Apps are big business and one of the main reasons for the success of iOS.
Android may shift more units than Apple's mobile platform, but the App Store gets the lion’s share of the best apps, from high-end audio tools through to cutting-edge education offerings.
But what can you get when unwilling to spend anything at all? Actually, loads; as our selection shows, fantastic free iPhone and iPad apps are available for all manner of tasks, from sprucing up photos and composing music through to keeping fit and exploring the world.
(Many thanks to Pixeden for the fabulous device templates.)
Triposo: Best free iOS travel guide
There are plenty of travel guides on the App Store, but of the free ones Triposo is our favourite. The app isn’t restricted to just a few major cities - it has information on a wide variety of destinations.
Along with providing suggestions of things to see, Triposo can build a city walk for you, based on the amount of time you want to spend ambling about. Most usefully, it works offline (assuming you download relevant data before you leave), and so won’t chew through your overseas data allowance.
Weather Underground: Best free iOS weather app
At the last count, there were about a billion weather apps knocking around. Weather Underground rises above the dross through a clever panel-based approach. If you just want to scan the forecast and rainfall for the coming hour, you’re set. But if you are a weather wonk, desperate to check air quality, UV risk, and what the wind speed will be like at precisely 2pm tomorrow, scroll down a bit and the details will be there. You get widgets. You get customisation. You also, unfortunately, get ads – but they’re at least unobtrusive and can be nuked annually for £1.49.
Lingvist: best free iOS language learning app
If you fancy learning a language but lack the time, Lingvist will happily give you a shot by worming its way into every spare moment. Its razor-sharp design streamlines the learning process to a series of flashcards. In each case, you’re tasked with typing in a missing word.
You can at any point reveal the word, and Lingvist will, when necessary, provide in-context assistance (such as verb tables). But the idea is that over time vocabulary will be burned into your brain, whereupon new cards then appear. It’s fast, simple, and surprisingly moreish.