June 2014 saw the release of some epic new iPhone apps. We’ve picked the top 5 best iPhone apps of June 2014. Below, you can find our favorite apps, as well as critiques of their best and worst features.
Learn more about the Yo. app in the video above.
We’ve written about Yo previously. For the initiated, Yo. is an app that lets you send a push notification to your friends that simply reads, “Yo.” That’s it. Love it or hate it, this simple app is one of the biggest apps to launch in June.
Takes way fewer taps than traditional messaging apps
Fun communication tool that has more applications that you might originally think
It only says “Yo.”
App has had some security issues
Now has a login mechanism (as of Version 1.0.6)
App parameters feel limiting to some
Backwards compatibility as far back as iOS 5.1.1 seems unnecessary, considering the near universal adoption of iOS 7.0
2. Acompli Email & Calendar
Learn more about this productivity app in the video above.
Acompli Email & Calendar is far from the only email and calendar app you’ll find on the App Store. That being said, this fresh app offers a suite of excellent features that make it one of the best apps in its class. The calendar function lets you share available meeting times, schedule meetings, or get reminders, and is “tightly integrated” with your email.This app is especially appealing to people with vast inboxes, or those who have a lot of attachments in their inbox.
As of this writing, the most recent version of this app is Version 1.0.7, which includes a new “inbox zero” screen, stability improvements, and improved calendar notifications. If you haven’t tried this app yet, now would be a smart time to give it a trial.
Circular+ will appeal to fans of photography and visual art. Using this app, a person can create cool, circular-style creations. This app is a great way to create custom wallpaper to use on your iPhone, or simply to stave off boredom on a long car or train ride. If you love abstracted art, this is a new app that’s worth a look.
Professional effects: lens flares, sky objects, and centers
Offers cool lens textures
Fast and responsive editing
Allows you to express yourself creatively, even with minimal photographic/artistic talent
Check out the print option in Circular under the “Share Menu”. Use code CIRC14 at checkout to get a wall-sized print of your creation
Max image size is a paltry 2048×2048 pixels
Interface may confuse some users at first
You may have a “tiny planet” app that you prefer over this
Could benefit from additional photo effects and images
May be more fun to mess around with on the larger screen of an iPad
Learn more about this secure, cross-platform app in the video above.
Sicher is a secure messaging app that will appeal to people who value privacy. In addition to encrypting your messages, this German-made communications app can also encrypt files and documents. The developers state on the App Store page for Sicher that they “don’t send crash logs, don’t track usage statistics, don’t use any advertising engines, [and] don’t integrate social network SDKs.”
No messages or files are ever transferred unencrypted
Push notifications are anonymous
Supports group chats
Does require at least iOS 7.0, which is bad news for the small fraction of users still rocking iOS 6 or earlier
New app, may still have a few bugs that need to be sorted out
Self-destruct settings can be altered in Settings menu
More options for sorting/organizing messages would be a nice touch
May still not seem secure enough to the seriously privacy-obsessed
5. LinkedIn Job Search
In the video above, Jeff Altman discusses the features of the new LinkedIn Job Search app and how NOT to use it.
Brand new for the month of June, LinkedIn Job Search is an app that pretty much does what the title suggests. You can use this new app to track down interesting job opportunities that match your skill set. Whether you are seriously looking to make a career change, or just seeing what else might be out there, this is a helpful app for job seekers.