It took Apple a year after launching the original iPhone before it opened the App Store–and almost overnight it transformed a user-friendly-but-not-very-useful device into one of the great software platforms in history.
The App Store changed the way people get software, evened the playing field for small developers, and turned the iPhone into a digital Swiss Army Knife that could replace a fistful of tools–from cameras to radios to compasses to alarm clocks.
Among all of these great apps, there have naturally been some standouts that have made life better, given us new things we didn’t know we needed, and entertained us in lots of new ways. So let’s count down the top 10.
This is an interesting list if only because I disagree with all of it except #1, 2, and 4.