8 Useful iPhone Apps That’ll Make Your iPhone Much Smarter

These days, there’s an app for almost everything, and thanks to third-party apps your iPhone can do more than ever before. Whether you want to jot down some thoughts, navigate new streets, or order takeaway food, your iPhone is the easiest way to do it. But you can’t do all of that using the stock apps.

Here’s a list of the best apps you can use to make your iPhone smarter than ever, by adding functionality that you don’t get with the built-in apps.


1. CityMaps2Go

We all want a reliable navigation app, especially when traveling abroad. Often, there are places where there’s no Wi-Fi access or poor cellular reception, rendering your smartphone useless.

CityMaps2Go is the ultimate solution; it’s an offline app for travelers, mountain bikers, and hikers on the go. If you don’t know if you’ll have internet access, use it to download offline maps before stepping out. Then you can still find your way around even if your iPhone is offline.

On the other hand, working with the online version offers up-to-the-minute updates with nearby public transport stops, points of interest, food stalls, and much more. Add a personal touch by including notes and photos on the map wherever you go.

Download: CityMaps2Go (Free, in-app purchases available)

2. Evernote

It can sometimes be hard to set your priorities straight. Evernote, however, is here to make your iPhone smarter by combining notepad, planner and to-do list all in one app.

A game-changing feature is the Evernote and Google Calendar sync that helps you with note-taking, organizing, task management, and archiving. Here, you can customize your own Home dashboard, add all kinds of content, and even incorporate documents and handwritten notes by scanning them

You can also share these notes with your friends and family. The app categorizes pending tasks under Assigned by me, Assigned to me, Assigned to othersand Unassigned. It also alerts you of to-dos through notifications, so you never miss a beat.

Download: Evernote (Free, subscription available)

3. Alarmy

The next step in making your iPhone smarter is this alarm clock app. From adjusting standard alarms to accessing an extensive library of alarm sounds, Alarmy covers all the basics. It offers a range of sounds from gentle and calm to loud and annoying.

The app also makes you complete fun “Missions” that kick-start your brain, like solving a math problem or taking a specific photo to switch off the alarm.

Moreover, if you sign up to a premium for $4.99 a month, you can benefit from more aggressive “Missions” to get you of bed. They feature Wake-up Checks, Backup Sounds, Step Mission, and others. There is no doubt that Alarmy will ensure you don’t drift back to sleep.

Download: Alarmy (Free, subscription available)

4. Kalkyl

Kalkyl is one of the most intuitive and well-rounded calculator apps for iOS users. It offers everything the stock calculator app does and more, undoubtedly making your iPhone smarter than ever.

It features split-screen multitasking and is optimized for quick calculations, both financial or scientific, through localized number formatting. With the keyboard trackpad mode, using 3D Touch or Haptic Touch, Kalkyl is more accessible than ever.

The app also illustrates different graph. So the next time you’re struggling with your math homework, this should be your go-to calculator.

Download: Kalkyl (Free, in-app purchases available)

5. Fooducate

If you’re looking to shed a few extra pounds or make healthier food choices, Fooducate can help. The life-changing nutrition and diet tracker educates you about what you’re eating.

With the availability of the Food Finder feature, you can quickly scan barcodes to learn the nutrients, sugar content, and calories of food items. The best part is that it also shows ingredients you might be allergic to, or ingredients the manufacturers don’t want you to find to trick you into thinking their products are healthy and nutritious.

What’s more is that it suggests better-suited alternatives you might enjoy.

By integrating with Apple Health, you can import your sleep and exercise data to Fooducate for a full picture of your health—another important step in making your iPhone smarter. This helps you to better customize a diet plan according to your desired weight loss, health goals, and other personal details.

Download: Fooducate (Free, in-app purchases available)

6. Halide Mark II

Halide Mark II is a definite step-up from the iPhone Camera, with increased functionality, a wealth of tool options, and ease of shooting. Its professional, high-end tools (like XDR, histograms, adaptive level grid, color zebras, and more) and personalized iPhone interface deliver one-of-a-kind pictures.

This is why it’s a must-have for pros, as well as beginners, wanting to improve their photography skills.

Related: Features of Halide for iPad That Will Help You Take Better Photos

Photographers can customize the app’s controls depending on their subject. Halide offers Raw, Raw+and HEIC formats. It also allows for manual control of ISO, shutter speed, focus, exposure, and more. Though you can always use automatic mode for a more hassle-free experience.

Download: Halide Mark II (Subscription, in-app purchases available)

7. OmniFocus 3

OmniFocus brings multiple features to the table that are unparalleled among to-do lists. With the help of its planning tools, you can structure your entire day into smaller chunks. With Tagsyou can organize and conveniently access tasks, people, locations, and more. Forecast gives an overview of all pending tasks and calendar events, while custom perspectives let you keep your database relevant and view your tasks according to your specific needs.

OmniFocus offers Cloud Sync, which means your data is synced to other Apple devices, giving you the freedom to access it anywhere. Moreover, the app is fully functional even when you’re offline because any changes you make will automatically sync as soon as your device finds an internet connection.

Download: OmniFocus 3 (Free, subscription available)

8. iTranslate

The leading translator and dictionary app can translate text from more than 100 languages, making it an excellent tool for bypassing language barriers. Whether you’re attempting to learn a new language, traveling around the globe, or talking to someone who speaks a different language, iTranslate should be your go-to app.

The Lens feature and AR mode take the cake. You can point the camera at any text or object in your surroundings and watch it immediately translate to your target language.

Another reason to use iTranslate instead of Apple’s built-in Translate app is the excellent keyboard extension. It’s great for translating texts in real time while using a range of apps.

Download: iTranslate (Free, subscription available)

Make Your Life Easy

Smartphones are designed for user convenience, so it makes sense to squeeze as much potential from them as possible. We’ve curated this list of apps to make your iPhone smarter and more versatile than ever, making your life easier in the process.

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