Hot off the presses, Workflow is a new app that makes it easy to automate processes on iOS. Want to make a GIF of your face, just by hitting an icon on your home screen? Easy! This is the missing app that iOS 8 finally made possible.
Google unexpectedly launched an ambitious overhaul for Gmail this year and the Inbox iOS app is the mobile counterpart for the new email experience. It’s invite-only, but offers a beautiful new take on email with Google’s Material Design and a bunch of great new features.
This simple and elegant time-tracking app makes it easy to track your progress on any task with a single tap. You can view how you spent your day in timeline mode, use the iOS 8 widget to start tracking without even opening the app and more.
Analytics finally came to iOS this year, so you can obsess over your website’s statistics on the go. It features the ability to view your real-time visitor statistics, along with your history and trends as well.
Receive iOS notifications right on your Mac! This app allows any third-party app to send your iOS notifications to your Mac screen; handy for knowing if you’ve got messages in a mobile-only app like WhatsApp messenger.
Perhaps the best new email app on iOS all year, Acompli brings together your calendar, contacts and cloud documents in a single inbox. Not only is it free, it works with Gmail, Exchange and other accounts flawlessly. So good, in fact, that Microsoft just purchased the company.
2014 was the year that Microsoft finally set Office free on iPhone and iPad, quite literally. You can now get Office for free on your iOS devices so you can edit or view your documents on the go. It might not be exciting to edit documents, but it’s good that you can do it using Office now.
The latest app from legendary developer Panic is for uploading/downloading your stuff from FTP/SFTP/WebDAV servers right from your iOS device. It’s beautifully-designed and feature packed, just like its OS X counterpart.
Spring is a new way to shop on your phone: follow brands you like, get exclusive deals, check out collections and swipe to pay in seconds. It allows brands to have a customizable digital storefront; almost like a shoppable Instagram.
This app basically makes the mall obsolete; you can buy all the stuff you need, without ever leaving the app. Best of all? Spring already supports Apple Pay.
The newest app from Amazon allows you to get your goods sent to you with same-day delivery. Prime Now allows you to use an exclusive app to order items and track their delivery in areas that support it.
A unique new keyboard for iOS that brings a different take on autocorrect to the platform. We reviewed Crimson and loved it; if you love the autocorrect style found on new BlackBerry phones, this is the keyboard for you.
One of our absolute favorite apps of the year, Wire is a beautiful new messenger app with well thought out design and great features to match. The app puts your pictures front and center, where they should be, and gets out of the way to make messaging easy.
Microsoft and Skype wanted in on the ephemeral app craze, so Qik was born. Qik lets you send quick video messages to friends that self-destruct in two weeks and create GIFs of yourself in a few seconds.
One of our favorite apps this year, Path Talk will change the way you interact with businesses. This app allows you to send quick messages to businesses (just like text messaging) so you can book a table or check if something’s in stock without ever needing to call.
The best part is that even businesses that aren’t using Path Talk are on the app; Path actually calls them up with your request so you don’t have to. It’s magical.
Former Microsoft executive, Ray Ozzie, launched his new mobile messaging app that focuses on bringing people and teams together.
The app has a push-to-talk style feature that allows you to instantly talk with people that are available but otherwise save that message for later for those that aren’t. Talko is an impressive push to bring back audio messaging to the mainstream, rather than just offering a messaging app.
Facebook’s on a roll with separating out its functions into many apps. The new Facebook Groups app makes using groups on the social network while mobile even better.
The app helps you discover new groups, interact with the ones you’re part of and manage your own group. It’s got an adorable design and is a great standalone option for users who use Groups frequently.
Another new app from Facebook is like a forum platform for your smartphone. The Rooms app allows you to create a room about anything for discussing whatever you like with friends or complete strangers.
The new app focuses on sharing something with either just your friends or people in your area and then offering real-time chat about it. If you’ve got something you need to get off your chest, Secret is a great option.
This is the app you need to help you organize all those last minute things that everyone forgets when heading overseas. Travel Butler offers an automatic packing list by tracking the weather at your destination and making clothes recommendations. The app also makes recommendations for food and activities in the city you’re going to.
My absolute favorite news app this year is Nuzzel; you plug in your Twitter account and it automatically looks at the links your friends are tweeting to surface the very best links and news being shared.
Nuzzel is a great way to keep up with the very latest, without having to scroll through all the Twitter backchat to get it.
Can’t get enough of reading great stories on Medium? Neither can anyone else. The company has its own iOS app for reading only, so you can get the great Medium experience right on your iPhone or iPad home screen.
Don’t have time to read entire books, but wish you did? Blinkist is perfect for you; it offers summaries of the key points of books that you can digest in small packages so you can get the gist without even reading the entire book.
The service curates the very best books, offers them in easy to read packages and is perfect for reading on your iPad.
Touted as “Twitter’s front page“, this app automatically looks at the biggest Twitter trends and pulls out important tweets from them, as well as offering explanations as to why exactly items are trending.
It’s like the perfect guidebook for a social network that seemingly moves faster than light.
Not only did the app get a stunning new design and a ton of new filters, it’s also available for iPad now and works with photos straight off a DSLR.
VSCO Cam is my app of choice for tweaking photos; the filters are worth the money and don’t kill the photo like many other apps do. It’s great for quick tweaks to photos downloaded straight from a DSLR.
You can lay out your photos how you want, embed videos and share stories with your friends on a beautifully laid out page. Storehouse is the perfect way for showing off your photos; particularly if you’re traveling.
This fun new app lets you share tiny pictures and looping videos to a 24 hour rolling feed of images from your friends. It’s a fun little app that lets you share any random moments during the day, in a slightly different way.
Disney’s new app that lets you watch 400+ films from the company on your iPhone or iPad was made available for the first time in 2014. This app is an absolute boon for parents who want to give their kids a great film to watch on the go.
Another unique take on fitness, Lark helps coach you to be healthy. Instead of offering up insults like Carrot, Lark guides you on your fitness journey by offering up conversational fitness tips as you enter data.
Lark also hooks into HealthKit and uses the iPhone’s motion processor to track your data, so it can be shared across other apps too.
Currency conversion can be beautiful too! Heralded as the first iOS app that lets you do currency conversion directly in Safari using iOS 8’s extensions, Stacks is a beautiful app that’s great at helping you figure out what your dollars might be worth overseas.
Developers that are on the go a lot need Dash, the API reference app that offers offline access to 150+ API documentation sets.
AMA is Reddit’s first foray into building its own app and it turned out great. Reddit’s “Ask Me Anything” has proven extremely popular, so the app makes it easier than ever to browse the question and answer threads, as well as keeping track of upcoming appearances.
This is the best game released on iOS this year, period. Monument Valley is not only beautiful, but addictive. The game is a puzzle game with impossible architecture, illusions and incredible illustration.
It’s deserving that Monument Valley won an Apple Design Award this year. Just a few weeks back Monument Valley got a new level pack “Forgotten Shores” for $1.99. This game is well worth the money.
TwoDots, the most addictive game of all time, is the follow-up to the smash hit “Dots” which got us all non-stop connecting the dots.
The new game brings a seemingly endless amount of levels to play, with a ton of new challenges and level types for ruining your productivity. You’ve got a set amount of lives to complete the level, otherwise you’ll have to wait out the clock or pay for more lives.
Yes, there are in-app purchases but TwoDots doesn’t try and push these on you like other games. It’s a great, addictive game that anyone with an iPhone should be using.
Google’s popular augmented reality game finally came to iOS this year. You play in the real world, capturing portals from the enemy teams by standing nearby them. It’s good fun and has a fairly large player base right now.