The essential apps to install on your new iPad or iPhone

When you buy a new iPad or iPhone, you'll find that Apple has provided a range of native apps ready for you to use, but you can make your new phone or tablet even better thanks to thousands of apps available in the iOS App Store. We've picked out our favourites that are essential for an iPhone or iPad user.

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  • best apps for iphone citymapper Travel & weather
  • best iphone apps camera Photography
  • best iphone apps social Social
  • best iphone apps banking Banking
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Essential apps for iPhone & iPad: TV catchup apps

We'd recommend downloading the main TV catchup apps for your iPad or iPhone. We're talking BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4 and My5, which pretty much covers mainstream TV in the UK.

We particularly like BBC iPlayer, as it offers a huge range of content that you can stream or even download for offline viewing, and most TV shows are available for 30 days or more.

If you've got a subscription, you might also want to download Netflix or Amazon Prime Instant Video, and there's also the likes of Sky Go and Virgin TV Anywhere.

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We'd recommend downloading the main TV catchup apps for your iPad or iPhone. We're talking BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4 and My5, which pretty much covers mainstream TV in the UK.

We particularly like BBC iPlayer, as it offers a huge range of content that you can stream or even download for offline viewing, and most TV shows are available for 30 days or more.

If you've got a subscription, you might also want to download Netflix or Amazon Prime Instant Video, and there's also the likes of Sky Go and Virgin TV Anywhere.

Read next: Best iPad & iPhone appsBest free iPad apps | Best free iPhone apps

 

Essential apps for iPhone & iPad: Travel and weather

Feature rich and visually attractive, Citymapper offers detailed information to get you around a growing number of big city destinations, including London, Paris, Barcelona, Berlin and New York.

Street savvy urban dweller and tourist alike, the app does a great job of collating lots of information, including travel and weather news, into one app that gets you from A to B safely and efficiently.

We'd also recommend downloading a really good weather app such as Accuweather or Met Office, as you'll find much more detailed and accurate information than that provided by Apple's default weather app.

Read about more weather apps for your iPhone or iPad here

 

Essential apps for iPhone & iPad: Photography

While Apple's native Camera app has been significantly improved in the most recent versions of iOS, Camera+ consistently sets the standard for camera apps.

Camera+ offers a range of manual shooting modes and controls to take your iPhone photography to the next level, including those for adjusting the focus, exposure, white balance and shutter speed.

You'll also find macro-style close-ups, artistic filters and borders for extra creativity options too.

It's Lab feature offers access to even more editing tools, including the opportunity to adjust the clarity and refine detail in your image.

Other good camera and photography apps include Snapseed and Enlight, and you'll find even more in our best photography apps round-up.

 

Essential apps for iPhone & iPad: Social

You'll also want to download all of your social media apps. Our picks are Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest, but you might want to install messaging apps like Whatsapp too.

See also: Best messaging apps for iPhone

 

Essential apps for iPhone & iPad: Banking

Most major banks in the UK have companion apps that let you manage your finances online. We find it incredibly useful to be able to log in and move money around, pay bills and repay friends wherever we are using an online banking app. Follow the links below to find the app designed for your bank.

Barclays Mobile Banking
Lloyds Banks Mobile Banking
Royal Bank of Scotland
HSBC Mobile Banking
NatWest
Tesco Bank
Halifax Mobile Banking
Santander Personal Banking

 

Essential apps for iPhone & iPad: Voucher Codes

For you bargain hunters out there, we'd recommend the Voucher Codes app. There you'll find vouchers for restaurants, shops and more so it's always worth a check before you get the bill or reach the checkout in your favourite store.

At time of writing there are vouchers for 25% off Dorothy Perkins, 30% off Body Shop, 25% off La Tasca and £15 off for new Uber customers.

 

Essential apps for iPhone & iPad: Games

We love using our iPad and iPhone for gaming, too. It's particularly great for staying entertained on the commute, for example.

Our favourites right now include brain training game Peak, Plants vs Zombies 2 and puzzler Rop.

Let's not forget the all-conquering Mario though - Super Mario Run is only £7.99 and is a full game with no in-app purchases necessary. Here's our review.

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What are your favourite essential iOS apps? Let us know in the comments section below.

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