Why is the notes app so limited?

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  1. someone28624 macrumors 6502a

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    I used to use notes a lot to make things like to do lists and grocery lists. More and more I'm using Reminders to do those things now. Now I'm realizing the Notes app is quite limited. Today I wanted to make a note about my furniture shopping. I wanted to add pictures to it. I never before realized there's no way to do that. I really feel this is a big limitation and would like to see that added in the future. I know I could use a third party app, but I like the iCloud syncing.

    Further, on my MacBook I went to look at my notes and realized they're not there. Why? Because for the Mac Notes are synced with Calendars. I sync my calendars through Google, so no Note syncing for me.
     
  2. Tiptizzle macrumors 6502

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    Notes can be synced through iCloud on iOS 6 and Mountain Lion. Mine are.

    I see you can add pictures on the mac, doesn't seem to show up in iOS 6 though.
     
  3. TheRealDamager macrumors 65816

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    Notes should populate across devices using iCloud - just make sure you have it setup correctly.

    It will gain more features over time, and there are plenty of alternatives on the app stores if you want more features.
     
  4. WhySoSerious macrumors 65816

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    Over time huh? It's been out since 2007 and what "features" has it gained in 5 years?

    I agree with the OP. The Note app needs a huge overhaul...which will never happen.
     
  5. HE15MAN macrumors 6502a

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    Would be nice to be able to use a stylus with it.
     
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  7. Sky Blue Guest

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    Nope, Notes are synced as Notes.
     

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  8. Italianblend macrumors 68000

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    Another poor attempt by apple. But there are better note apps out there. Maybe apple justifies their laziness by saying they are supporting the app makers by letting them get money for notes apps.
     
  9. TheRealDamager macrumors 65816

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    It's not laziness - it's strategy which supports the strongest App infrastructure out there. There are PLENTY of other choices if the default Notes app doesn't do what you need.
     
  10. fisherking macrumors 601

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    notes needs SOME updates...why can't i group them alphabetically? (we can FINALLY do that on our macs).

    and if you want to see something REALLY sad...look at notes on icloud.
    horrible font, ridiculous fake notebook...ugh.

    am sure we'll see improvements...hopefully sooner than later...
     
  11. matrix07 macrumors 68040

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    Why? Because nobody will buy a device simple because it has a great native note app.
     
  12. BrokeTechLover macrumors regular

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    I have hated the notes app since my first iPhone back in '09,& though I use NoteMaster (BEST notes app EVER),I do wish Apple improved their native one to at least be able to add pictures.
    I think it'd be nice to have the OPTION to use the native notes,but you can't cause it's so crippled :(
     
  13. WordMasterRice macrumors 6502a

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    Then they should let me delete it and get it off my phone. Why put bad apps on my phone by default and force them to stay?
     
  14. xraydoc macrumors demi-god

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    +1 billion.
     
  15. someone28624 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry, for the syncing part I was confusing Notes and Reminders. It's Reminders that can't be synced to the Mac independently of Calendars. I have no interest is installing 3rd party solutions when I have an OS included solution I feel is needlessly limited and can't be deleted.
     
  16. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

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    If you don't like Notes, there are a bazillion apps available on the App Store. It's just an app for writing notes like on a notepad.
     
  17. xraydoc macrumors demi-god

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    I guess you'll never have the functionality you want, then, if you refuse to use apps not included with the OS.

    Besides, I don't think the notes app is needlessly limited. It's simple by design.
    There's a million other apps that add more function if the simple built-in one doesn't cut it.
     
  18. irDigital0l Guest

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    Notes is great for quickly jotting down something

    I use Evernote for lecture notes, study guides, and more time consuming notes.
     
  19. From A Buick 8 macrumors 68040

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    these two statements will make your life with iOS a much happier one.
     
  20. fisherking macrumors 601

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    personally, i'd be fine with it as long as i could:

    1. alphabetize my notes (as i can on the mac)

    2. NEVER have to look at notes in iCloud (shudder)...
     
  21. Tiptizzle macrumors 6502

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    They can be turned on & off independently on mine?
     
  22. Tea-Aholic macrumors 6502

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    I recommend you the Samsung Galaxy Note.
     
  23. HE15MAN macrumors 6502a

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    No thanks
     
  24. SpyderBite macrumors 65816

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    I use notes as a scratch pad.. My digital version of a sticky note so to speak. I don't need it to be more complex. I don't alphabetize my sticky notes in my desk. And Reminders handles to-do lists, etc. Notes is a great little kiss app (keep it simple, stupid).
     
  25. Dolorian macrumors 65816

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    This.
     

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