Finding the Story Behind Every App
uring Apple events, I try to maintain a healthy level of skepticism as the tech giant flaunts its new releases with a character-
istic hyperbolic flair. Yet during this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, it was impossible not to feel inspired as family
members of coders lit up the stage at the keynote, sharing stories about the people behind apps that many of us know and
love. All these applications started with someone seeing a problem in the world and deciding to use the tools Apple offers
to see if they could build a solution. Examples ranged from a social media platform designed for refugees and immigrants, to an
app for tracking the latest Alzheimer’s research, to an online foodbank that lets anyone from neighbors to local shops share surplus
ingredients and avoid waste. Hearing these stories reaffirmed my belief that apps are what make our iPhones and iPads so exciting.
With our annual Best Apps issue, our team wants to connect you with
apps that will make a difference in your life, in categories ranging from
health and wellness to food and travel. Thanks to our contributors, I’ve
already made some of my own discoveries: PaperKarma is helping me
cut down on junk mail delivered to my home (page 52), Marco Polo is
allowing me to stay in touch with far-away friends (page 36), and Mealime is giving me the tools to finally get on a meal plan and stop eating
takeout every night (page 45). Each of us is living proof that apps have
the power to transform the way we do things for the better.
Apple’s developer conference may have come and gone without you noticing, as many of us save our excitement for the tech giant’s big fall iPhone reveal. However, for better or worse, Apple’s software shapes the experience we have on our devices, whether we upgrade to the newest model or hold on to the same device for years. After what has felt like a never-ending saga of bugs
and glitches that have come to define iOS 11, Apple has a lot of making up to do with iOS 12 (see page 24 for the full story).
I’m as eager as the next person to have a more stable operating system. That being said, I’m throwing all caution to the wind
and downloading the public beta of iOS 12 on my phone (which is available at Beta.Apple.com) so I can enjoy new features like
grouped notifications and screen time monitoring before the official version drops in September (see page 16 for the complete
list). If you would like to become a beta tester yourself, just remember that you may deal with annoying bugs and glitches in the
process. We recommend backing up your device using i Tunes and installing the beta on an iPad if you have one; that way your
phone is still functional if anything goes wrong.
Aside from iOS 12 advice, in the following pages we also explore how to create more space in our lives. Over time, both our
physical and digital environments tend to become rife with unnecessary clutter. Turn to page 54 to create more zen in your digital
life or to page 52 to find apps that help you pare down possessions while also tossing less in the trash.
With this issue, we hope you discover many new apps you didn’t know you needed. We’d love for you to let us know how we did
by joining our new private iPhone Life Facebook group. Here, you can not only join a conversation with us, but also connect with
a community that’s as excited about technology as you are.
See you there!
Editor in Chief
iPhone Life magazine, firstname.lastname@example.org, Twitter: @schillcleveland
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