Must have iPhone apps

I often get asked what are the essential iPhone apps for a new iPhone. So I have put a list together below of what are some of the best apps around. If you have any other recommendations, please feel free drop me a tweet (@MarcForrest) or send me an email

For the paid apps, I highly suggest getting a US iTunes account, as most of the apps are not available on the SA Store

For a full list of iPad apps –

Free Apps

Facebook Free
Facebook for iPhone makes it easy to stay connected and share information with friends. Use your iPhone to start a conversation with Facebook Chat, check your friends’ latest photos and status updates, look up a phone number, or upload your own mobile photos to Facebook while on the go.

Evernote Free
Evernote turns the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad into an extension of your brain, helping you remember anything and everything that happens in your life. From notes to ideas to snapshots to recordings, put it all into Evernote and watch as it instantly synchronizes from your iPhone to your Mac or Windows desktop

Skype Free

Call, video call and instant message anyone else on Skype for free with Skype for your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.

Dropbox Free
Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere. After you install Dropbox on your computer, any file you save to your Dropbox will automatically save to all your computers, your iPhone and iPad and even the Dropbox website! With the Dropbox app, you can take everything that matters to you on the go.

Kindle Free
The Kindle app is optimized for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, giving users the ability to read Kindle books on a beautiful, easy-to-use interface. You’ll have access to over 650,000* books in the Kindle Store, including best sellers and new releases. Amazon Whispersync automatically syncs your last page read, bookmarks, notes, and highlights

Instagram Free
Instagram is an amazingly fun & simple life-sharing app for your iPhone. Snap photos wherever you go to show the world what’s going on in your life. Follow your friends’ photo updates as they move through the world. Select from photo filters that transform regular ol’ photos into works of art you’ll want to keep around forever.

IMDb is the world’s largest collection of movie, TV and celebrity information. IMDb is the leading app on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad to find showtimes, watch trailers, rate movies, browse photo galleries, get US TV listings, find latest DVD releases, explore popular charts and share movie info.

RunKeeper Free
RunKeeper uses the GPS technology found in the iPhone to track your fitness activity, giving you comparable results to an expensive GPS watch. Now, you can also enter your activities manually, including your treadmill runs too!

News24 Free
Stay informed wherever you are. Get breaking news, sport and lifestyle news from South Africa and around the world with News24, South Africa’s leading digital news brand. Have your say and join the community of more than two million people who visit News24 to air your views and opinions on the latest news and issues.

Shazam Free
New Shazam Friends feature! We’ve all got friends with great taste in music, and Shazam Friends is the new way to listen to and learn more about the songs they’re tagging, plus share your own songs you’ve discovered.
Lovin’ that tune? Shazam is the quickest and easiest way to discover more about music

Wunderlist Free
The Wunderlist mobile app for your iPhone and iPod Touch will boost your productivity. Organize your to-do lists on the go and synchronize it with your free Wunderlist account between Windows, Mac and the iPad. Hundreds of thousands of people worldwide use Wunderlist everyday.

Qrafter QR Code reader Free
Qrafter is a two-dimensional barcode scanner for iPhone (I’ll also add traditional barcode scanning when I find a way to display more useful info). Its main purpose is to scan and parse the contents of QR Codes. You can visit to get information about QR Codes.

WindGuru Free
WindGuru has finally arrived on the iPhone!

PlainText Free
For editing text on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch. PlainText is a simple text editor with an uncomplicated, paper-like user interface. Unlike the default Notes app, PlainText allows you to create and organize your documents in folders and sync everything with

Boxcar Free
Boxcar has Twitter, Facebook, Email, RSS, Growl, Github, Google Voice, Google Buzz, App Recommendation, and more push notifications just for you

Aljazeera Free
Watch Al Jazeera English live on your iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.

Paid Apps

360 Pano $1.99
Capturing panoramas has never been easier! Just tap the screen and pan your phone camera in any direction. You’ll see your panorama being built in realtime as every incoming frame is processed. When you’re done, you can save and share your panorama instantly with no need to fumble around with a clumsy stitching process. There’s nothing else like it!

Autostitch $1.99
Combine multiple photos to produce wide-angle panoramas with no visible seams.Ceate beautiful high-resolution images of up to 18 megapixels

Celcius $0.99
Celsius is a stunning new weather application that uses latest technology to show you the current temperature of any location right on your iPhone/iPad Home Screen! Beyond the real time temperature on the Home Screen Celsius also is the number one weather application giving you very detailed weather information of unlimited cities world wide, packed in a gorgeous design and easy-to-use user interface!

Tweetbot $1.99
Tweetbot is a full-featured iPhone (and iPod touch) Twitter client with a lot of personality. Whether it’s the meticulously-crafted interface, sounds & animation, or features like multiple timelines & smart gestures, there’s a lot to love about Tweetbot.

Reeder $2.99
Google Reader Client. Syncs with Google Reader

Air Video $2.99
Enjoy your entire video collection everywhere! *
Get more of your video library on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. Air Video is a great solution to watch your AVI, DivX, MKV and other videos.

ooTunes $4.99
Clean, crisp sound from over 30,000 Internet audio streams. Enjoy FM/AM live-broadcast from over 150 countries. Search the list at

PhotoSync $1.99
PhotoSync will transform your photo handling forever. It‘s the first app that makes wireless transfer of your photos/videos from/to your Computer, other devices, Dropbox, and Flickr a breeze. You will never want to use a cable again!

WhatsApp $0.99
WhatsApp messenger is a cross platform smartphone messenger currently available for iPhone, Android, BlackBerry and Nokia phones. The application utilizes push notifications to instantly get messages from friends, colleagues and family

Camera+ $1.99
Everybody has a creative side… Camera+ will help bring that creativity out in you, all with a fun, innovative, and beautiful design.

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