I spend most days of the week with headphones on editing podcasts so when I’m not working I’ll try to unwind by reading.
However, I struggle with near silence so I’ll use one of these two apps to help me focus.
The first is Endel. I really like this app because it’s purely generative sound which makes the audio nerd in me very happy.
Endel’s generative engine also takes into consideration your location, heart rate, and device motion sensors to personalise the soundscape you hear.
There are four modes to choose from and I’ll often use Relax or Focus.
The feature I use the most though is the standalone WatchOS app. This means I can leave my phone in another room, connect my unprofessional AirPods to my Apple Watch, and relax to a personalised soundscape.
The second soundscape app I enjoy using is Dark Noise. One of the things I appreciate most about this app is that it’s a first class iOS citizen by which I mean that it takes advantage of a lot of iOS features available to developers.
As a user I can change the app’s icon and theme, add Siri Shortcuts to every single one of the 30+ sounds, as well as set 4 favourites to jump to from a widget in the Today View on.
Of course, the sounds are great too.