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The Apps You Should Download For Your New iPhone Or iPad

Santa brought you a new iPad. You screamed, you cried, you hugged your mother, you thanked the heavens. Now that the shock has subsided, here are the apps you should download to your new iOS device.

Flipboard: This is a personalised news reader app that ensures you’ll never miss an important story or a funny video. Topics are beautifully displayed in tiles that update constantly. Free


Spotify: $12/month for all the streaming music you want? We can’t argue with that. I use Spotify so much that I hardly even use iTunes on my iPhone.


Chrome: There’s a chance you won’t be totally satisfied with Safari. In that case, Chrome is a good alternative. It has most of the features you know and love from the desktop, which it syncs with. Free


Kindle: iBooks has a more limited selection. And although you’re mostly going to get the same prices from Amazon reader app, you can sync with the Kindle across every single device you’re using it on. Free


Youtube Capture: It’s Christmas, so you’re probably shooting some video. This app will let you upload it to YouTube instantaneously, and it won’t start recording until you’ve turned your phone horizontally, so no annoying iPhone affect in the clip. Free


Shazam: Name that tune. Wait, you can’t? Fire up Shazam, which will detect the title and artist of the track you can’t seem to place. Free


Letterpress: This is my new favourite game. Make words out of tiles and try to steal letters from your opponent. Addicting. Free


Yelp: You can use Yelp for everything from finding a good dry cleaner to scoping out a great antique shop. In fact, you probably already use it on your desktop. Free


Google Maps: Stay away from Apple Maps. Far far away. It sucks, and it goes without saying that Google Maps is infinitely better at getting you where you need to go without getting you lost. There’s no iPad support just yet, but running a blown-up app is better than Apple Maps, right? Free


Runkeeper: Believe it or not, Runkeeper actually made me enjoy running. It has GPS tracking and voice coaching and it will track your pace. And you know you’re going to need to get off your arse after the holidays are over. Free


Facebook: This is a no brainer — you’re on Facebook constantly as it is. Free


Twitter: Keep up with news, memes, trends, weird jokes and send out your own 140-character messages. Free


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