There are hundreds of thousands of apps out there in the Apple App Store, but many of the better options don’t often hit Apple’s curated lists. Also, it’s difficult to find what apps are the best among other thousands of other apps that serve the same functions.
This is why many people search for lists of the best apps for their iOS devices, just like you. For everyone looking for new iOS apps to try can check out our guide to the top 5 best iOS apps for August 2020. We do it every month, and you should definitely check out our top 5 Android apps list in case you use an Android device.
Readaway is a fantastic tool that lets you scan any book page or documents to listen to, whether it’s in English, French, Spanish, or Swedish language. It’s beneficial for proofreading personal copies, articles, reports, and blog posts, as the audio dictation will catch the smallest of typos and punctuation errors. It can also highlight nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs.
It has several features that make your life much easier. For proofreading, you can either type or just copy-paste lines of texts, then convert it to audio. The app lets you bookmark blog posts and articles as well, without the advertisements on the websites. Readaway can dictate texts in 23 different languages, and you can switch between 60+ narrator voices as per your liking. You can select from multiple voices in different languages, which is an excellent personalization factor. Every page roughly generates 1.4 minutes of audio.
Readaway also has a Podcast mode, which lets you not only convert multiple articles to audio but also create a playlist of them. You can then listen to your curated articles as a podcast, and you adjust the listening speed as well. Plus, the app lets you read the articles in a full-screen mode. You get the options to customize the font scheme and size, plus make adjustments for letter and word spacing.
Whether you want to use the app for proofreading your content or are trying to minimize your phone usage, Readaway is an excellent utility app for your iOS device. However, it’s not totally free to use. There are in-app subscriptions that give you only a limited amount of dictation time. The plans start from $3.49 only.
2. DoubleTake by FiLMiC Pro
If you like to do casual mobile videography on your iPhone XR, XS, XS Max, 11, 11 Pro, or 11 Pro Max device, then you can take it to a whole new level using the DoubleTake app by FiLMiC Pro, one of the most powerful video camera apps for iOS and Android devices.
With DoubleTake, you can take advantage of all the camera modules on your iPhone at the same time, giving you the ability to capture multi-cam video footage just from your iPhone. You can use its camera picker view to see all the camera feeds on your device so that you can frame your shots properly and select the necessary cameras accordingly.
Since the new iPhone devices come with camera modules with different focal lengths, you can capture two different photos of your subject simultaneously, whether it’s the telephoto or the ultrawide lens. The PiP mode lets you capture two discrete videos at the same time, which you want to save as two different video files. You can also take a vlog-style composite video from your device’s rear and front cameras, including the PiP window anywhere on the screen.
DoubleTake’s Split-screen feature can create a 50/50 split-screen video from two different camera modules, which is great for capturing interviews and other dramatic scenarios. You can also manually control the full-frame focus and exposure on every single camera module on the device, and lock/unlock the variables effortlessly. With the one-tap camera switcher, you can move from one camera feed to another and manually adjust the factors.
Due to the limitations of iOS 13 and Apple multi-cam capture API, video quality is capped to 1080p at 24/25/30fps. For now, the app only offers H.264 video encoding.
3. DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser
Privacy-concerned users probably already know about DuckDuckGo, the famous search engine that respects user privacy and restrains from serving personalized search results. It neither logs user IP addresses nor shares personal information with third-party advertisers, unlike other popular search engines from Google and Microsoft. They also offer a private web browser of the same name, DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser.
With DDG Privacy Browser, you can securely browse the internet with DuckDuckGo’s assurance in user privacy. You can clear all tabs, browsing data, cookies, and other saved information by tapping only one button. The browser also integrates the DuckDuckGo engine by default so that you can search the web without being tracked by advertisers.
DDG Privacy Browser automatically blocks badly-behaving third-party trackers on the websites you visit, as well as forces HTTPS encryption on all sites. While it’s not as secure as using a dedicated VPN service, your personal information is at least safeguarded from the prying eyes. When you visit a page, the browser grades its security and privacy factors on a level of A to F, so that you can safely browse the site and avoid being snooped on the web.
You can even use Touch ID or Face ID to limit user access to DDG Privacy Browser, in case you frequently hand over your device to others for use. The browser itself is also free, and you can use all of its features without paying extra.
4. PS4 Remote Play
If you have a PlayStation 4 console in your home, you can access it anywhere in the house using the PS4 Remote Play app on your iOS devices. You can play AAA titles on your iPhone using either a DualShock 4 controller or the on-screen button overlay.
PS4 Remote Play also supports older and current-gen iPad and iPad Pro, assuming that it’s running iPadOS 13 or later versions of the software. You can connect your DS4 controller over Bluetooth, chat with your friends using the onboard microphones, as well as enter text using the keyboard overlay on your iPhone/iPad.
The app streams the PS4 interface and games in up to 1080p quality to your iOS devices, so you will need high-speed home Wi-Fi access for the smoothest experience. You won’t be able to use it over the mobile network, and you will be required to log in to the app with your PlayStation Network account.
5. Screenshot Hero
Screenshot Hero is an excellent app for finding images with texts in it, especially screenshots and memes. The app scans through your photos on the device and makes it searchable by text.
Since it uses OCR (Optical Character Recognition) technology to find the texts, everything is done locally on your device. You can also filter photos by a particular keyword, and choose to scan only screenshots.
If you are a memester, then Screenshot Hero will help you send memes to your friends and upload them on social platforms as efficiently as possible. The app has received 5 out of 5 ratings on the App Store, and it’s also free to use.
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