CalDAV and LDAP coming to iPhone

Of all the new features Apple announced today in the upcoming iPhone 3.0 update, the two that get me most excited are CalDAV and LDAP support. It's great to see CalDAV come to mobile devices finally; I hope more smartphone manufacturers and developers will follow suit.

Many people wondered why Apple doesn't allow API access to the Calendar app. I had a suspicion it was because they had bigger plans for Calendar, and if they had allowed API access to Calendar data it would have precluded Apple from making these plans happen. Then came ActiveSync support, and now CalDAV. Perhaps Apple will open Calendar API access now?

Unfortunately, there isn't a lot of detail around CalDAV and LDAP yet, so we'll have to wait until summer to find out. I wonder how offline access to a CalDAV calendar will be handled? Will it be read-only, or will changes sync back to the server? Does LDAP integrate well with other iPhone apps like Mail and Contacts? Will it support LDAPS?


[UPDATE Jun 17, 2009] iPhone 3.0 was released today and I posted a few entries related to configuring CalDAV and LDAP:

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I can't wait to find out the level of LDAP support in 3.0!

Posted by stjohnbee on March 17, 2009 at 07:35 PM PDT #

I configured ldaps on my iPhone 3.0b. but it dosen't connect cause of lack of ca-cert.
Goto settings => mail => new account(other) => ldap

Posted by Bébèrt on March 19, 2009 at 11:22 PM PDT #

And if you can't wait for LDAP until summer, there's still the option of LDAPeople available in the app store. If you really need LDAPS, you'll be provided with a solution.

Posted by Neoos on March 27, 2009 at 07:04 AM PDT #

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