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The definition of the tag is:

Apple's calendar application, bundled with every Mac OS X install

Whereas the tag is:

A calendar is visual representation of time, often charted by months, weeks, or days. Often, a calendar app will help one organize events on a calendar, and sometimes provide alerts or reminders as well.

However, with the advent of Mountain Lion (and, indeed, even with iOS for a while now), Calendar is the name of the iCal application. I imagine Apple's intent is to phase out the use of the name iCal as it homogenizes the platforms.

The same is true of the tag:

Apple's built-in contacts manager software for Mac OS X.

vs. the tag:

Information stored on a computer about various methods to contact a person, such as e-mail, various chat networks, telephone, physical address, etc.

Contacts is now the name of the Address Book application.


I imagine that simply merging the tags isn't a workable solution, as questions previously tagged with or aren't guaranteed to actually be referring to the formerly-named iCal or Address Book applications.

Going forward, however, new users on Mountain Lion and iOS devices will probably be less and less familiar with the terms iCal and Address Book. How should the community address this with the tags?

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    I believe the solution is to develop a time machine so all users are familiar with all the old technologies and terms. Apple ][ Forever! – Daniel Aug 3 '12 at 14:25
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The same way it has for and .

We create and . The tag could be used for both iOS and OS X.

I don't think a synonym should be set between for => and => , since Mountain Lion is not the majority OS, yet.

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    The .app tags seem sensible, but I don't really see the problem in making a synonym straight away. – drfrogsplat Aug 6 '12 at 3:02
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    It's worth pointing out the workaround, which is to use two tags. (mac + calendar) almost certainly refers to whatever the mac calendar app is called, regardless if it's "iCal" or "Calendar". – Chris Quenelle Aug 14 '12 at 15:47
  • I'm going to necropost here by saying that there's also apple-watch and apple-watch.app – haykam May 23 '16 at 0:13

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