no birthdays on iPhone! --> Apple = laughable!

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by randfee2, Jun 16, 2009.

  1. randfee2 macrumors regular


    Jun 13, 2007
    For a year now I've been annoyed that my birthday calendar, while being synchronized to mobile me and visible there, never appeared on my iPhone. I looked for it twice but couldn't find it. Because I had other stuff to do I never got around properly investigating why it isn't showing up!

    Today, I got annoyed again, and requested a support chat. Go and read it yourself!


    unbelievable! Something so rudimentary... left out!
    I guess the compass used up all resources, rofl!

    lmao! ... no, about to riot!
    80 bucks a year for a halfhearted project. People that don't use Mobile.Me CAN HAVE BIRTHDAYS, people paying the 80bucks can't. I'm mad alright!!

    Apple makes great stuff, but sometimes they just suck.

  2. Maclver macrumors 68020


    Nov 23, 2008
    36°07′53″N 95°56′14″W
    umm if you want to remember birthdays put it in your Notes app.... that doesn't mean apple sucks
  3. yellow Moderator emeritus


    Oct 21, 2003
    Portland, OR
    Incompetent because they don't sync a birthday calendar?!?


    Slightly overstated, ya?

    I'd also like to add... 1 Apple Tech, the lowest of the low on the totem pole, does not necessarily make the best source of information.
  4. Donz0r macrumors 6502a

    Jun 29, 2006
    Yes it is. It is much more useful. Look at this video of Augmented Reality app running on the G1 (which has a compass) This would not be possible without the compass. Apps like this will come to the iPhone.
  5. SqB macrumors 6502

    Jan 14, 2008
    Northern Colorado
    Never noticed this because Outlook creates an appointment for peoples birthdays, but it's certainly something that would be helpful if I didn't have an Exchange account.
  6. diamond.g macrumors 603


    Mar 20, 2007
    That is odd as mine shows my birthday calendar. Are you putting the birthdays in manually or are you using the birthday field in the address book?
  7. Roessnakhan macrumors 68040


    Sep 16, 2007
    This is why I use Google Sync, but I'm sure you're probably doing something wrong in iCal, because there's no reason it wouldn't work.
  8. bruinsrme macrumors 601


    Oct 26, 2008
    I guess everyone has their own definition of a show stoppers
  9. HarrisonB macrumors 6502

    Jun 16, 2009
    If I had a birthday calendar app I couldn't delete I would kill myself. Why can't you just put the birthdays on the regular calendar big guy?
  10. Farfooz macrumors member


    Jan 20, 2009
    lol i actually found this post funny. dont know if it meant to be that way?
  11. randfee2 thread starter macrumors regular


    Jun 13, 2007
    incompetent because they didn't come up with an ordinary synch. They must have come accross it but dropped it because it might have meant 200 more lines of code.

    Don't get me wrong here, I normally just ignore crap like that but this is just sad. As mentioned, if I weren't using mobile me, I could have the birthday calendar synchronized via iTunes. So I pay and get less ... funny!

    sorry for the outrage!
  12. bndoarn macrumors 6502a

    Mar 16, 2008
  13. joro macrumors 68020


    Jun 11, 2009
    I never had a problem adding birthdays whether I was using Mail or Entourage. Plus couldn’t you just add these birthdays in as reoccurring events in the calendar and then voila, it would sync back to your mac. :rolleyes:
  14. randfee2 thread starter macrumors regular


    Jun 13, 2007
    do you use Mobile me to sync everything? If so, please contact me, I'll buy you a beer. I doubt it though. I just tried it here. The birthday calendar CAN synch to the iPhone IF you let iTunes sync it. If you use MobileMe for synchronizing everything, it won't work!

  15. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    The problem is that I could come up with a list of another 2,000 things the iPhone doesn't do. What makes 'birthdays' more important than any of those things? They have to choose what features to put in every year. They decided that adding more APIs was the task for 2009, and I agree with them that it's the more important task at the moment.

    They have to prioritize. Either that or hire another few thousand people to work on the iPhone and charge $2,399 per iPhone to pay for them all.

