The Top 50 of 2012: iPhone Apps (Page 10)

6.7.2013 Benjamin Gubler

iTunes U

You’re never too old to stop learning, or so the saying goes and that’s the notion that Apple’s iTunes U app enhances by ensuring that you’re never too far from high quality learning material. The app presents you free, complete courses from such educational establishments as Stanford, Yale, MIT and much more. There are over 500,000 lectures, books and videos so I say it’s time to buckle down and process some of that sweet, sweet data!


Spotify has 3 million paying subscribers who have access to the company’s mobile app and iPhone users get the added bonus of streaming at the near-CD quality of 320kbps.

For the sake of their data plans, Spotify Premium members can even listen to their playlists offline, also, they have access to all of the site’s awesome social features like the ability to share playlists and post what they’re listening to on Facebook.

Hipmunk Flight & Hotel Search

Hipmunk, is the traditional flight-search model with a twist; it sorts flights first according to “agony”, and then price and other factors. You’re treated to a grid of at-a-glance info about which flights have Wi-Fi and which have long layovers, all in a fun, easy to use interface. The app pulls in reviews from TripAdvisor and helps you find hotels based on location. You can book a hotel from your phone and then finalize the reservation on your computer so you know this is a well-rounded app for trips. Wine Info

Even if you love wine above anything else, there are simply way too many vineyards in the world to remember every vintage that’s worth drinking.

This applet lets you search through 1 million wines by name or barcode, complete with notes from wine connoisseurs and the wine-loving community alike.  When you’re at a wine shop and can’t decide between two bottles of wine, the dictionary gives you side-by-side comparison and helps you look like a wine rock star at parties.

Smart Ride

Smart Ride is a great, informative tool that gives you info about the mass transit systems in heaps of metro areas. It uses your location to show you nearby routes and will even alert you to travel delays.

The app is even smart enough to estimate when the next train or bus will arrive based on available GPS data. And the best part of it all is that it’s free.


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