My iOS 13 Reminders setup

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One of the reasons I went back to the beta of iOS 13 was to cover and test the new reminders app. I’ve been waiting years for this refresh and loving the redesign. Thought I’d post my current setup. Keeping it pretty simple for now.

I’ll delve more into Reminders as I continue to use it as part of my daily life.

A look at Reminders in iOS 13

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I lasted all of five minutes before putting iOS 13 on my iPhone. The main draw was to have the chance to influence its design in the beta period.

You can see straight away it’s a much nicer looking app.


Shows me anything I’ve added or scheduled for today. Reminders now let’s you add stuff due today without a time element. I’ve been wanting this for years and can’t believe we actually got it. You can still remind yourself about stuff at a specific time and that gets shown here too.


Scheduled is the old scheduled view so we see what’s going on beyond today. Note that items don’t need a due time to be shown here, it’s anything that you want to get down on specific days.


Everything in Reminders organised by list name. (There’s duplicates but hey it’s beta software).


You can flag items and see them in their own view.

Image support and URL

Yup, you can finally add images to Reminders. You can also add a URL to your Reminder.

Sub Tasks

Yes! You can now add sub tasks in Reminders. I’m still playing around but seems a good implementation.


Projects and sub projects

First impressions

I’m amazed at how much work has gone into Reminders. It’s very buggy in this Beta but the foundations are there and just needs some UI issues polishing. I might final be done looking for a third party To Do app.

I also took a look at watchOS 6 Reminders.

Diving into the iOS 13 Reminders app

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I’ve had a lot going on but wanted to stop for a minute and give some thoughts on the new Reminders app.

9to5Mac managed to score some iOS 13 shots and the one that peaked my interest was the new Reminders app. First off it’s not what I envisaged but it has potential. This could look pretty nice in dark mode, especially if they somehow integrate the Calendar.

Reminders, right pane

This looks to be an inbox where everything goes until you decide what to do with it. Just like any other to do app but this one puts it front and centre.

Reminders Lists

Lists look to be displayed on the bottom portion of the left pane as they do today. This makes a lot of sense and getting to the lists quickly is something I like now with the current Reminders app.


This has me thinking one of two things. It’s a free list of things you want to get done today, along with (hopefully) your Calendar. I’m confused why there would be a scheduled view too as they would surely be displayed in Today if due today.


The best guess I have is that this is like upcoming in Things 3. It shows your scheduled Reminders due after today. Anything due today will be in the Today view.


All of your Reminders in one place, not sure why this view is needed. You can already see anything you have with the other views.


At last, you’ve been able to flag reminders already but no way of viewing them all in one place.

Overall thoughts

Obviously this could be an old mock up of the app or an alternative design but it does seem official. I won’t be delving in too deep until iOS 13 beta but I’m cautiously optimistic about the changes Apple may have made to Reminders to make it more in line with other third party offerings out there.

Rediscovering RSS

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I’ve flirted with RSS in the past, well before Twitter came along. I got to rely on getting my news from there instead of reading the sites directly or their RSS feed. Now I’m pulling back on Twitter I rediscovered reading sites directly via Safari. This was all well and good but time consuming, I don’t like Apple News particularly either so thought hey I remember you, you’re RSS.

I had a look at the apps out there and chose to use FieryFeeds.

It took me a few minutes to figure it all out but I keep it pretty simple. I simply added the sites I visit one at a time, the app finds their RSS. I can now either go to the RSS direct or see a compiled view of what’s been going on using the Today section. I paid £9.99 (yearly) to the developer to support the app and get iCloud sync of my feeds for more than ten sites.

A GoodTask change I’d like to see

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I’ve been enjoying my time with GoodTask but I’ve hit a display issue that has me rethinking my app choice. It may seem small but I use a to do system to remind me of things I should be mindful about.

You can see that when I do this I don’t see the entire text. A lot of apps do this, I stopped using Things because of it. Strangely Apple Reminders is the best at displaying this. Omnifocus also does a good job here.

I don’t want to make the text smaller with my ageing eyes so if you know a way around it please let me know.

Update: it’s in settings