12 iPhone-only apps to make Android users jealous

The App Store is full of innovative, fun, engaging apps - and some of them aren't available on Android. Check out the best iPhone only apps to make Android users jealous.

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Best iOS only apps: Apple iMovie

Free with new iOS devices
RRP £3.99
Get it from the App Store

The iPhone runs iOS, Apple’s own propriety operating system and Apple has its own SDK (software development kit) for app makers. These combine with the amazing iPhone hardware to enable apps and games on the iPhone that don’t - and sometimes even can’t – exist on rivals like Android.

It's not only third parties that make great software for the iPhone and iPad - Apple itself makes some really amazing apps. One of Apple's most powerful iOS apps is Apple’s iMovie. Read: iMovie for iOS review

With iMovie and an iPhone (or iPad) anybody can record, edit and share amazingly creative home movies. There are a whole bunch of templates making it easy to add titles, captions and special effects. You’ll never find iMovie itself on Android, you might find a few movie making apps, but we don’t think you will find a video editor that is as powerful asiMovie on an Android. 

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Free with new iOS devices
RRP £3.99
Get it from the App Store

The iPhone runs iOS, Apple’s own propriety operating system and Apple has its own SDK (software development kit) for app makers. These combine with the amazing iPhone hardware to enable apps and games on the iPhone that don’t - and sometimes even can’t – exist on rivals like Android.

It's not only third parties that make great software for the iPhone and iPad - Apple itself makes some really amazing apps. One of Apple's most powerful iOS apps is Apple’s iMovie. Read: iMovie for iOS review

With iMovie and an iPhone (or iPad) anybody can record, edit and share amazingly creative home movies. There are a whole bunch of templates making it easy to add titles, captions and special effects. You’ll never find iMovie itself on Android, you might find a few movie making apps, but we don’t think you will find a video editor that is as powerful asiMovie on an Android. 

See also: 

The 96 best iPad & iPhone games

iPhone game reviews

12 best free iPhone games

21 best iPad board games

 

Best iOS only apps: GarageBand

Free with new iOS devices
RRP £3.99
Get it from the App Store

If iMovie turns anybody into a movie-maker, GarageBand will turn users into a musician.

GarageBand is Apple's music creation suite that makes it possible to compose anything from a symphony to a ring tone on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac. You can even plug in an electric guitar or similar instrument directly into your iPad or iPhone (with the right accessories!) and record directly intot he intelligent app engine. Results can be incredible and for what is an essentially free resource, Apple has done you a favour. 

If you're a musician then the iPhone and GarageBand partnership is invaluable.

 

Best iOS only apps: Apple iWork: Pages, Keynote and Numbers

Free with new iOS devices
RRP £7.99 per app
Get Pages from the App Store
Get Numbers from the App Store
Get Keynote from the App Store

If Microsoft Office isn’t your thing, then Apple has its amazing iWork apps available for iPhone. Pages, Keynote and Numbers enable you to create visually stunning documents on your iPhone or iPad.  

It's incredibly easy to access and edit Pages, Keyboard and Numbers documents on your Mac, or wherever you are via iCloud.

 

Best iOS only apps: Super Mario Run

Free (with £7.99 upgrade)
Check it out on the App Store

This is Mario's first ever outing on mobile devices, offering a touchscreen-friendly twist on the classic running-and-jumping mechanics. This time he constantly moves forwards, leaving it up to you to tap when you want him to jump.

The base game is free, offering you access to a few levels, but there's a one-time £7.99 cost to unlock the full experience. It'll be coming to Android down the line, but for now this one is an iOS exclusive.

Find out more in our Super Mario Run hands-on.

 

Best iOS only apps: Camera+

RRP £2.29
Get it from the App Store

The cameras on the most recent iPhones are seriously impressive, but Camera+ gives an incredible boost to all of them. With advanced lens options, editing effects and more, it allows your iPhone to truly be considered the only camera you need to carry round with you. 

It remains exclusively for iOS.

 

Best iOS only apps: Infinity Blade III

RRP £4.99
Get it from the App Store

When you want to see what a (fairly recent) iPhone or iPad is graphically capable of then this is the game to download. 

Infinity Blade III is the most graphically incredible mobile game in existence, and it remains an iOS-only experience.

 

Best iOS only apps: Oceanhorn

RRP £6.99
Get it from the App Store

Oceanhorn is as close to a Zelda game as you’re going to get on a non-Nintendo system, and it’s an iOS only affair.

Similar to Hyrule’s favourite son, you must go off on an adventure to find your missing father and explore a huge, rich, graphically intense kingdom. Plug in headphones to enjoy the soundtrack by some of the folks that worked on Final Fantasy. Double check if you have a compatible iOS device before downloading.

The game has recently been ported to the PS4 and Xbox One, and there are plans to bring it to Android too - but for the time being you still need an iOS device if you want to play Oceanhorn on the go.

 

Best iOS only apps: Opinion Podcasts

Free
Get it from the App Store

If you want to create your own podcasts, this app takes you every step of the way. Recording, editing and publishing are all covered – you can publish to apps like Twitter, SoundCloud, Google Drive and Facebook, as well as the iTunes podcast directory. 

An easy to use interface makes the daunting task of recording and creating without professional studio equipment more accessible for anyone with an iPad or iPhone.

 

Best iOS only apps: Tweetbot 4

RRP £7.99
Get it from the App Store

One of iOS’ best Twitter client apps is Tweetbot, now on version 4. It allows detailed control of your Twitter account and granular levels of control over notifications, feeds, keywords and third party support for things like video. 

It’s basically a turbo-charged version of the normal Twitter app, so if you’re already addicted, this will help you take your tweeting to the next level. It also now has full support for the Apple Watch.

 

Best iOS only apps: Vesper

RRP £7.99
Get it from the App Store

Vesper is one of the best all-round note taking apps exclusive to iOS. Its flexibility is its strength; you can organise all manner of notes, ideas, pictures and thoughts into whatever order works for you. 

You can fully back up everything, as well as archive old notes so you still have them but aren’t front and centre within the app. It works across iPhone and iPad, so you can have everything synced no matter what device you are using at the time.

 

Best iOS only apps: Clear

RRP £3.99
Get it from the App Store

To-do list apps on smartphones are two a penny, but often end up being more complicated than helpful. As the name suggests, this one is a little clearer. It boasts being as easy to use as pen and paper with the benefits of being always with you across all devices. 

Its interface is simple and intuitive, and handily integrates into your iOS device into places your reminders are present but not intrusive, like the pull down menu. With support for the Apple Watch, Clear will help you stitch those ‘don’t forget’ tasks together with ease.

 

Best iOS only apps: Ummo

RRP £1.49
Get it from the App Store

Whether public speaking is part of your full time job or if you just get a bit nervous speaking in presentations at work, this could be the app for you. It is an affordable voice-coaching app designed to point out when you 'um' and 'er' - hence Ummo.

It points out when you talk too fast, pause and 'um', and coaches you to achieve better rhythm, clarity and confidence. Very handy for those last minute board presentations!

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