Moving into WWDC (only a few weeks away at the time of writing) I am using stock iOS, yes throwing away the likes of Omnifocus and Fantastical to better understand the state of the built in Reminders app. I've used it for a long time on and off and always like to test it thoroughly this time of year when bugs are getting the most attention (especially when testing iOS 10).
I've written something up HERE on my iOS 10 thoughts but I wanted to write down my thoughts on Reminders separately
Using it productively
Yes, sounds a strange thing to say but what I mean here is for a predominantly iOS only user (which I am) I am now relying on keyboard shortcuts a lot more with my iPad Pro and Smart Keyboard Cover. It's how I type most of the time now and when I dive into Reminders I'm struck with how little shortcuts there are, in fact there are only two.
- Create New Reminder
- See Reminder details
I'd like to see more to enable moving between lists and quickly editing a list name (plus a few more I'll raise with Apple).
Integration with the Calendar
Fantastical does this really well and enables you to see your entire day in one view, mixing up the Calendar with Reminders. I've previously raised this with Apple and it was closed so I'm hopeful that it's on the product roadmap already - it makes sense to have it as standard. The Scheduled view within Reminders is very flaky and having something that replaces it will be a good step in the right direction to making life a bit easier within stock iOS.
Concept of flagging
Reminders has the option of adding a priority but doesn't allow you to see all of them in one view, I want Apple to introduce a Flagged state giving me the ability to mark an item and seeing it a separate view. I do this quite a lot with tasks that I work on in downtime or to give me a sense of what needs to be done for my writing list.
Let the app grow up a bit
It still looks somewhat pre-iOS 7 and makes navigating the app slow for no reason that I can see. The carded view is inefficient and having a layout similar to Notes.app I.e. Swipe to the right to see all of your lists rather than moving up and down would be a massive step in the right direction.
So in summary this post is in some part a love letter to Reminders, I like the sync reliability and the fact I can access it via SIRI but I feel that at this point it's abandon ware unless we see some love for it at WWDC. If Apple are serious about services then having a productivity app that is both modern and reliable is an area I feel that Apple need to put some of it's engineers. At the moment Reminders feels like an afterthought and a side project, which it might be...
What do you think?