Both the iPhone and iPad (all versions of both) come with a really neat Calendar app pre-installed… and it can do some pretty darn cool things!
1.) You can add events directly from your emails
When you check your email on one of these devices and you have an email that mentions a specific date and time, you can instantly add it to your calendar. Simply tap on the time in the email and choose Create Event from the pop-up.
2.) You can override the local time zone
Your i-products will automatically display events in your local time, but you can use Time Zone Override (under Mail, Contacts, Calendars in Settings) to stick to a particular time zone if you need it to.
3.) You can use Siri for custom calendar views
Simply tell Siri things like to “show me my calendar for today” – or change “today” to “tomorrow”, “next week”, “the next three days” or whatever you like. It’s a quick and easy way of bringing up a customized view of your schedule.
4.) Set up Family Sharing for a family schedule
You don’t have to share iTunes movies and apps if you don’t want to but you still might want to share your family’s schedules. You can activate the feature in iCloud in Settings and everyone can share one calendar and know what the family is up to! Pretty cool way to sync everyone’s events and activities on the go.
5.) You can get travel advice simply by setting event locations
If you make the effort to add locations to your events you will get updates about travel times in the Notification Center. There’s also a Travel Time option for each item on your schedule you can configure for more detailed alerts.
6.) You can schedule appointments to the exact minute
If you have an appointment that starts at an odd time – say 10:22am, you will most likely want your calendar to reflect that specific time. Simply tap on the start (or end) time selection panel and you can toggle between five-minute intervals and one-minute intervals.
7.) You can configure automatic alerts
Generally you will want to set different alerts for different events… but if there’s a setting you use a lot, like a 5-minute buzz before your meetings, you can configure that setting via Settings then Mail, Contacts, Calendars and Default Alert Times.
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