Q: The Time Zone Support feature on my iPad is confusing and is always changing my appointments. How do I work around this?
USE TIME ZONE SUPPORT
The Time Zone Support feature on your iPad seems to cause no end of confusion, if the number of posts on the Internet about it means anything. We'll try to clarify.
Your iPad has a Time Zone setting in its Date & Time settings page. When you set your device for a different time zone, all the events in your calendars shift their times to accomodate that change.
Your iPad also has a Time Zone Support setting in its Calendar settings page. When you turn that setting on and set a time zone, all the events in your calendars shift their times to match that time zone, regardless of what your iPad's Date & Time time-zone setting happens to be.
We'll wait until your head stops spinning. Feeling better? Good. Now, here's how you might use that feature.
Suppose that you're traveling from Los Angeles to Boston via a connecting flight in Chicago. Your flight from Los Angeles leaves at 8 a.m. Pacific time. According to your flight itinerary, your connecting flight to Boston from Chcago leaves at 2 p.m. Central time. Here's what you do:
- On your calendar, enter two events: your takeoff at 8 a.m. and your connecting flight at 2 p.m. (Yes, even though the second flight takes off at noon Los Angeles time, you don't need to do the math to figure that out.)
- Turn on Time Zone Support, and set the time zone for Los Angeles.
- Go catch your 8 a.m. flight out of LA.
- When you land in Chicago, your iPad's clock is 2 hours off, so set your iPad's Date & Time time-zone setting to Chicago time. Now your iPad's clock is correct, but because you turned on Time Zone Support, the events in your calendars don't move. The departure time for your connecting flight is still 2 p.m. on your calendar, which is where you want it to be.