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I have 72 apps on my iPhone 6. I counted. I probably only use about 6 of those on a regular basis. However when it comes time to delete them, I can never bring myself to decide which ones stay and which ones go (who knows when you're going to need an app that makes it look like you're pouring a beer out of your phone, right?). 

But Apple has made a convincing argument for me to reassess the value of some of the apps that currently litter my phone to make room for some of the apps they consider the best of the year. 

Apple is known for very picky when they choose their apps of the year. The 25 they chose for 2015 range from health apps designed to guide you to your fitness goals, to ones that will simply allow you to make GIFs out of your cat with flying tacos in the background. Important stuff. 

So let's take a look at the apps Apple recommends you make room for on your phone right now.

#25 - Blue Apron. Blue Apron has a great idea. They plan your meals for you, and not only that, they send you the ingredients to make them. There is a monthly fee for the service, but even if you're a novice in the kitchen, they have how-to-videos and tips for you, so you can hone your cooking craft and then send smack talk cooking videos to Bobby Flay, if you have something personally against Bobby Flay. 

#24 Zova: The first fitness app on the list comes from Zova. It is a free app that lets you access more than 400 workouts that are designed by expert trainers. The workouts range in degree, so if you're in for an intense cardio workout or just a light yoga session, Zova has you covered. 

#23 Reuters TV: Video News: With 2,500 contributing reporters in 200 locations, Reuters Video allows you to watch live news feeds. It's an on-demand news app designed to fit your schedule and give you the stories you care about. I would be remiss if I didn't take this opportunity to remind you for all of your local news, you're going to want to download the KHQ Local News app, which for some reason didn't make the cut this year on Apple's list. but hey, Leonardo DiCaprio has been snubbed so many times by the academy and he still cool, so we're going the Leo route. 

#22 Pry: It's part book, part movie and part video game. An interactive reading experience, it is a work of fiction based on a demolition expert recently returned from the Gulf War. For $2.99, you can join in on the adventure. 

#21: Giphy Cam: I promised you an app featuring cats and flying tacos and this is it. But you're not just limited to cats and tacos. Giphy Cam allows you to choose filters and backgrounds, then record a video to make your own GIF (Sidenote: I have been pronouncing this as "GIF", with a hard G for years, but apparently it is pronounced "JIF" like the peanut butter, according to the guy who invented it anyway.) Giphy Cam is a free app. Have fun!

#20 Paper: Paper claims to be like a "wall of sticky notes without the wall." It's like a digital notepad. You can make charts, graphs, and presentations for your business, or just jot down what you need from the store. If you're a stand-up comic, write down a thought that you think is funny and later on when you can't remember why you thought it was funny, you can just throw that note away (digitally. don't actually throw away your phone.). Paper is free. 

#19 Wildcard: I thought this app was going to be random Charlie Kelly from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia tasks and dares. Maybe something like "Dare #1: Become a door-to-door gasoline salesman using a southern accent." It is not that, and if you don't understand the reference, you should be watching It's Always Sunny But nope. This app is another news feed app that curates content you care about. And by the way, if you care about local news, make sure you download the KHQ Local News app. I hear that's pretty good. 

#18 RefME: Remember back in college how much of a pain it was to have to cite your sources on a paper because your professors didn't share the loose definition of plagiarism that you did? I remember having a template to fill out and it seemed to take more time to write those than it did the paper. Well, with this app, citations and bibliographies are a breeze. You just scan the bar code of the booking your copying from... I mean, the book that sparked your original thought and creativity, and boom! You've got your citation! If that doesn't sell you and you like writing bibliographies, perhaps the fact that the app is free will entice you. 

#17 Spark Email: Perusing the internet, you're bound to sign up for some emails that you don't actually want to receive. And unsubscribing to emails is just so 2008, right? If you're one of the folks who has the number 10,876 next to your iPhone email icon, this might be for you. Spark Email filters the important messages and groups (work, family) from the ones that aren't so important (spam). It can also send you a notification when you receive emails deemed important. It is free. 

#16 Fit Men Cook - Healthy Recipes: Pretty simple here. If you like getting healthy recipes, at an affordable price, from men who are fit, look no further. You can look through videos and get support for the others using the app to meet your fitness goals. Pretty soon you'll be a fit man making apps and telling people how and what to eat. 

#15 Vee for Video: A video editing app, Vee for Video allows you to shooter, edit and share your videos in one app. You can add filters, slo-mo, transitions and so much more. I use it to really dissect videos of my bloodhound trying to catch snowballs. The app is $3.99

#14 Timeline - News in Context: Have you ever asked a co-worker if they heard about this awesome news story and they're like "yeah, that was three hours ago, dude." First, if it's a local story, you must not have the KHQ Local News app, and second, no one wants to be the person who has to catch up on a story, so Timeline solves your latecomer problem by including a historical timeline with each article that gets into the context behind a developing story. Timeline is free. 

