iOS Utility - Seven apps that can make your iOS experience more exciting
The act of giving is an expression of love and true giving comes from the same place where love emanates. A gift is something that should be enjoyed twice. First, by the giver who revels in the pleasure of giving and secondly, by the receiver who feels loved. In our quest for love, technology has made it possible to shop for love from the comfort of our homes. Meaning we can easily crop out our imperfections and present the best parts of ourselves to the world all because we crave for acceptance. This has further been strengthened by the advent of smartphones with numerous social media platforms to go with them.
We have come to view technology as a shortcut to finding love prompting us to act in a deceitful manner. This has created a desperate need to impress and show off even as we blindly drift away from true love. A lot of young folks out there are unable to use their smartphones for purposes other than socialization and entertainment which is poor, considering the enormous potential a smartphone possesses.
The smartphone market is largely divided between Android and iOS users with a lot of research conducted on the number of people that subscribe to any of such devices. It might shock you to know how much our behavioral patterns have been shaped by the usage of smartphones and similar gadgets in the Internet of Things (IoT). I recently stumbled upon an article where three universities in the UK were able to unmask these behavioral patterns in a collaborative effort after 500 participants were asked to answer a set of questions about themselves and their attitude towards their smartphones. The comparison showed that iOS users were more than twice as likely to be females and were more concerned about viewing their devices as a “status object” than their Android counterparts. This study also revealed a major difference in personality, with iOS users being more extroverted than their Android counterparts and often displayed a higher level of emotionality.
It is for this reason that I shall be focusing on you, my iOS wielding friend even as I attempt to bring you a means of properly utilizing one of the most powerful devices in the market today.
Written below are seven apps that should not only aid in creating content, but should also enable you to make the most out of your Apple iOS device.
1. PRTG for iOS
This app connects your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to your PRTG installation for free! With iPRTG, you are able to perfectly execute everything as though you were making use of the PRTG web interface.
For example, you are able to access reports and send them as PDF files via electronic mail or print them using the Airprint. The QR code scanning makes it easy to jump directly to a sensor or to add a user account to the app.
Also, you are able to instantly scan your network status, pause and resume sensors, as well as set priorities and favorites using this app.
Note: The iPRTG app requires an iOS 4.0 or later versions to run smoothly as well as to view an entire network environment regardless of being on-site or off-site.
With features like automatic login and form-filling, dark web monitoring, security break alerts, identity theft insurance (up to $1million) and secure data backup/sync, Dashlane is a must have app for every iOS user.
This password manager app/secure digital wallet have succeeded in making online purchases easy and risk free! It automatically saves payment and confirmation info, allowing you to keep track of any online spending thereby making it easier for you to find your receipts.
A free version is available with syncing disabled after the first month of use. The premium version enables users to securely sync their data between an unlimited number of devices on all platforms. However, the difficulty encountered in setting and managing categories has been a major challenge facing the use of this app.
Note: The current version of Dashlane requires at least iOS 12. If you are running a prior version of iOS, please consider upgrading your iOS version to the most recent one.
For everyone that is keen on learning a new language, Duolingo is the best free program you’ll find. This fantastic web program comes with free mobile apps for both android and iOS users enabling them to practice language learning on the go.
Duolingo was launched in 2011 as a free program promising to remain free forever! The company has kept to that promise by becoming ad-supported and offering a paid membership called Duolingo plus. This paid membership service costs around $9.99 per month offering a discount if you’re willing to pay for a year upfront. As of January 2019, the website and app offers 85 different language courses in 24 languages and has about 300 million registered users worldwide.
The iOS app is easy to navigate as majority of the content mirrors what you find on the website, retaining a very high quality with excellent exercises and wonderful interface. Although it may contain some inaccuracies due to crowd sourced information especially at higher learning levels, the free language learning lessons available offline together with the good activity pace, well-structured content and fun exercises earns Duolingo a five-star rating and a recommendation for every iOS user interested in gaining a skill for personal development.
4. Simply being
Created by Richard Maddux and Mary Maddux, the Simply Being app is the go-to for beginners and experienced meditators alike. With the tagline “Guided meditation for relaxation and presence”, Simply Being has made meditation very easy as it allows you to orient yourself to the right state of mind and also provides you with relaxing music to get your mind at ease.
This app is ideal for those who struggle with stress and anxiety. With the Simply Being app you can:
- Meditate easily as you are voice-guided in a stepwise manner.
- Choose a meditation length of 5,10,15,20 or even 30 minutes.
- Listen to music or nature sounds alone.
- Choose how long the music/nature sounds should continue after meditation.
- Relax deeply and experience the present moment completely.
Simply Being has been recommended by Huffington post, Self magazine and Yoga journal due to its ability to successfully merge technology with health & well-being thereby making it a handy tool for any iOS user.
Swagbucks is easily the best iOS app that you can install and earn a lot of money from. Although it is unavailable on the iOS store, you should be able to download the app once you visit the site with your iPhone or iPad.
There are loads of opportunities to get cash and gift vouchers with this app for the everyday things you already do online by earning points when you shop at your favorite retail store, watch videos online, surf the web, partake in surveys and discover great deals.
You can redeem these points for gift cards to retailers like Amazon and Walmart or get cash back from Paypal. Having paid over $32 million in cash and free gift cards, Swagbucks is a fun app to have for every iOS user out there.
Canva is a graphics design app that enhances creativity and enables you to build your skills in visual communication. It’s simplicity in creating a variety of graphics such as blog banners, logos, invitation cards, email headers and photo collages has endeared it to the heart of many smartphone users.
There is a provision for templates which may be customized by users of this app. With over 3 million media assets and free elements such as illustrations and fonts, this app helps in creating descent designs which can be shared on social media, saved to your device, as well as order professional prints using Canva’s print-on-demand service.
With a lot of people becoming health conscious these days, we are able to observe as they pay attention to their workout sessions. The truth remains that gym parlors are quite expensive but continue to gain high patronage. This is because most of us are motivated when we see others working out.
For those of you that are interested in going to the gym but are unable to do so as a result of your busy schedules or financial constraints, the Runkeeper app is the go-to for keeping fit! You are able to set goals, invite friends and race with them, share your progress on social media and get a personalized weekly report making work out sessions more exciting!
No doubt, there are several other apps out there with a lot of exciting features to make your iOS experience a memorable one but the 7 apps listed above happen to be my personal favorites.
Do you have a favorite app that helps you become smarter or more productive? If so, please feel free to mention them in your comments. This will enable us to come up with a more extensive list in the future. Until then, I do hope this article proves to be helpful by bringing more excitement your way even as you continue to explore with your iOS device!