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Best iPhone apps of 2020

The best iPhone apps have changed the way we communicate, watch TV and play games.

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TikTok channel with hundreds of thousands of followers now), and the CNET staff believed they deserved recognition. Without further ado, here are the best iPhone apps of the year. 

Read more: 25 apps that defined the decade

Spectre Camera

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Spectre

In December 2019, Apple awarded the AI photography app download Spectre in the App Store on iOS 11 or later for $2.99 (£2.99, AU$4.49). 

Read also: iPhone app of the year Spectre Camera uses AI to take photos that usually require a DSLR 

TikTok 

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TikTok is a social video app where you can watch people lip-syncing or dancing to songs, or create videos of yourself doing the same. While it was released in 2016, last year was when TikTok truly went mainstream: In November 2019, the app surpassed download TikTok for free in the App Store. It's also available for Android. 

Read more: TikTok: What it is and how to use it to possibly achieve internet fame

Apple Arcade games

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Apple introduced its gaming subscription service subscribe to Apple Arcade for $4.99 (£4.99, AU$7.99) a month in the App Store, and download games from there. 

Read more: Apple Arcade updated: The full list of games

Disney Plus 

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subscribe to Disney Plus for $6.99 (AU$8.99) a month -- or iOS and Android. (It's not yet available in the UK.)

Read more: Disney Plus: Everything to know about Disney's new streaming service 

Apple TV 

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The Apple TV app has been a hub for movies and TV shows for a couple years, but got a online or in Apple's TV app in the App Store. 

Read more: Apple TV Plus: How to sign up and everything else to know

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite

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In 2019, download Harry Potter: Wizards Unite for free in the App Store, though it does include in-app purchases. 

Read more: How to play Harry Potter: Wizards Unite

Craigslist 

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Craigslist

Online classified ads site Craigslist has been around since 1995, but crazily enough, it didn't get an iOS app until December of 2019. The app has a simple, nonfussy interface that's reminiscent of the website version, where you can search for everything from jobs to furniture to cars to purchase. The app currently has 4 out of 5 stars and more than 150 ratings in the App Store.

You can download Craigslist free in the App Store. 

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Originally published last year. Updated periodically with new recommendations.