iOS 12 vs iOS 13

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Since my now well documented loss of iCloud data I’ve been back on iOS 12 and wanted to share my thoughts about some of the differences.

Reminders

An obvious but big one, I’m really missing the new Reminders app. Since moving back to iOS 12 I’m bouncing between to do apps again. I’ve done Things, OmniFocus and Todoist and not been happy with any of them.

Dark Mode

I’m not missing dark mode as much as I though I would. It’s at night (when I probably shouldn’t be using it anyway) that I’m missing it most.

Photos

The new photos app is really nice and I’m missing just browsing my library to remember day trips.

Mouse support

I’m really missing mouse support on the iPad. As someone with RSI issues I’ve been using the mouse on my iPad almost exclusively.

How to delete apps in iOS 13

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Looks like 3D Touch is going away and deleting apps on your iPhone just got a little longer.

There are two ways to do this in iOS 13.

The first way is to tap and hold until you see the menu as follows

You can then tap ‘rearrange apps’ and then you’ll see them jiggling around as normal.

You can then tap the ‘X’ as you would in iOS 12.

The second way is to keep holding your finger down when the menu for rearranging apps has popped up. Apps will start to jiggle and you can delete as normal.

Why I’ve switched to TickTick

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I’m using a new to do app (again!) and this time it’s TickTick, an app I’ve seen in numerous screenshots but never really given a go.

It’s a free app that offers a subscription that gives additional features such as notifications and calendar functionality.

I’m not writing a full review but I wanted to highlight some of the things I really like about using it.

Habit tracking

It’s not normal for a to do app to offer habit tracking but having it integrated into my to do and calendar makes a lot of sense. I don’t track a lot, just a few things like getting out for a walk.

The way to add them is intuitive and you simply tick them off as you get through them. If you don’t achieve it that day you simply leave the habit undone that day.

Customisable tab bar

I like that you can customise some of the way your app looks. I have quick access to the to do, calendar, habits and search.

Widget

The app offers two widgets, I use them both. You get a calendar view that you can tap on to see the whole week, something that I used to use a separate app for. The second is a traditional list of what you have due today.

Projects and sub tasks

The app is clean and various smart views such as tomorrow are easy to get to. Projects are easy to create and can be organised into folders. Tasks can be further broken down into sub tasks. This is something that I’ve started to use a lot more for when a task is a few steps and it’s overkill to create a project for it.

Options for repeating tasks

Having lots of options for repeating tasks is a big win for me, I like how I can separate weekday tasks vs ones I want to do every day.

The watch app

It’s one of the more reliable when it comes to sync and it’s complication and UI are simple to use.

Privacy

TickTick are using AWS as their backend and restrict access to a small number of staff so I’m comfortable with using it to store my tasks.

Initial thoughts

I’m only a few days in so I’m paying my subscription monthly if I move to Reminders in iOS 13, something that I’ve tried to use but iCloud is so unreliable at the moment I gave up. Based on my usage of both the new Reminders and TickTick though I may not be tempted as this app is fitting well with how I’m working these days. Let’s see how the coming weeks go 😀

Why I stopped using OmniFocus

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I’ve been a user of OmniFocus on and off for years but on the most recent test I finally decided it isn’t the app for me.

I still think it’s one of the quickest ways to get stuff out of your head and into an inbox but for me it was adding a layer of detail that I needed to stop fussing over.

I liked the forecast view where I could see what my day looked like, including Calendar appointments but being fixed to scrolling sideways and showing tagged or items with a specific due time was limiting for me.

I do a lot of repeating tasks and found that OmniFocus wasn’t the quickest to enter these but to be fair if did have the most flexibility of the apps I tested in terms of options.

At the end of the day I just don’t think my brain works in a way that OmniFocus likes. I like to have a free today list with no time elements, I like to see my calendar in a scroll view and whilst a good Apple Watch app I found it too fiddly to get it to work as I need I.e. I wanted everything that I might do today and not just with a due time. I tagged ‘today’ but couldn’t get a perspective to work on the watch well.

Don’t get me wrong it’s one of the best apps out there but I’ve finally come to the conclusion it isn’t for me.

How to create sub tasks in Reminders on iOS 13

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I’m discovering more and more about Reminders in iOS 13 and wanted to start to focus on sharing it. First up is the ability to create sub tasks, something I enjoy to do if I need a little guide to follow.

First up tap the little ‘i’ next to the task name you’ve created.

Next tap on the ‘Subtasks’ section.

You can now enter your sub tasks. When you’re done tap details in the top left to go back.

You’ll notice reminders doesn’t keep the order they were created.

You can tap, hold and drag the sub tasks around to your liking.