain writing a journal. Every night you’ve got to remember to find your book and force yourself to write a few words – with no pictures or anything. Heyday makes it so much easier and worthwhile. Along with your text you can add snaps, audio and locations - plus it'll randomly remind you of some of your favourite destinations.
Free | Download Heyday
Ember is a clever little app that helps you remember all the great stuff from the internet, by sticking it all down in your own personalised scrapbook. By combining with the desktop app, you can keep a track of all your content across iOS and Mac, meaning it’s always to hand. Designed with style and simplicity, it’s what we’ve come to expect from Real Mac Software.
Free | Download Ember
Sony’s answer to SmartGlass arrives with access to PlayStation Store, social extras and second-screen features for some games. If your system is sitting in standby mode, you use the app to turn it on and navigate around – saving you reaching for that DualShock 4.
Free | Download PlayStation App
Want to go out, but don’t know what’s on? Fixr finds nightlife near you, from club nights to comedy gigs, helping you buy tickets and get directions, all without you having to worry that you’ve managed to go and choose the worst place in tow.
Free | Download Fixr
Price: £1.99 | Download Tweetbot
The official Twitter app is all fine and dandy, but it does lack the high amount of polish and finesse that comes with the latest version of Tweetbot. Rebuilt and all shiny for iOS7, Tweetbot will sync your timeline between all your devices through iCloud, let you set up draft tweets and even block people from appearing on your feeds.
The real winning feature though, is the design, which makes the app is pleasure to use. Blur effects are frequent, as is a lovely white theme that really fits with the aesthetic of Apple’s latest operating system.
If you were a user of the previous version of Tweetbot, you’ll have to re-buy the new edition, but that’s not something we’re complaining about.
Free | Download Nike+ Move
Exclusively built for the spanking new iPhone 5s, the Nike+ Move app utilises the M7 co processor that Apple so handily included in the device. This nifty ‘chip’ can track your movements and the app turns these movements into Nike+ fuel, similar to the Nike Fuel Band.
You can track at what times of the day you move the most, how long for and even set yourself goals – for that little bit of competition. Plus, it integrates with Game Centre, so you can see how your friends are doing and, hopefully, beat them.
Price: £1.99 | Download Fantastical 2
Apple really blew the native Calendars app in iOS7, making it a pain to use. So, your best bet is to find a replacement, and there is plenty of them knocking around the App Store. Our current favourite is Fantastical 2, a brilliantly designed and super easy to use app that makes that rather tedious task of scheduling appointments almost pain free.
Fantastical 2 supports all the same calendars as the stock version, plus it builds reminders right in, meaning you don’t have to switch between app. The natural language input engine is great as well, just type in what you’re planning to do and when, and it’ll schedules the appointment. Scrolling is smooth and slick, while the day ticker at the top is a great way to glance at upcoming appointments.
Free | Download dubble
Yeh, we know what you’re saying – do we really need another photo sharing social network? Well, no, but that doesn’t stop dubble being a fun little app to have a play around with. Instead of just taking cue from Instagram or Hipstamatic, dubble actually melds your snaps with them of someone else, so you’ll never be quite sure how your shots are going to turn out.
After you’ve dabbled in a dubble, you can download your images and save them to your device, or go again and create something even more different.
Free | Download Jawbone
A pretty simple app, the Jawbone speaker companion lets your create customised playlists, attach your Spotify account and easily connect up your Jawbone Jambox speaker.
What’s great about the app is that you can stay inside and play music from different sources, instead of jumping around multiple apps – perfect for parties.
It works with other Bluetooth wireless too, so you’re not out of luck if you don’t own a Jambox.
Free | Download Kscope
Developed by the Arts University of Bournemouth, this clever app lets you see everything around you through the eyes of a trippy kaleidoscope. Along with this unique feature, the design is tip top and it works great on both the iPhone and the iPad.
Price: £2.99 | Download Gneo
With the amount of to-do list apps available for almost every platform known to man, you really shouldn’t be forgetting to pick up that tub of yoghurt on your way back home from work. If you still haven’t been completely won over by any offering so far, then Gneo might just be the one for you.
Really powerful in its set of features, the headliner of Gneo is the forecast view, which helps you keep track of all the things you need to do, along with your calendar appointments. You can also search on grounds of urgency and importance, highlighting the stuff you really ought to get done as soon as possible.
The presentation is crisp and tidy, scrolling is smooth and it really does work. Possibly the new to-do list app king.