eXtensions - Wednesday 25 October 2017
Cassandra - Troubleshooting a Disappearing Keyboard in iOS apps
By Graham K. Rogers
For example, late last week I was able to download High Sierra (5.17GB) to the Mac mini when several previous attempts had failed. Or crawled. With the G4 connection (I have a good data plan with DTAC, the carrier) the job was completed in just under an hour.
It seemed, however, that when I was using the Personal Hotspot, the keyboard would sometimes fail to appear when needed. It did not matter if I was using Apple or third party apps: at times the keyboard was just not there although other features (Cut & Paste, Images) were available. This never happened at home. I was able to bring back the keyboard once or twice by restarting the iPhone, but this was not the solution I wanted.
With almost a week out of the office because of mid-term exams, I returned on Tuesday and the keyboard problem came back too. Although I had tried several times to track this down I had a close look at the settings and tried turning off Personal Hotspot, WiFi, and Bluetooth - separately and together - with temporary success.
After I shut down the MacBook Pro (which I had been using Personal Hotspot with) I noticed that a warning was shown when I tried to turn off Bluetooth in the Control Panel: Disconnect from two devices.
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. After 3 years writing a column in the Life supplement, he is now no longer associated with the Bangkok Post. He can be followed on Twitter (@extensions_th)
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