Release Notes

All updates for Focus for iOS since it first BETA release in March 2015 and Focus for Mac (beginning 3.0) in July 2015


Focus (iOS) 1.5

August 18, 2016

  • New Keyboard shortcuts for iPad
  • Improved Apple Watch app
  • New dialogue when a session is finished
  • You can now choose anything between 1 and 99 as the session, break or long break length
  • Finish popover now works correctly when you rotate your device and when in Split View / Slide Over on iPad
  • Notification actions now work as expected
  • Write Us will no longer crash
  • When you open Focus on another device on a new day first, it won’t override your current session

Focus (Mac) 3.3

August 9, 2016

  • New global shortcut to skip a session
  • Window size and position will now be preserved across app launches
  • Activity view now displays your total work time for each day
  • Fixed crash in extend popover
  • Fixed crash for users with very large databases
  • Long task names will now be correctly truncated in the menu bar item

Focus (iOS) 1.4.2

March 30, 2016

  • Compatibility with iOS 9.3 and watchOS 2.2
  • Stability and sync improvements

Focus (Mac) 3.2.1

February 25, 2016

  • Minor bugfixes

Focus (iOS) 1.4.1

February 25, 2016

  • Minor bugfixes

Focus (Mac) 3.2

February 19, 2016

Extensions Everywhere

  • New Today Widget
  • New Share-Extension to add tasks to Focus
  • Support for custom URI-scheme. Learn more at
  • Option to add global hotkey to start / stop a session  
  • Option to add a global hotkey to show the Focus window
  • New passed sessions indicator in menu bar item
  • Swipe from right-to-left to delete a task
  • Swipe from left-to-right to activate a task
  • The current task will be shown below the timer when the task list is hidden
  • Improved iCloud sync
  • Fixed notifications when window or dock is hidden
  • Fixed menu bar item in fullscreen apps
  • A ton of minor fixes and improvements

Focus (iOS) 1.4

January 8, 2016

The Watch Edition - This update includes a new and native watchOS 2 app with a Focus complication for your watch face.


  • New and native Focus watchOS 2 app that is both fast and beautiful
  • A complication to see your current progress on your watch face
  • A new Glance to quickly become an overview of your daily progress


  • A Focus Activity Extension to create tasks from other apps
  • Custom URI scheme to better integrate with other apps. For more infos visit
  • Better support for iPad Pro
  • Ticking sound now continues in the background
  • Fixed links in the About section
  • Minor improvements and fixes

Focus (iOS) 1.3

October 6, 2015

Hello @ iOS 9, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus :-)

  • Add 3D Touch Quick Action to add a task, start a Focus Session or view your activities with a single press, right from the Home screen (requires iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus)

  • Add Peek and Pop gestures to preview and open a task in the task list or a day in the activities view (requires iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus)

  • Support for iOS 9 Search: you can now search and find your tasks with Spotlight

  • Support for Split View on iPad Air 2 and iPad Pro

  • Support for Slide Over on iPad

  • You can now add links, phone numbers or locations to a task note field

  • Compatibility with iOS 9

  • Various improvements and fixes


Focus (Mac) 3.1

October 2, 2015

  • Compatibility with OS X El Capitan

  • Support for new Split View on OS X El Capitan: |-||---| and |--||--| and even |---||-|  :-)

  • Improved Fullscreen experience: Focus will now adapt to the available space by expanding and collapsing the task list automatically.

  • A brand new indicator to show you how many sessions are left until the next long break.

  • Support for links, addresses, phone numbers and flight informations in the note field of a task.

  • Option to hide the Dock Icon.

  • Several minor improvements and fixes.


Focus (Mac) 3.0

July 20, 2015

  •  A beautiful and clear design that feels natural on OS X Yosemite

  • Simple and lightweight way to organize and manage your tasks

  • iCloud sync with Focus for iOS and Apple Watch

  • Interactive Notifications: start, stop or extend sessions without leaving the app you’re in

  • Set and achieve daily task and work session goals to keep you motivated

  • Handoff to make switching devices as easy as possible

  • Menu Bar Item to see you current progress at a glance (works with closed Focus app window)

  • Dark more and a lot of other customizations

  • German localization (Hallo Deutschland!)


Focus (iOS) 1.2

July 20, 2015

  • Focus now resets your long break count every day and starts with a Focus session (you can disable this in the settings)

  • Your iPhone can now vibrate when a session ends (you need to enable this in the settings)

  • German localization for iOS and Watch app (Hallo Deutschland!)

  • Compatibility with Focus for Mac


Focus (iOS) 1.1.2

June 06, 2015

  • A new UI that shows your options when a session has ended.

  •  Some minor tweaks and fixes.


Focus (iOS) 1.1.1

May 09, 2015

  • Focus for Apple Watch
    - Notifications are now delivered correctly when starting a session from Apple Watch.
    - Fixed a bug that in rare cases showed the wrong progress for today.

  • Focus for iOS
    - You can now add multiple tasks in a row.
    - Minor bugfixes.


Focus (iOS) 1.1

April 17, 2015

  • Focus for Apple Watch

    This update includes Focus for Apple Watch. You can now work on your sessions, see your progress and achieve your goals right from your wrist.

    The Focus glance shows your completed sessions for the day.


Focus (iOS) 1.0

April 13, 2015

  • Release of Focus for iOS on the App Store.


Focus (iOS) BETA 4 (Final)

April 06, 2015

  • Today Widget to see your current session informations at a glance

  • Handoff-Support for iOS

  • Onboarding

  • You can now prevent the device from locking the screen

  • UI enhancements & new session controls in landscape orientation

  • You can now learn more about Focus in the Settings-Info

  • The time you spent on each Focus session is now correctly displayed in the activity view

  • Several bugfixes and improvements

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Focus (iOS) BETA 3 

March 30, 2015

  • Activity view now gives you an summary about your completed sessions and tasks by day

  • Set daily session and task goals and see your achievements in the activity view

  • You can now extend your session if you need more time

  • Say hello to task speed dating: you can now skip breaks completely when a Focus session has ended

  • Version and build number added to the app settings

  • Several bugfixes and improvements


Focus (iOS) BETA 2 

March 23, 2015

  • You sessions are now synced with iCloud. Start a session on one device and pick it up on the next

  • Interactive notifications: you can now start your next session from the notification directly. Just swipe left on the notification on your lock screen / notification center or pull down the notification on your home screen. To use this feature, you have to enable notifications for Focus in the system settings

  • Activity view gives you a basic overview of your previous sessions. More will be added in the next versions

  • System audio will no longer be cancelled at start

  • Several bugfixes and improvements


Focus (iOS) BETA 1 

March 16, 2015

  • A beautiful and clear new design

  • Cloud-Sync for tasks

  •  Swipe right on a task to start

  • Support for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus