iOS app reviews, tips and features - iPhone and iPad

If rumours are right, Apple Pay is about to go live in the UK real soon and is perhaps just days away. (It may already be live by the time you read this.) This may have been a big deal in the US, but here in the UK we have had contactless payments for ages and I see no reason to switch to Apple.

It is a mystery why after all these years there still isn’t an iPad version of Instagram. It is only available for the iPhone, which is really irritating. Fortunately, there are alternatives and Padgram is one of the best, and it is free.

Sworkit Lite is a great fitness app for the iPhone, iPad and Android phones and tablets. You can get fit for free in just five minutes a day. You know you need to get some exercise and lose a few pounds, so let Sworkit guide you.

Fallout Shelter is one of the latest games to be highlighted by Apple in the App Store and it is (or was) an Editor’s Choice. The app has very quickly gained popularity and looks like a must-have game for your iPhone or iPad.

The iPhone’s camera does not have as high a resolution as some phone cameras, but it does take excellent photos and the camera app has some clever features. Here are some you may not have discovered.

The fitness and health sections of the app stores for iOS and Android are extensive and cover a wide range of topics. There are lots of Yoga apps and it is hard to choose the right one. Daily Yoga should be on your shortlist.

Remember Ping? Don’t worry if you don’t because few people have heard of it these days. A few years ago it was Apple’s attempt to create a social network based around music artists. Now it is back with a new name as part of Apple Music.

The Pomodoro technique is an interesting and useful way to organise your day and by using it you can get more done in less time. Download a Pomodoro app for your iOS device and work smarter and faster today.

Space, memory and data usage are the three key system functions that you must monitor on your iPhone and iPad. The question is, what is the best way to do it? Here is a great free widget that does the job nicely.

Have you ever wondered how much time you spend at work? Do you really spend as much time as you think you do at the gym? Which friend do you visit the most? Chronos for iPhone can answer all these questions.

If you have played games like DomiNations on iOS and Android, you should check out Space Ape Games Rival Kingdoms: Age of Ruin. It has a similar theme, but there are significant differences and its gameplay will have you hooked.

Every phone has an alarm function and it is one of the basic features of the device. You would not describe it as fun, entertaining, or even slightly interesting and they are deadly dull. AlarmMon makes alarms exciting.

If you have an iPhone or iPad you probably use the iTunes Store app to buy music and the Music app to play it. However, this is not the only way to buy and play music on iOS devices. There is an alternative.

If you like the sort of game where you build a city, train troops, build an army, then go and battle other players, you should add Dominations to your iPhone, iPad or Android phone or tablet.

The Mail app in IOS on the iPhone and iPad has a useful swipe function that enables you to quickly deal with email in your inbox. You probably were not aware of this, but you can actually configure the swipe options.

Do you want to develop an iOS app for your personal use or a business and you don't know how to code or develop at all? Where do you start and what do you need in order to create an iPhone or iPad app? First you need the right tools for the job and here you can find the necessary languages you need to know for iOS app development.

A problem that some people have with the iPhone and iPad is apps not showing, apps not updating or no app updates. It becomes impossible to update the iOS device because there is no longer an update link or update button. What is the solution?

Should you buy the Apple Watch when it goes on sale in April or should you wait? This is the dilemma facing Apple fans and it is a tough decision to make. Here are some thoughts on the matter that might help you to make up your mind.

It seems like there’s an app for just about everything. That’s great news especially for the homeowners among us, who can have a plethora of useful, convenience tools right in the palms of our hands. From apps that ensure we never miss a bill to design apps and apps that help us save energy, here are some of the most essential, must-have apps for homeowners that make homeownership a bit less stressful.

Google+ and OneDrive can automatically backup your photos to online storage as soon as you take them. This sounds like a great idea, but there are problems with both services that you might not like. Is it time to ditch them?