    Is that your solution?
  16. randfee2 thread starter macrumors regular


    Jun 13, 2007
    of course the company does not have to focus on that. It is a tiny feature.
    The thing is though that no programmer in the world would have finished the calendar sync like that! Why sync everything else but not the birthday calendar? Its not like the iPhone does not synchronize birthdays, they're in your contacts! The same algorithm used in iCals desktop version to generate the birthday calendar from the addressbook info could have been used. Some lines of code.

    You make it sound like I'm asking for the whole company to switch focus to the birthday calendar or change its long-term strategy, lol!

  17. Phil A. Moderator

    Phil A.

    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2006
    Shropshire, UK
    The Birthday Calendar in iCal is a "special" calendar that automatically pulls birthdays from Address Book contacts. It's incredibly useful because you only have to keep birthdays in a single place and where they should be (i.e. against the person themselves), and iCal takes care of the rest. The problem the OP has (and I share his frustration to a certain extent) is that this calendar does not sync over the air so you lose the benefit of this very useful function.
  18. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    It's like littering on the freeway.

    You ask "what harm does one paper cup do?" Well, by itself, nothing. But you can't argue that one paper cup is ok without EVERYONE throwing cups out of their car windows. Suddenly you have millions of cups on the side of the road.

    You want your one little feature done. It will only take an hour. Ok, well now Apple has "1 little feature request" from a million other people too. Assuming they each take 1 hour, to get that done in a year you'd need to add another 500 programers. That's anothe $70 million in costs for the company for the year, just for these little features.

    They HAVE to cut things out, even if they seem small and reasonable, or new iPhones would never ship.

    Look, I want this feature too, but I just undertand that I can't have everything all at once. Look at the Mac. It's over 25 years old and they're still adding features every year!
  19. spaceboots06 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 13, 2009
    The Rotten Apple
    Yes! Seeing what is already in front of you is way more useful than not forgetting one's birthday and potentially pissing them off.
  20. yg17 macrumors G5


    Aug 1, 2004
    St. Louis, MO
    Of all the things that the iPhone doesn't do, this is what has you upset the most?

    I don't use birthdays in iCal, but can't you just make your own calendar called Birthdays, add people's birthdays to it and sync that?
  21. aristobrat macrumors G4

    Oct 14, 2005
    Sync (and MobileMe) have nothing to do with the problem.

    When you enable "Show Birthdays Calendar" in either (on your Mac) or the calendar area of MobileMe, it generates the Birthdays Calendar on the fly. It's not actually created like a regular calendar, so it can't be synced. Have you noticed how you can't edit it directly, nor can you make any changes, like .. say .. add any alarm?

    So, yeah, it would be cool if Apple added a "Show Birthdays Calendar" feature to the iPhone, but it'd be an addition of functionality to the calendar app on the iPhone ... nothing to do with MobileMe or synching. MobileMe already syncs the birthday field in your contacts. That's all it needs to do.

    Until then, there are App Store apps that you can put on your iPhone that show you upcoming birthdays, or you can find AppleScripts that will create you a proper iCal birthday calendar... that's editable, has alarms, and since it's a proper calendar, it can be synced.
  22. randfee2 thread starter macrumors regular


    Jun 13, 2007
    that much is obvious, but if you know a "bit" about ical/caldav usage you should know, that this would be WAY easy to include. The calendar is there, its on MobileMe which syncs all the time!!! Just push that one too. It seems like having been arbitrarily left out.

    No, the worst is that I can't just send contacts via Bluetooth like any other phone :). Besides that, why would I have to create another calendar if the birthday one is already there? I'm not the computers servant!

    I know that and said so. Even if one couldn't just apply the same algorithm to iPhones iCal, one could perfectly easy transcode the mobileMe version of the birthday calendar that is being shown there into an ordinary one copied down to iphone. Its a standard format that doesn't need much tampering!
  23. t22design macrumors regular

    Nov 10, 2007
  24. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    No birthday reminders?
    Wow, noone is going to buy the iphone then. What was Apple thinking? They are laughable...............
  25. eezing macrumors 6502


    Oct 29, 2008
    I hate to say this, but your iPhone has nothing to do with your complaint. The iPhone is designed to be cloud based; that being said, it's dependent upon what your calendar/contact storage service is.

    This is already a common complaint with Gmail. :)

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