The 100 Best iPhone Apps

September 17, 2012 10:08 am

An iPhone without apps is like a computer without software. Here are the best 100 apps we know and love. If you have an iPhone, you should get to know them, too.
The 100 Best iPhone Apps (Update)
Need new iPhone apps? Or perhaps you have too many and need to find replacements that are more multi-purpose than the single-purpose apps currently cluttering your phone. In this article, we round up the best 100 iPhone apps we’ve seen.
Before you start downloading apps willy-nilly, make sure you’ve updated your operating system to the latest version (iOS 5.1 at the time of this writing). There are features in Apple’s own mobile operating system, since version 5, that are as good and useful as any app on this list. For example, iMessage now bypasses SMS texting charges by using Wi-Fi when it’s available for iOS-to-iOS messages. That helps you save money. Other Apple apps, like Find My iPhone, require iOS 5 to work.

The 100 apps that made the cut for this list are the ones that have shown outstanding performance, have been almost universally liked by users. For apps that PCMag has written thorough reviews, click the name of the app for a link to the review. You’ll also see our star rating alongside the app.
Before you start clicking through the slideshow to see all 100 of the best iPhone apps, let me address a few frequently asked questions:
100 slides? Are you kidding?
We’ve designed this article so you can access it in a number of ways. The slideshow is one way. Another way is by using the table of contents that appears at the top right side of this block of text. You’ll notice gray links that indicate different groups of apps, such as Browsers (1-6), Reference (7-12), and so forth. If you’re upset about all the clicking, please bear in mind that this is a “free” article, and clicking is the price.
Wait. Haven’t I seen this list on PCMag before?
In all likelihood, yes, because we update the list frequently to reflect new apps that come out. We try to keep it fresh.
You left out some of the best apps, like Safari, iTunes, Maps, Nike+ iPod, and Siri! What’s up with that?
Those apps (well, technically, Siri is a feature and not an app…) are included with your iPhone, and since you don’t have a choice about owning them when you buy an iPhone, we exclude them from the possible list of the 100 best iPhone apps.
I’m new to iPhone and 100 apps is overwhelming! Can you simplify this list?
Yes! We already have! A better article for you is “10 Must-Have iPhone Apps.”
Some of these apps cost money, and I refuse to pay for apps. What else ya got?
How about “The 50 Best Free iPhone Apps for 2012?”
Finally, if you know of a great app that isn’t on this list, you’re encouraged to tell us about it in the comments below, and we’ll consider it for future updates to this article. Be sure to give the full name of the app, price, and a short description so other readers can learn about your favorites, too. 

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