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The best iOS apps to install on your iPhone in 2023

Update: 2023 edition
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Are you looking for a photo app, productivity app, or even a GPS app for your iPhone 14 (Pro) or iPad Air 2022? NextPit has selected the best iOS apps of 2023 that are available on the Apple App Store for your iPhone or iPad.

In this selection, we have classified these iOS applications across several categories and chosen a paid or free application with an alternative for each category. The goal of this article is to help you discover the best app without having to waste too much time searching one yourself! Also, we did not select Apple apps or some very well-known references like Chrome or WhatsApp for obvious reasons.

In order not to get angry with Android smartphone users who stumbled upon this article, we have also selected the best Android apps for 2023.

The best camera application: ProCamera

ProCamera is the leading app for taking great photos and videos on iPhone. The app, now in its 12th year of service, has always managed to receive rave reviews from users and photo experts. It is possible to save presets with your choices of exposure, white balance, and focus. You can also use options such as mirroring and orientation lock. The choice of file formats also varies with RAW, HEIC, or JPEG.

  • Price: $19.99 / Advertising: None / In-app purchases: Yes / Account: Not required
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The application is very expensive but it is packed with features. / © NextPit

The alternative to the best photo app: Obscura 3

Oscura 3 is an application that allows you to take photos in various formats such as RAW, HEIC, JPEG, or Live Photo. It is possible to take photos with native modes on the smartphone including macro, portrait, panorama, night, or while using the zoom function. The app offers a multitude of settings as found on a real camera, allowing you to make the best possible photo on your smartphone. You will be able to act on elements like white balance, ISO, saturation, and others.

  • Price: $4.99 / Advertising: None / In-app purchases: None / Account: Not required
Best iOS apps screnshots Obscura 3
Obscura 3 is a good alternative to ProCamera, although it is not free. / © NextPit

The best photo editing application: Facetune

Facetune is a photo editing application that focuses on face enhancement. It offers a range of tools for the face or faces in the photo. For example, you can smoothen your skin, adjust the size of the jaw, whiten your teeth, or make your hair silkier. It is also possible to adjust other parameters such as saturation, brightness, or contrast. Facetune also supports videos and has a "magic" function that modifies the image in real-time during recording.

  • Price: Free / Advertising: None / In-app purchases: Yes / Account: Not required
Best iOS apps screnshots Facetune
Think of this app as an advanced beauty filter. / © NextPit

The alternative to the best photo editing app: Snapseed

Snapseed, which managed to sneak into the lead in the Android version of this article, is an obvious choice for those who want to edit their photos on iOS. It has received a lot of praise for being an easy-to-use app for beginners while being packed with features that professionals love!

  • Price: Free / Advertising: None / In-app purchases: None / Account: Not required
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Snapseed is as complete as Facetune. / © NextPit

The best productivity app: Notion

Notion is the Swiss army knife of productivity applications. It is an application that centralizes all the main tools you may need to work efficiently. It allows you to take notes, work on shared documents with your colleagues, manage your agenda, and even your projects with kanban boards. The interface is quite simple and intuitive, which allows you to quickly get your bearings. You will be able to simplify yourself thanks to the many templates offered and rely on the large community of users if you need help.

  • Price: Free / Advertising: None / In-app purchases: Yes / Account: Required
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Did you already know about Notion? I found the app to be interesting. / © NextPit

The alternative to the best productivity app: Any.do

Any.do is a task and project management application. It allows you to get organized by creating task lists and reminders. You will have a daily planner that will help you sort your different tasks by status. It is possible to assign tasks to other users with tags or checklists. The app synchronizes with your calendar and offers different views such as kanban, project, or calendar view. With a paid subscription, you can benefit from a personal assistant that increases your productivity by performing certain actions for you. The application also has an ergonomic and customizable interface.

