Yearly is an iPhone app that pulls the birthday and anniversary information stored in your Contacts and displays them in a nice chronological list so you can keep track of which of these important dates are coming up next. When your friend's birthday arrives, Yearly will send you a notification and you can quickly text, email, or call from within the app.
Since Apple's built-in Contacts and Calendar apps support birthdays, you may be wondering the point of an app like Yearly. With the beautiful list that Yearly generates, it's really easy to keep track of who's birthday or anniversary is next in line and plan accordingly. You can also set it up to send you a notification 1-14 days before the events so that you are reminded if you want to buy a gift. Yearly has also implemented some nice gestures so that sending a Happy Birthday text is just a quick swipe away.
Tapping on a contact will bring you to a stripped down version of the info you'd find in the Contacts app. In nice big letters, Yearly tells you how old the person will turn on his or her next birthday and you'll also find any notes you've stored for that contact, their phone number and email address. One piece of information that you find in Yearly but not Contacts is your friend's zodiac sign.
Yearly may be duplicating some functionality of Apple's built-in apps, but it's focusing on a single function -- keeping track of birthdays and anniversaries -- and it does beautifully. The removal of unrelated information and the gorgeous UI is what makes Yearly a desirable app.