According to the Pew Research Center, of the 91% of people in the United States that own a cell phone, 25% have an iPhone. If there are 300 million people in the United States, then 68.25 million own an Apple smartphone. This is a staggering number, one that explains why Apple is the most profitable company in the world and has been for several years.
With a massive potential market, it is no wonder thousands of technology companies have shifted their business to focus solely on app development. Hundreds of millions of applications, or ‘apps’, are downloaded every single month in the United States alone. According to Tech Crunch, 90% of Apple apps were free. These applications still make money, either through advertisements or in-app purchases, but their central functionality is free to users. The following is a list of the best free iPhone apps.
KAYAK compares costs of several travel sites (CheapOair, Hotwire, Expedia, Priceline, and more) to help users find the cheapest travel options in the least amount of time. Users can find flights, reserve rental cars, and book hotels in just a few clicks. The application also offers a My Trip feature, which combines an entire trip agenda in one place. Users can see if their flight is on time, can asked to be alerted of price drops, and can contact their airline directly. KAYAK makes travel simple.
Everyone wishes they could speak another language. The free Duolingo app helps users do exactly that. Offering Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Irish, Danish, Swedish, and Turkish languages, the app walks users through vocabulary, grammar, syntax, and conversation exercises. At the end of each exercise the app rates your progress, allowing you to see your linguistic growth in real-time.
Searching for movies in your area on a search engine can be a hassle. Moviefone identifies your location and shows you which movie theaters are closest, the movies those theaters are showing, and allows you to purchase tickets through their app. If you’re not sure how you feel about a certain movie, you can watch the trailers directly on the app. The more you use the app the more points you receive, points which can be used to purchase free movie tickets, sodas at the theater, or paraphernalia.
Sometimes it’s nice to be able to block out the noise of the world around you. White Noise allows people to do just that by enabling them to hear the Amazon rainforest, a burning fire, ocean waves, rain in a car, and dozens of other relaxing sounds.
GoodGuide is a free application that scans the barcodes of products and tells users how the company spends their money. It shows which political parties the company supports and how much of their money they donate to charity. This app is great for politically activated iPhone users who want to put their money where their beliefs are.