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Top apps for your new iOS device

By: Rom Feria


An iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch are popular devices given during the holiday season. If you are received one as a gift for 2016, here are a few apps that you might want to consider to install first:

One of the best password managers in the market today. I have both the iOS and OS X applications that allow seamless sync between devices (via iCloud). In addition, it comes with an Apple Watch app that makes your favorite username-passwords or your One-Time-Password (OTP) at a glance. 1Password makes it easier to generate and manage complex passswords for each site. I use it as a storage for secure notes as well.


The built-in Calendar app is a very capable app. However, Fantastical is one app that takes it to the next level. Similar to 1Password, I have Fantastical on both iOS and OS X.


Uber is one of the two ride-sharing apps available in the country today. I prefer Uber for its availability overseas.


Messaging Apps
iMessage is the default platform for messages, including SMS, but it is not cross-platform, so I usually have Signal, FireChat and Skype as must have apps.


I subscribe to Spotify Family account to share with my kids, but I also subscribe to Apple Music on my US account.


I love listening to podcasts and Overcast is the preferred app.


Speedtest and FAST
I have two different speed measuring apps in those times when I need to test if the telco is giving me the speed that I am paying for.


Firefox, Aloha and TOB
Safari is my go-to browser, but sometimes you find the need to try other browsers, so Firefox is my other browser, Aloha for browsing via VPN, and The Onion Browser (TOB) for the dark web. 😉


VPN Unlimited, Cloak VPN, OpenVPN
Whilst iOS has a built-in VPN support, using VPN Unlimited, Cloak VPN or OpenVPN apps make it simpler to manage. Besides, their profile allows you to automatically establish VPN connections whenever you connect to the internet, which is extremely useful when you are attending an event with an open wifi.


Twitter, Twitterrific and Tweetbot
You can’t go wrong with having multiple Twitter apps — each one has its strengths.


I love reading on my iPhone and iPad, but I also like writing on it. Medium, the platform, provides an app that allows you to do both.


Snapchat and Instagram
For those times when you want to share photos and videos, you can’t go wrong with these two platforms.


iMessage apps and stickers
I have plenty of iMessage apps and stickers installed and here’s the short list:
a. Bitmoji
b. UP (yes, University of the Philippines) stickers
c. Mr. Bean
d. Monsters, Inc.
e. Inside Out (yeah, pretty obvious that I communicate with kids often)
g. Doodle (for those times you need to schedule a meeting or two)

So there you have it — some of the apps that I thought you should install first on your new iOS device.

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  • Caittm

    Anyone looking to use a VPN on iOs. PureVPN has been best in terms of connectivity on my iPhone and other devices.