How the Reminders app has changed in iOS 9

I have to admit I got a bit excited when I saw the changes (and more importantly) focus that Apple gave to productivity at WWDC15. The changes to Notes showed me that Apple have started to take stock of their core apps and look at how they can improve them for the majority of users (me included) that don't need something as powerful as Evernote or Omnifocus to manage their day.

It's something that frustrated me (yes, I even mailed Tim Cook on the subject) and I'm so pleased to see productivity using core apps.

Even though it didn't get any presentation time, Reminders also got some nice additions in iOS 9. In this post I will go through some of my favourite changes that have given me some hope that this is important to Apple.

You can share from Safari straight into a Reminders list

Along with notes you can now share straight to a Reminders list from the share sheet e.g. within Safari I could add to a wishlist of products for presents or a shopping list.

Yes, along with Notes you can now add Reminders into the Share Sheet

Yes, along with Notes you can now add Reminders into the Share Sheet

Once you have selected to share from within the share sheet you can add the familiar Reminders app content

Once you have selected to share from within the share sheet you can add the familiar Reminders app content

Once you have completed your details the new item will appear in the Reminders app with an icon letting you know which app it is coming from

Once you have completed your details the new item will appear in the Reminders app with an icon letting you know which app it is coming from

You can see how many items are overdue within app

Under each list within the Reminders app we now get a count of all of the overdue items within that list

Under each list within the Reminders app we now get a count of all of the overdue items within that list

Notifications can now nag you

The new Reminder notification allows us to complete now or bug, errr I mean remind you later

The new Reminder notification allows us to complete now or bug, errr I mean remind you later

When we mark the notification as 'Later' we get a new option to remind us again at one of the options in the image above

When we mark the notification as 'Later' we get a new option to remind us again at one of the options in the image above

What I'd still like to see

You can probably tell that I'm really happy with these changes, I'd like to see a few more tweaks

  • A TODAY view; What we currently have is a 'Scheduled' list that shows us everything due with a time and date, what I would like to see is the ability to add just a day I.e. no need to add a time. This way we could create a quick to do list for the day
  • I like the UI on the iPad but the iPhone isn't consistent with it's approach. It was a top to bottom list view whereas the iPad has a list view on the left hand side (like Notes). I would like to see this Notes UI taken into Reminders so that you simply swipe from the left to see your lists

What would you like to see added?