If Reminders wasn’t good enough for you in iOS 5, it’s probably worth another look in iOS 6. The native app maintains the advantage of automatically syncing tasks in the background and the ability to display current tasks right inside of Notification Center without having a push notification pop up first. Oh, but wait, there’s more.
The changes that iOS 6 brings to Reminders have everything to do with speed and convenience:
- Apple has made it a couple of taps faster to set ringing reminders for tasks, and notes now show up right on the list view (you used to have to tap on a task to see its notes — very silly).
- You can now sort Reminders manually within lists – this is great for long shopping lists!
- The screens on the iPhone and iPad apps have also been compacted, so that you can sort Reminders by date or by list, all from the same screen. There’s a new date roller on the iPhone that makes it much easier to schedule tasks by simply writing them on a day (much like a calendar) instead of fiddling with dialogues.
- Creating reminders based on (arriving at or leaving) a location is also a little easier now that you can specify addresses, intersections, or specific contacts (with addresses attached to their profiles, of course).
These changes are small, but taken together they make the whole Reminders experience much more pleasurable. I’m finding the app is lovely for managing work deadlines, shopping lists, recurring tasks, and all of the more heavy-duty task management I was used to doing in Things. The only thing I don’t quite like about Reminders is how it requires I set an alarm alongside a due date. Sometimes I just like to have a task show up on my Today list without beeping and buzzing, but there’s no such dialogue for that in iOS 6. Fortunately, I’ve found a workaround: I’ll set tasks to be immediately overdue by setting the alarm to a time of day that has already passed. Overdue tasks show up in Today without any sort of alarm, and it seems to be very little extra hassle.
I’m still looking forward to what third party developers will do with their newfound ability to hook into the Reminders database, but there’s something really satisfying about being able to make full use of default apps to get things done.