Looking for a great calendar app for iOS? There are so many that it can be difficult to weed through them all and find the best ones. That’s what we’re here for. With years of experience in testing calendar apps under my belt, I’ve got a list of favorites. Each one is special in a unique way.

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Yesterday we looked at 6 great calendar apps for Android. Today let’s take a look at some of the best for iPhone and iPad.

Feel free to include your favorite iOS calendar apps in the comments section, too.

Calendars 5 ($2.99)

This productivity calendar focuses on events, not just dates. So, if you know you have things to do all of the time, but need to see what those things are, this app will display every event clearly.

That is why I prefer using it on my iPhone.

Calendars 5

The weekly display is exactly what I need. It also features a robust task manager, so you can keep a list of your daily to-do projects without needing a separate app for it.

The natural language input feature makes it easy to type in a basic sentence (like, “gaming with Matt on Tuesday night) to quickly create an event.

Cal – Calendar for iCloud, Google & Exchange (free)

The best part about this calendar app is that it links you to Any.Do, which is a robust, full-featured task app available on mobile devices and on the Mac.

Cal

So, you can see the week’s view at a glance with a list of daily events, followed by your Any.Do to-do list. You can even mark off your tasks right from Cal and it will automatically sync with all of your other apps.

This app also includes a feature that allows you to connect directly to a contact to send them a message or even a gift, on their birthday.

Cal is also available for Android.

Fantastical 2 for iPhone or iPad ($1.99 and up)

Fantastical 2 presents a multitude of features on one screen, which is why I use it as my go-to iPad calendar app. On the 9.7-inch screen, you can see a weekly view, monthly view, and list of daily events.

The iPhone doesn’t have enough room on the screen to show all three, but you can view the week and daily list at one time.

Fantastical 2 iPad

Plus, the Notification Center widget lets you see the month at a glance, right from your lock screen.

You can set up reminders with geofencing so that you’ll get a notification alert when you drive past a specific location, like the grocery store. The iPad version is normally priced at $9.99 and the iPhone version normally costs $4.99.

However, Apple is spotlighting a handful of productivity apps in the App Store right now and both are on sale for half off for a limited time.

Sunrise Calendar for Google (free)

The cool thing about Sunrise is that you can connect it to your Facebook account and receive a notification whenever someone invites you to an event.

Sunrise

I get at least a half-dozen Facebook invites every day because I am a part of the music community in my town (Facebook events are the new flyering). So, it is hard to keep up with new posts unless you have a system.

Every time you get a new invite, you’ll see a notification badge on the app and at the top of the month’s view. You can also connect to a wide variety of productivity apps, like Evernote, GitHub, Foursquare, Todoist, Trello, and many more. I love using the Mac version on my desktop and laptop.

Note that there’s also an Android version of Sunrise, which we featured in our roundup of Android calendar apps.

Microsoft is also said to be be acquiring the maker of Sunrise, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the Android and iOS apps are going away. Microsoft offers a number of apps for those platforms.

Week Calendar (1.99)

This calendar app is great for people that do a lot of different stuff and want to keep their various events organized with easy visual aids.

Week

You can color code your events using customizable colors and add icons based on the type of event you are creating.

For example, you can make all of your gym appointments blue and include a fitness icon so it is easy to see those events at a glance.

You can also add automatic event calendars for specific categories via in-app purchases, like U.S. holidays or the moon phases.

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