These are the best apps to download if you own an iPhone X, iPhone XS, or iPhone XS Max

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Hollis Johnson

  • So, you just got a new iPhone X, XS, or XS Max. Congratulations!
  • Unless you’re coming from Android, this might be your first OLED smartphone.
  • OLED technology shows more colors and greater contrast compared to LCD screens, resulting in a more vivid experience.
  • Earlier this year, Apple put together a list of iOS apps that offer a “pure black mode,” which is one of the best ways to experience OLED technology.
  • The following list includes Apple’s own recommendations, as well as our own, so you can enjoy your iPhone’s “dark side.”

Reeder 3, an app for reading and sharing news stories

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Price: $4.99

Download it here.


Bear, an app for writing, note-taking, coding, and sketching

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Price: Free, with in-app purchases

Download it here.


Instapaper, an app for saving and reading news stories either online or offline

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Price: Free

Download it here.


Twitterrific 5, a highly customizable Twitter client

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Price: Free, with in-app purchases

Download it here.


Drafts 5, an app for writing, editing, and sharing text

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Price: Free, with in-app purchases

Download it here.


Calzy 3, a calculator app that can store and sync past calculations

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Price: $2.99

Download it here.


Just Press Record, an app for recording and transcribing audio into text

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Price: $4.99

Download it here.


Speedtest by Ookla, an app that can test your internet connection speed and consistency

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Price: Free, with in-app purchases

Download it here.


Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia

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Price: Free

Download it here.


Overcast, an app for searching, downloading, and playing podcasts

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Price: Free, with in-app purchases

Download it here.


Polarr Photo Editor, an app for enhancing, filtering, and editing photos

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Price: Free, with in-app purchases

Download it here.


Apollo for Reddit, a customizable app for browsing and enjoying Reddit

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Price: Free, with in-app purchases

Download it here.


Feedly, an app for organizing blogs, publications, YouTube channels, and other sources of news you like

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Price: Free

Download it here.


Anybuffer, an app for storing links, images, documents, and text to re-share later, whenever you need it

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Price: Free

Download it here.


Fiery Feeds: RSS Reader, an app for following the news and digging deeper into their sources

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Price: Free, with in-app purchases

Download it here.


Grocery – Smart Grocery List, an app for sorting and marking off items you need to buy

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Price: Free, with in-app purchases

Download it here.


Halide, a $6 app for taking and editing photos

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Price: $5.99

Download it here.


GoodTask 3, an app for organizing your to-dos

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Price: Free

Download it here.


Canary Mail, an app for managing and securing emails

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Price: $9.99

Download it here.


And if you’re ever looking for pure-black wallpapers for your OLED iPhone X, I highly recommend <a href=”https://www.reddit.com/r/Amoledbackgrounds/”target=”_blank”>the “AmoledBackgrounds” subreddit</a>.

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Reddit/GarvitMiglani

Just click on the link above, and browse and download away.

I recommend browsing this subreddit while you’re on your phone, so you can quickly save these photos and try them out as wallpapers. I’d also recommend sorting the site by “Top,” either by month or all-time, to see the very best OLED wallpapers ever posted to the subreddit.

(You get bonus points if you’re using the Apollo app for Reddit, which has a pure-black mode, to browse the AmoledBackgrounds subreddit.)