MobileMe drops subscribed calendar syncing

MobileMe drops subscribed calendar syncing

Summary: Jon Gruber points a piece the troubling news that you can't sync read-only iCal subscription calendars to your iPhone, as confirmed in Apple knowledgebase article TS1213. What's worse is that Apple took this feature out of their US$99 subscription service, but it's still available when you sync your iPhone (for free) with a cable.

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MobileMe drops subscribed calendar syncingJon Gruber points a piece the troubling news that you can't sync read-only iCal subscription calendars to your iPhone, as confirmed in Apple knowledgebase article TS1213. What's worse is that Apple took this feature out of their US$99 subscription service, but it's still available when you sync your iPhone (for free) with a cable. The problem is that they're mutually exclusive so if you use MobileMe you lose the ability to sync subscription calendars.

This massive ommission in MobileMe isn't a big deal to me for calendars related to holidays, sports schedules, movie releases — full list at Apple's calendar page — but it's a huge deal if you subscribe to calendars published to the Internet from someone else using iCal. Especially for families or businesses that maintain and share several iCal calendars.

So you can sync read-only calendars to your iPhone with iTunes syncing, but with MobileMe you're out of luck.

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  • MobileMe Inconsistencies

    So Far, MobileMe is not delivering on its Grand Promise. As such, it can't yet be considered as even a 1.0 offering, but rather a Beta that costs its users $99/year (or less for those who have obtained discounts). Until Apple can figure out how to eradicate the database inconsistencies between Desktop, Cloud and Phone (and also Mac <-> Windows Desktop) the Reputation of MobileMe as an Enterprise-Class Capability will remain tarnished. These inconsistencies exist not only in the Calendar function as mentioned in the subject article but also in Contacts/Address Book and also in iPhone Mail's inability to send from a MobileMe alias. How do we get Apple to recognize and repair these inconsistencies?
    snaab4
  • what a pain

    Just one more reason that shows MobileMe isn't ready for
    prime time.
    russguill
  • Once again Apple over promises and under delivers (nt)

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    NonZealot
    • it has become a trend.

      i like the idea of mobile me, but if it's not fixed ASAP there is no way they're getting my $99.
      lostarchitect
  • Apple makes me puke

    Apple has become worse than Microsoft. Apple is delivering
    more vaporware than Gates ever did. I will look for
    alternatives not only regarding to Iphone but also regarding
    to Macs
    rhon1
  • Mo....Mo....CouldBeMe

    Maybe I've been listening to too much anti-CouldBeMe through TWiT and seeing tiny tidbits like this, but really, did Apple even do any testing of this stuff before letting the masses in? How many problems exist with the phone itself, let alone the MobileMe service.
    clindhartsen
  • RE: MobileMe drops subscribed calendar syncing

    I think it blows. I create several calendars that my family
    subscribes to, so everyone knows what we are doing, and can
    plan accordingly. Apple just broke the most useful part of
    iCal.
    Warren Bowman
  • RE: MobileMe drops subscribed calendar syncing

    For people that are researching the problem... Still cant sync via MobileMe, but you can at least do a selective synv via iTunes. Just set the iPhone to sync only your subscribed calendars, and leave your MobileMe calendars unchecked.
    This way you get them on the phone, albeit they are not update "via the air".

    Ken
    no1kenberg