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I’ve long been a proponent of natural language parsing in calendar apps. In 2013, it’s a genuine surprise to me when a modern calendar application doesn’t allow you to type your schedule in naturally. If I’m going to a play on Friday (which I am), I want to be able to type “Tim’s play on Friday from 7:30–9:30” in the event creation field and have the event ready to go. has this all wrong, and Fantastical wiped its clock clean when it debuted with natural language parsing last year.

But now there’s Fantastical 2. More than just a re-skin, it brings some great new features and enhancements to the table. At this point, though, Fantastical isn’t alone. It’s also dealing with contenders like Horizon and Calendars 5 by Readdle, both of which bring their own unique tricks to the table. Despite that, though, Fantastical isn’t just king of the calendar throne, it’s also my most-used app every day. It’s the one that manages everything for me now, and it’s an automatic must for me for anybody I know with an iPhone. Read on to find out what makes this not just a great update, but one of the best iPhone apps available and my pick for the best utility app of the year. (more…)

Email. What thought just went through your head? Did a sick feeling enter into the pit of your stomach because the unread count has become too overbearing? While the usefulness and proper technique to handle email are debatable, the fact is that email is still a necessary evil. It is definitely worth investigating to find the best way email works for you. If you have been struggling to keep tabs on your inbox then using email similar to a task system might be beneficial.

Attempting to help fix email is no easy task, but Mail Pilot wants to change how you think of email. Instead of seeing an inbox and folders, Mail Pilot sees email as either incomplete or complete. By utilizing review times and lists, Mail Pilot wants to remove the stress from email and help you process your email quicker. If dominating email sounds attractive, then keep reading on to see if Mail Pilot is the answer to a new email workflow. (more…)

Outlining is a fantastic way to organize ideas for everything from a detailed narrative to an app review. ThinkBook has always been my go-to outlining app, but the lack of robust syncing or export options makes it difficult to edit outlines on anything except the iPad. I would venture to say that no one likes to edit outlines in TextEdit, but I’m sure that there’s at least one text evangelist out there who’s crazy enough.

Cloud Outliner by Denys Yevenko is a basic outliner that trades complex features for easy export and sync. The app supports iCloud and Evernote syncing, and can export to OPML. Is the promise of robust outline syncing too good to be true, or does this little app pack a powerful punch? (more…)

It would make USB syncing a thing of the past. It would remove practically all of the wires from our lives, hold all of our personal information in a secure data center, and make it readily available to all of our devices. It wasn’t MobileMe. The “it” is iCloud, and Apple made a lot of promises about what our lives would be like once it was released.

So, where’s all of my stuff? Where’s the fast, “magical” syncing? Better yet, why aren’t more applications taking advantage of what Apple’s built?


Although it came in a touch later than it was promised, iTunes Match is now ready to go. Now you can have all of your music — whether it was bought on iTunes or not — on any OS X/iOS device at any time. Kinda cool, right?

Yes, this is definitely a step in the right direction, but there are a few unanswered questions that I have about the service that make me a bit nervous. Let’s get into them after the break.


This past weekend we discussed iCloud and its current shortcomings, but we also know fully that not everyone is having these problems. But since there are so many people out there using it — and we assume many of you as well — we figured we would put it to a poll. How is iCloud working for you? Are you having any problems or is everything hunky dory? Let us know in the poll to the right!

Many years ago, back before I was a convert to the world of Macs, I wanted to find a way to sync the contacts on my various computers, that way I always had the right phone number on hand. To do that, I used a new online service, which didn’t really work the way I expected it to. I always found myself with doubles or missing contacts, which essentially defeated the purpose.

Today we have iCloud, which is supposed to be an improvement on the problems we had with MobileMe. But with those improvements comes a problem — relying on the system. And when it doesn’t work, then there’s a problem. A big one.


Well it’s official, we have a new iPhone today and it’s called the iPhone 4S. There was a lot of big news that came out of Cupertino today, most of it covered live via Twitter. You do follow us on Twitter, right? If not, hit us up at @iphoneappstorm today.

But if you weren’t there to watch it all go down, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Hit that more button and let’s get into all of the big news of the day.


Although we didn’t get any official word on a new iPhone this summer, we did get word of a new service that replaces MobileMe, costs nothing and adds features, and it’s named iCloud. Seems like a win-win proposition, right?

It is, but some people have been wondering what it really means for them. iCloud is neat, but will it change the way they use their iPhone? Does it make a difference it what iPhone you purchase? Turns out that iCloud is more than just a simple syncing service, and it could just change the decisions you make when it comes time to buy that new iPhone.


We all know that iCloud is coming down the pike sometime soon, but for now, we’re still stuck with tethering our iPhones via USB anytime we want to put in an update or update our music. After writing about iOS 5 the other day, I realized that I maybe sync my iPhone once a month, and sometimes even less. That got me thinking: How often do you sync your iPhone?

Of course, soon this won’t be an issue, but it would be interesting to find out. Because if we skew towards not syncing, well then that makes Apple’s job easier by making the updates automatic. It saves them money on Geniuses, as well as fixing bricked iPhones because someone couldn’t update it correctly. On the other side, if we sync all the time then what does that say about us? Let’s find out, shall we?

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