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This article was published on October 22, 2014

Fantastical’s iOS apps get a Today widget, interactive notifications and app extension support

Fantastical’s iOS apps get a Today widget, interactive notifications and app extension support
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Nick Summers is a technology journalist for The Next Web. He writes on all sorts of topics, although he has a passion for gadgets, apps and Nick Summers is a technology journalist for The Next Web. He writes on all sorts of topics, although he has a passion for gadgets, apps and video games in particular. You can reach him on Twitter, circle him on Google+ and connect with him on LinkedIn.

Fantastical has bumped up its iPhone and iPad calendar apps to version 2.2, adding a Today widget, interactive notifications and the ability to quickly create new entries via its app extension.

All of these features are tied to iOS 8 and therefore, unsurprisingly, the app now requires the latest version of Apple’s mobile OS to run. The Today widget is arguably the most notable addition, providing a simple list of your appointments and reminders, as well as a grid overview of the current month.

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Interactive notifications mean you can quickly dismiss calendar alerts and signal that you’ve “completed” reminders without jumping into the Fantastical app. The new extension, meanwhile, means you can copy a selection of text from another app – for instance, your preferred email app – and quickly have Fantastical create a new entry using its conversational language recognition.

Finally, both apps are now optimized for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus’ larger displays, with a new landscape mode bundled in for the latter.

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