If you think about it for a moment, that’s a pretty good question. Apple finally showed some love to the pedestrian Notes app for Mac, iPhone, and iPad, gave it a few mini-word processor tools, and we probably won’t see an update again until 2020. That’s how Apple rolls.
What if you want more and better notes? Fortunately, notes apps are a thing these days and you can choose from dozens, and many of those sync between devices and place nice-nice with iCloud or Dropbox, and few cost more than a few dollars.
Which notes app is best? Put Purple Notes on your list because it might be the best notes value. It’s not free, but Purple Notes is packed with features available in more expensive notes apps. There’s a Mac version, an iPhone version, an iPad version, and, guess what? Notes for Watch.
Notes uses the notebooks library method so you can manage all your notes within the app. Click on a notebook category, click on a note, view and edit the note.
Purple Notes falls into the rich notes segment so notes use rich text formatting, stores images and photos within a note, and even lets you protect notes with a password.
The entire notes library can be sorted and searched, and notes you use more frequently can be selected as Favorites for easier access. Also important to me and my workflow are apps that can sync to the same app on Mac, iPhone, and iPad.
Here’s Purple Notes on the iPad.
Not everyone carries Mac or iPad wherever they go, so it’s good to have a Purple Notes app for iPhone, too.
Look familiar? That’s the point.
Purple Notes file structure makes it easy for you to customize your notes organization, keep them in sync between devices, and edit or create new notes and have them show up on other devices moments later.
This might be a first. Purple Notes also has a Watch app to complete the ecosystem workflow.
The key to success in Purple Notes is simplicity and consistency. Notes are easily visible and organized from within each app, so there’s continuity from one device to another, and notes are available with little more than a click or tap. Purple Notes is priced right, too. A few dollars for the Mac version, 99-cents for the iOS version.