  • Price: Free / Advertising: None / In-app purchases: Yes / Account: Required
Best iOS apps screnshots Any.do
Being able to switch between the to-do list view and the calendar view is very convenient. / © NextPit

The best fitness app: Seven

Seven is the perfect app to get you back into the gym or even begin your fitness journey gradually. It's a fitness app with a progressive program of 7-minute workouts. The free version offers 12 exercises of 30 seconds each with a 10-second break between each exercise. You can work out anywhere and without any equipment. The application also allows you to create your own workouts according to your needs and preferences, as well as to motivate yourself by choosing virtual coaches.

  • Price: Free / Advertising: None / In-app purchases: Yes / Account: Required
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The interface of this application is visually very pleasing. / © NextPit

The alternative to the best fitness app: MyFitnessPal

MyFitnessPal is a very comprehensive fitness app. It's a calorie counter that also tracks your workouts and food. The application relies on a very extensive database of foods to give you clear recommendations. MyFitnessPal helps you know your habits, see what you eat so that you can make better choices, motivate you and guide you towards your goals. You will also find several different physical exercises and you can set different goals according to what you want for your health.

  • Price: Free / Advertising: None / In-app purchases: Yes / Account: Required
Best iOS apps screnshots MyFitnessPal
Count your calories and create your own healthy recipes to eat better. / © NextPit

The best note-taking app: Bear Pro

Bear is a note-taking app with more advanced features than your smartphone's basic notes app, while being less complicated to pick up than Evernote. You can write documents, blog posts, to-do lists, code, or shopping lists. It is possible to dictate text with Siri and add tags to facilitate the classification of your notes.

Bear Pro also allows synchronization between your different devices via iCloud. You will also have more than a dozen themes and additional export options. Your data is encrypted and the application is locked with a password or Touch/Face ID.

  • Price: Free but the Pro version costs $14.99 / Advertising: None / In-app purchases: None / Account: Required
Best iOS apps screnshots Bear
A beautiful note-taking app with a minimalist user interface. / © NextPit

The alternative to the best note-taking app: Noted

Noted is a two-in-one note-taking app that allows you to write text while making an audio recording. The entered text is time-stamped on the recording and it is possible to mark specific passages.

The application is designed for students, professionals, and journalists. Thanks to the smart playback function, it is possible to play your recordings without pauses and silence in between so that you can focus on what is most important. You can also customize the application with several themes.

  • Price: Free / Advertising: None / In-app purchases: Yes/ Account: Not required
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Noted is the perfect app to take notes and not miss anything. / © NextPit

The best navigation/GPS app: MAPS.ME

Maps.Me is an efficient alternative to Google Maps. The main advantage of this app is that it works offline. You just have to download and save the maps on your device to use them whenever you want. The different information and maps are constantly updated by the millions of community members.

You can use the application in the car, on public transport, on foot, or by bike. You will also have travel guides for more than 100 countries and 600 cities to download. The application is very detailed and displays thousands of points of interest as well as hiking trails. Maps.Me also allows you to save trips, mark your favorite places and share a location with family and friends.

  • Price: Free / Advertising: None / In-app purchases: Yes / Account: Required
Best iOS apps screnshots Maps.me
The great thing about Maps.me is that this navigation app works offline. / © NextPit

The alternative to the best navigation/GPS application: Citymapper

Citymapper is aimed at urban travelers who want to get information about public transportation in their city at a glance. The app allows you to monitor the metro network of your city but also works in any large city with a relatively large public transport network. Perfect for estimating travel time, the app also allows you to record your most common trips to get real-time information.

  • Price: Free / Advertising: None / In-app purchases: Yes / Account: Required
Best iOS apps screnshots Citymapper
Forget Google Maps, Citymapper is THE reference, especially if you live in the city. / © NextPit

The best weather application: CARROT Weather

CARROT Weather is a weather application that presents weather data from all over the world in a rather original way. It features rain, lightning, and storm notifications, a weather map widget, and quick data source switching. The application features a kind of robot that tells you the weather with a mood that changes depending on the weather.

You will be able to customize this feature to your liking. The app has been updated to fit the lock screen widgets and Lives Activities. CARROT Weather draws on weather data from Apple Weather, Dark Sky, AccuWeather, and Tomorrow.io.