#13 Jet: Jet calls itself the "ultimate shopping hack." Reorders, free shipping and returns on everyday items you need anyway, Jet is designed to turn built-in costs into opportunities to save you money. I don't know if it works. I still like to go to the store, but since I also don't like spending money, perhaps it's time to get with the times and order all of my stuff online so I never have to leave my house except to come to work and write articles. Come to think of it, I probably don't even need to come to work to do that. Looks like I'm living out my days in the confines of my house. See ya outside world! Oh, the app is free. Try it. 

#12 Tandem: Learning a new language and actually speaking it can be two different things. I learned Pig Latin, but didn't actually become uent-flay until-ay I oke-spay everyday-ay ith-way y-may ellow-fay udent-stays. If you're looking for people who actually speak the language you are trying to learn so you can practice with them, Tandem is you app. You can live chat with native speakers from around the world! And guess what? It's free! I'm not sure if Pig Latin is one of the languages, however. 

#11 Pacemaker: Winner of the App Store's Editor's Choice Award for two years running, Pacemaker let's you pick a song from iTunes or Spotify and then remixes it for you! So you can be like most other amateur DJs and let a computer remake someone else's music for you while you push a play button and pump out the jams with one half of your headphones between your ear and shoulder waiting to push the next button when the beat drops. I don't like remixes. But if you do, this app is free and worth experimenting on what it would do with some Simon and Garfunkel. 

#10 The Everything Machine: An app for your kids designed to bring out the engineer in them. It allows kids to use a simple visual programming language to control your iPhone's camera. They can make stop-motion videos, disguise their voice in case they want to make prank calls, I mean... actually I can't think of why a child would need to disguise their voice. But it's supposed to spark their imagination, so if that sounds like fun to you, it's $2.99. 

#9 Lark: Lark is another fitness app that helps you track you workouts and meals, but mixes in artificial intelligence and human experts to guide and motivate you. It has a texting interface so you feel like you're talking to a personal health coach. Though it apparently doesn't give you much more advice beyond health, like "instead of working out, which movie should I watch?" But it is free and if you like to have a little extra motivation to get you off the couch, give it a shot. 

#8 Darkroom: Darkroom is like a manual Instagram. Rather than rely on the app makers filters, you make your own! Sitting in an actual darkroom is not necessary, but if you have a red light you can you switch out with your normal one while creating the filter, it adds to the ambiance and makes you feel like a real old-timey photographer! Darkroom is free. 

#7 Hopper: If you like flying but hate having to sign away your first-born child to the airlines to buy a ticket (I subsequently owe my first 17 children to major airlines), then Hopper might be for you. As long as you are flexible on when you can fly, Hopper is an easy way to maximize your savings on flights. And the saving starts when you download the app because it's free!

#6 HBO Now: For $14.99 a month, you can have streaming access to all of HBO's original programming straight to your iPhone or iPad. So watch all the Game of Thrones, True Detective, Oz, and Eastbound and Down you'd like! The app is free, but as I said, it's going to cost you about $15 a month for the privilege. 

#5 Instagram: Can't go wrong with a classic. If you're looking for the best app to properly capture your dinner, dog, or duckface, Instagram still reigns supreme. 400 million people use the app, so if you don't, what are you waiting for! We all are dying to see digitally-filtered photos of your mac and cheese! 

#4 Workflow: This app is designed to skip the time-wasting tasks in your life. For instance if you have a calendar appointment, you can instruct your phone to call an Uber for that. It basically connects your apps together to automate things you do on your phone. Upload the last photo you took straight to Twitter without having to actually go spend the extra few seconds to go open the Twitter app. Those few seconds add up to saved time that you can spend on deciding which filter to use for that mac and cheese photo we talked about earlier. Get on it! The handiness of Workflow will cost you $2.99

#3 Robinhood: An app dedicated solely to Kevin Costner's performance as Robin Hood in 1991's Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves? No. This app is actually for investing. No-fee stock trading to be exact. It makes trading cheap, intuitive and mobile. Perhaps think about investing in the movie studio that green-lit Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves? Robinhood the app is free. 

#2 Enlight: Another editing app for photos. It's packed with tons of filters, presets, sketching tools and effects to bring your photos of mac and cheese to the next level. Seriously, post your mac and cheese photos. I just really like mac and cheese. Plain, with ketchup, maybe with some chili mixed in, chopped up hot dogs if you're looking to go all childhood with it. Enlight will take some amazing mac and cheese photos, and it will only cost you $3.99.

#1 Periscope: The number one app this year according to Apple is Periscope. You can have your own mini broadcasts by simply using Twitter. Make a newscast, make a TV show or just live broadcast yourself watching TV. People will apparently watch. Viewers of your broadcasts can interact by commenting during the stream, or just give it a like or favorite. So now everything in your life, however mundane, can be shared with the world and there is bound to be someone out there watching it. Enjoy! 

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