iOS7 Rushed, untested or not thought about? The Calendar App

Posted on September 23, 2013

There’s a lot of features I like in iOS7.  I like the swiping in safari to go back a page, and how quick it is.  I (quite) like the control centre, although it would have been better if could have chosen what controls I wanted down there.  

There’s an awful lot more I don’t like though, I think I’ll devote this post to the calendar app.

iOS7 Calendar

ios6 Month View

ios6 Month View

ios7 Month View

ios7 Month View

What happens when you tap a day in month view in ios7

Tap a day in month view

I loved the month view in iOS6.  I loved I could see the whole month, at a glance and see through the dots on each day, which days had events on them.  You tapped the day, the events on that day  were listed underneath.  

Apple has completed ruined my easy to use, comfortable, all-encompassing planning experience with their new calendar.  Forget the aesthetics, which incidentally, I don’t like, so much white feels scary, there’s nothing there, no reference points, what is this, what am I looking at?  Wait calm down, it’s just a very minimal design.  

So, yeh, what I REALLY HATE about it is the fact that now, when you tap to see what’s on on a day, the month view disappears and a week view shows instead.  Woah, wait a minute!  That’s a bit disorientating!  I want to see what I have on in a day relative to other days in the month. I may be thinking I have an appointment on that day.  Oh no, maybe its next week, oh, can’t see next week, need to tap on the month name (intuitive I don’t think so) and then look at the next week, tap on the day…I cannot quickly see one day’s events in one weeks in comparison with another day the week after.  I hate it so much, i’ve gone a bought a calendar app called fantastical that gives me that simple to use month view.  I’m not so keen on the colours they use, but it’s less important that it being usable!  Something Apple were revered for.  Simplicity and usability.  With this, is it a case of form over function?  Minimalism over usability?

ios7 missing links notification centre

No links here

While I’m on the calendar app, something else that really bugs me its the notification centre that shows you what you have coming up.  

It helpfully tells me I have one event tomorrow.  What on earth is that event?  Why not tell me?  Ok, well I’ll tap the words ‘there is one all-day event..’, that’ll take me to the event.  No.  Nothing.  I’ll try pressing Calendar, maybe?  No, that does nothing either.  So, what is the point of telling me anything here, if I can’t quickly find out what it is?  I was really shocked at this missing most basic of functionality.  

YET, if I tap the little weather info snippet, it opens the weather app.  Ahh don’t you just love consistency? 

I like good design.  I know people are raving about how pretty the new UI is. Well I’d rather have usable over pretty.  Sure the old gradients and drop shadows look a bit dated, but I’d rather have that than a disconcerting, inconsistent user experience.


14 Responses to iOS7 Rushed, untested or not thought about? The Calendar App


September 24, 2013 at 10:13 am

This exact thing was causing usually mild mannered me untold seethings of rage.
Problem averted.


Josh Brown

September 24, 2013 at 5:15 pm

I totally agree – Apple is very inconsistent in iOS 7 across apps, and in notification center, and everywhere… I do like the look of iOS 7 much more than iOS 6, though, and I hope they’ll eventually make iOS 7 more consistent.



September 24, 2013 at 11:22 pm

Candy Land….Shoots & Ladders….everything Fisher Price. Wow. As a working professional who relies heavily on a well desinged, visually functional Calendar, Email and Note taking – I am blown away at the shear lack of design, vision and overall talent level of the new post SJ Apple.

I reluctantly moved away from BBerry to Iphone a couple years back knowing the old moniker held true that ” Iphone is a PLAY phone that WORKS well ~ BBerry is a WORK phone that PLAYS well”. Still, I made to the move to Apple. Like any technology, always trade-offs. And while Apple iphone fell short in areas where we needed a nimble, efficent, intuative BUSINESS centered phone, I fell in love with the crisp, clean, visually orgasmic UI that iphone offered. In fact, to me, the core of what Apple Iphone represented was this fantasic looking UI. And hey, would we expect less for a technolgy that measured up to all those graphic design, artsy types that I always percieved gravitated toward the iphone.

