Friday, September 07, 2007

Crippled Calendar application for iPod touch?

It's bad enough the iPod touch doesn't have a mail application or Google Maps and is missing several widgets, but there are worries now that it has a cut down version of the Calendar application as well. Astute readers of iLounge have noted that in their pictures of the Calendar application on the iPod touch, there is no "+" button present (in the top right corner) for adding new calendar entries like there is on the iPhone. We are still awaiting verification as to the significance of this difference.

However, rumour has it that the iPod touch runs the same binaries as the iPhone, which means that if you could jailbreak the phone and install Mail and other applications on the iPod touch, they may just work.

As I've said, we don't know for sure if the iPod touch's Calendar application is a cut down version or not, but this is enough for me to hold off on pre-ordering it. I will let someone else be the guinea pig. If Calendar has no input function, then I'm not buying. And I'm not buying the iPhone either. I'm not keen to be the first to try the iPhone hacks, especially for an 8 GB US version with no 3G support.

[Update 2007-09-07]

False alarm. According to Apple:
iPod touch features the same revolutionary interface as iPhone. Built to take full advantage of the large 3.5-inch display, the multi-touch interface lets you control everything using only your fingers. So you can glide through albums with Cover Flow, flick through photos and enlarge them with a pinch, or zoom in and out on a section of a web page. And iPod touch features a touchscreen QWERTY keyboard perfect for browsing the web in Safari, searching for videos on YouTube, finding music on the iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store, entering calendar events, or adding new contacts.
Still, the lack of Mail, Google Maps, and some widgets is concerning. I hope those jailbreak apps can be modified quickly to work well with the iPod touch.

By the way, iTunes 7.4.1 has just been released, with no indication as to what it actually does. I wonder if it still works with latest version of iFuntastic and the various iPhone SIM hacks.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

not a false alarm, apple changed the wording - it no longer has add to calendar.

Anonymous said...

It's no good with out the calendar add feature!

I looked at one today it's cool, but now I'm going to hold off and get another PDA of sometime......

Anonymous said...

I picked up one at the store over the weekend and took a look, immediately thinking of selling my Tungsten T3 to buy it. Then couldn't figure out how to add events, even though the controls were otherwise very intuitive. No calendar? Not interested.

lil said...

I am on my iPod touch now, and it does have the iCal add event on it.

C Roy Jones said...

On iPod touch in iCal, plus sign (+) in top right. Give it a try.

Eug said...

Yes, this feature was added later.

It was added with the 1.1.2 update.

Anonymous said...

it is really just self explanatry I am on one right now and I have tried everything out, it's all there and working fine. But I seem to have no volume?