looking for an app that will tell me the date
I, too, am looking for an app that ANNOUNCES the day (mainly) and maybe the time. I have an elderly mentally handicapped brother who does not read or write or tell time. He is beginning to 'forget' and often calls me during the day to ask me what day it is. He used to be able to function well with his daily routine, but now since he can't remember the day, he doesn't know what to do next or where he is supposed to be. I have set a daily alarm to ring at noon so he knows it's lunch time, I have an app that tells him the weather so he sort of knows what clothing to wear, but I haven't solved this "WHAT DAY IS IT?" So I'll re-ask the question: Is there an app that would announce the day?
Not that I know of. I could be wrong, but I don't think there's an app for telling the date. The easiest thing for you is to go to the callender icon and it'll tell you the date there. As I said, I don't think there's an app for this. I could be wrong, but...
Like others, I'm not aware of any app whose purpose is to announce the day or date, however, you might consider some of these ideas.
I moved the calendar app to row 1, column 1 of page 1 of my home screen. The result is that the date is spoken whenever I unlock my phone. (Of course, Voiceover needs to be turned on for this to happen.)
As someone else mentioned, you might be able to set an alarm or reminder to speak the date. If that doesn't work or meet your needs, I bet you could create a shortcut that would speak the date, but I don't know what actions would need to be taken to run the shortcut.
If you have "Hey Siri" enabled, you can just ask Siri for the date. It's completely hands free. Just say, "Hey Siri, what's the date?"
I also don't know the steps to create the shortcut, but I think that a SIRI shortcut should be able to solve this one for you. I think you should be able to create the shortcut so that the date is spoken at a specified time. You could create it to repeat at several specified times of day, if needed, as well. Perhaps someone who uses the Shortcuts app regularly may have the steps for you.
No, as of this time and as far as I know, Apple Shortcuts can‘t be set to automatically fire at specific times. They run when they‘re requested via Siri Command, via widget in the info center or directly in the shortcuts app.
A service that MIGHT be of use is IFTTT.
It allows you to specify so called triggers and actions to be taken if the trigger occurs.
And one of the available triggers is „date and time“.
So you can create an IFTTT applet which runs every day at a time you specify. For the action, you set it to send a notification. When all goes well, IFTTT will send a push notification to the connected phone every day informing you of the current date.
The method does have disadvantages: It only will work reliably if the phone is connected to the internet at the specified time. And it generally seems to be rather a lot of steps to take „only“ to get a notification of the current date.
But anyway. If you want to try it, start with the IFTTT app right here: https://itunes.apple.com/ch/app/ifttt/id660944635?mt=8