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Bug in iOS 6 may cancel meetings for Exchange users

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Bug in iOS 6 may cancel meetings for Exchange users
One of the reasons why the iPhone has managed to gain a foothold in the business sector is because of its support for Exchange ActiveSync. The iPhone’s initial support for Exchange was not a perfect execution. In particular, the calendar synchronization and delegation of calendar functions was inconsistent. As iOS matured into 5.0, it became quite capable at managing the ubiquitous protocol from Microsoft, not only for one account, but for multiple Exchange accounts.

The result was that the iPhone was able to elbow into areas once dominated by BlackBerry. With iOS 6, it looks like some of these problems with the calendar and ActiveSync are beginning to resurface. It does not look like the issues being reported are device or carrier specific. Early adopters of iOS 6 are running into problems with push email and calendar functions involving responding to meeting invitations.

The issue is significant enough that at least one Fortune 500 company is requesting its employees not upgrade to iOS 6 over this bug with meeting requests. When a user receives a meeting request, if that user declines the invitation, instead of iOS simply sending a decline to the initial organizer, it would send a meeting cancellation notice to the entire list of attendees which would pretty much kill the meeting.

Information Technology Notice

To: Mobile device users who connect personal Apple mobile devices (iPhone, iPad, etc) with company email.What: On September 27, IT notified you of an intermittent issue caused when calendar appointments are declined from devices running the latest Apple operating system (iOS 6). Apple and Microsoft are providing IT with daily updates on their progress toward a resolution.

Impact: When appointments are declined from an Apple mobile device running iOS 6, a cancellation is sometimes sent to all meeting attendees instead of sending a decline notice to the meeting organizer.

Action to take: Do not upgrade your Apple mobile device to iOS 6. If you have an iPhone 5 or have already upgraded a device to iOS 6, please do not accept or decline calendar appointments from your Apple device until further notice.  -Copy of IT memo received by MacRumors


This issue is sure to be a source of stress to a business’ users and IT departments alike as issues with Exchange ActiveSync and iOS 6 reveal themselves.

Do you use ActiveSync with iOS 6? Are you experiencing performance issues as described?

sources: TUAW, MacRumors

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posted on 03 Oct 2012, 22:07 14

1. wendygarett (unregistered)


Another iLost you made Apple...
Fail!!!!

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 22:14 11

2. tiara6918 (Posts: 1322; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Now that's what I'm talking about! Recently problems with the ip5 build quality, ios maps and now this! This is just the start apple...

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 22:19 1

6. wendygarett (unregistered)


I still want ip5 tho :)
Sorry to disappoint :)

posted on 04 Oct 2012, 00:16 7

19. soshi (Posts: 154; Member since: 08 Mar 2012)


Do as you please, no one care

posted on 04 Oct 2012, 10:36

23. serious9010 (Posts: 254; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


I care

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 22:19 3

7. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


wow wendy im shock! you hate apple now? last week you're like "iPhone 5 is the best!" and "iPhone 5 here i come" but now you hate them?

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 22:27 2

10. wendygarett (unregistered)


Nope, I'm just scold Apple as a consumer right...
But my heart will always love Apple no matter what :)

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 22:32 3

11. tiara6918 (Posts: 1322; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


You're heart will always love Apple? So does this mean you are on both sides? You like both android and apple?

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 22:47

14. wendygarett (unregistered)


Android is always the best for me, but I don't have a 'love' feelings on me :)

posted on 04 Oct 2012, 10:38 2

24. serious9010 (Posts: 254; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


so you're technologically bisexual

posted on 04 Oct 2012, 15:33

26. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)


RoFl!!!!

posted on 04 Oct 2012, 03:40

22. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1064; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


Gotta add this to my review of iP5 and iOS6...Man is it just me or does this kepp getting better and better!

posted on 04 Oct 2012, 18:01

27. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


You are scheduling it wrong!!! lol Epic Fail...again

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 22:15

3. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7276; Member since: 14 May 2012)


weknowmemes.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/i-love-​apple-maps-amelia-earhart.jpg

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 22:17 2

4. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


and the 7 plagues of death continuessss hahaaha (im jus playin you guys)

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 22:17 6

5. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7276; Member since: 14 May 2012)


So how many problems has iOS 6/ iPhone 5 suffered so far? I ran out of fingers. Can someone help me?

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 22:47 8

16. bayusuputra (Posts: 941; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


use your hair, that will be enough..

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 22:24 5

8. rusticguy (Posts: 2813; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


iOS 666 :)

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 22:27 2

9. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


hey watch out na lol cuz this IS the 6th generation iphone hahaha

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 22:34 5

12. Ravail (Posts: 181; Member since: 14 Oct 2011)


Lol im hearing less and less from the iFanboys. Music to my ears =)

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 22:41 2

13. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


lol silence is golden eh?

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 22:47 1

15. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


i only find few apple fans here in PA.. wendy is one of them.. but android fans are found everywhere here!

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 23:46 1

18. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


i see em alot but it seems to be random people that only come out when someone says something that they disagree with...

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 22:48 7

17. bayusuputra (Posts: 941; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


they can't type comments from their iPhones.. there is the static lines..

posted on 04 Oct 2012, 00:23 3

20. soshi (Posts: 154; Member since: 08 Mar 2012)


Apple know where you need to go better than you, now apple know how to run your business better than your boss.

this is the worst mistake ever. "iOS offer simplicity while android for advance user" seems not right anymore. "you hold it wrong", "you take the photo at wrong angle", "you setting the email and calendar wrong", "you put the wrong address". it seems not that simple, iOS teach you like a playground how to use your phone

posted on 04 Oct 2012, 02:43

21. Peter27 (Posts: 233; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


you taking it all wrong. apple is great, but you reading articles wrong. just try to read between the lines or something... :)

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 03:05

28. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


I agree with this: "iOS offer simplicity while android for advance user" seems not right anymore.

After doing some research, using an iPhone last year....this myth shoulda died a long time ago.

posted on 04 Oct 2012, 13:50

25. downphoenix (Posts: 2266; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


When Blackberry gaffes

Average User: "gah, blackberry sucks, Im going to apple!"

When Apple gaffes

Average User: "Meh, Iphone's still the best"

True story

I know everybody makes their mistakes, but it seems that the reason us that dont back Apple are especially har

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 11:07

29. Deeds (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


I'm finding that if I update a meeting request, the notes and times aren't updating on the iOS 6.0 iphones. Anybody else seeing this issue? The text looks good but the ics attachment contains the original meeting information not the updated times/notes.

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