From a stargazing app to a math problem solver, our favorite iOS education apps can keep you sharp and competitive. You can learn a foreign -- or programming -- language, expand your scientific knowledge,more
From a stargazing app to a math problem solver, our favorite iOS education apps can keep you sharp and competitive. You can learn a foreign -- or programming -- language, expand your scientific knowledge, and improve cognitive function right on your iPhone or iPad.
The best way to learn a new language is immersion. Duolingo, featuring fun and engaging lessons in 23 languages, is the next best thing to a month abroad -- and far more affordable. (Free with in-app purchases.)
Don't know much about trigonometry? No problem! Open the Photomath app, point your phone at your math problem, and get the answer with all the detailed steps to get there, so you can solve it yourself next time. PhotoMath also helps solve algebra, geometry, and calculus problems. (Free with in-app purchases.)
Why read about the stars when you can learn about them IRL? Star Walk takes you on a celestial stroll through the night's sky. Just point your phone up to the sky, and get the low-down on all the stars and planets up high. Duran Duran's keyboardist Nick Rhodes says he can't get enough of it. ($4.99)
Make sense of the enigmatic Periodic Table with the free Periodic Table app. Tap any element for detailed info and podcasts and videos that bring them to life.
Learn virtually anything on the Khan Academy app, which features over 10k videos, interactive exercises, and in-depth articles on math, science, economics, and the humanities -- all for free.
Lumosity is a gaming app dedicated to improving cognitive function, based on the science of neuroplasticity. With 46 fun yet challenging games, Lumosity promises to increase users' cognitive speed, memory, attention, flexibility, and problem-solving abilities. The free version includes only a handful of games. For $15 per month, you get total access, as well as detailed graphs charting your Brain Performance Index, your progress, and how you compare with others. Check out what Lumosity founder Michael Scanlon, actor David Alan Basche, and reality star Tribble Reese told Download.com about Lumosity. (Free with in-app purchases.)
If you haven't mastered English spelling, punctuation, and syntax, then you'd do well to start with Murphy's English Grammar in Use. Suitable for Intermediate-level users, the app is free to start, but costs if you hope to advance through all 145 units.
These days, the language of choice is code. If you aspire to someday develop iPhone apps, then Apple's Swift is the programming language of choice. Start at the basics with the free Swifty: Learn to Code Tutorials, and start to develop your fluency in no time.