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With iCloud connectivity and the ability to add calendars directly on iOS devices, updates to the native Calendar application in Apple's iOS 5 will play a major role in the company's PC-free push.

With iOS 5, users will be able to add, rename and delete calendars directly from an iPhone or iPad. Previously, these activities required tethering to a PC via USB.

Event attachments can also be viewed from directly within Calendar, with no need to switch to another application to view associated content.

In the current iOS 5 betas available to developers, the option to add calendars is already in place on the iPad. However, the ability to create a calendar on the iPhone does not appear to have been included in the first build.

But new features can already be found in the first beta of iOS 5 for iPhone users, specifically a new landscape view. Turning the iPhone into landscape mode automatically presents a segmented week view.



One major new feature of the updated Calendar is default alert times. With this, users can, for example, have their iOS device automatically set a reminder alarm for each event they create, making it unnecessary to change settings and add alarms for every new event.

The new Calendar software also allows users to set different default alarms for different types of events. With this, custom settings can be changed for event categories such as birthdays, regular events and all-day events.




Also new on the iPad is a yearly view. With this option, users can view with color coding how busy their days are. A free day is white, representing no events, while more crowded days are yellow and orange, and a jam-packed schedule is presented in red.



Events can be added or edited by tapping on the calendar. From there, users are given two drag points so they can easily change the duration of the event.




Events can also be dragged around the calendar to change days or times. On the iPad, timelines are highlighted in 15-minute intervals, making it clearer for users where they should drop an event for proper placement.

iOS 5 also offers deep connectivity with Apple's new iCloud service. With iCloud, users will be able to share their calendars with others, and keep events in sync across a range of devices.



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post #2 of 33
I guess these really are post-PC devices. You'll get no complaints from me.
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Any idea if Apple is going to start supporting Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) in their applications? As someone who travels a lot, I'm using this "world time" more and more to keep time standardized.

I was hoping this might be in the new OS's....
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I'm sorry to see they haven't yet improved the Alerts options to allow ME to specify how many minutes/hours before the event.

Also, I get very tired of my phone going off at 11:15pm at night alerting me to the "All Day" event the next day.
post #5 of 33
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Any idea if Apple is going to start supporting Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) in their applications? As someone who travels a lot, I'm using this "world time" more and more to keep time standardized.

I was hoping this might be in the new OS's....

Emoeller:

They already do. You can enable Time-Zone support on iCal (desktop) and then select the event's time zone when creating it. Likewise, you can set the current time zone on your iOS device's Calendar settings, which I wish would somehow do automatically. I do it as soon as I'm about to take off for a different time zone.
post #6 of 33
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I'm sorry to see they haven't yet improved the Alerts options to allow ME to specify how many minutes/hours before the event.

Also, I get very tired of my phone going off at 11:15pm at night alerting me to the "All Day" event the next day.

AMEN! I cannot believe they have not included a better way to handle "Day Of" events. Hopefully that will come sooner than later because Alarms going off at midnight are annoying.
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With iCloud connectivity and the ability to add calendars directly on iOS devices, updates to the native Calendar application in Apple's iOS 5 will play a major role in the company's PC-free push.

One thing that drives me nuts about the Calendar app is the Location field: can you finally click it to see a map or do something (anything!) with it?

Also, it was quite annoying that you couldn't add invitees to a Gmail calendar although that could be an API issue.
post #8 of 33
Landscape week view on the iPhone - hallelujah. (i guess that will put a few 3rd party Apps out of business)

any word on whether the current laughable situation whereby iCal invitations cannot be "accepted" on iOS devices will be resolved? Even between MobileMe members...

