Your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch come with some handy apps built in, and you've no doubt added a few -- or a few dozen -- more. A good utility can elevate your device from great to greater, adding all kinds of insanely useful features that it didn't have before. But with more than half a million apps in the App Store, finding the right utilities to purchase can be a chore and a half. We've rounded up 10 of our favorites, some a little more obvious but still essential, and some that we feel are chronically overlooked.
We all know that our iPhones can be lifesavers during long lines at the DMV and boring concert recitals, but what about in actual emergency situations? Mother Nature is anything but nurturing these days, and disasters can strike seemingly anywhere, devastating cities and stranding the unprepared without basic necessities for days. But even if the lights are out and running water is hard to come by, your iPhone can help -- and not just as a high-priced flashlight.
With the launch of the Mac App Store, a swarm of new apps have become available for our favorite computing platform, and you can get 'em all with a single click. Then again, with more than 6,500 available, it can be a little difficult to find what exactly you’re looking for. So we did a little digging and found these 10 uber-handy utilities -- all under $10 each.
Apple enabled limited iPad printing with the introduction of AirPrint in iOS 4.2. But if you’re not lucky enough to have an AirPrint-supported printer, or if you want print capabilities beyond those supported by Apple, what are you to do? One possibility is PrintCentral Pro from EuroSmartz, an app that takes a kitchen sink approach to printing, with various degrees of success.
You may recall Garmin’s first move into the App Store back in January with StreetPilot, a navigation app that tried a different approach from the others -- leaving the maps out, requiring users to have data access through their iPhone. Now the company is back to rectify that move, complete with maps.
iOS 5 will reportedly add location-based reminders this Fall, but that doesn't do you much good right now, does it? Place Clock fills the current gap in functionality quite nicely, provided you can accept a few shortcomings.
We all know about the wonders by now that the app Evernote can do for us, and how it has built on the ways that we can stay organized. Now, the company has done it again, by coming up with a new way to help your mind keep sharp, while utilizing the iPad 2's Smart Cover at the same time!