iPhone 5 Apps on a Bigger ScreenNow that you’ve gotten your hands on the brand new Apple iPhone 5, you probably want to find some great iPhone 5 apps that take advantage of that bigger 4-inch display. While the width is the same as the iPhone 4S, the new iPhone 5 display is taller. This changes both the pixel count and the aspect ratio.

Whereas Android apps have to be coded to fit a wide variety of screen resolutions and aspect ratios, that’s not really the case with iOS apps. Developers mostly have to deal with just the regular iPhone size, the Retina Display, and the iPad size. Now, they’ve had to go back and update their apps to use the taller screen of the iPhone 5. Not everyone has done it, of course, but we’ve gathered together seven of the best apps that are taking advantage of iOS6, the iPhone 5, and the bigger screen.

Minecraft – Pocket Edition

Minecraft for iPhone

Minecraft for iPhone

iTunes App Store: $6.99

I grew up building all sorts of different things with LEGO and Minecraft was created to capture that same sense of imagination and endless possibility. You don’t need to restrict yourself to your computer either, because the Pocket Edition of Minecraft lets you build your masterpieces while on the go.

Pocket

Pocket iPhone 5 App

Pocket iPhone 5 App

iTunes App Store: Free

Formerly known as Read It Later, Pocket is one of the best apps out there for keeping your reading lists organized. Save articles, videos, and web content for offline reading from your browser or mobile device. Be sure to try some of the awesome tricks that you can do with Pocket too, making it arguably an even better “PVR for the web” than Instapaper.

NYTimes for iPhone

The New York Times Mobile

The New York Times Mobile

iTunes App Store: Free

The good news is that the app for the New York Times is free. The catch is that you will need to pay for a subscription to the popular newspaper if you want to read it in digital form on your iPhone 5. You get to try a digital subscription for free for the first week and then it is $34.99 per month after that. This digital subscription can be used on your iPad too.

Flipboard

Flipboard App for iPhone 5

Flipboard App for iPhone 5

iTunes App Store: Free

There’s a reason why Flipboard is consistently rated as one of the best iPhone 5 apps and, indeed one of the best mobile apps out there today. You can use it for all your social media management, displaying content from Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Google+, Flickr, Instagram, 500px, Tumblr and more, all in a visually-appealing tile-styled layout.

Infinity Blade II

Infinity Blade II Game for iOS

Infinity Blade II Game for iOS

iTunes App Store: $2.99

Award the IGN Mobile Game of the Year in 2011, Infinity Blade II could easily pass itself off as a “real” console game if it were not for the fact that it’s being offered on mobile iDevices. As far as iPhone 5 apps go, this one probably didn’t need the extra screen real estate, but it sure doesn’t hurt to see some more of that intense gaming action. This 3D combat is pretty intense!

Facebook

Facebook iOS App

Facebook iOS App

iTunes App Store: Free

You knew that Mark Zuckerberg and his team at the world’s largest and most popular social network had to jump all over the bigger screen, right? The updated app lets you see more of the news feed at any given time, to be sure, but they’ve also made scrolling faster and photos can open and close faster with one downward swipe too. Strangely, there is still no “share” option in the mobile app, so you’re left with only liking or commenting on your friends’ posts.

Kindle

Kindle App for iPhone

Kindle App for iPhone

iTunes App Store: Free

This is one of the iPhone 5 apps that really benefits from having a bigger screen, because it means more of your e-book is being shown to you at any given time. I’m not personally a fan of reading e-books on smartphones — I think something in the Nexus 7-sized range is more appropriate — but four inches of Retina will certainly do here for iPeople who don’t have iPads.

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