We Wanted Tasks, Search, Better Calendaring. Are They Coming?

Do you see what I see?

Yesderday's Apple Event was very, very exciting. My wife is a clinician and was almost leapt off of the couch when she saw Epocrates with the new functionality. I was excited by the gaming apps; go figure.

With all of this energy around the SDK, you might ask why am I feeling a bit disappointed? I feel there is still a lot of work to be done with the core iPhone applications and functionality. The iPhone has been out a year, yet there is basic and fundamental functionality still missing. I think we know what the big ones are; copy/paste and MMS. However, there are some areas that I don't feel get enough attention. These areas include search and calendars.

It is very difficult to find an appointment on the iPhone. I literally have to go day by day to find an appointment. Since the iPhone runs OS X, where is my Spotlight?

For those of us who use multiple calendars, why can't I add an appointment to any one of my calendars instead of a default one? While we are on the topic, where is my Notes and Task syncing?

I did notice the 2.0 calendar that was shown had the calendar buttons placed on the bottom instead of the top and a mysterious button located in the lower right. Could it be a task button? Am I getting worked up over nothing? Only time will tell.

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Chad Garrett

Software trainer, blogger and mobile technology enthusiast living in the suburban Midwest.

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We Wanted Tasks, Search, Better Calendaring. Are They Coming?


I am sure that someone will create a Tasks application. It is fairly simple, would be a great starter project, and with ActiveSync, would be easy to facilitate. It would be trivial for Apple to write a Task app. Seriously, you could write a Task app with really just a small file and a listing interface. Surely, Apple will do that, and stick it into iPhone 2.0.
The thing I wonder is: Say I wrote a Tasks app, and I wanted to give it to the community. Would I be able to? It seems like Apple is now in the application pimping business; will they let me give it away, or would they want their cut?
Plus, I hate to pay $99 to release a freeware app. Oh, well, I guess these questions will be answered in June.