The iPhone X, XS, and XS Max are gorgeous devices. They also seem to represent the future of the iPhone. Here are the best iPhone X apps that work well on the trio of iPhones.
OmniFocus: Best GTD-compatible To-Do App for iPhone X
Like Things, OmniFocus is a popular and well-designed to-do manager. However, it has a different set of priorities. Where Things tries to stay simple and straightforward, OmniFocus is feature-rich and robust.
The app fully integrates with the “Getting Things Done” method of task management. Called GTD for short, this method encourages users to write down any tasks they have, as well as all their associated information and scheduling. GTD users will end up spending a good deal of time on the front end organizing work.
As a result, the software requires a robust feature set to fully implement all aspects of the GTD process. If that’s your favorite methodology, OmniFocus is as close to an official iPhone X GTD app as you can get.
- Most powerful to-do list manager available.
- Can fit in with virtually any task management style.
- Sacrifices simplicity and usability for power and flexibility.
Agenda: Best iPhone X App for Busy Note Takers
Agenda takes a different spin on a notes app than most other applications; it calls itself a “date-focused note taking app.” Notes are organized by project and date, and the dates are a big part of Agenda. Rather than simply collecting your jotting into a library, Agenda creates a to-do list from the items. With tight date integration, Agenda makes a functional journaling app as well as a capable to-do manager and general iPhone X note-taking app. The date and note combination seems obvious, but Agenda is the first iOS note-taking app to execute the combination effectively.
It’s a to-do manager plus a note-taking app with some calendar features, essentially. And that’s something of a holy grail, viewing all that information in one place with one perspective and only one app. The app is also highly functional in the freeform, which can be rare in flagship apps. Agenda particularly shines with Pencil support, but, for now, we’ll have to look to the iPad Pro for that feature.
- Small tweaks on note-taking can improve many workflows.
- The time-based organization matches most users’ mental models of information organization.
- Slow app launch can limit how quickly you can jot down a note.
Twitterific: Best Twitter App For iPhone X
Twitter might not be the greatest social media platform, but it’s still one of the most popular social networks around. And like many social networks, Twitter’s default app is disappointingly bad.
Unfortunately, Twitter did recently nerf third-party Twitter clients. Third-party apps will no longer receive real-time stream notifications, significantly reducing the usefulness of the applications. This move seems designed to force users to move to the native app, but considering its many flaws, Twitterific and apps like it are still better.
- Improves Twitter’s visual presentation dramatically.
- Includes smart and powerful features that make Twitter easier to use.
- Some organizational choices are unintuitive at first.
- Twitter has purposefully knee-capped third-party apps, and Twitterific is not immune to those effects.
Apollo: Best iPhone X App for Reddit
If you’re interested in Reddit, you’ll want to read the website outside of the first-party app. The app has improved, sure, but it’s still miles behind third-party offerings.
Apollo is the best of the bunch when it comes to Reddit clients, beating out former champions like Narwhal. Development is constant and ongoing, with plenty of updates from the dev in the app’s subreddit.
The swipe-based navigation will work on any iPhone, of course, but it dovetails nicely with the iPhone X’s app switching behavior. The pure black mode is also a treat for OLED screens.
- Effortlessly handles a huge variety of media.
- Well built UI makes navigation easy.
- No ads in any version of the app.
- Sometimes suffers from annoying and lingering bugs.
Focos: Best iPhone X App for Editing Portrait Mode Photos
By default, the iPhone X’s Portrait Mode is a one-and-done process. You take the picture, the blur is applied, and that’s that. iOS doesn’t provide a built-in method for editing the Picture Mode effect after the fact.
Focos fills the gap, building a tool to tweak both the level of blur and the blur mask. It mimics the effect you’d see when adjusting a lens’ physical aperture. More magically, you can also change the focal point after the shot by recreating the blur mask on a different object, or manually adjust the effects on the image’s depth mask in real time.
Those are just the free features. Paid users get access to a whole tier of image editing tools on top of the focus adjustments.
- The most powerful method of manipulating Portrait Mode’s depth-of-field effect.
- Depth map is a unique features to help visualize blur.
- Easy to make images look over-processed.
- Only about the middle 50% of the blur range looks natural.
Halide: Best iPhone X App for RAW Photos
The iPhone X camera is more powerful than it initially appears, with more features than the built-in camera exposes.
Uniquely, Halide sticks important information in the iPhone X’s “ears.” It embeds a live histogram for image analysis. Is it extremely valuable? Not exactly, but Halide is a near-perfect photography application besides that selling feature.
The controls are ideally placed and configured, RAW capture is pixel-perfect, and navigation within the app is smooth and immediately comprehensible. If you’re serious about taking photos on your iPhone X, Halide is the best camera app for iOS.
- Deep processing power for iPhone photos.
- Broadest toolset of any iOS image editing app.
- Can overwhelm first-time users with its level of control.