iOS Apps I Like: 2019
In this post I’m going to share a number of apps that I enjoy and have been using of late. This is NOT a list of all the apps I use, that would be too long and so it’s really apps that you may not have heard of or my favorite app in a category (like weather).
The MVP award of all these apps goes to Carrot Weather. If you pay for one app - this is it. Make sure to dial up the personality and play its games.
DayOne - fantastic journaling app. My wife and I have been using this for many years to record memories, photos and funny things our kids say. Read my review. At the end of each year we print a book.
1Password - password manager created with love.
Things 3 - treated todo / project management app for my life - work and home.
Overcast - best podcasting app for iOS
Instapaper - for saving things to read later
CARROT Weather - best weather app with the wittiest sense of humor. Let’s face it - weather is boring and CARROT makes it funny and cool
Bear - for writing. I love the simplicity of writing without any fonts or layout and just exporting somewhere else.
Lightroom - for pro photo management
NPR One - for catching up on the latest news from anywhere
Apollo - best Reddit app. I’ve started to use Reddit a lot (following some of my favorite products and topics in subreddits). There is something in Reddit for everyone!
LookUp - awesome “word of the day” app with great watch integration, notifications for word of the day, and the ability to favorite and makes lists of words you like
Television Time - For tracking TV shows that you are watching
Deliveries - for tracking package deliveries. Works across iOS and macOS
GoodNotes 5 - for taking notes on my 11 inch iPad at work
Cardhop - really cool and smart contact management app
Fantastical 2 - great calendar application with smart / intelligent entry of appointments
Gemini - simple and powerful app for cleaning up your iOS Photos. I run this 1x a month to keep things tidy
Reeder 4 - for reading RSS feeds across iOS and macOS
Clarity - for making great photo backgrounds for your iPhone
Tailor - for stitching screen shots of long web pages or screens together
Highball - for storing recipes of my favorite drinks
Credit Karma - for keeping tabs on your credit report
Splitwise - group expense tracker which I use on all vacations with friends or families to keep track of costs and settle up in the end
Square Cash - best way to send money to someone
Tax Caster - simple and fast estimate of what you will owe or get paid back during Tax season
Current - allowance for kids
Pillpack - pharmacy now owned by Amazon. Get all your mediations, prescription, OTC and vitamins delivered
Paper Karma - take a photo of junk mail and unsubscribe!
Time There - great app for time zone calculations to schedule meetings
Hiya - stop spam phone calls
Text Case - handy utility for changing the case of apps
Date and Time Calculator - great app for calculating dates such as 120 days from today
1BlockerX - for blocking unwanted ads and trackers in Safari
Soulver - neat way of doing math and calculations
Airtable - cool spreadsheet + database app
Slopes - sweet app for tracking your skiing
AllTrails - if you want to hike use this to find a trail. Integrates with the Apple Health App.
WatchCam - app for Nest cameras - supports Siri Shortcuts cause Google never will.
HomePass - keep track of all your HomeKit codes
Baby Monitor - if you are traveling and want to monitor your kids if you leave them alone in a hotel room (assuming they are old enough) this is a nice way to have 2 - way communication.
Shazam - if you want to know what that song is. Now owned by Apple with great Apple Music integration
Audible - if you are in to audio books
Kernel - for tracking movies you want to watch
Speedtest - test your network speed
TunnelBear - VPN when you need it and 200MB free per month. I use this when I travel and want to get US websites without geo stuff messing things up.
Marco Polo - I use this to stay in touch with my wife and kids when I travel. It’s a video messaging app. Really great.
ChatterBoss - I have an assistant that I pay hourly to do various tasks for me through this app.
V for Wiki - great wikipedia app that I use a lot when traveling as you can “see things around you”.
Journy - I use this quite a lot to plan vacations in cities for 3-4 days. They take care of day by day ideas, restaurant and cultural reservations and tips. You pay per day.
PeakFinder - wondering what that mountain range is? Or how tall that mountain is? This app is for you.
Travefy - awesome app for planing group vacations
TripIt - indispensable app for staying organized and getting alerts.
Elk - sweet currency translator with fantastic watch app. By far the most functional watch currency app
Currency - more feature rich than Elk and can show you multiple currencies at once.
Google Translate - indispensable for travel
Allergic Traveler - translate all your allergies into other languages
Blacklane - for booking drivers and cars
Guides - by Lonely Planet which is a great way to get some local tips in book format
Trips - by Lonely Planet which gives you ideas for trips to take
Google flights - not an app, but the best way to find ticket prices and monitor them
Flight Board- wondering what flights are leaving or arriving at an airport? I use this to figure out where inbound aircraft are coming from at the gate I am departing from so I can do some detective work when the airline is being optimistic on travel delays
Plane Finder - nice app to get flight details
Seat Guru - great to get intel on a seat for a flight. App could use a lot of work but it gets the job done.
Lounge Buddy - find out about airport lounges and if you can get in with your credit card or other membership.
Flightradar24 - indispensable tool for getting lots of geeky details about a flight. It has an AR mode so you can point your camera at a plane overhead and see where it’s going.
PhotoPills - handy one stop shop for photo calculations such as moon phase, depth of field etc
Sun Seeker - tells you where the sun is going to be for sunrise and sunset
Sky Guide - for spotting stars, satellites, planets and constellations