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Apple Software Bugs Rise to New Heights : OS X iCal Truncating days off the end of month.

I always thought that February was the shortest month of the year.

After all, ever since I could speak I’ve known the poem:

Thirty days has September, April, June and November.
All the rest have thirty one, except February,
which has 28 days clear and 29 days in a leap year.

If only Apple knew it, because apparently they think that January 2009 had only 24 days!



This is OS X Leopard iCal, the one which dispensed with the the side drawer in favour of a crappy pop-up box for editing calendar entries.

Here Apple are trying to work their way into the enterprise as a viable Outlook alternative with better Exchange support for Mail.app etc. but I’m sorry, if this is the best they can do, I’m sticking with Outlook/Entourage.

Is there anyone else out there who’s found that their months have been truncated with the last week missing in Leopard’s joke of a calendar application?

Now I’m sorry, but this kind of quality beggars belief! Apple, WTF are you playing at? GET YOUR HOUSE IN ORDER.

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  1. rsfinn
    February 6, 2009 at 7:33 am

    Amusing rant, but if you look to the right at the main calendar it’s obvious that iCal knows how many days January has. There is a bug, but it’s cosmetic — it appears to be triggered by the fact that February 2009 only has four weeks (whereas most months have five), and that calculation is inappropriately being applied to the top month in the sidebar. I can scroll from month to month and see December, January, etc. being cut off at four weeks.

    If that’s the worst bug in Mac OS X, I’d suggest it’s in pretty good shape (not that I’d actually make that claim).

    Did you file a bug report? Or do you just assume the Apple engineers read your blog?

  2. rsfinn
    February 6, 2009 at 7:45 am

    Someone has already reported this bug to Apple:


    This report confirms what I found, which is if you scroll back and forth in the minicalendar long enough you can get January to display correctly again (although you may now find February displaying five or six weeks).

  3. Jim
    February 6, 2009 at 8:46 am

    Not sure what is wrong with yours; mine shows 31 days.

  4. nanchatte
    February 6, 2009 at 8:49 am

    rsfinn, thanks for the heads up and the second post.

    As noted, someone has already posted the bug report… And as you spotted, this is indeed a rant posted at the end of a long day 😉 .

    Basically, I’m having a lot of problems with my Apple hardware and software… (even my keyboard doesn’t work properly).

    However, when a simple calendar program with no whistles or bells doesn’t display its calendar properly, well, that’s just plain bad.

    Yes you could call it “cosmetic” just like saying my keyboard, where the number “2” key doesn’t press, bug is largely cosmetic because I can just use the “2” key from the number pad on the right.

    Still bloomin’ annoying though.

  5. John Davis
    February 6, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    No problem with iCal here either.

    If it’s a bug, I can’t reproduce it.

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