15 best iOS apps you can't find on Android - 2020

Posted by mario jones on January 18th, 2020

While Android boasts of its incredible technical customization, Apple\'s iPhones have always been about the apps. True, free Google Play Codes offers a lot of apps for Android phones, but app makers seem to target Apple\'s platform with their best offerings first — and in some cases, iOS is the only place you can find some apps.

Whether you just picked up an iPhone 11 or you\'re holding on to an older model, there are plenty of great apps for your phone that you won\'t find on any other platform. And thanks to iOS 13, there are even more features that app makers can take advantage of to deliver a unique experience on the iPhone.


From fantastic image editors, clever games, journaling apps, and all-around utilities, here are 15 of the best iOS exclusive apps in the App Store right now.

1. Spectre Camera (.99)

The winner of iPhone App of the Year honors from Apple, Spectre Camera is another impressive piece of photography software by the team behind Halide. This camera app delivers beautiful long exposure shots, with the help of AI and software magic to stabilize the shot, process light trails, and remove crowds, moving vehicles, and other ephemeral elements.

The result is a photo highlighting the perfect scenic view. Spectre takes in hundreds of shots during the exposure time saved as a live photo, so you can view and share the exposure in progress, individual stills, or the final result

2. Apollo: Immersive Illumination (.99)

Apollo: Immersive Illumination is an impressive photo manipulation app that takes advantage of all the extra 3-dimensional data saved in your iPhone\'s Portrait Mode photos and then applies some editing magic to let users augment their photos with new light sources in real time.

This allows you to add lighting and special effects that are impossible or difficult to set up beforehand. An important caveat: As Apollo uses depth data in portrait mode photos, you\'ll need a specific iPhone (the iPhone 7 Plus or 8 Plus or any Apple phone since the iPhone X), and will need to take the photos with the default iPhone camera app to properly preserve the depth data for lighting effects.

3. Pixelmator Photo (iPad, .99)

Pixelmator has long been one of our favorite mobile art applications, and a new app, Pixelmator Photo, is geared toward photo manipulation. Pixelmator Photo is able to apply nondestructive color augmentation and editing to your images.

The app comes with a wealth of tools to repair, touch up, and enhance your photos, allowing for fine-grained editing, or fast presets for quick tweaks. Pixelmator Photo\'s powerful tools turn your iPad into a mobile photo editing powerhouse, easily justifying its place in the 2019 edition of the Apple Design Awards.

4. Flow by Moleskine (.99 per month)

Moleskine isn\'t just about physical journals and notebooks anymore. The company has made a strong push into iOS apps, highlighted by Flow, an impressive drawing and note-taking app that does justice to Moleskine\'s notebook roots. It’s so good that it managed to bag both an Apple Design Award and a nod as 2019’s iPad App of the Year.

Users can draw or take notes on an infinite-width canvas that lets you customize everything from your writing tools (virtual pens, pencils and markers in a variety of colors and sizes) and paper (from Moleskine\'s traditional ivory paper to black, white, and blue, with options for grids and more). Flow provides a luxurious drawing experience that fully supports iPhone and iPad interfaces. The app is free for a 7-day trial, with subscriptions costing .99 per month. With that fee, you get cloud storage and app updates.

5. Hyper Light Drifter (.99)

Heart Machine’s award winning action RPG Hyper Light Drifter delivers a slash’em up experience that is both gorgeous and tactically intense. As the Drifter, you’ll explore a rich pixel art world that draws inspiration from both fantasy and science fiction, with pastoral environments filled with high-tech detritus and magical and technological monstrosities.

You’ll need to take advantage of every aspect of the Drifter’s abilities and arsenal as you slowly piece together what happened to you and your world while engaging in fast-paced, almost dance-like battles against mooks and boss monsters. Hyper Light Drifter provides touch controls with haptic feedback to provide a tactile assist to your controls, while also offering support for MFi controllers for players more used to a traditional gamepad.

6. Drafts (Free)

Agile Tortoise makes a mean note-taking and quickfire writing app with the aptly named Drafts, now in its fifth iteration. Fire Drafts up, and the app provides you with a quick blank page and a keyboard at the ready. New entries and notes get placed into an Inbox so you can tag and sort them later.

Alternatively, you can use any of the dozens of useful quick actions and app integrations to turn your jotted-down text notes into documents, tweets, emails or messages, while Inboxed notes can be tagged for sorting, flagged for importance, or archived. The text editor itself is highly customizable, allowing you to tweak everything from spacing to line heights and margins.

A premium subscription lets you add and edit quick actions; it also adds themes and icons while introducing workspaces and other handy productivity features.

7. Things 3 (.99)

Cultured Code’s Things 3 is a lean, mean task management machine, providing a clean experience for quickly organizing tasks, to-dos and projects quickly with a simple entry options and an interface that makes adding new entries and tasks a snap.

A Today view lets you quickly focus on your most urgent items for the day, while tools like Tags and Areas of Responsibility let you easily organize the tasks and projects relevant for personal use, work, side gigs and other spheres.

The latest update brings things in line for iOS 13 while also updating the interface and usability with enhanced share options, Siri shortcuts, and more. Things takes the premium, one-purchase path rather than a subscription model, and it syncs up well with its Mac counterpart.

8. HomeCourt (Free)

NEX Team\'s HomeCourt turns your iPhone into a personal basketball coaching aide and sports science tool, using the iPhone\'s camera and sensors to record and analyze a player\'s movements as they go through standard shooting and dribbling exercises.

As you take each shot and motion, HomeCourt analyzes your movements, recording important metrics like the type of shot, release time, leg and release angles, where you take each shot and whether you managed to score or miss.

It\'s a great way to train smarter as well as harder, with a variety of shooting and handling drills available. The free tier of HomeCourt lets you analyze up to 1,000 shots a month, with premium subscriptions either increasing that cap or removing it, while also adding more advanced drills and metrics.

9. Enlight Photofox (Free)

Enlight Photofox is the latest edition of the award-winning photo editing app, allowing users to create stunning double exposures and other artfully manipulated effects.

The app comes with a wealth of tools to affect color and tone, with filters, masks and layer effects making it easy to stitch together photos using a variety of blending modes and tools to keep everything seamless. The app offers some effects free, with an unlimited subscription unlocking all features.

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