Apple launches new-look MobileMe Calendar beta

Apple has today taken the wraps off a completely revamped web-based MobileMe Calendar application, just weeks after a similar redesign took place for MobileMe Mail.

The second MobileMe web app to undergo a makeover this year following Mail, the all-new Calendar app features a completely re-designed user interface, which Apple says "works best with Safari 5, Firefox 3.6, and Internet Explorer 8". There's a new list view, which displays upcoming events, while  day, week, and month views have also been re-created.

There's also been a considerable effort by Apple to improve calendar sharing abilities - you can now share a calendar between multiple MobileMe members which they can also edit and view, or share a link to a read-only version which anyone can see but not edit (no MobileMe account is required). According to Apple, you'll be able to view the read-only calendar on the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or PC (although Apple notes Outlook support is not yet available).

Also, in a move which is sure to help those organizing events, Apple have automated the RSVP system. You can now send out an invitation email to those you want to attend, and as they respond the event on your calendar now automatically updates with attendee information.

Apple's new MobileMe Calendar beta (Credit: Apple Inc.)

The new beta also supports the CalDAV standard - so all your existing calendars will be automatically upgraded to support it. You'll also need to be running the latest Apple operating systems across the board - iOS 4 on the iPhone or iPod Touch, iOS 3.2 on the iPad and Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.4. For more information, Apple has posted an FAQ providing support and upgrade advice.

Paid subscribers to Apple's MobileMe can now request beta invitations which will be handed out over the coming weeks on the basis of first-in first-served.

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Bullhead said,
MoblieMe is really nice, but imo, not nice enough to pay $99 USD a year for. Googles software is great and _free_.

You can find it online as cheep as as $60-70/year (they send card with activation code). I found a year activation card off deal pad for $43.95 w/ free shipping but they signed me up for a "free trial" of Consumer Reports which I have to cancel within 90-days or else I get charged $35 for a year subscription. Kind of a hassle, but worth it for the price.

I agree, however, MobileMe IS overpriced compared to what Google offers. You can get pretty much the same features with Google+Dropbox for free.........

I think that for about $50/year (not the $99/year that Apple makes you pay) it is worth it for me to have 20GB of online storage, good syncing between my Mac and iPhone, and the "Find my iPhone" service (which is really tacked on).

A free service that only offers like ~5GB of storage and had advertisements would be excellent.

Bullhead said,
MoblieMe is really nice, but imo, not nice enough to pay $99 USD a year for. Googles software is great and _free_.

I have tried and tried to get by with Google's calendar since I have a Droid, but it doesn't touch the features of MS's Live calendar which also integrates rather well with Outlook and Windows Live Mail. For personal stuff I end up doing everything in a Live calendar and then exporting it to my Google calendar to keep my droid up to date.

As for features, all the 'exciting and magical features' that Apple is announcing with MobileMe are things MS's Live Calendar has done for years now - even before it carried the Live name.

Xero said,
You get what you pay for MobileMe tends to be a little more polished and fancy.

By more polished you mean like MobileMe mail not having HTTPS encryption until very recently?

Erunno said,

By more polished you mean like MobileMe mail not having HTTPS encryption until very recently?

It has it now... why complain about the past? Didn't Gmail get HTTPS very recently?

Sebianoti said,
Apple should fix iPhone 4 first

Yeah, because staff working on software and web design is also qualified to fix hardware problems.

Amazingly intelligent post from your part Sebianoti... Keep 'm coming!

Sebianoti said,
Apple should fix iPhone 4 first

Yea they should get the whole company to get on that problem because its where a good chunk of the revenue is coming from.

Sebianoti said,
Apple should fix iPhone 4 first

You really don't get how a company works, do you? I've read a lot of your comments and I never cease to laugh at them.

Sebianoti said,
Apple should fix iPhone 4 first

I'm drunk and that's the dumbest thing I've heard in a long time. Are you #%$^&*! stupid? They've got more than 1 guy working at the place nowadays...

qwexor said,

I'm drunk and that's the dumbest thing I've heard in a long time. Are you #%$^&*! stupid? They've got more than 1 guy working at the place nowadays...

and there i thought steve jobs was their only employee

Neoauld said,

and there i thought steve jobs was their only employee


Yeah most people would think so. lol. Although I had friend the other day that didn't know who Steve Jobs was...Does that make me a nerd or them just ignorant?

Sebianoti said,
Apple should fix iPhone 4 first

Hey Apple, stop what you are doing because someone on a forum thinks that the whole company should get on the iPhone issue. I really did laugh at your post. Dumbest thing I've heard in a while.

So you guys are complaining about a 99.00 a year service that gives you all sorts of services and storage space. Yet I pay 120 a year for exchange e-mail hosting.

Edrick Smith said,
So you guys are complaining about a 99.00 a year service that gives you all sorts of services and storage space. Yet I pay 120 a year for exchange e-mail hosting.

This wouldn't be Neowin if people didn't complain for the take of complaining.

.Neo said,

This wouldn't be Neowin if people didn't complain for the take of complaining.

Lol! People like to especially complain about products and services that they don't own/subscribe to and have no first-hand knowledge of.

Shadrack said,

Lol! People like to especially complain about products and services that they don't own/subscribe to and have no first-hand knowledge of.


hahaha so true. I'm probably guilty of it myself from time to time...

