Things 3 Is Coming

We’re very excited to report that Things 3 is almost ready for release. After a final round of beta testing, we expect to ship in May.

Things 3 Is Coming


A little over a month ago, we quietly took a big step. Things 3 was nearing completion so we expanded our beta from a handful of testers to more than 100 people. This has been going extremely well, and the feedback we’ve received is simply fantastic we’ve gotten so many great responses that we just had to share some of them :) Thanks, everyone!

Today, we’re expanding the beta further to include all existing Things 2 beta testers. We also have another 100 open seats, so if you’d like participate, you can apply here.

Release Plan

At this point, we’re very confident about the stability of the apps. We think we need approximately four more weeks to add the finishing touches. Together with other release preparations, that means we expect to ship sometime in May. We’ll post an exact date as soon as we have one.


Indeed! If you’ve been following our efforts, you’ll know that getting here has taken us longer than we originally thought. For Things 3, we ended up completely rewriting the apps on all platforms as well as adding and refining the new features. At the same time, we kept Things 2 up-to-date and added new features there as well (extensions, Watch app, push sync, etc.). We’ve learned a lot through this process, and there’s quite a bit more we could talk about – but for now, we’re focused on the coming release.


Things 3 will be released as three separate apps in the App Store and we’re keeping the current pricing. This will also be our first paid update (since 1.0!) for existing users. During launch week, we’ll have a 20% discount on the apps – make sure you sign up for our newsletter so you don’t miss it!

Thanks everyone for your patience. We’ve put a lot of hard work and passion into making Things 3 the best personal task manager available. We’re incredibly excited about the result, and cannot wait to hear what you think.

Things 2.8.7 Fall Releases

We’ve just updated Things for iOS 10 and watchOS 3 and everything’s running great. We also have a release coming later this week for macOS Sierra.

Things for iOS 10

Just a quick note to let you know that Things is up-to-date for Apple’s fall OS releases. It’s fully compatible and you should be able to upgrade with no problem.

The Today Widget has been tweaked to fit the new aesthetic; the iPhone now shows to-dos from the Widget when you Force Touch the app icon; and for watchOS 3, the glance is gone (Apple removed the feature), but you can now put Things in your Watch’s dock for easy access.

Things 2.8.7 is available now as a free update for iPad, iPhone, and Apple Watch. The update for Mac will arrive later this week as soon as it’s approved.

Have a great week!

Things for watchOS 2 with Complications

Staying on track throughout the day is now easier than ever with our new native app and Complications for Apple Watch – available today in Things 2.8.2!

Things Watch Native App

Today’s update was due a few weeks ago, but we discovered a critical bug during testing that had to be resolved by reworking part of the app. Many of you have been writing in asking for Complications over the last few weeks, so we’re happy to finally get this out to you – we hope you like it!

A Faster Native App

With watchOS 1, apps were designed to run on your iPhone, and stream over to your Apple Watch wirelessly. This could cause noticeable delays during use, and your iPhone always needed to be within range. But with watchOS 2, Apple made it possible to run apps directly on the watch, which meant we could rebuild Things as a native app.

Since the watch app now runs separately from the iPhone app, it also stores a discrete copy of your data that needs to be kept in sync – so we’ve created a special new mechanism that manages sync for these two devices over a local connection. It doesn’t matter now if your iPhone is out of range, Things for Apple Watch runs independently – and syncs up with your iPhone again when they’re close.

Look, I’m a grown-up now!

But the feature we think you’ll love the most is Things’ new custom Complications – tiny widgets that display pertinent information directly on the watch face.

A Complication for Every Face

When we first released Things for Apple Watch, we said that our intention was to make an app that was focused, not on task management, but on task accomplishment – a companion that would encourage you to follow through on your daily goals. With the Complications we’re releasing today, this is easier than ever. They show you what to do next – right on the watch face – and display your progress as you go.

Varying in size, color, and content, Things’ three Complications are designed to look great on any watch face you choose. In fact, why not create several different watch faces based on your context? It’s very easy to switch between them with a quick swipe.

Things Watch Complication 1
Things Watch Complication 2
Things Watch Complication 3
  1. The Modular watch face allows you to display Things’ largest Complication, which shows your next three upcoming to-dos.
  2. Where space is limited, like on the Utility watch face, a one-line Complication shows you the very next thing you need to do.
  3. Finally, Things provides a Complication that subtly shows your progress each day in a ring that looks great on any watch face.

Each Complication also acts as a shortcut – just raise your wrist, tap the watch face, and Things will open. This makes your to-dos instantly accessible, and keeps you on track as you progress through the day.

Things for El Capitan

We’ve just released Things 2.8 for Mac with full compatibility for OS X El Capitan—it includes Split View support, and a nice little enhancement for drag and drop.

Multi-Tasking With Split View

Split ViewThe Split View feature that recently came to iPad is now also available on your Mac. Just click and hold the green zoom button in the corner of Things’ window, drag it to the left or right pane, and then choose another app for the other side. It’s great for setting up a dedicated workspace so you can focus on your events and to-dos together:

Split View

Drag & Drop With Force Touch

Force TouchIf you’re a Mac user with a Force Touch trackpad, today’s update brings a nice little enhancement for you. When you drag a to-do over the sidebar and want to drop it into a specific list, you can now press a little deeper on your trackpad and the list will open. With the to-do still under your cursor, you can drop it at just the right place in the list.

Force Touch (Video)
Requires a Mac with a Force Touch trackpad.

Things 2.8 for El Capitan is available now as a free update for all customers. We hope you enjoy it!

Things for iOS 9

Things 2.8 is out with full compatibility and great new features for iOS 9—including Slide Over, Split View, and keyboard shortcuts for iPad, and Quick Actions for the home screen on iPhone 6s.

Things for iOS 9

iPad’s New Multitasking and Shortcuts

iOS 9 introduces two great new multi-tasking features for iPad: Slide Over and Split View. They allow you to access Things while working in other apps by sliding it in from the right side of your screen. Here, you can use a fully functional version of the app in a neatly condensed layout.

These two new multi-tasking modes are great for working through your Today list, taking notes while researching something online, or viewing your to-dos alongside calendar events as you plan your day. Here’s how it looks:

Slide Over
Split View
Slide Over
Slide Over allows you to quickly check your to-dos with a swipe.
Split View
Split View allows you to run two apps side by side at full power.

Things 2.8 for iPad also introduces new shortcuts for external keyboards, making it easier to navigate around the app and create new to-dos.

iPhone’s New Quick Actions

Along with general improvements for iOS 9, this update adds a nice feature for the new iPhone 6s with 3D Touch. When you tap Things’ app icon, just press down slightly and a menu will appear with our new Quick Actions. You can create a new to-do from the home screen, or jump straight into your Today list:

Quick Actions

Things for watchOS 2

Our new native app for Apple Watch is almost ready. We intended to release it this week alongside iOS 9 and watchOS 2 but found an important bug that we need to fix. We’re working on that now and will release it as soon as it’s ready. In the meantime, the existing watch app will continue to work fine on watchOS 2.

Things 2.8 for iPhone and iPad is available now as a free update—we hope you enjoy the new features! Things 2.8 is also coming to Mac—it’s been submitted for review and we’ll release it for OS X El Capitan next week.