10 Must Have Apps for the New iPhone or iPad User


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 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.

1Password - Password Manager and Secure Wallet

1Password for iOS Gets a Major Upgrade


I have over 400 Apps on my iOS devices, however there are a few that I use every single day and rely on. 1Password is one of those Apps. I couldn’t imagine life without it. For starters I used to be like many of you in that I was using the same password for just about everything. Then it hit me! What if one the sites that I do business with was hacked (oh that could never happen right?) and my user name and password was exposed to the wild. The damage could be quite severe. Not only would that site be compromised, but it wouldn’t take a genius to figure “hey I wonder if he uses that password on other sites?” Off they go stealing my identity, money, credit rating, and more… A couple of years ago I decided that this had to stop. I wanted custom passwords for each site AND I didn’t want them to be easy to figure out. Basically random letters, numbers and symbols. Of course the only problem with that is remember which random password I used on which site. There was no way I’d remember, so I invested in 1Password. I liked it so much that I bought the Mac version too and since it syncs the encrypted password file with, I was in heaven. My passwords were accessible on all my devices and I’ll I’d have to do is remember the one complicated “master password” that I setup.

1Password version 4.0 is here


1Password version 4 has been rewritten from the ground up with lots of little enhancements. First off there is no more separate versions for regular, pro, universal, etc. Now there’s just one Universal version to buy that works on any iOS device running IOS 6 or later. 1Password 4 is a brand new App and therefore it’s a new purchase. You can still use 3.x, but if you want the new features you’ll have to pony up a few bucks. Speaking of which it’s on sale for a limited time at 50% Off as basically a way of thanking existing users and letting them get the new version at half price (or you can look at it as the upgrade price). The redesign is visually pleasing and probably my favorite new feature is the Favorites Tab. Since I have hundreds of entries in the App for everything from website logins, to credit card numbers, to email passwords, to FTP passwords to software serial numbers, it can be quite a pain looking for the ones I use all the time. The Favorites feature lets me add my frequently used passwords to one spot so that I can always get to them faster.

The next welcomed addition is iCloud sync. In addition to Dropbox you can have it sync your encrypted password file between your devices using iCloud. Not sure that I see an advantage over Dropbox, but it’s nice to have the option. The only downside to iCloud sync is that the desktop clients haven’t been updated yet therefore you’ll only be syncing via iCloud between iOS devices at this point.

A smooth transition – You install version 4 right alongside version 3. Once you launch it you can bring all your data over via Dropbox or an import. Version 4 also works fine with the Desktop versions for Mac/Win which are still at version 3.

Built-in Password Generator in more places – one of my other favorite features of 1Password is that it can generate those random passwords for me. You can tell it how long the password should be and it makes one for you and of course offers you the ability to save it in the login you’re creating.

Take advantage of the web browser – It wasn’t obvious to a lot of people how to use 1Password. Once you have all those password in the App, then what? The most frequently used way to access your password was probably to tap on it then tap copy and paste it in where ever you needed it. However, 1Password has always had a built-in web browser that is password aware. When you create a web login at say you can also include the URL. Now in 1Password when you tap to go to it will launch the built-in browser, take you to the site and fill in your user name and password for you. You can do everything in that browser on the site securely and without any history concerns because you’re not using Safari. Now the browser is a little more prevalent because you can swipe to bring it up at any time.


Great, but…

I like the new version a lot, but there is one big thing they changed that I think I prefer the old way better. In the old 1Password for iOS you had both a Master Password and a PIN. You could choose on an entry by entry basis to make it require the master password or not. So for your more sensitive entries for say your bank site, someone that knew your pin still wouldn’t be able to access your account without also knowing the master password. Now the Master Password works for everything and while there is a “quick pin” to gain access to the App it’s only for use when you’ve already unlocked the App with the master password and perhaps your device goes to sleep and you want to quickly get back in. You can just type the 4 digit pin. Once it locks at the regular timed interval, you’ll need to enter your (long and probably hard to type on an iOS keyboard) master password. The other small thing I’d like to see is a search field at the root level of the Categories tab. The only issue I’ve had is that in the desktop version I have about 5 email accounts defined, however in this new version only one shows up as an “email acct”. The others are showing up as generic accounts.

The Bottom Line

If you’re still using the same password for most of the stuff you do, then you’re simply asking for trouble. If you’re ready to be more secure then step up to 1Password for iOS version 4 and sleep at night.


Adobe Photoshop Touch

Photoshop Touch Adds Pressure Sensitive Stylus Support

The latest version of Photoshop Touch for iPad adds an optimized interface for iPad mini, but that’s not the big news. The big news is that Photoshop Touch now supports various Pressure Sensitive Styli. It supports the Pogo Connect, Jot Touch and JaJa Devices. Admitedly I don’t use Photoshop Touch as much as perhaps I could or would like to and part of the reason for this lack of use is that in order to do the retouching that I’m accustom do doing, I’d want pressure sensitivity. Since the iPad doesn’t have this capability you have to look to the next best thing and that’s a Bluetooth Stylus that talks to your App (Photoshop Touch) and can relate the amount of pressure you’re applying directly to the App.

