Getting the right apps to suit your mobile or tablet usage can be a bit of an ordeal. There are thousands available and it’s guaranteed that there’ll be more than a few for any specific need you have. We decided to put together a list of a few of the best free iOS apps. It’s a taster menu of apps that we think are the best in their class.

Best free app for podcasts – Overcast

There are, of course, a ton of podcast apps. What sets Overcast apart is its many effects and settings that let you get the absolute most out of your listening experience. You can assign effects for smart playback speed (shortening silences), and voice boost that’ll make the shows you listen to clearer and a more efficient use of your time.


Best free app for making notes – Evernote & Evernote Scannable

Evernote is a wonderfully robust app that lets you store notes in a variety of different ways. Whether it’s text, images, web clips or audio you can get those ideas down quickly and easily. The biggest benefit is how widely used it is. Sending over your notes to someone else is nice and easy, whether they’re on an iOS device or not.

There’s also the Evernote Scannable app that lets you point your camera at a real-life document, and have it scanned into your device. It’ll automatically crop, adjust and rotate scans so their nice and clear, you can then send them on to people through email or the Evernote app.


Best free app for making music – Figure

Everyone likes music. That’s a given. Figure is a fantastic free app that lets you make your own. It lets you create a tune incredibly quickly. That’s not hyperbole, we’re aware that’s a claim many apps make, but with this you really can lay down a beat, construct a lead part and finish off in less time than it would take to find a plectrum.


Best free app for sharing files – Pushbullet

Pushbullet’s an app that can cut out the misery of transferring files between devices, while also letting you view your mobile or tablet notifications right from your computer. You can see if you need to bother pulling it out of your pocket or bag when it goes off, or if Dave’s just shared a new meme to your wall. You need to have a word with Dave.


Best free app for photo editing – Snapseed

Lastly, we’ll go to Snapseed, a free photo editor for your iPhone. Most editing can be done with simple swipes or gestures. There are a ton of filters available, all applied as individual layers to make tweaking, and editing super easy, and infinitely customisable.


There are all the basic photo-editing tools that you might expect as well, this isn’t just a filter app. So you’ll be able to crop, rotate, use brushes and the like. As a free app, this is most certainly one of the best available.