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Inside iOS 7: Calendar app comes with sterilized UI, few feature changes

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While Apple updated every first-party app for iOS 7, one of the most heavily modified is Calendar, which sheds the silver and blue skin seen in iOS 6 for a grayscale theme almost devoid of color.

Calendar Views
From left: Month, week and day views in iOS 7's Calendar app.


With the new Calendar app, Apple is going for a spartan, almost bleached look with an all white background, subtle gray borders and lines, and text that is either a shade of black or bold red.

The design is eye-pleasing, though users familiar with previous version of iOS may find the change a bit jarring. The main full month view shows a Sunday through Saturday layout, with weeks demarcated by thin gray lines. Also in gray are the weekend dates.

Instead of "press-able" buttons for dates, Calendar in iOS 7 drop almost all shadow effects for simple black and red dots. A red dot on a date denotes the current day, while a black dot shows that a date has been selected and is ready to edit.

It appears that Apple has taken a step back in its design, however, as the month view no longer shows the small tick on dates with scheduled events. Also gone is the brief day-by-day view that appears below the month calendar in iOS 6.

In addition, the "add new event" dialogue can no longer be triggered with a long press. The only way to create an event is to drill down into day view, or click the plus symbol at the top right. Unless users want to check what day an upcoming date falls on, this particular page has been greatly handicapped.

Backing out from the month layout takes users to a full-year view, with the red "today" dot standing out against a background of incredibly small numbers.

List Day
List view has been integrated into Calendar search (left), while overlapping events show up as tiered overlays.


Moving into day and week view, things become a lot more usable. Days of the week are displayed at the top of the screen with their corresponding dates, as well as the current day and date, set against a light gray backdrop. This allows users to tap to select other days rather than swipe

Below the date header is a take on the iOS 6 day view, with hours and a moving red line for the current time.

The user interface for day view remains largely unchanged, and is more of a graphical, rather than functional, overhaul. Unlike iOS 6, however, events that coincide are not set off in their own boxes, but are instead overlaid one atop the other in a tiered fashion.

Event creation is largely the same as it is in iOS 6, with the same data fields presented in the new iOS 7 color scheme.

Event Creation


With iOS 7 beta, Apple has moved the "List" view to be included with the Calendar search utility, which can be found by clicking on the magnifying glass at the top of any in-app page except when in landscape mode.

Flipping the iPhone into landscape, iOS 7 throws up a five-day view which is, again, mostly a re-skinned version of the iOS 6 Calendar. Days and times are browsable by scrolling horizontally and vertically. Adding events requires the tap and hold method as no menu buttons are available.

Landscape


Overall, the look of Calendar has changed more than its feature set. The layout is clean and uncluttered, but the removal of the month view's event notations and easy event creation could be a deal breaker for some.
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No thanks, I'll stick with BusyCal. It has the hundreds of extra features that I actually need and depend on every day!!
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OVERBOARD IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION!!!!
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Fantastical blows all calendar apps away. Once you start using it, you'll never go back.

Help! I'm trapped in a white dungeon of amazing precision and impeccable tolerances!

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What iOS7 delivers:

 

 

What Mikey Campbell wants:

 

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Sterilized and FUGLY!
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The loss of functionality in month view is disappointing. Oh well, I guess I'll learn to like week view.
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"the look of Calendar has changed more than its feature set. The layout is clean and uncluttered, but the removal of the month view's event notations and easy event creation could be a deal breaker for some."

Absolute deal breaker for me on the calendar app.
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@Scotty321 isn't Busycal a OSX version. Was not aware of an IOS version.
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"the look of Calendar has changed more than its feature set. The layout is clean and uncluttered, but the removal of the month view's event notations and easy event creation could be a deal breaker for some."

Absolute deal breaker for me on the calendar app.

I really don't like it and I've been trying to get used to it for a week now.  The year view is worse (which I use a lot for some unknown reason).

 

I'm horrified by the new hospitalized white version of iOS7.

 

I understand that it's just the stock apps, and it's great there are replacements.

 

It just kind of gets to me that Apple knows how to code very well, but now they're regressing on the UI.  The UI which made them famous.  So now we need to turn to 3rd party apps to get away from the sterilization.

 

I thought they were tying to make it personable...

 

To be fair, I really like iOS7 a lot!  However the colors used in the stock apps make me feel dead, tired, sterilized.  I'd rather they just not ship the stock apps with those colors.  Let me delete them and I'll find some lively alternatives.

 

...and then there's the Crayola contest icons...  They're just Baaaaaaaaaad!

