iOS 5 has arrived, and with it come some really nice updates to the Calendar app. There aren’t a whole lot of new things; the app’s basic functionality of saving events on dates and showing them back in various views hasn’t changed, but there are a few new elements. First up are the new views. On the iPhone and iPod touch, you’ll be able to see a week view where you can scroll all the way through from Monday to Sunday. On the iPad there’s a new year view, where you can pick up a wide angle look of what your schedule is like.
In the views where it’s appropriate, you can now drag event borders around to set up the various end and start times for each event (dragging a meeting from 1 pm to 2 pm to last for an hour, for example). You can add, rename, and delete whole calendars right on your iOS device. And there are some subtle features that really make the app more polished. You can now see event times on the month view — before iOS 5, you could only see that there was an event there, not when it started — and when you turn pages, you’ll get a nice iBooks-like effect.
Calendar is better than ever in iOS 5. Whether you’re a longtime Calendar user or are just setting it up to sync up with your standard calendar service, these new changes should be quite helpful.