General Anybody else use different apps to replace the default ones?

Discussion in 'iOS 12' started by shenfrey, May 27, 2019.

  1. shenfrey macrumors 68000

    May 23, 2010
    Just curious to see if anybody else is doing the same.

    I’ll leave my defaults here incase you want to check them out.

    Email: Proton Mail
    Notes: Bear
    Calendar: Fantastical
    Weather: Dark Sky

    These are the 4 most useful ones I have found for me. I know a lot of people like google photo in favour of Photos, but that’s definitely not to my liking. I think Maps is good enough to stand on its own now and the Music App, if subscribed to Apple Music is pretty much your only option lol.
  2. Shirasaki macrumors G3


    May 16, 2015
    Without the ability to change actual default app, I see no point switching to a different app, such as browser, as links will still be opened from safari anyway.
  3. shenfrey thread starter macrumors 68000

    May 23, 2010
    Haven’t seen any problems with the one I use, except for email links in Twitter not working due to having Apple Mail deleted.
  4. NoBoMac macrumors 68020


    Jul 1, 2014
    Also a Fantastical user. Love that Reminders and Calendar is in one app, not hopping between them, and uses stock Apple databases for syncing.

    Guessing everyone has Google Maps and use it at some level.

    MS Office instead of Pages/Numbers.

    An old app I have, Paperless, is a nice list app vs using Reminder's terrible design as a list app. Ditto Notes and their list (more a Word like list vs list to pull up and easily add/remove items after completed).

    mSecure as main password and private data/keys manager vs partial solution that iCloud Keychain provides. Also syncs with Mac.
  5. TheSkywalker77 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 9, 2017
    I use all the default apps EXCEPT for the Music app. I use Spotify instead. (If tHAT Eve counts)
  6. Aftermath747 macrumors regular

    Sep 16, 2015
    I don’t have Google Maps. I use Apple Maps exclusively with no issues. I have every first-party app as my default. They work well for me.
  7. jagolden macrumors 6502a


    Feb 11, 2002
    I use Dark Sky and like what it brings.
    Sometimes I use Pro Camera in place of the stock camera app.

    I just checked on Fantastical. I’d love for calendar and reminders to be "merged", but there’s no way I’m paying for separate apps for the iPad and iPhone. Is there a desktop version also? That would be critical so all devices would be connected.
    Right now I just put my "reminders" in the calendar.
  8. shenfrey thread starter macrumors 68000

    May 23, 2010
    There is for Mac yes.
  9. FFR macrumors 601


    Nov 4, 2007
    I use a lot of different apps but apple stock apps are the ones I default to the most.
  10. Expobill Suspended


    May 30, 2018
    oh yes.....i would have left the computing world years ago if i could not do that!
    my ipod nano g4 has not seen itunes since last august when itunes deemed the device "old" and cursed it with a red arrow on th ecreen. as i type im listening to music with the ipod crystal clear!
    Windows is easier to default whereas the ipad is the worst.
    all the programs defaulted on the MBair are 3rd party and after I send my last@me mail soon, that goes as well!
  11. Squillace macrumors member


    Feb 22, 2016
    I just use Meteo Suisse for the weather here in Switzerland because it's far more accurate than the default iOS app.
    In fact, I think Apple should "sign" some protocol or arrangement or deal with local forecast/weather entities around the world to provide more accurate weather previsions.

    For everything else I use the default apps. I'm not a heavy user of e-mail, notes, calendars or stuff like that, so the default ones do the job for me.
  12. Phogro macrumors regular


    Aug 13, 2015
    Boston, MA
    I've done some of what you've done...

    Weather -> Hello Weather for primary interface and radar Dark Sky for precipitation alerts.
    Reminders -> Things 3 for personal use, still use Reminders with my wife for shared lists
    Mail -> Outlook
    Notes -> Bear
    Calendar -> Used Fantastical for a while, but I've migrated back to Apple Calendar for the time being.
  13. kmj2318 macrumors 68000


    Aug 22, 2007
    Naples, FL
    Yeah, a few

    Reminders: Things
    Podcasts: Overcast
    Calculator: Calzy
  14. ZEEN0j macrumors 65816


    Sep 29, 2014

    Calendar: Fantastical
    Reminders: Things
    Phone app: Cardhop
    Podcasts: Overcast
    Calculator: Calcbot
    Notes: Bear
    Mail: Spark
    Weather: Carrot weather
  15. alembic macrumors regular

    Oct 13, 2005
    Calendar: Fantastical
    Camera: Camera+
    Music: Ecoute
    Calculator: GO-25 SciRPN
    Map: Google Map
  16. tobefirst macrumors 68040


    Jan 24, 2005
    St. Louis, MO
    Calendars 5 is a severely underrated app. Its week view is awesome.
  17. tarsins macrumors 6502a


    Sep 15, 2009
    Google Maps as it's better than Apple Maps here in the UK.
    Google Photos until Apple improve iCloud photos, especially removing the number of photos restriction in sharing.
  18. shenfrey thread starter macrumors 68000

    May 23, 2010
    Does ecoute work with Apple music? So if I'm a subs river and I add tracks to library do they show up?
  19. Sital macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2012
    New England
    Mail: Airmail
    Calendar: BusyCal
    Weather: Accuweather
    Music: Spotify

    Currently evaluating Google maps as a replacement for Apple maps. I've always been a fan of Apple maps, but on a recent trip 6 hour trip Google had the shorter, preferable route and Apple didn't even list it as an alternative.
  20. Blue Hawk macrumors 6502

    Dec 18, 2017
    I wished we could set our default apps in iOS.

    Mail: Outlook
    Calendar: Outlook
    Calculator: Calzy
    Weather: Pflotsh Storm, Pflotsh Super HD, Pflotsh ECMWF
  21. eyefoniac macrumors 6502


    Nov 21, 2008
    Everywhere and nowhere
    Mail: Newton (tried spark but had constant issues)
    Calendar*: mostly stock but am trying Newton Calendar
    Notes/Reminders: Agenda (one of my favorite apps)
    Weather: Dark Sky
    News: WSJ/NYT/Google News
  22. forza69 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 30, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    Mail: Edison
    Maps: Google Maps
    Weather: Carrot Weather
    Podcast: The Podcast App
    Music: Spotify
  23. stillcrazyman macrumors 68020


    Oct 10, 2014
    In Exile
    Weather: Carrot Weather
    Camera: Pro Camera, and sometimes the default Camera app.

    Other than those, I use the defaults. I'm not a 'power' user.
  24. ejb190 macrumors 65816


    Due to work, I have tried about every weather app known to man. Very few apps display hourly predicted wind speeds, so I end up back at on my desktop when I can.

    Apple maps has improved. A few years back it was almost unusable. Now I'd say it's a close second to Google Maps. It might sound crazy, but on occasion I've used Zillow for navigation when the addresses on the maps apps haven't been accurate enough!

    One of these days, I'm going to get Outlook to work with our server! Calendar/Mail is passable.

    I wish Calculator was on the iPad. I haven't found a third party app that's better for what I need.
  25. mikzn macrumors 65816


    Sep 2, 2013
    Pages > Word
    Preview > Adobe Acrobat DC
    Mail > Outlook
    Numbers > Excel
    Keynote = Awesome !
    Time Machine > Carbon Copy Cloner
    Safari > Firefox
    Notes > One Note
    QuickTime > VLC
    Siri > Alexa
    iTunes manage and play music = awesome!
    Apple Music (Streaming)> Amazon Music

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