When Apple redesigned its apps for iOS 7, the iPad versions got something of a short shrift. Stale staples like Notes and Calendar were happily stripped of their skeuomorphism—but somewhere along the design process, they lost their character too, as Jony Ive sought to bring greater aesthetic harmony across the various iOS screens. Flexibits’ Fantastical 2 for iPad does well to avoid this trap. Instead of a dull port from the smaller screen, it sets a new standard for universality, reinventing its brilliant calendar concept with a streamlined interface that takes everything good about the iPhone app and makes it bigger and better.
The annual Macworld/iWorld show kicked off Wednesday in San Francisco, where many of your favorite Mac and iOS products are now on display. Although your trusty recap reporter can't be there in person this year, we've rounded up a handful of news that is surely being talked up on the show floor, and as usual, we're bringing it all straight to you, no ticket necessary...
As our iPhones have matured, so have our apps. What used to be a sea of simple utilities with very mobile mindsets has evolved into a rich landscape of powerful tools, which continue to amaze us with what can be accomplished on a 4-inch screen. Zippy is the sort of app that shows us just how far our devices have come. As a basic to-do manager, it does its job well enough for a recommendation, but developer Amit Wadhawan embraces the power and modernism of iOS 7 to pump a little pizzazz into the stale concept and put it over the top.
There are probably only a handful of apps we truly couldn't live without, and one of them is TextExpander, which saves us countless repetitive keystrokes every day. For users of the iOS version, there's a bit of somber news about the next update.
Updating a beloved app for iOS 7 is no easy task. Simply tweaking the interface to match Apple's lighter, cleaner style can affect the user experience in unexpected ways, but a full-on overhaul can bring its share of problems too, as features are squeezed out in the name of simplicity. Released as a new standalone app, Fantastical 2 has neither of these problems. With an effortless redesign that refines everything we love about the original version, the calendar app retains its spot at the head of the class.
Apple's built-in Calendar app continues to be a sore spot for many iPhone users, but thankfully there are any number of third-party alternatives that do a far better job -- including an old favorite with a whole new version.
It just so happens that the Calendar app (or iCal as it was known before Mountain Lion) will allow you to create alerts on a per-event basis, and send those alerts to your Mac’s screen or iPhone notification at a predefined time. Click through to find out how.
Apple answered the prayers of task-killing users everywhere by adding Reminders to iOS, but let’s face it: Cupertino’s app is at best a bare-bones solution for managing to-do lists. That’s why TurboTax publisher Intuit is looking to check off a few of Reminders’ weaknesses with its latest app, Weave.
The ongoing drama between Twitter and its third-party developers appears to have finally taken its toll on Echofon, by far our favorite Twitter client on Mac and iOS. While other users have lamented the demise of Tweetie or how awful the official Twitter and TweetDeck apps are, Echofon was probably our most-used app for both desktop and mobile -- and now one-half of that winning team is headed for the dumpster. Read on to find out the details.
Despite having flags, VIPs, folders, and other modes of structure and storage, emails are inherently difficult to keep track of. Especially whenever you have a message that must be replied to by a certain time. Luckily, both the Calendars and Reminders apps can play nicely with email, allowing you to create reminders and events based on messages in Mail. Read on, and we’ll show you how to create reminders from your mails.