This seems like the most boring thing in the world doesn’t it. Someone sharing their iOS home screen. Yes there isn’t much customisation you can do with iOS but hopefully my iPhone setup post might mean you find some new apps to try out or also some help with services and widgets.
Most of these apps you will recognise from your own iPhone but there are a few that are my most important ones of the bunch.
The Serious Notes App. Bear is above and beyond a notes app, almost to the level that labelling it one is so far off the mark it is stupid. Bear is more along the lines of a writing app, it does more than many available Markdown editors. Being able to export and share things with ease, it would replace my old writing app of choice ByWord very easily.
My new app to get things done. With all of the customisation available and set up options available Todoist has become indispensable for me getting things done. The interface is easy to understand and uncomplicated, which is the downfall of similar apps. With not too much work you can designate an area and a time frame to make sure you can cram all your tasks into any amount of time.
Think of Workflow as Automator for iOS, plugging into countless (but not every) app and making things much easier. It works by following recipes, which you create by dropping actions together. You can then feed information into the recipe, ‘run’ them and get your desired outcome.
I have invested time in making Workflow recipes or finding them in other people’s blogs and making them my own. I use Workflow for everything from texting my wife how long it will be until I get home, to jotting down article ideas in Ulysses. I use these either in the Workflow widget or through Launcher, Check out my guide to getting started.
There must already been millions of words written about Ulysses, it is considered the pro wiring app on Mac and only recently came across to iOS. I resisted for a long time purely down to price, and the fact that at the time Byword was a perfectly good Markdown editor. Yet the move was a smooth and a very rewarding one.
The deciding factor was publishing, Ulysses allows me to see exactly how an article will look before publishing. Although publishing to WordPress is available from a few different apps, compatibility and preview were always not quite right. Meaning I had to use the a webpage or god forbid the awful WordPress app to correct things. Whereas I can input local images into a document and they will be uploaded along with all of the text.
Organisation and syncing in Ulysses is also second to none, allowing for articles to be written on any device I own. Seemlessly syncing to them all and organised exactly as I wish. Most other Markdown apps use an iCloud folder sync that can be slow and very unreliable. Not to mention that dumping all of the files in one folder means trying to find an old file can be a nightmare.
This brilliant app can manage almost any file type, allowing users to open, edit and send them inside the app. It even allows you to download and extract zip archives from web links using an internal browser. File management is still not desktop class, but I would argue that it really doesn’t need to be when mobile file management can be this easy.
For the last couple of years I have gone backwards and forwards with journaling, both in the digital and physical sense. I am no longer writing any updates in here, although it is a great app if you want to write and even publish a blog from here. My usage is as a scrap book to store links to everything I write and pictures I post. As I produce more and more content on the digital web Day One keeps a record of all this, dated and linked for me to look back on.
This is indispensable to me for sharing to more than one twitter account, but also for clearing Apple News links! This caught me out several time when sharing interesting articles, meaning people on other platforms cannot read them, nor can people that have removed the app. When sharing from inside Apple News, Linky will find the regular link and share that instead.
For me any calendar app is pretty much the same as the next one. However Fantastical natural langue input is a feature everyone should try. For example to put an appointment in I can type “Dentist 13th feb at 1 pm” and the app places it in my calendar. No more finding the date, selecting the time and messing around.
I go backwards and forwards with Twitter apps but I have been using Tweetbot for quite awhile. It is missing some pretty annoying features like GIF support and rich links, and if these where implemented the app would be perfect. However the stand out feature is its ability to mute keywords form your feed. Meaning I can mute out all the Trump rubbish that keeps coming up and make my experience much calmer.
For many years I was perfectly happy with the iOS mail app, however since using Fantastical and Todoist, AirMail has allowed me to send email straight to those apps. It also creates a URL call back to link directly to any email on your devices, so with a few taps you can be much more productive.
There you have my set up, unfortunately I can’t find where I got the wallpaper from to be able to share it with proper credit. Hopefully this might have inspired you to to try out some different apps, or just to have a look what’s out there. Let me know if you need any more info.