It’s not hard to find great lists of the best apps to load into your iPhone and iPad, if you want to load up on crowd favorites such as Facebook, Instagram or Spotify. But the App Store conceals a wealth of apps that might not have gotten any widespread accolades.
With the iPhone 7 on its way, we thought we’d sift through the App Store to bring you more hidden gems — apps that don’t always make the “Best Of” lists, but deliver fantastic utility or interesting new features to your iPhone or iPad.
Patronus (Free, in-app purchases)
Patronus is a personal security app that provides location sharing as well as an enhanced mobile 911 service that helps dispatchers locate you immediately based on your mobile phone’s GPS sensors. An “On My Way” feature allows users to share their location and destination with contacts so they can watch your progress on a map link; when you arrive, the app sends a message to confirm your arrival and shuts off location sharing. Patronus’s standout feature is its enhanced 911 system, which assists in forwarding your location to 911 (rather than having to rely on less precise cell towers), or displays your exact location to easily notify the dispatcher. In addition, trusted contacts are automatically notified of your emergency calls. Lockscreen support, notification widgets and Apple Watch support let you quickly shoot out an emergency call even on a locked phone.
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