Miranda — Time Zone Converter for iPhone

The App Store is filled with plenty of time zone converters for iPhone and iPad. Many of the ones that I’ve tried are terribly crafted, have clunky & confusing user interfaces or are just plain ugly. Of course, there have been exceptions, like Globo. Miranda is the new kid on the block, designed and developed by the folks at SFCD, who previously went by the name Soft Facade and are also behind some of the best design work I have ever seen. Miranda is a lovingly crafted world clock app as well as a time zone converter for iPhone with some very nifty features.

You begin by adding your the cities you want to track to the list. It picks up your current location automatically & displays the time, day and date on the screen. There’s a wheel on the right side of the screen which you rotate to jump to the time that you want to convert from. Moving the wheel upwards moves the time ahead and as you pull it downwards, you go back in time. To skip 24 hours, just tap on the “+day+ and “-day” text. Double tapping the wheel resets it to the current time. The time offsets are shown in grey next to the city name, which is quite handy. Pulling down on the screen from the top reveals additional options, such as a toggle to enable/disable the day and offset details, a 24-hour toggle and the option to choose between a day/night/auto theme. Miranda also lets you copy your converted time to clipboard, email it to someone or even add it as a calendar entry.

There are some little details in the app that I really like, such as the time separators that pulsate when the app shows the current time, but stay steady when you’ve set a custom time. You can also hold down on the wheel to make micro-adjustments to the time. Turning your iPhone sideways displays an interactive map with your cities and a day/night section that you can move around.

Miranda is available Free on the App Store.

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