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Sunrise to Dusk: Sunrise App


A Red Sun Rises. Blood has been spilled this night.

Ifyou know me well, you know I always try to find the perfect tool for the perfect task. The way I see life, you must doubt default options, and that’s how I like to run my life. Rejecting default things in my life. I always wonder if there’s is a better way to do this, or do that. For example, who likes Internet Explorer (windows), or Safari (apple) anyway? Accepting what was pre-installed in your life, it means you accept the default options which were handed to you.

One day, I was HATING on the default Apple calendar; and I asked:. “I wonder if there’s a better calendar app out there”, that’s the moment I found Sunrise App, and fell in love with it. It was shut down yesterday — (almost a month ago).

From Sunrise to Dawn.

Sunrise has been the best calendar ever. Doesn’t matter if you use iCloud cal, Gmail, outlook, it will sort out your day like a good cup of tea at the end of a long day. The main two reasons why I believe Sunrise was the best calendar are:

1) Backend

2) User Experience


Let’s go back-end of 2012, when Sunrise launched the initial version at the Apple Store. The Sunrise Team did something different compared to the existing calendar apps at that time. Instead of relying on the native iOS APIs and letting iOS handle the calendar syncing part, they decided to reject the default engine, and chose to handle it. This means when you connected your Google Account, Sunrise’s servers would be handling the event creation. This allowed them to differentiate themselves from the competition, and gave them the opportunity to bring in more features later down the road.

You Eye You Ex

The Sunrise team just nailed it with the user experience. Instead of moving from day to month to year like today on iOS calendar, everything can be seen in one swipe. Everything is scrollable into a month view, and with just one touch you can see the event, the directions, or even the hangout link to jump into the meeting.

I hope someone will come out to “llenar este espacio” aka fill the space, with an amazing calendar app with a breezy UX and outstanding syncing backend for keeping your day tidy and well organized.

Meanwhile, I invite you to check the sunrise alternative apps from Product Hunt:

“The hallmark of originality is rejecting the default and exploring whether a better option exists.”

― Adam M. Grant, Originals: How Nonconformists Move the World

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