iPhone reminders: the one year later edition
Almost a year ago, I wrote a post explaining how the reminder notification system on the iPhone and iPod Touch was flawed and how much it could be improved. I was hoping that between then and now, the software updates would have made the devices’ calendar reminders into something more functional and user-friendly. And my hopes were answered, as the reminder system is improved in one big way compared to the way it was one year ago.
For those of you who are not in the loop have not read last year’s post, the main issue I took with the reminders shown by the calendar app of Apple’s touch-based devices is that the reminder did not provide an instant way of accessing the event that produced said reminder for the purpose of augmenting the event. I bring up the following example:
What if a reminder comes up and I want to make a change to the event that produced the reminder? I “slide to unlock,” am taken to the home screen, and before having a chance to touch the calendar app, I get distracted: you know, I get a phone call on another line, someone asks me a question, or the door bell rings? Once I would be finished with whatever it was that distracted me, I might not remember that I actually needed to make a certain change to the particular event. So if I had to make a change in my schedule to an event I set a reminder for but didn’t act on immediately, I had to remember to go back into the calendar manually and change it.
The way to fix this would be fairly simple, and thankfully – Apple noticed (perhaps some Apple employees read my post from the prior year?). Here is how a reminder is handled now: immediately after a reminder is brought up, unlocking the device would take the user straight to the calendar app. This way, if I was distracted between the time the reminder pops up and the act of making my desired change to the event, once I return to the iPhone/iPod Touch – I would immediately be brought into the calendaring app – and thus immediately reminded where I left off.
This should feed the very short attention spans of the internet generation. Perhaps I fall into that category myself, so it might be of use to me.
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