25. Retrica (iPhone)
As of iOS 7, the Camera app gained eight live filters, but Retrica’s selection is much larger, drawing on decades of photographic styles. Other tools further boost creativity, including vignettes, blurs and borders. Our favourite feature, though, is the interval timer, which takes a number of consecutive photos and stitches them together in a user-defined layout.
24. Remote (iPhone/iPad)
The remote control you get with an Apple TV could be considered elegant compared to the button-frenzy evident on most equivalents; however, it’s a mite fiddly for anything more than very basic menu navigation. With Remote, you can control your Apple TV using your iOS device, which rather helpfully includes a keyboard when making searches. The app can also control local iTunes libraries and send the audio on via AirPlay.
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23. Codecademy (iPhone/iPad)
Codecademy is a fantastic project, with the laudable goal of teaching the world to code. The website provides dozens of tutorials on a range of languages, but it can be a little overwhelming. The interactive iOS app is a better starting point for anyone lacking confidence, presenting the basics of coding in a session that lasts about an hour.
22. Paper – stories from Facebook (iPhone)
Facebook’s mobile app beats using the desktop, but it’s Paper that feels like the next step on the social network’s journey. The interface is modern and sleek, eschewing clutter and presenting a distraction-free environment for browsing and reading news stories. Standard Facebook controls are present and correct, too, meaning you can replace the Facebook app with Paper. (Note: Paper currently requires a US iTunes account. TUAW shows how to get one).
21. Coast by Opera (iPad)
You might wonder what the point of Coast is, what with Safari for iPad being an impressive browser. However, we see Coast as complementary rather than as a replacement. Instead of bookmarks, you get colourful icon grids, and smart search means it’s simple to get to the content you want. While Safari for iPad very much mirrors the Mac version, Coast feels designed specifically for iPad. The interface while browsing is also extremely minimal, meaning Coast’s great for sitting back and getting on with reading Stuff.tv and your other favourite websites.