mintlogoPersonal finance site Mint has released an iPad-native client, along with an upgrade to version 2.0 for iPhone users.

Mint, which Intuit bought for $170 million in 2009, is designed to help users keep track of spending and budgeting. It automatically imports data from bank, credit card and investment websites, but does not actually control anything -- it only downloads transactions, to lower the risk of security breaches.

Amongst the new features in version 2.0:

NEW FEATURES FOR IPAD
● Easy-to-understand, multi-touch graphs show you where your money is going so you get a clear picture of your spending and your net worth.
● Redesigned overview screen, so you get a quick snapshot of your finances and latest alerts, bill reminders and advice.
● Enter cash and pending transactions so you have the most accurate view of your spending.
● Get a detailed view of your transactions.
● View your data even without a wireless connection.

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For the security conscious, the Mint app can be locked separately from the iPad or iPhone, and if the device is lost, access can be disabled from the Mint website.

Mint for iOS is a universal app, free from the App Store. [Direct Link]

Top Rated Comments

devinstan Avatar
165 months ago
One of the best personal finance apps I've used. Although I don't like to look at it because it reminds me of how much money I waste.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Doctor Q Avatar
165 months ago
I wonder how much they paid to have MacRumors give them their very own story? :rolleyes:
Did you read the FAQ (https://macrumors.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/201637503-Are-news-stories-really-advertising-in-disguise-)? It answers your question.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Zoboomafoo Avatar
165 months ago
I'd use Mint if there was a way to synchronize data from Quicken. I've entered basically a lifetime of financial data into the desktop (Windows) version of Quicken; I really don't want to start over from scratch with Mint, nor do I want to do double the work (assigning categories/notes in Mint, and again in Quicken).

So I can appreciate what you're saying here. I didn't use quicken, but I was obsessive enough to have paper copies of phone bills that were literally ten years old. But you know, it eventually occurred to me to ask myself "when's the last time I popped open a bottle of wine with a stack of phone bills and reminisced about the phone calls i made in january of 2001?"

At some point, I just let it all go and threw it away. So it's a similar question. What's more important to you? What you bought for christmas presents 8 years ago? Or stuff that might impact your financial life right now?
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
slicecom Avatar
165 months ago
So I can appreciate what you're saying here. I didn't use quicken, but I was obsessive enough to have paper copies of phone bills that were literally ten years old. But you know, it eventually occurred to me to ask myself "when's the last time I popped open a bottle of wine with a stack of phone bills and reminisced about the phone calls i made in january of 2001?"

At some point, I just let it all go and threw it away. So it's a similar question. What's more important to you? What you bought for christmas presents 8 years ago? Or stuff that might impact your financial life right now?

Hey January 2001 was a great month for cell phone calls, one of my favourite bills to go back to and read, in fact. I can recite most of it by memory.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
wolfshades Avatar
165 months ago
This is one of the better apps out there for giving you a snapshot of all of your finances. It even distinguishes between line of credits versus chequing (something I had a hard time trying to configure with other money apps), and pulls the info directly from your accounts.

Although web-based, they've had an iPhone/iPod app for a while, and folk have been clamouring for a true iPad version. I think it's great.

Wish I could say I learned how to budget better - because it's definitely useful for that but the sad truth is I'm using it more to understand how badly I'm managing my cash. :cool:
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
NAG Avatar
165 months ago
I've tried all the Mac personal finance apps. I haven't found anything that meets my needs like Microsoft Money 2003, which is one of two programs I have running in a virtual Windows machine. Unfortunately that's the last version of Money available in Australia and now MS have even stopped supporting some of the features. Now that's a sad state of affairs.

I'm thinking of writing my own personal finance app. Any takers if I dedicate the hard work and put it on the app store, or am I wasting my time?

If so, what features would you like that are missing from current apps?
And what features of current apps are ones you can do without?

A big part of the issue are the banks (especially credit card companies). They intentionally make it hard to get at your information because they have no vested interest in it (and actually quite the opposite).
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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