Shadrack said,

Lol! People like to especially complain about products and services that they don't own/subscribe to and have no first-hand knowledge of.

I had mobile me for a year. Very useless. Most of its services pale in comparison to Google and instead of iDisk I tend to use Dropbox which suits me better for my Macbook which is on triple boot.
I think people who would see value in Mobile Me are only the ones who use iPhone.

For what its worth, you can get it for a lot less than $99US a year. Just look on ebay for keys for it, I think a month ago I payed about $66AU which would likely be about $55 - $60US off the top of my head.

Smigit said,
For what its worth, you can get it for a lot less than $99US a year. Just look on ebay for keys for it, I think a month ago I payed about $66AU which would likely be about $55 - $60US off the top of my head.

Yup... if you are on the $99/year recurring charge that Apple subjects you to you are getting ripped off. Amazon sells them directly for $69.00, and you can get off Amazon Marketplace for $55.

Well it is good to see another company put the polish on a calendar that works from the computer to your mobile phones. For years Microsoft (Windows Live) has never given us the ability to sync our calendars between the computer and our mobile phones. They just came out with a web calendar for Windows Live Mobile Web which does not support their own web browser internet explorer on the Windows Mobile Phone. You have to download Opera, Skyfire, Chrome or another mobile web browser to use the service. It has become very apparent over the years that Microsoft (Windows Live) has become very incompetent on how to design a calendar to sync on their own products like Windows Mobile Phones.

JSYOUNG571 said,
Well it is good to see another company put the polish on a calendar that works from the computer to your mobile phones. For years Microsoft (Windows Live) has never given us the ability to sync our calendars between the computer and our mobile phones. They just came out with a web calendar for Windows Live Mobile Web which does not support their own web browser internet explorer on the Windows Mobile Phone. You have to download Opera, Skyfire, Chrome or another mobile web browser to use the service. It has become very apparent over the years that Microsoft (Windows Live) has become very incompetent on how to design a calendar to sync on their own products like Windows Mobile Phones.

MS wants you to use their Exchange server software.

Hopefully this will change with the Windows Phone 7 "reboot" for the platform.

JSYOUNG571 said,
Well it is good to see another company put the polish on a calendar that works from the computer to your mobile phones. For years Microsoft (Windows Live) has never given us the ability to sync our calendars between the computer and our mobile phones. They just came out with a web calendar for Windows Live Mobile Web which does not support their own web browser internet explorer on the Windows Mobile Phone. You have to download Opera, Skyfire, Chrome or another mobile web browser to use the service. It has become very apparent over the years that Microsoft (Windows Live) has become very incompetent on how to design a calendar to sync on their own products like Windows Mobile Phones.

I'm not sure if you are not serious or just missing out...

I have been syncing my Live calendar on two generations of old phones, including a phone that isn't a smartphone.

You can even access and use Live calendar on a Phone using just SMS, that lets you update the calendar and even texts you what appointments you have for the day and up to the minute reminders, etc.

As for not being able to access the calendar via IE mobile - the browser tries to load the non-mobile site. Just use: m.calendar.live.com instead and it works fine on mobile IE and virtually any phone browser, including some of the old Openwave and other sad browsers on non-smartphones.

I hope you have better luck in the future with Live calendars.

thenetavenger said,

I'm not sure if you are not serious or just missing out...

I have been syncing my Live calendar on two generations of old phones, including a phone that isn't a smartphone.

You can even access and use Live calendar on a Phone using just SMS, that lets you update the calendar and even texts you what appointments you have for the day and up to the minute reminders, etc.

As for not being able to access the calendar via IE mobile - the browser tries to load the non-mobile site. Just use: m.calendar.live.com instead and it works fine on mobile IE and virtually any phone browser, including some of the old Openwave and other sad browsers on non-smartphones.

I hope you have better luck in the future with Live calendars.

I feel that that kind of service is outdated. Rarely do you see someone using SMS for calendar reminders. Why can't we have Calendars as part of the Windows Live Mobile Application? Why can't we get syncing with Windows Live Calendar like we get with Windows Live Hotmail on Windows Live Mobile Application? As far as the web mobile version...do a comparrison of Windows Live Calendar or better yet Windows Live Mobile Web Suite on both the Internet Explorer mobile web browser and Opera browser. You will see that you get an error on internet explorer telling you to upgrade you browser, if you skip that section you get the regular Windows Live Hotmail calendar shrinked down so small that a magnify glass would get a headache. In the Windows Live Web mobile suite , you have everything listed but the calendar. Why do we have to go to a seperate site to view the calendar on internet explorer mobile? On the Opera version of Windows Live Mobile Web suite, you can see the calendar listed along with the rest of the windows live services. You don't have to type in m.calendar.live. You also will see your theme to your Windows Live account in the background. None of that is on internet explorer mobile.

Oh come on ppl! When will they start offering a free -even limited- version of MobileMe for basic functionality?
Or they think that they have soo many subscribers that they do not need more..?

Yeah,a free version is definitely welcome to the world.

Who's know it will likely to appear,but i think the free version will be competitor to what google already offer and iphone user can get find my iphone feature

but android have find my phone function on it?

I find MobileMe's Find My iPhone service worth the $99 a year alone. It locates the phone for me when I lose it (via GPS), shows me where it is on a map, and also buzzes it. There is a free app for doing that but it is said to not work as well. I've used it a couple times and it was a real joy. Everything else is bonus.

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