iOS 6 still no grouping/categorizing contacts? other important features still missing

Discussion in 'iOS 6' started by GadgetGeek407, Jun 14, 2012.

  1. GadgetGeek407 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 26, 2009
    It boggles my mind that Apple is the leader in the gadget markets yet the most basic of features are still absent! I find most business users find it useful and important to have a categories or group area i.e.: business, personal, friends, family, etc so you can text email at once or look up a certain group. I KNOW there are some apps but it needs to be native. The phone part is definitely a place that Apple can pick up some tidbits from Palm or Google.

    I find it ridiculous that the call log is as short as it is, on my Palm phone I use to be able to have all my missed incoming outgoing calls for like years at a time. I had even on android a large call log. I wish they would tweak this, I cant imagine anyone would be upset at added features.

    I hope it all comes.
  2. newagemac macrumors 68020

    Mar 31, 2010
    You can't do it on the phone but you do realize you can create groups and organize contacts in Address Book on the Mac right? And those sync to your iOS devices with iCloud. Also if there is already a group created, you can go to that group first when you create a contact on your iPhone and add the new contact and it will be organized into that particular group.

    I do agree it would be better if you could actually create groups on the phone itself though. I am surprised this hasn't been addressed yet especially after all the improvements in iOS5 that reduced dependence on a computer for stuff.
  3. MacCentric, Sep 11, 2012
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2012

    MacCentric macrumors newbie


    Apr 16, 2011
    Totally agree

    My Palm Treo, which was obsolete 3 iPhones ago, also had a call log that went on forever and I miss it greatly. When the first iPhone came out I thought it must be an oversight that would be addressed in future updates, I mean, how hard could it be to have a option for the length of the call log in the settings somewhere? As it is now, I usually can't even scroll back to the beginning of the week.
    And groups, iOS 6 and still no group support on the phone? When adding a contact you already have to scroll down for all the options, could it be that difficult to add a popup for group?
    I'm glad they are getting turn by turn GPS at last, but really, seems like one programmer could add these features in his sleep if they bothered.
    Why does the smiley show up as a link instead of embedding in the post?
  4. kerr macrumors member

    Jul 12, 2010
    isn't the lack of contact groups an Exchange issue?
  5. GadgetGeek407 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 26, 2009
    it drivers me absolutely bonkers that a huge tech giant like Apple still has not implemented groups in contacts and the forever call log, it cant be that hard. These things are 16gb 32gb 64gb my treo was like nothing lol
  6. ErikGrim macrumors 68040


    Jun 20, 2003
    Brisbane, Australia

    Since the iPhone 3G at least:

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  7. GadgetGeek407 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 26, 2009

    ok I have heard of people saying its possible but its not as simple as going into add contact put the number n select the group and I think that is the issue that other OS offer that, apple does not...I have over 650 contacts I need to categorize and the reason native is important is because if I add a new contact I want to put into a group its not possible. Can you tell me what you did and how please in detail?
  8. ErikGrim macrumors 68040


    Jun 20, 2003
    Brisbane, Australia
    Add groups in Address Book (Pre ML) or Contacts (ML). In Lion you'll have to click the groups bookmark so it's a bit hard to discover.

    These groups will sync over iCloud.

    It's much easier to organise into groups on your computer anyway. I don't see this as a task I would even want to do on my phone.
  9. GadgetGeek407 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 26, 2009
    ok sounds fair but question is, I get a call and I want to add that number to one of my groups, they dont offer the abilty like every other OS to add a contact to a new or existing group in the contact card and I think that is the issue
  10. sakau2007 macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2011
    as a side question.... i just ordered my first mac computer (2012 macbook air).

    i have used google contacts for years. is there a way to keep my google contacts and groups i've created synced with the 'Contacts' program on my mac? that way i could have groups on my phone by syncing my contacts through Apple's contacts instead of Google contacts. The Google contacts platform works great.... except that I can't have groups on my phone. Would like to improve that.
  11. FlyboyMichael macrumors newbie

    Sep 12, 2012
    The important feature is not that you can have groups show up, but that you can use that group. Can you send either a text or an e-mail to a defined group? That is the feature that I see missing.

