I’ve recently started looking at calendar options. I use the standard Apple stuff which is good enough for me, except the craziness of the “U.S. Holidays”, which include a heck of a lot of things I’ve never heard of or care about so, of course, I’d like to have something that suits me better. In an ideal world, I’d be able to edit any calendar and be done with it. But apparently you can’t do that.
I found sites that talked about how to subscribe to another calendar (which seem to be .ics files). They are applied to your calendar by telling iOS the website address.
So, I’m a bit confused by all this. For one thing, why can’t you download an .ics file, store it in icloud, and have it accessed that way? I can think of one possibility, but I haven’t read anything to confirm it:
A number of holidays are not the same time each year. An example would be Thanksgiving, which is the 4th Thursday of November. Others are even trickier, such as Easter, Passover, etc. Also, if it is a holiday that the federal govt declares as a day off for their workers, it may be moved from the normal date. Like if December 25 is a Sunday, the day off for workers will be Monday.
Anyway, I had kind of assumed any calendar calculated these things on the fly for each year. But maybe some of these dates have to be applied manually for each year - thus they do it one on their website and people access the website as they use the calendar app. This could make having your own copy in iCloud a problem since you’d also have to update manually for each year for any of those dates.
Another problem is that while there is a lot of stuff about downloading other calendars, there seems to be a dearth of actual info on where these are!
From what I’ve read, an .ics file is a text file. Even if it is written in some obscure way, I’m surprised there isn’t some app that would let you take an existing file and edit out what you don’t want. Well, maybe there is, but I haven’t found it.
I wish Apple would let you list out all their holidays and simply uncheck any you don’t want to see. I don’t think it should be that hard to do.