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Checkmark is smarter than Apple’s Reminders: when you add a new location, you can use your current location, add an address manually from the integrated map view, and only as a last option you can import a location from your contacts. In the map, you can drag and drop the pin to adjust the position, and choose a location radius to tweak the behavior of the geofence — should the app remind you when you’re 30 meters from home, or 250? These are functionalities that Apple’s software is still suspiciously lacking, even in the upcoming Mountain Lion (except for manual addresses, which Apple seems to have implemented in 10.8).
The 1.1 update was released last week, and I decided to test it in real-life today that I’m in Rome. I drove from Viterbo all the way here, and I set up Checkmark to remind me to call a friend when I was 100 meters away from my desired location. Among the new features, in fact, there’s iPhone 5 support with improved radius control on location reminders. The app now sports a nice slider to easily adjust the radius of your destination and control when a notification will fire off. It worked as advertised when I entered the 100-meter range.
Alongside map improvements (the app uses the native MapKit of iOS 6, and you can now drop pins wherever you want), you can also snooze reminders and create recurring ones in version 1.1. For everything else, it’s the same Checkmark I’ve been using since 1.0, only with more (clever) options.
Checkmark is only $1.99 on the App Store.