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Top 3 Most Popular iPhone Apps For The Web

Updated on December 18, 2011

A few years ago, Apple decided to let third-party software writers release their own applications for iPhones, and the result has been an explosion of useful apps that can do everything from order pizzas to track packages being shipped cross-country.

These days, there are more than 100,000 useful iPhone apps available from the Apple store – many of them free. And with so much customer support and enthusiasm behind the Apple brand, it’s easy to log in and see which apps are generating the most excitement on any given day.

The short-list of which apps are spreading the fastest is constantly changing, but there are a few defining characteristics that destine an app for a huge base of users.

Many of the favorite apps are games or gimmicks, and they spread fast because the user can download them quickly and then use them until they’re bored and move on. But there are more than a few timeless iPhone apps that come in handy again and again. These are the apps that end up staying on board for the life of the phone.

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Launchpad Iphone App
Launchpad Iphone App

Here are a few most popular iPhone apps:

Launch Pad:

Launch Pad may not be a glamorous iPhone web app with all kinds of clever gadgetry on board, but it’s a great streamliner that comes in handy for anyone who uses their phone to surf the Web. Launch Pad is a top contender in the "Productivity" category on Apple’s homepage.

What It Is and How to Use It

When an iPhone user installs Launch Pad on their phone, it becomes the starting point for any internet searches. Launch Pad lets users connect to popular sites like Wikipedia, Google, Youtube and other favorite destinations in a single click. Rather than navigating first to the parent website, the user can fly with their search terms directly from the launch pad to their site of choice.

Here are a few special features of Launch Pad:

  • Launch Pad items: this feature lets the user link immediately to any applications or websites. These links are marked with a familiar icon and tucked into the Launch Pad toolbar for quick and easy access.
  • Page indicator: this feature automatically starts up when the control has two or more pages going at once. It lets users quickly select which page they want to use.
  • Change angles: Launch Pad automatically adjusts for landscape and portrait orientations and it keeps up with users on the fly. 

Where Traveler App
Where Traveler App

Where Traveler

This web app is perfect for the kind of business-oriented travelers who can’t remember how they ever got by without an iPhone 5. It already has tens of thousands of entries covering restaurants, hotels, shops and entertainment venues around the world. The list continues to grow as more users climb on board.

What It Is and How to Use It

Where Traveler has been in the travel guide business for more than seven decades, so they have plenty of experience connecting people on the move with the places they’re most interested in finding. Before going digital, the company published guidebooks on more than 120 distinct destinations. Most of these destinations where in the United States, but they also have information on several capital cities in Europe.

Where Traveler is ideal for globetrotting iPhone users who don’t have time to ask around for advice on restaurants and hotel rooms. The service is completely free from the Where Traveler website.

Here are a few of the apps leading features:

  • Translation: this archive of information is available in 27 languages, so that the more than 50,000 entries are available to the masses.
  • Real-time currency conversion: on-the-fly conversion between all major currencies – an invaluable tool for checking bills in restaurants and hotels.
  • Up-to-the-minute airport information: including a full roster of arrivals and departures, flight cancellations, traffic conditions around the airport and expected security wait-time at the gate.

 

Geo Meter Iphone App
Geo Meter Iphone App

Geo Meter

This little web app doesn’t inspire awe when users first hear about it, but there’s a reason that it tops the list in Apple’s "Utilities" category. Geo Meter delivers accurate GPS details on the user’s latitude and longitude, outputting information that can be used in conjunction with a host of other apps.

What It Is and How to Use It

Geo Meter keeps the user constantly updated regarding their current latitude and longitude, altitude, heading and speed. It also keeps track of its margin of error at all times, so the user knows how reliable the reading is at any given moment.

This GPS information is triangulated with the help of GPS satellites, cell phone towers and even wireless internet signals, the entire set of which guarantee accurate results. This handy app is especially with avid geocachers.

Here are a few of the special features of Geo Meter:

  • Coordinates: the app perpetually recalculates GPS coordinates and outputs up-to-the-minute latitude, longitude, speed, heading and altitude measurements.
  • Google Maps: it features a crossover interface so that users can view their location on Google Maps.
  • Cut-and-paste data: coordinates and other information can be cut out of the app’s user interface and pasted into another, so users can tweet their coordinates or enter them into other GPS-related web apps.

Know any other cool Iphone Apps?

