Best iPhone Apps 2015: Free and paid apps for iPhone
Whether you're after the latest free iPhone apps or the App Store essentials, T3's app experts pick the best iPhone apps to grab in 2015
The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus 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.
While we all love a good, juicy burger, it can sometimes be a pain to track down the best places to grab the ultimate pig-out food. You won’t have that problem though if you have Burgerapp installed, as it collects all the places to pick up a burger in London and plots them on a handy map. There’s loads of reviews too, and even tips on whipping up a batch of your own at home.
Utilising a custom keyboard and notification panel widget, Clips is the best way to save everything you read on the internet. Easily clip words or picture and save them to your roll, then you can quickly paste them into an email or just create a scrapbook for yourself. If you’ve got both an iPad and iPhone you can sync your cips between the two devices, which is a nice addition.
Brain surgery? Not exactly rocket science, is it mate? But time to scrub up and don your latex gloves anyway, proving yourself by taking virtual control of the flailing, jelly-arms of a doc given the task of fixing an unfortunate soul named Bob. Bob is your Prometheus, but with even less hope of rescue, remaining chained eternally to your operating table as you attack his open chest with a variety of enthusiasm and metal. When Surgeon Simulator landed on the PC’s Steam Store this time last year, after just two months of development, it was an instant hit and now stands as one of 2013’s big indie success stories, having racked up over a million downloads. This tweaked iPad version gives you the opportunity to control Bob’s fate with your bare hands, which is no easier, but still a lot of fun. You can choose to take on a variety of tricky transplant operations, but as you’ll quickly realise, battling with the ragdoll physics means Bob meets a grisly end time and time again. That sounds frustrating, but it’s actually hilarious and central to the fun. Honestly, throwing a man’s vital organs around a room has never been such a lark.
£3.99 | Download Surgeon Simulator
Free | Download Hop
Free | Download Distiller
Free | Download Squawka
Free | Download Explovia
Free | Download WeTransfer
Free | Download Snupps
Free | Download Pocket Starships
Cook with M&S
Sometimes (ok, most days) figuring out what to have for dinner is a total headache. Thankfully M&S have brought out a fuss-free app packed with recipes, searchable by difficulty, time, calories and ingredient. It'll also put together a shopping list for you and has handy built-in timers to help you stay on track. That takeaway looks less appealing now, doesn't it.
Free | Download Cook with M&S
Us Brits are famously blunt and pessimistic about our weather, and this app brings together weather updates for your location and a dose of straight talking. It's not one for the kids, but it does provide some welcome humour when the weather's letting you down.
Moju is the most futuristic photography and video app around. It allows users to create and share stunning 3D moving-images effectively. Take up-to 24 shots of an object at different angles, and then slant your device to get a virtual "3D" effect, much like Microsoft's.
Free | Download Moju
Cinamatic in essence is Vine's newest competitor. It's an app that allows users to create beautiful short films, and then transforms them them into amazing short motion pictures, ready to share on all social-networks.
Free | Download Cinematic
Noisli is a new app that aims to help you sleep or relax. The app's background noise and colour generator helps users work better or unwind. The high-quality sounds that will help you focus while you work, relax your mind or relieve stress and anxiety.
Free | Download Noisli
ReceiptGen does exactly what the title says – it's a simple app that stores information and from this regenerates any lost or misplaced receipts. So, if you forget your copy of the credit card summary at a local eatery, this app will let you quickly recreate it.
Free | Download ReceiptGen
Acompli organises your emails and helps you keep track of your calendar, and also supports Microsoft Exchange for email-toting suits. The app allows manage all your email accounts, be it home or work and search quickly, filter efficiently and link file attachments easily. What's more, you can easily view your calendar, share available meeting times, schedule meetings, get reminders, and more, all tightly integrated with email.
Free | Download Acompli
Sync to your TomTom Sport Watch and navigate all your running data on your phone in real time with ease. Also alerts you to timely firmware updates.
Free | Download TomTom My Sports
Just as powerful as Mextures and Photoshop for iPad, this image editor gives you a pro palette of tools and a selection of filters to play about with.
£0.69 | Download Faded
Wolf of Wall Street made you hanker for a career in finance? Practice your swindling expertise with this app that lets you buy and sell fake companies.
Free | Download M&A Game
Cloud storage means all your data is always accessible, but not if you can’t remember where it is. This combines all your storage hubs in one place.
Free | Download Octonius
Sifts through a YouTube-worth of video content while you sleep, looking for things you’ll be interested in and learns your tastes over time, too.
Free | Download 5by
Puzzle apps can be stressful, but this one dispenses with time limits, giving you all the time in the world to solve its beautiful but dastardly problems.
£1.49 | Download KAMI
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.
Pro Camera 7
Price: 69p | Download Pro Camera
Swish looking camera app that lets you control more aspects of your snaps than the relatively bare bones stock iPhone version. Choose your focus and exposure points, shoot shots rapidly and use the self timer for high quality selfies. Video mode is also fully supported, as is a useful night mode.
Price: 69p | Download FFM
If you’ve got a fantasy football team this season then this handy app will let you alter your team, make transfers and check your progress on the fly. It also plugs into all your leagues, ensuring you always know your position. Perfect for when you fancy a boast.
Price: 69p | Dowload Vert
With a completely iOS 7-ified design, Vert is perhaps the best looking way to work out everything from currency exchanges and fuel consumption, to density and pressure – plus a whole load more options as well. Basically, if you need something converted, this app will have you covered. A load of colour options are available to make the app a touch more personal.
Free | Download Cameo
Create lovely looking short films, complete with great filters all from the comfort of your iPhone. The best thing is that they are not constrained to bursts of six or 15 seconds, so you can let your creativity run wild. Once you’re finished shooting, your clips can easily be uploaded and shared with the world through Cameo’s own service, along with Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.
Free | Download Songdrop
By combining music from services such as YouTube, Vimeo and Soundcloud, Songdrop creates custom playlists of your favourite tunes for free. Add both music and videos to your lists, and then share them throughout all the usual channels.
Free | Download Cobook
The iPhone contacts app is hardly the pinnacle of Apple’s design; Cobook on the other hand is a joy to gaze upon. With a new iOS7 look, contact pictures running down the side and quick access to Facebook and Twitter, this is a great replacement. Our favourite feature though is the customisable business card, which lets you combine your contact details, Facebook and Twitter accounts into one handy, sharable file.
Free | Download Spare Room
Invaluable for property hunters around the country, Spare Room lets you easily search for the perfect house, flat or studio, either if you’re planning on renting alone or looking for someone to share with. With so many options in advanced search, you can really narrow down your search quickly and efficiently.
Free | Download City Mapper
One of, if not the most complete London transport app available and possibly the best looking to boot. City Mapper searches through tube, buses and cycle paths for the quickest route across the capital. It also builds in alerts for tube closures, plus you can set your home and work destinations, so no faffing about with postcodes everyday.