The date picker in iOS is awful. Every time I put something on my calendar it's a "game of chance" if I will notified about it. Combine that with a touch screen and you have a recipe for scheduling disaster.

I would prefer to select a date from a calendar, or heaven-forbid, type it in using the keyboard!!!!!

Is there any way to turn this thing off?

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    Oh good I thought I was the only one who thought this particular part of the UX sucked!!!
    – leeand00
    Mar 6, 2015 at 12:58
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    There is nothing that says you have to use the built in calendar app. There are many alternatives. I use Calendars 5 which allows natural language appointment entry.
    – Ɱark Ƭ
    Mar 6, 2015 at 13:15
  • I totally agree with @Mark. While I don't use the calendar that much and haven't gone looking for other apps, there are plenty of calendar apps available. I'd pull up the store and download a pile of apps and see which works for you. I've heard good things about Sunrise. Mar 6, 2015 at 13:17
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    Could you (someone) upload a picture of this dreaded date picker? What does "turn this think off" mean in practice?
    – bmike
    Mar 6, 2015 at 19:35
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    It means replace it with a simple text box.
    – leeand00
    Mar 6, 2015 at 19:54

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Simple answer: Nope.

Sorry to disappoint you. I also dislike this new picker. It is found all over the new UI and it is just terrible. Whoever decided this was good design missed the boat.

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