5 Uncommon IOS Apps You Need To Have In Your Arsenal

As a self-proclaimed tech geek, I need to fulfill my desires of tinkering with ios app store on a regular basis. I will go to to the app store and scout for an app I have never used before and maybe would never have if not for this habit. A blessing in disguise, I came across a lot of gems and once started using, got hooked. Now I have these 5 uncommon IOS (Iphone/Ipad) apps in my arsenal of productivity.

This list is for all those people who, in some way or other, are trying to get organized and productive. Be it as a blogger, as a business man, as a student or even as an employee. Some may say there are better apps than the ones listed here.

I have omitted apps which are now famous for the functionality they can provide like “Evernote” or “Wordpress” as they are now almost everyone’s recommendations.

As a test, I suggested these apps to a lot of people in my workplace and relatives. They have reciprocated the feeling. So Why not share these gems with friends.

In case you use android then you can look at “5 Uncommon Android apps You Need to Have In Your Arsenal“.

5 Uncommon IOS Apps You Need To Have In Your Arsenal

The links to IOS apps below are affiliate links. This means that if you choose to click on the links and make a purchase, I will earn a small commission. This commission comes at no additional cost to you. Rest assured all these apps have been tried and tested by me extensively. I will never recommend something that I have not used myself.

1.GoodReader – PDF Reader, Annotator and File Manager

Goodreader 5 Uncommon IOS Apps You Need To Have In Your Arsenal

by Good.iWare

Genre: Productivity

   Why it is a good app:

Claimed as swiss army knife of IOS, I agree with this claim. If you are an IOS user then you know the pains one has to go through to transfer a file from somewhere on your IOS device. Goodreader steps in here like a superhero to save the day.

  1. File Transfer: Files to and from your computer (using the local network ) and from online servers like OneDrive, Dropbox, etc. You can connect even Mail servers like Gmail, Yahoo, etc.
  2. A File Management system: Store and manage your files stacked in custom folders. Move them from one to another, rename, copy, compress files or complete folders, etc.
  3. Read or View almost all popular media file types in the app itself. For, e.g., Pdf, all MsOffice docs, HTML, Images, Audio files, Videos files, etc.
  4. Save In Other Apps: Cool option to open the files in the other apps on your device. For, e.g., You can copy a pdf file to our iBooks app and read it there.
  5. PDF Editing: this is one of the coolest features of Goodreader. I have almost stopped using iBooks for reading my pdf books. You can do everything a PDF editor allows you to do from this app itself. Draw on PDF, Highlight text, Sign Documents, Crop page, Insert, delete, rotate pages, split or merge pdfs and extract pages and email them.


It comes in two versions

  1. GoodReader: for regular user (like me) Priced at $4.99
  2. GoodReader for Good: This release is for “Good For Enterprise” users. So some features may not be relevant for you. Although it is free, I would still recommend using the other version.

2. MailMag

MailMag 5 Uncommon IOS Apps You Need To Have In Your Arsenal

by MailMag

Genre: Productivity

Why it is a good app:

It’s an email app with a twist: A magazine of all your emails. You just have to connect your email account. Gmail, Yahoo, iCloud, Outlook or any other kind of email account. That’s where the standard ends and excellent begins. You have the screen showing “Magazines” like Attachment, Flagged, Inbox, Rescheduled, Social, etc. AND you can create your custom Magazines WITH great inbuilt covers OR photos from your image library. The Attachment magazine will have all the emails listed with attached files in them displaying the names of the files.

I found it pretty useful sorting out my gmail account with all the subscription emails. Just added a custom magazine for the sender and now I have all emails from that sender in front of me as magazine pages. How cool is that?


It’s available in both iphone and iPad version. Sadly it seems that the developer has abandoned the app as I could not find any update related to this app after 29th March 2015. There is no news of the app on any social media account associated with this app after 21st Aug 2014.

3. MindNode – Delightful Mind Mapping

mindnode 5 Uncommon IOS Apps You Need To Have In Your Arsenal

by IdeasOnCanvas GmbH

Genre: Productivity

What Is a Mind Map?

Mindnode is an IOS app for making mind maps. If you don’t know what mind maps are, you should go straight to Google after reading this article (and commenting and sharing it).

For starters here’s what Wikipedia says about Mind Maps

“A mind map is a diagram used to represent words, ideas, tasks, or other items linked to and arranged radially around a central key word or idea. Mind maps are used to generate, visualize, structure, and classify ideas, and as an aid in study, organization, problem-solving, decision making, and writing.”

