One of the great things about the Apple ecosystem is the set of apps Apple builds in to its various systems. Your iPhone, iPad and Mac all come with fantastic applications pre-installed.
That said, the apps that come with Apple devices aren’t always to everyone’s taste or meet everyone’s needs. Even this Apple fanboy doesn’t use all of the stock apps all the time!
But it’s not all doom and gloom. Because the Apple app stores are bursting at the seams with alternatives to the stock apps, so there’s really no need to feel you’re stuck with what Apple gave you on day one.
Sometimes we outgrow an app, as our needs exceed what Apple thinks most users need. Maybe we need more flexibility or a specific functionality. Sometimes, it’s just down to aesthetics and we prefer the look and feel of a third-party app. Whatever the reason, there are lots of alternatives available and I’m going to cover a number of them in a series I’ve creatively called ‘Apple Alternatives’.
So if you’re looking for alternatives to Apple’s stock Reminders, Calendar, Podcast, Notes or Music apps, then I’ll be taking you through the alternatives I use, as well as some others that I’ve experimented with.
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This is interesting. I am all-in with the default apps for simplicity and consistency. Especially since I got an Apple Watch recently. But you’re right, there are great 3rd-party options by devs who honor Apple design guidelines. I once went all-in with the Ulysses writing app…it was very good. But for now I’m sticking with all Apple apps. I’ll watch your series though.