If you just got a new iPhone, iPod touch or iPad this holiday season then you’re probably wanting to know which Apps you should download first. Any time there is a list like this there is always someone who says you missed “_________”. Yep, can’t fit every App in to a list of 10 or 20, etc. So these are “my” picks for the 10 Must Have Apps for the New iPhone or iPad user of 2012.

In no particular order….

Google Maps


Apple Maps is just not ready for prime time and while there are lots of good map/navigation Apps on the App Store, Google Maps is free and worth a download. It has one of if not the best sources for points of interest and this new version offers turn-by-turn voice navigation as well as street view. In many ways it puts Apple Maps to shame. Sadly at this point though it’s not native to iPad yet. It works, just at the smaller size. Hopefully it will become a Universal App soon. If you are looking for a full-featured Universal App check out Navigon USA.





Apple removed YouTube from iOS in iOS 6 and once again Google has replaced the old built-in App with a better version. Grab this one and it’s Universal for both your iPhone and iPad.



Facebook & Twitter


Although iOS includes native support for Facebook and Twitter now it’s still nice to have the Apps installed as well to do the things that the OS can’t do like viewing your Facebook timeline for starters and looking at Tweets from others.

Facebook iTunes

Twitter iTunes

Google Search


Yes you can do Google Searches right in Safari and yes Siri can look stuff up too, but I find the Google Search App to be really useful. Also if you sign in with your Google/GMail account it will keep up with your search history. It also features a voice search that works well.




Use Facetime when you want to video chat with other iOS and Mac users, but if you want to video chat with the rest of the world including Android and Windows users Skype is the way to go. You can also use it to make low cost international calls to regular phones.

Skype for iPhone iTunes
Skype for iPad iTunes



More and more users are taking advantage of cloud storage for documents. Dropbox is the most popular service and it offers a free amount of storage to anyone who signs up. The Dropbox app will allow you to access those documents and share stuff. You can also enable the camera upload feature that will upload your photos as you take them to your Dropbox accounts so that they are accessible on all your device.


QR Reader


You know those little barcodes you see everywhere that ask you to scan them with your smartphone? They’re called QR Codes and while they are everywhere, the iPhone doesn’t have a built-in QR Code Scanning App. Luckily there are a few of them now and QR Reader is free, simple and does exactly what you need. Not only can it scan QR codes but it can also create them for you too!

Get QR Reader for iPhone here iTunes

Get QR Reader for iPad here iTunes



If you’re a music lover and you hear a song while you’re out and about and you want to know the name of it, artist and even buy it Shazam has you covered.


Photoshop Express and Snapseed


The iPhone camera is great and even the iPad camera is now decent. However, there will be times you’ll want to adjust the photos you take and there are dozens if not hundreds of great photo editing Apps on the App Store. For the NEW user you’ll get the most out of Photoshop Express and Snapseed. Photoshop Express does basic editing and overall adjustments. Snapseed is great for making tonal adjustments to parts of your pictures. If you’re an iPad user you may also want to check out Photoshop Touch.





I’m not an Evernote user. The built-in Notes App does everything I need. However, if I make one of these lists and don’t include Evernote people riot in the streets. You know who you are! Evernote is a great notes app with lots of cool features and cloud syncing.



I could go on and on and that’s what we do here on BestAppSite.com. Just search for “Must Have Apps” to see our other lists.

Also don’t forget to check out 25 Fun Things to Ask Siri and 25 NEW Fun Things to Ask Siri.