Cult of Mac’s 50 Essential iOS Apps [The complete list, sorted!]

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50 Essential iOS Apps
The best and most useful apps for iPhone and iPad
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With our 50 Essential iOS Apps series, the goal was to help you find some of the best apps for iPhone and iPad. Picking the finest offerings from the more than 2.2 million iOS apps in Apple’s App Store proved challenging. But we highlighted apps that offer excellent features or make life easier in various ways.

To wrap up the series, we’ve sorted the apps by category to make the list easier to browse. We’re also showcasing Cult of Mac readers’ alternatives to our picks.

(You’ll find reader faves linked at the end of this post. That’s especially helpful since one of our must-have apps is about to die an unceremonious death.)

Expand your creativity with this Mac app kit [Deals]

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CoM - The Supersized Creative Mac Bundle
This bundle of 12 apps and 3 lessons will upgrade your and your Mac's productivity potential.
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Your Mac is a creative powerhouse — if it’s loaded with the right apps. With the Supersized Creative Mac Bundle, you’ll supercharge your computer with a dozen top-notch creative apps, like Storyist and Aurora HDR.

Plus, the bundle comes with more than 25 hours of coursework covering the essentials of digital photography, video and web design. This is the shot of productive and creative energy you’ve been looking for. And right now, you can get the Supersized Creative Mac Bundle for just $29 at Cult of Mac Deals.

Last chance: Get 10 Mac apps for a tenth the price [Deals]

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CoM - The World's First Lifetime Mac Bundle
Instantly upgrade your Mac with this massively discounted bundle of 10 Mac apps.
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Whatever you use your Mac for, you’ve got to get the right apps first. It can be tough to know what software you’ll need or where to get it, and that’s why The World’s First Lifetime Mac Bundle is exciting. It offers lifetime access, including all updates and upgrades large or small, to 10 super-legit Mac apps for about the price of a single standard app.

The apps are spread among categories of productivity, security and creativity. There is password management and tools for optimizing Wi-Fi networks, apps for photo and PDF editing, and lots more. This is your last chance to get this bundle at a whopping 96 percent discount, meaning you can get all 10 Mac apps for just $39 at Cult of Mac Deals.

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Setapp Mac apps subscription service
Mac apps subscription service Setapp saves you time, effort and money.
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