O'Grady's Best iOS apps of 2012

O'Grady's Best iOS apps of 2012

Summary: A lot of great iOS apps were released this year. Here's a list of my favorite apps of 2012.

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TOPICS: Apple, Apps, iOS, iPhone, iPad, Reviews
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  • Flickr - The former photo king makes a comeback - Free

    I used to use Flickr religiously - before photo sharing was even a thing. Unfortunately, like many things at Yahoo!, Flickr was left to whither and die. The new Flickr for iPhone (free, App Store) is a complete rewrite that's nothing short of amazing. The new iOS app features better-than-Instagram filters, editing tools and a copious amount of sharing options. Plus it's great to just browse photos. The new Flickr is so good that I renewed my Flickr Pro account and I'm seriously reconsidering my Picasa Web Albums renewal. I can't wait for the universal version of Flickr for iOS so that I can use it on my iPad.

  • Addappt - Automatic contact management - Free

    This year when we mailed out our Christmas cards I had to email, text or telephone at least a dozen people to confirm that they were still at their same address as last year. If they were using Addappt for iOS (free, App Store) their new contact information would have been sent to me automatically when it changed. It's an up-to-date address book that's maintained by your friends. Addappt is a bootstrapped operation founded by former LinkedIn employee Mrinal Desai and some ex-Microsoftees. They haven't accept outside financing so Addappt's not completely polished yet, but there's also no corporate strings attached or pressure to "monetize" your contacts. After you install Addappt, you need to request an invitation, but mine arrived via email within 24 hours. From there it imports your iOS address book, and looks for other users on Addappt. Then you request a link to your contacts and (if they approve) you're done. Whenever a linked contact updates their address, phone number or email, it's automatically updated in your contacts. Addappt has a strong privacy policy and promises not to sell, rent or share your contacts, and I trust them a lot more than Facebook with my contact data.

    Further Reading

    • Jason Hiner's review for ZDNET's Between The Lines
    • Walt Mossberg's video review on WSJ.com
  • Honorable Mention iOS apps of 2012

    I could probably pick 50 iOS apps that I loved this year (at least 10 in the photo category alone) but my editor said that I had to publish this post this year. That being said, here are some of my next favorite iOS apps of 2012.

    • Launch Center Pro ($2.99, App Store) - Creates quick shortcuts to specific features buried deep within apps. Use it to call or text your significant other, launch your favorite photo sharing app or look up a location with Google Maps. Includes preconfigured flashlight and screen dimmer shortcuts.
    • Checkmark (free, App Store) - Next-generation reminder app that allows you to create location or time-based reminders in three touches. It puts Apple's Reminders app to shame. 
    • Twist (free, App Store) - Twist automatically gives your (opt-in) followers your exact arrival time via push notification. That way, if you make an unscheduled stop, or get caught in traffic, they're automatically updated with your new arrival time. Read my August 2012 review.
    • GroceryIQ (free, App Store) - Shared grocery lists with UPC barcode scanning and voice transcription.
    • Houzz (free, App Store) - Excellent Home remodeling/redecorating app with over 900k photos from top designers.
    • Wickr (free, App Store) - Text, picture, audio and video messaging with military-grade encryption and a self-destruction mechanism. Sender control over who can read messages and for how long. [CNET review]

    What did I miss? What are your favorite iOS apps?

Topics: Apple, Apps, iOS, iPhone, iPad, Reviews

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  • Remote

    "What did I miss? What are your favorite iOS apps?"

    Perhaps the most useful for me has been Jump Desktop for remote connection to PC's either by VNC or RDP. So well written, stable, smooth, cleverly laid out on iPad (but especially on the small iPhone display) that you wish all apps were done by these guys.

    Support/responsiveness from developers top-notch.
    JohnrC
    • look at the next page link

      look at the next page link above. The site gives you a very small amount of text with many opportunities to click on an advertisement to the point of annoyance.
      Ken_SF
  • Jump Desktop - Remote Desktop Control

    "What did I miss? What are your favorite iOS apps?"

    Perhaps the most useful for me has been Jump Desktop for remote connection to PC's either by VNC or RDP. So well written, stable, smooth, cleverly laid out on iPad (but especially on the small iPhone display) that you wish all apps were done by these guys.

    Support/responsiveness from developers top-notch.
    JohnrC
  • Wow one man's best an other's worst

    Why anyone would use Chrome when you could use Safari is one click search so you can go to a page and give google info about where you go instead of a click? And most of the rest have already been delated off my phone.
    kpbpsw
  • MyBoxOffice

    If you're like me and have lots of movies try MyBoxOffice.

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/myboxoffice/id317039484?mt=8

    It's saved me a few times from buying the same movie again.
    Arm A. Geddon
  • Really,fantastical

    Not being able to invite attendees ruins it for me. It may have a fancy interface but can't do the basics.
    elvisfan0108
  • Top New Years Countdown App is free today

    Top New Years Countdown App is free today, http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/new-years-countdown-2013-hd/id485460856
    Mary Rogers
  • Sparrow? An e-mail app?

    My BB has native MSActiveSync, and POP3/HTML mail. I use it for outlook.com, att.net, and corporate email. All native. No apps to buy.
    bb_apptix
  • Calendar

    Considering that the iPhone native calendar hosed MS Echange servers, I'm not surprised that you find a need to buy a calendar.
    bb_apptix