2012 was undoubtedly a year full of happenings as we have witnessed a number of revolutionary devices as well as some of the apps and even updates to the already existed apps that has only added extra bit of excitemen to the year that is about to end. However, from the past three or four years, the Apple iPhone has been the highlight and this year was the same when iPhone 5 hit the market and broke all previous records and recently because of the iPhone 5 sales, for the first time in the US Apple iOS has grabbed more than 50 percent share in the US smartphone market leaving behind Google’s Android powered smartphones. Besides, there were also a number of apps and updates that improved the already existed apps that made its way for different platforms. But we are here to look at some of the best apps of 2012 for iOS. So let’s take a look at them:
Google Drive: First up is the Google Drive for iOS formerly called as Google Docs, which was Google’s cloud based office suite but now they have turned in into a complete cloud storage solution for the users. The Google Drive app for iOS has some interesting features like editing capabilities and to upload it again as well as offline editing capabilities that allows you to make changes to the files even when there is no connectivity. All these abilities make Google Drive a top notch online office suite but an amazing cloud storage service as well that is well capable of taking on Dropbox and other online storage options.
Google Chrome: Chrome is undoubtedly the most used desktop browsers and now it makes its way to mobile platforms as well. Google Chrome has almost the same features of iOS version as it has for the desktop that includes the omnibar for instant search and swipe gestures to manage and close the tabs, makes it look more elegant. Google Chrome for iOS also allows you to sync bookmarks, history and other stuff that also have Chrome. All in all Google Chrome is a browser for iOS that is richly packed with features.
Clear: Clear is an iOS app to list your daily routine work and keep you reminded. It’s more of a reminder app through which one can arrange the chores for a certain day and even prioritize them by putting the highest priority tasks up the list. The user interface is pretty easy to get on with.
iPhoto: The built in Photo app for iOS was certainly a big and progressive jump from Apple by introducing the iPhoto for OS X like app for their mobile operating system as well. The app allows you to browse the photos in your device, edit and share them from your iPhone. There are other quality features as well in the app and some additional and unconventional editing features as well, while the user interface is probably the most talked thing about the app.
Google Maps: Who doesn’t know Google Maps? Apple dumped Google Maps for iOS 6 and paid the price. Many iOS 6 users complained the lack of a mapping app and none has satisfied the users with their mapping app. Google recently released Google Maps for iOS 6 which is so far the latest one and is undoubtedly one of the best Maps app you will ever witness.
Fantastical: Fantastical is indeed the best calendar app you will ever see on your Mac and now it is finally available for your iPhone as well. The mobile version of the Fantastical is pretty similar to the one you have seen on Mac with an incredibly fast language support and intuitive interface. With swiping gestures you can immediately jump to a single day while another swipe would make you move to the whole month. And another noticing thing about the app that it can integrate with other Calendar services like Google Calendar, Facebook etc.
YouTube: Google released a couple of updates to its YouTube app for the iPhone this year however recently Google released a native YouTube app for iOS. That was a major step in making the app better for iPhone. The YouTube app for iPhone also has a new and redesigned interface that makes it easier for users to navigate and also a slide out bar for a quick access to settings is among the noticing things about the app.
Checkmark: Checkmark is yet again a reminder app for iPhone but reminds you of things in a rather new way. Checkmark reminds you based on locations. You can set up when you need to go to work and where you have the meeting and when you do have to leave for home. Checkmark also behaves as a normal reminder app that tells you about the reminders that you will set.
Spotify for iPad: Spotify is one of the best music streaming services and has arrived on iPad earlier his year. Spotify has this lovely and easy to use interface that will force you to fall in love with. However the app is only available to the premium subscribers of Spotify.
Tweetbot for iPad: The official Twitter app for iOS isn’t that bad that you need to have the third party apps for twitter. But Tweetbot is one third party twitter app that is quite different though it doesn’t offer anything different what the other doesn’t but Tweetbot offers all that in a better way than all those. With Tweetbot you can get quick access to your essential feeds like replies, customizations, mountains and favorites.