For finding nearby points of interest, Yelp (free in the App Store) is a must-have. Use the websites app to read reviews of restaurants, bars, museums and attractions, shops, salons, coffee shops, dentists officesyou name it. If you have a Yelp account, you can check in to a location and post reviews or photos straight from the app. Yelp lets you bookmark hotspots to investigate later, and you can also connect with other Yelp users and follow their check-ins.
Zite (free in the App Store) surveys your Facebook and Twitter feeds to pull together stories on topics that the app thinks will interest you, and it stands out from the rest of the news-aggregator crowd thanks to an elegant design. The app also learns your preferences through remembering the stories you consume and which stories you rate with a thumbs-up or thumbs-down. The latest version of Zite shows off a refreshed interface that makes the app much more fluid to navigate, and its Explore feature introduces you to new content. Plenty of apps promise a similar experience, but Zite delicately balances personalized content with top-notch design.
If youre one of the 1 billion people who use Facebook, you should download Facebook for iOS (free in the App Store). The app presents your News Feed posts in an easily scrollable, well, feed. Tap a post to view Likes and Comments (which are hidden by default), or add a Like or Comment of your own. Three buttons on the top let you quickly update your status, post a photo, or check in to a location. You can see which friends of yours are active by tapping the icon in the top-right corner (or by swiping to the left), and you can access your own profile, Favorites, Pages, Groups, and other settings by tapping the icon in the top-left corner (or by swiping to the right). If you always want to stay in the Facebook loop, enable Push Notifications to have your iPhone ping you when your friends share content with you.