Useful iPhone Apps
The iPhone introduced us to mobile apps, and soon we realized this concept would allow extending the usefulness of the device quite indefinitely. Thus the smartphone evolution began. Several years have passed and many millions of users now enjoy their app-loaded iPhone on a daily basis. But even after nearly a decade, surprises keep hitting the App store all the time, some of which are genuinely useful and even add functionalities you normally wouldn’t expect from a smartphone.
In fact, it’s safe to say that many iPhone users still don’t realize just how much their iPhone relates to a technological Swiss-army knife. If you’re wondering just which apps you should know about, this article will display a selection of titles that genuinely add unexpectedly useful new functions to your smartphone. Watch out thought, since some of these virtual tools are used in such a way that you may accidentally drop your iPhone if you’re not paying close attention to the work. On that note, have you seen our article on the most common iPhone accidents?
A working set of virtual carpenter’s tools that can be invaluable when you’re doing home maintenance tasks or even some masonry. The toolkit includes a surface level, a plumb bob, bubble level, protractor (measures angles of vertical and horizontal surfaces), and a steel ruler. Once properly calibrated, these tools can be even more accurate than their traditional counterparts – since they rely on the power of iPhone’s digital accelerometer and other sensors.
How would you like to transform your iPhone into a wireless digital touchpad? This app allows doing just that, and it can be surprisingly useful in a number of scenarios. Not necessarily suited for everyday work, but rather in situations where you want to control your computer from a distance – such as when you do a public presentation or just plug your computer into your living room TV, in which case the iPhone can be used as a makeshift remote control. This app works quite smoothly, synchronizes instantly, and can be used on any computer (Mac or PC) where you’ve installed the counterpart software to the app.
If you thought the concept of using your iPhone as a Wi-Fi mouse seems interesting, this app takes matters a little further. With it, you can actually see a duplicate of screen in your home computer and use it normally though your iPhone… even if you’re halfway across the world. It’s not extremely practical for everyday use (especially since the screen size is a little unwieldy), but it can be great if you’re out and about and suddenly realize you forgot to upload an important file from your computer, or even if you want to start a heavy-weight application and export files or touch up an important project.
Transferring files to your phone can sometimes be a little annoying, especially when you can’t find the data transfer cable, or when you want to copy data to/from a computer where iTunes doesn’t happen to be installed yet. In this case, an app like Air Sharing is much convenient. When you activate the app, it will show you a local IP address that you can use to navigate the contents of your iPhone from any computer browser. From there, you can easily send files back and forth between the devices. Since it’s all done over a local network, the transfer speed is quite breezy.
Wouldn’t it be convenient if you could use the camera in your iPhone as a makeshift scanner? Since the iPhone 4 finally introduced a decent camera to the device, this is doable provided you have a steady hand… or an app like Genius Scan. It uses some nifty tricks like perspective correction and page frame detection to ensure the resulting picture is more readable than anything you’d manage on your own just by using the camera app. Genius Scan also does a good job at keeping your scans organized as well as exporting to iBooks or e-mail (also to Dropbox, Evernots and Google Docs on the Scan+ version).
These are just a few examples of apps that will add unexpected functions to your iPhone, but there are plenty other options out there. Do you know of any apps that should have been included here? Feel free to share your opinion by writing in your comments bellow.