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There are some apps that I use on my iPhone every day. They’re very rare, and they have to offer just the right combination of design, utility, and overall usefulness to make it that far. But usually, these apps litter my home screen. They’re essential to my work because they keep me on task, and they’re often exclusive to iPhone. They’re the reasons I don’t want to leave the iOS platform.

One of those such apps is Begin, which I reviewed I’m September and gave extensive praise. Begin is an all that helps you plan the minutiae of your day, every day. Although I stand by the grades I give my reviews, I don’t always find that an app I love one day is an app I still use every day over a month later. For me, Begin is the rare exception. Read on to find out more about what’s new with version 1.5’s update to the app, and what makes it such a stellar addition to your iPhone’s arsenal.

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Many iPhone apps take their design cues from the status quo; Apple began the iPhone’s life with a light blue, left-to-right application style and many apps still follow a similar pattern. Even if they’re crafted of the finest skeuomorphic Corinthian leather, they’re still just another take on the same old design paradigm.

Then there are the apps that do something special. The applications that throw their hands up and say, “I’m going to be different!” Here are a few of them, and what app designers can learn from each one. (more…)

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