Ed­i­tor's Mes­sage

Find­ing App In­spi­ra­tion

iPhone Life Magazine - - Editor's Message -

ur so­ci­ety spends a lot of time us­ing apps. In fact, ac­cord­ing to an­a­lyt­ics firm App An­nie, last year Amer­i­cans spent what amounted to a whole month us­ing apps—that's more than two hours ev­ery day! Per­son­ally, I've come to rely on apps as part of my daily rou­tine, much like I sa­vor my hot cup of cof­fee in the morn­ing with a swirl of cream in it. Each app serves a pur­pose and im­parts a quiet sense of plea­sure when I use it. The study also found that we are crea­tures of habit, stick­ing to a ro­ta­tion of just nine apps on a daily ba­sis. It's no won­der then that the iUser pro­files we in­clude in each is­sue of iPhone Life mag­a­zine fea­tur­ing real peo­ple's Home screens are a fa­vorite among read­ers, be­cause they of­fer a win­dow into how oth­ers are us­ing apps to con­quer small tasks or pur­sue big as­pi­ra­tions. In honor of our an­nual apps is­sue (pg. 33), I am bor­row­ing from this idea and sharing with you the apps that are mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in my life right now. While we grow fond of the apps we use, we can all ben­e­fit from a lit­tle app in­spi­ra­tion now and then. O

My App Rou­tine

theSkimm (Free) This app lets me ac­cess the Skimm's daily news­let­ter, which of­fers up the day's head­lines in a way that makes you feel like you're hav­ing witty ban­ter with a friend. Meal­ime (Free) Meal­ime is the per­fect com­pan­ion for the busy per­son who likes to eat well. Each week­end it gen­er­ates a meal plan and gro­cery list for me, so I can spend my time hav­ing fun. Trello (Free) Trello helps me col­lab­o­rate on big pic­ture work projects with co­work­ers and move to­ward goals one task at a time. Mo­ments (Free) I dis­cov­ered Mo­ments dur­ing a va­ca­tion in Mex­ico and keep com­ing back to it. It lets you pri­vately share pic­tures with friends so you have joint ac­cess to pho­tos from par­ties and trips with­out over­shar­ing on Face­book. Kin­dle (Free) Ever since I joined a book club in the spring, I try to read a lit­tle each evening. If I buy Kin­dle books that of­fer Whis­per­sync, I can al­ter­nate be­tween read­ing and lis­ten­ing. I love hav­ing that flex­i­bil­ity. Pocket Casts ($3.99) I like lis­ten­ing to pod­casts while I cook din­ner. Pocket Casts makes it easy to dis­cover new fa­vorite shows and has a help­ful set­ting that speeds play­back by trim­ming out si­lences be­tween words. Donna Cleve­land Ed­i­tor in Chief iPhone Life mag­a­zine, donna@iphonelife.com, @schill­cleve­land

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