Why can't dev's use the sdk to access calendar.app?

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by diesel, Oct 11, 2008.

  1. diesel macrumors 6502a

    Aug 3, 2007
    Any thoughts on this? I really would like a "all in one" type travel/itinerary tracker for my business trips and there are a bunch of them in the app store but apparently apple doesn't allow devs to write to the calendar.app so those travel/itinerary type apps are more or less useless cause i would have to record flight info in there, and then create a separate calendar record in the calendar.app to take advantage of the calendar alerts and same goes for meeting type info for any trips, hotel info, etc.

    Why apple, why?
  2. Khryz macrumors 6502a

    Jan 7, 2007
  3. diesel thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Aug 3, 2007

    I'm 99.9% sure. That's why no app can write to the calendar.app to take advantage of the alerts in the calendar. No workout type apps (to schedule workouts), no travel tracker type apps (to schedule travel related events suc as flights, meetings, etc.).

    Unless i'm wrong and no developer to date has created an app using the apple sdk to write records to the calendar.app? i find that hard to believe.
  4. Niiro13 macrumors 68000

    Feb 12, 2008
    You are correct. There is no way.

    It's weird, isn't it? Applications have full read/write access to contacts...yet Apple refuses to do some other things that definitely aren't a security issue. (get the list of songs in someone's library...good for Tap Tap Revenge...or maybe a map view api...one line of code).

    I guess you could argue that preventing read/write to the calendar.app would prevent people from "knowing your schedule" and whatnot...which is probably far more dangerous than access to contacts.
  5. stockscalper macrumors 6502a


    Aug 1, 2003
    Area 51
    SmarTime combines a to do list with a calendar in one app. YOu have a full calendar, a full to do app or you can choose to show items set for a day together in one view. The only draw back is that you have to replace Apple's calendar with theirs. This just means you use another calendar app in place if ical.
  6. diesel thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Aug 3, 2007

    smartime probably doesn't allow for "alerts" and without alerts, any calendar app is useless
  7. jstanier macrumors regular


    Sep 6, 2008
    Brighton, England.
    Depends how good you are at checking your calendar. :)

    If Apple made this available in the SDK, it would be absolutely lovely. I'm surprised it's not there! Although, the MobileMe to-do's don't sync nor do they show up. If they did, a lot of to-do lists would be made kind of redundant.

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