Most iPhone calendar apps tend to follow the same path as the built-in iOS Calendar, with few variations on the theme. Now a new calendar app for iPhone, Sunrise (free) offers a fresh new perspective on how you will look at calendars in the future. This is an app that does for calendaring what Clear did for to-do lists and Mailbox is doing for Gmail.
To begin with, if you're looking for something that is compatible with your iCloud-based calendar, you're going to be disappointed. However, if you're an enthusiastic user of Google's calendars or like to keep up on events being posted on Facebook or LinkedIn, you'll love Sunrise.
The app shows a two-week regular calendar view at the top of the screen, helpful when someone says "Are you free next Tuesday?" and you can check your calendar by simply tapping that date. With a downward swipe of the two-week calendar, five weeks are displayed and you can swipe through the months.
Individual calendar events are listed in a vertical timeline. For any day, you see exactly what you have planned as all-day and individual events. With a tap, details of the event are revealed. The app also asks for your location and displays a tiny forecast of weather and temperature for the morning, afternoon and evening of each day.