It’s no secret that many of us would be lost without our favourite apps, allowing us to order food, taxis and find anything we want on demand.
But product designer Soren Iverson has taken these to the next level, sharing fake extra features that some may secretly wish were real.
From LinkedIn nepo baby warnings to ‘dad’ alerts on Instagram, Mr Iverson posts a new hilarious idea everyday for thousands of amused Twitter fans.
No stone has been left unturned in his creations, with many likely to polarise readers between disgust and agreeance.
So let’s see what you think. MailOnline has pulled together a collection of Mr Iverson’s wackiest app ideas to date.
Mr Iverson has thought up a nepo baby alert for LinkedIn – making it clear which candidates have gotten ahead in the industry thanks to successful connections and relatives
Product designer Soren Iverson (pictured) has thought up numerous fake app features
LinkedIn nepo babies
Whether it’s Miley Cyrus or your sister’s best friend, it’s likely you’ve come across someone that has got ahead thanks to the influence of successful relatives.
But – rightly or wrongly – it’s not currently easy to identify the so-called nepo babies in a crowd of applicants.
That’s why Mr Iverson has thought up a nepotism disclosure for LinkedIn flagging the relationships between people in the industry.
While this may be switched off for premium services, Mr Iverson suggests it could make the playing field fairer for job applicants.
In his newsletter, he wrote: ‘For better or worse, nepotism isn’t going anywhere. I’ve personally witnessed executives bring in family members or friends into roles other people worked for years to get.’
Dad Instagram warnings
It’s not unusual to receive randomly bizarre direct messages from someone you’ve never clapped eyes on.
In the past month we’ve seen a flood of SHEIN scams on Instagram, with thousands of users bombarded with bot messages.
Others have received unsolicited nude pictures and even abusive messages.
So what if Instagram had a feature to help moderate inboxes and scare unwanted attention away?
This warning system could alert potential messengers that all chats are screened by dads
Last week, Mr Iverson pitched a ‘dad’ warning system for the platform, alerting potential messengers that all chats are overlooked by parents.
While the designer admitted this would create a lot of tension, there’s no doubt that users would think again before sending a strange message.
He added: ‘Regardless, people are unhinged and thus will send others insane things via DM. This is especially true for single women out there who deal with this the most.’
Google Maps temptations
Directing users to food shops, petrol stations and post offices are among the numerous functions of Google Maps.
But Mr Iverson suggests the app could go further, using browser history to tempt you with food at the instant you felt hungry.
This alert was also pitched in one of his latest posts , flagging the nearest Taco Bell on route to another destination.
Although this could be a hazard while driving, the designer still acknowledges it could be valuable if customisable.
Mr Iverson imagined an app where Google Maps suggests food to you when travelling
Staying in a new place can be a creepy experience, with unknown sounds and floorboards creaking in the middle of the night.
To prepare visitors for a spooky stay, Mr Iverson proposed the idea of Scarebnb – a spinoff of the holiday letting app we all know and love.
With this, users could rank properties for their scariness and add a guestimate as to how many ghouls lurk inside.
He joked: ‘The pricing is laid out below the listing details, but you still have to tap a switch in the app today to see actual prices. To me, this is the scariest part of the whole experience.’
To prepare visitors for a spooky stay, Mr Iverson proposed the idea of Scarebnb
Uber Eats leftovers
There’s no doubt that many of us think with our stomachs when ordering food on Uber Eats – sometimes unable to finish the last bite.
But what if leftovers did not have to go to waste and could go on to satisfy the appetite of someone else?
In what would be a health and safety nightmare, Mr Iverson has pitched the idea of recycling ‘gently used’ food on Uber Eats.
This would come at a 60 per cent discount, labeled with safety and ‘freshness not guaranteed’ warnings.
Despite being quite gruesome, food waste is a huge problem in the UK, with Brits chucking out around 6.6million tonnes every year.
Some firms are tackling this in a much safer way, including TooGoodToGo which shows users which restaurants have unsold food at the end of each day.
In what could be a health and safety nightmare, Mr Iverson proposed the idea of recycling Uber Eats leftovers. Users would eat at their own risk with no freshness guaranteed
Netflix mental health recommendations
After a bad day or breakup, many of us have turned to Netflix to binge away our problems.
Right now, the streaming app steps in to ask if you’re still watching after 90 minutes of film or three TV episodes.
But Mr Iverson proposes that Netflix could take another step to check in when people are feeling vulnerable.
He wrote: ‘What if there was an upsell to get in touch with a BetterHelp therapist to talk about whatever you might be avoiding by watching Netflix?
‘Many people binge shows, and not always for the best reasons.’
Mr Iverson said: ‘What if there was an upsell to get in touch with a BetterHelp therapist to talk about whatever you might be avoiding by watching Netflix?’
iPhone’s are currently well-equipped to monitor personal health, with step counts, sleep monitors and even medication planners.
Yet, Mr Iverson suggests that serial slouchers could be better helped with an added posture checker.
The designer even proposes that app usage could be cut down if phone owners fail to correct their posture as advised.
Numerous people jumped in on Twitter suggesting they would actually pay for this feature.
Another joked: ‘You’re supposed to make bad concepts.’
Mr Iverson suggests that serial slouchers could be better helped with an iOS posture checker
Twitter has been flooded with numerous app suggestions in the midst of Mr Iverson’s posts
Social media has been flooded with numerous other app suggestions in the midst of Mr Iverson’s posts.
Smell detectors and outfit-choosing apps were among the numerous suggestions put forward.
One Twitter user said: ‘I wish there was an app that told you how busy a place is. I want to know how busy H‑E‑B is right now.’
Another added: ‘I wish there was an app that could smell a smell and tell me what smell it is.’
Android users are urged to check their phones for apps that secretly sign you up for paid subscriptions
Android users have been urged to delete ‘malicious’ apps from their phones that have been secretly signing them up for paid subscriptions.
Security firm Kaspersky found 11 apps on the Google Play Store with snazzy designs and logos that are actually a devious new type of malware, called Fleckpe.
The apps, which are mostly related to photo and video editing, have names including Photo Effect Editor and Beauty Slimming Photo Editor.
While they’ve now been removed from Google Play, they have already been installed on more than 620,000 devices worldwide and been used to take users’ money without permission.
Although Apple devices are unaffected because they use a different app store, the tech giant recently had to issue a security update of its own.
The apps, which are mostly related to photo and video editing, have names including Photo Effect Editor and Beauty Slimming Photo Editor