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Crème de la crème of the Apple App Store: Latest iOS Apps you should start 2020 with

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A New Year brings with it new hopes and promises. But to deliver on these promises you need to work on a positive lifestyle enforced by a fit body and a healthy and inquisitive mind. We scoured the App Store for the perfect apps which will help you do just that. We chose apps that will build positive habits like reading, meditating and working out so that you get the best returns possible out of 2020. With over 2 million titles to choose from in the App Store, it can be a real puzzler trying to figure out which Apps are the best fit for you. That is where we come in. We spent a lot of time separating the good from the not so good in the ever-growing selection of the Apple App Store so that we can help you figure out which apps are best suited to fill your home screen.

Before we proceed let’s be clear on what we mean by “must-have”. First, there are a host of popular apps like Facebook, Gmail, Google Maps and the like which are most likely essential to most folk out there and you too. But you almost certainly already know of them and have probably already decided whether or not you want to install them on your phone. Beyond the realm of the mega-popular apps, however, are some apps which can nevertheless bring out a lot of functionality from your phone which you otherwise could not have enjoyed.

That said here is our list of the top 10 new trending apps along with a brief description of each.

Medium

Medium is an online publishing platform developed by Evan Williams and launched in August 2012. It is owned by A Medium Corporation. The platform is an example of social journalism, having a hybrid collection of amateur and professional people and publications, or exclusive blogs or publishers on Medium,  and is regularly regarded as a blog host.

According to the app’s publisher:

Medium is made for you: people who are genuinely curious about the world and your part in it. From opinion pieces to interviews to in-depth reportage, photography, and features, Medium stories take many shapes, but always leave you with greater insight into the world.

Feedly

Your full-featured Google Reader replacement. Feedly is an RSS feed reader. Feedly aggregates news from thousands of sources ranging from reputable media like the New York Times and Forbes to small-time bloggers and e-zines.

With Google Reader officially gone, Feedly might be your best bet as an app that lets you access your RSS feeds while on the go. It looks great, works well, and offers a number of different display options that some people think make it even better than Google’s departed reader. At this point, the app still isn’t perfect, but with all of the work its developers are dedicating to its improvement, it has a good chance of eventually getting there.

Curiosity

Articles about science, history and self-care, chosen by a select team of editors and presented to you in a beautifully designed app,  Curiosity truly lives up to its tagline: “Learn something new every day!”

Join millions of people who read Curiosity’s positive and interesting stories each day.

Why do people sneeze in sunlight? What makes Iceland the world’s most peaceful place? How did the moon and stars form? The Curiosity app inspires you to explore questions you’ve always wondered about and uncover answers you didn’t know you needed.

Flipboard

Flipboard is a news aggregator and social network aggregation company based in Palo Alto, California.

Flipboard is a personalized magazine app designed for iPhones and iPads, but you can access it on a PC, too. It takes stories from around the web based on your own interests and delivers them to you in an attractive visual feed. If you’re after creating something yourself, you can even make your own public magazines by adding stories that you find or create yourself.

Also for those of you who run blogs or video channels, Flipboard can serve as an excellent tool for getting more viewers for your platform which ultimately translates to. more ad revenue.

Drops

Sure, there are tons of apps on the App Store that focuses on learning languages. But there are many factors that differentiate Drops from the competition.

Its content is based around popular words and phrases of the target language. Instead of getting wound up in the nitty-gritty details of grammar like so many apps do Drops teaches you what you really came to learn-phrases that will help you communicate.

Drops presents its content in a way that will help you memorise them. From descriptive pictures to spaced repetition of content nothing beats Drops when it comes to helping you remember what  you learned for the long term.

WebMD

WebMD is an American corporation known primarily as an online publisher of news and information pertaining to human health and well-being. The site includes information involving drug and medicines. It is one of the top healthcare websites by unique visitors.

The WebMD app is the mobile platform to the reputed website. The app provides medical information of all sorts for its users ranging from checking symptoms to suggesting remedies and natural medicine.

It is your one stop solution to all medical issues.

Note: It is important to note here that WebMD is not a substitute for proper medical treatment. It is only a tool to help you get information faster. Diagnosis requires years of experience and training. Always trust your doctor over WebMD.

Headspace

Headspace is a great app when it comes to self-care. You can listen to a general guided meditation under their Basic meditations or choose one that’s more specific, such as Sleep or Relationships. And the voice behind Headspace is so soothing, you’ll feel more at ease in no time. There are also super short meditations if you just need a quick dose of calm.

Take a few moments to calm yourself down, let go of stress, and better your sleep with Headspace. Built to give everyone an introduction to mindfulness, Headspace walks you through a series of short exercises that guide you in meditation, breathing exercises, and living mindfully. If you need some time away, maybe it’s time to get some Headspace. An SOS button can even help you through moments of panic or anxiety.

Sleep Cycle

Sleep Cycle is essentially the ultimate alarm clock. Instead of selecting a time to be woken up at, you select a time frame (Say, between 7:00am and 8:00am). You then place the phone on your bed and go to sleep. The app measures your sleep cycle, analyzing how well you rested and when you hit R.E.M. sleep. It will then sound the alarm when you’re ready to be woken up, which will be at a time when you’re not feeling “groggy” or too tired to get up.

Track and analyze your sleep cycles, and set alarms that will wake you up during the lightest part of your REM cycle, so that you feel refreshed upon waking instead of groggy. Plus, you can track the amount of hours you slept and the quality of your sleep, so you can actually work on getting those eight hours.

Calm

The Calm app aims to make you just that: Calm in all senses of the word. You’ll learn how to master your breathing and reduce stress and anxiety. You can choose mediations that vary in length from three to 25 minutes, so you can fit them into your schedule accordingly, and topics include managing stress, deep sleep, and self-esteem — among many others. Plus, Calm was the 2017 App of the Year, according to Apple, so that’s another reason to download Calm and test it out.

Whether you live with anxiety or just had a busy day, Calm can help you find a few moments in the day to feel peaceful. The app offers hundreds of meditations on topics including anxiety, stress, sleeping, forgiveness, gratitude and more. The sessions range from three to 25 minutes long. The app has a seven-day free trial and then costs either $60 per year or a one-time $300 payment.

Seven – 7 Minute Workout

Research backed “HIT Routine” App to get you in shape in no time! How long does it take to increase your personal fitness? According to Seven, just seven minutes a day is enough to make a difference. With options to increase your fitness, lose weight, or boost your strength, Seven guides you through a series of daily exercises you can do in just seven minutes that don’t require any additional equipment. You can also join the premium 7 Club to get personal workout plans, and access to all workouts for just $10 per month.

That was our curated list of the apps we think you need to start your new year. These apps will help you gain a positive mindset, learn new things and work on your body and spirit for the upcoming year. We hope you found this article as fun to read as we found it fun to write. Here’s to a great new year!

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