Color me spoiled. One of my favorite Apple applications ever– not Safari or Mail or Calendar or Photos or whatever– is the Clock app on iPhone and iPad. Seriously. This is one of the best and most useful apps ever and it’s not on a Mac.
Yes, Mac users can travel around the Mac App Store for days, visit MacUpdate and search for clock until the cows come home and leave again, but Clock is an iOS app and Apple needs to bring it to macOS. Clock apps are everywhere but none as good as Clock on iOS.
Bring To Mac
It’s not like copying an app from one platform to another is a sin. Safari, Mail, Calendar, Contacts made it from the Mac to iPhone. iPhone apps have traveled to macOS, too. Hello! iBooks. And soon Stocks, News, Home, and Voice Memos.
Alright, the precedent has been set. So where in the Charles Dickens is Clock for Mac? Clock is a very special, highly useful, much regarded app that nobody talks about much. Use it to set reminders, or, as an alarm clock, a stopwatch, a timer, or, and this is remarkable– a bedtime alarm.
Take a look at what the Mac is missing.
Tap the Plus sign to create a new alarm. Tap Edit to change time and alarm settings on any alarm. Easy peasy, right? It also works on Watch and you can use Siri to set alarms.
Yes, there are other clock and alarm apps with alarms and settings and features, oh my! But Clock is the easiest to use and it just works. For example, no matter what your Do Not Disturb settings are, they won’t disturb a Clock alarm. It’ll blare away, right on time, DNT notwithstanding. That’s what you’d expect of an alarm clock, right?
Stopwatch and Timer apps come and go, but the Bedtime feature is special as you can set it for when to go to bed– and it rings and alarm– and a setting to wake you up. iPhone and Watch.
See how simple it all looks? Well, under the hood you’ll find more settings beyond the obvious. Change the day of the week or repeat specific alarms on Clock, or change the alarm ring.
Also built-in is a World Clock but ho hum. Those are available on the Mac App Store for a price, but Clock is free on iPhone and iPad. And it needs to have a counterpart on the Mac. If Apple won’t do it, why doesn’t some enterprising Mac app developer simply rebuild what Apple built. Give it a different name, additional color or theme options, but keep the basics the same.
I’d buy one for my Mac.