A plea for multiple months on Calendar for Apple Watch

I went out to dinner with my family a couple of nights ago and, when we got to discussing plans for the summer, I needed to check a couple dates. Since I've come to rely on my Apple Watch for any brief but important interaction, I immediately lifted my wrist, tapped into the Calendar app, went Month View, and then—out of iPhone-honed instinct—scrolled down to go to the next month and... nothing but a rubber band bounce-back of nope.

The Apple Watch shipped with a Month Views in Calendar but only for the current month. I knew this, I know this, and yet every so often I go there without even thinking about it, expecting it to be there, only to be denied. Then I have to pull out my iPhone—yes, like an animal.

I've seen it happen with friends and acquaintances as well, and each time it does the conversation momentarily diverts to how great it would be if we could see more months than just the current one.

watchOS, the Apple Watch's operating system, seems to support the kind of behavior I'm expecting—plenty of apps let you swipe through sequential screens. The feature also seems in keeping with the Apple Watch's focus on quick, easily digestible information.

"Can we do Disney the second weekend in August?" "I'll check!" Lift. Tap. Swipe. "The first is a Saturday, so... the 8th or the 15th?" "Let's do the 15th!"

You can ask Siri questions that will get you information about upcoming months, but it's not the same as a high-level visualization of the entire month. It's not the same as seeing a traditional calendar.

One of the big new features for watchOS 2 is Time Travel for Complications. It'd be great if Apple also gave us "time travel" for Month View in Calendar, and let us see, recall, and schedule going backwards and forwards.

We've filed this as a feature enhancement request with Apple's bug reporter: rdar://21642763

Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.

  • And all I'm thinking of is... a red sport strap??....
  • Pink actually, they don't have red.
  • I'm well aware of that but the picture makes it look very very red. The pink strap looks nothing like that in the flesh.
  • Must be a bit awkward when you are on the last day of a month midway through a working week to not be able to see what's coming up tomorrow?
  • Gosh, i would have thought that would be there from the get go
  • Well, there is a Watch app offering a month view for the next 12 months: Coyomi.
  • Good tip. Coyomi Pro at 1.46 UK Pounds Sterling works well. Can view future months & drill down to the detail. Unable to view historical months & iPhone must be turned on. Hopefully we'll see this product enhanced in the Autumn.
  • Perhaps Apple doesn't think that the general public is ready for this feature. You know how Apple is about timing. When they think we are ready for this feature, they will add it. Until then, we do not need it. Sent from the iMore App
  • "We'll tell you what you want" -- Apple
    That seems harsh, but I'll bet that's the reason. The Watch is not as "discoverable" as other Apple technologies. When I got my first Mac running Mac OS 6, I read the books from cover to cover. I haven't done anything remotely like that in years, but when I got my Watch, I found that I really needed to slow down and watch the videos in the iOS companion app. There isn't that much to learn, but what little is there is not obvious: pull down for Notifications, push up for Glances, OK ... but nobody is going to casually stumble upon "double click the side button for Apple Pay, then flip the watch upside down against the point of sale terminal" without help. Keeping things simple at first makes a bunch of sense to me. I'll bet it's in WatchOS 2.
  • Guess what. It isn't
  • This. 1000x this. And to add to that, the ability to then tap said date and be entered into your events from that date. That would be a really killer feature for me, especially for work and scheduling meetings.
  • Since when did pulling out your iPhone to check your calendar make you an animal? People do this all the time. So, I guess if I don't have an Apple Watch that makes me a sub-human species?
  • He was being sarcastic! I just knew that if I looked in the comments, I would find someone upset about this..... Some people. Sent from the iMore App
  • These animals in the comment section.
  • Oh my god
  • I agree I need at the very least the previous, present and next month
  • Me too
  • it's the 29th of the month... I wanted to look at next Friday... and could I??? Nope. I could select a day and use the crown into May, but it only went to Thursday. Lame
  • I just ran into this situation. My iPhone battery was at 1% so I put it in the charger in my home office. A few minutes later , I went to program my thermostat and automated lights for my next 2 vacations. Hm, no computer nearby and iPhone is on the charger. I know! I have a $500 Apple Watch with not one but 2 calendar apps(calendar and fantastical) on I. Surely one of them can show me dates for the next 2 months. No, they cannot. They really really cannot. I'll put this in as a feature request as well.
  • I submitted the multiple month idea to Apple.