It almost beggars belief that Apple would provide a calendar app on a mobile device without this functionality.
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post #9 of 33
1) Google calendar has done this for years. 2) Apple could have implemented it in iOS 1.0 from day one with about half a day of coding and 3) Done the cloud syncing of calendars and contacts etc back then too, even on 2G networks. (I have an iPhone 1.0 and it syncs with Google fine over 2G!) 4) Apple intentionally left out this feature in order to make those who are too non critical of the company to wait and wait, buy the next device and wait for the nex upgrade. It is all about money, and very sad. 4 years!
post #10 of 33
There is one feature I will need in order to drop my Mac and depend upon mobile iCal. The ability to duplicate an event. I have a number of appointments that have name, location, duration, alarms etc. all built in. When I finish the appointment I work with my client to reschedule the next appointment. The only thing that will change is the date and possibly the time. Much faster to duplicate the event I just finished than create a new one.
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After 5 years u still can't do custom repeats on the iOS calendar.
As a student, how do I enter my classes that occur 2 or 3 times a week?
How do I set the repeat to M W F or T TH

And this is supposed to be a post PC device that still needs a PC to set calendar custom repeats...
post #12 of 33
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Originally Posted by Oflife View Post

1) Google calendar has done this for years. 2) Apple could have implemented it in iOS 1.0 from day one with about half a day of coding and 3) Done the cloud syncing of calendars and contacts etc back then too, even on 2G networks. (I have an iPhone 1.0 and it syncs with Google fine over 2G!) 4) Apple intentionally left out this feature in order to make those who are too non critical of the company to wait and wait, buy the next device and wait for the nex upgrade. It is all about money, and very sad. 4 years!

Ridiculous.

If they've patiently waited for this feature for four years, why wouldn't people be excited? And Apple left this feature out to lure me into buying the next generation iPhone? lol

Of course it's all about the money - Apple is a business, but do you really believe Apple wouldn't be sitting on $65 billion had they implemented this in version one?
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Meh. Outlook has done all this stuff for years now.

But I wonder if I can now add an appointment on my iPhone, and have it show up in Outlook when I'm back at the computer? Or would I have to use Apple's version to get that to work?

Yeah, well as much as I like outlook, and I do, if apple can get recurring meetings to work correctly and not require re installation to remove after cancellation, I'm all for it.

I've had several meetings I cancelled that just could not be removed, they'd just keep showing up as cancelled reminders, ironic as that is.

I just refused to sign up for any more.
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Originally Posted by ImmortalSix View Post

AMEN! I cannot believe they have not included a better way to handle "Day Of" events. Hopefully that will come sooner than later because Alarms going off at midnight are annoying.

Do you mean it just doesn't work correctly?

Oh wait NM, I see, if you chose all day instead of setting hours it literally tells you 5 min or whatever before the DAY begins? Thats kind of hilarious, but sad at the same time.
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Originally Posted by Joseph L View Post

From what the article said, Apple is getting serious now. Seemingly, they are ready to catch up on the basics, and even to add some new sorts of stuff.

Well I'm all for it, but I didn't realize it had so many fundamental issues, if the users above are correct....

I mean, thats some pretty basic stuff. And the fact that it hasnt been fixed yet does not instill confidence.

But I hope you are right, I dont require extensive functionality (I thought) but some of the those complains are simple core things any functional calendar should do.
post #16 of 33
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Originally Posted by surefire View Post

After 5 years u still can't do custom repeats on the iOS calendar.
As a student, how do I enter my classes that occur 2 or 3 times a week?
How do I set the repeat to M W F or T TH

And this is supposed to be a post PC device that still needs a PC to set calendar custom repeats...

Anyone with iOS 5 that can address these concerns? Wondering if they've fixed this.
post #17 of 33
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Anyone with iOS 5 that can address these concerns? Wondering if they've fixed this.

What's to address? He made a factual statement and then asked three questions he already knows the answer to.
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post #18 of 33
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What's to address? He made a factual statement and then asked three questions he already knows the answer to.

The title of his post said "major fail if?"

Thought that implied he didn't know yet.
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Originally Posted by Jcoz View Post

Anyone with iOS 5 that can address these concerns? Wondering if they've fixed this.

Sadly NO!

If the first beta is a sign of things to come.

I just wanna be able to set an event to occur several times a week.

