I’ve been using an iPhone 11 Pro now for almost a month, and there are plenty of things I could say about it, but most of them would be about the camera, which really is that good. Still, there’s a lot more to the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, and if you just upgraded, you’re probably wondering about some of the apps you should download to take advantage of all they have to offer.
With that in mind, here are the best apps (in no particular order) for the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro:
If you love the iPhone’s Portrait Mode, you’ll especially love Focos, which allows you to go back and adjust focus after you’ve taken a photo. I have no idea how it works, but it’s pretty awesome. It’s mostly useful for portraits and still-life shots where you want to play around with the results after the fact, but you can create some really unique photos that impress your friends.
If you want a camera app that gives you more control over exposure, aperture, and focus, Halide is the one for you. In addition to taking advantage of the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro depth features, it allows you to take images using smart RAW for higher-quality photos with less digital noise. I also really like how quick it is, which makes a difference when you’re trying to capture the right shot.
Canva is a simple and quick way to create a design for anything from an Instagram post to a flyer or business card. It’s free, and I love that it’s powerful enough to handle most of your basic design needs. The paid version even makes it easy to share designs with your team and gives you access to a vast stock image library to step up your next marketing piece or social media post.
4. Adobe Lightroom
The new version of Lightroom, not to be confused with the legacy version–known as Lightroom Classic–is the most powerful photo management and editing tool you can get on your iPhone (or iPad or Mac for that matter). While it has a built-in camera, the best part is that a subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud means your photo library syncs across all of your devices, letting you edit photos on the go with the same powerful tools you have on your desktop.
If you want to edit video with pro-grade software, LumaFusion is the best you’re going to get on iOS. The power of the A13 chip in both the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro makes editing even 4K video simple and fast. It also gives you the ability to import video from your photo library as well as every major cloud service (Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive) or shared network drives, along with a range of export options.
This one isn’t just a great app on the iPhone 11 but really any iOS device–especially if you need an easy way to keep files synced across a variety of devices. Sure, there are plenty of apps that do the same thing, but Dropbox still does it faster and makes sharing about as simple as it gets. It’s also great for quickly scanning in a document as a PDF and easily sharing or accessing it on your other devices.
7. Privacy Pro
If you’re using any mobile device, a VPN that blocks the countless number of trackers that inevitably exist in the apps you use every day is a must. Privacy Pro allows you to view activity and block different apps or allow them to send data, especially when they are running in the background. It also gives you the ability to encrypt all HTTP connections and even route DNS through VPN.
There are definitely better pure writing apps (hello, Ulysses), but for a multi-purpose place to keep track of everything from notes to voice memos, scanned documents, and web clippings, Evernote is still the best. I especially find the search features (including the OCR that searches documents–including photos) and context (which brings up related items) to be really helpful for research and writing.
I first heard about Otter.ai at TechCrunch Disrupt SF this month, where they were using it on side screens for live transcription of the panels and speakers. Think of it like closed captioning, but in real time and without as many mistakes. The iPhone app is awesome, allowing you to record and transcribe conversations as they happen.
You can also upload audio files and it’ll take care of the transcription for you. It even allows you to create groups to share transcripts with your team. The best part is it’s free for up to 600 minutes a month.
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