iOS app reviews, tips and features - iPhone and iPad

In an unsurprising move that was widely rumoured, Apple has revealed a new addition to the iPad range and the 9.7-inch iPad Pro is the baby brother of the iPad Pro launched last year.

There is a way to put important information on the lock screen of your iPhone that can be used in case of a medical emergency. Have you set it up yet? This guide shows how to do it.

There are lots of free Wi-Fi hotspots you can use when you are out of the office or home, but which ones are safe and secure? Avast has two free apps for the iPhone that show where Wi-Fi hotspots are located and then secures them.

People spend way too much on their mobile devices and the iPhone is the biggest fantasy that every mobile owner wants to own. With the revolutionary 6S and 6S Plus, the standard of iPhone devices has reached to an unbeatable height.

The iPhone and iPad come with a Photos app that is pretty good, but Google Photos beats it by a wide margin and if you haven’t tried it recently, you should. It is brilliant.

Riddle Stones – Cross numbers is a puzzle game that will put your logic skills to the test on your phone or tablet. Give your brain a good workout with a collection of over 1,000 games.

Apps are exciting. With millions of them already present in the digital landscape, there are hundreds that debut every day. From broader needs to niche desires, they manage to please or peeve users. Here are five worth considering.

Games developer Full Fat has two entertaining Blocky apps for the iPhone, iPad and Android phones and tablets. Blocky Football and Blocky Raider are perfect for passing a few hours at the weekend.

Ubisoft’s Sandstorm: Pirate Wars puts you in control of a sand cruiser, battling for survival in the desert heat of a post-apocalyptic future. It’s a great game for your mobile phone or tablet.

Viewing web pages on a mobile phone is sometimes a frustrating experience, but Reader view on the iPhone and iPad helps to remove the clutter. customise the colours and fonts for a better view.

If you are a fan of MMO (massively multiplayer online games), you have a lot of choice and it is a popular genre. Three top games for the iPhone and iPad are tested and there are winners and losers.

Chromecast is a dongle from Google that plugs into your TV and enables you to watch videos, listen to music, view photos and more. It is designed for Android phones and tablets, but it works with the iPhone and iPad too.

Haypi Co. specialises in MMOGs (massively multiplayer online games) and in Haypi Adventure: Kingdom of Glory you join an online world with thousands of others, battling for supremacy.

Apple Maps is used three times as often as its nearest rival, Google Maps, and after a shaky start, iPhone and iPad users now seem to love it. Perhaps it is the one feature it has that Google doesn’t.

Remember the hit game Crossy Road? The creators have another in their portfolio called Shooty Skies. It has a similar design and it is fast, infuriating and a lot of fun. It is also free.

The Notes app on the iPhone and iPad received an upgrade with iOS 9 and it is now better than ever. You can store almost anything on notes from maps to web pages. Here’s how to store anything in Notes.

Apple News has been available in the US since iOS 9 was launched on September 16th, but it has only just come to UK users because of the recent iOS 9.1 update. In the meantime Google Play Newsstand has been available. Which is best?

Right from the start, Apple decided that the iPad was to be a single-task device and you could run only one app on the screen at a time. This all changed with iOS 9 and you can have two apps side by side.

Combo Quest is one of those games that are incredibly simple, yet additive and challenging. It is more than challenging, it is downright hard, but it remains fun to play and it is free.

Wi-Fi Assist is a new feature in iOS 9 on the iPhone that potentially could improve internet access for apps and services. However, it comes at a cost and it could, in fact, cost you real money. Is it worth it?