Apple may have originally designed its iPhone to be a mobile communication device, but - thanks to the App Store - it’s now a multifunctional gadget that you can use as a TV remote, a fitness tracker, and even an alarm clock.
The iPhone comes with a pre-installed app called Clock, which features a pretty basic alarm clock that will wake you up in the morning. Nothing more, nothing less.
If you’re looking for an alarm clock app with a few more features, however, you’ll need to visit Apple’s digital app emporium and download something like Lemondo Entertainment’s Wakeapp !, which is available for £1.49 / $1.99.
Wakeapp ! has been designed from the ground up for iOS 7. In other words, Wakeapp ! is as simple to use as the iPhone’s native Clock app, in spite of the fact that it’s crammed with extra features.
Just like in Apple’s native Clock app, you're able to choose the sound that will wake you up in Wakeapp ! You can choose between four different tunes as soon as you open Wakeapp ! for the first time, and you can download additional packs of themed tunes from within the app if you’re looking for a greater selection.
There are currently four themed packs from which to choose: Technology, ‘80s, ‘60s, and Calm - all of which you can download completely free of charge. You can, naturally, also wake up to one of the songs in your ever-growing iTunes library. Who doesn’t want to start her day to AC/DC’s Highway to Hell?
There’s also a feature called "wake up test", which is designed to make sure you actually wake up and get out of bed when the alarm goes off. When activated, you can only turn your alarm off by touching your device’s screen in specific spots with two fingers simultaneously.
The most unique feature of Wakeapp !, however, is the "video alarm", available through an in-app purchase. If you download this add-on, you’ll be woken up by a Vanilla Sky-esque video of a woman prompting you to get out of bed with lines like ‘you’re going to be late’ and ‘wake up, babe, it’s time.'
If you’re a bit of a tinkerer, you’ll be pleased to read that you can customise Wakeapp ! with a variety of themes, including neon-bathed analogue and digital clocks, and a pretty nifty steampunk clock that’s carved into a wooden base.
If you plug your iPhone in to charge and leave the Wakeapp ! app open, a large clock (themed how you choose) is displayed on your device’s screen so you can easily see what time it is if you wake up during the night.
If you want to lower your iPhone’s brightness so it doesn’t bug you while you’re trying to get some shut-eye, you can easily do so by swiping across its display with one of your fingers while Wakeapp ! is open.
If, on the other hand, you need extra light, the app has a built-in flashlight that boasts adjustable brightness (at least on the iPhone 5S).
Wakeapp ! is currently available to download exclusively from the App Store for iPhone and iPad. Levan Topuria, a producer at Lemondo Entertainment, has stated that Wakeapp ! will possibly make an appearance on other platforms, including Android next.
Head on over to the App Store now and download Wakeapp ! for £1.49 / $1.99 [buy].