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10 Unique iPhone Calendar Apps You Probably Haven’t Heard Of

Sandy Writtenhouse 22-07-2016

If you want to use a different calendar app to the one Apple provides on your iPhone, then there are many popular options $7 for a Calendar App? Is Calendars 5 Really Worth It? Apple has done a pretty good job with the default calendar application on iOS, so paying $7 for Calendars 5 might seem a little crazy... Read More on the App Store. But, what if you are looking for something a little different?


With new ways to view and interact with your calendar, these 10 apps might be less known but could be just what you’re looking for.


Simpliday (Free)

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Simpliday is designed for iPhone and available for free on the App Store. There are several in-app purchase options for one-off features, like document attachments, or the ability to pay for a premium version containing all features starting at $2.49 per month.

JotTheDate (Free)

If you miss the days of scribbling your events on a physical, paper calendar, then JotTheDate is the app for you. As the name implies, you jot down your events with customizable drawing tools for changing size and color. The app turns into a full screen whiteboard for your scribbles and then allows you to add event details with your keyboard.


JotTheDate provides several views that you can switch between using the buttons on the bottom. View the year, month, current day, week, or a specific date. The convenient arrows allow you to move from year to year, month to month, and day to day quickly. If you think you would enjoy to drawing your calendar events, check it out.


JotTheDate is available for free with in-app purchases for monthly subscriptions or the premium edition, each of which allows you to create unlimited events. The app is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch.

Future ($1.99)

Future offers an unusual way to view your calendar in a clock-based format. Events that you have on your calendar will display as colored bars on the clock, coinciding with the colors you have attached to your calendars.


To move forward through your calendar, just slide the hand of the clock to your desired date and time. Adding events is done using your phone’s keyboard and the app includes all of the basics such as reminders, travel time, and repeating appointments. Future also has both light and dark themes, so for a very different type of calendar view this is a good option.


Future is compatible with iPhone and Apple Watch.

Jiffies [No Longer Available]

Similar to Future, Jiffies uses the same clock concept, but includes a few extra features. The app displays numbers on the clock dial and allows you to add an event by dragging and dropping it directly on the dial. Moving to different dates is done by tapping the calendar icon and the app includes a handy search feature.


Additional settings that may interest you include a night mode, background color or photo choice, and auto-lock. You can also choose the week beginning date and calendars for completions and the shifting of events. So, if you like the calendar-on-a-clock concept, but would like more features, Jiffies might be for you.


Jiffies is compatible with both iPhone and iPad.

Week Agenda Ultimate ($0.99)

For those who were always fond of the paper appointment books, Week Agenda Ultimate gives you that same look and feel. While this app does not come with a plethora of features, it does have the basics needed to set up your events.


Even though the app is limited, it does allow you to set the default alert time, adjust the font size, and pick the first day of the week. If you are looking for a nifty calendar app that has a unique look and feel rather than tons of features you may not use, Week Agenda Ultimate is worth a look.

Week Agenda Ultimate is designed for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch.

Glass Planner (Free)

Glass Planner offers more than just a standard calendar and place to add events. The app provides options for planning, acting, and completing items. View your week at a glance or swipe down to see upcoming months.


For events, the app offers tags, checklists, notes, and repeating appointments. While scrolling through your week, you can add an event just by tapping the appropriate spot on the timeline. You can set up tasks, apply filters, and switch between views easily. So, if you expect task management, customizable tags, and a nice selection of features from your calendar app, Glass Planner is a terrific choice.

Glass Planner is designed for iPhone with Apple Watch support and includes in-app purchases for expanded checklists, a graphics format, and other features starting at $1.99.

>Cal (Free) [Broken Link Removed]

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Cal offers different photo themes, an app icon badge, and map integration with Apple Maps, Google Maps, and Waze. When adding a location to an event, there is a handy search feature for local spots. Creating events is simple and allows for notes, repeating appointments, and invitations with confirmation email support. For those interested in a swipe-to-use calendar interface with helpful integrations, iPhone app Cal delivers.

Dials [No Longer Available]

Dials is another calendar app with the clock-based format, but it comes with a few extra features that make managing your calendar even better. With an in-event chat, communicating and planning with friends and family is easy. In addition, you can quickly create lists, accept invitations from others, and launch calls directly from the app.


When you first add a new event, you can choose between meeting, call, or task, each with a different indicator on the dial. Then include notes, add reminders Wunderlist Is A Compelling Alternative To Plain Old iOS Reminders A lot of people are perfectly content with iOS's built in Reminders feature, but there are some people who find themselves looking for more from a to-do app. Wunderlist gives you more. Read More , and schedule repeating events. Dials also includes a countdown to your next event, integration with the maps app, and a fast way to access the month view. For a clock-based calendar with a super smooth interface, Dials for iPhone is a great choice.

Peek Calendar ($7.99)

Peek Calendar is almost a completely gesture-based calendar with the intent of providing events at a glance. Tap any date on the calendar and your appointments will pop open with an accordion style animation. As a bonus, when you shake your device an inspiring message will display.


View the duration of your events easily by swiping to the right and then add appointments by holding down on the date. The app allows for reminders, locations, notes, and repeating events. Editing appointment times and durations is done by just holding down on the time bars. It’s perfect if you like quick-glance, gesture-based apps like Clear.

Peek Calendar is designed for iPhone and offers in-app purchases for different color themes.

Timepage by Moleskine ($2.99)

While Timepage by Moleskine may continue to gain users and could eventually rise to the top of the popularity list, many are still unaware of its great features and smooth interface. The app uses a scrollable timeline for your weekly calendar view and simple swiping to see the entire month.


Tap on any date in your calendar to view the full list of events along with the weather forecast for the day. Include a map, invite others, set up reminders, add notes, and create repeating events. Timepage by Moleskine also offers a variety of preferences that include themes, an app icon badge, and various timeline views. For a slick interface and ease-of-use, this calendar app is a beauty.

Timepage by Moleskine is designed for iPhone and Apple Watch.

Which Calendar Apps Do You Like Best?

With so many calendar app options, it can be tough to decide. There are tons of reliable apps that are full-featured $50 for a Calendar? 5 Reasons Fantastical 2 is Worth It The original Fantastical wasn't cheap at $15, and now developer Flexibits will be charging $50 for the updated version — so is it worth it? Read More and come with extensive integrations. But, if you are in the market for one that is a little out of the ordinary, then one of these might just be perfect fit for you.

How do you manage your schedule on your iPhone or iPad?

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  1. Tom
    July 23, 2016 at 11:39 pm

    Seems like a lot of your "free" apps actually have dollar signs and numbers attached to them in the store.

    • Sandy Writtenhouse
      July 23, 2016 at 11:57 pm

      Hi Tom,

      Thanks for your comment. I checked all of them and it appears that Peek Calendar is now paid. The others are still free and any subscriptions or in-app purchases for additional features were mentioned in the article. I'll get this updated for Peek, thank you!