Readdle launches iOS 7-ified Calendars 5

By , Sep 12, 2013

Readdle Calendar 5 for iOS (teaser 001)

With so much on my plate, you could imagine that daily productivity of yours truly depends on a powerhouse mobile calendar software. I’ve been a longtime fan of Fantastical from Flexibits, but that’s not saying I’m married to it. In fact, I’m expected to test new applications on a daily basis by virtue of my job.

Developer Readdle makes some of the finest productivity apps on the App Store and they just launched Calendars 5, a major new release optimized for the iOS 7 look and feel. It packs in such features as natural language input (take that, Fantastical!), support for iOS reminders, tasks, Google Calendars and much more…

Rather than issue an update to its existing Calendars+ app, Readdle instead re-imagined what a mobile calendar experience for a regular person should be. Nine months in the making, Calendars 5 supports the iPhone and iPad natively, syncs data seamlessly across devices, combines calendar events and tasks and syncs with the stock iOS Reminders app.

The resulting experience is very powerful and frictionless, yet easy to use.

That’s because the UI does away with colorful bars and buttons in favor of the iOS 7 design philosophy. For instance, simply switch between days and weeks by swiping, like you’d swipe in iOS 7 stock apps.

Returning to your Today view is a one-tap affair.

Check out the promo vid.

It’s also arguably the first smart calendar for the iPad, since all other great calendar apps are for the iPhone only. People who do real work on an iPad will love skimming through their Weekly or Monthly schedule on a larger canvas.

Readdle Calendar 5 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 001)Readdle Calendar 5 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 002)

Though Calendars 5 lets you create events in Day view by tapping and holding, you may find its natural language processing faster and – well – more natural. Just start typing away (or copy from clipboard) something like “New iPhones arrive next Friday at 8am PT” and the app will parse your input and auto-populate the event fields for you.

Saves a ton of time.

Readdle Calendar 5 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 003)Readdle Calendar 5 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 004)

Custom recurring events are supported as well so you can create events like “Do something every second month of the year on weekdays of the 1st, 2nd and last week”.

Readdle on its newly-found focus on simplicity and minimalism:

When you create an event in iOS calendar you see a 12-fields-dialog that confuses and disorients you. In Calendars 5 you have a single field to start with. The rest will unfold as you need it.

There’s also Day, Week, Month and List view of your events, SMS reminders and custom alerts, RSVPs, drag-and-drop for tasks and events and other cool features.Readdle Calendar 5 for iOS (iPad screenshot 001)

The 22MB download is optimized for the iPhone 5′s taller screen and requires iOS 6.0 or later. The app’s available at the introductory price of $4.99 that will last only for a week.

Download Calendars 5 from the App Store now.

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  • Jonathan

    The first iOS 7 app. :’)

    • abdullah575

      No it is real racing 3 with the new update before 2 weeks !! Or 1 !!

      • Jonathan

        Sorry, I meant changed to look like iOS 7.

      • אביאור רוקח

        No MCTube is the first app look like iOS 7

  • Jeff Ramirez

    5 bucks? I guess it’s reasonable. It looks very nice and all but why pay that much when you can save yourself $5 and get Cal by Any.Do for free?! I mean Cal even looks better IMO.

    • Denys Zhadanov

      How about Tasks, Natural Language input? :)

      • Jeff Ramirez

        That’s why you have the Any.do app that talks very well with their Cal app.
        As for natural language input. Well, that’s a downside for some but not for me :P

  • Timothy

    Can’t wait until the App Store is flooded with updates for iOS 7-optimized apps next week. It’s gonna be nice.

    • diggitydang

      Except when you have to pay for the new app, even though you paid for the old app thinking it was bought for life.

      • T_Will

        Why would anyone think an app is bought for life?

      • El Arqui Tecto

        Why not? When you buy an iPhone is not for life?, I mean when you pay it is yours and you can do anything you want

      • T_Will

        That’s a really good point. I totally expect Apple to give away free hardware upgrades to iPhone owners year after year.

      • El Arqui Tecto

        Why they should if you are buying a different version with different hardware, here you are paying the same app on an upgrade of the same iOS

      • T_Will

        You’re right, it’s the same app. Calendars 5 was not completely redesigned with a new UI and features.

      • Damian W

        both of you have valid points.So I will try to draw a line somewhere in the middle. The developer should be rewarded for the hard work he put in his new app. But he should not leave out in the cold the customers who already bought his app. The solutions should be simple.The customers who already bought this app, should pay a 2 dollar upgrade and the new customers 5 dollars. This is how it is done in Cydia store.

      • T_Will

        I agree. But Apple doesn’t have an upgrade model yet in the App Store.

