Top 5 Best New iPhone Apps You Need to Know About

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Looking for some cool new apps? These new and newly updated apps are must haves for the month of June 2014. Forget Yo…these apps are actually functional, useful, and really appealing.

1. Embark – Meet the World

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Not to be confused with the popular series of transit apps of the same name, Embark is a new app from developer Jiho Kang. Embark has a cool backstory: it’s the third installment in Kang’s series of cultural exchange apps. Kang created a virtual pen pal app called Wander a couple of years back, and then refined his approach with an app called Planett.

Now, Kang is back on the scene with Embark. Like Wander, Embark matches you up with a “guide” from somewhere else in the world. You and your guide can share photographs of your part of the world, completing photo missions like photographing local landmarks or your daily meals along the way. If you love meeting new people or just consider yourself to be an armchair traveler, this app is a must-try.

Download this iPhone app here.

  • Daily photo missions keep the conversation moving
  • Built-in translator keeps you from having to translate your conversations the hard way
  • Great way to meet new people or see a remote corner of the globe
  • A new guide each week
  • Totally free

  • Cons:
  • Signup and filling out the profile takes a minute or two, I experienced bugs with getting my profile to save correctly
  • Only supports the following languages at this time: English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Traditional Chinese
  • New app, has some bugs that still need to be worked out (included signing out when you haven’t actually signed out
  • No choice in who your randomly chosen guide is (can’t pick by country, or easily block a user)
  • Interface prone to freezing

  • 2. Lulu

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    Lulu used to be just a private network for girls that’s designed for girl talk and rating your dates. However, Lulu is worth checking out this month because Lulu has just opened up the app to men as well.

    LuLu now grants guys access to honest, anonymous feedback from the girls who know them, providing personalized intel into what they’re doing right (and wrong.). Lulu is a great place for ladies to dish, and for men to get the intel that will help them up their dating game.

    Download this iPhone app here.

  • Now open to both men and women
  • Offers good blend of features that are gender-specific
  • Nice UI
  • Uses Facebook login, doesn’t post to your wall
  • Unlike pretty much any other app on the App Store

  • Cons:
  • No alternative way to log in other than with Facebook
  • Anonmous features are meant to be constructive, but individual users could be mean instead
  • May still intimidate some male users
  • Some iPhone users have reported app crashing
  • Robust stats are really cool, but may turn you into a stats junkie

  • 3. Noisli

    In the video above, one passionate Noisli fan talks about why he loves this app.

    Noisli is a background noise and color generator that’s ideal for working and relaxing. By providing background activity, you may find that your productivity and concentration are improved.

    In addition to proving a pleasant background noise, this app also includes a text editor for distraction-free writing. This facet of the app includes both plain text and Markdown support.

    Download this iPhone app here.

  • Boosts concentration and productivity
  • Gorgeous interface
  • Nice number of options to choose from
  • Also works great as a brain relaxation/break tool during a hectic day
  • Most recent update addressed some annoying bugs

  • Cons:
  • Not free
  • Your mileage may vary with this app in terms of productivity/focus
  • Some users may prefer app with more sounds
  • Not cross-platform (no Android version yet)
  • Not as great for pumping your energy up as it is for creating relaxed focus

  • 4. OMG Transit

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    (OMG Transit)

    OMG Transit is a great resource if you regularly use public transport. There are a lot of great Transit apps for iPhone out there (and Apple even owns some of them), but OMG Transit sticks out because of a great user interface and helpful push notifications. For commuters and travelers alike, this is a useful app to include in your personal app article.

    Download this iPhone app here.

  • Well-organized interface
  • Also available on Android
  • Easy access to favorites
  • Multi-modal directions
  • Real-time info and push notifications supported

  • Cons:
  • Only supported in a handful of major cities
  • Not ideal for international use
  • Ability to make car2go reservations may not appeal to all users
  • When real-time data is lacking, app reverts to schedule
  • Still on Version 1.0, has some bugs

  • 5. Inky Mail

    If you like Inky Mail, you may also be interested in the desktop version of Inky. You can learn more about it in the video above.

    Inky Mail is a great email app for people who have multiple email accounts for personal, business, or junk use. Inky lets you get organized, reduce clutter, and find your most important messages quickly.

    Inky stands out because itutomatically sorts and filters messages into meaningful categories like Personal, Subscriptions, Deals, and Notes. You can also search your old emails by hashtag, keyword or contact. If you’re the kind of person who hates setting up filters, or just need to quickly organize an archive of old messages, this is a supremely useful tool.

    Download this iPhone app here.

  • Free
  • Easy to use
  • Nice UI
  • Saves you time
  • Desktop version of Inky available for both PC and Mac

  • Cons:
  • On Version 0.98.4 as of this writing, may still have some kinks that need to be worked out
  • May feel invasive to the privacy-obsessed
  • Some users may feel like there’s no room in their life for yet another email app
  • Hard to access some filters/features in the accounts you’re pulling mail from
  • Doesn’t yet support sending mail at a future date