Did Santa leave you an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus under the tree? Congratulations! Just remember: Even the best hardware needs good software to shine.
There are some obvious choices when loading up a new phone. You're likely going to add things like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter immediately, but from there, what else should you be looking at? Here are a few suggestions of top tier applications that are either incredibly handy or can showcase your new iPhone's abilities.
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Manual ($3.99) — If you truly want to get the most out of the iPhone's camera, shooting RAW photos is the best way to do so. Manual has a very intuitive user interface, but gives you incredible customization controls for photos, including ISO, shutter speed and exposure. It's the best way to ensure you capture DSLR quality pictures with your phone.
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Workflow ($2.99) — In terms of productivity, you can't top this app. It's complicated, yes, but it's incredibly flexible, letting you create a series of actions that impact everything from your photos to your health apps. You're able to set up a chain of events to automate tasks that use multiple apps, such as saving photos to Dropbox or calculating the time of your commute home and automatically sending it to your spouse when you leave work.
Oz: Broken Kingdom (Free) — To truly show off the screen quality of the iPhone 7, you need a game that bursts with colors and onscreen action. Oz, from Nexon, does just that. Is it the most addictive game in the app store? Nope. But it was built to pop on screen and, given how "The Wizard of Oz" is in the midst of a revival these days, it's a title that may grow on you quickly.
iMovie ($4.99) — The iPhone's new camera not only enhances pictures, it shoots some amazing video. Eventually, you may want to stitch some of your videos and pictures together or create a compilation to commemorate a trip or event. While there are plenty of video editing software apps out there, Apple's homegrown solution is a solid one that's easy to understand and makes exporting videos to other Apple products much easier.
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Camera+ ($2.99) — Want to make the most of your new phone's camera but don't want to get too deep into the advanced settings that the Manual app offers? Camera+ offers a variety of modes that let you tweak pictures and shoot professional looking shots. Among the features of note are a slowed shutter speed, continuous flash and more than 30 filters.
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Tweetbot4 ($9.99) — For people who spend a lot of time on social media, but want to carve out some time for themselves, Tweetbot is invaluable. Sync your accounts — personal and professional — into one stream, and monitor the statistics surrounding them from the dashboard. You're also able to universally mute users or hashtags to filter out some of Twitter's background noise.
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Toshl (Free) — Keep track of the money you spend with this simple-to-use app that organizes your expenses. You'll see where you're spending the most, when you typically spend the most each month and receive alerts when bills are coming due. The app also automatically syncs with all of your devices, making it easier to keep track. It's free, but comes with a monthly ($1.99) or annual ($19.99) subscription fee.
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Slice (Free) — In today's mail-order world, there are a lot of packages en route to your home. Slice helps you keep track of what's on the way and when it's scheduled to arrive. More importantly, though, the app monitors products for you, sending push alerts when prices drop or you're eligible for a refund. It's the easiest way to find the best deals and keep track of shipments when shopping online.
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Snapguide (Free) — Generally, we've got our phones close at all times. So why not get an app that can help you make everyday tasks simpler? Snapguide contains instructional videos for everything from DIY projects to recipes to fashion ideas to life hacks. Categorize your favorites or easily search for help when you're about to start on a project.
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Photoshop Lightroom (Free) — No matter how good a photographer you are, you're going to need to edit your pictures — and the iPhone's basic editing tools aren't likely to do the job adequately. Lightroom not only has a plethora of familiar PhotoShop tools, it's also remarkably fast, thanks to the iPhone 7's A10 processor — meaning you can spend less time tinkering with your pictures and more time shooting them.