80 best free iPhone apps 2014

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31. Foxtel Go

Foxtel customers drop a lot of cash every month to access the Pay TV service's content, so it's nice that they can now access a large chunk of that content on the road with the Foxtel Go app. Two devices can access the service at the same time, offering live streams of popular channels and catch up on demand services as well.

Foxtel Go app

32. Domain

House hunting has been made ever-so-slightly more enjoyable with the launch of the Domain app. Not only does it offer the ability to browse properties to buy or rent like the web portal, it also offers searches of recently sold properties and can showcase locations on a map for easy browsing.

Domain app

33. Find My iPhone

For the paranoid souls out there (or the unlucky ones who've had their devices pilfered), Find My iPhone is a must-have download. Assuming you've a 2010 or later iOS device, you can set up a free account and locate your devices within seconds. (Note that older devices can also be added to Find My iPhone - you just need a recent one to get things going.)

Find My iPhone

34. Dragon Dictation

Fed up of typing on the tiny iPhone keyboard? Use Dragon Dictation instead, which happily converts your speech into text (with slightly spooky levels of accuracy for a freebie app). You can even punctuate ("Comma! Full-stop!"), and when you're done the app enables you to fire your thoughts at Facebook, Twitter, Mail or the iOS clipboard.

Of course, Siri's available for more recent iOS devices; even so, Dragon Dictation has a longer buffer time and might be more suitable for people used to defining punctuation while dictating.

Dragon dictation

35. iHandy Torch Free

It's a torch! It's a cheesy neon light! It's a hypnotic spiral effect! With slightly annoying ads! (In reality, iHandy Torch Free is a mostly a handy app to have installed in case you get up for a midnight snack or toilet visit, don't turn on the light and want to avoid smashing your toe annoyingly hard into an unruly cupboard.)

iHandy torch

36. Pandora

After years of waiting, Pandora recently launched in Australia and has become an essential app for all iOS owners. Creating personalised playlists from any song or artist and streaming it through your iPhone, the Pandora app is free thanks to occasional advertising, although you can pay $4.49 a month to enjoy your tunes ad-free

Pandora app

37. CommBank Kaching

Truth be told, we've all been using mobile banking since the iPhone 3G arrived on our shores years ago. Kaching is better than most other apps though as it offers immediate mobile payments via email, SMS, Facebook or Bump. You can even grab a special case for the iPhone 4 or 4S that lets you make NFC payments at PayPass or PayWave terminals using your iPhone.

Kaching app

38. IM+

If you're an instant messaging fiend, IM+ gives you access to GTalk, Yahoo, MSN/Live Messenger, AIM/iChat, ICQ, MySpace, Twitter, Facebook, and Jabber. With multitasking and push notifications in iOS 4, IM+ has been transformed from a curiosity into a must-have freebie app.

IM Plus

39. Atomic Web Browser Lite

The lite version of Atomic is missing quite a few features that are found in its paid-for version. However, for times where you need a single-session browser that automatically dumps everything on exit, such as when buying gifts, this is a handy app to have installed.

Atomic Web Browser Lite

40. Virtuoso Piano Free 3

Virtuoso Piano Free 3 won't turn you into a virtuoso, but it's a perfectly serviceable mini piano. You can amend the number of keys shown on screen, and buttons enable you to rapidly navigate the full keyboard. You get two built-in voices for playback, to which you can add variable levels of sustain.

Virtuoso piano free 3

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41. TuneIn Radio

Don't bother buying a DAB radio - just install TuneIn Radio instead and plug your device into a set of speakers. TuneIn Radio has a great interface for accessing over 50,000 digital stations; it also has AirPlay support, and you can use it as an alarm clock.

TuneIn Radio

42. TripView Lite Sydney

Sydney's public transport needs all the help it can get, and this handy app is just the ticket. TripView Lite offers up-to-date timetable info for all of Sydney's trains, buses and ferries. Frequent users should spend the $2.99 for the full version, which adds the ability to save trips, set alarms and real-time info for public buses.

TripView Lite Sydney

43. Jamie's Recipes

More a gateway drug for the tasty treats of Jamie Oliver, this IAP-infused app nonetheless flings ten freebie recipes your way and a few videos. The interface in Jamie's Recipes is lickable, and there's a handy shopping-list feature, for those of you who don't fancy arriving back home after fighting the crowds in the supermarket, only to find you accidentally picked up 500 lemons and forgot the chicken.

Jamies recipes

44. Instagram

Take a photo, smash a filter into it, and upload it. Instagram's service is now used by millions of people to share nuggets of visual loveliness, and the app itself is a pleasure to use, and also to browse during moments when you're not feeling quite so inspired.


