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iOS 5: Adding the date to Notification Center iOS devices
Sometimes when I browse through the web on my iPad, I need to know todays date.

Unfortunately, iOS 5 has no way to show the date without quitting the current app to have a look at the Calendars icon. As there is no jailbreak yet for iOS 5 on iPad2 I was looking how this could be achieved using the Notification Center in iOS 5.

You need to create a new iCloud calendar which has an all-day event for everyday which tells the current date. Of course, this is a tedious task if you need to create an event for everyday.

So I made an AppleScript where you can select a range of dates for which those events will be created.

By default it creates the Events in an calendar called 'Todayis.' Please create this Calendar on iCloud before running the app, or your new calendar will end up on your Mac. The name of the calendar can be changed if you want to add the events to your default calendar. You will be prompted for a calendar name when running the script.

This should work as well on the iPhone, but I have no iOS5 capable phone to hand.

The download for the script is here.

[crarko adds: I tested the script using a shared Mobile Me calendar, and it works that way as well. It also is good on the iPhone, as expected. One caveat is that the script download is runtime only, so the script source is not available. Also, when the script is run it ends by sending you to a donation web page. This is just voluntary, but if that sort of thing annoys you you may wish to create your own script.]
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iOS 5: Adding the date to Notification Center
Authored by: ktonini on Dec 07, '11 08:06:31AM

You could also just lock and unlock your iPad real quickly to see the date on the lockscreen.



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iOS 5: Adding the date to Notification Center
Authored by: LewInVT on Dec 07, '11 09:09:22AM

An easier method of having the date readily available would be to run Calendar in the background. A quick double-touch of the home button reveals the Calendar icon which shows the correct date.



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iOS 5: Adding the date to Notification Center
Authored by: lowbatteries on Dec 07, '11 09:41:54AM

A few other methods:

- The lock screen shows the date as long as you're not playing music. Simply hit the lock button, view the date, then swipe to unlock.

- The calendar icon in your recently used apps, as the above poster mentioned

- If you have an iPhone 4S, Siri will tell you the date



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Lock screen: My thoughts exactly
Authored by: lullabud on Dec 07, '11 02:51:36PM

First thing I thought of was the lock screen. Hitting lock and swiping is *way* easier than having an all-day event for every… single… day… and donating money to the developer for it. (wtf? seriously?)



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iOS 5: Adding the date to Notification Center
Authored by: glusk on Dec 08, '11 09:18:12AM

Instead of sharing the script, one could also just share the calendar that it made.



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iOS 5: Adding the date to Notification Center
Authored by: faffod on Dec 08, '11 10:46:36AM

You could also add the weather app to the notification center. Swipe to get the week view and you now have a convenient view of the week's weather and today's date.



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iOS 5: Adding the date to Notification Center
Authored by: fishburp on Dec 08, '11 08:27:59PM
If anyone is interested in a version that you can customize, here's a quick and dirty script I wrote. Just need to enter the name of your calendar and how many days you want to add at the top.

set calendarName to "Todays Date"
set totalDaysToAdd to 365

repeat with i from 0 to totalDaysToAdd
	set theDate to (current date) + (i * days)
	set formattedDate to weekday of theDate & ", " & month of theDate & " " & day of theDate & ", " & year of theDate as text
	
	tell application "iCal"
		tell calendar calendarName
			make new event at end with properties {summary:formattedDate, start date:theDate, allday event:true}
		end tell
	end tell
end repeat



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iOS 5: Adding the date to Notification Center
Authored by: jaguarcy on Dec 14, '11 10:34:35AM
Or, just use this shared google calendar:

https://www.google.com/calendar/ical/s92hu7oqf2tms2hiuui37daqdc%40group.calendar.google.com/public/basic.ics

Subscribe in iCal, and you're set. I did not include Day and Year, only month and date, and made the events recurring every year, so it requires zero maintenance :)

Alternatively, another calendar with every date until end of 2015, with full details as the hint describes:

https://www.google.com/calendar/ical/76r37ucbjj5qu4qehgfd95ifus%40group.calendar.google.com/public/basic.ics

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iOS 5: Adding the date to Notification Center
Authored by: jaguarcy on Dec 20, '11 06:49:22AM
I re-created the full calendar to make it more coincise:

https://www.google.com/calendar/ical/6f01cgvubfse7bnnhe2nnqshkg%40group.calendar.google.com/public/basic.ics
Edited on Dec 20, '11 07:05:21AM by jaguarcy


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iOS 5: Adding the date to Notification Center
Authored by: dafloyd on Dec 15, '11 05:21:32AM
Hi,

based on several comments I have updated the script:
  • You can now specify the Prefix, so for an iPhone you can leave it without the ‘Today is’ to make it fit on the screen. Or choose any other text.
  • The App now has an application icon
  • The scripts source can now be examined
  • You can even add Emoji Characters to the beginning to find your date easily
    --
    cheers,
    dirk

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