German developer Cultured Code is celebrating the millionth sale of Things, it’s high-end to-do and productivity application for the iPhone, iPad and Mac, so the team fittingly announced the upcoming arrival of Things 3. A major revision, Things 3 will bring substantial user interface redesign but it won’t be just about the looks as Cultured Code promised some “great new features” to go with the redesign.
And in celebrating the app’s milestone, the team is giving away some Mac hardware on Christmas Day. Full details follow below…
As a thank you to existing customers who bought the Things apps, the eleven-people engineering team is giving away one MacBook Pro, one iPad Air and one iPhone 5s, along with fifty copies of Things for each platform.
Winners will be chosen at random on Christmas Day, December 25, 2013.
Check out their blog entry for the official giveaway rules.
As for the next iteration of Things, it’s been a little over a year in the making.
Launching for the Mac, iPhone and iPad at some point next year, Things 3 introduces a fresh new visual style, a revised user interface, more structure for your lists and an array of great new features that are designed to make you more productive, the team wrote.
“We’ve revisited many areas of the app that have been neglected in the past, and renovated much of our codebase,” the post reads. “It’s the most ambitious update we’ve ever undertaken”.
You can follow the progress of Things 3 development, currently in alpha, via Cultured’s status board.
As for the new UI:
With respect to iOS 7 we were faced with a pretty straightforward decision back in June. Apple had just unveiled iOS 7, and we were knee-deep in the development of Things 3.
The decision was to either continue development of Things 3 as planned, or to halt development, revive the old Things 2 code, and ship a half-hearted re-skin of our app.
It’s clear now what we chose to do. This means that you’ll have to stick with the Things 2 design a bit longer, but it also means that Things 3 will ship much sooner than it would have otherwise.
Pictured top of post: the new Things 3 Home screen app icon.
We anticipate that Things 3 will be a free update to existing customers and will keep you in the loop with the app’s progress.
Things for iPhone is $9.99 in the App Store.
Screenshots in this post represent the current Things 2 for iPad.