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The update to iOS 7 is huge. I feel like I’ve read a few thousand articles about each of the new features — from the new multi-tasking to Notification Centre — but very few articles about the new apps in iOS 7. That needs to change. After all, these are the very first stock iOS apps to be designed from the get-go with the big screen in mind. Let’s not forget that the iPad wasn’t around until iOS 4.

Over the years, a lot of us have replaced the stock iOS apps on our iPads with apps that were more aesthetically beautiful or functional. iOS 7 is such a significant change that it’s time to revisit those stock apps and see if they’re worth keeping around. Without further ado, read on for our thoughts on the iPad’s stock apps.


I’ve reviewed a lot of calendar apps in the past six months. I like to think of them as one of the trends in design, particularly since Apple’s own app seems so disregarded at this point. Ever since Twitter started shutting the doors on third-party developers, it seems like weather and calendar apps have been the “it” things to build.

Most of the development is happening with iPhones, and there are some truly great apps to be had on that side of the iOS playing field. With the iPad though, I hadn’t tried anything that really did much for me. Most of them were boring visually and dry as far as features go. But that all changed recently with Calendars 5 for iPad, the new app from the visionaries over at Readdle.


When iOS 5 was released, one of its more advertised new features was the Reminders app, meant to bridge the gap between a static todo note and a full-fledged GTD style task manager. I love Reminders for keeping track of all those little things that are so easily forgotten, but find myself frustrated at times by the interface and the amount of time it takes to add reminders. Listbook from No Identity seeks to remedy a lot of what’s wrong with Reminders, but is it up to the task of replacing Apple’s built-in app?


Reminders are a vital tool in the world we live in. The world can throw items from every direction and it can be tough to remember everything. Recently I looked at NotifyMe which is an app and service that can help remind you of items that need to get done. Due is another reminders app, but it takes a more simplistic approach to reminders.

Due’s purpose is to be the quickest way to remind you of items. The maker of Due did not want to include every feature possible but rather took a more minimal approach. Instead of including all of the bloat, he focused on one key feature and made it great. Due features customizable reminders, repeatable timers, and can sync through Dropbox or iCloud to your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch.

Sound interesting?


Now, more than ever before, reminders are a necessity. Life is busy and it’s too easy to forget about what needs to be done. Apple finally brought their own solution to this problem by including the Reminders app as standard in iOS. Unfortunately, Reminders can leave some users wanting more and not being completely satisfied. NotifyMe aims to fill the gap for users who are left wanting more from the Reminders app.

NotifyMe adds more standard features than the reminders app on iOS. The app is accessible everywhere and allows for more customization including auto-snoozing, custom repeating patterns, pre-alerts and more. If you are looking for a more robust reminder system then read on to see if NotifyMe is right for you.


With iOS 5, Apple introduced Reminders, its own take on the ever-popular task management app category. Reminders has a lot of basic functionality coupled with some other nice features, meaning that for most people this built-in app can cover their every need.

Are you one of those people, or will Reminders leave you wanting more? Read on to find out.


In the post PC and smartphone era, it’s imperative that all our bookmarks and online references come with us wherever we go. Often, most of us might find a database of plain old links to be of very little help. Some context or description about the link we have saved will go a long way and save us a lot of time.

Sure, a lot of apps allow us to add a short description to our bookmarks, but in the Web 2.0 era, it’s not a step forward in the right direction.

Springpad is a personal digital organizer that helps you remember stuff. It’s more than your average bookmarking app. In addition to saving a link, the app extracts data from the page you are saving and enhances it further with useful links.