Best apps to download for your new iPhone XS or XR

Best apps to download for your new iPhone XS or XR

You’ve managed to get your hands on a new iPhone XR or iPhone XS, and now you want cool apps to run on your new smartphone.
Blue Dot magazine staff picked some of our favorite apps that show off the power of Apple’s new phones.
The list is focused on best-known software that we use and love; if you’re looking for the most important downloaded apps — think Facebook, Snapchat, Google Maps, Instagram

Apple publishes a list.

The Citizen app

The Citizen app notifies you when a crime or other major incident is reported to 911 near you. It allows for the live-streaming of incidents, giving you complete transparency of your neighborhood around you.

Citizen is a free app.


Moment app

Moment will show us just how true that statement may be. Designed to promote a healthier balance between our real lives and those lived through the small screens of our digital devices, Moment tracks how much you use your phone each day, helps you create daily limits on that usage, and offers “occasional nudges” when you’re approaching those limits.

There’s also a bonus function in the app related to whether or not we’re putting our phone down in favor of going out on the town, so to speak – Moment can also optionally track where you’ve been throughout the day.

Moment is a free app with in-app purchases.



The MINDBODY App now gives people easier access to their favorite studios, spas and salons with combined class lists, improved appointment booking and easy-to-use filters.  The app also makes it easier to explore new workouts, manage a flexible routine and gain access to an unparalleled variety of activities. For fitness and wellness providers, the MINDBODY App is designed to bring them more customers, converting browsers into buyers and filling open class and appointment spots through flexible pricing, promoted introductory offers and an enhanced brand presence that will help differentiate their offerings.

Mindbody is a free app. The classes cost money.


Duolingo App

If you’re studying a language, no doubt you’ve heard of Duolingo, which is the best free program you’ll find. The fantastic web app comes with equally free mobile apps that let you practice your language on the go, and the iPhone app is, like the website, the best free language-learning app you can find.

Duolingo is a free download with in-app purchases.


Google Translate App

Google Translate is one of the handiest apps to have on your iPhone. It translates words you speak, or type, into the app, with support for more than 100 languages, and also lets you download specific languages (though not quite all of them) for offline translation. But the reason we love Google Translate is because it features one of our favourite app features ever made (and still does it better than most of the apps that have copied it since): Word Lens. With Word Lens you point the iPhone camera at a sign and watch it translated in front of your eyes.

Google Translate is a free app.

Libby app

The Libby app is a new, one-tap reading app for borrowing digital books and audio books from your library.  Are you planning to downloading digital books to other apps/programs, such as the OverDrive App or Adobe Digital Editions? You should sign in with an OverDrive Account. This will allow you to download and open the digital books on devices that make use of the OverDrive App or Adobe Digital Editions.

Libby is a free download.


Google Duo App

Google Duo is a cross-platform video-chat app if your friends or family don’t have Apple devices with FaceTime.

Google Duo is a free download.

Co-Star App

Modern AI technology meets ultra-sleek design and brings you one of the latest astrology apps to hit the market, Co-Star. This aesthetically pleasing app is the perfect representation of 21st century astrology. Co — Star is for those of you who have the carefully curated Instagram feeds and know your natal chart like the back of your hand. You appreciate a well-designed app just as much as you appreciate understanding what sign your Mercury is in. Co -Star is every tech-savvy millennial’s dream, and since it’s brand new, there are plenty of innovative updates happening frequently to add to the unique set of features it already possesses.

What sets Co — Star apart from other apps is that it comes up with cool, AI-generated readings using data from NASA and expert astrologer knowledge. Co — Star breaks down every planet in your natal chart with “hyper-personalized” yet concise explanations and daily updates on the transits of the planets and what that may mean for you.

Co-Star is a free download with in-app purchases.


I Love Hue App

I Love Hue is a gentle journey into colour and perception. Arrange mosaics of coloured tiles into perfectly ordered spectrums. Lovingly made for players who enjoy beautifully crafted puzzle games – or anyone who needs a few moments of visual tranquility.

I Love Hue is a free app, but it costs money to unlock additional levels.


There are many different podcast apps, including one that comes with the iPhone, but some staffers swear by Pocket Casts..

Pocket Casts is a $3.99 download.

… but others swear by Overcast, which is available only for the iPhone.

Overcast is a free app, but it costs $10 to unlock all the features.

Comixology App

Are you ready to explore over 100,000 digital comics, graphic novels and manga from Marvel, DC, Image, and more? By downloading the comiXology app, you can buy books in-app and get instant access to all your titles on all your devices.
Need help finding something to read? Start a 30-Day Free Trial of ComiXology Unlimited and choose from over 10,000 comics, graphic novels and manga (currently available only to US-based customers).
Whether this is your first experience with comics or you’ve been a fan for years, get ready, because ComiXology is going to change the way you explore the world of super heroes, sci-fi, crime noir, horror, and more!

Comixology is a free app, but the content costs money.


Microsoft Outlook is an iPhone email app with some die-hard supporters.

Outlook is a free download.

Google Keep App

With Google Keep, you can create, share, and collaborate with people on notes and lists. Keep synchronizes across all your devices, so your notes and lists go with you, wherever you are.

Google Keep is a free download.

Citymapper App

The ultimate transit app for complex cities!
A to B trip planning with ETA including all modes (subway, bus, rail, ferry, bike/car sharing, Uber).
Real-time departures. Transit maps. Line status and real-time disruption alerts. Uber integration. Bike routing and live bike share info. Constant updates. Everything you need — and may not even realize you need — to manage your life in the city.

Citymapper is a free download.


MyFitnessPal can help you count calories and offers a big community interested in food and nutrition.

MyFitnessPal is a free app with in-app purchases.


Weather Underground is a great weather app that has actually helped one of our writers figure out how long she should wait under a tree when she was caught out in a rainstorm, thanks to its radar feature.

Weather Underground is a free app, and it costs $1.99 to remove ads.


PlateJoy tailors recipes to your needs or preferences and helps you save money by smartly using pantry items and fresh foods.

PlateJoy is a free app with a $100-per-year subscription cost.


MTB Project is the best app for finding your way around trails for hiking or biking.

MTB Project is a free app.


“Hearthstone” is a free game with a ton of depth to it. It’s easy to play but tough to master, which will likely keep you coming back for more.

The “Hearthstone” app is a free download with in-app purchases for expansions and extra card packs.

Trunk Club App

Trunk Club is a stylist that sends higher-quality clothes than other monthly clubs. Some of the clothes are a bit pricey for what they are, but others are surprisingly affordable.

Trunk Club is a free app, but you have to pay for the clothes.


Marco Polo is a fun video-chat app that’s easier to use than Snapchat.

Marco Polo is a free download.


Scanner Pro is a great scanner app for iPhones.

Scanner Pro is a $3.99 download.


Shazam, now owned by Apple, can tell you who sings the song you’re hearing.

Shazam is a free download, and you can always just ask Siri what song is playing.



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