Popular iPhone Calendar App ‘Sunrise’ Finally Comes to iPad


The popular ‘Sunrise’ calendar app received an update this week, finally bringing it onto the iPad. This update means that I finally downloaded the app and took it for a test drive, which isn’t something I normally do because Apple’s Calendar is something that does the job pretty well.

Sunrise is the closest app to toppling my current preference and becoming my primary scheduling tool, but it doesn’t sync with my employer’s Exchange server and that is something Apple has allowed for some time. In spite of that limitation, there are a number of things that Sunrise can do which are worth a look.


• 100% free calendar app with a gorgeous design.
• Compatible with Google Calendar and iCloud.
• A completely redesigned calendar experience for your iPhone.
• Synchronization that just works, in real-time and with background updates.
• Quick Add Event just by typing “Lunch tomorrow at 9pm” (long-press on the +).
• Reminders.
• Timezone Support. No more headache when traveling!
• Facebook Events and Birthdays included.
• See faces and profiles of people you are meeting with using LinkedIn.
• Weather forecast based on your location.
• Smart icons.
• Tag location to events.
• Use Google Maps for Directions.
• Connect multiple Google Calendars.

The items from this list which I find the most useful include access to Google Maps, access to LinkedIn data, and time zone support. Over the holidays I was traveling across the United States and my calendar reminders came at all the wrong hours. I also love that the new Apple Calendar app can plan for travel but I really dislike Apple Maps, which isn’t switchable as a Calendar option for directions.

I suppose that if Exchange wasn’t so important to me, then I would certainly look at this app as a full replacement since it has a full feature set, links to both Google and iCloud calendars, and is totally free. Since it is free, I certainly recommend checking it out.

About Sam: Teacher, writer, composer, and family man. Maker of delicious Halušky. Contact me via Twitter: @Sam_Denver

  • HowardBrazee

    I have needs to update Apple’s calendar app. For instance, I sometimes need to move today’s recurring meeting to a different time.

    But what I want more than anything else is the ability to select one of my Calendars and link it to a web page – without having an Exchange server.

    • Sam

      Do you mean you’d like to share a calendar on a website? So people can click on a link and see what is on your schedule?

      • HowardBrazee

        Yes. On our Macs, we have my wife’s calendar, my calendar, our calendar, birthdays, etc. We also have a calendar of events for our senior living place. I’d like to add a link to that web site to access that calendar.

        • http://www.sacramaniacs.com/ Lory Gil

          If you have a Gmail account, you can share your Google calendar with others by adding their Gmail address to your shared calendar list. Then, all they have to do is log into their Gmail account to see your various calendars. You can also sync your Google calendar with iCal, which also syncs with Sunrise (or the native iPad Calendar app, if you prefer).

          • HowardBrazee

            I suppose I could manually copy all of the entries to Google calendar. Switch the calendar I want to share with my current Google calendar that I share with relatives around the country. Pick the most important one to share.

            Not ideal, but possible.

          • http://www.sacramaniacs.com/ Lory Gil

            I may be misunderstanding what you are hoping to do. However, you can create multiple Google calendars and share them differently. You don’t have to switch any out. If you have been importing your current events into iCal on the Mac, you can sync it with Google calendars so you don’t have to manually copy entires. Connecting the two will add iCal info to Google Calendars. I hope this helps. Sorry if I’m going down the wrong path.

          • HowardBrazee

            I knew we could import a Google calendar to my iCloud’s calendar (and have done so). I didn’t know the reverse was possible. I will look into it, thanks.

          • HowardBrazee

            I couldn’t figure out how to get my Mac calendar to Google, so I thought I’d start over. I moved one item to my Google calendar that I could see on my Mac, and tried to get my wife’s computer to see the calendar (She will need the ability to update it). On my Google web page, I shared it with her e-mail address, but every time I try to get her Mac’s calendar to see it, it says “A secure connection could not be established”.