  12. anac macrumors newbie

    Oct 17, 2011
    I added some contacts to a group on Address Book mac, and they won't sync to the ipad2 and iphone 4. I have tried through i tunes and icloud and nothing. :confused: help!
  13. deftdrummer macrumors regular

    Feb 1, 2008
    San Diego
    Also if you don't have a mac, you can go to and manage groups that way. On you have to select each contact individually and then off to the right hand pane options will appear for group management.
  14. mithars macrumors newbie

    Mar 7, 2013
    A solution

    I was playing around with a third party contacts management app on my ipad and I discovered that when I create a new group with it , the same group appears on the ipads own native contact-app too . I guess you need to make sure you turn on the icloud feature for both so they sync . Hope this helps...:)
  15. KeepCalmPeople macrumors 65816


    Sep 5, 2012
    San Francisco Bay Area, California
    Having to use a Mac/PC to create/delete groups to use in iOS is ridiculous.

    Not being able to send an e-mail to all the members of a group in iOS is ridiculous.

    So much for a post-PC world.
  16. seble macrumors 6502a

    Sep 6, 2010
    download 'easygroup' solves this problem for me :)
  17. davehutch macrumors 6502a


    Mar 5, 2009
    Croxley, Herts
    Have you ever considered that it's not in Apple's interest to ensure that the stock apps have all the "necessary" features?
    If they did, developers would not be frantically make apps that plug the small gaps and add extra features.
    Subsequently, if there were fewer apps, Apple would make less money taking their percentage of the App Store sales.

    Apple will continue to make their apps fairly basic, but still useful as long as this business was model exists
  18. Abazigal macrumors G3


    Jul 18, 2011
    I downloaded the groups app. Works pretty well. :)
  19. Ste Nova macrumors 6502

    Jan 20, 2012
    LL22, UK
    no its not, your managing it on icloud which is where you should manage it anyway as its easier
  20. cyks macrumors 68020


    Jul 24, 2002
    Westchester County, NY
    It's only easier because that's the way they set it up. That doesn't make it any less ridiculous though.

    Equally laughable is the idea that Apple is intentionally skipping basic features to help the App Store.

    Practically every cell phone I've ever owned had groups. I was never forced to edit contacts through my computer, a web page, or a 3rd party app...and yet people here are defending Apple as though it's somehow better and supposed to be that way? Sorry, but it's not.

    There's no excuse why there is no way to add contacts to groups from within the Contacts app.

    But then, practically every cell phone I've ever used also had sound I suppose it is too much to expect basic features from the iPhone....even 6 years later.
  21. Tom359 macrumors regular

    Jul 13, 2007
    Yes, you can create a group on your Mac and sync, but....

    Try sending an email to the group called "family". On my mac, it drops in all of my brothers and parents because they are in that group. I had to do a kludge on my iPhone. I created a contact called "family" and had to manually enter each person's email address. Seems ridiculous that it doesn't replicate the same functionality.
  22. Razeus macrumors 603

    Jul 11, 2008
    You have to create them on the desktop first, THEN it sync to your iDevices which is insane. I don't know what Apple continues to half-ass their products. It's like when I create an album on my iPhone, but yet it doesn't even sync back to iPhoto on the desktop. Half-ass implementation at Apple, or simply not thinking things all the way through.
  23. bagyidaw macrumors newbie

    Dec 11, 2012
    I'm surprised that ios6 still can't do it and yet apple called it what most advanced crap.
    Contact app does not show pic in list too.
    I still can't figure out how to see the date I took the photo.... In photo app. Simple and stupid apps..
  24. kennethpm macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2012
    I use google contacts and calendar

    I update all my contacts on google now. I can view by group, and simply have an icon on my iPhone for Google Contacts.
    I use CalenGoo App on the iPhone also, put all my appointments in there.

    I simply do not have time to deal with iCloud and I do not sync anything with iCloud anymore.

    The lack of ability to even view Contacts by Group on the iPad is insane! There is a tab so you can look at the groups, but no way to select to view them by group. What are they thinking?

    Apple continues to remove features, making their world less 'friendly'. Not sure why this is.
  25. Huntn macrumors P6


    May 5, 2008
    The Misty Mountains
    I've been looking at this "Groups" button at the top left of my iPhone Contact List trying to understand that the phone decides on what contacts goes in what group and leaves me no options to manage my groups as I see fit? Surprising this situation exists. An Apple failure for IOS or is there something I've missed? I've done some searches online and have found no satisfactory solution. :(

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