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Meet the new Notes, iOS 9's feature-packed Evernote rival

Caitlin McGarry | July 20, 2015
The Notes app for iOS has always existed as a utilitarian way to quickly jot down whatever comes to mind. It's completely devoid of fuss, which is perfect for times when you just need to make a quick list, but the lack of features opened the door to other, better note-taking apps like Evernote, Awesome Note, and and OneNote.

And if you forget which note you've added an attachment to, iOS 9's attachment browser displays which items are attached to which notes.

The ability to combine several different types of content and media in one note is a game-changer if you've been relying on Notes, and a no-brainer if you've been using third-party note-taking apps that already have this functionality. I confess to creating a to-do list with photos, website cards, and maps just because I could, but the capabilities really do come in handy for all types of serious planning.

iCloud sync

Using iCloud to sync your notes across your devices isn't new, but now that you can add rich media to notes, the ability to resume a note on the go that you started on your Mac is even more convenient. You can shoot iPhone photos or videos and add them to notes you created on a desktop, and that information will be synced across all of your Apple gadgets. If you were comfortable with the bare-bones Notes of yesteryear, you'll be delighted with these new tools. If you already found a feature-packed note-taking alternative, give Notes a second look in iOS 9--it might finally meet your expectations.


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