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Revealed: 12 secret iPhone apps only Apple employees have access to

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 8:53PM EST
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There are nearly 1.3 million apps currently available in Apple’s iOS App Store. Spanning from media players, music streaming apps and mobile messaging solutions to email apps, calendars, news apps and everything in between, you can find an application to handle just about anything you can think of in the App Store. But there are some secret iPhone apps that are nowhere to be found in Apple’s on-device application portal because only Apple employees are allowed to use them.

And now, they have been revealed.

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They might not be as sleek as many of our favorite publicly available apps, but Apple employees have access to a number of secret iPhone applications that no one outside of Apple is allowed to use. These in-house apps have been kept secret for years, but over the years many of them have been revealed mainly from two sources.

Some secret apps have been uncovered by hackers digging through the code for Apple’s iOS software, and others have been found on test devices accidentally sent to customers by wireless carriers.

Business Insider put together a quick list of 12 secret in-house iPhone apps that aren’t quite a secret anymore.

The first is AppleConnect, which allows Apple workers to log into other apps using swipe patterns like you would see on an Android phone.

Next is The Daily Download, which is an internal digital Apple newspaper app that was first uncovered three years ago. Made for Apple employees by Apple employees, this app shares company news, industry news and more.

Tank is an old iOS game Apple built to demonstrate Game Kit capabilities, but you can only play it if you work at Apple.

Inferno is an app that Apple Store workers can install to test certain settings and functions on an iOS device, and it’s not accessible to the general public.

Want to see the rest of the apps on this list? Follow the link below in our source section for info on all 12 secret iPhone apps.

Zach Epstein
Zach Epstein Executive Editor

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content. Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment.

His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.