As soon as I saw the news I ordered a Pogo Connect. I can’t wait to try it.

This update also includes: Smoother Brush Strokes, Two new menu effects: Lens Flare & Stamp Pattern and Improved grid layout for project, tutorials and images.


WorldCard Mobile - business card reader & business card scanner

WorldCard Mobile To Scan Your Business Cards

Manually entering your contacts from all the business cards you receive is bad enough. However, trying to enter these manually via your iPhone makes it even more difficult. This is why when someone hands me a business card, I nod and thank them, but that card will only be in my possession long enough to scan it in directly via my iPhone. I’ve reviewed various Business Card Scanner Apps in the past and I would have to say that WorldCard Mobile has the most options for any that I’ve seen. It does the basics that we would all expect. It allows you to take a picture of the card with your iPhone camera and then it will OCR (optical character recognize) your card converting the picture into text and intelligently putting the information into the correct fields. The 1st card I tried was my own business card and the App got everything right except that it missed the T on my first name. That of course was an easy correction and with a couple of taps the entry was complete. I was very impressed to also see that they not only allow you to add the card to your iPhone contacts or just keep it in the App, but they even allow you to choose which Group you want to put it in on your iPhone’s contacts. That’s a 1st. I’ve not seen any other Apps to date that let you do that. Another nice feature that I hadn’t seen on the other Business Card Readers is the ability to scan QR Codes. QR codes typically take you to a website. However, there are QR codes that contain vCards or basically business cards. This kind of entry is the BEST as there would be no need to do any OCR. It also supports 16 languages, selective/partial recognition, Google Contact Sync, and a very nice ability to copy an email signature and convert that data into a contact <-slick.

Sounds good, but…

This App does a great job at what it’s designed to do, but there are some things I’d like to see in the next version. First and foremost is an update that gives us full iPhone 5 screen size support. While there is the ability to share a contact from the App via email, I’d like to see some additional sharing options such as via the Messages app. The App allows you to Add a photo to the contact just like the built-in Contacts App does. However, it also shows a picture of the card you scanned next to that photo. I’d like to see the option of making the business card image the default photo for the contact if you don’t choose or take one. Lastly a batch capture option would be nice. It would also be nice to see this as a Universal App for both iPhone and iPad. Since we often get more than one card when we attend meetings and conferences, it would be nice to be able to snap all the cards in one session and then have the App do all the recognition in the background. Lastly all you would need to do is proof them before recycling the physical cards.

Overall this is definitely one of the “BEST” Business Card Managers for iOS that I’ve seen.



iWatermark Lets You Watermark Your iPhone and iPad Photos

Usually when I post my photography on the web I like to watermark it with my logo. However, when I’m viewing it on my iPad or iPhone or showing it to others via my portfolio I don’t want my images to be watermarked. This means that I put the images on my iPad and iPhone without the watermarks/logo. The problem comes in when I want to post an image or email an image directly from my iPad or iPhone. I don’t want to send or post an unwatermarked image. This is where iWatermark comes in. This Universal App has several built-in standard watermarks such as text “Confidential”, copyright symbols, etc. Yes, you can even put your own custom watermarks in such as your signature or in my case my logo. Now when I want to post or send an image with a watermark on it, I just fire up iWatermark, watermark the image(s) and then I can save them back to the camera roll or email them directly from the App. You can even put a QR code on your images.

Why watermark? Photoshop has become sophisticated enough and easy enough for just about anyone to remove a watermark if they are trying to steal your images. So don’t think for a moment that watermarking an image “protects” you. I do it for branding! Once you use iWatermark you can size the watermark, move it around on your image with your finger and even adjust the opacity. This app does exactly what I wanted. However, with that said there is room for improvement. For example, after watermarking an image, I’d love to be able to “shake” to undo. Sometimes I accidentally rotate a watermark. It would be nice to have an undo. While the App does have Email, Facebook and Twitter support, next on my list would be the ability to use the “Open in” command so that I can send it directly to the App I’m trying to post to such as Instagram. No need to save to the Camera Roll in all cases. Of course I’d like to see the App optimized for the iPhone 5 screen size. Also for some strange reason when I bring up my photos to chose one, my albums seem to be in some random order. Not alphabetical and not in the standard iOS order either. Weird. Lastly, while the App does allow you to watermark multiple images at once, I’d like the option to adjust the watermark on each image as I’m saving.

Despite these minor things I’d like to see done/added, It’s by far the best watermarking App that I’ve seen to date on iOS.


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