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      Ryan Lawrence 4 years ago

      Geo Meter is more useful for me as I have to keep track about my latitudes all the time. And will look forward to more iPhone apps from this author.

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      Giwan 5 years ago from Amsterdam

      I was interested in checking out launch pad but could not find it. How is it different from say adding an webpage on your home screen?

      Thanks.

      Giwan

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      jasontoheal 5 years ago

      thanks for sharing. Love my iPhone.

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      Zaf 5 years ago

      Well you can win a free iphone 4s and install this app

      https://freeusastuff.blogspot.com

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      iPhone 5 5 years ago

      There is some wonderful information over at http://www.iphone5r.com that I have been reading about the iPhone 5. Check it out!

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      GTA 4 cheat 5 years ago

      it's very nice information for iPhone5..... Thanx for sharing

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      Venture Boyz 6 years ago from Floating in the clouds

      The apple i phone is like a space machine from the future. It's amazing how much crazy stuff you can do with this little piece of technology. There is even an application where you can perform background checks on people on the spot. Do you think iphones will start replacing computers?

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      vitalesweets 6 years ago from Upstate NY

      Great tips. I could definitely use the launch pad!

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      Obscure_Treasures 6 years ago from USA

      Fantastic......Jst loved it.I love apple I phone.Thanks for sharing

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      Mario 6 years ago

      Any idea of transfering of contact list from iphone 4 to any other apple mediums?

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      John 6 years ago

      hese are the Best Applications for the Apple iPhone. The instructions given are very usefu

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      markmendez 6 years ago

      These are really good informations and well explained. I will try to try these different iPhone ups. :)

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      janellelk 6 years ago

      Thanks for the hub, great info and well explained

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      jjulianwyatt 6 years ago from united kingdom

      Thank you for your this hub, I like this information.

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      Tiago Marcelo 6 years ago

      Thanks for the information!

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      Jenny Calender 6 years ago

      Gotta have yellow stickies app here :)

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      discussiPhone 6 years ago from San Diego, Ca

      Appreciate the advice!

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      rakoo 6 years ago from Midwest

      Those are pretty good Apps. I moved on to the droid though

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      kevinwang128 6 years ago

      one sick hub :)

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      AnkushKohli 6 years ago from India

      Wow! Nice hub with perfect information. Ranking on top positions of Google. BTW, all the 3 apps are worth-full to watch.

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      joyce.blue 6 years ago

      those application are cool and useful at the same time. great set of info. Fantastic hub all in all.

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      KLeichester 6 years ago

      Thanks for the post. This is a helpful read.

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      rotl 6 years ago from Florida

      LaunchPad sounds cool.. I'll have to check it out.

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      OpinionDuck 6 years ago

      Can you explain the secret how this hub rated a ninety nine?

      Thanks

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      dalouzi 6 years ago

      Great hub it would be bigger if it listed ladida but this abbreviate account is appealing informative.

      Useful info, i will download for my iphone 3gs...

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      writer83 6 years ago from Cyber Space

      Iberkenbosch, i think it is really good idea if i will check more reviews of other people about it on Google. This is really cool information about iphones coming you. Thanks Man!

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      richard@jobzo.com 6 years ago from India

      Now imagine if nearly every cover letter that you read says nothing about the job and simply gives an overview of what is already on the resume. It doesn't tell you how the applicant plans to use those experiences for the benefit of the company. It just summarizes the information in the resume...BORING!

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      TroyM 6 years ago

      Task Manager = #1

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      kazemaru2 6 years ago from usa

      Great hub it would be better if it listed ladida but this short list is pretty informative.

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      jebraina 6 years ago

      The best app ever is Pdanet, which makes ur phone into a wireless hotspot. You have to have your phone jailbroken tho.

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      Arsh 6 years ago

      I like it this is beautiful phone & my choice n97 iphone

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      bd160900 7 years ago from San Diego

      I still haven't got on the "iPhone train" yet. But I intend to do so soon. Really liked this hub! Thanks

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      snkhan120 7 years ago

      i want to change my 3g OS 2.2.1 to 4.0??

      help needed, my location is Pakistan

      anelway120@hotmail.com

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      CheapMobilePhones 7 years ago from UK

      These are the Best Applications for the Apple iPhone. The instructions given are very useful.

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      EMBJ3 7 years ago

      For those who want to build an iPhone app, check out www.bigforge.com. They do a great job and use their own platform, so pricing is very competitive. Users can also build their own, great for those who don't know Objective-C and Cocoa Touch, also good for those wanting a white label.