      • Damian W

        I believe in app purchase in the old app could be used as a paid update. This way you could install new app update over the old app form within the app itself. :D

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      As much as I’d like that to happen I think a lot of developers are keeping their current iOS 6 apps in the AppStore for 3GS users and others on iOS 6 and creating a brand new app for iOS 7…

  • diggitydang

    Anyone know if Calendars 5 means that there were 4 other versions previous to this that you had to keep paying for??? If so, I wouldn’t buy this app on principle… if I buy the app, I don’t want to see the next version on the App Store a month later that I have to pay for to get. It’s the same deflated feeling when I pay for Snapseed, and they get bought by Google (?) and it goes free… or buying iMovie and iPhoto, only to hear the announcement that it’s going free. Booooo!!!

    • Denys Zhadanov

      It was Calendars+ before since 2010. For 3 years people were getting updates for free. Since Apple does not allow us paid updates and we’ve spent 9 months creating this new app. All future update for Calendars 5 will be free.

      • Damian W

        how about in app purchase in the old calendar map that would install the new update app over the old one. This way you could charge 2 dollars for in app purchase for already existing customers.

      • Denys Zhadanov

        That’s a bad idea…

      • Damian W

        why?

  • Mr.Ocean

    Why is there still the stock iOS 6 keyboard although this is running on iOS 7..?

    • Scott Curry

      Who said it was ‘running’ on iOS 7? The article simply says ‘optimized’ and ‘reimagined’ for the look and feel of iOS 7…

      • Mr.Ocean

        If you look at the video the animations of unlocking the iPhone and opening the app look like iOS 7 to me.

      • Scott Curry

        Sorry, I looked and I don’t see it. It even has the stock iOS6 wallpaper…

      • Frozen Bee .GFKS

        well but thanks to 7Betas they could already programmed iOS7 keyboard. if people gonna update on iOS7 they will stil have ios6 keyboard in this app

      • Scott Curry

        I believe iOS7 will have the iOS7 keyboard, no matter what app you’re in. And I don’t see many app publishers filming a preview of their app using technology that’s not available to the general public yet.

      • Frozen Bee .GFKS

        sadly,thats incorrect, i have iOS7 Beta and not single one of my apps has iOS7 keyboard…maybe there has to be code that recognize iOS7 and will let ios to open its own keyboard(ios7 keyboard in this case)….if you know what i mean

    • Denys Zhadanov

      The keyboard is there because we cannot design iOS 7 elements before gold master.

  • Mohammed Sahib

    I hate this trend of throwing iOS7-like UI on existing apps, adding few features, if any, then charging the full price for existing users, again!. I really hope Apple will update the app store rules to prevent this. Otherwise many people will find it easier than ever to switch to other platforms since they will buy their favorite apps all over again anyway. And let’s not forget how easy it is to pirate apps on the ‘other platform’.

    • Nate McKelvie

      This is not exactly what’s happening. If app developers want to have an app for older ios and for new ios then they have to have 2 versions and it’s apples policy to not allow for “upgrade pricing”

  • Frozen Bee .GFKS

    what the hell?? i have Reeder on my phone, paid XX$ and now they released Reeder2 for iOS7 for another 5$….not a cool move Rizzi…..

    • Nate McKelvie

      What I don’t understand is why everyone expects apps to be updated for free for life? When you buy computer software version 1.0 is version 2.0 ever free? No not usually. They may have a discounted upgrade price, but mobile users expect to buy something once and get all future upgrades for free. We have gotten spoiled and expect something you get with no other platform but mobile devices!

      • Denys Zhadanov

        Exactly!

      • Frozen Bee .GFKS

        well, maybe its because create pc software x ios app is like built rocket engine x pen …..from start, apps updates were free, so you cant be surprised about people complaining about this… btw pc and mobile devices are 2 separate markets that work differently…but i get your point

      • Jeremy W

        I’ve been a calendars customer for years and swear by it but I feel jaded that they aren’t giving me a reduced price for the upgrade (please correct me if there is a reduced price available). So I will consider other apps and see if there is another one that works as well for less or even the same price. I would rather use another app if possible. However if I can’t find one that works as well or better than I’ll be forced to bight the bullet and pay for the upgrade. I realize it’s only a few bucks, but it’s the principle. The developers want to feel valued and get paid for their hard work…and rightfully so. But, customers need to feel valued first and foremost. This is just bad business.

  • http://sciencedem.blogspot.com editor

    Why do I like this calendar so much more than Apple’s which I’m _supposed to love. Maybe its the clearer black fonts; the detail; the intelligence of setting appointments….

  • James Ursini

    The app is great. I used to use Cal by Any.Do and also Any.Do Tasks but this is great as it interfaces with all the Apple Apps. Smart UI for them. Also the type and it will auto-detect is a great feature.

    • Denys Zhadanov

      Thanks James! We will only make it better!

  • Matthew Cleveland

    The app looks really nice, but is the calendar app built in to iOS that terrible? I only use it rarely but it does what I need it to do.

    • James Ursini

      so much more user friendly and the UI with all the features blows the stock app out of the water

      • Matthew Cleveland

        Gotcha. I’ve never tried any out so I never knew what the fuss was about. Thanks!

  • Bob

    Can Calendars 5 work with both iOS and Google calendars at the same time or is it one or the other only?

  • queen_ir3ne

    The natural language is pretty awesome!