In the anticipation of getting my first iPhone, I’ve thrown myself headfirst into looking at all the cool iOS features I will soon be able to use, as well as the apps that are only available on the App Store. But that also means leaving some of the Android features I have gotten used to, such as Greenify, the app that easily puts unnecessary or background apps into hibernation mode so they don’t drain battery life or mobile data when I’m not actively using the app.
Luckily some of my favorite apps are available on both operating systems. From basic communication and social media apps like Whatsapp, Instagram and Twitter, to apps that fit in a niche such as Pokémon Go, the game that allows 90’s kids to relive their childhoods and capture virtual Pokémon in the real world. Bet365 for Android is also available on iOS, allowing me to place bets on a variety of different sports as well as viewing live scores; and Uber, the app most people use to easily order a safe, reliable and affordable taxi ride from anywhere.
But more exciting than the apps I’m used to and that I’ll be able to carry over to my new iPhone are the new ones available only for Apple. Some of the best looking iOS apps I’ve seen are things like Hitlist, a quick and easy way to be notified about cheap flights to dream holiday destinations. iMovie, the app that will let me easily make high-quality videos without much effort or Opinion Podcasts, which allows you to record, edit and upload podcasts without the hassle of complex editing software.
And for the musically inclined Apple users, apps like GarageBand exist. GarageBand allows the user to create music, songs and ringtones in an easy (and free) layout. If you have the correct accessories, you can even plug instruments like an electric guitar into your iPhone or iPad and have GarageBand record what you play. Music editing has never sounded easier!
Another awesome looking app for iOS users is Ummo, a voice coaching app. When practicing a speech or presentation, Ummo will point out to you how often you say the words ‘um’ or ‘er’ and when and where you speak too fast, too slow or take too many pauses — a real necessity for preparing to speak in public.
And although this app isn’t out quite yet (it releases on the App Store on December 15th), Super Mario Run looks amazing! Now we can all play our favorite Nintendo game from our phones, with the main difference being that due to no arrow keys, Mario constantly runs and you choose when he should jump.
So even though there are technically more Android apps on Google Play than there are Apple ones on the App Store, I am looking forward to finally getting a chance to explore the new world of iOS when I get my iPhone. And who knows, maybe the grass is greener on iOS.