Why it is a good app:

Mind Node is the perfect visual tool of creating a mind map. What I like about this app is:

  1. The nodes  ( your actual ideas ) can be written down in 5 different ways like a box, cloud, etc.
  2. You can choose the colors you want to give to Node or Link individually as well.
  3. There are themes available for the type of mind map you want to create, and it’s switchable.
  4. There is an “Outline” view available which lets you see you entire mind map in a list view with the connecting lines.
  5. You can pinch zoom in or out to change your field of view.


There are two different versions available for Mindnode

  1. Iphone/Ipad version priced at $ 9.99.
  2. Mac version priced at $ 29.99

My initial thinking work is done using an Ipad version. Although a little pricey, it’s totally worth every single penny.  I tried and rejected almost ten different mind map applications before finalizing on this tool.

4. Tide – Pomodoro Technique Timer & White Noise

Tide Pomodoro 5 Uncommon IOS Apps You Need To Have In Your Arsenal

by Yaojia Lv

Genre: Health & Fitness

Why it is a good app:

Pomodoro is one of the greatest productivity techniques out there. I have mentioned a bit about in detail on this method in Point no. 5 in here . There are many applications available in the app store for Pomodoro in both vanilla format or with fancy options. Tide Pomodoro is my third app after trying others for a while.  What I like about this app is:

  1. It’s a straightforward and beautiful app with no unwanted distractions on the screen. Just tapping the screen will start or pause the timer.
  2. There are five different ambiances available for you. The white noise in the background will change according to your choice. There is also an option to control the volume or switch off the white noise.
  3. Get sounds of Rain, Forest, a Café or some peaceful music to go with your choice to help you concentrate.
  4. There is an “Immersive” mode in the app. Pause by tapping is disabled in this mode and exiting will means failure of focus.
  5. Timing sequences, sessions, auto switch, etc. all are configurable.


There is only one version available for IOS devices, and it’s Completely FREE. So what’s stopping you now? Oh if you are still wondering whats this is all about, go check out point number 5 in this post.

5. Unroll.Me

Unroll 5 Uncommon IOS Apps You Need To Have In Your Arsenal

by Unroll.Me

Genre: Productivity

Why it is a good app:

This is probably the best app advice you can get from anyone (including me). It is an app where you connect your email account. It will go through your archives and make a list of all the subscriptions you have. Now you have two options on how to handle them. You can either unsubscribe or Roll them up in one single email you receive daily as a digest.

 What is the use of this app? When I linked my primary Gmail account, I was subscribed to almost over 150 lists. No wonder I was getting 30+ emails on a daily basis. The overview option helped me roll many of them in one single digest. Now my daily emails are down to 10 and rest I get in a digest.


The Best Part about this app is that it’s totally free. There are two versions available.

  1. Web version
  2. Iphone App version.

All these app recommendations come after thorough usage and testing. I am sure these apps will help you in one way or another. If you do find them useful, don’t be shy and drop a comment below. I would love to hear about any other uncommon apps you use.
And as always “Let Your Thoughts Roar!!!”


  1. It’s always good to know some good apps. This blog post is good because then I don’t have to search them all myself =) http://www.sofarsosabine.com

  2. The apps you’ve mentioned are really uncommon. This is the first time I’ve heard about these which is really good. Anyway, I found MindNode to be super interesting since I heard that mind mapping is particularly useful in a lot of situations. Too bad it isn’t free. Meanwhile, I might try the Tide app since it’s free. I just don’t know what to expect though even if you’ve described it. I don’t have the slightest idea about the pomodoro technique.

  3. I do have the pdf reader but I must admit I haven’t tried the other ones you talked about here but thanks for sharing this article.

  4. I am a little bit obsessed by apps for the moment haha ! Thanks to your post I just download the Mindnote app and I love it 🙂 I am always full of ideas for work, projects and my personal life 🙂

  5. I had no idea these apps existed. I may look into the email magazine one.

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  6. I can honestly say I haven’t heard of any of these apps, so thank you for bringing them to my attention and going into such great detail. I could definitely be doing with mailmag, might download it tonight.

  7. Love this post, Deffo going to try out a few and the mind map one sounds like one I need thanks for the suggestions xx

  8. This is hands-down the best article with app suggestions I have ever seen! You totally save the day (especially with the Good Reader recommendation) and I cannot thank you enough!

  9. Already starting to use Unroll.Me. Thanks so much for the suggestion!!

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