An Apple Notes appreciation post

Sometimes you go looking for that perfect app and you end up back to the iOS apps that came with your iPhone. That’s what often happens for me with notes. I try apps like Notion, Obsidian and Craft and whilst I appreciate their use case I end up getting overwhelmed and come back to Apple Notes.

Figuring out what you want from a Notes app

The first thing for me at least is to figure out what I want

  • Quick note taking
  • Intuitive
  • Sync everywhere
  • Privacy at the core
  • Table support
  • Folder support
  • Ability to add images
  • Good support through iOS for share sheet integration

What third party options didn’t work out for me?

Obsidian was too fiddly for me to make a quick note and understand the folder structures. Craft is the best option to replace notes but I wasn’t sold on their privacy policy. Drafts is a favourite but not flexible enough with tables for me. Notion wasn’t an iOS native enough app for my liking. Evernote, don’t get me started on their constant in app reminders to upgrade my account or remind me for the millionth time about app features.

Why Apple Notes sticks for me

In my daily use I don’t keep a massive knowledge base. I use Notes for thoughts on appointments I have, quick save of recipes, saving reference materials like a warranty and general quick thoughts. In my testing Apple notes fits my requirements detailed above. It’s quick to take a note, sync is good, I can use tables, embed files and organise with folders.

It’s been well developed over the years and now stands there with the best of them. It’s one of the few apps that actually feels like it has a team that has some allocation over a week to work on it, unlike Reminders or Mail. I don’t want Notes to go down the new trend of apps like Notion in turning it into a knowledge base (almost wiki like) and ends up complicating things. I just need a reliable, as basic as it can get Notes app and Apple Notes is perfect for this job.

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