Forget blown-up iPhone 5 apps - these crackers have all been optimised for your shiny new device...
So you've had five months with your new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and by now you'll have noticed they have bigger screens. Great!
Except that most of the apps you own now scale themselves to the full size of the bigger display, making you feel like a tiny person with a gargantuan iPhone.
But don’t despair, because app developers are scurrying to make use of the improved screen size and power of the newer devices, combined with all the loveliness of iOS 8. The magic phrase you need to keep an eye out for on the App Store is “This app is optimised for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus”.
But before you dive into the murky depths of the App Store yourself, jump right to these 20 great apps, and get downloading. Because they’re all fantastic.
1. TRANSMIT IOS (£7.99)
Before now, file management on iOS was a major pain, and overly reliant on Dropbox, given that many apps integrated with it to some extent. With extensible Share sheets on iOS 8, however, the entire OS is opened up like never before.
Transmit brings the smarts from Panic’s OS X app to the iPhone, merges it with a beautiful and minimal interface, and also makes use of the iPhone 6 Plus in landscape by giving you a dual-pane view.
FTP, SFTP WebDAV, and S3 are supported, giving you the ability to use compatible apps to create your own virtual cloud storage in seconds.
2. SKY GUIDE (£1.99)
When it comes to stargazing with an iPhone, Sky Guide is unquestionably the most usable and beautiful app of its kind. The interface is elegant, and the app is packed full of information, enabling you to dig deep into the facts, or just meander about the night sky. It also takes full advantage of Apple’s latest kit: along with being fully optimised for new iPhones, a handy Today view Notification Center widget provides rise/set times for the sun, moon and planets.
3. TWITTERRIFIC 5 (£FREE)
Elegance is also the watchword of Twitterrific 5. While Tweetbot is awesomely powerful, Twitterrific has an unparalleled sense of design, with beautiful themes, typography and a lightness of touch that works perfectly with Apple’s larger iPhones.
That’s not to say it’s lacking in features, though: Twitterrific has live streaming, list management, gestural controls, filtering and muting, timeline sync, and more. It’s also a free download, with some affordable IAP available to those who want push notifications and no adverts.
4. MR. CRAB (£FREE)
If we’re honest, we never thought we’d be singing the praises of Mr. Crab as a must-have game for the iPhone 6, but here we are. This one-thumb platform game utilises Metal in iOS 8, making for a beautiful visual experience, and is also one of the very few games to properly reformat itself for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. It helps that it plays well, too, your leaping auto-running crab finding his way through increasingly complex and dizzying levels that are wrapped around gigantic poles.