Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. This app is optimised for iPhone 5.
Age Rating: 12+
After I drag myself out of bed, my morning routine is pretty set in stone, and really doesn’t vary much. After I put my contacts in, feed my roommates (my pet guinea pigs, of course), and getÂ mostlyÂ ready, I sit down for breakfast. Breakfast is the time when I check my email and schedule for the day to see whatâ€™s in store, but that requires hopping back and forth between a couple of different apps on my phone and browser tabs on my MacBook.
Morning, a nifty utility for iOS, consolidates all of these things into one app, which eliminates the need to switch between apps a zillion times to get a clear grasp on whatâ€™s ahead. It keeps your day beautifully organised in one glanceable screen that should simplify your morning routine. (Oh, so Morning makes your morning more manageable? I see what you did there.)
The app consists of different panels of must-know info: the date and time, your reminders, the weather forecast, a newsreader, your calendar, your daily stock info, your current commute time and an event countdown. It connects to Appleâ€™s stock iOS apps to pull in all of that information.
After you select your overall colour palette, edit each individual panel with your preferences to truly customise Morning and make it your own. For example, set your city for the weather panel, and indicate how youâ€™d like your clock and calendar to be displayed. Panels are displayed as neatly organised horizontal tiles on the iPhone, and mismatched rectangular shapes on the iPad version. You can rearrange Morningâ€™s panels by simply dragging and dropping them into place.
I particularly love Morningâ€™s news ticker. You can plug in any source that has an RSS feed, and Morning will show the dayâ€™s latest headlines with links to the full story if youâ€™d like to read more. Checking the news is a critical part of my morning routine, and this lets me swipe quickly through headlines to give me a taste of whatâ€™s going on.
Morning is really all about simplicity. It cuts through the noise to only show you the things you absolutely need to know, and it keeps it all in one place. Iâ€™d eventually love the ability to keep this as a lock screen on my iPhone with a dash thatâ€™s constantly up-to-date, but for now this exceedingly helpful little app has earned a spot in my morning routine.
Morning costs $4.99 and is available now in theÂ App Store.
by Leah Yamshon, Macworld