Consumers have been lining up worldwide to buy Apple’s new iPhones, even braving a typhoon in Japan.
The new phones are also running on new software, the iOS 7 operating system. If you are among the 9 million people who bought a new iPhone 5S or 5C during the first weekend of sales, or have just updated your old device’s software, you will want to try some new apps that make the most of the new capabilities.
Infinity Blade III
$7 on iOS
One of the best tests for the new iPhones is the graphically intensive game Infinity Blade III. It’s a 3-D fantasy-battle game in which you fight your way through a mystical world, slashing with a sword controlled by finger swipes.
The game is exciting, and the graphics are its most impressive feature. They are highly detailed and are about the same quality as graphics on a gaming PC a few years ago. Infinity Blade III’s battles are a little repetitive, but the game is remarkable enough to warrant its $7 price.
$1 on iOS
Testing the new smartphones’ camera is also a must.
But no matter how good the camera is, there’s always room for improvement.
A cool photo-effects app is TiltShiftGen 2, which adds a special distortion to a photograph so it looks like an image of a miniature or model, instead of a photo of the real world.
The app looks great on iOS 7, and the controls are all simple, with intuitive gestures.
TiltShiftGen is just $1.
Free on iOS
Apple’s own music-playing app is built into iOS, but for a different experience, try checking out the free Soundwave app.
This app is about discovering new music via a social network.
For example, it can show music that your Facebook friends have played recently.
More exciting is the “music map” feature, where you draw a circle on a map of your current location and the app tells you what people are listening to in that area.
You can even hear snippets of music, so you can decide if you’d like to buy it later.
Finally, remember to check out the “near me” tab in Apple’s App Store app, which may uncover many more cool new apps that people nearby have downloaded.
Kit Eaton writes on technology for The New York Times.