We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,258 News Articles

The 18 Best iPhone Apps

From productivity tools to games

No need to sift through all the titles at the App Store – we've picked out 18 of the best, including IncrediBooth, Whole Foods, and WolframAlpha.

Audio and photo tools

Revisit the photo booth
One of the first apps to use the iPhone 4's front-facing camera, IncrediBooth gives you an almost genuine photo-booth experience (minus the shopping centre atmosphere). You get three 'retro effects', and you can share a photo strip or just one image with Facebook friends.
Price: 59p

Make trippy photos
In Diptic you can combine two or three photos to create a cool new image. Juxtaposing a close-up of your cat with a photo of your pals has never been so addicting.
Price: £1.19

Hear new music
In Last.fm you enter the name of an artist you like, and the app recommends other artists based on your preferences. You can listen to as much music as you want, too.
Price: Free

Find public radio
With Public Radio Player you can hear public radio stations from all over the country. After detecting your location, the app can supply a list of the stations around you.
Price: Free

Entertainment apps and games

Keep it rolling
In the bizarre but fun I Love Katamari, you're a pint-size alien prince who has been ordered by the King of All Cosmos to collect objects by rolling a highly adhesive Katamari ball. You use the phone's accelerometer to control the Katamari.
Price: £2.99

Slay the undead
The Plants vs. Zombies strategy game has you defending your home from zombie invasion with an arsenal of deadly flora. Cute animation, witty humour, and addictive gameplay make this title one of the best paid games in the App Store.
Price: £1.79

Play word games
In the Scrabble-like Words With Friends you can play against buddies or strangers. The game cleverly uses push notifications to tell you to take your turn, and you can invite pals to play via social networks.
Price: £1.79

See also: 

  1. From productivity tools to games
  2. Audio and photo tools

IDG UK Sites

How to use an Apple Watch: Everything you need to know about the Apple Watch

IDG UK Sites

Why Scottish Tablet is better than the iPad mini

IDG UK Sites

How Microsoft's HoloLens AR headset will work without needing a computer or phone

IDG UK Sites

Apple MacBook 1.1 GHz review (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2015): The future of Apple laptops