iCal: Easy to Use, and Exactly What You Would Expect from an Apple Designed UI.
May 27, 2022

iCal: Easy to Use, and Exactly What You Would Expect from an Apple Designed UI.

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Apple iCloud Calendar (iCal)

Many of our users have Apple products. They integrate Google Calendar, Calendly, Doodle polls, and Microsoft Outlook invitations into iCal. The events synchronization across all devices allows the various other event hosting sites to display their calendar entries in one place and on all the iOS Mac OS devices team members use.
  • Event management.
  • Timely reminders.
  • Customizable entries and settings.
  • Webpage based version.
  • Functionality on non iOS or MacOS devices is more limited.
  • More organized teams.
  • Easier use, due to team familiarity iOS and Mac products.
For our Mac and IOS users, the use of the native iOS calendar and the cloud associated with it was an obvious choice for us, especially with the distribution of Apple products to our teams out in the field. For android users, it is easy to access the same services using the web-based client, and iCal allows various account types to be added to calendar invites. The iCal application allows the addition of 3rd party email and calendar accounts allow to be seamlessly integrated. All of the calendar accounts can be overlayed along with the native iCloud accounts. Google Calendar by comparison struggled to do all of these things as well, preferring their google Meet as the conference software and preferring Gmail accounts over all other types.

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In my experience, Ical is very useful in organizing various calendar sources into one place, as well as real-time synchronization in the cloud. It is easy to integrate links, and media sources, as well as add attendees and make edits. A good example of a scenario is inviting everyone in various time zones to a meeting, and many attendees have their iCloud accounts, but some don’t. Everyone is able to be added to the meeting, showing in their correct time zone and seeing the necessary event details, as well as any virtual meeting, and invite details.