An Apple Journaling App

A juicy guess for Apple’s upcoming iOS 17 is a new app for journaling. When I first heard of it, I thought it might be too invasive or creepy. But now I’m curious to see what it could be. I journal everyday and like Apple’s software design. So an Apple Journal sounds like it could be something worth, uh, journaling about.

With my recent app switching, I’ve gone full-circle in journaling: from Apple Notes to Day One to Obsidian and back to Apple Notes. So now that I’m journaling in an Apple app, I wonder how much better the experience could be if Apple made an app dedicated to journaling. The potential has me excited.1

A question: how could it integrate with Apple Calendar since daily journaling is usually tied to the date like, “What happened today?” And what kind of daily notifications or journaling prompts might Apple use?

Also, how may a widget be useful? Will there be a daily streak feature like Day One has? How would photos be added? And could I dictate a journal entry through my Apple Watch and include my exercises?

It would be sweet to automatically add my daily walk or run stats to a journal entry!

As good as Day One is, I think Apple can make a better journaling app overall, with more polish, using consistent iOS design2. It would also, of course, be super secure and private with end-to-end encryption. That said, would there be a corresponding journaling web app for

One other definite wish I would have if Apple were to make a journaling app for the iPhone: a version for the Mac as soon as possible.

What do you think?

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  1. When Apple recently released a new app for drawing, called Freeform, I had zero interest. But a new app for journaling? 100% interested. ↩︎

  2. Stuff like the sidebar, standard icons, fonts, etc. ↩︎