Why did Apple add so many years in the calendar app?

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  1. FatPuppy macrumors 68000

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    I mean... in this screenshoot it is year 69 B.C. ImageUploadedByTapatalk1387218615.954388.jpg
     
  2. Silverrune macrumors regular

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    Because why not? It wouldn't take much effort and it doesn't affect anything. :)
     
  3. bjb.butler macrumors 6502a

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    Exactly. There's no reason not to.
     
  4. abshole765 macrumors 6502a

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    Because I need to book a hotel room for NYE 2999.
     
  5. FatPuppy thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Yeah but... 69 B.C. ??? Really?
     
  6. LostSoul80 macrumors 68020

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    Apple didn't add anything. Obviously the calendar app can calculate and display any year you ask it to show. It's a simple algorithm that generates the result.
     
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  8. FatPuppy thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Da, am!
     
  9. luckydcxx macrumors 65816

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    i kept scrolling up and the calendar stops at 4716 BC. Kind of a weird year to pick. If it is an algorithm it should go back indefinitely.
     
  10. Chabba macrumors regular

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    Unfortunately it can't be totally accurate going back that far. The switch over from Julian Calendar to Gregorian Calendar took about 350 years. Going back that far to see what day of the week something happened centuries ago won't be correct.

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  11. FatPuppy thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Who cares????, no one is ever gonna use a calendar that far.
     
  12. Stuke00 macrumors 68000

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    There is no December in 69 BC and February had 31 days? January has 28?
     
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    Holy mother of gawd! Thank you so much! I'm making an app and the calendar was gonna drive me insane!! Didn't think of any other way to do it other than make layouts for every month of every year. (Sounds really stupid now actually)
     
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  18. Chabba macrumors regular

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    I can only think if someone wanted to know what day of the week something happened. :confused:
     
  19. shotts56 macrumors 6502

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    Correct. Even Time Lords need smartphones, and this just sends a whole lot of business Android's way.
     
  20. borostef macrumors 6502

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    Exactly! All this iWatch talk, and nobody figured out the big plan... :D
     
  21. yg17 macrumors G5

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    It will be correct according to Gregorian standards. You could use a Julian calendar for the modern times if you wanted to. Dates might not line up with what everyone else uses, but it would technically be correct according to the calendar you're using. Really no different than kilograms vs pounds, Celsius vs Fahrenheit, etc.

    Anyways, it's not like Apple developers had to write code for each year. The algorithm is relatively simple, so calendars for any year can be generated on the fly.

    If I had to guess, the limit is likely due to the length of an int or something. Similar to the Year 2038 problem just in the other direction. Or 4, 7, 1 and 6 were some developer's lucky numbers in the fortune cookie they got when they went out to lunch.
     
  22. GreyOS macrumors 68030

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    Or the developer's a young earth creationist :D
     
  23. TheRainKing macrumors 6502a

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    Never knew it went back that far. You learn something new everyday. :)
     
  24. Sirious macrumors 65816

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    Foward thinking. ;)
     
  25. Wbutchart macrumors regular

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    Isn't that roughly the time some believe God created everything? There are those who argue the world is 6000 years old, apple may agree.....?
     

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