Using one app per minute is 60 apps an hour, 1,440 apps a day (not stopping for sleep), which is a mere 43,200 apps a month. The App Store has about one million apps, so any list of the best must be apps that are notably better than the best.
Apps R Us
The quality of an app is mostly a subjective endeavor. What one person likes and uses, might be a horrible app to someone else, worthy of a quick delete.
Our list is compiled by the Mac360 staff who scoured the iTunes App Store for apps with the most stars, highest ratings, and best user reviews.
Then, we combed through that list, tried out the best of the best, added our own preferences, tastes, and experience, and finally picked the most colorful app icon out of a hat while blindfolded.
iPhone and iPad apps fall into many distinct categories, some of which are covered by Apple’s categories, and some are not.
Utilities. Games. Social. New and Different. For better or worse, here’s the Editor’s Choice of our Top 6 Best iPhone Apps Of 2012.
#6 – iTranslate Voice: This amazing 99-cent app lets you speak another language, voice-to-voice. You talk in one language and iTranslate Voice spits out what you said in another language (36 in all).
#5 – Pocket: We don’t know the business model behind Pocket (formerly known as Read It Later), but there’s no app that’s better at grabbing something on the web and storing it to be read later.
#4 – Cinemagram: The App Store must have about 100,000 photo apps. Cinemagram is different. It’s something of a hybrid between a photo app and a video app. Apply any one of a bunch of filters and you get a unique animation that can be shared with others.
#3 – Bad Piggies: You thought Angry Birds was all the rage? That’s so last year. This year it’s Bad Piggies (from the same folks who do Angry Birds), chasing eggs through 84 levels of flying, driving, and crashing. Get stars for doing good and open 21 additional levels.
#2 – Hotel Tonight: Finding a place to stay online is easy, right? Travel sites are a dime a dozen and they all have the same hotel inventory, right? Hotel Tonight needs to be added to your iPhone folder for travel apps. This is the only app that focuses on last minute deals– hotel rooms for tonight.
#1 – Google Maps: You’ve suffered long enough. When Apple kicked Google Maps off the iPhone and iPad in iOS 6 we expected something insanely great from our favorite gadget maker.
Instead, Apple Maps quickly became Mapsgate, heads rolled, and Apple took it on the chin and came away with a black eye.
Never fear, Google is here. All those features Google wouldn’t put into their maps for Apple (when Apple was paying them), are now available for free in Google Maps. Turn by turn directions, street view, transit data, satellite view, traffic and more. Now, if only there was a way to hide Apple’s Maps app.
There you have it. We searched through nearly a million iPhone and iPad apps, narrowed the list down to a few dozen, and picked out the most colorful icons to compile the Top 6 Best iPhone Apps For 2012.