Now this. Clearly, Apple is changing there direction as a Company. An admission that Android/Samsung is putting the squeeze on them perhaps. I see this like they jumped the shark on this one, The essence of what makes Apple Apple is gone now. I will be able to get used to some of the chnages – that just takes time, but visually abhorrent UI? Never.

Like they say, ya can’t shine a turd



September 28, 2013 at 5:27 pm

totally agree! I’m seriously looking at Android right now. iPhone just became a device i don’t want to touch and use.

and a discussion about phone’s keyboard reminded me that Androd actually allows to install 3rd party keyboards – and they have some really cool ones with endless customization options.

Apple believes that it knows better than users what “user experience” they enjoy – and here they bestowed a new keyboard upon us that looks like it came straight from 1987’s HyperCard. sure we must enjoy it without any option to replace.



September 25, 2013 at 1:53 pm

Were you looking at a beta version? The notification center spells out the event and mentions who else is attending in the US. Can’t defend the calendar month view loss of functionality. I like the look.



September 29, 2013 at 11:10 am

No the released iOS7. If there are events ‘tomorrow’ then it says there are 2 events, first one is at, say 1pm. It doesn’t say what they are. You can’t tap this information to be take to the event or day. Nor can you tap the calendar icon to be taken to the calendar.



September 25, 2013 at 2:21 pm

Maybe you didn’t notice, it isn’t obvious at all! If you tab a Day in Month-View it will show only the week an your entries for that day! If you want to switch to next week, just swipe left or right on the days. It will switch to next/previous week an select the same weekday!

with the notification center issues, I totally agree :(



September 27, 2013 at 7:44 pm

Thank you for starting this thread about the Calendar in IOS7.

To me, in a word, it is awful! I live by that Calendar every day. Now it has become an App that I don’t even like accessing because it is just so ugly and unusable.

Why have I lost the top (almost) 1/3 of the display to a large type font that tells me the month and then a funky (and ugly) rendering of the week with an ugly red dot highlighting the day I’m on?

The overall effect of all this lost screen real estate is that now I can only see from about 8am to 1pm in this view instead of previously being able to see just about the entire day.

It’s so stripped down in appearance too! Why did we have to give up the more textured and refined buttons that all make use of the cutting edge graphics of the display and OS in order to have screens that look so flat and uninviting?

The coloring is awful and does not play well for using the phone in a professional environment.

Looking forward to IOS 7.0.3 where they fix these things. (hah)!


Ed K

September 29, 2013 at 3:26 pm

I think iOS 7 was made for kids.
It is made to look ‘cool’ above all else, and at the expense of ergonomics and human factors, such as readability, simplicity, and useful skeuomorphism.
Observe the video game-like animations, whacky colors, things moving everywhere, thin fonts, white letters on bright colored backgrounds, no ‘grown-up’ or professional-sounding ring tones… I can go on and on…



October 27, 2013 at 8:52 pm

I know, form over function. Design over usability. It’s really disappointing.


John Appleseed

October 1, 2013 at 6:32 pm

To get the old “List” view back in iOS7, just press the search icon (little magnifier at the top). You’re welcome :)



October 4, 2013 at 8:33 pm

‘To get the old “List” view back in iOS7, just press the search icon’

Yes, that works, but it’s unintuitive. Worse, the view is not stored, so you have to do that most (but not all) times when returning to the calendar. It’s inconsistent enough that I can’t find a pattern. “List” was always my preferred view, and it’s annoying that it can’t hold that setting.



October 25, 2013 at 7:27 pm

I downloaded iTunes store app ‘Fantastical’ based on your recommendation – many thanks, as it solves the issues you mention (and were driving me crazy too) re: getting iOS 6 Month View back. Made my day!



October 27, 2013 at 8:51 pm

Oh I am glad…I know, I HATE the iOS7 calendar app. I have a mac and it’s software just updated and the calendar on that has gone all unusable as well. It’s like they’ve gone for design over usability. This was never the way when Steve Jobs was there, it was all about being intuitive and easy to use.


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