Times are changing and so are generations. Jesse and I use an old fashioned alarm clock attached to the night stand in the bedroom. Our pre-adult children (college and high school) use their iPhones as the alarm clock of choice.
Checking the app store for alarm clocks results in hundreds and hundreds of choices. For Mac users, not so many but one that gets good reviews is also almost– almost— good enough to get me to use my Mac as an alarm clock instead of the little plastic Sony clock we’ve used since the previous century.
For Mac users who sleep with their Macs nearby, Wake Up Time might be what you truly want.
This is one that looks almost the same as our nightstand alarm clock, but, being a Mac app, comes with more options. There’s the mandatory LCD display of time and day. The main switch button turns the alarm on and off.
A small panel pops out from the right side of the alarm clock so you can set the alarm time, change the alarm sound, adjust the volume, and set fade. The snooze time is customizable, and there’s a 24-hour display option.
Nice, right? And it’s as inexpensive as most of the iPhone alarm clocks. The only problem I can see is that it’s a Mac app which is unlikely to replace the Sony alarm clock on the nightstand. Functionality is similar, but if I move my MacBook anywhere close to the nightstand I’m liable to knock it off while searching for the snooze button in the dark.
Do people really use a Mac as an alarm clock?