Both iPhone and iPad come with a built-in iOS app called Clock. What does it do? It tells time, sets alarms, works as a timer, and acts as a world clock. Where’s the Mac equivalent of Clock?
It’s Time For Time
Well, dear Mac user, don’t feel as if Apple has neglected the Mac faithful by not providing us with a default clock app.
System Preferences has the Date & Time settings, but those are modest. You can get the time announced with a click or two, display the day, date, and time in the Menubar.
And, there’s an option for digital or analog clock, and you can change the time zone, but as a clock, the Mac’s clock is nominal in value and could easily be replaced with Alarm Clock.
Why? Well, Alarm Clock is free, it’s a clock, it’s a customizable alarm clock, and it has a built-in sleep timer with white noise to help you sleep better.
Alarm Clock handles 12 or 24-hour clock format, lets you hide or show the seconds, day of the week, and it comes with chimes. The built-in alarm clock works great as the alarm clock your Mac never had.
For a few dollars more, there’s big brother My Alarm Clock which does all the aforementioned and more.
How much more?
Truly, My Alarm Clock is bang for the buck. Choose from a variety of clock faces, setup multiple alarms, use the Mac as a nightstand alarm clock, and set it to display weather information, including live local conditions and temperature.
Wait. There’s more!
My Alarm Clock can wake you up to music from iTunes, setup different songs for different alarms, and even make a playlist of favorite songs so you can sleep.
I’m still surprised that Apple doesn’t give Mac users a true blue alarm clock similar to what is on iPhone and iPad, but free is good, and a few bucks gets you even more, though using a Mac as a nightstand clock seems a bit like overkill.