A calendar cum crys­tal ball

Mac Format - - APPLE CHOICE - J.R. Book­wal­ter

£1.49 FROM BorderLeap, fore­seethe­ NEEDS iOS 9.3 or higher

Wouldn’t it be great if your iPhone no­ti­fied you of the op­ti­mal time to take a walk

or mow the lawn? That’s the am­bi­tious premise of this pseudo-calendar app cen­tred on daily out­door ac­tiv­i­ties. In­stead of fo­cussing on events like meet­ings, it com­bines cur­rent and fore­casted weather with user-added ac­tiv­i­ties tak­ing place at your cur­rent or up­com­ing lo­ca­tion.

It’s a fan­tas­tic idea. You can set up the de­sired win­dow of time, then tap an ac­tiv­ity to view a fore­cast of the high tem­per­a­ture, chance of rain, and how cloudy, windy or hu­mid it’s ex­pected to be then.

You can set pref­er­ences for each weather con­di­tion when adding an ac­tiv­ity, so you may think Fore­see would do the hard work by rec­om­mend­ing best times for them. It doesn’t, and ac­tiv­i­ties are also lim­ited to an eight-hour win­dow.

The app’s in­ter­face is easy to use and looks great, but that ad­van­tage is spoiled some­what by text that’s way too small. Events are shown for one lo­ca­tion at a time – there’s no view of all ac­tiv­i­ties at all lo­cales. Over­all, Fore­see doesn’t yet meet ex­pec­ta­tions.

Fore­see doesn’t of­fer much help to sug­gest a bet­ter time to per­form ac­tiv­i­ties.

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