The best iPhone apps to get you through the holidays

If the situation allows, you will most likely be visiting family or friends between the 23rd and the 27th this month.

While most of the time visiting will be a fun one, there's going to be moments that will make you wish to be distracted. Whether that's having to sit down and watch the soaps to see what Phil Mitchell is up to, or watching the 'comedy' of Mrs Browns Boys.

Which is why your smartphone or tablet will save the day, or the hour for you. From games to streaming apps, we've got you covered for your iOS device.

With that, here's four apps that can keep you occupied while Phil Mitchell serves another pint at the Queen Vic in 4K HDR10.


It's usually around December that a surprise game gets announced and released in weeks, and 2020 is no exception, in the form of 'Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords'.

Originally released in 2004, it's a game that's well-loved, especially by the Editor of this very site, and its now seeing a release on iPad and iPhone in time for the holidays.

Featuring an innovative story and RPG system, you are brought across different planets and force powers, which also makes for multiple endings.

On iPad and iPhone, it works with the trackpad and a controller if you have one, which is perfect if you want to use an evening to occupy your time instead of Mrs Browns Boys.

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In only a year, it's become one of the most popular streaming apps in the world, standing beside Netflix and Amazon Prime Video for fantastic, repeatable content.

Christmas is a time for nostalgia as well; you're allowed to look back, and Disney+ nails that brief with its content from Marvel, such as the nineties Spider-Man cartoon, or a Star Wars marathon.

However, while Disney announced a couple of weeks ago of their incredible projects that are in the works such as a 'Rogue Squadron' movie, the 'Ashoka' TV Series coming to the service, and much more, there's some documentaries which are perfect for a watch over Christmas.

Two spring to mind, 'Howard' and 'Waking Sleeping Beauty'. Both go into detail of the 'Renaissance' period from the late eighties to the late nineties, mainly thanks to the duo of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken.

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Genshin Impact

This is a game that surprised many in 2020. First seen as a 'Breath of the Wild' rip-off, it's been critically-acclaimed and featured in Apple's 'Best Of Apps' for this year.

It's an RPG where you can freely explore an open map called 'Teyvat', which contains powerful challenges that, if beaten, rewards the player with valuable resources and increases in their Adventure Rank, which unlocks more challenges quests and much more.

There's even a multiplayer mode that allows up to four players join in a co-op mode, where they can win challenges, and to add to this, it's crossplay, so someone with a Switch and an iPad can play with one another.

You can download it here from the App Store, but beware, it's one of those games that has the 'Just one more go' effect, so time your playthrough well.

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Apple Arcade

A year on, Apple's gaming subscription service has improved, and while it's still not able to rival Game Pass or PS Now, there's still a massive plethora of games to choose from over the holidays.

If you haven't tried it as yet, Apple offer a one-month free pass, so it's perfect to try out across December and past the new year.

Games worth a try are:

  • Sonic Racing
  • Frogger
  • Crossy Road Castle
  • What The Golf
  • Mini Motorways

There's plenty more to choose from; one only needs to go to the App Store, press the 'Arcade' tab and download as many as you want, storage-depending.

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