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Sadly this is what I'm afraid of, new gloss but few new features. Frankly Calander isn't the heavy use app for me so I'm hoping other apps do get real functionality improvements. For me the appearance of the app means little I need feature compatibility with the equivalent Mac Apps.
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Month view was never much use to me: nearly EVERY day is packed with stuff.

As long as I can quickly reach List view--the only one I ever use--I'm OK.
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I get the sense this is simply a Red Cross awareness campaign - don't forget to support your local chapter.  The real design will be revealed in the fall.

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Calendar Views
From left: Month, week and day views in iOS 7's Calendar app.

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Actually, this would be year, month, and day views, with week view missing (if it exists)

 

I'm not a fan of this design either.  I absolutely hate the bright red highlight (and the entire idea of colour coded apps), and it's trying so hard to copy Windows Phone that it's just embarrassing.  I find the new contacts app similar.  

 

What's been missing for years in both apps is a good, robust, feature set.  All they've done here is re-skin the thing.  How about making a better calendar (and Contacts) instead?  I don't think Apple understands this stuff at all.

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I get the sense this is simply a Red Cross awareness campaign - don't forget to support your local chapter.  The real design will be revealed in the fall.

Yea, I like that!  I also hope it's true.

 

The two posts previous to you tried to make it seem like their schedule is so busy they don't even bother to look at it.  I will tell you that if you do have a busy schedule, it's literally the thing you keep looking at all the time.  Especially if you see a clock.  Might as well make it look nice while you're staring at it.

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As long as I can quickly reach List view--the only one I ever use--I'm OK.

You can, but it is, like many things in the new apps for now, not exactly intuitive... The only way to get into list view (I have found) is to click the tiny search icon. Found it by accident while failing to tap the status bar.
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You can, but it is, like many things in the new apps for now, not exactly intuitive... The only way to get into list view (I have found) is to click the tiny search icon. Found it by accident while failing to tap the status bar.
Give Apple feedback of this so that it will be easier access and more intuitive by fall.
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Personally, all the white background with hyper-saturated foreground colors in iOS7 makes me wonder how readable it will be in sunlight. The combinations of glassy overlays and this white+neon colors looks rather disconjointed. I'll have to experience the final product at my Verizon showroom to make a final judgement, but I stand by that I don't like what I see so far. The lock screen looks stolen right from Samsung, glassy overlays a la KDE 4.11 Air theme, and other bits are just a turn off... Hopefully, they tweak it enough that it looks a lot better in the end.

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Actually, this would be year, month, and day views, with week view missing (if it exists)

 

I'm not a fan of this design either.  I absolutely hate the bright red highlight (and the entire idea of colour coded apps), and it's trying so hard to copy Windows Phone that it's just embarrassing.  I find the new contacts app similar.  

 

What's been missing for years in both apps is a good, robust, feature set.  All they've done here is re-skin the thing.  How about making a better calendar (and Contacts) instead?  I don't think Apple understands this stuff at all.

 

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You can, but it is, like many things in the new apps for now, not exactly intuitive... The only way to get into list view (I have found) is to click the tiny search icon. Found it by accident while failing to tap the status bar.

Why, if you don't mind, does it sound like you wrote that as you were literally just falling asleep?

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At least you can now set appointments in 1 minute increment instead of 5 minutes increment!!

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No thanks, I'll stick with BusyCal... it has hundreds of extra features that I need and depend on!

 

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No thanks, I'll stick with BusyCal. It has the hundreds of extra features that I actually need and depend on every day!!

 

Double troll post!

 

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OVERBOARD IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION!!!!

 

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Fantastical blows all calendar apps away. Once you start using it, you'll never go back.

 

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Sterilized and FUGLY!

 

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Actually, this would be year, month, and day views, with week view missing (if it exists)

 

I'm not a fan of this design either.  I absolutely hate the bright red highlight (and the entire idea of colour coded apps), and it's trying so hard to copy Windows Phone that it's just embarrassing.  I find the new contacts app similar.  

 

What's been missing for years in both apps is a good, robust, feature set.  All they've done here is re-skin the thing.  How about making a better calendar (and Contacts) instead?  I don't think Apple understands this stuff at all.

Wow, the mods take one day off and the trolls completely take over every thread. I'm not sure who's more pathetic, the trolls or the companies paying them to troll.* And the one genuine comment (the latter) actually sounds like a troll post!

 

FWIW I like the slick, minimalist look of iOS 7 and the calendar app. That said, I'm not really a power user so maybe there're some things I'm missing.

 

*Samsung has been caught paying trolls, but I'm sure they're not the only ones doing it.