  • Price: Free / Advertising: None / In-app purchases: Yes / Account: Not required
Captures d ecran application Carrot
The wizard can go into sarcastic or even downright cheeky mode. / © NextPit

The best reading/audiobook/podcast app: Kobo Books

Kobo Books is an app that lets you read eBooks and listen to audiobooks on your iPhone or iPad. In addition to reading eBooks, Kobo also allows you to listen to audiobooks. Simply purchase eBooks and audiobooks from Kobo.com, then sync your Kobo app to read or listen to your heart's content.

The app offers the ability to sync all your bookmarks and pick up where you left off regardless of your device. Kobo also offers free excerpts to help you choose a book to read.

  • Price: Free / Advertising: None / In-app purchases: None / Account: Required
Best iOS apps screnshots Kobo Books
The application offers some options to increase the your reading comfort. / © NextPit

The alternative to the best reading/audiobook/podcast app: Pocket Casts

Pocket Casts is a podcast reading app that offers a great listening experience thanks in part to its beautifully designed and user-friendly interface. It also stands out for its listening, search, and discovery tools. You will be able to synchronize the queue, cut silences, change the speed or set a sleep timer. Pocket Casts supports AirPlay, Chromecast, CarPlay, and is accessible from the Sonos app.

  • Price: Free/ Advertising: No/ In-app purchases: Yes/ Account: Not required
Best iOS apps screnshots Pocket Casts
Centralize all your podcasts with this app. / © NextPit

The best alternative to iCloud for your photos: Degoo

Most iPhone users tend to use either iCloud or Google Photos to back up their photos. With Google Photos recently taking the subscription route, there was an obvious gap in the market, which seems to have been exploited by a small Swedish company known as Degoo Backup AG. Degoo is an attractive photo storage service that offers 100GB of free space to its basic users.

  • Price: Free / Advertising: None / In-app purchases: Yes / Account: Required
Best iOS apps screnshots Degoo
Degoo offers 20 GB of storage in its free version. / © NextPit

The best alternative to iCloud to store all your files: pCloud

There are many alternatives to iCloud but pCloud stands out the most in my opinion. The app has a simple interface, which makes things much easier. It offers full encryption of your data for transfer and storage, synchronization of your stored documents on all your devices and the storage is valid for life after a one-time payment...

  • Price: Free / Advertising: None / In-app purchases: Yes / Account: Required
pCloud Screenshots Apple iOS
The pCloud iOS app convinces with its nice design and practical features. / © NextPit

The best dating app: Bumble

Bumble is a dating app that offers the same thing as all other dating apps but with the addition of practical features such as friendship or business dating. Unlike Tinder, Bumble hands the initiative over to women when it comes to dating by forbidding men to initiate the first contact.

The chat function is successfully implemented and it is also possible to send voice messages, play a mini-game of questions and answers to get to know each other, send photos and launch a video call.

  • Price: Free / Advertising: None / In-app purchases: Yes / Account: Required
Meilleures applications iOS captures d'écran Bumble
You can also simply search for friends or even professional dates. / © NextPit

The alternative to the best dating app: Happn

Happn is a dating app with a pretty interesting concept. It allows you to find people you met by chance. If you meet someone in the street but you couldn't talk to them, you could find them on Happn. The application registers the other users you met based on your location to help you find and contact them. Contact is only possible after a mutual "like".

  • Price: Free / Advertising: None / In-app purchases: Yes / Account: Required
Meilleures applications iOS captures d'écran Happn
Happn is a dating application developed in France. / © NextPit

That's it! That was our selection of the best iOS apps to install on your iPhone in 2023. What are your favorite iOS apps? Do you have any other suggestions?

Rahul Srinivas

Rahul Srinivas

Among the most experienced tech journalists from India, Rahul has spent the better part of the past decade writing and experiencing technology. In his decade-long career, Rahul has contributed to several Indian and International publications, including Mobilegeeks, Onlygizmos, iPhoneHacks, and The Inquisitr. Before joining NextPit, he held the position of Senior Editor at MySmartPrice - one of India's largest product research platforms.

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