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Folks unhappy with Apple’s stock alarm clock feature may want to check out the beautiful Rise Alarm Clock app by Kellen Styler. Not only is it one of the best-looking third-party alarm clock apps out there, but it’s also free for a limited time.

Apple has named Rise its App of the Week, something it does every week for paid apps it believes deserve to be featured in front of millions of eyeballs. And after downloading the app for myself, it’s not surprising that they picked this one…

Here are some of Rise’s more notable features:

– Snooze or turn off the alarm from the lock screen with a shake (iPhone only).
– Beautiful large clock styles: Night mode / Skyscape / Transparent (Live camera).
– Wake up to one of the beautiful custom Rise melodies or your favorite song from iTunes. 
– Make a playlist from iTunes to help you fall asleep, or listen to other audio in the background. 
– Set a timer for your Sleep Tunes playlist so it doesn’t run all night.

It’s worth noting that Rise also works with iOS’ “Do Not Disturb” feature, as well as the silence switch (with app in foreground and/or auto-locked) of most devices. The app also has a ‘large clock’ portrait and landscape mode for docked devices.

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But while all of these things can be found in your average alarm clock app, what really sets Rise apart is its UI. It’s really something you have to play with to understand—settings can be changed with a simple swipe and animations are silky smooth.

And thanks to Apple, it won’t cost you anything to try it out. If you’re interested, you can find Rise Alarm Clock in the App Store, for both the iPhone and the iPad, for free (normally $1.99).

Have you tried Rise out yet? Thoughts?

  • Kenny Woodard

    I saw it earlier and wanted to give it a chance, but the latest reviews said it wasn’t reliable. Soo that was kind of a deal breaker.

    In other thoughts tho, seems like a lot of apps are following the yahoo weather theme. Which is kind of nice.

  • Peter Cao

    Sleep Cycle, is still my alarm clock of choice, period.

  • David Fabian

    It’ll be interesring to see if alarm clock apps are able to take advantage of iOS 7’s more comprehensive multitasking and become more functional, i.e. the app might not need to be running in order to play custom alarms.

  • ✪ aidan harris ✪

    I honestly don’t see what’s wrong with the default built-in alarm clock…

    • Matthew Cleveland

      Agreed. As long as it wakes me up, it’s all I need.

    • M Last

      I am agree with you, I am still using it but sometimes you need something new :))

    • Pawan

      For one, I’d really like my alarm to gradually wake me up. not go BAM BAM F*CK YOU GET UP

  • takenlife

    just used it on ipad, confusing even when reading directions 5 times.

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      In a nutshell you basically swipe to the right to turn the alarm on or off

      To set the alarm you swipe up or down to choose an hour and then can fine tune this by tapping above or below the time

      Further settings can be altered by swiping up on the settings cog at the bottom of the app

  • abdullah575

    COOL !!

  • 4p0c4lyps3

    Sweet. Got it already.

  • Mustang5Oh

    Good luck waking up if your phone is in DND mode. Luckily I read the reviews and tried it first to see if it sounded and nothing I did got it to sound. Sticking with the standard alarm that the phone comes with as it works perfectly anyways.

  • Om

    I’d prefer Wake Alarm over this IMO. Wake has more options to wake up, like slap and flip, shake to disable, and swipe up and down. And it’s only $0.99!

  • Edward Pacheco

    It does not work in the background, app has to be open to wake you up. I was late for work today.

  • Antonakis Kipouros Nikopolidis

    Why set only one alarm, i use at least 4 in 3 minute intervals… Better safe than sorry.