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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.
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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?