Few iPhone apps can claim to potentially save your life, but that’s the raison d’etre of Awareness! The Headphone App.
It’s a simple but marvellous idea: an app that monitors the sounds around you while you listen to music, and automatically drops the volume when that ambient noise gets loud.
Examples? Drivers beeping you, people shouting at you, and – less life-threateningly – conversations. It works with all kinds of headphones, although it does require the mic to be on display, either your iPhone’s or an inline mic on your headphones. Simple to set up, it’s one of the most useful apps we’ve seen this year.
Rating: 5 out of 5
Platform iPhone Price £1.79