My study sessions, classes...
post #20 of 33
... the ability to schedule a meeting where the action is call

Meeting: Call Contact
(set date time)
Select Contact
Select Contact phone number (or facetime)
(set other meeting details

when the meeting time occurs, the reminder/notification states "Meeting: Time to call 'contact'... press 'call' to start meeting"

I had that on my sanyo dumb phone... Given that about 80% of my meetings/tasks are 'dial-in' this would be so simple (especially if I don't need to unlock my phone or cut/paste numbers or whatever.
post #21 of 33
Much like I aksed with the reminders app, does this have hte ability to share calendars across multiple Apple ID's or are we stuck with a single user?
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post #22 of 33
Anyone know if they have finally made it so you can switch the start week on day? I have wanted this easy switch for as long as I have had an iOS device. Soo simple, just please give me the option to change it!
post #23 of 33
Apart from "Ping", I reckon iCal has to be one of Apple's lamest apps. So many basic things it still cannot do, even in iOS 5!!
post #24 of 33
Can you accept/decline meetings sent from outlook yet (if you're on MM). How have they not sorted that out yet? Need to sync my iPhone to Mac before that option comes up-a bit lame, really.
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Can iPhone iCal send calendar/event invites to others from a non-.me.com iCloud acct?
Example: 2 people with calendars syncing to iCloud on non-.me.com (say iTunes accts with gmail addresses) accounts. Is there an option to send event invites to one another?

Alternatively, how does calendar sharing work?

Thanks in advance for your answer.
post #26 of 33
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Apart from "Ping", I reckon iCal has to be one of Apple's lamest apps. So many basic things it still cannot do, even in iOS 5!!

Indeed, iCal is very basic. Also, still no week numbers it seems. Quite a few folks on this side of the pond would like to have that.
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post #27 of 33
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Originally Posted by bweston View Post

I'm sorry to see they haven't yet improved the Alerts options to allow ME to specify how many minutes/hours before the event.

Also, I get very tired of my phone going off at 11:15pm at night alerting me to the "All Day" event the next day.

Since the last iCal update, I get message alerts with beeps even when the alert was specified as an email only !!! I had about a hundred of these per month timed for various things I do frequently, all sending emails in the night - now they are all waking me up and I have to find all the darn things and switch them off.

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One thing that drives me nuts about the Calendar app is the Location field: can you finally click it to see a map or do something (anything!) with it?

Also, it was quite annoying that you couldn't add invitees to a Gmail calendar although that could be an API issue.

Apple should at least let us select a location from Address Book.

Locations are important data and should be used meaningfully.

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Indeed, iCal is very basic. Also, still no week numbers it seems. Quite a few folks on this side of the pond would like to have that.

Plus you are trapped looking at the current week/month.

If the event you are looking at overlaps 2 weeks / months, then you have to click back and forth to see the two halves.

It should be on a slider, where if you slide your finger then it moves seamlessly across the timeline, but if you flick, then it goes to the next week/month.

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post #30 of 33
You mean it's now PC free if you are only using Apples calendar. I've been PC free for my work calendars for years, first with Exchange Web Access and now Google Apps. Google's calendar sucks compared to Outlook/Exchange, but it still works far better than anything Apple itself has done to this point. I have to wonder though - how many iOS users are really going to give up their existing GMail addresses and Google Calendars or other web accounts to switch to Apple's service?
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Originally Posted by PhilBoogie View Post

Indeed, iCal is very basic. Also, still no week numbers it seems. Quite a few folks on this side of the pond would like to have that.

Ay, leaving out week numbers is daft and arrogant, and it is about time now to change attitude. Shame on you, Apple!
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Originally Posted by PXT View Post

Apple should at least let us select a location from Address Book.

Locations are important data and should be used meaningfully.


Please tell me that the location field has been made usable? All of my conference call meetings have the dial-in # there. Being able to dial from this field is imperative.

If the location happens to be an actual address, it should take you to the map for directions.

How difficult can these improvements be?

Can anyone who has played with beta tell us if they are there?
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Originally Posted by Damdegraff View Post

Please tell me that the location field has been made usable? All of my conference call meetings have the dial-in # there. Being able to dial from this field is imperative.

If the location happens to be an actual address, it should take you to the map for directions.

How difficult can these improvements be?

Can anyone who has played with beta tell us if they are there?
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