Fantastical for iPhone is here

That’s right, Fantastical now fits in your pocket! Since we released Fantastical for Mac, the most common question we’ve received is “where is the iPhone version?” A year and a half later, it’s finally here.

But why did it take us so long? Because we couldn’t just port the Mac version to the iPhone. One of the cornerstones of Flexibits is making apps that are appropriate. Simply porting a Mac app to iPhone is not appropriate, and quite frankly, we never had any ideas that would set Fantastical for iPhone apart from the iOS Calendar app.

Over the past year we’ve been working on our new contacts app for the Mac — and that’s as much of a tease as you’re getting, so don’t ask for more! ;) — but during the summer we got the idea for the DayTicker. With the idea of the DayTicker in hand, we were so happy with how our initial prototype came out we had to put the contacts app on hold. “What’s the DayTicker?” you ask. It’s the fastest way to view and interact with your schedule.

Rather than describe what Fantastical for iPhone is, we’ve made a video for you that we’re pretty jazzed about. Watch the video and then, hopefully, go download Fantastical for iPhone on the App Store. Best of all, Fantastical for iPhone has a limited-time special introductory price of $1.99 (US). We hope you will agree that it’s the fast and friendly calendar app.

Finally, we’d like to extend our thanks to Wolfgang Bartelme, who created the beautiful artwork for Fantastical for iPhone; David Lanham of The Iconfactory, who created the fantastically fantastic icon for Fantastical; Mark Settle, who created the wonderful video; and Israel Alonso, who created the wonderful website design you’re currently looking at.

And since we’re being all mushy and sharing the love: our sincere thanks to you, our customers. You help us make money so we can keep making great apps. We love you!

  1. Hi, it looks great but do you plan to add notification badge for the date?

  2. Please tell me you are working on an iPad version… I WANT IT

  3. Hi, it’s great, but do you plan de developpe it for Androïd ?

  4. Hello! Amazing the app for the iPhone, but I have a question: Do you need beta testers for the new contacts app for the Mac? If you need anything just tell me. Cheers!

  5. Do you plan to integrate to reminders too like on the mac app?

  6. Was looking for the reminders integration like on the Mac and was stunned by not finding it! You should mention this as it is a major difference from the Mac app!!
    Hope this well get in soon. Apart from that very nice app but it will not displave Pocket Informant because of the reminders issue :(

  7. Michael (Flexibits)

    @Mikeintosh: This is not possible at this time, check out our FAQ page.

    @Albert: No comment :)

    @Bluecox: Not at this time.

    @Eliab: Nope, but thanks for the offer!

    @Marisa: This is on our roadmap. Thanks for the feedback!

  8. Michael (Flexibits)

    @Manfred: Sorry for your disappointment.

  9. Nice work guys :)
    For what it’s worth would love to see a Android App

  10. Well done. Well worth waiting for.

  11. The video didn’t show adding invitees … is this an iOS limitation, or something that didn’t make the initial release?

  12. One important detail that I don’t see mentioned anywhere on your site – Does this support my Exchange calendars like the native Calendar app does?

  13. Hi,

    just bought it. First impression is great! One thing I would like to know, how can I set the default Calendar if I add a new event?

    Thanks!

  14. Found the answer on the faq page. Thanks for this great software.

  15. Fantastical is as much fun to use on the iPhone as it is on the Mac. But what I do miss (as Ryan noted), is the ability to add invitees

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  24. Great work Michael! Love the app. I’m going to make sure it appears on Mashable in some form this week. LOVE IT.

  25. Michael (Flexibits)

    @Ryan and @Chris: Due to an iOS limitation, you can only add them to existing events. See our FAQ page: http://flexibits.com/fantastical-iphone/faq

    @ItsWilder: Yes! Any calendar that works with the native calendar app works with us. We will update our page to clarify this. Thank you!

    @Christina: Definitely looking forward to your coverage/review/whatever you do. :) Thanks so much!

  26. This is BY FAR the best iPhone calendar app. I wish the event dots were a little easier to see though. They look like their colors might be a bit muted? I’m not sure. Other than that, this is an astonishingly good calendar app. LOVE IT.

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  30. Please add real Google Calendar support instead of going through the built in app. I have multiple calendars and at present Fantastical merges them into a single calendar (and involves routing everything through the builtin app which is unnecessary).

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  32. Can you forward calendar appointments to others? This is something the native app can’t do.

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  35. Dr. Bobby Sebastian

    When is fantastical for iPad coming?

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  37. Re: @Mikeintosh: This is not possible at this time, check out our FAQ page. (Re: Date on notification badge – from @Mikeintosh).

    See the app Week Calendar for how this is done (yes it is a hack, but Week Calendar is *still* my only home screen calendar app).

  38. I notice from the FAQ that calendar alerts open in the Apple default Calendar app instead of Fantastical: “Unfortunately, iOS does not allow third-party apps to access alerts for the calendar so this is not possible. ” However I currently use the Agenda third party calendar app and all my alerts open directly in Agenda, not in the iOS Calendar! All I had to do to achieve this was to disable notifications for the Calendar app in Settings (set alert style and calendar alerts to “none”) and then enable the notifications for Agenda. Would this work for Fantastical too? In other words does Fantastical support local push notifications of calendar alerts if the built-in Calendar app notifications are disabled? I’ve been using Fantastical on my Mac since its release and am keen to try it out on iPhone too, but I’d like to know how the calendar alerts will work before purchasing the app. Thxs. The app looks amazing btw.

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  40. Just downloaded Fantastical….and it is “Fantastical”! However I use my iPad more than iPhone. I hope there will soon be an iPad version??

  41. Re: @Mikeintosh: This is not possible at this time, check out our FAQ page. (Re: Date on notification badge – from @Mikeintosh).

    I use Week Cal & Pocket Informant and they both have workarounds to show the date badge.

  42. Will you guys be releasing the app for iPad , too? I love the iPhone version, installed it yesterday and fell in love with it instantly :)…

  43. Hi, is it possible to do RSVPs from Fantastical?

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  45. @Michael (Flexbits) there is no mention about the notification badges on the FAQ page. Other apps (Week Calendar, Calvetica) have it.

  46. Michael (Flexibits)

    @Mikeintosh, Kenyule, Dano: We don’t think a badge (normally for notifications/alerts) is a good idea for the date. It might solve the problem of showing the date, but it’s confusing for users who think it’s an alert. We’ll consider it some more, but we simply don’t like this idea.

    @Derek: Not at this time, might be something we’ll look into but no ETA or commitment.

    @Stu: These are local alerts and if you create an event from, say, your Mac and they are in iCloud, the app wouldn’t get them unless you launch at least once-a-day. This is unreliable and we don’t want to go this route

    @Dr. Bobby, @Kenyule, @Dirk: Nothing to comment on at this time.

    @Dmitrii: You can do invites on existing events by editing, but not new events. This info is on our FAQ page.

    @Mikeintosh: I meant about showing the date on the icon, which is what you originally asked.