6 Replies Latest reply: Jul 27, 2009 12:44 AM by RolloM
RolloM Level 1 (5 points)
Hi all

I embarassingly missed an important task today because I had forgotten to set an alert to the corresponding calendar entry.

Two questions:

- How can I add an alert automatically when adding a calendar entry on the iPhone? Any 3rd party software which can do this this? (I never saw a meeting entry in a calendar that would not have needed an alert, so why is the default value _no alert_??)
- How can I (this is the second time) make alerts repeat periodically until I acknowledge them?



Mac OS X (10.4.10)
  • RolloM Level 1 (5 points)
  • Jim VanLeeuwen Level 6 (18,825 points)
    It can't be done automatically. You have to set the alert yourself. Once you set an alert, you have the opportunity to set a second alert. There is no capability to repeat alerts until acknowledged.

    If you prefer other options for your phone, let Apple know here: http://www.apple.com/feedback/iphone.html
  • RolloM Level 1 (5 points)
    Too bad, but thanks for your answer anyway. I'm currently testing a friend's iphone before buying my own and it looks like this might be the deal killer, as I cannot live with an unreliable calendar.

    Regards, R.
  • Jim VanLeeuwen Level 6 (18,825 points)
    If you don't have it already, download a copy of the User Guide here: http://manuals.info.apple.com/enUS/iPhone_UserGuide.pdf

    It will make your evaluation easier.
  • alexyork3d Level 1 (5 points)
    You could try using a To-Do app or Things to do this. You can set alerts or have an e-mail sent to yourself etc.
  • RolloM Level 1 (5 points)
    Ok, I'll search for workarounds then. Thanks for the tip.

    Just as a thought: This looks like one more of those unfortunate cases (next to Google Latitude, which was recently in the news) where Apple blocks "duplicate" applications on the iphone for - as it seems - purely ideological reasons.

    I'd love to see an improved sms app, for instance (which shows me the current number of characters left, tells me if a message has been received, and automatically re-sends sms if the message didn't go out because there was no reception when I tried to send it first), and I'd love to see an improved calendar app with improved alerts as just discussed, and a condensed view, for instance.

    The way it is at the moment, Apple unnecessarily prevents the iPhone from becoming better than it already is.