Utilities Apps

From alarm clocks to flashlights, utilities are some of the most useful apps in the App Store. For a list of our favorites, check out AppCraver’s Editor Picks of the Best Utilities for iPhone and iPad, or read on for breaking news and reviews of utility applications from the App Store.


Buy Headset on the App Store

Headset App Makes for an Inexpensive and Handy Alternative Wireless Headset

With the ever-growing list of practical applications for iPhone users that allow your iPhone to become an all-in-one device, sorting out the good from the bad is the only rub. While you may not have been looking for a way to turn your iPhone into a wireless headset, Shape Services' Headset is an app that does just that.

Typograffit Puts a New Twist on Text

Graffit, LLC, developer of Typograffit, has dubbed its iPhone/iPod touch app a “visual communication toy," and like most toys, it's big fun. Think of one of those crime-caper movie ransom notes composed of letters cut from newspapers and magazines and you get the general idea.

Buy Night Recorder on the App Store

Night Recorder Useful as Sleep Aide, Spy Tool

There are plenty of apps that make voice recordings. But Night Recorder is a unique tool in its ability to record noises in the room not only while it is running but even if your iPhone/iPod touch is on standby.

MusiDash Steers Users to a New Music Player Experience

Is your standard iPod music player running on empty? Check out MusiDash, a creative looking music player that displays in the form of a car dashboard and provides three at-a-glance information readouts.

Mail Notifier: Push Notifications for All Your Email Accounts

I'm always amazed when a new app fits so seamlessly into my routine that it's as if it has always been there. That's the case with Mail Notifier from Enflick. The productivity app provides push notification of email and it works beautifully with Windows Live (Hotmail), AOL, Gmail and any IMAP account.

Buy Doodle Clock on the App Store

Doodle Clock - Clock-a-Doodle-do!

Though there are several different clock apps available for iPhone, it’s actually kind of daunting to browse the app store for a useful alarm clock app. At least that has been my experience.

Picto-Mail: Can You See Me Now?

Picto-Mail: Can You See Me Now?

Picto-Mail — Emoji are all the rage, but not everyone has the ability to see the miniature pictograms. Sure there are plenty of apps to unlock emoji on your iPhone, but what about your non-iPhone buddies?

Buy ICEcare on the App Store

ICEcare: Comprehensive Emergency Contact and Preparedness Information

ICEcare - By now we've all received the email about ICE — In Case of Emergency. The chain email has been circling the globe for years encouraging cell phone users to create an entry called ICE so that paramedics or hospital staff will know who to contact in case of emergency.

Smart Alarm

Smart Alarm

Smart Alarm — Despite it's name, Smart Alarm, from Mobile App Center, is more than a simple alarm clock app — it's also a weather detector and a news and stock ticker. The idea is that this app will pleasantly wake you up in the morning with a dash of weather, a squib of news and a line or two about whether your stocks are flying or frying.

Buy Knot Guide (100+ knots) on the App Store

Knot Guide Serves Well in a Hitch or Pinch

Knots are a lot like people: Some are stable; others are tight when everyone else is loose; and some always can be relied on in a hitch or a pinch. Some can even be handsome, although only a knot connoisseur probably thinks so.

Buy JumiCam Webcam streamer on the App Store

JumiCam Adds to the Line-up of Apps for At-Home Streaming Video

JumiCam, from Jumi, is one of several utilities in the App Store capable of streaming video from a Web cam to the iPhone (via Wi-Fi, 3G or EDGE) and to iPod touch (via Wi-Fi only). Home-oriented Web cam apps like JumiCam require your installing a video server (invariably free) on your PC.

Emergency Radio Vs. Police Scanner: Cops Unedited

Emergency Radio Vs. Police Scanner: Cops Unedited

1 Adam 12 see the woman at 1242 Hauser St. prowler complaint. Handle this call code 2; And so began my fascination with police shows and police radio jargon. Shortly thereafter I was listening intently to my father’s police scanner of the happenings all over southern California.

Lose Your Phone, Get it Back, Maybe

Lose Your Phone, Get it Back, Maybe

I’m too paranoid to store anything vaguely sensitive on my iPhone. Where I draw the line is, “If I can’t afford to lose it, it does not live on my device.” It’s a bit irrational I know, when you consider that I could just as easily lose my wallet. Let’s just say, I have my quirks and you have yours.

i-c-LiveCams (IP/PTZ Webcam Streaming Video)

Apps such as i-c-LiveCams (IP/PTZ Webcam Streaming Video) from Barry Egerter appeal to the voyeurs in all of us. This nifty little app enables anyone to view streaming video over Web cams —yours or someone else's — over any Wi-Fi and Internet connection.

RedLaser Scans Barcodes but Still Needs to be Steadier to be Readier

RedLaser, a barcode scanner for your iPhone, seems like a great idea in principle, but it practice, its uses are far and few. What Occipital, the developer of RedLaser, intends is for you to be able to take a snapshot of a barcode, upload the image to a database where the captured barcode is deciphered and returned to you as a list of item descriptions and prices.