As each new iPhone rolls off the production line in China, a dozen iPhone apps come out with it. I should know, I have over 250 apps on my phone which have not been looked at yet, and I find more that pique my interest every day.
But when you are looking for something fresh and interesting, where do you go?
The main repository for iOS apps is the App Store, and it’s probably where most people go to find the apps they need. But curation on the App Store is a sorry state of affairs, and by the time the app hits the Featured page it’s already yesterday’s old news.
If you are looking for the most recently released, the bargains, and the hottest trending apps that everyone is talking about, then you need to look a little deeper instead.
Let’s start off with the obvious. Search engines are always chock-a-block with stories about the best new apps to try out. We have our own pages about the best iOS apps, and lots of other websites do the same. So if your phone is a little empty, and you are looking for something to fill it up, then browse through your favorite search engine to see what’s getting talked about right now. Whether that’s Google, Bing, DuckDuckGo, Yahoo, whatever, just have a gander. You may be surprised with what you find.
Just make sure that you are getting the results for the past week only. Otherwise, you may end up with dreck from last year, or even further back.
Eh? Google News? Are you kidding me? Nope! If you’re looking for a source which is very frequently updated (quite often, due to the nature of the news, faster than Google search itself), then Google News is the place to go. Simply typing in “new iPhone apps” gets you story after story of new apps to try, in this case, 30.3 million. You can also further refine it by stating what kind of app you’re looking for, such as “new didgeridoo iPhone app”.
And the beauty is that you don’t have to make this search again, as you can set up a Google Alert to have new results sent to you by email or RSS.
Everyone has a startup idea, and nearly everyone has a startup. Many of these aspiring projects are mobile-based, often designed to fix a problem or approach a solution in a completely new way. By keeping up with new startups, you’ll be the first to know about the newest apps being produced by these small and often innovative teams.
To monitor new start-ups, the best site to keep your eye on is Beta List. This is a fantastic resource for finding out about the latest and greatest entrepreneurial ideas, and quite often, you can sign up as a beta tester (with options to test smartphone apps too). Many entrepreneurs seem to be drawn to the iPhone, so you should have a fairly nice selection to look at.
As usual, when it comes to finding what you need, Reddit is your one-stop shop on the net. The two main destinations to aim for are its iPhone page, and, to a lesser extent, its iOS page. There, you will find, in among iPhone/iOS-related discussions, recommendations for what you should be installing next. You should also keep an eye on r/iPhoneApps and r/iOSGaming, each of which deal primarily with app releases and sales.
If you have a free Reddit user account, then you can jump into the discussions, and ask questions about the app, before you download it.
As the name suggests, this amazing site offers you alternatives to various apps, software packages, and websites. And iOS is no exception. When you click on the iPhone section, you will be presented with a list of “new trending iPhone apps”.
If looking over the list doesn’t help in finding something to try out, then click on one of the trending apps. You will then be given various alternatives to that app. Maybe one of them has piqued your interest instead?
148Apps is a site which continually watches the latest entries going into the App Store, and subsequently lists them on their site. That list is updated hourly, so you know you are seeing the very latest stuff. You can filter between iPhone and iPod Touch or iPad, and you can choose to only look at the free stuff if you are not inclined to pay for anything at the moment.
Clicking on the green “Buy Now” button will take you directly to the iTunes download page. AppShopper is a similar website which lists new arrivals, updates and special offers which you should also check out.
There are lots of other places advertising “best apps” in various categories, but by the time they hit those sites, they are not “fresh” anymore. The ones we have looked at above are ones where you can find something new, something untested. You can also choose to rely on one other source – personal recommendations. Do you know of any other iPhone-owning friends? If so, ask them for ideas and endorsements.
Where do you go to find the freshest apps for your iPhone?