Flexibits has redesigned, remade and relaunched their popular calendar app for iOS 7, packing in new features and a sleeker look. But it comes at a cost, whether you bought v1 or not!
There’s nothing wrong with the default Calendar on the iPhone—or so you think till you get your hands on an app like Tempo or the new Fantastical 2. Fantastical 2 lets you easily create events with natural language, and smartly understands data points. For example, if you were to type “Lunch with Elon at Palo Alto on Monday between 12 and 1 pm”, Fantastical will automatically pick up the location and time from that and set a reminder for you. In fact, it will also open up a map and take you to the location.
Such functionality is nothing new (it’s been in Google Calendar for ages), but it’s still cool to have. You can also speak into the phone for it to transcribe what you said. Fantastical recognizes holidays, days of the week, the location of your event, repeating events, and more!
The new design includes a dark and a light theme that you can switch between. The ‘Day Ticker’ is now connected with your list to smartly update when you swipe the list. Of course, it still gives you a daily list, and swiping down on it now also shows you the entire month’s calendar.
Flipping the iPhone sideways will give you a beautiful new ‘week view’, which looks quite cool. Fantastical 2 also includes support for text expanders, so you can have a few key words ready and reduce your typing.
Like Tweetbot 3, Fantastical 2 is a sequel that isn’t available as an update to current users of the app. Everyone has to buy the new app instead. Currently, you can grab it from the App Store at a promotional price of $2.99, but that will go up to $4.99.
Would you pay that much for Fantastical 2? Especially if you are a current Fantastical user? Just for comparison, our Best iPhone Apps page lists Calendars 5 as the current leader in this space and it retails for $6.99.