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      deborRi84 7 years ago

      Now there should be a hubpages app. That would be perfect

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      The Loan Arranger 7 years ago

      The Sky Plus app is my favourite

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      naluaspencer 7 years ago from Kailua, Oahu, Hawai'i

      Check this out, it's all about the new iPhone, it will give you clarity on if you want to buy it or not. https://hubpages.com/technology/iPhone-4-Design-Fe...

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      TroyM 7 years ago

      Love the new Kindle apps, and other bookstores apps that are coming out.

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      DaMan92 7 years ago

      The apps for the iphone could have been a little better

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      Jacob Darkley 7 years ago from California, USA

      Very cool, gotta love the iPhone!

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      TVTopTen 7 years ago

      I am not a fan of the iphone..but I will admit, these apps look pretty cool.

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      kephrira 7 years ago from Birmingham

      nice idea to write about the useful ones rather than the funny gimmicky ones that people only get to show their friends once and then rofget about.

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      md_azamkhan 7 years ago

      Great hub You provided info is true use full.

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      Oil Paintings Store 7 years ago

      Rebecca failed finally, in ruining her Oil Paintings Store

      husbands’ life. Maxim and “I” also lost Manderley,

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      Henry S. 7 years ago

      These apps are useful, but I think that something like yelp would provide more interaction with respect to the web. Users rating places from their own phones and allowing you to see the ratings in real time is true utilization of web capabilities.

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      thecelt 7 years ago

      There are new apps coming out every day, please keep us all updated. Great hub!

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      saidsadikin 7 years ago from Indonesia

      important information

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      manmade76 7 years ago from Kolkata

      Very good information you provided

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      vaalion 7 years ago

      Just got an iphone so I'll look into these :). The traveler app seems really useful!

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      ultimatepotential 7 years ago from India

      Great apps mate! Thanks!

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      Khaneilrocker 7 years ago

      thx for the info.so im going to make a hub bout Ipods and iphone 3Gs and 2Gs and Itunes and Apps and more.its useful and awesome to me.

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      mendoan anget 7 years ago from Indonesia

      Thanks for sharing this info. Btw, augmented reality apps like Wikitude or Worksnug also really cool apps.

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      lilfaerie 7 years ago from Hemet, CA

      Great Hub! I can't wait to try out those apps!

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      Regis 7 years ago

      One of my favorite downloads is the phantasm phone call. You don't know how many times I've used it to stop unreasonable "listening" from other people.

      I simply put the phone in my pocket, hit the right keys which I now know by heart, and have an anonymous caller call me.

      Who would stop you from continuing an important phone call?

      Just don't say things like, "My wife says the house is on fire" or you'll arrive home with the fire engines waiting and their captain for an explanation.

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      Gift Experts 7 years ago

      Kindle app!!

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      Hypnosis-books 7 years ago

      That's a great hub. Thanks!

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      susuanlulu 7 years ago

      I like Where Traveler.

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      JustinSterling 7 years ago

      Not the best iPhone apps, could have been a little better, some of them seem pretty useless to me as an avid user.

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      stevehtcyl 7 years ago

      @C.Stewart I hear ya, I keep mine to a minimum but I'm always so tempted to add more.

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      Runway 7 years ago from New York

      wow, thanks! I'll probably download one or 2 of these.

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      C. Stewart 7 years ago

      So many apps. I can't keep up.

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      md_azamkhan 7 years ago

      nice hub i got the info thanks

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      Ira Mann 7 years ago

      Thanks for the excellent information. There are so many apps it is hard to know which one will work best for you.

      Great Post!

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      FashionFame 7 years ago from California

      Wooooowww!! What an informative hub. I am not a tech person but i liked the information you shared.

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      Csjun89 7 years ago

      Woah, I've never seen all those apps before!

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      dev2art 7 years ago

      FaceMix is an app you will never get bored of as faces and friends around you will keep changing. With Face Mix you can use pictures from your photo library on the iPhone or take new pictures. The faces are split into six parts and shuffled to form a completely new face, that you have to remember and rebuild. Reconstructing these strange new faces is not as easy as you think. And it's fascinating to see what changing a pair of eyes can do to a face.

      You can also decide to only mix the faces and share these amazing new faces with your friends!

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      dgicre 7 years ago from USA

      Very well written! I am on the fence between the new iPhone 4 or the new Android 2.2 which comes out next month. Decisions, decisions...

