New Year, new you? Nothing like a little pressure from society to straighten up your act and fly straight into 2015, but thankfully the App Store has no shortage of ways to gently nudge iOS device owners into the next 12 months. Whether you're looking to eat healthier, quit smoking, get inspired, accomplish goals, effortlessly journal your life in photos, or tickle your brain, we've got a collection of eight apps to help keep all those New Year's resolutions right here.
Although the verdict may still be out on whether mobile devices actually make us more productive, there’s no denying that gadgets like the iPhone help take some of the drudgery out of our daily lives—including keeping a journal of what we’ve been up to lately. Such is the premise of Rove, a free journal/diary app that promises to automate the thankless task of documenting our lives in excruciating detail. Similar to last year’s excellent Heyday, Rove uses geolocation data to keep a running tab on where we’ve been, importing new photos taken with the device to put a visual stamp on those memories.
The App Store is home to plenty of digital journal tools, but all of them require effort from the author to be useful. Heyday solves this problem in a very elegant way – and one that actually makes us want to participate. The free app converts existing photo libraries from an iOS device into an automatic journal of your life, complete with geolocation data and time stamps. The speed and accuracy at which Heyday accomplishes this task is nothing short of amazing, but the occasional coarse location can be confirmed or updated as needed. On days when photos aren’t taken, the app continues to work in the background with minimal battery impact, capturing key places visited.
iPhoto for iOS introduces a clever new way to share you photos with loved ones courtesy of Journals, a feature which debuted on the mobile app and will presumably arrive on the Mac with the next major update as well. Flummoxed by using Journals? Take a deep breath and read on...
Journaling is an easy way to score a great deal of personal satisfaction. By scribbling down your daily trials for posterity’s sake, you’ll be able to look back on the successes and train wrecks of your life, alternating between whimsy and the cold sweats of remorse for years to come. If you’re a novice to journaling, you’ll want to settle on a method that’s easy to use, secure and reliable. Having used MaxJournal on my iPad for over a month, I can say that the application more than fits the bill.