Apple Updates iCal, iSync

Apple , trumpeting the success of its iCal calendar
program, Thursday unveiled an update, and also launched iSync 1.0, an
updated version of the synchronization software for Bluetooth-enabled
mobile phones, PalmOS devices, and Apple’s iPod portable digital music
player.

The announcement comes on the eve of a major product initiative, which the company unveils each year at the Macworld Conference & Expo. This year’s show, which takes place next week in San Francisco, marks the return of co-founder Steve Wozniak to the stage.

iCal allows users to manage multiple calendars and share them over the
Internet through an “Internet publish and subscribe” feature. Apple said
that since launching the software in September, more than 1 million copies
of iCal have been distributed and more than 200,000 calendars have gone
online. Independent Web sites have also begun to host the calendars,
including sites like iCalShare.com, which hosts more than 780 calendars in
28 categories ranging from movies to music and sports.


Once the calendars are online, other Mac users can subscribe to them and
view them in iCal on their own Macs. Whenever the calendars are updated,
the subscribed versions are also updated.

The new version, iCal 1.0.1, provides a number of performance and stability
enhancements, and improved support for importing vCal and Entourage
information.

Meanwhile, Apple also updated its iSync synchronization software, which
allows users of Mac OS X 10.2 “Jaguar” Address Book and iCal to synchronize
contacts and calendars with their mobile devices and other Macs using
Apple’s .Mac service. The update adds the ability to sync “Jaguar” Address
Book with the new .Mac Address Book, allowing users to access contacts from
.Mac Web Mail.

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