   

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hey just wanted to mention that feedback can be given at:
apple.com/feedback

keep it constructive and be specific about what you would like to see change.
If you don't give them Good, constructive feedback, they won't change anything.
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Why is Appleinsider reviewing this as though its a GM? What of the word beta do they not understand. As Jim Dalrymple said earlier today, any so called journalist who is reviewing iOS 7 (which remains heavily under construction) is not only a dumbass, but is also doing a great disservice to his readers.
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The loss of functionality in month view is disappointing. Oh well, I guess I'll learn to like week view.

 

I won't. This looks completely horrible: 

 

 

Do we really need the date numerals so big and the day of the week on a separate line just so they take up 1/3 of the screen!? Why are Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 labels given so much real estate and greyed out? I bet you can't even zoom out so that each hour is represented by a single line of text. If you need to schedule more than one event an hour you aren't going to be using this app anyway - that's for sure.

 

I don't understand why they put so much effort into the device and then not apply that same design rigour to some of the most fundamental applications. The "tags" feature they just announced for OS X should have been a basic feature across their email clients like 5 years ago!
 
I guess this is a victim of the compressed release cycle. I look forward to when they have the time to wave the refinement brush over many of these apps.

Edited by Dunks - 6/17/13 at 10:50pm
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Why is Appleinsider reviewing this as though its a GM? What of the word beta do they not understand. As Jim Dalrymple said earlier today, any so called journalist who is reviewing iOS 7 (which remains heavily under construction) is not only a dumbass, but is also doing a great disservice to his readers.
Exactly what I was thinking. And we aren't even to the second beta release. As far as I can see, so far so good. There's still a fair amount of time until gm. These "reviewers" need to settle down and keep their pants on for a while.
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This comes out from forcefully applying box design logic and sense on software. Jonny makes no compromise, the designers usually don't. Calendar shows the results within guidelines from Jonny's speech in the commercial: you REALLY have to focus to notice what you are looking for...:D

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Exactly what I was thinking. And we aren't even to the second beta release. As far as I can see, so far so good. There's still a fair amount of time until gm. These "reviewers" need to settle down and keep their pants on for a while.

 

Apple does not show unfinished products. Whatever is in the process, it is done mainly under the hood. Lower your pants, sit and relax, because WYS now is WYG in fall...

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With the new Calendar app, Apple is going for a spartan, almost bleached look...

 

 

 

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hey just wanted to mention that feedback can be given at:
apple.com/feedback

keep it constructive and be specific about what you would like to see change.
If you don't give them Good, constructive feedback, they won't change anything.
 

 

Thanks for the link.

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The only way to get into list view (I have found) is to click the tiny search icon. Found it by accident while failing to tap the status bar.

Won't Cmd-1 giv what you want?

edit: oops, that's OSX, and this is iOS. So, no list? That would suck big time (no pun intended)
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post #32 of 94
I actually like the new look, but fantastical still does the job better for me.
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Nice spartan look anyways. This, is, Sparta!
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The new calendar is the worst ever! I can't believe its from Apple!
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Why is Appleinsider reviewing this as though its a GM? What of the word beta do they not understand. As Jim Dalrymple said earlier today, any so called journalist who is reviewing iOS 7 (which remains heavily under construction) is not only a dumbass, but is also doing a great disservice to his readers.

They have already done all the talks at WWDC explaining the new design and encouraging developers to move their app to the new look. It's too late to turn back now and it's a done deal. There will be minor changes before GM but basically what you see now is what you're going to get.

 

Personally I would like them to release iOS 7 on time, but have it only be the underlying system changes they have done, discarding the new GUI except for the new task switcher which is cool. Oh, and don't allow arbitrary background tasks either - that way lies trouble, the idea of having a fixed set of allowable background demons, all written by Apple, was brilliant and should be kept. But I'm not going to get my wish.

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I suspect the "a lot more useable" day and week views are the ones they've come closest to finishing so far.

I also suspect that the current features making month and year views more useful will either be included in the final build or changed to something even more useful/intuitive%u2026 it's doubtful this is anywhere near a finished product.

It's kind of silly doing an in-depth opinion piece on incomplete software, isn't it?
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Way to review a developer-only beta.
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Ah. That'll be it then. 1rolleyes.gif

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What many ardent fans of Sir Ive fail to realize is that he can be great - as long as Steve Jobs masterfully and gently constrains Jony's unbound creative urges. 

 

Of course.  If there's one thing Steve Jobs is known for, it's gentleness with his colleagues.  And Jony Ive is a modern day Liberace with rampant extravagance.

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