Essential iPhone Apps

Whether you’ve just gotten an iPhone or have had one for years, it’s easy to miss some absolutely essential iPhone apps that can have a real impact on your day-to-day life. We’ve put together our list of top iOS apps that we think you won’t be able to live without (though we’ll be ignoring the basics, like Facebook and Google Maps since you’re more than likely to already have them).

Google Assistant

Google assistant

With the new Google Assistant app you can get one of the best features of Android on your iOS device. The app can do a huge range of things – from incredibly accurate voice search, setting reminders, asking for info from your calendars, hands-free calling and texting, and much more.

This Google app has superb speech recognition capabilities and can even follow instructions, such as: “Play jazz music on YouTube”. Downloading this app is a great way to get some great Android features without having to change your phone.

Dark Sky


Dark Sky is a weather app like no other. It gives you incredibly accurate forecasts for the next hour that are updated every minute and are focused on your exact location. Whether you’re trying to find a time to walk your dog and not get caught in the rain, or are setting up for a BBQ and want to know if the weather will last, this app is a fantastic option.

In addition to the short-term predictions, Dark Sky also gives forecasts for the next day and week which are updated hourly. You can also set up alerts such as temperature or wind strength, allowing you to get everything you need to know in the one place.

Goodbudget Budget Planner


Easily keep on top of your spending with this fantastically easy to use app. With its ability to sync across multiple phones or devices, this app is great for tracking spending with a family or partner and with its pie chart and clear visuals you can easily see where you are spending more than you’d like. This also means you can see where you have more room than you thought.

You can add every transaction quickly and easily with this app, which makes it much easier to use than some other apps and all of your costs are separated out into personalised ‘envelopes’. You can try it out for free before you buy the expanded version, so there’s no reason not to give it a go.

1Blocker X


If you do extensive surfing on your phone, then an adblocker is something that everyone should consider. This app has over 120,000 rules to keep ads from ruining your browsing, while also reducing power drain, speeding up load time, and reducing data usage.

This app gives you complete control by allowing you to create custom rules and is hugely popular with iPhone users. As it works by telling Safari what to download and what to ignore, this blocker can really speed up web pages to give you a better experience, while significantly cutting down on data use.



Featured in the 2017 Apple Design Awards, this photo editing app is intuitive and can help you create stunning photos just using your phone. Whether you just want to correct photos – so that they have to same wow factor that you can see in person – or if you want to create composite or double exposure images, this is a fantastic choice image editor.

Enlight’s versatility and ease of use is its top selling points, so if you take a lot of photos on your phone then this is definitely something that you should check out.

Fantastical 2


Fantastical 2 is an award-winning calendar app that can not only aggregate all your calendars in one place, but also create reminders, location tagging, and geofences in a way that is incredibly easy to use.

All you need to do to set up an event is type in “Lunch with Elon in Palo Alto on Friday” or “to-do buy milk at 5 pm” and the app will do the rest, scheduling events and setting reminder alerts without any fuss.