Back in the olden days, people used to have their calendars not on their smartphone, but on their wall. No – not their Facebook wall – I’m talking about that “meatspace” structure made of bricks in your kitchen. Though not much is known about this strange phenomenon, anthropologists now believe that these physical calendars used to be part of a ritual where in the new year the old calendar is thrown out in favour of a new one – with a huge decision needing to be made about whether the new year was going to be photos of cats, or photos of dogs.
Luckily our society has moved beyond this now – but there is still a choice to be made… on which calendar app to use. Everyone who has used iOS7 knows the default calendar is terrible… so here’s four alternatives and a very useful addendum.
Sunrise made waves when it first launched - as it did a lot of the things iOS7 would later come on to do. Gone was the “skeumorphic” design of the iOS6 calendar and instead was this sleeker model. Sunrise integrates with Google Calendar (and Facebook Events), and will display your schedule with a focus on the “agenda” style view - rather than worrying about individual days and boxes. There’s built-in reminders and time zone support - and usefully, weather forecasts based on the location of your next appointment so you can see whether to take an umbrella or not. Plus there’s built-in Google Maps directions, so you can’t go wrong.