Monday, October 31, 2011

There Is Probably An App For That, But Do You Really Need It?

I have to admit that I was one of the first geeks in 2007 who stood in line for the first iPhone. I also remember only spending about 30 minutes previewing all the available apps. Yes, that's all it took, because the original iPhone only came with a handful of default apps.

By the end of 2007, there were still only 500 apps. Then things started changing dramatically. As of June, 2011 there were over 500,000 apps (with about 100,000 apps being added every 6 months). Along with the rapid rate of app development, Apple also started their very successful campaign and central iPhone message: "There is an app for that." Yes, you have seen the commercials. There is an app to help you plan your trips, to check the weather, to do your banking, to be socially active, to track where you have been, how many calories in a meal, and to pretty much do anything you can think of...well, almost.

If you have been like me, you have taken advantage of this message and loaded your phone with hundreds of apps. Many you never use again (apps like the iFart app, that seemed funny at the time). What you once thought may be a useful app, just contributed to your already busy and unproductive life.
So, our suggestion is to simplify. There are 4 actions you can take to make your phone work for you instead of against you.

1. If you haven't used an app for a month, DELETE it.
2. If you feel guilty every time you open it, DELETE it.
3. If you use it regularly, place it front and center (like your home screen or main app banner), or organize it into a folder.
4. If you download a new app remember to follow steps 1, 2, and 3.

And remember, just because there is an app for "that," doesn't mean you need to have it.

1 comment:

  1. Excellent advice, thanks! I have so many apps on my iMac, iPad and iPhone that I seem to spend more time wondering why I downloaded them in the first place than I do actually using them!!!