10 must-have apps for your new iPhone

You just got a new iPhone, you’re done setting it up, and it’s time to hit the App Store. Which apps should you download to really make your iPhone great?

Obviously, there are the go-to standards that nearly everyone seems to have on their phone. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, maybe Netflix or Amazon…you don’t need a list of suggestions to tell you about those household names. If you’re new to iPhone, or just looking to find some new favorite apps, you should also consider these ten gotta-have-it suggestions.

Updated 12/30/2019: We’ve updated our selection of recommended apps.

Spectre Camera

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One of the fun things you can do with Spectre’s advanced long exposure shots is make traffic disappear.

There are lots of good photography apps for your iPhone, but Spectre is a cut above. No wonder it won Apple’s iPhone App of the Year for 2019. Made by the same people who create the awesome Halide photo app, Spectre is tailored toward taking awesome long exposure shots.

It uses fancy AI to steady your shot so it looks sharp, and can produce all sorts of neat effects—light trails from traffic, smooth waterfalls, you can even make pedestrians or traffic disappear on the streets. It’s got a great interface, is fast and intuitive, and even records the whole long exposure as a Live Photo.

Spectre Camera ($2.99)


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If you don’t get 1Password, at least get some password manager.

If you don’t have a password manager, get one. Password managers make it easy to practice good password habits, like using long and complex passwords that are unique to every service and site.

With iOS 12, Apple made password managers even better—they can automatically fill in passwords and forms in more places, including in apps, and you can authenticate with Face ID or Touch ID.

1Password is one of the best password managers around, with great support on multiple platforms and a very reasonable price (there’s a 30-day free trial, then it’s $2.99 per month or $4.99 for a family of five).

1Password (free, in-app purchases)

Carrot Weather

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Carrot Weather is a weather app so good it’s actually worth paying for.

Pay actual money? For a weather app? But you already have a weather app on your iPhone! And other weather apps are free!

Sometimes quality is worth paying for. If you’re the kind of person who checks the weather on your phone almost every day, Carrot Weather is well worth the cost. It’s fast, well-designed, and packed with features and customization options. There are multiple Apple Watch complications, a home screen widget, and a fun iMessage app.

To really unlock its full potential, you have to subscribe to the Premium Club, but that’s cheap: only about $4.99 per year. It’s meant to cover the cost of API access to various weather sources. Did I mention you can choose from multiple different weather data sources? Or that it has awesome weather maps with lots of layers? Or that it’s ad-free? Or…


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