If This Then That (IFTTT), one of our favorite automation services, introduced support for both the iOS Calendar and App Store today. That means you can do cool things like add events to your iPhone calendar from Alexa, integrate weather reports, and more.
If you’re the sort of person that’s ditched clunky laptops in favor of a svelte tablet lifestyle, you’ll be happy to hear that Google has finally optimized their calendar app just for the iPad.
iOS: Calendar apps are usually pretty boring, sticking to the time honored grid or list view to display data. That’s probably the best for anyone with a lot to manage, but Vantage Calendar takes an altogether new approach that’s worth a look if your schedule isn’t always packed.
The iPhone email app game has changed a lot over the years, with the only constant being that no app seems to remain consistently at the top. Right now, two of the most popular options are Airmail and Spark. Let’s take a look at what sets them apart.
iPhone: Microsoft updated its Outlook iPhone app today, which happens to be one of the best email apps on iPhone, with a new feature that links the app to a number of third-party add-ins.
iPhone/iPad: Fantastical, our favorite calendar app on iPhone, was updated today with new rich notifications and some iMessage stickers.
iOS: If you’re doing a lot of writing on your iPhone or iPad, you know that formatting text is a serious chore. TextTool 2 helps with that, providing a ton of ways to transform, format, and clean up text.
Android/iPhone/Mac: You have tons of options for notes apps, including heavyweights like Evernote and OneNote. Zoho Notebook takes the same catch-all approach as Evernote and OneNote, but has a few design ideas of its own.
Your phone is probably the device you use for email the most, and Airmail is one of the best iPhone apps to read, reply, and organize it. Airmail is all about management through customization, and while it’s fine out of the box, a little tweaking makes it even better.
iOS: One of the biggest complaints about Evernote has been its cluttered interface that tends to make it hard to just pop in and make a quick note. Today, the iPhone version of Evernote’s making an attempt to fix that with a refresh of its interface.
iOS: You wouldn’t think a dictionary app could actually be fun to use, but Terminology somehow manages to do just that. Now, the app has gone free alongside an update that cleans up the interface.
iOS: Airmail is the most customizable email app on the iPhone and today they’re adding to those customization options with new Workflow integration, custom actions, and more.
App Santa, a little holiday landing page, has collected together a bunch of quality apps for holiday discounts. This year, it happens to be packed with a bunch of our app directory picks.
Duet Display is our favorite “second screen” app for iPad that extends your desktop computer’s screen to your iPad. Today, Duet Display gets an update that adds in Touch Bar support, which means you can emulate the new MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar on any iPad.
Journaling might seem silly on the surface, but a journal is extremely useful as both a permanent record of your thoughts and as a cathartic release. Regardless of how you plan to use a journal, our favorite on the iPhone is Day One.
iOS: Apple Support is a new app from Apple that’s hoping to make tracking down tech support for your various Apple devices a little easier.
iPhone/iPad: A terminal emulator on your iPhone might sound a little silly for most of us, but SSH can come in pretty handy sometimes. For a while, one the best apps for doing so was Panic’s Prompt 2, but Blink Shell is an option that’s worth a look too.
iOS: Workflow is an intensely powerful app for iOS that allows you to create small little micro-apps that trigger specific actions inside an app, like instantly capturing a note in Notes or downloading a file from a URL. It’s always been relatively complex to use, but today it’s getting easier.
Any.do is rolling out an update to its to-do apps to include an AI-driven smart assistant thats goal is to help you complete tasks as soon as possible. Also included in the update are an integrated calendar and real-time sync.
iOS/Mac: There’s certainly no shortage of notes app out there, but Bear’s an app that manages to toe the line between a few different popular styles, and might suit you if you need more features than plain text offers, but not as much as something like Evernote.