iOS 8 is finally here, and with it comes an avalanche of new and updated apps! While we can't list them all here, we've whittle last week's arrivals down to eight of our favorites. Here you'll find veteran apps such as 1Password and TextExpander finally given the freedom to breathe, widgets that make Notification Center more usable, and even a photo app that can now share its filters with Apple's own Photos.
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.
Our productivity folders are filled with apps we once loved: Pretty utilities with minimal interfaces and slick navigation that were quickly supplanted by the next great to-do app. Tasky+ comes awfully close to being that next great option. Built around a concept that's as smart as it is simple, the to-do and reminders app combines intuitive gestures with brisk date recognition that strips your life down to the moments that matter.
It's almost hard to remember a time when Apple's built-in Mail app was the only iOS game in town, but a new third-party contender named MailDeck is looking to tackle IMAP accounts with desktop efficiency.
All day long, our phones tell us what to do. Even before we turn them on each morning, a constant stream of badges, banners, and alerts keeps us apprised of our appointments and deadlines, pestering us with so much information that it becomes all too easy to tune it out. Begin attempts to cut through the clutter with a unique take on the to-do list. Instead of collecting tasks and prompting you when a due date is near, Begin boils your life down into 48-hour chunks. By focusing only on what you're doing today and tomorrow, it might actually help you accomplish something.
Apple’s built-in iOS apps are quite good, but let’s face it: The Calendar app leaves a lot to be desired. Readdle has attempted to remedy this situation before, but the latest incarnation of its Calendars app has us seriously considering ditching the built-in app in favor of this third-party solution. Calendars 5 is an entirely new universal app that feels right at home on iOS 7, with a flat, more streamlined UI than Readdle’s previous Calendars+. It also upstages Apple by offering natural language input, so users can type or dictate in plain English.
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.
Fussing around with fancy task apps can take more time out of your day than actually getting through your to-do list. Why not simplify the process by getting an app that turns TextEdit into the ultimate to-do list, without taking up precious time to set it up? TaskBadges will let you designate a TextEdit file as your to-do list for the day and include automatic badges that pop up and ask you if you're completed your task yet. It's like having your own personal time management coach, but without paying gobs of money, because this app is free. Everyone loves free things.
Continue reading to learn how to create a simple and effective to-do list within TextEdit.
The Getting Things Done (GTD) method of organizing tasks is a favorite among productivity seekers, and many apps support it. Firetask might be simple, but it still manages to fit in the core elements of GTD.
GTD works by following a simple three-stage approach to managing tasks: collect, organize, and review. Firetask mirrors this approach nicely, with an inbox for collecting items, a Focus section for putting them into projects, and a Review section to scheduling those tasks on a calendar. The interface is simple, making the whole process very quick and painless--after all, spending long chunks of the day tinkering with a GTD app isn’t quite as productive as actually doing your work.
We've all been in the shoes that the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland was in. "I'm late, I'm late for a very important date," he sang. The difference is when it happens to you, there's probably less singing and more expletives. Luckily, your iOS device has the capability to keep you from ever missing an important event ever again. From unique features to eye-grabbing interfaces, this list will direct you toward calendar applications that will keep you on track and up-to-date with your own life.