Bravely default

Seth Clifford — who you might recognize from his interview hereon stock iOS apps:

Something’s changed though–well, two things–in the past few years. I’ve lost my taste for fiddling a little bit, and the default apps Apple ships with its devices have gotten, well, better. Better than other things I could use? Not in all cases. But better… enough. I’ve been increasingly focused on reducing friction in my life, and having a simpler computing experience that works together with its component parts–as much as any multi-device connected computing experience can work without hair-pulling these days.

There are still plenty of strange UI choices and functional misses for me in some of Apple’s default apps. I could probably write a series of posts on this topic alone. But what I’m discovering is that the more I give in to accepting that some of these apps provide the core functionality I need in a certain app, the less I find my mind wandering toward exploring an endless array of options and falling into a rabbit hole of tweaking workflows and deluding myself into thinking it’s helping in some way. Faux-ductivity. I’m totally coining that. Try to stop me.

I tend to agree with Seth on this. Default iOS apps have gotten much better over the past few years, to a point where there is less value in seeking and tweaking apps for your needs and tastes when the ones already on your device do the job just fine for the most part. 

In recent times, I have found myself using Notes and Reminders a lot by choice, Apple's Mail app (by necessity, but not through gritted teeth) for some accounts, and I'm even moving back to Apple Maps (gradually). iOS 8's Photos app provides ample image editing tools, enough that I rarely venture into VSCO Cam or Snapseed these days. Messages, Phone and Safari are frequently used, of course, and with the updates to Music.app coming with Apple Music and Beats 1, I imagine I'll be spending a lot more time in that app too. 

It's no surprise to me when I see someone's iPhone with but a few third-party apps installed — it's all they need. 

Can't agree with Seth on his app of choice for podcasts, though...

Source: Seth Clifford