Things – the excellent task manager app for iOS – got another update last week, to version 1.7.2. The update added the ability to create repeating tasks on the iPad or iPhone, and not much else.
Here’s the key thing this latest update did not add – over-the-air (OTA) sync – which continues to be the one huge missing feature in an otherwise stellar app. In my view, this is a long overdue feature by now. Things has been in the iOS App Store since 2008. The iPad version of the app has been around since April of 2010. The iPad and Mac versions of Things are priced at relatively premium levels, at $19.99 and $49.99 respectively. Many other top productivity apps have offered OTA sync for a long while now, and many have recently added cloud sync via Dropbox and similar cloud services.
It is way past time for Things to offer OTA sync. Right now, as soon as you step away from your local WiFi network, Things sync ceases to work. So if you’re out and about and remember a critical task you need to jot down, Things is pretty much no use to you. Worse still, Things’ WiFi sync is getting worse and worse. I find more and more often lately it gets stuck and fails to complete even when my iPad and MacBook Pro are within 15 feet of each other on the same WiFi network.
Things has been my favorite and everyday tasks app – on the Mac and iOS devices – for years now, and I hate thinking of switching away from it. But I am fed up with waiting on OTA sync and I now look carefully and longingly at every new tasks app I see hit the App Store. I am also seriously looking at other existing apps for this purpose.
Of course I’m just one user – but it seems to me that if someone who has been a huge fan of the app is feeling ready to switch away from it, that’s not a good omen.