Default Apps 2023

(Inspired by Chris Coyier, who was inspired by Matt C, who was inspired by this post from rknight.me โ€ฆ phew, okay, I think we got it. Now for the appsโ€ฆ I keep it pretty damn simple)

๐Ÿ“จ Mail Client: Mail (on both iOS and macOS)

๐Ÿ“ฎ Mail Server: iCloud and Google?

๐Ÿ“ Notes: Apple Notes

โœ… To-Do: Apple Reminders

๐Ÿ“ท Photo Shooting: iPhone 15 Pro Max

๐ŸŽจ Photo Editing: iOS Photos app, and occasionally Photomator

๐Ÿ“† Calendar: Fantastical (pro subscription) with both iCloud and Google calendars

๐Ÿ“ Cloud File Storage: iCloud Drive

๐Ÿ“– RSS: Reeder

๐Ÿ™๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ Contacts: macOS Contacts

๐ŸŒ Browser: Safari on both iOS and Mac

๐Ÿ’ฌ Chat: Messages, Webex (work), Discord

๐Ÿ”– Bookmarks: Safari bookmarks

๐Ÿ“‘ Read It Later: GoodLinksโ€ฆ but I never read it later ๐Ÿ˜…

๐Ÿ“œ Word Processing: Apple Notes and Grammarly Editor

๐Ÿ“ˆ Spreadsheets: Numbers

๐Ÿ“Š Presentations: Figma

๐Ÿ›’ Shopping Lists: Reminders

๐Ÿด Meal Planning: Ugmonk Analog Weekly Cards and Mela

๐Ÿ’ฐ Budgeting and Personal Finance: Copilot and Numbers

๐Ÿ“ฐ News: Apple News, RSS

๐ŸŽต Music: Apple Music

๐ŸŽค Podcasts: None, sometimes The Bald and The Beautiful on YouTube.

๐Ÿ” Password Management: 1Password

๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿ’ป Code Editor: VS Code

โœˆ๏ธ VPN: Work has a VPN, but my devices donโ€™t.


I like to use a few extra apps, but I wouldn't say they're my default. Tripsy and Flightly are great when traveling. Swipewipe has started to climb up as something fun to check daily. Threads has landed as my chosen Social Media.

I used to have a lot more apps in rotation, but more and more, I just want things to be simple, and right now, the Apple ecosystem of apps works for me. Do you have any neat apps you like to use all the time?