| Shazam it!
1) A Shazam-esque app for movies, TV, and photos.
There have been plenty of times when we've been at a bar or a friend's house or have seen a commercial and wondered, "What movie is this?" How Shazam works by listening to music and telling you the artist and song title should be easily translatable to things like movies and television shows. We'd also like the option to reverse-Google-image search photos—Google currently has that functionality on their site, but you have to upload the photo and it's nowhere near foolproof, as it looks for things based on the file name and what other people have said about the photo's contents. In a search for a piece of jewelry, all it showed us was different Pinterest boards, not the actual source of the photo or the artist who created the jewelry.
| A recipe finder app could make you into a gourmet chef.
2) A Recipe Finder
Similar to Shazam, this would work in the sense that you could take a photo of something you eat at a restaurant and it would find a recipe for the same dish for you. Granted, you can do this after you've left the restaurant if you remember the name of the meal, but taking a photo is so much easier.
| A thermometer app would be nice.
3) A thermometer
The iPhone can already tell us what the weather is like outside, and it can already tell us what our pulse is, so why can't it tell us what our body temperature is (and yes, we know that it's getting the weather information from nearby radars)? It would be perfect for quick reads to find out whether someone has a fever, especially on those mornings when your kids are "so sick" that they can't go to school.
| It would be convenient to be able to avoid awkward situations.
4) The "Ex Avoider"
With all of the location-based services out there, it would be nice if there was some way to keep tabs on someone in order to avoid them. For example, you type someone's phone number in, and it lets you know if you are about to head into the same place. Of course, there are a million flaws with this idea, most notably that it could be used with terrible ulterior motives (stalking) and that you'd need the person's permission to track their location.
| Buying someone a drink?
5)The "Buy Someone a Drink" App.
Similar to apps like GrubHub which let you order food and have it delivered all with the touch of a few buttons, this would work by typing in your order and a description of the person you wish to receive it. Say someone's had a rough day and you know they're headed out to their favorite happy hour spot. It might be fun to send in an order to the bartender that the woman with the red scarf or the man in the navy suit would like a gin and tonic or scotch and soda, without the other person realizing that someone else has bought their drink? You could use it to flirt with a fellow bar patron or just to treat a friend.
What apps do you wish existed?