Is your iPhone feeling stale? There’s an app for that. If you just bought an iPhone 5, sticking to the same old apps doesn’t make the experience fresh.
And if you’re sticking with your old model, new apps are a great way to feel like you’re keeping up with the latest and greatest.
Here’s why now’s a great time to freshen up your app collection: With Apple’s new operating system, iOS 6 recently arriving, app developers have been releasing a flood of updates to take advantage of new features and a general upswing in interest in the iPhone.
Stay on top of fall showers and snowstorms with Dark Sky.
Dark Sky is one of our favourite weather apps. The app lets you know when it's going to rain down to the minute. In our experience, it's incredibly accurate. Plus its user interface is absolutely gorgeous.
Ticketmaster recently updated its app to support Apple's new Passbook feature. The update, part of iOS 6, makes it so that paper tickets are a thing of the past.
Ticketmaster is your gateway to concerts and other events.
If you choose, the Ticketmaster App can help connect you to nearby concerts based on the music in your iTunes library.
Ticketmaster says Passbook is supported for certain venues. We'll have to wait and see exactly what those venues are, but the support for the Passbook feature is live, giving you a great reason to check this app out.
Spotify's music library is full of millions of tracks from all the major record labels, so you shouldn't have trouble finding what you need.
Spotify gives you access to millions of tracks and makes the experience completely social. Users can see what their friends are listening to over Facebook and Twitter and discover new music. And iOS 6 has better support for Facebook apps, which makes the experience of connecting Spotify smoother.
Spotify will let you stream music to the desktop for free. But if you want to listen to music offline or take full advantage of its mobile apps, you'll need to subscribe to the service for $10 per month.
Snapseed is a photo editing app that provides you with a high-quality editing experience on your iPhone at a pretty reasonable price.
Instead of just giving you filters to place over top of a photo, Snapseed lets you adjust tilt, saturation, and even add borders.
Download it soon: Google just bought Nik Software, the maker of Snapseed, and it's not yet clear what will happen to it.
Annoyed by Apple's Maps?
MotionX GPS Drive is a cheap alternative that is always up to date. The app supports real-tme and predictive traffic-based routing; pre-loaded maps for offline use; Facebook and Twitter integration; a parking spot market, and more recently the app has been updated to support speed limit and lane assistance.
For $9.99 a year, users can enjoy voice guidance.
Google Chrome is an excellent browser alternative to Apple's Safari. The app allows you to request desktop sites so that you don't have to deal with inferior mobile sites.
It syncs with your Google Account, meaning all you have to do is log in to get access to your bookmarks, tabs, and settings. If you already use Google services like Gmail, then switching to Chrome is a no-brainer.
Bad Piggies is a new addicting iPhone game from Rovio, the maker of Angry Birds. Bad Piggies reverses roles: Instead of flicking birds at pigs, users must help pigs escape.
The game is a fresh take on an old favourite, Angry Birds. With over 60 levels and free updates, this new game is sure to be a quick favourite. And you don't want to be caught flicking away at an old game on your new phone, do you?
Watch ESPN is the best way to stay on top of all your favourite sports. Watch ESPN lets you catch up on college and pro football, baseball, and soon basketball, too.
This app actually lets you stream the cable network live to your smartphone or tablet. You can also go back and watch prerecorded games and events on demand.
The catch: You must subscribe to a cable network that allows access to the app.
Clear is a very simple, yet elegant to-do list app that will help you stay productive and on task. The app is beautifully designed and it feels satisfying to remove completed tasks with a simple swipe.
Clear has been updated to take advantage of the iPhone 5's larger screen.
Notably missing is a feature that lets you back up tasks online so you can access them on your computer or other mobile device. But that's not necessarily the point with Clear. The app aims to keep things as simple as possible.
Jasmine is a minimal YouTube app replacement. We love how Jasmine allows us to play YouTube audio in the background, freeing us up to do other things with our phone.
The app is chock-full of features including a nighttime/low light function, full playlist support, and Airplay, Apple's feature for streaming audio and video to your living room
Fandango is easily one of the best way to purchase movie tickets from your phone.
You can look up what's playing near you and get a ticket .
Fandango even supports Apple's new Passbook feature, which allows you to send and store your mobile ticket but only for participating theatres.
Use RunKeeper to help you plot a nice fall run.
The app uses GPS to track your runs and uses audio cues to alert you how far you've gone and how long it has taken. The ability to create workouts is awesome and manual activity input is useful when you want to go against the grain. Also, check your logs on the RunKeeper site and keep up that way.
New features that have been added recently include goal-setting and free training plans.