Search­ing old cal­en­dars

Mac Format - - APPLE TALK -

My Cal­en­dar app won’t find items more than about one year old on my iPhone 5 (iOS 8.1). Yet the Cal­en­dar app on my Mac­Book Pro will find things from 20 years ago. It’s hard to be­lieve such a search takes more com­put­ing power than in to­day’s smartphones? Phil Alexan­drou Search­ing ar­bi­trar­ily far back is clearly pos­si­ble be­cause there are third-party cal­en­dar apps that al­low this. But Ap­ple doesn’t think it’s worth adding be­cause this lim­i­ta­tion has been around since at least iOS 4. It’s prob­a­bly an op­ti­mi­sa­tion de­ci­sion to keep the size of the in­dex file down. Apps that can search fur­ther back all have quite slow search func­tions, prob­a­bly be­cause they are search­ing through the en­tire cal­en­dar data­base. I doubt adding this fea­ture would earn Ap­ple any mar­ket share if it slowed down searches for re­cent events. But try Cal­vetica (£2.29), Fan­tas­ti­cal 2 (£3.99) or Week Cal­en­dar (free), straight re­place­ments for Cal­en­dar that ac­cess the same events data­base, so there’s no im­port­ing to do.

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