5 Sexy iPhone Apps for 2012

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) - After getting that new iPhone for Christmas, you'll want to download some sleek, sexy, new apps for the phone from Apple's ( AAPL) App Store.

The launch of the iPhone 4S in October helped boost demand for apps in late 2011, with over 1.2 billion apps downloaded between Christmas and New Year's Eve, according to research firm Flurry, a number which included Android and iOS apps.

Read on for more details of five of the sexiest iPhone apps for 2012:

Picture Jigsaw Puzzle

Released on December 12, Jigsaw puzzle has a number of different levels to choose from while you are putting together the puzzles.

The beginner level has 16 pieces, the enthusiast level has 25 pieces, and the semi-pro level has 36 pieces. In a departure from other puzzle games, this app lets you to take pictures you've taken with your iPhone, and make puzzles out of them.

There is a Pro-Level version of the game, offering a 72-piece puzzle.

Magic Guitar

The latest version of Magic Guitar, released on Dec. 14, has several new additions, including new songs and the ability to add vibrato to the guitar.

The app allows you to play a guitar without spending a fortune on an actual one. After downloading the app, your iPhone turns into a guitar. Beams of light will approach your fingers, and by pressing and holding them, you can hear each note. Shaking the phone brings new fun to playing the guitar.

There are plenty of your old favorites on the app, with songs by KISS, The Rolling Stones, Sublime, Lady GaGa, Santana, and others. You can even pick different guitar sounds, such as electric or acoustic if you prefer.

You can share the songs you've played on the app via social media, including Twitter, Facebook, and email.

Once you've mastered your new guitar, you get rewarded for playing. As you become better on the app (which was admittedly a little hard to get used to), you can unlock certain achievements, such as new songs and move towards the top of the points leader board.

Pet Shop Story

Released on Dec. 8, Pet Shop Story builds on the success of previous build-your-own shop games, and moving the genre into the pet store.

You can create a pet store with all of your favorite pets, or if you feel like it, create new species (I thought it was cool to create a flying dog by mixing a parakeet with a Labrador). The only limit to this app is your imagination.

You can visit your neighbors' pet stores and invite your Facebook friends to play along with you, as you build your menagerie.

The graphics are fairly good, although not as good as advertised, and there are updates every week with new types of pets, decorations and different ways to combine the pets.

Gun Assembler 3D Pro - Shooting Range

Everyone loves a first person shooter game, and there is nothing more personal than creating your own gun, adding attachments to it, and then going off to the shooting range to hit targets and score points.

Creating the gun was easy, as was shooting the targets. You can move around a full 360 degrees and zoom in and out to look at the gun in detail.

Shooting is almost a little too easy, as was keeping a high score, but the ability to add scopes and change specifications on the gun is something that will appeal to gun aficionados.

Forbidden Planet Store

Forbidden Planet might not be "sexy" in the conventional sense, more in the sense that "geek is chic." In case you were wondering, Forbidden Planet is the largest retailer in the world catering to science fiction, fantasy and cult entertainment fans.

The app allows you to directly purchase right from your iPhone, whether it be a action figure, book, comic, DVD, graphic novel or something else. The company is based in the UK, so everything is priced in pounds, but it has a wide variety of products if you're looking for that hard to find Alien figure, or Batman: Dark Knight comic.

You can also download exclusive content straight from the app, and it lets to scan a products bar-code to see if Forbidden Planet has it in stock. If you are based in London, you can also use the app to find the store closest to you.

-- Written by Chris Ciaccia in New York

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