All right an example. I am flying from San Francisco to New York with a plane change in Chicago. I enter the flight times in iCal. I don't off hand recall what Chicago's time zone is so I leave the time zone the default. If I don't look it up and I do have time zone support enabled (both for the ical app, and for the iphone itself) the flight time will be changed on my iPhone when I land in Chicago because the phone updates its time zone info at that point. A more realistic example might be a flight from San Francisco to Amsterdam to Nairobi. No way I know the Amsterdam time zone off the top of my head.
Or I am returning from California to Florida after a 2 month vacation and am setting up appointments and events for my return on ical. My phone will be on pacific time and when I return to Florida and it adjusts to FL time all the events I entered will be set for 3 hours later if I haven't taken the extra step of entering time zone.
Having forgotten that step more than once I can assure you it has been a problem for me.
What i am asking for is a setting on ical for do not adjust event time when I change time zones. I would like to do that and still have my iphone update time when I travel. The time zone adjustment is great when someone in FL says I'll call you at 1. If I enter the time as 1 eastern it will indeed shw up as 10 pacific.
Unless the set up works differently than it did two years ago ical is making work rather than simplifying my life. (google calendar and the balckberry calendar are the same.)
I just don't want the phone doing me the favor of adjusting an event time I don't want adjusted.
I appreciate your taking time to respond, and hope my concerns make at least a little sense to you. If there is indeed a setting that allows time zone free appointment times and allow the iPhone to calibrate to the geographic time zone that would be what I want.
That is probably the way to say it.
I think you are right, that there is no easy way to implement that now.
I was just hoping things had changed with the progression to iOS6 and mountain Lion.
Certainly the documentation for how time zone support works is not too clear on the apple web site.
Thanks for your time.