2015 was a big year for the iPhone.
Not only did Apple release a relatively big upgrade for an “S” year, app developers were more creative than ever. From beautiful new games to photo- and GIF-management services, to offerings that helped supercharge our productivity, many apps became new favorites in 2015.
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Check out our list below to see all the apps that made our list of the top picks, try them out, and let us know how they measure up to your favorites.
Despite getting off to a rocky start (thanks to a clumsily executed demo during Apple’s iPhone 6S event), Adobe’s Photoshop Fix is one of the most useful apps the company launched all year. The app brings some of Photoshop’s most powerful retouching tools to the iPhone while keeping them approachable enough for amateurs.
Alto’s Adventure ($0.99) is not only one of the most beautiful mobile games we’ve seen all year, it’s the most consistently fun. The endless runner (snowboarder?) stars Alto and a cast of friends who must snowboard their way through challenges while landing complicated tricks and catching escaped llamas along the way.
IFTTT launched a suite of new apps this year — all of which use the company’s automation abilities to help you get more done faster. But one of our favorites is DO Camera, which allows you to create custom recipes for your camera you can trigger with just one touch. Want to send a photo to a Facebook album, Dropbox folder, email address or anywhere else? Connect DO Camera and photos taken in the app will automatically go exactly where you want as soon as you snap the photo.
If you like GIFs, then Giphy’s app is a must-have. The app allows you to search Giphy’s vast library of animated GIFs and easily share them with friends and across other apps.
Google Photos is hands-down one of the simplest and easiest ways to manage your photos. The app automatically backs up your photos (did we mention the app comes with unlimited free photo storage?) and intelligently organizes them, making them easily searchable and shareable.
The app that helped kickstart the mobile live-streaming craze, Meerkat taught us to think of live streaming as a social experience. All you need to do is connect the app to your Twitter account and you can begin broadcasting to your followers or watch their streams.
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Facebook has been rather hit or miss when it comes to its standalone apps but Moments is definitely worth the download. The app makes it easier to share photos with friends, even if you don’t want to share them with everyone else on Facebook. Upload your photos and the app will automatically organize by event, who is pictured and where thy were taken so you can easily share the batches you want.
The result of Microsoft’s acquisition of email startup Acompli last year, Outlook is simply one of the best email apps around. It easily handles multiple inboxes — in many cases better than their native apps. That’s because nearly everything about the app — from the built-in calendar to its gesture-based interface — is designed to make emailing faster and more productive.
If Meerkat kickstarted mobile live streaming in 2015, then it was Twitter owned Periscope that helped make it mainstream. The app has quickly become hugely influential as everyone from celebrities to activists have used the app for live broadcasts. It may also have influenced one of Twitter’s biggest changes of the year: its move from stars to hearts.
Keyboard apps are often gimmicky but Slash Keyboard proves to be much more than a keyboard gimmick. The app connects to more than a dozen services to ensure that you almost never need to switch apps while typing. Whether you want to look up a map location, search Google, Amazon, your contacts or or the App Store, Slash Keyboard lets you seamlessly do it from your keyboard. The app also creates handy shortcuts like the ability to search emoji by keyword or access your saved text replacement shortcuts.
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DIY music videos are nothing new but Triller makes them way more fun (and a lot easier). Choose a song, record a few clips, and the app expertly mashes them up to create an expertly timed music video set to your favorite tunes. Better still, you can remix clips multiple times for slightly different takes on the same videos.
Prune ($2.99) is is gorgeous and just the right amount of addicting. It’s premised on a simple concept: plant a tree and keep it alive by helping it grow toward the sun and away from harmful obstacles by pruning it in the right places. It’s simple enough but quickly becomes much more complex and the game definitely requires some strategy in the tougher levels.
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