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      openmicfinder 7 years ago

      For musicians who want to perform everyday of the week, there's nothing better than the OpenMicFinder+ app

      http://bit.ly/bRLbTL

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      jeanie.stecher 7 years ago from Seattle

      Nice tips here Iberken. Indeed these new applications will surely be of help for some businessmen who are fund of using gadgets as a way to ease up recording and reminders. Apple definitely has innovated into a lot since it gained popularity. Their products are just very helpful.

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      dave 7 years ago

      Aloha!!!

      excellent work Nossie!!!

      Greetings,

      Dave

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       7 years ago

      Nice hub man, keep up the good work

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      Martin V 7 years ago

      Great informative hub!

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      cubesz 7 years ago

      excellent hub. Very informative

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      Roger 7 years ago

      I don't really know what is the big hype on iphone but there are other phones with great platforms as well.

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      Anti-Matter 7 years ago from Canada

      Great hub, thanks for the solid information.

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      dealrocker 7 years ago from California

      It's your first hub! Great job, nice information. Joining your fanclub and would like to invite you to join mine. :)

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      reviewbloger 7 years ago

      that's really cool information.

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      reviewbloger 7 years ago

      cool information.I liked your choice of topic and writings.

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      domaincomebuy 7 years ago from Worldwide

      Thank you for your great hub, excellent!

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      dredhead117 7 years ago from Kissimmee FL

      As far as other useful apps go, Cloudbrowse is definitely worth scoping out. Works around that annoying lack of flash, and operates just like firefox.

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      domaincomebuy 7 years ago from Worldwide

      very insightful hub, thank you for your good explaination

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      crazykhan 7 years ago from Lahore

      great work

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      skmania1 7 years ago from Bangalore

      i gonna use it,,..now..

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      Ladybird33 7 years ago from Fabulous USA

      Great hub and I just linked this hub to mine on iphone apps. Thanks for the info!

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      Andrew0208 7 years ago from Zion

      Thanks for making these apps more clear regarding their usefulness especially the Launch pad and the Geo meter.

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      Denise K Zimmerma 7 years ago from Illinois

      Apple came out with one of the best products. I would love to get in on it and promote it, as an affiliate, the large print is what folks with eye problems need so they can see the larger prints. It makes it so much easier for them to do their research on the web.

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      lender3212000 7 years ago from Beverly Hills, CA

      That GEO Meter app looks great for hiking. I'll definitely have to download that one!

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      Abigail 7 years ago from Dallas, TX

      After reading this hub, I decided to try launchpad, and I love it. Thanks

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      domaincomebuy 7 years ago from Worldwide

      The information is really cool to me. Thanks! If you are interested to get a free trial of the iPhone 4G, also kindly check out my hub.

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      khmohsin 7 years ago

      wow.. that's really cool information.

      I personally like iPhone. do you know about the ipad's extreme features ?

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      FashionFame 7 years ago from California

      Nice hub!!Very informative and must read hub for every tech lover. I liked your choice of topic and writings. Joining your fan club for more of your writings and would like to invite you too.

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      writer83 7 years ago from Cyber Space

      Brilliant reearch :)

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      Derek D 7 years ago from United States

      Great job on your first Hub !!!!!

      Cell phones have evolved into miniature computers, it's really amazing how technology has evolved.

      These apps remind me of WP plug-ins, except for your cell. :)

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      NickSimpson 7 years ago from Jacksonville, Illinois

      Really cool apps, I'l be checking them out shortly. I just did the jailbreak on my iPhone so I have a lot of new stuff to be looking at, but always love some new software goodies!

      Nick

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      martycraigs 7 years ago

      Definitely a nice description of all these apps. I've been using Launch Pad since it was released and it's one of my favorite as well!

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      DVDtoquicktime 7 years ago

      Useful info, i will download for my iphone 3gs...

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      buzzbucks 7 years ago from India

      It was very nice information on Apple i-phone apps.I like this very much.And i have saved your hub.I will visit again for more hubs from you about mobile apps.And Thanks for sharing this great information..

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      CheapMobilePhones 7 years ago from UK

      Very neat explanation for the Applications pf iPhone.

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      save my system 7 years ago from United Kingdom - London

      Iphone is cool gadget and all those application make it more cooler as well as very much attractive. Launch pad is great application. It comes up with all required web sites handy and suits for business class. I rally appreciate your work of mentioning these web application for I-phone.