6 best al­ter­na­tives to Ap­ple apps

The best re­place­ments for na­tive iOS apps

Mac|Life - - CONTENTS - tim hard­wick

Ev­ery iOS de­vice comes with sev­eral built-in Ap­ple apps, but that doesn’t mean that th­ese are nec­es­sar­ily the best options on of­fer. Some of the third-party al­ter­na­tives avail­able on the App Store are def­i­nitely worth check­ing out and may be more suited to your needs than the stan­dard Ap­ple ap­pli­ca­tions. Here we’ve rounded up six of our fa­vorite re­place­ments for Ap­ple’s Mail, Cal­en­dar, Photos, Cam­era, Notes, and News apps. Best of all, four out of six of our sug­ges­tions are free, and the other two cost un­der $6, so there’s re­ally no rea­son not to down­load them and have a play.

Spark Email Client Free Made for iPhone, iPad

Spark is a great so­lu­tion if you have mul­ti­ple email ac­counts you want to ac­cess from your iPhone. Its smart in­box can sort in­com­ing emails across your con­nected ac­counts into help­ful cat­e­gories, en­abling you to fil­ter no­ti­fi­ca­tions and newsletters from your per­sonal mes­sages. Thanks to its cus­tom­iz­a­ble swipe ges­tures, cloud stor­age, and email sched­ul­ing, you won’t miss Ap­ple Mail any­time soon.

Fan­tas­ti­cal 2 $4.99 Made for iPhone, iPad

Fan­tas­ti­cal makes adding events and re­minders to your cal­en­dar a breeze, thanks to its nat­u­ral lan­guage recog­ni­tion. But its best in­no­va­tion by far is the DayTicker, which lets you view up­com­ing events and re­minders in a list that scrolls ver­ti­cally as you swipe across the cal­en­dar strip above. If you pre­fer to see your sched­ule the old-fash­ioned way, a pull down on the strip makes it turn into a con­ve­nient month cal­en­dar.

Feedly Free Made for iPhone, iPad

Feedly isn’t new, but it re­mains one of the best news ag­gre­ga­tors out there, and cer­tainly gives Ap­ple News a run for its money. It al­lows you to sub­scribe to news feeds, or­ga­nize them into fold­ers, mark con­tent for later read­ing, share posts across so­cial me­dia, and tag ar­ti­cles for fu­ture ac­cess. Not only that, Feedly’s Boards fea­ture makes it re­ally easy to track and or­ga­nize sto­ries about par­tic­u­lar top­ics and in­ter­ests.

Halide cam­era $5.99 Made for iPhone, iPad

So much thought has gone into this cam­era app, which has been beau­ti­fully re­designed for iPhone X. The in­ter­face is packed with in­tu­itive shoot­ing tools that are op­ti­mized for one-handed op­er­a­tion, while in­no­va­tive swipe ges­tures ad­just ex­po­sure. It even packs a Por­trait mode with built-in tools for ad­just­ing depth in­for­ma­tion. Other fea­tures in­clude quick re­view of your lat­est shots, and newer iPhones with iOS 11.3 can shoot in Raw.

Bear Notes Free (IAPs) Made for iPhone, iPad

This plain text writ­ing app’s sim­ple UI hides a plethora of tools for craft­ing short notes or in-depth es­says. Bear’s in­no­va­tive use of hash­tags mean you can or­ga­nize your notes into themes or projects, while cross-note links let you ref­er­ence other notes and build a body of work. With word counts and read­ing times on hand, not to men­tion an ad­vanced markup editor, Bear blows Ap­ple Notes out of the wa­ter.

Google Photos! Free Made for iPhone, iPad

If you take lots of photos on your de­vice, sooner or later you’ll hit a stor­age limit. You could al­ways pay for an iCloud sub­scrip­tion, or you could try back­ing up your snaps to Google Photos, which of­fers un­lim­ited and free cloud stor­age. The app also uses ad­vanced ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence to sug­gest photo col­lec­tions to share, and in­cludes a neat Photos As­sis­tant that gen­er­ates col­lages, an­i­ma­tions, and movies from your li­brary.

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