45. Google Translate

Assuming you're online, Google Translate is a great app for translating text between 64 different languages; handily, 17 of the most popular also enable you to speak into your device and listen to translations. It's also considerably cheaper and more portable than 63 translation staff.

Google translate

46. iMotion HD

We say a big PFFT! at CGI. Real animators use stop-motion, until they inevitably go crazy at only being able to craft about three seconds of footage per week. iMotion HD enables you to create such painstaking animations with your device.

The sting in the tail: a $1.99 IAP for export, but if you don't care about that, you can play your creations on your device to your heart's content. There's also the free iMotion Remote to use as a remote controller over Wi-Fi for iMotion HD, to avoid you accidentally moving your 'camera'.

iMotion hd

47. TED

TED is brain food. The app provides access to talks by insanely clever people, opening your mind to new and radical ideas. You can also save your favourite talks locally, for even easier access, or ask the app to inspire you, based on your mood and available time.


48. Remote

The remote for Apple TV is a bit of a joke when you need to do anything more than play or pause. Remote is a free app which provides much better control and the ability to stop yourself going mad when typing things into search fields. It'll also happily use Home Sharing to pull content from computers on your network to your device, or fire said content at your Apple TV using AirPlay.


49. eCoffeeCard

Regular caffeine addicts already know the benefits of a loyalty coffee card. The eCoffeeCard app just takes the confusion out of the equation, letting you earn rewards from multiple locations for free. Scan the QR code using the app when you buy a coffee, and the app records your purchase. It can also check in automatically with social networks like Facebook and Foursquare, and shows participating cafes on a map as well.

eCoffeeCard app

50. Apple Store

Apple fans with a lack of self-control should steer clear of the Apple Store app, which enables you to buy shiny Apple products directly from your device, and also to locate your nearest shrine of tech loveliness (aka Apple Store).

Apple Store

51. BBC iPlayer

Watch live TV and browse featured and recent BBC shows in the BBC iPlayer app. There's a favourites section to get easier access to your top shows, and AirPlay support for firing footage at your Apple TV. (This uses the system AirPlay functionality - start playing a show, double-click the Home button, swipe right twice, then choose 'Apple TV' from the AirPlay button.)

BBC iPlayer

52. PayPal

While the Commonwealth Bank's Kaching app is the best mobile banking option around, for customers of other banks, PayPal is a pretty solid performer. You can manage your account on the go, send and receive money and find local businesses using PayPal Here, so you can pay for stuff without cash. Nifty.

PayPal app

53. Camera Awesome

Sounding a bit like a rubbish superhero, Camera Awesome is in fact a tool for powering up your device's camera. You get some useful adjustment and composition options, and a load of varied filters are available via IAP.

Camera Awesome

54. LinkedIn

The social network for professionals, the LinkedIn app lets you find and connect with other users, sync your calendar and edit your own profile. You can also see and save recommended jobs, connect with groups and follow the latest news from your industry.

LinkedIn app

55. Roamz

If you've ever found yourself somewhere new and not known the best place to buy a good cup of coffee, Roamz is the answer. A locally produced social network app based on your location, Roamz lets you explore your local area using your existing social networks, and discovering what other people say about local attractions.

Roamz app

56. SoundCloud

SoundCloud is becoming one of those indispensable online services, storing a huge range of songs and audio clips. Although this app is suitable for browsing and playing, you can also use it to record and upload your own sounds.


57. Flipboard

It would be a hard ask to expect the Flipboard experience on the iPhone and iPod touch to match that of the iPad version, but it nonetheless has a good go, transforming your favourite feeds and news sources into a tiny, beautiful digital magazine.


58. Wunderlist


The App Store has so many to-do apps that it's in severe danger of tipping over, due to the sheer weight of digital checkboxes, but Wunderlist is one of the very few that really stands out. The interface is very usable, and the app's ability to seamlessly sync across devices and platforms makes it a great download.

59. Wikihood


This location-aware sort-of Wikipedia client figures out where you are and fires local knowledge at you. Naturally, Wikihood can be a little scattergun in terms of information, but it's handy for when you're in an unfamiliar place and have a few hours to kill. There are also offline packs available via IAP for regular users.

60. AirPort Utility

AirPort Utility

Apple's increasingly freeing its iOS devices from any reliance on a Mac or PC, and this utility continues the trend. If you've some shiny white wireless kit at home with an Apple logo, use AirPort Utility to see what your network looks like, muck about with settings, and troubleshoot.