Better Day

Better Day is a native Apple Watch app and complication. It’s a perpetual calendar for the Apple Watch that blows the standard Apple Watch calendar out of the water. Better Day is localized in more than twenty languages, and is available on the App Store for 99¢ (or your local equivalent).

Icon: a white and red calendar on a dark gray background
The Better Day icon

The need for a Better Day

The Apple Watch is a phenomenal piece of tech, but the native Date complication on the Apple Watch isn’t that clever:

  • When you tap it, it brings you to your list of upcoming events, the same as the Calendar complication. Sometimes, you just want to see the month at a glance.
  • The Apple Watch calendar only displays the current month. If you’re in March, and you want to see what day of the week June 20 falls on? You’re screwed.
screenshot: the Apple calendar complications both launch to the same place screenshot: the Apple calendar complication launches your appointments and the Better Day calendar complication launches the Better Day calendar
The problem and the solution; Better Day is the app at the top-right of the second image.

Better Day is a second destination for a complication slot you’re probably already using for the date. You can set the complication to be a calendar icon of the current month, the weekday and day (MON 7), the month and day (MAR 7), or all three (MON 3/7). You can also customize the color. And when you launch Better Day, you’re not limited to the current month. The calendar scrolls using the Digital Crown.

Silky smooth scrolling with the Digital Crown.

2017 Update: The Configurator

Better Day was released under watchOS 2, the first release to support custom complications. The Watch app received a major point update with the release of watchOS 3, to support new complication styles like Extra Large. But the iPhone companion app was looking long in the tooth by this time.

For Better Day 3, a fundamental redesign of the iPhone companion app took place. Where before the companion app was merely a barebones preview of the color and locale of the calendar, the 2017 update involved the creation of a full-fledged configuration interface. The “configurator” displays each of the complication options in context, within a beautiful, drawn-in-code graphical representation of the Apple Watch. Configurable slots pulse with a delightful, color coded animation, and display a preview of the expected complication style that matches pixel for pixel with what the user will see on their watch.

screenshot: the configurator displaying the modular watch face with Better Day in the top left and centerpiece slots screenshot: the configurator displaying the photo watch face with Better Day in both the slot above and below the time. At bottom, the simple watch face is also visible showing Better Day in one of the corners. screenshot: a listing of some of the accent colors available in Better Day
The Better Day Configurator

This update also introduced new complication styles, including a detail-packed three-line modular view that offers all of the following information:

  • day of week
  • month
  • day
  • year
  • ordinal week number within year

It also includes accent colors for every tint available in the watchOS color picker.

Un Jour Meilleur

The Apple Watch supports 21 languages. If Better Day aspired to be a better calendar than Apple’s, it goes without saying that Better Day would have to do the same. And localizing a calendar isn’t as simple as translating the months and calling it a day. What’s 10/31 in America is 31/10 in the U.K., and while Brazil starts their weeks on Sundays, Germany starts theirs on Mondays.

screenshot: a calendar in Spanish with a Sunday start (as in Mexico) screenshot: a complication in two styles (graphical at top-left, month day and year at bottom) screenshot: an Islamic calendar in Russian with a Monday start
Screenshots: a calendar in Spanish with a Sunday start (as in Mexico); a complication in two styles (graphical at top-left, month day and year at bottom); and an Islamic calendar in Russian with a Monday start.

It’s a big, messy world full of edge cases and exceptions, like that one month in 1582 that only had 18 days. But Better Day handles it with aplomb, offering 15 civil and religious calendars in 21 languages and 26 locales. Need an Islamic calendar in German? A Hebrew calendar in Arabic? Better Day has you covered.

Localizing the app for all these countries also led to a fun opportunity: the chance to give the app a local name for all the countries whose App Stores offer it. Hence, in Mexico you can have un Mejor Dia, and in Brazil you can have um Dia Melhor.

No matter what it’s called in your language, you can get Better Day in your country’s App Store today!