Fall is the best time for adding new and updated apps onto your iPhone. It's the time of year when the latest version of the iPhone is released, as well as when consumers decide to upgrade and buy new phones for the holidays. Application developers know this and time the launch of their best new features accordingly.

The latest version of the iPhone operating system, iOS 8, was launched in September and major fixes were addressed in the October update. So, now is the perfect time to check out new and updated apps that take advantage of new features on the iPhone 6 and iOS 8 like the larger Retina HD screen, extensions, and custom keyboards, just to name a few. Here are a few of our favorites:

1. 1Password

This iPhone app solves the problem of both creating passwords that are strong enough to protect you and keeping up with all of the passwords you have to manage. 1Password generates long, complex passwords for all of your sites and apps but lets you create just one universal password of your choice to access them.

There are a couple of great updates for iOS 8. One is the integration of Touch ID. Now you can just use your unique fingerprint to access all of your passwords. Even better is that the app is now free. There are still advanced features that you can only access through the Pro version that comes with a subscription, but the basic features are now free. The updated version also allows extension from the mobile environment to the desktop, which is a big breakthrough for iOS 8 in general and one many app updates have taken advantage of.

2. Flipora

The iPhone app for the content discovery service, which has more than 34 million users is beautifully designed and is a great way to start your day. Flipora automatically learns what you like and helps you discover fresh and popular content on topics you care about. The highly visual feed of personalized content recommendations makes great use of the larger and gorgeous new Retina HD display on the iPhone 6 and 6 plus.

You can follow all your favorite interests, create new ones and connect with other users who share your interests. The app uses advanced machine learning to predict what you're likely to be interested in and suggests content that's relevant and timely. It constantly learns what you like the more you use it, which means the recommendations get better over time. It's also one of the top drivers of traffic to third party sites and is a great way for publishers to receive highly targeted traffic from an engaged audience.

3. Swype

Swype is one of several iPhone apps that create custom virtual keyboards to make text input on your iPhone faster and easier. Even before the iOS 8 update, it had been downloaded more than a million times, and with Apple's expanded customization features Swype offers even greater functionality. The ability to input by just dragging your finger and next word predictions are just two of the ways Swype's updated app will make interaction with your phone even easier. It also offers a more expanded set of customization options for its keyboard than other virtual keyboard apps.

The app has been more popular on Android--with 250 million users, primarily millennials--but these new iOS 8 updates should see it become much more popular in the Apple App Store.

4. Pinterest

This iPhone app allows you to bookmark and aggregate in one place all of the images that spark your interest. You can create your own digital image boards to collect what's important to you, and you can also follow other users' boards as an additional source of inspiration.

Pinterest is already very popular, with 70 million users. While the iOS update to the iPhone app primarily centers around extensions, this one new feature is a big deal. It takes advantage of iOS 8's new extension capability. So, if you see something you like while browsing on mobile Safari you can pin it via the new pin it button that can be added to mobile Safari's share screen. The pin it button is now always just a tap away while browsing on your phone with your pin waiting for you next time you open the app.

These are just a few of our favorite apps for Fall 2014. They are a good cross section of discovery, connection, protection, ease of use and inspiration. If you want to keep your new downloads to a minimum of essential apps, we think this list is a great place to start.

Published on: Nov 25, 2014